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Classroom News: February 20-23

6th Grade Social Studies
This week we will be wrapping up our study of Ancient Greece with a fun culminating activity: reenacting the Ancient Greek Olympics! The students will be assigned to a city-state and they will participate in several different Olympic events to honor the Ancient Greeks. The students will also be creating flags and pledges for their city-state that they use during the games. It should be a really fun week!
 
7th Grade Religion
We will continue our Lenten activities this week by taking a look at the mercy we find in the sacrament of confession. We will also be discussing the virtue of prudence this week. The students will begin the chapter on the Beatitudes. They will be required to memorize these over the next two weeks. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week we will wrap up our study of World War I. The eighth graders will look at the aftermath of the war, including the creation of the League of Nations. There will be a test over World War I on Friday. We will also have a graded CNN quiz on Tuesday. The students are allowed to use their notes on the CNN quiz, so they should make sure that they are up-to-date!

Classroom News: February 12-15

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will complete their study of the Greek World. We will have an open book assessment over chapter 9 on Wednesday. We will be playing our own version of the Ancient Olympic games in class this week and the beginning of next week - it should be a lot of fun!
 
7th Grade Religion
We will conclude our chapter on life this Tuesday with an assessment on chapter 13. This week is also the beginning of Lent. The students will be studying the works of mercy as part of Lent, and they will also be praying about their personal Lenten sacrifices this week. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
We will continue our study of World War I this week. We will look at the use of propaganda during the war, as well as the terms of the armistice and peace treaty that ended WWI. The students will have a map quiz this week on 11 north African countries. The students test over WWI will be the following Thursday, 2/22. 

Classroom News: February 5-9

6th Grade Social Studies
This week we will conclude our study of Ancient Greece, but we will continue to study the Greek world. We will explore several of the city-states and some of the conflicts that Greece had with surrounding peoples. 
 
7th Grade Religion
We will begin our "Choose Life" chapter this week. This chapter will cover some difficult and thought-provoking topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide. I encourage you to read chapter 13 with your students and discuss these topics with them. Father Chris will be in our classroom on Thursday to answer the students' questions on this topic as well.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
We are starting our study of World War I this week. The students will be looking at the causes of the war as well as the early battles of the war. We will be watching a video on World War I in addition to reading the materials in our book and on handouts. 

8th Grade Extra Credit Opportunity

1. Watch at least 30 minutes of the State of the Union Address. It is aired live on Tuesday, 1/30, and it can also be watched online on most news outlet websites after Tuesday evening.
2. Write a short paper explaining the president's goals for our nation that were discussed during the portion of the speech you watched. The paper should be typed.
3. Papers are due Monday, 2/5.

Classroom News: January 29 - February 2

HAPPY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK! Please see the calendar that was sent home last week for all of this week's fun and faith-filled activities.
 
6th Grade World History
This week the students will continue their study of Ancient Greece. We will be taking notes in preparation for our chapter test, which will be next Tuesday, 2/6. We will also complete a Greek mythology activity that requires the students to try their hand at creating their own myth.
 
7th Grade Religion
We will complete our study of penance and anointing of the sick this week. The students will have a quiz on the material this Tuesday, 1/30. As part of our Catholic Schools Week activities, we will write letters to seminarians during class. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
We will complete our study of the age of Imperialism this week. We will be discussing the importance of this to the beginning of World War I. We will also start our study of World War I this week by looking at the various causes of the war and discussing the early battles of the war. 

Classroom News: January 22-25

6th Grade World History
This week the students will begin their study of Ancient Greece. The students will read the chapter, and then they will complete a fun activity on Greek mythology. As a creative way to showcase the abilities and powers of the Greek mythological figures, they will create "business cards" for them. Please stop by during Open House on Sunday to see their finished products!
 
7th Grade Religion
The seventh graders will be completing their Saints and Miracles activity. The students have created a class matching game using facts about several saints. They will play the game this week, and we will also have the game displayed during Open House. Come in and play! We will also be learning about the sacraments of penance and anointing of the sick this week. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will be completing their studies of the Progressive Era this week. Their test is on Monday. On Tuesday, the students will be going on a field trip to Music Hall to see Violins of Hope. This is a very unique opportunity for our students! During the second half of the week, the students  will be learning about Imperialism and its contribution to WWI. 

8th Grade OPTIONAL Opportunity!

The Holocaust and Humanity Center (HHC) has invited six of our students to attend the Bystander to Upstander Youth Leadership Summit this year. This is a unique opportunity for our students.  The Summit was inspired by HHC's mission; to take the lessons of the Holocaust and turn them into positive action. This program brings together students in grades seven and eight for a full day, which aims to inspire students to become leaders giving them tangible tools to make a difference. The Summit accomplishes this through various group activities and break-outs focused on leadership and activism. This year's Summit includes a keynote address by Jeannie Opdyke Smith, daughter of Irene Gut Opdyke, a Polish woman who hid Jews during the Holocaust. Based on her mother's story, Jeannie teaches that one person can make a difference. Irene was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1982. 
 
In order to be considered for this opportunity, 8th graders need to write a paragraph that answers the following: Why do you want to attend the Summit? What do you hope to gain by attending? Paragraphs should also include the student's name, school, and grade level. The paragraphs of the six students chosen to attend will be submitted to HHC.
 
Students who attend the Summit will also be expected to write a post reflection for HHC and present what they learned to their classmates during our Holocaust unit in social studies class. 

Classroom News: January 16 - 19

6th Grade Social Studies
1. Students will complete chapter 7 this week, which focuses on Hebrews and Judaism. Their test will be on Thursday. 
2. Students will begin to study Ancient Greece later this week. The next few chapters will focus on Greece. 
 
7th Grade Religion
1. We will complete chapter 11 this week, which focuses on the miracles that Jesus performed. They will have a test over this chapter on Friday.
2. As an extension of this chapter, the students will complete an activity that will require them to research the miracles that the saints performed. The students will create a class game based on their research. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
 1. The eighth graders will be finishing their chapter on the Progressive Era this week. Their test will be on Friday.
2. The students will also be preparing for the field trip they will have next week to Music Hall. The students will be preparing to see Violins of Hope by learning about what the Holocaust was, and how music was a source of comfort, inspiration, and resistance for those victimized by the Nazi regime. 

Classroom News: January 3 - 12

6th Grade World History
We are beginning our study of the ancient Hebrews and the origins of Judaism this week. The students will be looking at the basic beliefs of the Jewish people and learning about their experiences in ancient times. The students will be tested on this chapter on Thursday, 1/11. 
 
7th Grade Religion
This week we will finish our study of the parables that Jesus told during his ministry. We will then begin our study of the miracles of Jesus. During this chapter, we will also look at the miracles that some of the saints performed. The students will have a test over this chapter on Friday, 1/12. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
We will begin our study of American History this week. The students will be learning about the progressive era. This includes the progressive presidents and the political and social reforms that took place during this era. The students will have a test over the progressive era on Friday, 1/12. 

Classroom News: December 11 - 20

6th Grade Social Studies
In our last week and half before Christmas break, we will be completing our chapter on Ancient India. The students will have their test on this chapter on Tuesday, 12/12. The students will have a quick study of Ancient China before break. They will have an open book, open worksheet quiz over Ancient China on Tuesday, 12/19. 
 
7th Grade Religion 
In our time together before break, the seventh graders will be focusing on the parables that Jesus used to teach his message. They will read multiple parables that Jesus and his disciples used. They will have an open-book quiz on the parables, and they will also complete a fun project where they take the message of one of the parables and rewrite it with a modern story line. This week the students will also be putting together the Adopt-a-Family baskets so that the eighth graders can deliver them on Thursday. Thank you so much for your generosity to the Adopt-a-Family program! This is such a beautiful testament to the generous spirit of our school family!!
 
8th Grade Social Studies
In the time we have before Christmas break, we will be completing our study of foreign and domestic policy. The students will be looking at how treaties, military action and financial aid are all part of foreign policy at the beginning of the week. They will take a short quiz on domestic and foreign policy on Wednesday, 12/13. At the end of the week, we will prepare to the a sample citizenship test. The test will be the culminating activity for our study of Civics. The eighth graders will resume their study of American History in January. 
Students will be required to turn in their Civics textbooks this week! 
 
May your Christmas and New Year be filled with Christ's blessings! 

Classroom News: December 4-8

6th Grade Social Studies
We are continuing our study of Ancient India this week. The students are learning about the teaching of Buddhism, early Indian dynasties, and Ancient Indian achievements. The sixth graders will have a quiz on chapter 5 next Tuesday.
 
7th Grade Religion
Early in the week, the students will be presenting their sacrament projects to the class. The seventh grade is finishing up chapter 8 this week. We will have our quiz on Wednesday. We are also beginning our Advent activities this week. We will be completing an Advent scripture study each week. The students will read three passages from the Bible, summarize them, and discuss the theme in the passages. We will also have an Advent prayer service and Rosary this week. The Adopt-a-Family basket items are due Friday. Students can bring in items any time during the week. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The students' Eastern Europe maps will be due Tuesday. The quiz on the 12 Eastern Europe countries will be next Tuesday, 12/12. The rest of the week will be spent focusing on foreign and domestic policy in the United States. The students will be examining what these are and how each department of the president's cabinet plays a role in them. The students will have a quiz on foreign and domestic policy on Friday. 

7th Grade Adopt-A-Family Baskets

Seventh Grade Families:
As part of our Advent preparations, the seventh graders will be creating baskets to give to the ten families that our campus has adopted for the Adopt-A-Family program. Please read the attached handout that the students received about this act of charity. 
- Mrs. Beiersdorfer

Classroom News: November 27 - December 1

6th Grade Social Studies
This week we will begin our study of Ancient India. The students will study the Indian dynasties as well as the basic beliefs of Hinduism and Buddhism. 
 
7th Grade Religion
We will continue to work on our Sacraments project. The students are required to choose one of the seven sacraments and find several Old Testament and New Testament quotes that reference the sacrament. They also must discuss the symbols associated with the sacrament they chose. 
The seventh graders are also starting chapter 8 in their textbook. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will be working on two different activities this week. First, they will be preparing for and participating in a mock trial in order to learn more about the justice system. 
The second activity is about foreign and domestic policy. Students will be looking at the departments that make up the president's cabinet and their roles in domestic and foreign policy. 

Classroom News: November 13 - 21

6th Grade Social Studies
1. We will be wrapping up our Egypt chapter this week. The students will complete notes on the last two sections, and we will also complete the chapter 4 study guide. 
2. The students will have their test on Chapter 4 on Tuesday, 11/21. This test will be open book, notes, and study guide.
3. The Ancient Egypt project is due Tuesday, 11/14. The students will need to share their presentation with me and bring in any bonus items on that day. The presentations will take place Tuesday - Friday. 
 
7th Grade Religion
1. Students will be completing their second prayer proposal this week. The students are required to lead prayer once a trimester. This prayer can be a traditional prayer, a song, a Bible quote, other quotes or meditations. 
2. We will complete chapter 7 this week. The chapter looks at Jesus's apostles and what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus.
3. We will complete a sacrament project based on the video series, "The Bible and the Sacraments," that the students have been watching in class over the past several weeks. The project will be due Tuesday, 11/21. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
1. We will be working on chapter 19 this week. This chapter focuses on the judicial system - what types of laws we have in this country and why it is important to have laws.
2. The students will also start to study US domestic and foreign policy. This unit will continue after Thanksgiving break.
 
I wish you all a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!