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Classroom News: November 6 - 10

6th Grade Social Studies
1. The sixth graders will continue their study of Ancient Egypt this week. We will have a guest speaker on Tuesday. Mrs. Rebecca Gulaskey will join us to discuss life in Modern Egypt and share photographs of the Pyramids and other Egyptian sights. 
2. We will continue to work on our Ancient Egypt research projects this week. The students will finish working on their rough drafts of their slides, and they will begin to put together their final projects. Don't forget that there is a bonus for the project. The students received a handout last week about the bonus.
 
7th Grade Religion
1. We will continue to view "The Bible and the Sacraments" this week. This is a series on Formed.org that details the scriptural basis for the sacraments.
2. The students will have a quiz on Tuesday over chapter 6. 
3. We will also begin to work on chapter 7. This chapter focuses on Jesus's apostles. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
1. The students will complete our Political Convention project with an evaluation. The students will evaluate the others on their committee. I will take their classmates' input into consideration along with my own observations to determine each person's Convention participation grade. This grade will be equivalent to a large test grade because of the amount of time we have spent on this project. 
2. We will continue our study of Civics by looking at our economy. We will also begin to study the American justice system. 

Classroom News: October 30 - November 3

6th Grade Social Studies
1. This week we will continue to work on our study of Ancient Egypt. The students will start research for their Ancient Egypt research project. There will also be information going home early in the week about a bonus opportunity with this project.
2. The students will be voting for their homeroom's student council representative early in the week.
 
7th Grade Religion
1. We will continue our study of Jesus's mission. Father Chris will come into our room on Thursday to discuss Jesus's mission and types of sin.
2. We will continue to watch "The Bible and the Sacraments" series of formed.org. This is a great series that connects scripture at the sacraments. 
3. The 7th graders will vote for their student council representative early in the week. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
1. We are in our final week of political convention. The convention itself will take place on Friday. You are welcome to join us at 11:30!
2. We will also begin talking about the American economy this week. 

Classroom News: October 23-26

6th Grade Social Studies
1. This week we will dive into our study of Ancient Egypt. The students will take notes on the Old Kingdom, including burial practices, Egyptian gods and goddesses, and the pyramids. 
2. We will start our Ancient Egypt project this week. The students will research a certain part of Egyptian culture and create a power point to share their knowledge with their classmates. The project handouts will be posted on my website later in the week. 
3. This week the students will be assigned a state for the political convention that will take place next Friday, 11/3. The students are allowed to dress up to represent their state that day, and they must know the population and state motto for convention (this can be written on a note card). An order form will come home this week for the convention t-shirt and lunch. 
 
7th Grade Religion
1. This week the students will continue to view "The Bible and the Sacraments" series on Formed.org. The students are taking notes on the series and will complete a sacrament project at the conclusion of the series. 
2. The students will start chapter 6 this week. This chapter focuses on the mission of Jesus. 
3. This week the students will be assigned a state for the political convention that will take place next Friday, 11/3. The students are allowed to dress up to represent their state that day, and they must know the population and state motto for convention (this can be written on a note card). An order form will come home this week for the convention t-shirt and lunch. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
1. This week we are in high gear with political convention preparation. The students are creating  banners, writing speeches, and developing convention music playlists. 
2. This week the students will be assigned a state for the political convention that will take place next Friday, 11/3. The students are allowed to dress up to represent their state that day, and they must know the population and state motto for convention (this can be written on a note card). An order form will come home this week for the convention t-shirt and lunch. 
3. We will start to work on chapter 13 this week. This chapter focuses on economics. 

Classroom News: October 17-20

6th Grade Social Studies
1. We will complete our chapter on Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent this week. The test for this chapter will be on Wednesday.
2. We will start to look at Ancient Egypt and Kush this week. This chapter will be a longer one because of some extra activities we will complete.
 
7th Grade Religion
1. We will continue our study of the infancy narratives this week. The students will have a test over this chapter on Friday.
2. We will continue to view the series on Sacraments and the Bible. The students will be using information from this series for a project later in the fall. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
1. We will continue to work on political convention this week. The students will be filming their commercials and working on banners and speeches.
2. We will continue to discuss the American election process through our work on chapters 22 and 23. 

Classroom News: October 9-13

***This Wednesday is the last turn in day for Run4Fun!***
***The students are off next Monday, 10/16, for a faculty professional development day.***
 
6th Grade Social Studies
1. This week the sixth graders will continue to work on early Fertile Crescent civilizations and their innovations. 
2. We will examine the Code of Hammurabi this week and its links to modern justice. 
3. The students will have a test over chapter 3 next week. It is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, 10/17.
 
7th Grade Religion
1. On Monday the seventh graders will be traveling to Mayerson Jewish Community Center to talk with Rabbi Shena Jaffee about the connections between Judaism and Christianity. We will visit the community sukkah, or fall harvest festival tent, and discuss the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. 
2. We will continue to work on chapter 5 this week, which details the infancy narratives and the importance of Mary in our faith.
3. The Catholic website Formed has a great series that begins this week. The series is about the Bible and the Sacrament. It looks at the scriptural basis for the sacraments. We will be watching this series as it is posted on Formed for the next five weeks. This has a direct connection to the seventh grade curriculum and will be a great source of information for our students.  
 
8th Grade Social Studies
1. We will continue to work on chapter 22 this week. This chapter focuses on the development and roles of political parties in the United States. We will have an open-study-guide test over chapter 22 on Thursday.
2. Political convention is in full-swing this week. The candidates will be visiting classrooms to introduce the students to their platforms. The committees will be working on banners and posters, commercial production schedules, and speeches. 

Classroom News: October 2-6

6th Grade Social Studies
1. We will begin our study of the Fertile Crescent and Mesopotamia. We will be diving in to the many different advancements that these civilizations made.
2. The students will get their chapter 2 tests back early this week. 
 
7th Grade Religion
1. The students will continue their study of the time in which Jesus lived by completing a research activity. The students will create a written summary of their research and share it with their class.
2. We will prepare for our field trip that will take place next Monday, October 9th. Permission forms are due Wednesday, October 4.  The field trip is to Mayerson JCC on Ridge Road. The sudents will visit the center's sukkah and discuss the connections between Judaism and Christianity with Rabbi Shena Jaffee. 
3. We will begin to examine the different Nativity stories from the Gospels this week.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
1. The eighth graders will continue their work on political convention this week. Now that the students' goals have been approved, the students will be scheduling classroom visits, writing a speech for the classroom visits, creating a brochure and posters to advertise their party, and creating a script for their party's commercial.
2. We will also continue to discuss political parties and their role in our government as well as the electoral process. 

Classroom News: September 25-29

6th Grade Social Studies
1. We will be continuing our work on chapter 2 this week. This chapter focuses on early humans, including migration of early humans and the development of culture. 
2. There will be a test over this chapter on Friday. The students will get the study for the test on Monday so that they can start to prepare.
 
7th Grade Religion
1. Last week the students were visited by Jean Frey. She is an IHM parishioner and retired teacher who spends her time visiting students and teaching them how to make rosaries while telling them the story of Fatima. We will continue to discuss Fatima this week while we explore some of the literature that Mrs. Frey left for us.
2. We will also work on chapter 4 this week. This chapter looks at the time in which Jesus lived. The students will have a test on this chapter on Friday. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
1. We will continue our work on chapter three this week. The students will have a test on this chapter on Tuesday.
2. We will begin to study chapter 22 the second half of the week. This chapter focuses on political parties. 
3. The students will be working with their committees this week to get the ball rolling with political convention. The candidates will be finalizing their student council goals for the year and we will start to plan our classroom visits. 

Classroom News: September 19-22

6th Grade History
1. This week the 6th graders will be learning about the earliest humans and the Stone Age. 
2. We will be working on our note-taking skills as we dive into chapter 2. We will also be taking our first section quiz this week. 
 
7th Grade Religion
1. This week we will finish our study of chapter 3. This chapter examines the books of the New Testament. The students will have a quiz on chapter 3 on Wednesday. 
2. We will begin working on chapter 4 this week. This looks at the time and place where Jesus lived. We will watch a video this week that details some of the locations that Jesus was known to have visited. 
3. On Friday, the 7th graders will have the opportunity to make rosaries while learning about Our Lady of Fatima. 
4. 7B is in charge of Mass this Wednesday at 9:00am. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join us! 
 
8th Grade History
1. We are continuing our study of citizenship this week and what it means to be a citizen of the United States. The students will have a test over this chapter on Friday. 
2. We are starting to really amp up our work on political convention this week. The students will be meeting with their committees, and they will begin to execute their committee's assigned tasks. 
3. The students will receive their next geography map this week. We will be working on South America for the next few weeks. The students will have a week to label all of the countries on the map. They will have another week to memorize their locations. 

Classroom News: September 11 - 15

6th Grade History
1. Students will have their first test on Monday. This test is about the study of history. The 6th graders have received a study guide for this test and we have gone over the information extensively in class. 
2. Students will complete an activity about primary and secondary sources this week. 
 
7th Grade Religion
1. This week in religion we will be focusing on chapter 3. This takes a look at the books in the New Testament and how they portray the life and teachings of Jesus. We will be completing a "Gospel Lab" that helps the students look at specific books and passages in the New Testament. 
2. We will participate in Rosary this week as a class and a meditation on the words of Jesus. 
 
8th Grade History
1. The students will begin chapter 3 this week, which looks at the role of citizens in our country. 
2. We will choose out presidential and vice presidential candidates for political convention this week. In order to be in the running, students will have to give a speech about their leadership qualities to their class. 

Classroom News: September 5-8

 6th Grade Social Studies
1. This week we will be completing our chapter on the study of history and geography. The test on chapter 1 is scheduled for Thursday. This may change due to our progress in class. 
2. Late this week we will begin the project that was postponed from last week. This is a fun project that uses a parent interview and some basic internet research to help familiarize students with the concept of primary and secondary sources. 
 
7th Grade Religion
1. This week is 7A's first class Mass. Please join us on Wednesday at 9 am if you are able!
2. We will be completing chapter 2 in our religion text this week. This chapter focuses on Jesus and the development of our friendship with Him.
3. We will also take some time this week to complete a short scripture study on Sunday's readings, and we will say a rosary as a whole campus on Friday in commemoration of Mary. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
1. This week will begin with a discussion of leadership qualities in preparation for choosing candidates for this year's political convention.
2. The students will complete chapter 2 this week; their test is scheduled for Friday. 
3. The 8th graders will have a quiz Wednesday on the geography of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.