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Classroom News: January 14 - 18

6th Grade Social Studies
The sixth graders are finishing a Plague Simulation game that we started last week. The students are taking on the role of pilgrim or trader and traveling from town to town to see whether they contract the plague on the their journey... They are having a great time playing the game! This week we will also learn about the Renaissance and Reformation and complete a short biography report on an important person from this era. The students will have a short test on lessons 5 and 6 after we complete the biography reports. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders are completing their chapter on the Age of Jackson. The students will explore the political and economic changes that took place during this era and they will have an assessment on chapter 10 later this week or early next week. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders are working on the Progressive Era. They are studying the many political, social, and economic changes that took place at the turn of the 20th century. The eighth graders will take a test later this week or early next week over this chapter (chapter 19).
 

Classroom News: January 22 - 25

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will spend time researching an important person from the Renaissance or Reformation. The students will present this information to the class. After all presentations, the students will have a test over Topic 2 lessons 5 and 6. The test will include a section on the biographies presented in class. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will finish the Age of Jackson this week by completing a fascinating video on the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson. Later in the week we will begin work on chapter 11. This chapter focuses on the different paths that the North and South took in the early to mid 1800s, including economic, political and social changes. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders are completing work on chapter 19, which covers the Progressive Era. They will have a test on chapter 19 on Wednesday. The students may use their study guides on the test. There will also be a quiz on the Balkan Peninsula on Thursday. The rest of the week will be spent preparing for Catholic Schools Week.

Classroom News: January 7 - 11

8th Grade Social Studies
As we begin 2019, the eighth graders are restarting their American history studies. We will be starting with the Progressive era and all of the political and social reforms that took place. the eighth graders will also resume their geographic studies with the last European map - the Balkan Peninsula.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will begin 2019 by studying the Age of Jackson and the democratic reforms that this colorful president brought to our nation. We will also discuss policies concerning Native Americans and slavery. 
 
6th grade Social Studies
The sixth graders will begin the new year by studying the Middle Ages. They will discover what political, economic, and social changes took place during this fascinating period in history.

Classroom News: December 17 - 20

6th Grade Social Studies
The last week before Christmas break will be spent preparing for our test on Topic 2 Lessons 1-4. The students have received a study guide to help them prepare. We will review the material in class Monday, and the students will take the assessment on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday will be spent previewing the next section (The Middle Ages in Europe) and completing some fun history extra credit. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will be preparing for and completing an assessment on chapter 9. The students have already completed a study guide for this chapter. Monday will be spent playing a review game and Tuesday is the test. Wednesday and Thursday will be spent previewing the next Chapter that covers the Age of Jackson and completing some fun history extra credit. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will be preparing and enacting a second mock trial this week - they had a blast completing the first mock trial last week. The case this week involves vandalism. The students will also prepare for and complete a "Citizenship Test" as a glimpse into what it takes to become a citizen of the United States. On Thursday the students will have the chance to complete some fun history extra credit. 

Classroom News: December 10 - 14

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will be presenting the projects they completed on Greek / Roman mythological figures and Ancient Roman culture. It will be exciting to learn about some unique aspects of Ancient Rome that are not typically covered in a textbook. The students will also complete topic 2 lesson 4, which covers the Byzantine Empire. Following this section, the students will prepare for an assessment that will cover topic 2 lessons 1-4. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will complete their study of chapter 9. They will be looking at the War of 1812 in depth, including the battle that inspired our National Anthem. The students must demonstrate their knowledge of the Star-Spangled Banner on a quiz on Tuesday. The test over chapter 9 will take place on Friday, 12/14.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The students have been learning about the American criminal justice system over the past several weeks. This week we are going to put the students' knowledge to the test by taking part in two mock trials. The students will each have a part to play, including lawyer, judge, witness, defendant, bailiff, and jury member. It should be a fun way to put our learning to the test!

Classroom News: December 3 - 7

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will complete research projects on Ancient Roman mythology and culture. The students will create a poster about a mythological figure and they will research and prepare a slide presentation on an aspect of Roman life. The students will then present their projects at the end of the week to their classmates. I look forward to see their awesome work!
 
7th Grade Social Studies
In the seventh grade this week we are continuing to learn about the presidencies of Jefferson and Madison. The students will work on reading a chart of electoral votes and election results and examining primary sources. We will also learn about the War of 1812, including the development of our National Anthem. Next week the students will have two assessments related to this chapter: a quiz on the National Anthem and a test on chapter 9. The students will also have a CNN 10 quiz on Friday.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will complete their study of the criminal and juvenile justice system in America. One of their final activities for the chapter will be to analyze a situation and determine what type of crime is being committed (I call it, "Name that Crime"). They will take a test on chapter 20 on Thursday. The students will also have a CNN 10 quiz on Friday. Next week the students will be introduced to mock trials, of which they will participate in several before Christmas.

Classroom News: November 26 - 30

6th Grade Social Studies
After finishing our exciting Ancient Greek Olympics, the students will move on to studying Ancient Rome. After we take notes and answer a few graded questions from the book, the students will have two short projects / activities that they will complete. One will be creating a poster on a Greek / Roman god, goddess, or other mythological figure. The other activity will be to create a short power point presentation on an aspect of Ancient Roman culture.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
After completing the chapter 8 test, the students will move on to study the presidencies of Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams. This will also include a discussion of the War of 1812 and the development of our national anthem. The students will be required to memorize the national anthem as part of this chapter. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The students will continue their study of the US judicial system by examining the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The students will trace the path a person takes in the criminal justice system from arrest to the end of a trial. They will also compare and contrast the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems. 
 

Classroom News: November 12 - 20

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will continue to learn about Ancient Greece. The students will review the history of Greece and its development as a democratic society. As a special project, the students will learn about the ancient Olympics and they will then participate in our own version of the Olympics. The students will compete under the name of the one of five Greek city-states, and they will compete in events such as the "javelin throw" (paper airplane toss), "boxing" (memorizing objects in a box in 1 minute), and the "discus throw" (paper plate throwing). It should be a fun week before Thanksgiving!
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will complete their study of chapter 8. This chapter has focused on the early development of our government, including the first presidencies and the precedents they set that are still followed today. The goal is to have the test on chapter 8 before the students go on Thanksgiving break.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will complete their study of chapter 19. This chapter is an overview of the types of laws that exist in our country, as well as an overview of the criminal and civil justice systems. The students will have a test over chapter 19 on Thursday, 11/15. 
 

Classroom News: November 5 - 9

***Monday is Political Convention! Each student is allowed to bring a costume related to their assigned state. This is an optional activity. All students should come in uniform... they will put their costume on before the Convention starts.***
 
6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will take their second test on Topic 1. This test will cover lessons 6 - 10. On Tuesday we will (finally!) begin topic 2. This topic covers the European region of the Eastern Hemisphere. I have a few fun activities planned for this topic. After we learn about Ancient Greece in lesson 2, the students will participate in their own Ancient Greek Olympics! 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will continue to learn about our early government and presidents. The students are discovering how the cabinet departments came into existence, The development of our national economy, and the important decisions that our first presidents' made that set a precedent for future presidents.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders' hard work will come to fruition on Monday when the junior high participates in Political Convention. I am so proud of the effort the students have put in to this event to make it better than ever! 
In addition to convention, the students will also begin to examine our judicial system in depth. This begins will a look at why we have laws and what types of laws exist in our country. 

Classroom News: October 29 - November 2

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will finish topic 1!!! The students will complete their last lesson early in the week. They will receive a study guide for the test on Monday. The test over Topic 1 Lesson 6-10 is scheduled for Friday, 11/2.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week the seventh graders will complete their study of the Constitution! The students will have a quiz over the Constitution on Wednesday. We will spend Monday and Tuesday practicing for the quiz (it is application-based). The seventh graders will be able to use their resources on the quiz. Later in the week we will start to work on chapter 8.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the eighth graders will be working on political convention. The big event is on Monday, 11/5, so this is our last week to prepare. The marketing committee is busy creating huge banners that will be hung in the gym class. The film crew is editing their commercials and helping me with some organizational tasks for the day of the event. The speech writers are working on the candidates' rally speeches and acceptance speech, and the candidates are overseeing all of it! 
In addition, the students will have a quiz on Tuesday on the location of Western Europe countries, and they have a packet on chapter 14 due Friday.

Classroom News: October 22 - 26

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will complete their study of topic 1. We will be working on lessons 8 - 10. Next week the students will be preparing for and taking their second large assessment. It will cover topic 1 lessons 6 - 10. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
We will finish reading and analyzing the Constitution this week. The students will complete a packet based on the their reading. Several sections of the packet will be graded. We will also begin to prepare for the Constitution quiz. This quiz will be application. Students will be given scenarios and they will have to choose which article of the Constitution applies. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will be working on their political convention tasks, including creating posters and banners, writing a "campaign stop" speech, and completing the filming of their commercials. They will also be working on a map of Western Europe. The eighth graders will have their quiz on Western Europe next week. The students will receive a packet on chapter 14 in the Civics book. This chapter explores America's economy. The students will have to complete the packet by the end of next week. 

Classroom News: October 15 - 19

6th Grade Social Studies
This week we will continue our study of the basics of geography. This will include a more in-depth look at what types of economies and governments exist around the world, and what it means to be a citizen. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies 
We will continue our study of the Constitution. The students will be learning about the contents of the articles and how our modern government works. The students will have a quiz on the Constitution next Tuesday, 10/23. This quiz will require the students to apply their knowledge of the contents of the Constitution to given scenarios.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The students will have a quiz on chapter 13 this week, this chapter is about what an economy is and different types of economies that exist. The students also have a big week for political convention this week. Our candidates will visit the 6th and 7th grade classes in order to introduce themselves and their platforms. The will also be filming their commercials this week. 

Classroom News: October 9 - 12

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will have their first major test in social studies. After studying the first five lessons in topic one, the students spent time last week reviewing the material, including filling out a study guide. They will play a game as their final review on Tuesday, and their test will be on Monday. The test will include matching, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice questions. The students will begin topic 1 lesson 6 on Thursday. Friday is the Blue Ribbon Celebration and Run4Fun, so students will be at the Seton campus all day. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The students will continue their study of the Constitution this week. We will explore each of the seven articles of the Constitution, and the students will discover what governmental powers are granted or restricted in each of them. There will be graded worksheets on the document, and eventually the students will have a quiz on the contents of the Constitution. The students will not have class on Friday because we will  be at the Seton Campus all day for the Blue Ribbon Celebration and the Run4Fun. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will complete chapter 23 on Tuesday by grading the packet they completed last week in class and over the weekend. The students will then begin to study our Economic system (Civics chapter 13) as well as looking at what other economic systems exist around the world today. After completing notes on Chapter 13 this week, the students will have a test over the material next week. In addition to their Civics work, the students will continue their work on Political Convention. The candidates will begin their classroom visits this week to introduce themselves and their platforms to the 6th and 7th graders. In addition to that, their campaign crew will be working on posters, film scripts and schedules, and writing speeches for upcoming events. It will be a very busy three days of class!