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Classroom News: March 25 - 29

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders are starting their study of topic 6. This topic explores southwest Asia, which includes the Arabian peninsula. The students will explore the major empires in the area, and they will also discuss several major world religions that deem this area of the world to be of sacred importance. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their study of chapter 14 this week. This chapter details the events and disputes that led to the Civil War. Our studies will include a look at a few excepts from the novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. The students will have a graded assessment on this chapter at the end of the week; they will not have a chapter test. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will continue their study of World War II this week. We will wrap up our lesson on Nazi propaganda. The students will study Nazi antisemitism, and the development of ghettos during the Holocaust. The students will also continue to learn about the military events of WWII. 

Classroom News: March 11 - 15

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will complete their study of Africa. We will look at the development of different African civilizations and what geographic, economic, and political events influenced their development. We will also complete our hot dog mummification project! The students are enjoying our experiment!
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will start to work on chapter 14 this week. This chapter focuses on the divide that existed between the North and the South prior to the Civil War. We will examine the events that led up to the Civil War. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The students will complete their study of chapter 22 and 23 by giving their group presentations. These chapters focus on the 1920s and 1930s. The students should gain an understand of the political, social, and economic events of these decades and how these events helped lead the world into World War II. Towards the end of the week we will begin to discuss the start of WWII, including a study of the propaganda that was used by Hitler. 

Classroom News: March 4 - 8

** IOWA TESTING IS THIS WEEK FOR 6TH AND 7TH GRADES. STUDENTS SHOULD GET PLENTY OF SLEEP AND EAT A NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST!**
 
6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will explore the history of Ancient Egypt and Kush. The students will watch a short video on this civilization, they will take notes of the Egypt's geography and development, and they will explore an Egyptian pyramid. The students will also complete a fun project over the next two weeks... they will be creating mummified hot dogs!
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will complete their projects on chapters 12 and 13 this week by taking a short presentation quiz. They will then move on to chapter 14. This chapter will discuss the growing divide between the north and the south before the Civil War. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the students will take their test on chapter 21 on Monday. This will be open study guide. The students will then complete a group project on the 1920's and the Great Depression. The students will present these projects late this week and early next week. There will be no test on the projects. 

Classroom News: February 25 - March 1

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will complete their study of 20th century Europe. We will then start our exploration of Africa. This will begin with a discussion of the origins of humans. We will end the week starting our study of Ancient Egypt and Kush. This is always an exciting topic for our students to discuss!!
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their chapter 12 and 13 projects this week. These chapters explore westward expansion as well as several cultural, social, and political reforms that were occurring prior to the Civil War. The students will present their projects to the class at the end of the week. There will be a short quiz on the presentations early next week. The students can use any notes they take on the quiz.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the eighth graders will complete their study of World War I. This will look at the major battles that the US was involved in, our plan for peace, and the treaty that the Allies eventually agreed on. We will also begin to look at Chapters 22 and 23. The students will complete group projects on aspects of American culture, politics, society, economics between WWI and WWII. The students will have a central Africa map that they have to complete by Friday. 

Classroom News: February 19 - 22

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will complete Topic 2. We will discuss the remainder of World War II, including a discussion of the Holocaust. The students will also learn about the Cold War and the development of the European Union. The students' test on Topic 2 Lessons 7 and 8 will be on Friday.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will have their review game for chapter 11 on Tuesday. Their test will be on Wednesday. The rest of the week will be spent working on chapters 12 and 13. For these chapters, the students will be divided into teams and they will become an expert on a topic pertaining to westward expansion and the reform movements of the early to mid-1800s. they will present their findings to the class next week. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The 8th graders will continue to work on their study of WWI this week. They will look at America's involvement in the war, the end of the war, and how the treaty and post-war events led to the beginning of WWII. 

Classroom News: February 11 - 14

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will continue to learn about Europe in the 20th century. We will discuss both World Wars, as well as a brief discussion of the Holocaust. This lesson will also look at the Cold War. The students will have a test on topic 2 lessons 7 and 8 on Thursday.
 
7th Grade Social Studies
This week the seventh graders will complete chapter 11. This chapter has focused on the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the economy of the north and south. This includes an in-depth discussion of the institute of slavery. The students will have a test over this chapter on Thursday.
 
8th Grade Social Studies
This week the eighth grader will continue to discuss World War I. We will investigate the causes for WWI, the major battles of WWI, and how America came to be part of the war. This week we will also do an activity on propaganda. 

Classroom News: February 4 - 8

6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will study topic 2 lessons 7 and 8. These are the last two lessons in topic 2. These lessons cover the Enlightenment, European revolutions, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. These lessons will include some discussion of sensitive topics, including the Holocaust. Though I will not go into detail about specific events of the Holocaust, we will be discussing the general events and why they occurred. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS  OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT ME! The students will have a test on Topic 2 lessons 7 and 8 on Tuesday, 2/12. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will continue their work on chapter 11 this week. This will include looking at the development of cities in the North and the continuation of slavery in the south. We will discuss the Underground Railroad this week, including its connection to Cincinnati and major people associated with it. The seventh graders will have a test on chapter 11 on Tuesday, 2/12. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders will be doing a quick study of chapter 20 this week. They will complete a packet that provides further details on the domestic and foreign policies of Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. This sets the scene for our study of World War I. Later in the week, we will look at the causes of World War I. 

Classroom News: January 28 - February 1

HAPPY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!
 
6th Grade Social Studies
This week the sixth graders will take their test over Topic 2 Lessons 5 and 6. We will also have a fun history trivia game on Thursday to celebrate student day! The students are also writing Thank you cards to our police officers as part of celebrating our community. There will be no classes on Friday due to special activities with the Seton campus students. 
 
7th Grade Social Studies
The seventh graders will begin this week by writing thank you cards to our firefighters and EMTs to thank them for all they do for our community. The students will also be working on chapter 11 sections one and two. On Thursday we will have a fun history trivia game to celebrate student day. There will be no classes on Friday due to special activities with our Seton campus students. 
 
8th Grade Social Studies
The eighth graders are completing chapter 19 this week. They will complete their study guide on Monday and take the test on Tuesday. The test will be open study guide. The students will also work on a packet on Chapter 20. This chapter looks at the domestic and foreign policies of Presidents Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson. This chapter sets the stage for our study of World War I, which will start next week.  There will be no classes on Friday due to special activities with the Seton campus students.  

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.