Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hi Parents!

 Below will be the link for conference sign up on November the 2nd. I also sent out the link via email.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dates to remember: 
October 13th and 16th: No School 
October 19th: Muffins with Mom
October 20th: Spirit Day
October 21st: Spaghetti Supper. Middle school kids are expected to work the carnival.
October 24th: 8th grade field trip to SWCC. Permission slips will be sent home next week and students will need a sack lunch. 
October 28th: St. Malachy Vendor Fair: Middle school kids are to bring a baked good for the Civics Club booth.

Homecoming fun. Thank you to all of the students who rode our float. I may be biased, but I think we had the best float. :) 

 They are going to kill me for posting this. 

They HAD to have their picture taken. :) 

The 6th grade started their first ever essay for me this week. They have to write a personal narrative. Their rough draft is due on Tuesday, so I am excited to see what they come up with. 

The 7th grade is also working on a personal narrative. In between writing sessions they learned about characterization in poetry. So to stay true to the Halloween season, they are writing characterization poems about a Halloween monster/character. I am pretty impressed from what I have read so far. They are a creative bunch of kids! 

The 8th grade is working on a group project that covers several standards at once. It's a pretty hefty project, but they are having fun! They are creating a news broadcast video. They are using WeVideo to produce a "real" news broadcast show. The groups picked a topic from history to report on. They will start videoing on Tuesday. I am hopeful I can get the videos posted to my blog when it's all said and done. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Heads up...
The PTO would like all the students to wear blue on Monday. Blue is the anti-bullying color.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hi all!

Tomorrow there will be a noisy can collection at Mass.
Reminder that Friday we will get out two hours early due to Homecoming. This day is also a Spirit Day. So kids can bring $1 to wear sweat pants, and we encourage the students to wear their black and red to support the Panthers.
Monday the 2nd we will have an inspirational speaker talk with the middle school about bullying provided by the PTO.
NEXT Wednesday there will be a prayer service, no regular Mass.
October 13th we DO NOT have school nor on the 16th due to Professional Development.

6th grade took their first unit test yesterday over the elements of the story. The first 5-6 weeks of school are a learning process. They did well on their first test though! We will be heading into unit 2 by focusing on the first and third person point of view.

Last week the 7th grade took advantage of the nice weather and played wiffle ball comprehension. They finished reading "Casey at the Bat", so I decided they should play a little game of wiffle ball instead of getting assigned a worksheet. They then wrote narrative poems that were similar to "Casey at the Bat". They took their first unit test yesterday and corrected today. We will be heading into unit 2 which is about point of view.

Last week the 8th grade read a narrative poem about Paul Revere. They found out that not all of the information within the poem was correct. So, to kill two birds with one stone, I had the students compare and contrast Revere's ride then make it into a poem. They actually were great! The picture below is two examples of the poems. Sorry, I didn't save it right side up. 
They just took their first unit test today, so tomorrow we will correct then move on. Their next unit will focus on mood, setting, and imagery. 

The 8th grade went to the St. Thomas More Center in Panora on Monday. Below are several pictures of them completing leadership activities. They had a great day learning about leadership, prayer, and reflection. 

 Jacob's face!! Ha

We were very fortunate to get a visit from Sister Mary Vincent today. She spoke to the kids for 45 minutes about her daily life, her convent, and various stories of her life in Australia. It was very interesting and all of the kids really enjoyed listening to her! 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hi all!

Reminder that Monday we do not have school due to professional development.
Next Thursday is a PTO meeting at 6. I encourage all of you to attend. They are doing a lot of neat things!
Sunday the 24th is our Color Run!
Monday the 25th will be our class trip to Panora. I will send out permission slips next week.

8th grade is currently working on a compare/contrast poem about Paul Revere's ride. They are also working on characterization within stories. They watched a video and are starting to read about Harriet Tubman while noting her characterization.
Last week they were working on short suspense stories. Below is a picture of two of their story covers. I am so excited to read them this weekend!

7th grade read an account of the sinking of the Titanic. Their assignment was to write a newspaper article reporting on the sinking or the maiden voyage of the ship. They are to make it look like a real newspaper. Of course no Titanic lesson would be complete without the playing of the Titanic soundtrack...

6th grade read The Walrus and the Carpenter today. They are learning about the components in a narrative poem. Their assignment was to start writing a narrative poem with a partner. They are focusing on their character overcoming a conflict. They are finding it a bit challenging since I am making them rhyme. I can't wait to see what they come up with!

Have a great weekend!

The 7th grade working on their newspaper articles. Well some are working and others are dabbing. 

Two of the awesome covers for the short suspense stories. 

Monday, September 11, 2017


A few dates to keep in mind:

September 18th we do not have school.
September 24th is the Color Run. Please be sure to tell your friends!
September 25th will be the 8th grade's leadership retreat in Panora. Permission slips will be sent home in the next week or two.
September 29th we get out early due to the Homecoming parade.

Thank you to all of the students who helped with the Food Fair's carnival last night! We had a great turn out.

The 8th grade is in the process of reviewing the essential elements of a plot. They are currently in the process of writing a short creative story. We will move on to a few nonfiction stories before we really get started in the textbook.

The 7th grade just finished a short story by Ray Bradbury called "The Sound of Thunder". They are focusing on cause and effect, foreshadowing, and suspense.

The 6th grade is being introduced to the elements of a plot, how to diagram the elements on a plot diagram, and my writing expectations. They will be reading a memoir today by Gary Paulsen before they write their own mini memoirs tomorrow.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Welcome back everyone!

I hope you all had a great summer. I know for a lot of you it was pretty busy and it flew by.

Last week we were getting acquainted, so this week will be more focused on content. However, the middle schoolers will be taking assessments in my classroom today and tomorrow with Mrs. Mitchell.

A few things this week...

8th grade's first Mass will be this Wednesday. We hope to see you there!
Thursday, the 31st, will be school pictures. Thursday is also a PTO meeting at 6 p.m. if you would like to attend.
Monday the 4th of September we will not have school due to Labor Day.

The new batch of 8th graders. :)
 Each class is doing a back to school activity for me involving them tracing their shoes. Briley and Jacob had to tape a couple of pages together to get their whole foot to fit!
The middle school got together to work on our social contract on Friday.