Monday, February 12, 2018

Parents, get ready for picture overload. 
A few things first. 
OUR BASKET THEME IS "CITY ESCAPE" FOR THE AUCTION. (Could be Des Moines, Omaha, Kansas City, wherever) Items could be tickets to a movie, baseball game, or museum. Gift cards could be good too, to restaurants, gas cards, stores, etc... I will be sending home a letter this week. 

Tuesday the 13th of February is when we will have our Valentine's Day party due to Ash Wednesday. 
We DO HAVE school on February 14th, however there will be no buses. 
PTO meeting the 15th at 6:00. 
Spirit Day the 23rd. 

The middle school has been busy with various projects over poetry and myths and legends. So, I took a few pictures to show you. 

 The 8th grade made poetry books. They wrote a total of 6 poems. These will be in their conference folders. I highly recommend you read your child's poetry book. They are so above and beyond 8th grade, it's AMAZING!!

 They learned about epic poetry, so they analyzed the longest epic poem- "Beowulf". I broke the chapters down so it wouldn't be as long or daunting. They had to find figurative language, dialogue, setting, supernatural beings, etc... Mallory drew Beowulf fighting off a dragon. Pretty cool, huh!?

The 6th grade made haiku tunnels. These will also be in conference folders. They had to write a three line poem only consisting of 17 syllables about nature. These are always fun to do. 

   The 7th grade was learning about legends so they made a 3D legend pop up book. This picture is the front covers and the above picture is of the actual popups some of the kids made. Below are their gods and goddesses report and then their tall tale galoots. 

We had an awesome Catholic Schools Week! It was so much fun especially since we added a new, fun day: Tourist Tuesday. The movie Wonder was such a tear jerker but worth it. 

 Miss Steinkamp and Miss McKasson's Advent/Lenten Angels getting ready to play some minute-to-win-it games.

 Look how calm they look. :) 

 I got a lot of compliments from Chamber members on how well spoken and polite these kiddos were. :) 

 I just had to get Brenton in there with his "walker". :) 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Catholic Schools Week is upon us.
The 8th grade's insert went out last week, so let me know if your child didn't give you a copy to read.

The 6th grade ads are in full swing so be sure to tune into KSIB throughout the week to listen to them!

Wednesday, the 8th grade serves the Chamber of Commerce breakfast. They should be in Mass attire when they come to school then they can change into super hero/America day after.

Thursday we will be heading to Des Moines for roller skating. That day is blue and gold day. Kids should have a sack lunch, pop is okay.

Friday is grandparents Mass. Please have your child dressed in Mass attire for this day.

I will post pictures next week of our CSW fun. I didn't get a picture of pj day due to kids coming and going throughout the day.

Reminder that February 8th is Donuts with Dad at 7:30-8:00.

We are taking donations or monetary donations for the auction basket, "A Day in the City". You can give your donations to anyone of us middle school teachers.

The 8th grade is almost finished with their first novel unit, "Animal Farm". It has been fun watching them make allegorical connections between the book characters and historical figures. They will be reading "Lord of the Flies" next, which is always a good read.

The 7th grade is currently learning about tall tales. They are almost done with this unit before starting on their novel unit. They will start reading "Night" in the next couple of weeks.

The 6th grade is just getting started in their myths and legends unit. They have learned about classical myths and legends. This will be their last unit as well before starting their novels.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hi parents,
AUCTION BASKET ANNOUNCEMENT: This year we are having a 6th,7th, AND 8th grade basket TOGETHER. Our theme is "A Day in the City". So this could be gift cards to restaurants, movies, baseball tickets, Adventureland tickets, gift cards to shops, gas cards, anything that would pertain to a day in the city, whether it is Des Moines, Omaha, Kansas City...wherever! Monetary donations are welcome.

8th grade parents, we need an idea for the silent auction item. Any ideas? Send them my way! The auction is the first weekend in March! I LOVE this event and hope to see you all there!!

Reminder that Monday the 15th we do not have school. So, Tuesday will be an A DAY when we return.
Next Wednesday, the 17th, is our 8th grade Mass. Hope to see you there!
Friday the 19th is a Spirit Day.
TRIVIA NIGHT Saturday the 20th. Good luck... ;)

The 6th grade visited KSIB today and recorded radio ads for Catholic Schools Week. These will be played throughout the week of January 29th-February 2nd. I wish I could tell you exactly when the ads will play, but I don't know for sure. The kids did fantastic! They were quiet and very polite.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year Parents! 

It always seems like time flies from now until summer break. But let's not think about that right now... 

Dates to remember: 
There is a PTO meeting Thursday night at 6 pm. 
January the 12th the 6th grade heads to the radio station to record ads for Catholic Schools Week.
No School January 15th
January 17th 8th grade Mass
January 19th Spirit Day 
January 28th-February 3rd is Catholic Schools Week 

****Be on the look out for the Catholic Schools Week newspaper insert in the Creston paper. The 8th grade is writing the insert. It will be packed full of some exciting information.****

The 6th grade started off their new year with a bang with an essay. I think they did well with the process. They are going to continue with the poetry unit then head into the myth and legends unit. 

The 7th grade just wrote a compare and contrast essay to wrap up their poetry unit. They start their myths and legends unit tomorrow. They will start this unit off with a Greek and Roman god/goddess project. 

The 8th grade is almost done with their poetry unit. Once they are done, they will start their first out of three novels. They will start their novel unit with "Animal Farm". 

I am a little late with pictures but here are a few from Christmas... 
The 7th grade's Christmas week consisted of them paraphrasing "A Christmas Carol". Once they did that, they had to write it into a different dialect then act it out with costumes. 

George and Reese's group went with a pirate dialect. 

This group went with a modern day dialect where they talked slang and in text. 

This group did a Southern dialect.

The 8th grade masa was a hit! We had plenty of food and great conversations. Thank you for allowing your kids to participate!

Ugly sweaters. 

Advent angels eating together.

Christmas carols. My favorite!