Ms. Egan’s Newsletter 10/21

Hello Middle School Families!

We’ve had a great first few weeks with laptops, and we have begun implementing them into all the classes! Very soon, students will be able to take them home.

We finished The Circuit in 5th and 6th grade, and Esperanza Rising in 7th and 8th, and students are all transitioning into autobiographical narrative assignments inspired by the novels. Rough drafts for all classes will be due next week.

We will be taking middle school to the public library to learn about and do research for the science fair within the next 2 weeks. More information will come.

We started the Great Awakening and Enlightenment in our Road to the American Revolution unit for US History, and effective note taking skills for our study of life in ancient Mesopotamia for Ancient Civilizations.

The pumpkin globe project for all grades will be due on October 31st. This should be a fun and creative project!

Looking Ahead: 

The 6th-8th grade Halloween dance is on Friday, October 27th

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Egan’s Weekly Update

Hello Middle School Families!

The Bates Nut Farm field trip was a blast! Thank you to all of the parent chaperones who came with us, and thank you to all of our middle school students. They were on their best behavior and were excellent models for St. Mary School! On Monday and Tuesday during social studies, I will introduce the pumpkin globe project. Students will use the pumpkin they got from the pumpkin patch to create a globe. This will be an at-home project, and later in the week we will transition into the next social studies units: Life in Ancient Mesopotamia in Ancient Civilizations, and the American Revolution in United States History. The Revolutionary War is one of my favorite periods in U.S. history, so I am very excited to be moving into this unit!

In Language Arts, we are wrapping up Responsibility Requires Action. 5th and 6th grade finished The Circuit this past week, and 7th and 8th grade will finish Esperanza Rising this coming week. We will be working on narrative writing, in addition to beginning the research process for the science fair. Students will be using their time with Mr. Molina to work on these projects on the laptops.

I have attached a PDF of the PowerPoint that introduces the Science Fair research paper and explains the research questions. Please note that this is just one of multiple lessons, and I will be attaching the rest of them as we move through the process. NOTES_Science Fair Research Paper

Looking Ahead:

School photo proofs and orders are due back NO LATER than this coming Tuesday October 17th

No school on Friday, October 20th

Halloween Dance for 6th – 8th grade on Friday, October 27th (flyer went home on Friday)

Ms. Egan’s Weekly Update – 10/7

Happy October Middle School Families!

Congratulations to our students of the month, Ardy Burnette in 7th grade and Aaron Servin in 8th grade!

The Fall Fiesta is this Sunday! The 7th grade mass is at 10:30am, and the performance is at 12. All students must attend the performance, and all 7th graders must attend the mass. Attendance is mandatory and will be part of each middle schooler’s religion grade, but please email me if your child will not be attending due to family reasons.  We are asking that 7th graders arrive to mass early at 10:00 in order to get situated and pass out pamphlets. Not all 7th graders are doing readings, but  those who are not in choir will sit together in the pews next to the choir. All readings will already be on the podium.

I will not be at the mass or Fiesta due to a prior family commitment, so Mrs. Martinez, Mrs. Johnston, and Ms. Silady will be there to help with the mass. When 7th graders arrive at the mass, please have them check with Mrs. Martinez for where to go. Mrs. Martinez will be checking students in and out of the Fiesta as well.

In class, we will be wrapping up our Responsibility Requires Action novel study unit in all Language Arts classes, and beginning a narrative writing assignment. At the end of the upcoming week, we will also begin learning about research-based writing for the science fair. There will be a unit test for both Ancient Civilizations and United States History at the end of next week.

We launched ALEKS and LEXIA this week with Mr. Molina. Students also now have their laptops! I am very excited to start using them for in-class activities and writing!

The sign up deadline for the DC trip has been extended to October 12th, so there is still time to sign up! Flyers went out to students who wanted them this week, but I will be happy to send digital copies to anyone who is still interested.

The Bates Nut Farm field trip is this coming Thursday, 10/12. If your child did not turn in his/her permission slip, please make sure it gets to school to be turned in on Tuesday.

Progress Reports were also ready this week. Please email me if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to set up a meeting to discuss your child’s grade.

The 6th-8th grade Halloween Dance is coming up on Friday, October 27th, from 6-9pm. More information will come.

Please note there is no school this Monday, October 9th.  

Ms. Egan’s Class Weekly Update 10/1

Happy October Middle School Families!

This was 8th grade’s last week of Wednesday mass until after Christmas time, and they did great the past 5 weeks!

In Language Arts, we’re still going strong with Esperanza Rising and The Circuit. Shortly, we will move into learning how to research for the science fair.

In Social Studies, we are wrapping up the first units, and will be moving on to the Revolutionary War in US History, and Ancient Mesopotamia in Ancient Civilizations. Because of the two half days next week, the unit tests have been moved to the following week.

Technology Use Agreements went out today. Please carefully read this with your child. It must be signed by both the student and parent.

DC Trip: The deadline to sign up is October 5th. If you are still interested in signing your child up, please contact me ASAP for information. Mrs. Prieto will be the chaperone accompanying the kids on the trip. Keep an eye out for an upcoming informational meeting for all families with children attending.

Bates Nut Farm: Our field trip will be on Thursday, October 12th. Please see previous newsletter for more details, and expect the permission slip this week. If you are planning to drive or chaperone, you must complete the Safe Environment Training on CMG Connect by Friday, October 6th. Please read the email from Mrs. Huelskamp that was sent on 9/25 for more information.

Fall Fiesta: The Fall Fiesta is October 7th & 8th. Mass will begin at 10:30am on Sunday the 8th. 7th grade will be doing the mass, and all students are required to attend. The Spaghetti Dinner is Friday, October 6th. In order to prepare, we will have 12pm dismissal on Thursday, October 5th and Friday, October 6th.

No School on Monday, October 9th. 

Halloween Dance: 6th-8th grade may attend the Halloween Dance on Friday, October 27th from 6-9pm. More information to come.

Ms. Egan’s Class Weekly Update 9/24

Hello Middle School Families!

Thank you to all the 8th graders involved in the mass this past Sunday! Everyone did great, and the class got a positive response from parishioners and other teachers. Way to go!

We had our first day of School Families on Thursday, and I’m very happy to say that our 8th graders really enjoy interacting with the rest of the school!

In Language Arts this week, 7th & 8th grade continued with Esperanza Rising, while 5th & 6th grade continued with The Circuit. We will have our first reading quiz next week for both novel studies. Students will soon begin working on a longer piece of narrative writing dealing with the novel study theme, Responsibility Requires Action. Since all of middle school will be doing science fair projects, I will be teaching research skills, how to make a bibliography, and informational/research based writing in a few weeks.

We are wrapping up our first unit in both Ancient Civilizations and United States History. 5/6 began working on a Create Your Own Civilization project, due on Oct. 3rd, and 7/8 will be doing a Life in the Original 13 Colonies rotation over the next couple of classes. Both social studies classes will have unit tests the following week. I had originally scheduled them for this coming week, but I pushed them back for more review time.

8th Grade High School Visitation Days: please note that we will not be attending as a school, so if you would like your student to attend a Saints, OLP, or Cathedral visitation day, please sign him/her up individually. Also, all three schools offer shadow days, where 8th graders can accompany a freshman during the school day.

Bates Nut Farm Field Trip: Our first field trip is coming up, October 12th. The 5th – 8th graders will be going to Bates Nut Farm to pick out pumpkins for our annual Middle School Globe Competition. Every year the students turn pumpkins into amazing globes. We then display them in the hall for the rest of the school to vote on their favorites. Our students really enjoy this activity. If you are available to drive, please let us know on the permission slip that will go out this coming week.

DC Trip: You are still able to sign your student up for the Washington DC trip over Easter vacation. I have informational packets if you are interested.

Looking ahead: 

7th grade mass & Fall Fiesta: Sunday, October 8th

Bates Nut Farm Field Trip: Thursday, October 12th

Ms. Egan’s Class: Weekly Update

Greetings Middle School Families!

This week, all language arts classes began our first Character Based Literacy unit: Responsibility Requires Action. 5/6 are reading The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez, a collection of stories from the life of a migrant child. 7/8 are reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, the story of a girl who has to flee Mexico to California during the Great Depression. In all classes, we will be focusing on how the theme of responsibility requires action is weaved throughout the stories, and how the young characters respond to new responsibilities. I am also beginning Blended Learning rotation techniques with the novel study in all classes. For the rest of the year, our vocabulary words will be from the novels we study, but spelling words and grammar practice will be separate and specific to each class.

In Ancient Civilizations, we discussed nomads, and began the transition into Mesopotamia. Next week, we will focus more on Mesopotamia, and what makes a civilization. Students will also start on a project in which they get to create their own civilization!

In United States History, we discussed the earliest North American settlements, and had a blast playing a Jamestown Survival game. Students answered questions to uncover their fate in the Jamestown colony. We also compared the real story of Pocahontas to the Disney film. Next week we will transition into the original 13 colonies, and discover what life was like in the colonies.

Reminders:

8th grade mass on SUN 9/17 at 9am

STAR math testing will be on Tuesday. Homework will be light on Monday, so students should get a good night’s sleep and eat a fuel-filled breakfast. Mr. Molina will be administering the tests in the morning.

8th grade Wednesday mass 9/20 and 9/27

Planning Ahead: 7th grade Sunday mass is on 10/8

Weekly Newsletter

Hello Middle School Families!

The school year is officially in full swing! Gradelink login information was distributed this week, so feel free to check grades any time. I will update them periodically. Congratulations to those who ran for student council this week! Below, I have attached a few photos from speeches on Thursday.

This week’s recap:

7th and 8th grade completed a study of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” and examined plot structure and irony within the short story. We also worked with our first mentor sentence and interactive language notebook. In US History, we completed study of European exploration of the Americas and moved onto the earliest European settlements of the New World. Next week, 7th and 8th grade will move on to the first Character Based Literacy Novel, Esperanza Rising. In this unit, we will be focusing on the theme, Responsibility Requires Restraint, and narrative writing In Social Studies, we will continue with the earliest settlements, and introduce a Native American Tribes of Colonial Times project.

5th and 6th grade worked on an All About Me writing assignment this week, in which students had the chance to describe their lives in writing. Next week, we will complete these assignments and transition into the first Character Based Literacy novel, Circuit. This unit will also focus on narrative writing, and the same theme of Responsibility Requires Restraint. In Social Studies, we discussed archaeology and how artifacts are used to help archaeologists continue to study and piece together the history of our human past. Next week in Ancient Civilizations, we will discuss what makes a civilization, and  transition into a study of hunter-gatherers.

Take Note: STAR testing for reading will take place next week. Mr. Molina will administer the tests during lab on Tuesday. They will only last one hour total, but we suggest making sure students are well-rested and eat a good breakfast Tuesday morning. We will be sure not to assign too much homework on Monday night so students can perform well.  Also, the 8th grade Sunday mass will take place next Sunday, September 17th, and we encourage all family to attend!

Picture Day: Thursday 9/14

Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead!

Eric’s speech
Aaron’s speech
Peyton’s speech
Namie’s speech

 

Ms. Egan’s Class: Recap of Our First Week of All Classes

Greetings middle school families!

I enjoyed meeting many of you at Back to School Night this past Tuesday, and I look forward to meeting more of you throughout the year! 7th and 8th grade parents, please be on the lookout for an email from me about signing up to volunteer for 8th grade events, and for room parents. Also please note the date for the 8th grade mass is Sunday, September 17th. We would love to have all of you there!

During this first week of full school days, 7th & 8th grade set up their language notebooks for grammar, reviewed grammar basics, and studied their first set of vocabulary words. This week’s words were key terms they should know before beginning our first novel study. In Social Studies, we began discussing the roots of American Democracy, and in particular, took a look at our first primary source: The Magna Carta. In 8th grade religion, we reflected on mass readings, worked on classroom SLE posters, and wrote a class prayer. Next week we will get through ch. 1 of our textbook and begin learning about Church history. 8th grade is in charge of Wednesday mass for the rest of September as well, so we invite those of you who are able to attend. Next week, we will move into our Mentor Sentence study for grammar and language and will practice critical reading and literary study with a short story.  In Social Studies, we will discuss the Age of Exploration.
6th grade also set up their language notebooks, while 5th grade worked with conjunctions. We practiced using the vocabulary words in context so they can be used when we begin novel study. In Social Studies, we talked about how to think like a historian, and we focused on geography concepts.

Next week, 6th grade will continue with their language notebook for grammar, while 5th grade will move on to prepositions. Both grades will begin their first writing assignments. In Social Studies, we will begin talking about the prehistoric past.

Have a wonderful week!

Middle School Update 8/25

Greetings Middle School Families!

I am very excited to have your students in my class this year! I met many of you over the past week, and I look forward to meeting all of you at Back to School Night on Tuesday.

This first week of school was dedicated to getting to know me, each other, and the classroom. My homeroom students worked on their first writing assignment, a biography of a peer, which you will be able to see at Back to School Night.

Next week, we begin normal class rotations. I will have students for Language Arts, Social Studies, and 8th grade Religion. On Wednesday, 8th grade will have their first mass. In 7/8 Language Arts, we will discuss expectations for the class, review grammar, work with our first Mentor Sentence, and practice short writing assignments. We will not begin novel study until the following week. In Social Studies, we will also discuss expectations for the class, and dive right into United States History.

For 5th and 6th grade Language Arts, we will also begin with grammar and our first Mentor Sentence. This week’s vocabulary words will be key terms that will be used throughout the year in Language Arts. In Social Studies, we will discuss class expectations, then dive right into Ancient Civilizations, starting with the beginning of humankind.

I am looking forward to a wonderful first week of full classes!