Mrs. Wilkins Middle School Update

Language Arts:
This week we have finished putting together the instructions and learning about the purpose of our vocabulary notebook. Students have been busily searching for words and adding them to their bookmarks. Next week we will officially begin adding pages and words to our notebooks. This will be a part of their weekly homework. Since this notebook is an integral part of our vocabulary program I took a lot of time ensuring the students understood the guidelines. To find copies of the bookmarks and vocabulary pages click here.

By now all students should be set up with their No Red Ink account as well. This along with the 5-A-Day will be a part of their language arts homework. We are continuing to learn the skills in the 5-A-Day program and as we do this homework will increase.

8th graders began reading Our Lady of Fatima book. We are learning how to highlight and make notations for studying in non-fiction text. Next week 7th and 6th graders will work on this skill.

7th/6th SS:
We are learning about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Students have been adding pages to their interactive notebooks with fun activities, notes, and homework. We will have a test on chapter 1 next week. They can use the questions at the back of the chapter to help them study. We will also begin an activity where I will need supplies.

The following items would be greatly appreciated:
• 8 bars of Ivory soap (Ivory brand is the easiest to work with)
• A small bag of cloves
• 5 Styrofoam cups
• 5 Plastic knives
• Package of straws (not bendy straws)

Future 6/7 SS needs:
• Popsicle sticks (a box of 1000 is what kids usually use per activity)
• Container of salt
• 7 Large sheets of cardboard (2’ x 2’)
• 5 Large sheets of cardboard (3’ x 3’)
• White glue (refill Gallon size would be great)

8th Grade SS
As an introduction activity to our Colonial studies students worked in groups to recreate a Jamestown. The skills that were challenged were reading and interpreting instructions, problem solving, critical thinking, and team work. They were also learning facts about early colonization. The students will be writing about what they learned from this experience next week.

Upcoming Events:
• Wednesday- visit from St. Augustine & Our Lady of Peace High Schools
• October 4th at St. Timothy’s Church from 9:30-10 (time may vary) a speaker will talk to families of all ages about the importance of pro-life
• October 18th Life Walk at St. Timothy’s Church

Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us

Our Lady of Fatima

Social Studies

In the beginning of the week our church was blessed with a visit by the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.  Before the visit we learned about the story of the three children of Fatima and viewed a quick video on other cultures who honor Mary through the statue’s visit.  We also talked a bit about the importance of the rosary.  In the upcoming week we will read the story in language arts as a follow up to this visit. 


This week we focused on how to read a textbook.  Ask your students what it means to “Read before you read.”  They should be able to show you a good way to get their minds ready to receive information in a text.  I shared with them that this was how I read textbooks in college and it is an invaluable skill to learn. 


Language Arts:

In Language Arts this week we have been focusing on how to fill out the study guide for the 5-A-Day homework.  Students are not required to do the homework on sections that I have not reviewed with them yet.  This weekend they will get their first real homework assignment.  They have high-lighted the problems they are responsible for.  Their first assignment will be due on Tuesday. 


While we continue to focus on getting our routine down students have been learning how to observe life like a writer.  On a daily basis, students come into the classroom and have about 10 minutes of uninterrupted time to simply write.  I have a writing prompt slide that is filled with interesting details such as facts, quotes, and words of the day. This will be a routine they can enjoy throughout the year.



Upcoming Events:

  • Tuesday: Band demo next week (do we have any musician’s out there?)
  • Friday: Noon dismissal


To see more information on classes go to: 

Science Fair

7th and 8th Grade Students:

Please click here for the Summer Science Fair Assignment.

The Science Fair Rubric can be found here and the Science Fair Guide can be found here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at


Student Supply List 2013-2014

School Supply List


Mr. Testa

►One Rosary

►One plain pocket folder for each subject and one for a homework

turn-in folder (7 total) 5 – 10

►Ten #2 pencils

►#2 pencils 5 – 10 blue or black ball point pens (no click type)

►One glue stick

►One ruler (centimeters & inches) – 12 inch

►One scissors

►One Scotch Tape

►Two large boxes of tissue

►One roll of paper towels

►Two large containers of antibacterial wipes

►Two red pencils for corrections

►One box of ten colored pencils

►One box of ten washable markers

►One box of 20 crayons

►One plastic box – 4x12x2 – to store supplies

►Two packages of college ruled loose leaf lined paper

►Two pads of graph paper for science and math

►One highlighter pen

►One 2″ three ring binder

►One composition book for religion journal – 6th and 7th

►One New American Bible

►One Catechism of the Catholic Church (at home)

►Four graph paper journal books

►One planner ordered through the office – $5.00

►Optional – one Spanish/English dictionary

►Four composition notebooks for Reading and Religion

►Mrs. Asaro’s class – One Texas Instrument or Casio Scientific Calculator


Rev. 5/13