Posted by: aoifelove | January 27, 2013

Report Cards This Week!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

Your child’s report card was mailed out on Friday, so you can expect to receive it this week.  If you have any questions or concerns about it, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you.

Our Middle School dance was a GRAND success last Friday evening!  All who attended had a blast!  THANK YOU to all the Student Council members who decorated The McKeon Center for the dance, and to Gianna Acosta who designed the flyer.  THANK YOU to Alexa Small, our D.J., who played great music that our students wholeheartedly enjoyed.  THANK YOU to Paul Friedman and Michelle McGowan who ran the Photo Booth, and convinced everyone to don unusual hats and galactic sunglasses etc.  THANK YOU to Michelle Acosta and Jud Fidellow who ran the Refreshment Booth.  THANK YOU to our chaperones: Nicki Nugent, Carmela Osorio, Donna Snaer-Williams, and Laura Visco. THANK YOU to our alumni Ellen Allison and Diana Visco who took in funds at the entrance.  THANK YOU to all our parents who donated snacks, candy, chips, cookies, and drinks.  Finally, THANK YOU to all the students and parents who helped with the cleanup.  As you can see, it takes a village to put on a Middle School dance.

This week in literature, Odysseus has returned home to Ithaca, and will meet his son, Telemachus, whom he has not seen for almost twenty years.  The Eighth Graders have started a new comprehension workbook in class which focuses on The Odyssey, and will reinforce the many places that Odysseus visited during his adventures.  In addition to this, we will return to poetry with Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. 

I am happy to report that the Eighth Graders scored extremely high on their History Test last Wednesday.  I am very proud of them!  Well done!  This week, we will finish reading The Declaration of Independence.  We will also commence the reading of Chapter 6, which focuses on the aftermath of The American Revolution.  In conjunction with this, we will watch reenactments of The American Revolution on the Smart Board.

Our religious studies will incorporate the Great Schism of the West and how it affected the Church’s leaders.  We will also prepare for the Acre Tests (annual religious tests that are only given to 4th and 8th Graders), which are scheduled to start on February 5.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 15 in Wordly Wise on Friday.
  • Write twenty sentences using the vocabulary words from Lesson 15.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 15 of Wordly Wise.
  • Write up history definitions from Chapter 6 of The American Journey.
  • Some students still need to turn in work for the Career Project.

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.  ~ Thomas Carlyle

Have a GRAND week ahead!


Miss Susan