Posted by: aoifelove | December 7, 2013

Welcome back, Miss Lida!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

This week, there will be great excitement with the return of Miss Lida to O.M.M.S. However, we will miss Mrs. Turrito (Mrs. T.) who did a wonderful job teaching Science, during Miss Lida’s absence.  THANK YOU, Mrs. Turrito!  WELCOME BACK, Miss Lida!

This week in literature, the Eighth Graders will continue to read Night by Elie Wiesel. They will finish it by the Christmas break.  Then, they will watch a documentary of Elie Wiesel, as he returns to Auschwitz, in his old age.  This past week, during our Literature on DVD, we started to watch Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

I am happy to report that seventy-five percent of the class scored A+’s, and two students scored B’s on the Literary Terms Test last Wednesday.  Well done, Eighth Graders!

The next writing assignment will be a “Career Project.”  Your child will have to choose three careers that he/she might like in the future.  He/she will have to research each career to find out what it entails and write about it.  The research will also include the best colleges for his/her chosen careers, the requirements for entry regarding one’s GPA, the tuition per year, etc. etc.  In addition to this, your child will learn how to write a resume, a business letter when applying for a position, and how to fill in a job application. He/she will learn how to write up questionnaires, which he/she will then use in carrying out three interviews with people working in the three chosen careers. This project will take six weeks to complete, but it is highly valuable for my Eighth Graders.  Many of my former Eighth Grade students have gone on to achieve one of the career choices that he/she made back in Eighth Grade, while completing this Career Project.

This week in history, the Eighth Graders will continue to read The Constitution.  They will finishing reading about The Legislative Branch with Section 9: Powers Denied to Congress, and Section 10: Powers Denied to the States.  Then, they will read about The Executive Branch.

This week in our religious studies, the Eighth Graders will read about how the Church relies on the word of God, defends the truth, is strengthened by her councils, and Ecumenical councils.  In addition to this, we will begin our preparation for the Acre Test which is scheduled for February 4 through February 6.

Reminders: Christmas is fast approaching and I must ask, once again, for help in providing food and Christmas gifts for our adopted family.  This past week, your child signed up for food and a gift for our designated family members.  I have asked my Eighth Graders to buy the gift from their own savings, if they truly want to give. THANK YOU for your gracious support!

On December 20, the last day of school before our Christmas break, we will have a Christmas party to celebrate.  Each student is asked to bring one item for the party. The Eighth Graders also want to have a Christmas gift exchange (a gift for $10 -$15). They were also asked to purchase the gift with their own savings.

There will be Mass in the Serra Center on Monday, December 9, in celebration of the Immaculate Conception.  Please remind your child to wear his/her Mass uniform. Thank you.

The Sixth Graders will give a performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, on Monday evening in St. Francis Hall (formally The McKeon Center), at 6:30p.m.  All are welcome to attend and support our wonderful Sixth Graders.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 13 in Wordly Wise on Friday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 13 of Wordly Wise.
  • Study notes for the History Test on The Constitution.  I will distribute the notes on Tuesday.

Always in our presentation, we must give something which does not exceed the child’s power, and yet, at the same time, calls forth effort.

~ Maria Montessori

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!


Miss Susan