Posted by: aoifelove | January 18, 2014

Happy Martin Luther King’s Day!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

I hope that you all will enjoy this three-day weekend in honor of the great Martin Luther King Jr.

This past week in literature, the Eighth Graders finished reading Night by Elie Wiesel. This week, they will read Elie Wiesel’s acceptance speech for his Nobel Peace Prize (1986).  Then, we will watch the video of his return to Auschwitz, in an interview with Oprah Winfry.  In addition to this, we will study our Literary Terms.  The Eighth Graders will continue to work on their Career Projects with their laptops in class. Please remind your child to bring his/her research to school.  This week, they will work on Career 2.  On Friday, we didn’t have time to finish watching Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, so we will finish it this coming week.

This past week in history, the Eighth Graders read up to the Twentieth Amendment of The Constitution.  This week, they will finish reading up to the end of the Twenty Seventh Amendment.  For their next History Test, they will condense and write the Twenty Seven Amendments in their own words…this will be an open book test, on Wednesday, January 29.  I was delighted with my Eighth Graders’ responses to the documentary, I AM.  They presented their work to the class on Friday, and they did an EXCELLENT JOB!  I am so pleased with their insight and intelligence.

This past week in religion class, we began our preparation for the Acre Tests, which will be given on February 4.  We will continue to prepare for the test for the rest of the month.  In addition to this, we will also read from our religion book, We Live Our Faith. This week, we will read about the setbacks in the understanding of the Catholic faith, and the Great Schism.

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of lesson 15 in Wordly Wise on Friday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 15 of Wordly Wise.
  • Career 2 of the Career Project is due on Friday.
  • Rewrites of your three resumes are due on Friday.


The Progress Reports will be mailed from the office on Friday, January 24.

Catholic Schools’ Week begins on Sunday, January 26, with Mass at 10:00 a.m. in the Serra Center.  We hope that you will join us for the celebration.

The Middle School Dance which was scheduled for Friday, January 24, has been rescheduled for Friday, March 28.  I will need about ten chaperons to help me.  If you need “parent hours” and will be available to help, please contact me.  Thank you.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance, and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.  ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Have fun this weekend and have a grand week ahead.


Miss Susan