Posted by: aoifelove | January 17, 2015

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 week in literature, my Eighth Graders will read Elie Wiesel’s acceptance speech for his Nobel Peace Prize (1986).  Then, we will start to read The Odyssey, as we had to postpone our reading of it last week, due to a shortage of books.  A special THANK YOU to Sandy Young, who managed to procure several copies of The Odyssey for us.  We will also resume our study of Edgar Allan Poe, by reading and analyzing “The Raven.”

Last week, my Eighth Graders finished writing their Résumes for their Career Project.  This week, they will continue to write their novellas in class.

This past week in history, the Eighth Graders finished reading the Twenty-Seven Amendments of The Constitution.  This week, they will condense and write the Twenty-Seven Amendments in their own words.  In addition to this, they will finish reading about what followed The Constitution.  There will be a History Test about The Constitution (Part 2) on Thursday, January 22.  Please encourage your child to study for this test.  Many thanks!

This past week in religion class, we continued our preparation for the Acre Tests, which will be given on February 5. We will continue to prepare for the test for the rest of this 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:

  • Please study for the History Test on Thursday, January 22.
  • Career 2 of the Career Project is due on Friday, January 23.
  • Rewrites of Career 1 will be due on Monday, January 26.
  • Study for the Literary Terms Test, on Thursday, January 29.


1. The Progress Reports will be mailed from the office on Friday, January 23.

2. Catholic Schools’ Week begins on Sunday, January 25, with Mass at 10:00 a.m., in the Serra Center.  We hope that you will join us for this celebration.  We would like our students to wear their Mass uniforms, please.

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