School Starts Soon

Back to school

School is right around the corner.  Make sure to have your homework ready to hand in on the first day of school.  Let’s have a great first of the year.  There are even opportunities for extra credit!  Here is what is expected of you on the first day of school:

  • 5-A-Day packet (three worksheets)  *Extra credit worksheet available
  • Non-Fiction book report
  • Fiction book report
  • Famous person essay *Extra credit if you email it to me before August 26th (you will still need to print it off for lessons in the second week of school)

Make sure to check my last blog post for the homework packets and worksheets if you misplaced them over the summer.

See you soon!  God bless,

Mrs. Wilkins

 

Happy Summer!

summer reading

As much as I believe summer should be about playing at the beach and hiking in the mountains I also know that reading on a daily basis is important to keep students from losing any progress they may gain during the school year.  Follow this link to read a message about summer reading loss by Julie M. Wood Ed.D: Helping to Prevent Summer Reading Loss.  At the bottom of the article are bullet points of ideas to help support your budding reader.

Summer Assignment

Click to download the:  Summer 2016 Language Arts Assignments.

Here are the 5-A-Day assignments that were attached:

Incoming 8th grader 5-A-Day: 

All three of these weeks are due at the end of summer:

7th Grade Week 34, 7th Grade Week 35, 7th Grade Week 36

Extra credit: 8th Grade Week 1

Incoming 7th graders 5-A-Day: 

All three of these weeks are due at the end of summer:

6th Grade Week 34, 6th Grade Week 35, 6th Grade Week 36

Extra credit: 7th Grade Week 1

Incoming 6th graders 5-A-Day:

Miss Silady gave students a packet but if you want to get ready for our grammar program you can practice 5th grade grammar again in our 5-A-Day style.  I’ve also made extra credit available for incoming 6th graders as well:

5th Grade Week 1

Extra credit: 6th Grade Week 1

 

Civil War Videos Assignment

1. Civil War part 1: https://youtu.be/rY9zHNOjGrs
2. Civil War part 2: https://youtu.be/GzTrKccmj_I
3. Battles of the Civil War: https://youtu.be/25HHVDOaGeE

Take notes on your assigned video to present to class before the class watches the video. Crash Course History goes by quickly so your job is to present the information so your fellow students will be able to understand it when they watch it for the first time.
Have fun!

Week #33 May 20th, 2016

8th Grade Social Studies

Students finished their PowerPoint Presentations this week.  Since our focus was on learning to present properly along with the content we took our time to discuss what a good presentation looks like along with professionalism, voice projection, and content.  I believe they are ready for public speaking in high school!

 

Portfolios: We will be working on portfolio presentations and finalizing details next week.  Students should be working on their tri-fold presentation board.  I went over requirements and they took notes on what they needed to have on their board.

 

6th/7th Grade Social Studies

We finished up our research this week for the Medieval Times project.  We talked about types of papers (i.e. chronological, compare and contrast, subject based) and how to determine which one you should choose.  Students organized their note-cards and began writing their introductory paragraph.

 

Medieval Times Field Trip: Field trip is in two weeks (June 2nd).

 

Language Arts:

7th/8th: We revised our theme essays in pairs.  Students gave feedback to their peers and then revised their papers.  After reading their comments to each other I’m pleased with what they have learned this year about writing.  Their final papers will be a result of their knowledge put into action and I look forward to reading them.

 

6th: Language arts and social studies were mixed this week with their Medieval Times research essay.  The focus this week for 6th grade was making sure students knew the requirements for a bibliography and an introductory paragraph.

 

Upcoming Events:

JUNE

  • 1st WED– 8th grade portfolios
  • 2nd THUR- 7th & 6th grade Medieval Times field trip
  • 3rd FRI-Noon dismissal
  • 10th FRI-Middle School Reader’s Theater Plays
  • 13th MON- 8th grade Picnic & Softball game (noon -3)
  • 14th TUE- 8th grade dinner
  • 15th WED- no school for 8th Graduation Mass begins at 3 PM
  • 17th FRI- Last day of school for 1-7th grade no PM extension

Week #32: May 13th, 2016

8th Grade Social Studies
Students have completely prepared and practiced for their presentations next week.  They have created PowerPoints, student handouts, and lecture notes. They have become experts in their topic.

6th/7th Grade Social Studies
7th graders have been researching for their chosen Medieval projects this week.  They have blogged their bibliography and have taken notes on quotations for their paper.  They will begin writing this paper next week.

Language Arts:
7th & 8th Grade students worked on fine tuning their introduction and conclusion for their theme essays and began working on their body paragraphs.

Upcoming Events:
MAY
• 16th-20th Testing-make sure kids are well rested and eat plenty of breakfast
JUNE
• 1st WED– 8th grade portfolios
• 3rd FRI-Noon dismissal
• 10th FRI-Middle School Reader’s Theater Plays
• 13th MON- 8th Grade Picnic & Softball game (noon -3)
• 14th TUE- 8th Grade dinner
• 15th WED- no school for 8th grade.  Graduation Mass begins at 3 PM
17th FRI-Last day of school for 1-7th grade no PM extension

Week #31: May 6th, 2016

8th Grade Social Studies

We have been working on chapter projects.  Students have been put into groups and have been given a subject to present to the class.  This project is teaching good note-taking skills from a book and helping them to understand to pay attention to detail.  They are also learning how to create and present a powerful PowerPoint presentation where they will be doing the talking not the slides as they are presenting.

 

6th/7th Grade Social Studies

Students have finished their unit on Japan.  They did Japanese cherry blossom “blow art” and created kimono dolls.  Along with this art work students created a Haiku that teaches about a section they chose to represent from the unit.  Their work will be on display this week in the office.  Please stop by to see it!

 

Language Arts:

7th & 8th grade students are working on writing an essay based on the theme of their novel study.  Since writing conclusions seems to be pretty tough we focused on how to write a good conclusion this week.

6th grade students are working on how to write a proper bibliography using easybib.com .  We talked about the pitfalls that may come by using this source and how to make sure they do not fall into them.  Students will be using Kidblog to post their sources as they find them.

 

Upcoming Events:

MAY

  • 9th-13th I will be at 6th grade camp but will be checking student assignments on Kidblog
  • 16th-20th Testing-make sure kids are well rested and eat plenty of breakfast

JUNE

  • 1st  WED– 8th grade portfolios
  • 3rd FRI-Noon dismissal
  • 10th FRI-Middle School Reader’s Theater Plays
  • 13th MON- 8th Grade Picnic & Softball game (noon -3)
  • 14th TUE- 8th Grade dinner
  • 15th WED- no school for 8th Graduation Mass begins at 3 PM
  • 17th FRI-Last day of school no PM extension

February 26th, 2015

8th Grade Social Studies

We just finished the chapter on The New Republic.  This section talks about how our nation began to form a new government and how the political parties began.  We had a class debate on if political parties help or harm our nation.

 

6th/7th Grade Social Studies

Students just finished up the section on Incas.  The students were split into groups and became experts in their assigned sections.  After learning their sections, they presented their information to the class.  They took a test on the chapter on the iPads through the website Socrative.  This is a site that allows the students to get instant feedback on their test results.

 

Language Arts:

In 7th & 8th grade students have been working on their language arts historical events reports. Each grade is researching an event that has to do with the time period of the novel they will be reading next.  8th graders will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird and 7th graders will be reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  To tie into both 8th grade government and the trials that take place in each of these books students will begin preparing for a mock trial next week.  We have also been learning and reviewing sentence types (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex).

 

In 6th grade language arts we have been learning about response to literature through a novel called A Long Way from Chicago.      Students have been assigned a day of the week that they will be writing me letters in response to either the book we are reading together or their novel of choice.

 

We have returned to the model of Reader’s Workshop.  This is where students are mainly reading and completing reading assignments.  This will give me more time to work with students in small groups and one on one.

 

Upcoming Events:

MARCH

  • 2nd 7th Grade Washington DC informational meeting
  • 3rd Read Across America Day
  • 4th Noon dismissal
  • 5th Academic Decathlon-wish our team LUCK! 
  • 8th Student Council field trip for Lenten Service
  • 11th 7th & 8th graders on field trip to Vista Court house
  • 13th – 16th WCEA (WASC) Visit (our accreditation process)
  • 20th Palm Sunday
  • 24th Living Passion put on by 7th Grade & Noon dismissal (no after school care)
  • 25th Good Friday- No School
  • 26th Holy Saturday
  • 27th Easter- Hallelujah!

EASTER BREAK March 28th-April 10th

 APRIL

  • 11th School resumes

January 15th 2016

I can hardly believe the year is halfway over. This means our Gala is almost here. Traditionally the 8th graders are in charge of the grab bags at the Gala.  Each 8th grader is responsible for acquiring gift cards with a minimum value of $20.  You can ask businesses for donations or you can purchase gift cards through Scrips.

 

I also want to encourage you to purchase your tickets if you have not done so.  This is our biggest fundraiser and is a great way to celebrate Catholic education with friends.  Here is a link for more information: http://www.stmesc.org/site/fundraisers/sms-gala_001/

 

Career Day is coming up along with Catholic Schools Week.  8th graders are going to do a presentation based on a career they are considering when they grow up.  They will come dressed as their chosen profession and present to the rest of the school.  We will talk about and begin our presentations this week.  See calendar below for date.

 

8th Grade Social Studies

Students are working in the section of the book called “Citizenship Handbook.”  We are learning basics of the American government.

 

6th/7th Grade Social Studies

We finished our section on Mayan civilization and we are now looking at the Aztecs.  Students are filling out a chart that will compare these two civilizations.

 

Language Arts:

We are reading Scope magazine and reading the story “Attack at Sea,” a story about the Lusitania a ship that was sunk three years after the Titanic.  The skills we are working on while reading this story are tone, mood, figurative language and author’s craft.

In grammar 7th & 8th graders are learning about verb moods and 6th graders are working pronoun shifts.

 

Upcoming Events:

JANUARY

·         Saturday 23 High School Placement for Catholic Schools

·         Sunday 24th Mrs. Martinez’s birthday

·         Mon-Friday 25-29 Catholic Schools Week

·         Tuesday 26th Career Day

·         Wednesday Minimum Day due to Grandparents Day

·         Thursday 28th Student Council Training

FEBRUARY

·         Friday 5th Spelling Bee

·         Friday 5th Report Cards go home

·         Friday 5th Minimum day

·         Saturday 6th Gala

·         Wednesday 10th Ash Wednesday

·         Thursday 11th Stations of the Cross

·         Monday 15th No School

·         Thursday 18th Stations of the Cross

·         Friday 19th Minimum day

·         Thursday 25th Stations of the Cross

 

 

December 2015

8th Grade Social Studies

This week students finished their constitution packets.  They also worked with Mrs. Martinez in creating a great performance of Our Lady of Guadalupe Apparition.

 

6th/7th Grade Social Studies

Students finished their Mayan projects and we had a fun field trip to the Mayan exhibit at the Natural History Museum.  Students walked away with a lot of great facts about the ancient Mayan society.

 

Language Arts:

This week students learned about active and passive voice as well as had a review on connotation vs. denotation in language.  We also looked at the how to write answers to essay questions.

 

Upcoming Events:

DECEMBER

  • Monday 12/14 Progress Reports Due
  • Friday 12/18 Christmas Pageant
  • Friday 12/18 Noon Dismiss (or you can check your child out early after the pageant)
  • NO SCHOOL 12/21-1/1 (Christmas Break)

JANUARY

  • 1/4 School Resumes
  • 1/8 Noon dismiss
  • 1/8 Student Council Retreat

December 2015

8th Grade Social Studies

This week students worked on uncovering the Constitution.  They are looking at each article piece by piece and discovering the meaning.

 

6th/7th Grade Social Studies

This week students began working on projects that helped them get a closer look at the Mayan society.  We learned how to write our names in glyphs, we looked at the routes the first explorers of the area took and then students were broken into groups to create stelas (large statues with glyphs), a history game about chocolate, and corn people from the Popul Vuh (the Mayan creation story).  We look forward to exploring the Natural History Museum next week to see this history come to life!

 

Language Arts:

We’ve started the new Scholastic Scope Magazine reading series in all grades.  The students read the same story with a variety of scaffolding for each student level.  The story we read is called “The Man Who Saved 1000 Babies.”   It is the story of Vivien Thomas an African American man who helped create a ground breaking heart surgery technique to save babies with s symptom called “Blue Baby Syndrome.”

 

Upcoming Events:

DECEMBER

  • Wednesday Field Trip
  • Friday 12/11 Our Lady of Guadalupe Presentation 9am – 11am
  • Friday 12/12 Christmas Parade (Students get to be in the parade)
  • Monday 12/14 Progress Reports Due
  • Friday 12/18 Christmas Pageant
  • Friday 12/18 Noon Dismiss (or you can check your child out early after the pageant)
  • NO SCHOOL 12/21-1/1 (Christmas Break)

JANUARY

1/4 School Resumes