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The Social Studies Corner – 6th Grade

Over the past few weeks, sixth grade students have explored the life of early humans as they worked to establish stable food supplies on their way toward the establishment of complex civilizations. Students explored the geographic and topical elements of early Mesopotamia (with a focus on the Sumerian peoples) as they sharpened their map-reading skills. They also investigated the connection between the problems faced by growing city-states and the solutions that were implemented to ensure the survival of the societies. In the coming weeks, students will further probe the religious, cultural and intellectual lives of these civilizations.

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The Social Studies Corner – Academic Bowl

Congratulations to the St. Cletus Academic Bowl team for a strong showing at the 2017 Brother Rice Academic Bowl competition. The team successfully answered a variety of questions on topics ranging from math, science and civics to sports and Brother Rice trivia.  The students participated in a team round, as well as an individual assessment of their academic prowess. Great job Kaj, Kamil, Zach and Tyler. You should be very proud of your accomplishments.


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6th Grade Religion

Happy Friday everyone!

We are finishing up Sadlier Unit 1 Chapter 4: God Promises to Help People. Students have learned that the Gospel is the Good News about God at work in Jesus Christ. We talked about how the way we live shows that we share in God’s life and friendship. We reviewed stories from the Book of Genesis: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the Great Flood, and the Tower of Babel. Students will have their chapter 4 quiz on Monday, October 2nd.

Every week, we will switch off between using the Sadlier book and the Bible. Next week, we will continue studying the Book of Genesis and start on chapter 22 on Monday. We also have started Second Step! Our first lesson was all about our hopes and plans we have for 6th grade and also the challenges we may face. We talked about how important empathy and communication is. We practiced active listening and communication in a team building challenge where students had to build the tallest 3D sculpture out of paper, paperclips, tape, and scissors. The students had so much fun!

-Miss Smith 🙂

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The Social Studies Corner: A Celebration of Peace

On Thursday, September 21, the children, faculty and staff of St. Cletus School gathered to celebrate the International Day of Peace.   The ceremony showcased the work of the junior high students that they completed as while studying the consequences of situations in which peace is lacking and the impact that efforts towards peace can have on their communities and the world.  Members of the 8th grade class hosted the event.  They introduced the Peace Crane Project, spearheaded by school 6th graders who spread the word of peace and the International Day of Peace through the creation and distribution of origami paper cranes throughout the school and the LaGrange and Chicago communities.  They then introduced members of the 7th grade class, who read poems that they wrote in furtherance of peace as part of the Poems for Peace Project.   Finally, they introduced the Peace Pole Project and unveiled the first peace pole, which has been designed and constructed by members of the 8th grade class.  For many years to come, this inaugural peace pole will stand as a reminder to St. Cletus students and the St. Cletus community of the need for peace in their days and in their world.

The ceremony was enhanced by musical selections chosen by the 7th grade class.  It closed with the formation of a peace sign by all ceremony participants.  Student work is documented in a website ( created and maintained by several 7th grade students.  A video of the activities is being prepared by members of the 8th grade class and will be posted on the site upon its completion.

Congratulations to all students on a job well done.  May Peace Prevail on Earth.

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The Social Studies Corner — Special Edition

As members of the junior high classes prepare for their September 21 Peace Day celebration, the students learned that their Skype conversation with Jeremy Gilley of Peace One Day will be included in a video presentation to be featured on the organization’s website.   A link to the video can be reached by clicking here.  In participating in this conversation, the students were outstanding representatives of their families, their parish and their school.  Congratulations to all.

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6th Grade Math


We started a unit on greatest common factor (GCF) and least common multiple (LCM) this week.  The students are learning how to factor by using a T-chart and a Factor tree.  Next week, the students will get some more practice with GCF word problems and using the distributive property.  The end of this week and next, the students will find the LCM of a set of numbers.  The test is projected to be around September 27th.

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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6th Grade Religion

Hello everyone!

We are finishing up Unit 1 Chapter 3 in our Sadlier We Believe books. This chapter dove into the Book of Genesis and talked about symbols and their meanings. We studied in depth about the story of Adam and Eve and the symbolism showed by the creation of the man from clay, creation of the woman from the man’s rib, the beautiful garden of Eden, the serpent, and the fruit tree. We discussed the differences between Sin and Original Sin. Students will have their chapter 3 quiz next week and we will begin chapter 4: God Promises to Help People. Students should bring their Bibles every day to school and they can leave them in their lockers if they would like to. We will begin reading the Old Testament on Monday!

This week has been very eventful. I want to thank all the students for their help in planning the Bible Mass Ceremony. They all did such a wonderful job and it was a beautiful mass. I want to congratulate them on receiving their Bibles, the most important book they will ever receive! 🙂

Thank you for your patience this week as well with drop-offs, pick-ups, and the soft lock down.

As always, please feel free to email me at anytime if you have any questions or concerns!


Miss Smith


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The Social Studies Corner — The 6th Grade Marches Towards Peace

Grade 6 students have been working hard.  They not only (virtually) met their Australian exchange peers (see picture below), but they researched and shared information on the climate, culture, economy and geography of Bunbury.  The students also perfected the art of origami cranes and crafted plans to use the cranes to spread the spirit of peace throughout their communities, their families and their world as participants in the international Peace Crane Project.  Several students have elected to send cranes to public figures, including Jeremy Gilley (the founder of Peace One Day), President Donald Trump and others in the hope of encouraging them to work towards or speak in favor of peace.

Students also learned about the history of nonviolent/peaceful protests throughout the world.  The students expanded their understanding of the impact of nonviolent/peaceful protest through research and presentations in which they discussed the timing, location, core purpose and result of historic protests, including the American Suffragette Movement, the Vietnamese Independence Movement, the South African Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Tienanmen Square Protests.  The students did an outstanding job as they pushed themselves to find information to assist them in understanding peoples, places and issues that were new to them.

In the coming week, students will continue to work towards the celebration of Peace Day on September 21; they also will begin to explore the inception of man and the formation of cooperative civilizations.     

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6th Grade Literature

We’re wrapping up our first module in our new literature text book! It’s been a little bit of a learning curve, but everyone has a hang of their new textbooks now.

Starting Monday we dive into our first novel Journey to the Center of the Earth! We’ll be reading it for the remainder of September and into the first week of October. Our final project will be writing our own exploration story.


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6th Grade Language Arts


We just finished our first Grammar chapter on sentences, subjects, and predicates. It’s time to move onto vocabulary! When our first vocab unit is done we’ll dive into Narrative writing!

Upcoming Dates:

September 15 – Unit 1 Vocabulary test.


Ms. Shupe

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The Social Studies Corner — Special Edition

The junior high continues to work towards the inaugural St. Cletus Day of Peace, which will be celebrated the afternoon of September 21.

Earlier today, all 143 St. Cletus junior high students participated in a Skype question and answer session with British actor and filmmaker, Jeremy Gilley, who spoke to the students from his offices in London.  Mr. Gilley founded Peace One Day in 1999 in furtherance of his desire to achieve world peace through acts of global unity and shared purpose.  In September 2001, as a result of Mr. Gilley’s efforts, a General Assembly resolution was unanimously adopted by UN member states, establishing September 21 as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace.  As the result of Mr. Gilley’s actions, millions of children in war torn regions have been vaccinated as human rights workers have been able to safely move into areas made safe by the one-day ceasefire.  (More information on Peace One Day may be found at

Several weeks ago, the students learned more about Mr. Gilley’s mission as they watched his 2012 Ted Talk in which he outlined his journey from London to Afghanistan to Somalia to the United Nations.   (Mr. Gilley’s talk can be found at:  In today’s session, students were able to ask Mr. Gilley about his journey, the challenges he faced and the manner in which he continues to work toward the goal of not only a single day of peace, but a year of peace.  The students learned the lessons of how a single person has the ability to effectuate change and the power of unfettered grit in working towards a goal.  St. Cletus was one of only a handful of schools with whom Mr. Gilley met in the days leading up to September 21.


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6th and 7th Grade – Religion Service Hour/Experience Ideas


This is an announcement for 6th and 7th grade for religion class.
For your service hours (6th) or experiences (7th), MISERICORDIA is a great idea for anyone looking for something to do. They provide a community for those that are disabled and they accept volunteers. Please go to this link if you are interested. I will be giving ideas for service as we progress through our year. I want to spark ideas for you and get you rolling on your hours/experiences.

Other ideas include:
Work at a local food pantry
Donate cans of food and perishable items for the St. Cletus Religious Education Food
Donate clothing to Amvets, Purple Hearts, or any other charity
Donate money/clothing/food to any disaster relief effort around the country/world
Work at the thrift shop for Community Nurses Association in LaGrange
Work for Habitat for Humanity – DuPage County and Proviso Township

6th Graders: fill out a service hour form after you complete a service and turn it into me.
7th Graders: create a safe spot to keep track of your experiences/reflections until you are given your “Journey to Confirmation” book. Please keep track of your hours because those that go above and beyond will be recognized at their 8th grade confirmation.
Email me if you have any questions!
Thank you!
Miss Smith
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6th Religion

Hello everyone!

We have had a great start to the school year and I can already tell we are going to have such a successful, learning-filled year.

This week in religion, we have finished Chapter 1: God’s Revelation. We have talked about ways that God has shown himself to us, to our family, and to our friends. We talked about ways we believe God wants us to live as disciples and live out his word. We have discussed ways to help out in our community and to spend time volunteering ourselves for the good of others.

We have learned about the Blessed Trinity, Divine Revelation, Tradition, Bible, and Divine Inspiration. Students took their tests on Chapter 1 Friday, September 1st. We will be moving on to Chapter 2 which is about Creation.

Just a friendly reminder, students should hand in their service hour forms as they go along. I am keeping them in a safe spot in my binder. That way we can be sure to keep track of each student’s progress. They need 16 service hours by May.

Again, never hesitate to email me with any questions or concerns you may have.


Miss Smith

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The Social Studies Corner — Congratulations on a Job Well Done

Thank you to all students for a fabulous  first week.  It was wonderful to spend time getting to know student learning styles, personal interests and unique talents.  I look forward to using all of the information that was shared as I plan for future learning in our room.

Thank you also to parents for participating in Meet and Greet night, Curriculum night and for completing the Getting to Know Your Child survey.  (For parents who have not yet had the chance to do so, the link is located on the bottom of my webpage ( by clicking on the “About Your Child” button.)  I look forward to working with you as the year progresses.

All junior high students spent the last part of the week participating in the launch of The Peace Project.  We started our studies by watching a video in which images of peoples working for peace were highlighted.  We discussed what it means to have peace in our school, our community and our world.  We also considered the impact that conflict has on people in all circumstances.

We ended the week discussing the origins of the United Nations International Day of Peace and the efforts taken by Jeremy Gilley, the founder of Peace One Day, to effectuate change.  The students watched a Ted Talk in which Mr. Gilley described his journey to obtain international acceptance of the Day of Peace and the positive impact that a one-day ceasefire has had for underprivileged peoples in Afghanistan, Somolia and other places in which conflict has intensified human suffering.  The students were asked to consider what they would like ask Mr. Gilley as we prepare to participate in our Skype with him on September 5.

All video posts are included on Google Classroom for your edification.  (Please note that you will need to use non-St. Cletus devices in order to watch them as most YouTube videos are blocked on student devices.)

Next week we will delve further into The Peace Project and will begin to plan the inaugural St. Cletus International Day of Peace on September 21.

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119 Homeroom – 6th Grade

Welcome back!

A quick little back to school note for you all!

Below is the schedule the students will be following for their specials:

A – 1st period Study Hall; 6th period Spanish
B – 1st period Art; 6th period Gym
C – 1st period Music; 6th period TLC
D – 1st period TLC; 6th period Library
E – 1st period Music; 6th period Gym
F – 1st period Spanish; 6th period Study Hall

I look forward to a great school year!


Ms. Shupe

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