Category Archives: 7th Grade

7th Grade Commitment Ceremony

Dear 7th grade parents/guardians,

The 7th Grade Commitment Ceremony is coming soon! It will be Thursday, October 26th at 7pm in the Church. Today, I will be giving each student a Commitment Agreements sheet. These need to be completed by each student and signed by their parents. They will need to bring their completed sheets with them to the Commitment Ceremony. It is mandatory for all 7th graders to attend and at least one parent. It starts at 7pm and will last one hour. Students will receive their Journey to Confirmation Booklets (also known as the Red Service Booklet) at this ceremony.

Let me know if you have any questions! Please help your child keep their Commitment Agreement sheet in a safe spot since they will need to bring it to the ceremony. Thanks so much!

 

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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The Social Studies Corner – 7th Grade

The 7th grade class spent the last few weeks exploring the documents and mindsets that let to the American Revolution. Specifically, students explored the language and circumstances of the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact and the English Bill of Rights, documents which played a role in the rights outlined by the US Constitution. Students also explored the diverse development of individual colonies and the frame of mind that each colony brought to the discussion of independence and the creation of a new government. Students will apply this background as they delve deeper into the context of revolution and the establishment of the American belief structure.

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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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7th Grade LA

Seventh grade has been busily working in the three areas of language arts – composition, grammar, and vocabulary.

They spent some time composing a descriptive essay on a historic place of their choice.  Hopefully, students learned that writing is a detailed process that takes time rather than something that they attempt to complete as soon as possible.

In grammar, we have completed Unit 8, which focuses specifically on subjects, predicates, and sentences.

Lastly, we began the month of October with Unit 1 vocabulary.  Acquiring strong vocabulary skills is imperative in students becoming better writers, as well as preparing them to be successful on their standardized tests.

 

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7th Grade Service Experiences

Happy Friday everyone!

Students will receive their Journey to Confirmation books at the commitment ceremony October 26th at 7pm. In the meantime, I ask students to just fill out the service hour form so they can remember what they have done until they receive the Journey to Confirmation books. They don’t need to do both once they have the actual book. It’s just to keep record of what they’ve done so they don’t forget it. They can then copy the information into their books.

If they completed Service Experiences before, they most definitely will count! I am sure what they’ve done actually ends up falling under one of the corporal works of mercy.

 

Corporal works of mercy:

Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead

 

Examples:

Cook and serve a meal at Ronald McDonald house (708 327 2273)

Help at a soup kitchen

Work at a local food pantry

Clean out closets and call Amvets, Purple Hearts, or any other charity to donate clothing to

Earn money to buy hats and mittens for a shelter during the winter months

Collect clothing to any disaster relief effort around the country/world

Work with Habitat for Humanity organization

Ask to help out in the hospital

Bring reading material to people in the hospital

Organize Bingo at a home for the elderly

Help serve food at the reception after the funeral Mass

Ask to recite a reading at the funeral Mass

Donate stamps to Kolbe House Prison Ministry so inmates may send cards and letters home

Think of someone who is “house-bound” due to illness, injury, etc and offer to help them clean a room, closet, attic, or garage

 

Let me know if you have any questions!

 

Sincerely,

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 (www.peaceiseverydaybro.weebly.com) 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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7th Grade – Math

Hello everyone!

We are finishing up Module 1 in Unit 1. Module 1 we learned how to add and subtract integers. We have been practicing a lot with word problems with two and three steps. Students will be tested Thursday, September 21st. I have posted a study guide and additional practice problems on Google Classroom.

Friday, we will begin Unit 1 Module 2: Multiplying and Dividing Integers. As always, students are assigned two lessons in their Simple Solutions books on Monday that are due on Friday. During the week, I answer any questions they have for about 10-15 minutes. The 7th graders have been doing really well with their Simple Solutions.

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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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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7th Grade Religion

Hello everyone!

Students are finishing up Unit 1 Chapter 3: The Blessed Trinity. The big question this week we kept referring to was: why do relationships matter to me? We thought about all the different types of relationships we have, what works and what they can improve on. We discussed ways to help their relationships with friends and family become more reflective of God’s love. We will have our quiz next week and then we will begin Chapter 4: God, Our Loving Father.

Students should bring their Bibles on Monday. We will begin reading the New Testament. They are welcome to leave their Bibles at school or bring them back and forth from home.

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!

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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The Social Studies Corner — The 7th Grade Marches Towards Peace

Grade 7 students have been working hard.  They learned about the power of words to effectuate change while reading and hearing the poetry of renown British poet Lemn Sissay (“Let There Be Peace“).  The students also learned about Mr. Sissay’s early life and speculated as regards the manner in which his life impacted his work.  They also used their knowledge of the power to words to craft their own peace poems (in support of the Subud International Cultural Association Poems for Peace initiative), which the students integrated into posters that now grace the halls of the junior high hall prompting their peers to think about peace.  Student poems are being collated into a electronic poetry book, which will be made available through the Peace Project website, which is currently being constructed by several Grade 7 students.

 

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 Peoples’ March on the Russian White Palace, the Cherokee Removal, Vietnam Era Draft Resistance and the Mau Movement.  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.  They also made very astute and insightful observations regarding the similarities and differences between the movements.

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 motivations, implications and politics of colonization as a backdrop to study of the origins of American politics, culture and society.

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7th Grade Literature

Today we wrapped up our Poetry unit by taking a test.

September 8 we’ll begin our first novel My Brother Sam is Dead. It’s a story of a family trying to stay together during the trying times right before and during the American Revolution. This novel will be taught in tandem with Mrs. Fahey’s American Revolution social studies unit.

The novel will take us through all of September and the beginning of October. Our final project will be comparing and contrasting real life events to the ones depicted in the novel through a timeline.

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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 http://www.peaceoneday.org.)

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:  https://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_gilley_one_day_of_peace).  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

SERVICE HOURS/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

http://www.misericordia.com/

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!
Sincerely,
Miss Smith
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7R Math

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, each student has been given access to their Go Math books online. Students may use the online version at home and keep their textbooks at school. This week, students have finished Lesson 1.1 and took the test on Friday. This lesson was adding integers with the same sign. Now we are going to start learning how to add integers with different signs in lesson 1.2. The following week will be lesson 1.3 and that is about subtracting integers.

Every Monday, students are assigned two lessons from their Simple Solutions book that are due on Friday. I choose 10 questions at random to grade for accuracy so it is important that they complete all of them. Every day in class, students are given the chance to ask ANY questions about these problems and we will do them together as a class. Students should begin doing them early in the week so that they are able to ask any questions they may have. I am always available by appointment for extra help.

Students have been doing a WONDERFUL job with IXL. I am really proud of them! IXL goes hand in hand with the curriculum and is a perfect, fun way for them to practice concepts at home. I will always let them know how many minutes they should be doing. Students don’t need to finish a certain amount of lessons, but it is important that they do the right amount of time I assign.

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

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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7A Math

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, each student has been given access to their Go Math books online. Students may use the online version at home and keep their textbooks at school. This week, students have finished Lesson 1.1 and took the test on Friday. This lesson was adding integers with the same sign. Now we are going to start learning how to add integers with different signs in lesson 1.2. The following week will be lesson 1.3 and that is about subtracting integers.

Every Monday, students are assigned two lessons from their Simple Solutions book that are due on Friday. I choose 10 questions at random to grade for accuracy so it is important that they complete all of them. Every day in class, students are given the chance to ask ANY questions about these problems and we will do them together as a class. Students should begin doing them early in the week so that they are able to ask any questions they may have. I am always available by appointment for extra help.

Students have been doing a WONDERFUL job with IXL. I am really proud of them! IXL goes hand in hand with the curriculum and is a perfect, fun way for them to practice concepts at home. I will always let them know how many minutes they should be doing. Students don’t need to finish a certain amount of lessons, but it is important that they do the right amount of time I assign.

 

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

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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