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7th Grade Religion

Happy Friday!

We have just finished reading the Gospel According to Mark. Students have received their packets back and grades were uploaded onto powerschool. We had our test on Thursday and I was very pleased with the scores! Today, we are continuing second step. We are on lesson 10 which is about personal signs of stress and coping strategies to calm down. Teenagers face a lot of stress with homework, tests, quizzes, friendships, afterschool activities, etc. It’s important that students know how to recognize when they are feeling overwhelmed and anxious. The first step is it to recognize their own personal signs and then be able to take the next of calming themselves down.

Next week, students will continue working in the Sadlier books and we will also begin the Gospel According to Luke. Each student will be given a packet with questions on each chapter. We will work through these for the next couple of weeks!

10 service experiences are due on May 4th. Their packets must include 10 filled out reflection sheets and updated signatures in the back. Students are welcome to bring their booklets in at ANYTIME before that date if they are finished. I will give them a grade and give them their booklets back because they will need them for next year in 8th grade.

Just a reminder: IFLY permission slips are due a week from today, April 13th. Thank you to all those who have turned them in early! It’s been super helpful. We are so excited for this awesome field trip! If you have not received a permission slip via email, please email ASAP and I will forward them over to you.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns!

Sincerely,
Miss Smith

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The Social Studies Corner — 7th Grade

The 7th grade students recently completed a study of the early American presidents and their impact on the development of political parties and foreign policy in the United States.  In addressing these issues, students explored the presidencies of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe and evaluated the circumstances that lead to the War of 1812 and the Monroe Doctrine.  They also investigated the place of political parties in modern American government and the foreign policy issues that face the United States in 2018.

The students also spent considerable time exploring the issues that arose out of the elections of 1800, 1824 and 1828.  They also discussed the changes in American society that accompanied Jackson’s presidency and the place of the common man in a Jacksonian democracy.  Finally, students evaluated Jackson’s policies, which lead to the South Carolina Nullification Crisis, the dispute with the Bank of the United States and the Trail of Tears.

Beginning next week, we will begin a discussion of American territorial expansion and will evaluate the policies that lead to what has been romantically termed “Manifest Destiny.”

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7th Grade – Math and Religion

7th grade religion – Students have been reading the Gospel According to Mark. We have been reading a chapter a day and answering questions in our packets. I am planning on finishing this book right before spring break! We also have been continuing working with second step. The lesson this week was about managing emotions and staying in control. We talked about events that get us fired up and how we can prepare ourselves, especially if it’s a situation that repeats itself (losing in fortnite seems to be a very emotional time for a lot of students). We practiced positive self-talk to change our attitudes and three breathing techniques. Students are bringing home a packet to work on over the weekend and there is one activity where I’d like parent/adult guidance. They are supposed to be “emotion trainers” and design complete workouts for managing personal emotions. They are to select an adult to be their first client. Together, you will come up with as many possibilities as you can think of to be in the best emotional shape possible! 🙂

 

7A math – Monday will be a review day and Tuesday is the module 14 quiz. Students should be studying their Go Math pages, homework assignments, notes, and the “Are You Ready To Go On?” page and the assessment readiness at the end of the module. We then will be moving onto Module 15: Exponents and Scientific Notation! Simple Solutions 53/54 will be do next Friday.

 

7R math – Monday, we will be completing the “Are You Ready To Go On?” and assessment readiness pages. Tuesday’s class will be open to any questions students may have and a review game. Wednesday, students are taking the module 9 quiz. On Thursday, we will be starting unit 5 which is on statistics! We will start with populations and samples and then move to making inferences from a random sample and generating random samples. Simple Solutions 53/54 will be do next Friday.

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Junior High — Praying for Peace

Yesterday, the St. Cletus Junior High students joined students nationwide as they prayed for peace.  Lead by 8th grade student Caroline Hart, the students gathered around the St. Cletus Peace Pole and recited St. Francis’ Prayer for Peace and participated in a minute of silence in support of peace.

”  If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”  ~ Ghandi

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7R – Math

Good morning!

Go Math: We are currently in module 9: circumference, area, and volume. Students have learned how to find the circumference and area of circle. Our next lesson will focus on finding the area of composite figures. They will learn how to break a composite figure into familiar shapes, find the area of each shape, and add them together to find the area of the entire figure. 9.4 focuses on solving surface area problems and 9.5 focuses on solving volume problems.

Simple Solutions: We are still cruising through these lessons. Lessons 49 and 50 are due on Friday. Each week, we do the next do simple solutions lessons. Every day in class, students have the first ten minutes to work on the lessons and ask me questions.

Fun Activities: In preparation for Pi Day, students did a “discovering pi” activity where they learned how pi came into existence. They measured circular objects around the room. Students had to find the circumference and the diameter. When they divided those two numbers, they should have seen a pattern with all the objects. Circumference/Diameter = 3.14. We will be celebrating Pi Day – March 14th – students are welcome to bring in pies or they can bring in $3 and I will buy pies! 🙂

-Miss Smith

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7A – Math

Good morning!

Go Math: 7A has started unit 7 which is about real numbers, exponents, and scientific notation. We skipped around a bit because I want to make sure to cover certain topics before the Aspire test in April. This week, we are focusing on rational and irrational numbers. Students are learning how to take an irrational number and change it into a fraction and vise versa. They are learning about square roots, cube roots, and how to find the closest approximation for a square root of an irrational number. The next lesson, students will learn how to describe relationships between sets of real numbers and how to order sets of real numbers.

Simple Solutions: We are still cruising through these lessons. Lessons 49 and 50 are due on Friday. Each week, we do the next do simple solutions lessons. Every day in class, students have the first ten minutes to work on the lessons and ask me questions.

Fun Activities: In preparation for Pi Day, students did a “discovering pi” activity where they learned how pi came into existence. They measured circular objects around the room. Students had to find the circumference and the diameter. When they divided those two numbers, they should have seen a pattern with all the objects. Circumference/Diameter = 3.14. We will be celebrating Pi Day – March 14th – students are welcome to bring in pies or they can bring in $3 and I will buy pies! 🙂

-Miss Smith

 

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7th Grade – Religion

Good morning!

Sadlier: In Sadlier this week, we read chapter 11: Jesus, the Bread of Life. We created a padlet – which is an online bulletin board where students can write posts to a prompt. Our prompt was – God is always there for me, how am I there for others? Students had some really great ideas and I would love for them to share the padlet with you so you can see what it’s like! Students took the chapter 11 assessment and we will be moving onto chapter 12 next week.

Gospel According to Mark: Each student has a packet for the Gospel According to Mark. We will continue working in those. We are on chapter 7 right now and there are 16 chapters in total. We read a chapter together as a class and go through the discussion questions.

Second Step: Last Friday, we worked on lesson 8 in second step which is about emotion management and understanding anger. We watched videos where we learned about how to recognize when we are angry and how to react to anger. We discussed that anger itself isn’t negative, but how we decide to act can be negative. We practiced positive strategies and positive thinking to help calm ourselves down during situations that upset us. This Friday, we will do lesson 9 – emotion management – staying in control. We will build off of what we learned last week and learn more strategies on how to calm ourselves down. Middle school can be a stressful time so I hope these strategies can help students deal with their emotions, cope with stress, and live a positive, happy life!

Art Connection: Students are also working on digital comic strips using google drawings. I went to a technology workshop last Thursday and am super inspired from all the new things I learned. Students can choose any story from the bible we have learned about and make a comic strip. They can use 4-8 pictures and put dialogue bubbles to spark their creativity and add a voice to the characters! I will be printing them and putting them in the hallway! 🙂

-Miss Smith

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7th Grade – Math

Happy Friday!

7R – We have been working on module 8 which is about modeling geometric figures. The lessons include: similar shapes and scale drawings, geometric drawings, cross sections, and angle relationships. We had a scavenger hunt around the room where we taped up cards with different problems on them. At the bottom of each card had the solution of a different card. Once students figured out an answer, they had to find their answer on the bottom of a new card. This eventually led them around the whole room to answer every question. They will be having their module 8 quiz on Friday, February 23rd.

7A – We are taking our test today on module 9: circumference, area, and volume. Students have learned how to find areas and surface areas of composite figures. We will be skipping ahead to unit 6: probability. This unit will be on the Aspire test so I want to make sure we cover it and students feel comfortable with this topic before testing. They will be learning about experimental probability and theoretical probability and simulations.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Starting next week, my office hours for extra help in math will be Tuesday and Thursday from 7:15-8am.

Thanks!

Sincerely,
Miss Smith

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7th Grade – Religion

Happy Friday!!

7th graders have completed the novel Heaven Is For Real and we just finished watching the movie. We were pushed back a couple of days because of the snow day last Friday and Stations of the Cross practice. 7th graders were in charge of the first Stations of the Cross and I have to say, they did such an incredible job. I am really proud of them. Our practices went really well and they took it all very seriously. We had 16 readers – two for the opening statements and 14 for the stations. They did a really great job and I appreciate their participation.

7th grade will be entering the National Student Poetry Contest. April is National Poetry Month so I thought it’d be really fun to get the 6th and 7th graders to enter their very own poems! It’s the 22nd season of this contest and I would like us to represent the 6th-7th Division for St. Cletus! Students are free to write about any subject (as long as it’s appropriate) and in any style (except for concrete/blackout poems). Their poems must be no longer than 20 lines. We started working on these yesterday and I ask that they are submitted by next Friday, the 23rd. I will print them all out and mail them in. I think this a great way to promote literacy in the classroom – and there’s also prizes.

After our poems, we will be starting the book of Mark! Also, please remind students to keep updating their ‘Journey to Confirmation’ booklets. They should be reflecting right away after each experience so that it is fresh in their heads. The next checkpoint is March 1st. This is our final checkpoint before they are due on May 4th.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Thanks so much.

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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The Social Studies Corner: 7th Grade

The 7th grade class has reached many milestones over the past few weeks.  Each member of the class has demonstrated a high level of mastery as they successfully passed exams on the:  (1) operation and purpose of the United States Constitution and (2) details of Illinois government and the Illinois Constitution.  This work has prepared students for a study of the early Republic, including the rise of political parties and their place in the development of the current form of American government.  Over the next months, students will explore the evolution of American politics and will compare and constrast it to issues that remain a part of modern political life.  Students also will explore the issues that faced early Americans as the country evolved from an early democratic experiment to a modern state on the precipice of world war.

Each student also has completed a project compliant with the National History Day competition (using the theme of Conflict and Compromise) in which they were asked to fashion a historic argument that demonstrates cause-and-effect, supporting it with contemporary evidence.  Students were given the option to display their prowess using one of five mediums:  a display exhibit, a documentary video, a research paper, a website or a performance.   Student projects were displayed and judged at the annual St. Cletus History Fair.  (A website of all student projects (with the exception of the displays) can be viewed by clicking here.)

Based on averages of the judges scores, the projects of 10 St. Cletus students were selected to advance to the Chicago Metro History Fair competition on April 7.  The projects are as follows:

Display Exhibits

Liz Braun, Bombing in the Square: The Haymarket Square Riot

Serena Garza, The Pullman Strike: A Turning Point for U.S. Labor Conditions

Conor Mulcrone, The Blackhawk War

Documentary Videos

Ava Calderon, The Trials and Misfortunes of the Chicago Seven

Madelyn Ciampaglia, Our Lady of the Angels:  Disaster and Redemption

Research Papers

Jenna Battista, Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

Ryan Clifford, Chicago’s Destruction And Rebuilding

Websites

Grace Koziol, Freedom Day School Boycott:  Activism Against School Segregation

Lauren Schinker, A School Fire That Shook a Nation: Our Lady of Angels School Fire

Will Wangard, The World’s Fair of 1893:  A Revolutionary Fair

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7th Literature

We are wrapping up our Agatha Christie murder mystery  And Then There Were None this week. The students will begin writing their character analysis aided by their annotations. We will also be conduction a Mock Trial where we will put the characters on trial for their original “crimes”. The rough draft of the paper will be written entirely in class and will be due on February 15. The final draft of the paper will be do on March 2. The students will be turning in a hard copy of the paper and NOT submitting it through Google Classroom.

Ms. Shupe

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7R Math

7th graders are working on Module 7 which is all about inequalities. We started this module before winter break and are continuing it now. I’ve been practicing a new activity with the students where I have them complete an exit ticket when they leave. I present a problem that goes along with what we learned for the day and when they hand them to me, I can see how well they are understanding the topic. This has given me a good idea on what they are grasping and where mistakes are occurring. With the exit tickets, I choose “my favorite no” which means I choose a student’s work that has an error. I write it on the board and students have to figure out what went right, what went wrong, and how they would correctly solve the problem. I have do something called Think, Pair, and Share. Students work independently at first, then pair up with someone to discuss their answers, and then I choose a couple students to share it with the class. I took an online course over winter break about teaching middle school math using the common core. I learned about these activities and put them into action this week. They are more student-centered; they take more time but are much more fulfilling for students. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me!

Thanks!

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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7A Math

7th graders are diving into Module 8 this week. We are learning about scale drawings and similar shapes, geometric drawings, cross sections, and angle relationships. As I’m sure you’ve seen, we have been moving at a much quicker pace this trimester. I am always happy to provide extra help for students in the morning at 7:15am! 🙂

Miss Smith

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7th Grade Religion

Hope you all had a wonderful break!

7th graders are reading the novel Heaven Is For Real. It’s a remarkable story about a boy who claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Students are so excited to be reading this book! We will be answering discussion questions and doing a project along with this as well.

Miss Smith

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7th Grade Literature

December means one thing in 7th Grade literature….A Christmas Carol!

We will begin our reading of A Christmas Carol on December 4. In lieu of doing a theme chart and questions for this book, the students will break into groups at the end of each class period to discuss the life lessons taught by the book (from the book 52 Lesson Taught by A Christmas Carol).  At the end of the novel, we’ll all discuss these lessons as a class.

**Date to remember – A Christmas Carol test Tuesday, December 19**

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