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The Social Studies Corner – 8th Grade

Over the past few weeks, the 8th grade class has taken a critical look at the origins of American democracy and the promises that are central to concepts of liberty. Students explored the breaks from hierarchical traditions that followed the North American phase of the Seven Years War, the Great Awakening and the transport of ideas of the Enlightenment to the New World. The chapter culminated in an analysis of the Emancipation Proclamation and the liberties that were provided to limited populations within the American state. The close of the chapter coincided with a trip to Springfield in which students learned more about Lincoln, his philosophy and his efforts to save the Union.  Students also experienced American democracy at the state level when they were provided with the opportunity to both argue and vote on a proposed bill on the Illinois House floor.  

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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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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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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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8th Grade Math – Accelerated Algebra

Hello,

The class took their first quiz mid-unit quiz last Wednesday, and it went very well.  Our first unit test will happen later next week, possibly on the 22nd.  Next week, we are finishing solving and graphing linear inequalities.

After that, the students will study how to graph a line in point-slope, standard, or slope-intercept form.  They will definitely need graph paper and a straight edge for that.

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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8th Grade Religion

Hello,

The students have started working out of their “Confirmed in the Spirit” books, which means the journey to Confirmation is well underway.  We have also began to pray special intentions at the beginning of class, so if there are any that the students should pray for, please send them to me.

The students have been encouraged to start on their Saint Reports, which are due December 4th.  I am pleased with the progress I am seeing.

There is now less than one month before their first Service Experience Check-in.  I have encouraged them to start, and a few opportunities have come up.  Let’s get those experiences in early and often, January 10th is coming up fast.

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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The Social Studies Corner — The 8th Grade Marches Towards Peace

Grade 8 students have been working hard.  They learned about the origins of the Peace Pole Project in the aftermath of World War II to stand as testaments to the need for peace.  Students also discussed the meaning of the phrase, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” and the rationale for it to be included in several languages as a form of international unity.  The students also located peace poles throughout the world and learned about the unique natures of each locale.  Finally, the students worked in teams to fashion their own peace pole designs, including artwork that illustrated their concept of peace and languages that were of significance to team members.  The student designs demonstrated the deep talent that lies within the Eighth Grade class.  Earlier today, one team’s design was selected to grace the first St. Cletus  peace pole, which will be dedicated as part of the September 21 celebration of peace.   (The student designs will be displayed as part of the Peace Day celebrations.)

 

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 Prague Spring, the Syrian Uprising, the Orange Revolution and Optor!.  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 meaning of liberty and democracy as contemplated by the Founding Fathers and the manner in which the early promises were and were not kept as regards various groups of American citizens.

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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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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 (www.mrsfaheysweb.weebly.com) 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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8th Grade LA & LIT

Welcome back!  Thank you to all who attended our meet and greet on Monday evening, and our curriculum night on Thursday evening.  It was nice to see both new and not so new faces.  Please take a look at our syllabus if you have not done so.  Let me know if you have any questions.

https://docs.google.com/a/cardinalcountry.org/document/d/1HiYqdSInc-pOO1XpC101CDbvCVe-3jl61EknSCkGEWk/edit?usp=sharing

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8th Grade Social Studies

8th Grade Syllabus

Dear Parents:

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to work with your students over the upcoming school year.  For your edification, I have attached a copy of the Syllabus that will govern the class.  A hard copy will be distributed during Curriculum Night.  I look forward to meeting you then.

In the interim, please do not hesitate to contact me at hfahey@stcletusparish.com.

Mrs. Hallie Fahey

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8th Religion

Hello,

I am excited to start the year with you all.  We are taking the final steps toward your journey to Confirmation, and we will be very busy in the process.

Make sure to start thinking about who your Saint will be, and your sponsors.

A link to the syllabus is provided, we will review it in class and on curriculum night.

https://docs.google.com/a/cardinalcountry.org/document/d/18oE7PcNrb6DCRcsUvhdUc0WNdNgIhT31vCG_NTotarA/edit?usp=sharing

-Mr. Malnar

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Welcome Back 8R!

Hello,

The first week of school will be busy with assessments.  We will start the year off with a review of 7th grade content, and a pre-test for 8th grade content.  Once that is complete, we will jump right into real numbers and exponents.

Please remember to bring your Simple Solutions Summer Assignment with on Wednesday.

This year will be very busy, but I know everyone will be successful.

This year’s syllabus will be reviewed in class and at curriculum night, and can be found here:

https://docs.google.com/a/cardinalcountry.org/document/d/1VUIxjvwW4iFY_rW0bcaKkQ86FJGG8BepXQp2WzvBx2M/edit?usp=sharing

 

-Mr. Malnar

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Welcome Back 8A Math!

Hello,

Welcome back! This week, we will answer questions pertaining to your summer assignment and take the test on Friday, August 25.

The following week, we will begin a unit on solving linear equations.

The syllabus, which will be reviewed in class, and at curriculum night can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/a/cardinalcountry.org/document/d/1LAiNYu2hGMxQut1Lfor0Di6gwzju_lg54p0Gjp-GlZQ/edit?usp=sharing

This year will be very busy, but I know all of you can handle it.

 

-Mr. Malnar

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8th Grade Language Arts & Literature

I want to start by thanking everyone for their well-wishes and their patience during my unexpected week off in January.  That wasn’t supposed to happen until February, but our baby girl had other plans!

In litherature, students finished Animal Farm by George Orwell.  Hopefully, they took away some valuable lessons from it in terms of living in an unjust society.  Inadvertently, we have moved on to another classic animal tale, The Call of the Wild by Jack London.  An appropriate choice as we seek to navigate through what’s left of the harsh winter.

In language arts, we are in the process of finishing up our unit on adjectives and adverbs.  I am very much looking forward to seeing the finished personal projects that that students have spent months working on.

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