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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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8th Grade Religion

Only six and a half short weeks until Confirmation, and the students have worked so hard to fulfill all of their requirements.  In class, the students have been working on “Confirmed in the Spirit,” a text that reminds them, and guides them, through the thoughts and actions of a member of the Catholic Church.  The ideas of kindness and service are emphasized.

Upcoming Dates:

January 24th – Graduation Pictures

February 14th – Red Books with 24 entries are due

March 2 – Mandatory Confirmation Practice in the Church – 6:30-8 PM

March 4 – Confirmation 1:00 PM in Church (Saturday)

March 30 – Living Stations of the Cross 2:00 PM in Church

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8th Grade Math

It is hard to believe that graduation is less than 5 months away!

8R Math –

The students are working very hard on linear equations.  Since getting back from break, the students have been determining whether or not a set of points represents a line, and if that line has a proportional relationship between its coordinates.  They will be using their knowledge to create equations of lines based on tables, graphs, or in a problem-solving setting.


8A Math –

The students returned from break preparing to take their first semester exam; they prepared very hard for it.

Before break, the students concentrated on equations of lines, inequalities, and determining solutions to systems of functions.  This month, the students begin familiarizing themselves with exponent rules and properties.  Soon, they will find the functions for, and graph exponential functions.  Specifically, calculate exponential growth and decay.

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8th Grade Language Arts and Literature

Who could believe that the Class of 2017 is now actually coming to school in 2017?!  After a well rested Christmas break, our eighth graders are entering the final lap of their time at St. Cletus.

Since arriving back to school, we have begun reading the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell.  By reading this allegory for the Russian Revolution, students are able to make connections between the text and the historical events and figures that are symbolized in the novel.  Animal Farm also challenges students to become more aware of the political landscape both domestically and abroad.

We will continue to focus on grammar, vocabulary, and writing in our language arts class.  I’m very much looking forward to the students wrapping up their personal projects that they have been working on since the beginning of the school year.

Best wishes to our students who are taking the Catholic high school entrance exam on January 14th.

Reminder – Graduation pictures will be taken on January 24th

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8th Grade Newsletters

Eighth graders sure are excited about Christmas approaching!  It seems like they’ve been counting down the days ever since Halloween ended.  Meanwhile, they have just finished a unit on the author, O. Henry.  They became familiar with a number of his short stories (some holiday themed), and they can identify literary elements like irony and surprise endings. Throughout December, we will continue with some lesser known Christmas readings.  In language arts, students are finishing up an argumentative writing quizlet. Personal projects are coming along well too.

On a Christmas related note, students have signed up to bring in items for the giving tree.  Those will be collected throughout this week.    Also, Student Council will be sponsoring a dress down day on December 6th.  Please bring in $1.00 for it.

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8th Grade Literature & Langauge Arts


October has been an extraordinarily busy month.  We started the month by covering “The Gettysburg Address” and the Walt Whitman poem “Oh Captain, My Captain.”  These Lincoln related readings helped prepare students for our trip to Springfield.  The learning objective of those readings was to place an emphasis on Abraham Lincoln as a person, and that was enhanced as we walked the same places as he did so many years ago.  With Halloween appproaching, we have been covering tales of terror by Edgar Allen Poe.  We will conclude with “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.

After having participated in the Day of the Spirit Retreat, which was a moving event, students are now focusing on their saint essays in Language Arts.  This involves reasearch, citing, paraphrasing, and constructing the overall essay.

Just a reminder, please check the course syllabus which is found in the first newsletter of the year.  Students DO have the opportunity to earn credit on tests that they have not passed.  I hope to see more students take advantage of this in the future.

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

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8th Grade Language Arts and Literature

Between the excitement of the Fall Fest and Homecoming activities, the 8th graders have been busily working in both Literature and Language Arts!  

We have been reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.  Students have been making connections between Mark Twain’s life and the events in the story.  In addition to that, they are discovering Twain’s use of satire, and how he used humor to raise awareness about the injustices of his time.  We have made comparisons to many modern day humorists.  

In Language Arts, we are wrapping up Unit 8 in our grammar textbooks.  This focuses on sentences, subjects, and predicates.  The test for this Unit will be on 09/14/2016.

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

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8th Grade Religion

Eighth Grade religion students, here is your syllabus for the year.  You must print out the last page and return it signed by you and your parents.  It is due Friday, August 26th.


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8th Grade 8A and 8R Syllabi Updates

Good Afternoon,

There is an update to the grading scale for both math classes. The reason for the update was to account for the rigor of the classes and the placement of the students as freshmen.

Links:    8R                       8A


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Accelerated Algebra Syllabus

Accelerated Algebra students,  this is your syllabus for the year.  You must print out the last page and return it signed by you and your parents.  It is due Friday, August 26th.


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Welcome 8th Graders!

I am excited to have you this year for Math and Religion. We will learn many things this year, including graphing functions, solving systems of equations, exponents, and the Pythagorean Theorem. I look forward to helping you continue your journey in the Catholic faith by working with you to prepare for Confirmation.  I am looking forward to meeting you on Tuesday to begin a stellar year.

Mr. Malnar

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Welcome Back!


Welcome back, Class of 2017!  I hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer and that you are ready to come back for a productive and memorable final year at St. Cletus School.  After having taught this group last year, I am looking forward to building upon all that was learned in seventh grade when it comes to writing, grammar and vocabulary.  In addition to that, students will be introduced to a collection of timeless authors and stories.  Since eighth graders will have access to chrome books throughout the entire school day, I am hoping to implement more technology in my instruction compared to last year.  I ask that parents check TeacherEase, e-mail, and these newsletters regularly for all of the latest information that is needed.  Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Let’s have a great year!

Mr. Nowakowski

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