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8th Religion

Hello,

There are a few dates coming up:

November 20:  Saint Report Rough Draft

December 4: Saint Report Due

All students should continue working on their service experiences; 10 are due on January 10th.

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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8th Grade Math

Hello,

In 8R Math, the students are working with Nonproportional Relationships, and they took a quiz today over finding the slope and the y-intercept from a table.  Over the next week and a half, the students will be studying more about slope and the y-intercept of a line.  They will be studying how to graph a line based solely on the equation and how to determine if a situation describes a proportional or nonproportional relationship.  Tentatively, they are looking at a test on, or around, December 5.

In 8A, the students are writing equations of lines based on information provided to them.  Some problems have a slope and y-intercept, and others have two points.  They are using different formulas to determine the equations of the lines.  Over the next week, the students will be putting equations in Standard Form and determining whether lines are parallel or perpendicular based on their equations.  Their test is also going to be around December 5th.

Don’t forget, the Catholic High School Tests are Saturday December 2.

 

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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8th Grade LIT & Language Arts

With Veterans’ Day taking place in the month of November, we have covered a series of readings pertaining to the Vietnam War.  While examining a short story, articles, and personal essays, students became more aware of some of the “things they carried” in relation to Vietnam Vets.  Issues that were covered include the draft, PTSD, the effects of Agent Orange, the experiences of POW’s, and the injustices that many vets face upon returning home.  Hopefully, students have taken away a greater appreciation of the sacrifices that a generation of men and women made.  Students were reminded that there are names on the Wall in Washington D.C. of people who were only three years older than our eighth graders are now.

Ideally, that learning experience will make students even more thankful this Thanksgiving.  We will spend time both before and after the holiday covering the works of O. Henry, one of my favorites.

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The Social Studies Corner – 8th Grade

The eighth grade students have been actively engaged in a continued exploration of World War I.  The students recently completed an analysis of the origins of the war in which they addressed the manner in which different empires and political states found themselves in a state of conflict.  Students immersed themselves in the human element of the conflict as they drafted letters to/from home in which they explained their fears and observations as citizens of warring states.  They also observed original video in which they viewed life in 1914, the response of peoples in different countries to the declaration of war and the realities of trench warfare.

At present, students are completing a chapter in which they explored America’s transition from isolationism to participation as a member of the Allied forces.  The students learned about the philosophy of isolationism and President Woodrow Wilson’s role in pursuing American neutrality.  To that end, the students read Wilson’s 1914 address to Congress and discussed the meaning of his words.  They also evaluated the effectiveness of  his speech and the response that participants in the war to America’s position.  They ended the week by analyzing historic newspapers and the positions that Americans throughout the country took on the war issue.

This week, students will discuss the Sinking of the Lusitania and the Zimmerman Telegram and their role in American’s entry in the war as they work towards completing the chapter with a quiz on Wednesday.

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8th Grade Math

Hi,

In 8R Math, the students are working on Proportional Relationships.  They are finding the rate of change (slope), and graphing them.  Currently, the students are working on analyzing the differences seen in equations, graphs, or tables of two different equations.  They are comparing their rates of change.  A test will be given on Friday, November 10th.

In 8A, the students completed a unit on graphing linear equations and will move into a unit that explores linear equations a little deeper.  Before heading into that, however, the students will have a lesson and quiz on graphing linear inequalities.  That quiz will be on Wednesday, November 8th.

 

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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8th Grade Religion

Hello,

In Religion, the students are studying the Nicene Creed, and how it relates to the Trinity.  They are doing a Bible study finding the passages that reflect the beliefs outlined in the Creed.  Next week, they should be finishing Chapter 3, so there will be a test.  Chapter 4, Confirmed in Love, addresses service and “Actions Speak Louder than Words.”

We will have the second of four Service Experience check-ins on November 10th.  Half of their experiences should be complete by then, we will discuss their progress at conferences.

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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The Social Studies Corner — 8th Grade

Our eighth grade students have completed a chapter in which they explored liberty, democracy and the manner in which these concepts were not always extended to all members of American society.  Students learned about the aftermath of the Seven Years War and the Great Awakening and their place in shaping the American psyche.  They also studied the theories of the English Enlightenment thinkers, focusing on the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Montesquieu and Voltiere, and their place in the crafting of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  Students then explored the various views of the Emancipation Proclamation and its place in the American experience.  As part of their Springfield trip, they analyzed the language of the document, the writings of contemporaries of Abraham Lincoln (including Frederick Douglass) and current historians as they addressed the motivations behind Lincoln’s execution of the document and its true impact on enslaved peoples.

This week the students began study of the First World War.  They began the chapter through a role-playing exercise in which they took on the political views of the European powers that were central to the inception of war.  Students will continue to focus on these powers as we explore the advance of the War and move towards a discussion of American resistence to joining the war effort.

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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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