Early Childhood through 8th Grade
2012 National Blue Ribbon School

519 Ashland Avenue

River Forest, IL 60305

PH.(708) 366-8587

Welcome to Rm 207!
Friday, April 21st: 8th grade Out of Uniform- Color Day.  Wear tie-dye or something Colorful!!
Tuesday, April 25th-28th:  Aspire Testing 
Monday, May 1:  Confirmation Practice in church
Tuesday, May 2nd:  Confirmation at 7:00 pm; followed by reception
Friday, May 5th:  Guest speaker Marcia Lawrence, author of Resilience: From Shavl to Southfield via Dachau addresses 8th grade
Wednesday, May 10th:  May Crowning 9:15 am in Church 
Thursday, May 18th:  Blue/Gold Dinner hosted by the Athletic Committee 
Please check out the 2016-2017 calendar link for the 8th grade activities:  2017 8th grade calendar
6th Grade Language Arts: In LA, we are creating a grammar resource notebook.  Currently, we are focusing on writing reflective narratives.  This week, we are focusing on writing introductions that include a hook and state the theme.  The conclusion must be connected to the introduction by reflecting the theme. Once we have mastered the beginning and the end of the essay, we will concentrate on fine-tuning the narrative itself.  
We also spend time on Chomp Chomp Grammar Bytes  The class will continue to diagram sentences. Quizlet link for 6th grade Reading and LA:
6th grade Reading: Students are currently reading non-fiction articles from Newsela.   Students will review text structures, author's craft and theme as we read a variety of essays.  Students are required to answer questions using the 5 sentence format:  1)restate the question as a statement; 2) introduce the quote; 3) include the quote and cite correctly; 4-5) 2 supportive sentences that connect the quote to the question.  This is challenging.  After spending a good part of the year drilling on pronouns, students are encouraged to limit the use of pronouns and state the noun.   
     Newsela is an online news source for students.  Each student has joined the class website.  I add articles to the class binder for class use.  Students are also able to choose other articles to read.  Each article is offered in a variety of lexile levels so that students may adjust it to their own level of comprehension; each article is followed by a short quiz.   The articles all originate from newspapers across the country and are current.  This is a wonderful addition to our classroom.   
8th Grade Reading:   We read "The Necklace" by Guy deMaupassant.  Students located examples of figurative language and irony.  We are preparing to explore Shakespeare and his comedy "Twelfth Night."  I am looking forward to examining Shakespeare's  influence on our language.  Shakespeare is meant to be read aloud so this will be a great opportunity for everyone to improve their public speaking skills.
Religion:  Students continue to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation.  We are studying the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.  The Confirmation test will be April 20th and 21st.  8th graders presented the Living Stations on Thursday, April 6th.  The class did a beautiful job leading the school through each step of the crucifixion.  
     Give this 8th grade class a project...Once again this class shines!  After only 2 days of lunchroom sales and collecting orders from homes, the 8th grade signed, taped and delivered over 1500 lollipops to the students at St. Luke.  Every student received a special valentine treat.   The Lollipops for Love will present a check for $750 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Thank you St. Luke!
Lollipop sort  Delivering Lollies