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Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!
 
Hello!  I am Miss Mary Catherine Nelson and I will be teaching 6th through 8th-grade Religion and will also be the School Ministry Coordinator.  A brief CV:
  • BS in Biology from California State University, East Bay.
  • MS in Developmental Genetics from Iowa State Univ.
  • MBA from UIC in Marketing & Strategic Planning
  • MA in Religious Education from Loyola University, Chicago.
I was the Director of Youth Ministry and Religious Education for 15 years at St. Raymond de Penefort.  I also taught 6th and 8th-grade Religion at the School of St. Mary for 2 years before assuming the role of Director of Development and Marketing. At the Church of St. Mary, I was also a staff lead in RCIA for 2 years.  I am currently the Director of Children’s Faith Formation at here St. Joseph Catholic Church.  I am excited to do what I can to bring the students and families of both school and CFF together for service opportunities and more!  
 
Students will start class with 10 minutes of writing in their journals using Google Docs and a prompt on the board.  Then we will go into our lessons using Loyola Press Finding God.  In the last class of the week (Thursdays for 8th grade & Fridays for 6th & 7th grade), we will study the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday.  There will be a 30-point assignment each week based on the readings.
 

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Week at a Glance Nov 14th- 18th

8th Grade Objective
  • Work on Session Reviews
  • *Update*: After polling the students, the Unit 1 Test will be next Monday, Nov. 21st. This means the students will have had at least 3 weeks to study for this test
  • Hamlin's Homeroom to do Food Pantry
  •  Scripture for Christ the King
7th Grade Objective
6th Grade Objective

7th Grade!

Due to the very low scores on your Unit 1 test, 7th grade will spend today, Wednesday, Nov 2nd through Tuesday, November 8th studying to re-take the test.  The test will be on Wednesday, November 9th in class.
 
Update: Students will retake the Unit 1 test on Monday, November 14th.  This means they will have had close to 4 weeks to study.  The results of this re-take will stand.

Week at a Glance Nov 7th- 11th

8th Grade Objective
7th Grade Objective
  • Students will work on creating & sharing Kahootz, Quizlets, etc to work on study skills & prepare to re-take their Unit 1 test.  Due to so many students being out of school due to illness, the students will be polled as to when to re-take their test, Wed, Fri or next Monday.
  • Scripture for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
6th Grade Objective

Week at a Glance October 24-28

8th Grade Objective
7th Grade Objective
6th Grade Objective

Week at a Glance October 17-19

8th Grade Objective
  • Students will continue their Saint Presentations
  • This Sunday at the 5pm Mass is our annual Saint Showcase!!  Attendance is expected.
7th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on M & W
  • Start Unit 2 (5 lessons) on One True Faith. 
    • Session 6 
  • Test on Unit 1 will be on Wednesday, Oct. 26
  • 7th Grade Candidacy Mass 5pm Sunday, Oct. 30th
6th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on M & W
  • Finish Unit 1 (5 lessons) on God, Our Creator and Father. 
  • Start Session 6
  • Test on Unit 1 will be on Wednesday, Oct. 26

Spirit Wear This Friday & $1 Dress Down on Monday for Breast Cancer!

Spirit wear dress down on Friday to send off our state track participants.  
 
Pink $1 dress down on Monday for pink out for breast cancer

Week at a Glance October 11-14

8th Grade Objective
7th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on W
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on One True Faith. 
    • Session 5: Celebrating Ordinary Time
    • Session 6 if time allows
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
6th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on W
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on God, Our Creator and Father. 
    • Session 3: Sin & Salvation
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Confirmation Day of Service!

All 7th & 8th Grade Students in the parish are invited to be part of this Day of Service! We will have 5-6 different Service Projects going on at once! A great opportunity to help others while having fun!

Date: Sunday, Nov. 20th, in the Koenig Center

Time: 2-4:45pm with 5pm Mass to follow

Week at a Glance October 3-7

8th Grade Objective
  • Students will make cards for Clergy Appreciation which is the weekend of Oct 8-9.
  • 10-minute Journal on M 
  • Students will start their Saint Presentations
  • Thursday will go over Sunday Scriptures (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
7th Grade Objective
  • Students will make cards for Clergy Appreciation which is the weekend of Oct 8-9.
  • 10-minute Journal on M
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on One True Faith. 
    • Session 5: Celebrating Ordinary Time
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
6th Grade Objective
  • Students will make cards for Clergy Appreciation which is the weekend of Oct 8-9.
  • 10-minute Journal on M & W
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on God, Our Creator and Father. 
    • Session 3: Sin & Salvation
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Week at a Glance September 26-30

8th Grade Objective
  • Students will continue working on their Saint Posters which are due on Sept. 28, 7am.
  • 10-minute Journal on T
  • Unit 1,Continue & finish Session 1
  • Hamlin's Homeroom will go to Food Pantry on Thursday
  • Thursday Hadjis' Homeroom will go over Sunday Scriptures (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
7th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on W
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on One True Faith. 
    • Session 3 &4: Jesus Reveals God to Us & Jesus Calls Us to Say Yes
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
6th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on W
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on God, Our Creator and Father. 
    • Session 3: Sin & Salvation
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Week at a Glance September 19-23

8th Grade Objective
  • Students will continue working on their Saint Posters which are due on Sept. 28, 7am.
  • Students will be at Camp Edwards Wed-Friday
  • No Scripture assignment this week
7th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on M & W
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on One True Faith. 
    • Session 2: Jesus is the Answer to a Promise
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
6th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on M & W
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on God, Our Creator and Father. 
    • Session 2: God Creates the World
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Week at a Glance September 12-16

8th Grade Objective

  • 10-minute Journal on M & T
  • Students will continue their four Saint Research Reports one of which they will choose for their Saint Name & Saint Poster.
  • Thursday will go over Sunday Scriptures (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
7th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on M & W
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on One True Faith. 
    • Session 1: Three Persons in One God
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
6th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on M & W
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on God, Our Creator and Father. 
    • Session 1: The Bible, God's Story
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Week at a Glance September 6-September 9

8th Grade Objective

  • 10-minute Journal on M & T
  • Students will start the four Saint Research Reports one of which they will choose for their Saint Name & Saint Poster.
  • Thursday will go over Sunday Scriptures (24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
7th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on M & W
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on One True Faith. 
    • Session 1: Three Persons in One God
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
6th Grade Objective
  • 10-minute Journal on M & W
  • Continue Unit 1 (5 lessons) on God, Our Creator and Father. 
    • Session 1: The Bible, God's Story
  • Friday will go over Sunday Scriptures (24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)