Our first year in Middle School is flying by! We have just concluded our second trimester, and trimester three promises to be very busy.
As we begin the holy season of Lent, we are given the opportunity to practice our monthly
virtues, strengthen our prayer lives and facilitate Stations of the Cross for our fellow students.
In sixth grade Language Arts, we are enjoying the novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. This Newbery Award winner is set in the New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art. As Social Studies students of Ancient Civilizations, we have
followed this storyline as the protagonists work to uncover the origin of the Angel statue.
The sister and brother act weave their way around various ancient exhibits, researching and looking for clues. We will conclude this novel with a project in computer class; designing a pamphlet for a museum of our own.
In Social Studies, we have traveled the Silk Road from Ancient China to the Nile River.
Recently, we concluded our unit on Ancient China by welcoming the 5th, 7th, and 8th-grade students to visit our Chinese exhibits. Currently, we are studying the great works of the Greeks. From the beautiful architecture, Homer’s famous epic, and intriguing world of the gods and goddesses, the Greeks were an amazing people.
The seventh grade has enjoyed several stories this year. Our historical fiction novel, Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, is based on true events set at the docks of Philadelphia as the yellow fever epidemic spread throughout the city. We have enjoyed many interesting moments in class discussing predictions, themes, and symbols. This novel is mirroring the time period we are studying in Social Studies.
Finally, the eighth grade has completed research papers on a United States president of their choice. Presentations will begin shortly. This information is relevant as we have spent this year covering the events from the Civil War to WWII. We will continue through the remaining decades to the present time. We strive to keep current on the issues that face our great nation today, knowing we are the future voters of tomorrow.
Each student and teacher remains committed to “live the Gospel Message” in service to our class and school.
“Not ALL of Us Can Do Great Things, but We Can Do Small Things with Great Love.”
- Mrs. Marianne Culp, 6A