3rd Year at SJS (mentored by Mrs. Elaine Manges)
Subjects: Math (Grades 6-8), Religion and Social Studies (Grade 8)
B.A. in Middle Childhood Education (Grades 4-9) from The Ohio State University with concentrations in Math and Social Studies
Dear SJS Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year at St. Joe’s! I am looking forward to an exciting and challenging year with all of my students. I feel very excited and privileged to help the students prepare for their upcoming high school years. That being said, all students will have to earn the trust and respect that they would expect to receive as the “upperclassmen” of SJS. I have very high expectations for all of my classes, and I know we will be able to achieve our goals with determination and hard work.
You will all be happy to know I am continuing to work closely with Mrs. Manges during my third year in the Resident Educator program. The structure of eighth grade math classes will remain the same on the Saxon program. Students will have homework Mon-Thur. The homework sheet is available to print on my “resources” page, but is not required. Eighth grade students will have a test every four lessons, roughly once a week. I will continue to incorporate the eighth grade honors math in the same period as the regular track math classes. The structure of the class is very student-independent during the time I am not giving instruction. If you have questions about the structure of the Saxon Math program please take a look at the Saxon math program on my resources page.
This year in sixth and seventh grade math, we will be continuing our use of the Envision program by Pearson. This program focuses specifically on the Common Core state standards, with special emphasis on good “math practices” that include multiple strategies for understanding, completing and checking any math problem. We had a great first year implementing the program and I have since seen drastic changes in the way students tackle math assignments. This program will continue to build strong, long-lasting aptitude for math in the classroom and real world.
In Social Studies, the 8th graders will be studying American history, from ancient civilizations in North and South America through the Era of Reconstruction. Grades will be based on homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects for which a rubric will be provided. Special interactive/group projects will most likely have a participation grade also.
Eighth grade students are now eligible to receive the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Joseph Parish. We will be using the program Chosen, and working closely with the Parish’s Director of Religious Education, Carol Wallington, to ensure the students are prepared for this momentous occasion. In Religion class, the 8th grade students will begin religion class by reflecting on a daily “precept” or “words to live by”. They can relate the precept to their personal lives, a friend or relative, or current event, and should discuss the benefits of living by said precept. We will be studying from the text Alive in Christ. Grades will be based on homework assignments, quizzes, tests and projects for which a rubric will be provided. The students may also receive a grade for their participation in mass on Fridays.Specials Schedule M – Art T – Music W – Health
R – Spanish F – Phys. Ed