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Throughout the course of the junior high experience, students will study the stories of the Old Testament; learn about the life of Jesus in the Gospels, and  prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  In class, students routinely pray the Rosary and learn about the lives of the saints.  Students have the opportunity to attend retreats, complete service experiences, and take an active role in preparing all school masses.  The junior high religion curriculum ensures that all students are challenged academically, while at the same time, developing spiritually. 

Since most religion assignments are completed within class time, late and missing work should not really be an issue. However, if students do not submit work by the time and date it is expected, students will receive a warning and chance to submit the assignment. Should students choose not to, the assignment will be recorded as missing and grade of 0 will be earned.

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Mr. Nowakowski – Thanksgiving Week

Pope St. John Paul II once said, “Remember the past with gratitude.  Live the present with enthusiasm.  Look forward to the future with confidence.”  As we take time this Thanksgiving to reflect upon what we are thankful for, it might be a little more challenging than usual to heed these words of John Paul II. ...
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Mr. Nowakowski 11/16-11/20

Greetings Parents,   We all have our favorite Halloween and Christmas songs, tv episodes, and movies, don’t we?  For some reason, there is not a high volume of Thanksgiving ones,but it certainly doesn’t diminish the quality of what is there.  The “Thanksgiving Trinity” for me includes A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, the infamous WKRP Turkey Drop...
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Mr. Nowakowski 11/02-11/06

I struggled internally last weekend as Big Ten football returned. Watching those games on Saturdays in the fall is one of my favorite autumnal customs. Since I was a kid with my University of Michigan Starter jacket (remember those, moms & dads?!), I’ve been enamored with the decades old rivalries, the pageantry of the marching...
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Mr. Nowakowski 10/19-10/23

“Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.”– Ulysses S. Grant I don’t think President Grant was referring to Covid fatigue when he said that, but it sure is relevant...
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Mr. Nowakowski 10/12-10/16

This week we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and the month of October is the Month of the Rosary.  At the parish I grew up in, once a month before 8:30 mass on Sundays, the men of the Holy Name Society would lead everyone at church in praying the Rosary.  My...
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Look Ahead to Week of 09/28-10-02

After several years of being in Room 123 for my homeroom, I have moved to Room 120 for this school year.  Because of the way we teachers rove from classroom to classroom under the current practices, I spend only a small amount of time in it each day.  Since we have started school, there have...
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09/11 Update

With each passing year, it becomes increasingly bizarre to discuss the events of 9/11 with students. When I first started teaching, the students I taught had no recollection of that day because they were just babies.  Now, each group of students is another year removed from that moment in history. While it’s easy to explain...
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Mr. Nowakowski Week of 08/31-09/04

“It’s always something!” That saying reminds me of the late, great Gilda Radner yelling it on Saturday Night Live.  She also used that saying as the title of her autobiography.  Given the challenges and tragic circumstances that she experienced throughout her life, it proved to be a fitting title.  “It’s always something!” could also describe...
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Mr. Nowakowski – Week of 08/24-08/28

“It just got to be too hard.” “It’s supposed to be hard.  If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great…” You may remember this exchange between Dotty Hinson (Geena Davis) and Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) in the film, A League of Their Own.  While they were referring to...
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