Mr. Matt Nowakowski

Homework Policy

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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12/1 Update

Greetings, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and thank you to everyone who attended conferences last week.  Maybe you’ve noticed the quotes and designs that our eighth graders painted on the brick wall outside of Room 123.  One of the students painted the Benjamin Franklin quote, “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.”  That’s...
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11/10 Update

                         Greetings, We had a fun and productive field trip to Cantigny Park last week.  The trip was scheduled in conjunction with Veterans’ Day which is recognized on November 11th. Students had plenty of outdoor exercise as they strolled through the grounds and climbed...
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10/27 Update

Greetings, As we reach the conclusion of our Red Ribbon Week, it has served as a good reminder for students about how to make healthy choices for both their bodies and their minds.  Pope John Paul II expressed in Theology of the Body the concept of one’s body being a gift from God to be used to...
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10/13 Update

Greetings, Being in the middle of October is affording us the chance to cover seasonal content across all subject areas.  Starting with Literature, both Seventh and Eighth Grade students are reading classic short stories from the horror genre by authors such as Washington Irving, Roald Dahl, and Edgar Allan Poe.  Interestingly enough, some of these...
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09/29 Update

Greetings, As the month of October begins next week, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  My favorite St. Francis story, surprisingly, involves his death.  While on his deathbed, he said to the nun who was caring for him, “Bring me one of those cookies that I am so fond of.”  What...
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09/15 Update

Greetings, I hope that by now everyone has recovered from all of the Fall Fest fun!  Thanks to all the parents who volunteered their time and/or spent lots and lots of money.   We teachers are grateful for your continued support. Eighth Grade has been reading the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.  We...
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09/01 Update

Greetings, The first full week of the 2023/2024 school year passed by quickly, but it has not been void of sadness.  Our students have been part of an honor guard for two funerals this week as the St. Cletus community paid its respects towards two beloved members of the parish.  We also remember the life...
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06/02 Update

Thank you all for a memorable school year!  I hope that you all enjoy your summer vacation.  Safe travels to those of you going on trips.  Remember to attend mass, say prayers, and read a book or two.  Farewell to the Class of 2023.  Best wishes to all of you in high school. Until Next...
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05/19 Update

Greetings, I’m sure that many of you parents, like me, have memories of the last weeks of the school year coinciding with all of those Bulls Championships many years ago.  Back then, and even today, the final minutes of an NBA playoff game can be incredibly tense and also thrilling.  The final minutes are what...
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