In my opinion, there isn’t a month in the calendar that better sums up a Catholic school education than the month of May. We celebrate the Second Grader’s First Holy Communion; we honor Our Blessed Mother when we crown the statue of Mary at the May Crowning Mass; and we begin the “farewell tour” for our Eighth Graders. As the weather warms and the days get longer, everyone in school feels renewed just in time for summer break!
Before we reach the culmination of the year, I need to re-iterate the importance of students continuing to meet academic and social expectations for the next few weeks. The closer it gets to the end of the year, the more challenging it is to remain focused on school priorities. That goes for all of us. Hopefully, the year can end on a positive note with students maintaining good habits that will lead to success when the next school year begins. After completing the spring iReady diagnostic test, we will complete the reading one next week. We really need students to give their best efforts on this.
In Language Arts, Eighth Grade is finishing up its unit on clauses and complex sentences. Sixth Grade is just getting started on a unit on subject and verb agreement. Seventh Grade is working on narrative writing by means of creating a memoir based on an experience in which they learned something about themselves. I’m also glad to say that all three grade levels will have completed more vocabulary units this year than in any other year that I have previously taught.
In Social Studies, Eighth Grade is covering World War II; Seventh Grade is covering Westward Expansion and the Native Americans; Sixth Grade just finished a unit on Ancient Rome and will be transitioning to the Viking invaders.
Hopefully you can join us for May Crowning this Monday!
“Have courage; the good seed will grow up in the children’s hearts later on.”
– Blessed Edmund Rice