January 2022

Next week marks Catholic Schools Week.  This is an appropriate time for all of us to reflect upon what a privilege it is to be part of a faith-based learning community, especially one that is a special as St. Cletus School is.

I’d like to thank Mrs. Gorman for the incredible job that she did covering my classes while I was absent for a week and half.  She guided 8th Grade students through the novel The Call of the Wild by Jack London and through most of Unit 10 Grammar – Verbs.  In addition to that she guided 7th Grade through the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and a similar grammar unit that 8th Grade worked on.

Moving forward, 8th Grade will begin reading Animal Farm by George Orwell.  Hopefully, students are able to make connections between the events in the novel and real-life current events since the this work is as relevant now as it was when it was written.  In 7th Grade, we will begin reading a variety of works by some of the literary figures who emerged during and even after the Harlem Renaissance.

Year 3 of pandemic learning/teaching has been perhaps the most challenging of all.  Please remember to stress the importance of following our health and safety protocols in order to keep one another safe and to limit any disruptions to students’ learning.


“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”  – Frederick Douglass