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Welcome Back!

Hello Again Everybody,

Welcome back to those of you who are returning, and welcome to those of you who are new to St. Cletus.  I hope you’ve been able to enjoy parts of what is always a very busy week.

This year, I am returning to my original role at St. Cletus teaching 7th and 8th Grade Language Arts and Literature.  Actually, it will be my first time teaching 7th Grade Literature at St. Cletus.

The eighth graders will begin the year reading two short stories: “The Kid Nobody Could Handle” by Kurt Vonnegut and “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes.  They’re both stories about troubled young men who form special bonds with an adult in their lives.  We will further explore that theme, as well as others, by reading an abridged and age-accommodated version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.  At the same time, the seventh graders will be reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, also by Mark Twain.  In the past, students have enjoyed the satirical approach that Mart Twain takes towards childhood and some of the social issues that were present during his time.  They make connections between then and now, and usually they find that life is pretty similar.  Also, these versions of the novels do leave out the racial slurs that are present in the original work, but if anyone is still concerned about that, please let me know and I can show you a copy of it beforehand.

Lastly, my wife and I are expecting our second child in January.  Once again, I’ll be taking parental leave, but probably not until March.  More details will be shared as we get closer to that time.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Thanks,

Mr. Nowakowski