Class of 2019
It's an amazing adventure, being an 8th grader at SMS. Academics are challenging and rewarding, our student faith-filled life is most gratifying and our community projects beyond productive and worthwhile. This month we are tackling poetic devices, systems and equations, electricity and portfolios. We are getting to the final preparing stages for Robotics and Battle of the Books. We were visited by our yearbook rep who tutored us on how to master the online devices to create an outstanding yearbook for June. We saw some of our clothing that was collected to help the homeless go to help a local family whose lives were upturned by a devastating fire.
But perhaps our greatest adventure has been our visit to four local police stations. All year we have been offering prayers in our daily intentions for our "guardians in blue", as we refer to officers of the law. The disrespect shown to them nationally has us perplexed as their goal is to protect and serve.
We used the poetry devices we learned to compose a poem written to express our utmost gratitude and respect for these dedicated servants of justice.
We then visited the local police barracks of Lee, Stockbridge and West Stockbridge and the state trooper barracks in Lee to give an oral recitation directly to the officers on duty. It was most gratifying to witness first - hand the sincere, appreciative and emotional reactions of the officers who were present. That they now realize that we recognize the worth of their calling.
November 30, 2018
Another month completed... and in great style! We read an intense novel, The Giver, that taught us about the consequences of decisions, the importance of diversity and to ponder if utopia is ever possible or beneficial. We have begun a new genre in literature...American myths, legends and folktales. John Henry is our favorite.
Science is opening up a new adventure with dominoes!!! It's amazing how science and math can work together. Next week, the beginning of Advent, has us beginning a new writing adventure...a journal re/December and Christmases we have treasured.
This month saw the eighth graders graduate from their DA sponsored anti-bullying program. The Patriot Pen winners were Tyler Moran in first place and Cole Morrison in second place. We are anxiously waiting to hear if Tyler's essay advances to the state level. Our Veterans' Program was a great success...thank you to all grades and teachers for your delightful performances. We continue to greet each student in the morning as they enter the building, and readily assist in any Mass. We hosted a prayer service for a couple who lost their child. We loved the roles as MC for the wonderful Christmas Pageant that was attended by an enthusiastic crowd. We have fun with out Before School visitors. We collected clothing for the less fortunate and were humbled by the generosity of the many donors. We eagerly look forward to December with its academic challenges and spiritual offerings. Please check our Picture Perfect Page for the latest photos.
November 1, 2018...
We say farewell to another month completed...and October was certainly a busy one: helping Addie celebrate her 100th birthday, closing our Drama literary section with The Diary of Anne Frank, learning how to be our best through our visits with representatives from the DA's office, saying farewell to Tyler Collins, completing an in-depth Civil War poster project, beginning our next essay adventure...ask us if you should dare to walk through the gates we have designed, Aiden and Cole coming back to school at night to make sure the younger grades have fun at Spooktacular, practicing for next week's Veterans Program and beginning our clothing drive for Berkshire's homeless population...did we mention enjoying the three deer that visit our back yard? Let's see what November will bring!!! Check out our Picture Perfect page for our latest photos:)
There may have been only four days of school this week, but they sure were busy four days: N
history had us studying the advantages and disadvantages of both the Union and the Confederacy of our Civil War; ELA saw us complete our final essay drafts for the annual Patriot Pen contest; in reading we are studying drama...is there really humor in Shakespeare?...and in religion we discussed this coming Sunday's gospel, read about a family who sold their home to help the homeless and we also made birthday cards to help Addie Forni celebrate her 100th birthday. God bless you, Addie!
October 9, 2018...
If you care to see updated photos of your eighth grader, check out the
Picture Perfect page under my name. I apologize, I still have yet to master having the photos presented anyway but sideways.
The past two weeks they have said goodbye to Tyler Collins and presented him with a basketball by which to remember the Class of 2019, said hello to Bethania!!!, organized Fall Fun Fest and enjoyed the latest chapter in their DA sponsored STRIVE program.
September 14, 2018...
Another busy week in Grade Eight...incredible activities while studying force in Science, Qui in French, reviewing the early days of the New World before we pick up at the Civil War in American History, completed our cross research projects, and are thoroughly into reading Tangerine. We also, with the help of seventh grade, unloaded 350 chrysanthemums at the church. See you at Founder's Day!
August 31, 2018...
Thank you, Parents of Eighth Graders, for sending these five incredible young men to be St. Mary's School's Class of 2019 . In one brief week they have immersed themselves into the task of being role models for other students. Every school day begins with these students presenting morning prayers to the entire student body. They led the school and guests in our first school mass of the year. Each day eighth graders greet every student with a high five and a " have a good day" as they enter the building. This class has had two tests, debated the first amendment and begun a new novel. They participated in an activity designed to create a strong sense of community in our middle school and have completed an application to Eighth Grade. This class of five young men have eagerly accepted the position of student leaders for the school, and are doing a magnificent job academically and spiritually. Thank you, Parents and Class of 2019 - this is going to be a stellar year for all of us!!
P.S. Ask your son about the bird photo:)