As eighth-graders, we are the leaders of our school community. We lead our Faith Families, students of younger grades, in activities that teach faith, cooperation, conflict resolution and social justice. Our Student Leadership Team, in conjunction with our new Friends of Jesus Christian Action Group, create fundraisers and service activities to assist the Livermore Homeless Shelter and the Dominican Sisters' Mission in Tijuana, Mexico. We also lead our school community in receiving food donations for the St. Vincent de Paul Society during our weekly flag salutes. So far this year our social justice activities have helped bring in clothing and toiletry items for the homeless and have raised close to $1,000 for those who need medical assistance and educational opportunities in Tijuana.
During our Faith Family activities we act as Christ's disciples in preparing Scripture lessons and discussions that meet the needs of our younger students and peers.We have learned at St. Michael School that we will one day be the leaders of our country and the world. We understand there is great responsibility ahead of us in fostering peace in our global community. We read, we write, we problem solve and we justify our solutions and ideas based on sound facts and accurate history. We are ready to take the next step to high school. We are well prepared and confident!
We are learning…
Religion (The Church in the Modern World, Social Justice, Moral, Church History, Catholic
Literature/Vocabulary (classical and contemporary short stories, novels, poetry, plays, and essays, including an indepth study of a Shakespearean play, book clubs)
Math (Common Core and Algebra)
Science (Next Generation and STREAM content)
Social Studies (United States history)
We also enjoy…
Student Leadership Council
Technology 1:1 ChromeBooks
Faith Family Activities
Service Learning Projects
Discovery Days: College & Career Visits
Middle School Dances
CYO basketball, track, cross-country teams
Welcome back, Class of 2017 and Parents! I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning, eighth grade leadership activities, and preparations for high school. We will also be using technology in new and engaging ways. Schedules, teachers, policies, and curriculum wil be explained the first week of school and also at Back to School Night. Let the journey begin!
Uniform Sweatshirt and Polo Shirt Colors
The eighth grade sweatshirt color is cardinal red, and polo shirt colors are white, navy, grey, and forest green.
The Class of 2017 has just finished in action-packed first trimester.
In Religion, the eighth-graders read Pope Francis' newest encyclical Laudato Si, created graphic organizers for key chapter points, and created group Google Slides which were shared with the class. Our church history curriculum covered the growth of the modern church and its role in history. Students also created saints posters and learned about the process of canonization. In the coming weeks students will engage in a brief study of how the Bible was created and start their morality and social justice units.
Our Writing studies have included a review of expository paragraph and essay structures, the parts of speech, and assorted poetry activities, including free verse styles. In September students interviewed parents, friends, and relatives to write oral histories. Currently they are working on an essay with the theme of "What I Know Now" and will soon begin a unit on descriptive writing and writing mystery stories and poetry books for the upcoming Young Authors Project in the spring.
We will also write a persuasive essay, various literary essays, and an informational essay as a graduation project. These writing projects will be coupled with writing odes, "seven ways" poems and poems that will complement our studies of grammar, particularly participles, gerunds, and infinitives.
In Literature, students have reviewed the basics of plot structure and applied these to the novel Stargirl, which culminated in our first literary essay of the year. The high point of our Literature studies was a drama unit on Twelfth Night, which was led by a teacher in residence from Cal Shakes. Students learned the fundamental principles of drama and applied these in creating a performance of Twelfth Night for the school. Along with the acting, the eighth-graders studied Shakespeare himself, his artistry and technique with language in writing plays, and vocabulary words from both the Renaissance and modern times. To complete our unit, students are completing mini-research projects on the Renaissance, beginning a study of sonnets, and starting a reflection based on Twelfth NIghtt about what the theme of love in this play.
In the meantime, we have been reading news article on Newsela and relating content to our literature studies.
Our Student Leadership Team has also been quite active in both leading flag salutes and creating service projects for SMS. These have included gathering clothing items for Livermore Homeless Refuge and raising funds to purchase extra food for the St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving baskets. Way to go, Eighth Grade!