UPCOMING DATES: May 10-May 15, 2020

  • Sunday, May 10 - Happy Mother's Day from all St. Michael's teachers and staff!
  • Thursday, May 14: Silly glasses day! Join classes with "sun glasses or silly glasses, or tie ribbons to your glasses!" Of course, we love photos from our students.
  • Friday, May 15: Homework is due at 3 p.m.

8th Grade Students - I WANT YOU TO HELP WITH BNN ANNOUNCEMENTS! Email me if you are willing to help and I'll send you the announcements to record: reeder@saintmpl.org
May 11-14: Middle School Weekly Learning Goals
& Homework Summary for Classes

MATH: Mrs. Roseen : For more details for your child, please check Google classroom in the announcements. It will list all their assignments for the week along with their videos. I will have extra math help on Wednesday from 9 –9:30.
  • Algebra 2: We will then continue to work on polynomial functions. This week we will be focusing our attention on dividing polynomials using multiple methods. Students will find patterns and see how polynomial functions work with division. 
  • Geometry: We will be looking at similar triangles and how they relate. We will be looking at the term of geometric mean and how we can find triangle lengths. Along with this, we will begin looking at trigonometric ratios with triangles, specifically tangent ratio. 
  • 8th Grade: This week we will be working on systems of equations and interpreting different types of equations and inequalities. As the week progresses students will be working on evaluating polynomials by multiplying and factoring to learn more about how polynomials. 
  • 7th Grade: This week we will working on Imagine Math. Students will start by looking at slope as a unit rate. Along with this they will be looking at relationships with graphs, tables, and equations. We will be finding if it is a proportional relationship and how unit rate relates to this type of relationship. 
  • 6A: This week we will continue our unit on Imagine Math. Students will be working on using equations for parallelograms to solve problems and analyze different quadrilateral shapes area and perimeter. They will complete 1 lesson through this online learning plan but are welcomed to complete more for a challenge!
  • 6B: This week we start a new unit on Imagine Math. Students will be working on using their knowledge of proportions to solve between different customary units. They will complete 1 lesson through this online learning plan but are welcomed to complete more for a challenge!

ENGLISH & LITERATURE: _________________________ _________________________________________
  • English 6: Grammar this week focuses on possessives and apostrophes. Students continue to study for their 100 Stems test on Wednesday, covering 25 Etymology units. Live class features review of the last 50 stems to prepare for the test. Students choose one of their “small moments” writing piece to edit, tweak, and polish before handing in next week. Students learn now to tell small moment stories in a compelling way, finding “seed stories from watermelons.” (Click for week guide)
  • English 7: Grammar this week focuses on misplaced and dangling modifiers, including interactive online and writing practice, ending with a quiz on Friday. Students continue to study for their 100 Stems test on Wednesday, covering 25 Etymology units. (Click for week guide)
  • Literature 7: Units of Study Reading-A Deep Study of Character work is now finished. Writing about reading continues, by “Thinking Big, Thinking Small” by recording quotes, setting details, and symbolic objects, in Units of Study-Writing About Reading-From Reader’s Notebooks to Companion Books. Students read 20 or more minutes a day and record their observations in their weekly reading log. (Click for week guide)

SOCIAL STUDIES: Mr. Olson___________________________________________________________________
6th Grade: “World Cultures” The Early Americas: The Mayans and The Aztecs
This week students study early Central America and some of the groups that lived there. The Mayans were intelligent and wise people who studies astronomy and made a 365 day Calendar. They played sports and built beautiful cities and Temples. The Aztecs ruled much of Mexico with force and power. They built large Pyramids and were polytheistic. The Spanish came to Central America and colonized Latin America. The first conquistador was Hernando Cortez who conquered the Aztecs.

7th Grade: “American History” The End of the Vietnam War/ The Changes in the 1960’s.
This week students will focus on the end of the Vietnam War and the changes in the 1960’s. The End of the Vietnam War was tragic for Americans. It began as a crusade to stop Communism and ended in disappointment. It was a strange war with unclear enemies and unclear objectives. American’s tired of the endless violence in a war many did not understand or want to participate in. Eventually the Political tensions ended the war for America and Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Communist. The 1960’s were the decade that changed America Forever. It turned American Culture upside down and nearly tore us apart. New ideas, music, and a generation gap made the 1960’s a pivotal decade of change.

8th Grade:  “World Geography” – World Geography: Sub-Sahara Africa/ JA finance Park Work Book.
This week students will focus on Sub- Sahara African history, culture and geography. Sub-Sahara Africa has three distinct time periods. The first time period is Native African Societies. Africans used their land in a way that did not upset the natural balance of nature and people lived in tribes or bands that were divided along rivers, deserts and Mountains. The 2 nd time period was the Colonization, it is when Europeans took over Africa. They conquered the people and divided the land according to resources. This caused upheaval and strife. The Europeans made Africa profitable. The 3 rd phase was the Independence of African nations and the Re-establishment of African Culture.

SCIENCE: Ms. Karnes__ _______________________________________________________________________
  • 6th grade: This week we are starting our unit on Waves, Sound, and Light. To start out, we will be learning about light and optics. You will have notes to watch on light and then a lab to complete using a simulation from PHET.
  • 7th grade: We are continuing to learn about the Human Body Systems. So far we have learned about the skeletal, muscular, and respiratory systems. This week we will talk about the circulatory system. Just like the last two weeks, you will have notes on this topic to watch and a station lab to complete.
  • 8th grade: This week we are doing a crash course on Astronomy. For this unit you will have a series of videos to watch and then complete a choice board as your assessment.

SPANISH: Maestro Ana Pintosoto______________________________________________________________
Go to her google classroom for links and lessons! Students continue to expand their knowledge of the Spanish language and she continues with shared, Live Classes. See the Cinco de Mayo video and flier, above.

RELIGION: Mrs. Hinker, Mrs. Roseen & Mr. Olson__________________________________________________
  • 6A Religion: Students will begin Chapter 13: Jesus Teaches. They will examine Jesus' private life and how each can teach us how to live as members of God's Kingdom; as well as explore Jesus' parables and the lessons Jesus teaches through them. Live Class will be held, as usual, on Wednesday. 
  • 6B Religion: Chapter 11, Jesus Christ, True God, True Man/ Positivity Project – Gratitude. This week students will study how Jesus is both God and Man. They will focus on the description of Jesus by the Gospel writers and the various roles he played on earth. Jesus came to show us that he understood the trials and tests of being Human. He extended God’s love toward the poorest and downtrodden of society. He was a mediator between God and Mankind. The Positivity Project teaches that we should be Grateful always. When times are good share the wealth with others and when times are not so good help others and become empathetic toward their pain and suffering.
  • 7A Religion: We are studying the Eucharist with a focus on the liturgy of the word. Students will read Chapter 30 and answer questions on the different parts of the Liturgy of the Word. Our topic for the Positivity Project this week is Gratitude. 
  • 7B Religion: Chapter 30 “The Eucharist – The Liturgy of the Word/ The Positivity Project – Gratitude. This week Students will study the Liturgy of the Word. This part of the Liturgy includes readings from the Bible, Catholic Prayers and stories of great saints and holy people. This unifies the Church as one family. In the Liturgy of the Word we receive the teachings and ways of God. Jesus is called the “Logos” which means the “Word”. We read from the Old Testament and the New Testament. We see the connections and understand the God is present in his words throughout History. Jesus used parables to teach God’s word. He challenged us to “Seek and you shall find” depending on our passion for truth and understanding. The Creed is our promise to follow the Church, the words of God’s Prophets and the words of Jesus Christ.
  • 8 Religion: Students will continue to write and finish their personal Memoirs. They will need to be completed by May 15. They will also be making personal videos of their very best memory at St. Michael's. Live Class will be held, as usual, on Wednesday to further discuss graduation and our class "theme".

SPECIALIST CLASSES: Physical Education, Art & Music: Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Olmanson & Mrs. Shimek________
Go to your google classroom - The details of the assignment will be posted to the Google Classroom.

  • 6-7th Grade: If you haven't turned in your Service Marathon t-shirt design, please do so as soon as possible. Students will begin a special work of art that will be displayed for our 8th graders as they graduate from St. Michael School. Please check Google Classroom on Monday morning for the details and due date for this assignment.   
  • 8th Grade: Students will begin a typography work of art that will be displayed in a special way at St. Michael School. Please check Google Classroom on Monday morning for the details and due date for this assignment.      
  • Grades 6-7: Students continue their study of Music Appreciation by listening to one song performed in 3 different styles/genres. They will then compare and contrast the three styles.
  • Grade 8: Students will complete their study of the History of Rock and Roll by choosing a decade of music between 1980-present that they are most interested in researching. They will have 2 weeks to research and complete this assignment. Each student will choose their presentation format either video, google slides, essay, artist performance, or other. Creativity is encouraged for extra points!
  • MONDAY MUSIC CHALLENGES (Grades 6-8): Each Monday throughout the quarter, a Monday Music Challenge has been posted for the week. Although optional, students have been encouraged to complete the challenge for extra credit points. These challenges are retroactive so there's still time to get those extra points toward music grades!

Physical Education: MIDDLE SCHOOL -Quarter 4 would have brought units like jump roping, golf, wiffle ball and flag football. This week I challenge you to try to get outside and work on some of these skills. See google classroom for more details on how this will be done! 

Hello 8 th  grade families and St. Mike's teachers,

It is time to compile photos to create the 8 th  grade memory book for graduation for each of the students. I am in need of your help. I have created a Shutterfly Shared Site so that you can dump all school related photos that you have taken over the years so that I am able to access them for the book. 

Please use the link below to log into Shutterfly and then ask to be added as a member of the site. Once you are added you will be able to upload pictures. Please have pictures uploaded by the end of April. Thank you! Please contact me with any questions. 

Thanks for your help, Meghan Chappuis msdchappuis@yahoo.com  or cell 651-206-8168
St. Michael Catholic Church Youth Group: PROJECT - YM
It’s been a crazy few weeks. There’s a lot up in the air, and we’re not sure when we’ll start gathering at the church again – but that doesn’t mean youth nights have to stop…Thousands of teenagers from across the country are gathering on Sunday nights for the BIGGEST YOUTH NIGHT EVER. It’s called ProjectYM Live and each week it’ll feature some of the biggest speakers and worship leaders in the Catholic youth ministry world – last week they had OVER TEN THOUSAND students participate.

Our parish is signed up to participate – all your teenager has to do is head to  PROJECTYM.COM/WATCH  this Sunday at 7pm Central .

Two quick notes:
  1. The broadcast starts at 7pm CDT, but plan to have your student log in a few minutes early to make sure they’re on when it starts.
  2. They can access the event on any device with a web browser – but the faster the connection, the better.
PS: Though this event is geared at teenagers, you are invited to watch along with them!