Middle School April Newsletter

Hello, middle school families! The school year is winding down here at St. Nicholas, but we are still trying to learn as much as we can before the welcome summer break ahead. Here is a snapshot of what we have been doing in the month of April and a sneak peek of what’s to come in the impending month of May.

In sixth grade social studies, the students have been working at the last part of their unit on Latin America, focusing on situations and developments in modern days.  We will be finished up as we enter into May and ready to start learning about Europe. In religion, the class has focused on the role of kings and prophets in shaping the Old Testament.  Attention has been given on how to trust and honor God and relating our roles in life to do what is right and just.

Seventh and eighth grade social studies is currently working on their South Asia unit and coming to understand more about cultures and histories we might not know as readily.  We are looking to continue learning about major Asian countries as we move towards the end of the year.

In seventh grade religion, we are finishing Unit 2, which has been quite long and has focused on how to live a good moral and virtue filled life.

In eighth grade religion, students are moving into Church history of more modern days and focusing on the Catholic Church’s role in the development of the Americas.

~Mr. Romenesko

In middle school language arts classes, all grades have finished their reviews of the parts of speech by completing lessons on sentence diagramming. In looking toward the end of the year, we will work on the mechanics of capitalization and punctuation rules. There will be a couple more weekly spelling units, and spelling projects will round out the school year.

In reading class, the sixth graders have begun a readers’ theater version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. They will study the components of a readers’ theater production and will try their hand at presenting as well.

The seventh and eighth graders will be reading books in class dealing with the Holocaust. The seventh graders will tackle “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”, while the eighth grade will read a moving memoir from concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel in “Night”. The eighth graders have also started their second round of the Book Buddy project and will finish up with their presentations near the last week of school.

~Mrs. Campbell

6 Science:  Chemical Bonding, Chemical Reactions, & Chemical Compounds

7 Science:  Body Systems: Circulation and Respiration, Digestive and Urinary Systems, & the Nervous and Endocrine Systems

8 Science:  Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe, Formation of the Solar System, & Planets

6 Math: Surface Area and Volume, Statistical Measures, &  Data Displays

6th graders in 7th math:  Systems of Linear Equations, Functions, & Real Numbers and the Pythagorean Theorem

7 Math:  Constructions and Scale Drawings, Circles, & Surface Area and Volume

7th graders in 8th math: Graphing Quadratic Functions & Solving Quadratic Functions

8th Math:  Solving and Graphing Linear Equations, Writing Linear Equations, & Solving Linear Inequalities

9th Math:  Square Root Functions & Rational Equations and Functions

~Mrs. Shinners

About Mrs. Campbell

Hello! My name is Susan Campbell. I currently teach middle school ELA (reading and language arts) at St. Nicholas. I come to this school with 17 years of experience with teaching middle school children. Upon graduating from Edgewood College in 2000, I taught junior high math and language arts at St. James School in Madison. From there, I ventured into the world of public school and taught 7th grade math for 3 years at Parkside School in Wautoma. Before coming to St. Nicholas, I taught for 7 years at St. Lucy School in Racine. While there, I primarily taught middle school mathematics, but I also worked with seventh and eighth graders in reading, language arts, and religion. I already feel very welcome at St. Nicholas in starting my 18th year of teaching. I look forward to working with your student(s) and hope that we can form a supportive learning team. Please feel free to contact me with any questions that may pop up during the school year: swolff@stnicholasfreedom.org