Happy Church New Year!  It's hard to believe it's already the first week of Advent.  We are chugging along in Religion class, learning as much as possible before the Christmas break.

Eighth grade is continuing their study of the Marks of the Catholic Church.  They will cover catholic and apostolic before the semester break.  They are finding that, as we go along, the tests are a little more involved and not so much matching and word banks.  They are realizing that they need to take good notes and spend some time studying. 

Seventh grade will be discussing Baptism and Confirmation in the next week or so.  Then they'll be learning about the parables Jesus used to teach His followers.  

Sixth grade will be working through a unit review this week and then moving on to Moses.  They will cover the God's call to Moses, his response, the ten plagues, the Exodus, and the crossing of the Red Sea.  The kids have all heard this story many times before but they will spend some time reflecting what it might mean to them now, as preteens.

All of our classes, of course, will be spending time reflecting on this holy season of Advent.  I pray that your family is blessed with a peaceful journey as we await the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Blessings,

Mrs. Ducote

Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.  1 Cor. 16:13

 

How is it already November?  We are trucking along in middle school Religion.  Sixth grade is continuing their journey through the Old Testament.  We learning about Jacob and then moving on to discuss Joseph and the Israelites' journey to Egypt.  We continue to learn a new saint and a new scripture verse every Monday and have a scripture quiz every Friday.

Seventh grade will be learning about the three roles of Jesus as Christ and His mission here on earth.  We'll then look at Mary and the apostles and what it meant for them and also what it means for us to be a witness to and disciple of Christ.

Eighth graders will be revisiting the four marks of the Catholic Church and what it means that our Church is one in the Spirit.  We'll follow that with an in-depth look at the sacraments and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

This Thursday, November 8, is our first Scholars Bowl match at Blessed Sacrament.  Please keep our eighth grade team in your thoughts and prayers as they compete.  They've spent hours preparing over the first quarter.

We're having a blast in Drawing this quarter!  We've watched some beginning drawing videos and done some basic drawings.  We tried our hand at matrix drawings, replicating shapes and lines.  We even did a haunted house for Halloween.  

I pray that your family is able to spend some quality time together during this month of Thanksgiving, thanking God for the abundant blessings He has bestowed upon you.  Please know you are in my prayers.

In Christ,

Mrs. Ducote

Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.  1 Cor. 16:13

 

 

October has arrived!  This year is zooming right by.  Your student should be well acquainted with our routine by now.  Anytime we are at school on a Monday, we have a new saint to put into our interactive notebook, as well as a scripture verse to memorize.  For the most part, the kids have done an awesome job on their scripture quizzes.  We are also now in the groove with our textbooks.  The students know that the chapter review is a participation grade (as long as it is complete) and that our test will follow a day or two after the review.  

Sixth grade is continuing to delve into the Old Testament.  They will be discussing the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood, and the Tower of Babel.  It's always good to revisit the stories we learned as small children and look at them again through our matured eyes.

Seventh grade is learning what it was like in the world where Jesus walked.  They are looking at maps from the time of Jesus and discussing what the political/religious climate was like then.  

Eighth grade will be discussing personal and communal prayer along with other prayers of the Church.  That will lead us into being a people of service and what that looks like as a Catholic Christian.

My prayer for your family is that you are able to enjoy the beautiful picture our Lord paints as we transition from summer to fall.  

In Christ,

Mrs. Ducote

Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.  1 Cor. 16:13

 

It seems we're finally in the swing of things around here.  I am loving being able to share our great faith with the students and I'm hoping they are loving being in our classroom.  We all finally have textbooks and are starting to get into the meat of our curriculum.  

This month, sixth grade will be looking at the Bible and why it is important to study the Old Testament.  We'll do some Bible searching so we can re-familiarize ourselves with the books of the Bible.  We will be concentrating on the organization of the Old Testament and then delving into our creation story.

Seventh grade will be discussing being a friend of Jesus and what that means.  We'll be looking at scripture as the Word of God and tradition as the Revelation of God through our beliefs that have been handed down from the time of the Apostles.  We'll also review the books of the New Testament.

Our salvation history will be the topic with eighth grade.  We'll discuss our own family's genealogy and then look at the genealogy of our faith.  We'll begin delving into the beginning of our Church and some of the models used to describe the Church.

My prayer for your family is that you can find a few moments, as our summer weather winds down, to spend some time together out in the warmth and sunshine, celebrating the gifts that God has bestowed on all of us.

In Christ,

Mrs. Ducote

Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.   1 Cor. 16:13

Welcome to middle school Religion!  It was so great to see so many of you at Open House and it's been wonderful being back in the classroom and spending time with your children the last couple of days.  Students should have come home with an information sheet on Friday.  We will be using interactive notebooks in Religion this year.  There are sections for our weekly scripture verses (tested on Fridays), vocabulary from our chapters in the text, our saint of the week, D.R.T. review questions, and S.O.A.P., which we'll be using to reflect on the Sunday gospels.  They decorated their notebooks over the weekend and I was pleased to see the creativity and effort they put forth.  

If you came by during Open House, you may have noticed that our Religion classroom looks more like a living room/dining room/study den.  I am so appreciative of many cherished friends who contributed to our furniture in the classroom.  One friend donated the sofa, another gave us the rocking chair, and yet another gifted us with the dining table and chairs.  My hope is that the students will experiment with their seating choices and eventually decide on the best place for them to be most productive in class.  At this point, we're making sure that everyone has a chance to sit in each seat so they can make a wise choice of spot (and seating partner).  They also know that I can move them at any time, if I feel their choice has not been the best for them.  

We are still waiting on our textbooks to arrive so you won't see those for a bit.  But we will continue on without them, adding important information and notes into our interactive notebooks so they can be used later as study guides and resources.  

Please email me with any questions or concerns.  I've told the kids we are all on a learning curve, finding our new normal in Religion class.  So we're in this boat together.  Please pray for me as I'll be praying for you and your family.

In Christ, 

Mrs. Ducote

Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.  1 Cor. 16:13

 

It's hard to believe that it is already May.  Fourth and fifth grades are taking keyboarding assessments and Diocesan Technology assessments this week.  Then we will look at what people in the past thought we'd have in the ways of technology with what has really come to pass.  It should be a fun way to wrap up our year.

As most of you have probably already heard, I will be returning to the classroom next year as the middle school Religion teacher.  I am very excited to make the move but will definitely miss being able to get to know all the little ones in the building.  Rest assured, your students will continue learning about technology as their classroom teachers will be covering the standards.  I'll be coaching the teachers on which standards to cover and ways to incorporate them into the lessons they're already teaching.  

I pray that you and your family have a fun, relaxing, and safe summer vacation.  We'll see you again in August!

Blessings.

Mrs. Ducote

 

It's hard to believe that April has arrived.  This school year seems to be zooming right by.  The younger kids are still utilizing the skills they've learned throughout the year in Google Drive.  They will continue reviewing those apps and how to navigate on their chromebooks.  Fourth and fifth grades will continue reviewing for the Diocesan Technology Assessment.  You might ask your student what they've reviewed for the test.  We're hoping to test by the end of this month so those students who have not met the keyboarding standard will have a chance to meet it before the end of the school year.

Advanced Technology Students are wrapping up their video games unit and will be moving on to robots.  It's always a fun unit!  And yearbook students are working on laying out the pages of the yearbook.  Can't wait to see their finished product!

We're on the home stretch of this year.  Hope everyone is enjoying the extra sunshine every evening even if it has been unseasonably cool.

Blessings.

Mrs. Ducote

 

Kindergarten students will continue working on typing in a URL and navigating various websites.  They will also learn more about Google Docs this month.  First and second grade students will be exploring Google Slides.  This might be my favorite unit of the year.  The kids get so excited when they see their first "presentation" on their screens.  Third through fifth grades will be concentrating on keyboarding skills and fourth and fifth grades will be reviewing for the Diocesan Technology Assessment.  There is a typing test as well as a test on content.  I have confidence they will all do well.

Advanced Technology students are finishing up their original video games, coded using Scratch.  We'll be playing each other's games soon.  Then we'll move onto robots.  Yearbook students have begun laying out pages.  We'll soon be knee-deep in images, clip art, fonts, templates, etc.  

Praying that your family is having a prayerful and peaceful Lenten season, thus far.

Mrs. Ducote

Our year is rolling right along.  Kindergarten students can now log into their Chromebooks, open up Google Chrome, and type in a URL...all by themselves.  They've been working so hard!  Second and third grades have been practicing for the upcoming music program so we will be reviewing what we've learned so far in Google Docs.  Third through fifth grades will be utilizing Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets as we "cover" the Winter Olympics.  Should be fun to watch at home and then be able to share in class what we watched.

Advanced Technology has been creating original video games on paper.  Now we'll move on to learning Scratch, where they will be able to create their games online for the rest of us to play.  Yearbook students have chosen a cover/theme and will begin laying out pages as soon as we're done with Catholic Schools Week.  It will be so exciting to see it come together.

I pray that your family has been healthy and happy.

Mrs. Ducote

Welcome back to school!  I pray that your family had a wonderful Christmas break.  We traveled south to our families in Texas where we were greeted by COLD weather.  That hardly ever happens!

Kindergarten and first grades will be working in Google Docs this month.  They will learn the basics of typing in a word processing program.  Second through fifth grades will be working in Google Slides.  Each student will have a chance to create an original slideshow to share with me and the class.

I am so excited to begin meeting with our yearbook class this semester!  We will hit the ground running by choosing a theme and cover design for the 2017-2018 yearbook.  Then we will divide into groups and begin tackling each component of the yearbook (staff pages, student pages, sports, etc.).  Along the way, the students will learn more about planning the layout of the yearbook and the ins and outs of our online program.

Our new semester of Advanced Technology will begin with a quick study of the history of video games.  From there, we will move on to some coding and some robotics.  I want this class to be fun and exciting so the students will have some say as to what we cover.  Should be a fun and educational semester!

I pray that your new year is blessed and you are staying warm.

Mrs. Ducote

 

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