Catch-up Day for 7th and 8th grade – Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Good morning 7th and 8th graders,

Today is Joyful Friday of our spirit week! Share your spirit by participating in the Hope Grows Here project and “grow” your window garden or create chalk art on your sidewalk and leave messages of hope and joy. You can also attend Mass of the Ascension at 3pm, which will be live-stream on the Parish Facebook Page. 

You have no new assignments today, but I have two reminders:

  1. Consider writing or recording a supportive message for Mr. Tice and emailing it to me.
    • Written messages will be put together in a big collage/card and recorded messages will be put together in a short video.
    • No message is too big or too small!
    • I have received three messages, so feel free to add yours.
    • Please contact me if you have any questions.
  2. Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day – there is no school. Enjoy your long weekend!

That’s all for today!

Mansfield Literature for Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Good morning 8th graders,

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday – a day to spread those random acts of kindness!

To kick it off, we have a video made by Lylah and Sophia, helping us understand the value of giving for Unbound. I know the care and kindness you are capable of on a regular day, so I can’t wait to see all of the thoughtful things you will do on this spirited Thursday! Have fun with it and remember to share your spirit with Mrs. Skokan.

For your Literature work, you are looking at a new poem today – “To This Day” by Shane Koyzcan.

WARNING: Be aware that this presentation does contain explicit language before the poem begins. In class, I would mute the screen and sound at that point, but that’s not possible right now. I tried to find a clean version of the TEDTalk, but it was not available. I apologize for the inconvenience and can offer two options for you:

  1. Watch the video and mute the sound and screen with 7:08 minutes left (4:40 in)
    • It’s tricky, but you get the whole introduction which provides some background for the poem
  2. Watch the last 7 minutes and 3 seconds of the video
    • Much easier option, but you miss some of the background for the poem. It’s not necessary, but it can make the poetry more compelling.

So, you have have two tasks for your Literature To Do List today:

  • “To This Day” assignment on Teams (20 – 30 minutes)
  • Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)

Let’s go for it!

  1. “To This Day” assignment on Teams (20 – 30 minutes)
    • Carefully review and follow the directions on the assignment
    • You will be watching a performance, reading a poem, and answering four questions
    • Contact me with questions!
  2. Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • You have less than two weeks left of your reading log, so make it count!
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes and then complete your reading log entry
    • As we discussed before, make sure you vary the type of evidence you use every day.

That’s all for today. Stay thoughtful and remember to reach out with questions or concerns!

Thursday, May 21st, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday – a day to spread those random acts of kindness! To kick it off, we have a video made by Lylah and Sophia, helping us understand the value of giving for Unbound. I know the care and kindness you are capable of on a regular day, so I can’t wait to see all of the thoughtful things you will do on this spirited Thursday!

In all seriousness, I didn’t know if I could be any more proud of you as a grade, but seeing the different elements of your service projects (food drive and Unbound) over the past weeks did it. Thank you for being yourselves and sharing your joy and love with the world! Also, thank you, parents and guardians, for raising such awesome human beings!

Okay, enough gushing (for now) – on to your work! You have four items for your Literature / LA To Do list:

  • Chapter 5 questions for The Outsiders (12 minutes)
  • Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
  • Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
  • Sunglasses Check-in (2 minutes)

Here we go!

  1. Chapter 5 questions for The Outsiders (12 minutes)
    • Complete the assignment “Chapter 5 Questions for The Outsiders” on Teams
      • Choose THREE of the nine questions (this is one more question than yesterday, but six less than doing all of them – so, still a pretty good deal 😁)
      • Answer them thoughtfully using complete sentences and text evidence (quotes).
      • Include the original question in your response
    • Make sure to attach your work before hitting the submit button on Teams
    • Remember to hit the submit button!
    • Contact me if you have any questions!
  2. Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 10,000 hours and then stand on your head while composing a song about what you read
    • If you just read that, send me an email answering the questions below and you can earn your reading log entry for the day
      • How long should I read today? What should I do after I read?
  3. Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
    • Write on your own prompt or use the one below:
    • Prompt: As we begin to wrap up this school year, we naturally look forward to the next. What are some of your goals for your time in 8th grade? What do you hope to achieve (academically, mentally, emotionally, socially) by the time you leave St. John School?
  4. Sunglasses Check-in (2 minutes)
    • For those of you who checked in yesterday – thank you! You have earned your point in PowerSchool.
    • For those of you who have not checked in – you can still earn your point today!
    • Your glasses need to be finished by next week
      • We will have a sunglasses drop off on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

That’s all your work for today! Have fun and reach out if you need help.

As you know, Mr. Tice’s father passed away. Please keep Mr. Tice, his father, and his family in your prayers. If you would like to share an additional message of support, we have two options open right now:

  • email me your message and I will print it out as part of a giant card/supportive collage
  • record a short video of yourself and send it to me so we can create a short video to let Mr. Tice know we are thinking of him and his family

Let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

Welcome to Wacky Wednesday – the day where you let your flair flag fly high! We have definitely entered my wheelhouse. Hats! Glasses! Hair! Accessories! Methods of walking! Even your lunch can be wacky! Have fun with it and remember to share your spirit with Mrs. Skokan.

Today you have four to five items for your Literature / LA To Do List:

  • Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
  • Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
  • Read Chapter 6 of The Outsiders (10 – 20 minutes)
  • Sunglasses check in (3 – 5 minutes)
  • Message for Mr. Tice (up to you!)

Let’s get started!

  1. Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • You know the expectations:
      • Read for 15 to 30 minutes
      • Complete your reading log entry
      • Vary your type of evidence
      • Contact me with questions!
  2. Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
    • Write on your own prompt or use the one below:
      • Prompt: Tell me a story, real or fantastical, that includes at least one of the following elements: a jigsaw puzzle, a baking competition, “I wonder what would happen if I just…”
  3. Read Chapter 6 of The Outsiders (10 – 20 minutes)
    • Chapter 6 is due on Friday, 5/22
    • You will have Chapter 5 questions to work on tomorrow (today I’m giving you time for other things)
  4. Sunglasses check in (3 – 5 minutes)
    • Send me a picture or call me on Teams to show me the current state of your sunglasses
    • Whether you have started, finished, or not even touched your sunglasses – YOU MUST CHECK IN WITH ME TODAY (WEDNESDAY, 5/20/2020)!
      • I was internet shouting, so you know I’m serious.
  5. Message for Mr. Tice (up to you!)
    • Check your email for a message from the school
    • If you want to make a card, video, digital message of support for Mr. Tice, contact me and we can come up with some ideas.
    • I will have a Teams chat open today during class time, in case you want to drop in with any questions, concerns, or suggestions!

Have a wacky day and reach out if you need help or want to share!

Thomas Literature for Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Good morning 8th graders,

Welcome to Wacky Wednesday – the day where you let your flair flag fly high! Hats! Glasses! Hair! Accessories! Method of walking! Even your lunch can be wacky! Have fun with it and remember to share your spirit with Mrs. Skokan.

For your Literature work, you are looking at a new poem today – “To This Day” by Shane Koyzcan.

WARNING: Be aware that this presentation does contain explicit language before the poem begins. In class, I would mute the screen and sound at that point, but that’s not possible right now. I tried to find a clean version of the TEDTalk, but it was not available. I apologize for the inconvenience and can offer two options for you:

  1. Watch the video and mute the sound and screen with 7:08 minutes left (4:40 in)
    • It’s tricky, but you get the whole introduction which provides some background for the poem
  2. Watch the last 7 minutes and 3 seconds of the video
    • Much easier option, but you miss some of the background for the poem. It’s not necessary, but it can make the poetry more compelling.

So, you have have two tasks for your Literature To Do List today:

  • “To This Day” assignment on Teams (20 – 30 minutes)
  • Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)

Let’s go for it!

  1. “To This Day” assignment on Teams (20 – 30 minutes)
    • Carefully review and follow the directions on the assignment
    • You will be watching a performance, reading a poem, and answering four questions
    • Contact me with questions!
  2. Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • You have less than two weeks left of your reading log, so make it count!
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes and then complete your reading log entry
    • As we discussed before, make sure you vary the type of evidence you use every day.

That’s all for today. Stay wacky and remember to reach out with questions or concerns!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

I am so proud of you and the service projects you have created to support members of our communities – here and abroad. Today, Tuesday of Spirit Week, kicks off the Feed Your Spirit Food Drive! Have fun and give what you can (no pun intended).

After you’ve shown your spirit and helped with the Food Drive, you have three (possibly four) items for your Literature / LA To Do List:

  • Answer questions for Chapter 4 of The Outsiders (8 – 10 minutes)
  • Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
  • Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
  • Finish Chapter 5 of The Outsiders (0 – 30 minutes, depending on how much you have already done)

Let’s jump right in!

  1. Answer questions for Chapter 4 of The Outsiders (8 – 10 minutes)
    • Complete the assignment “Chapter 4 Questions for The Outsiders” on Teams
      • Choose TWO of the seven questions
      • Answer them thoughtfully using complete sentences and text evidence (quotes).
      • Include the original question in your response
    • Make sure to attach your work before hitting the submit button on Teams
    • Remember to hit the submit button!
    • Contact me if you have any questions!
  2. Daily Journal (5 – 15 minutes)
    • Write on your own prompt or use the one below:
    • Prompt: What new skills have you gained during this time of distance learning and quarantine? Which skills will be most useful in the future? Why?
  3. Daily Reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes
    • Complete your reading log entry with particular attention to the Evidence column
  4. Finish Chapter 5 of The Outsiders (0 – 30 minutes, depending on how much you have already done)
    • Chapter 5 is due tomorrow, 5/20
    • Contact me with any questions

And that is everything for today! Have fun, share your spirit, and reach out if you need help or want to check in!

Mansfield Literature for Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Good morning 8th graders,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for Spirit Week 2: The Spiriting Continues! Today is Feed Your Spirit Food Drive Tuesday, so check out the school website for more details. Remember to share your spirit (and pictures) with Mrs. Skokan!

Okay, now for your Literature work – you have two tasks to complete today:

  • What Teachers Make – Text vs. Performance Assignment (20 minutes)
  • Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)

And away we go!

  1. What Teachers Make – Text vs. Performance Assignment (20 minutes)
    • Go to the assignment on Teams
    • Read the text of “What Teachers Make” by Taylor Mali
    • Listen to Taylor Mali’s performance of the same poem
    • Answer the questions in the assignment
    • Submit your responses on Teams by the end of the day today
  2. Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes
    • Complete your entry in your reading log and put extra thought and effort into the Evidence column
    • Contact me with any questions

Have a great day and remember to reach out if you need help. I look forward to seeing your spiritedness (if that’s a word) online!

Thomas Literature for Monday, May 18th, 2020

Good morning 8th graders,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for Spirit Week 2: The Spiriting Continues! Today is Monday Mask-a-thon, so check out the school website for more details. Remember to share your spirit (and pictures) with Mrs. Skokan!

Okay, now for your Literature work – you have two tasks to complete today:

  • What Teachers Make – Text vs. Performance Assignment (20 minutes)
  • Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)

And away we go!

  1. What Teachers Make – Text vs. Performance Assignment (20 minutes)
    • Go to the assignment on Teams
    • Read the text of “What Teachers Make” by Taylor Mali
    • Listen to Taylor Mali’s performance of the same poem
    • Answer the questions in the assignment
    • Submit your responses on Teams by the end of the day today (the posted due date is for the Mansfield homeroom).
  2. Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes
    • Complete your entry in your reading log and put extra thought and effort into the Evidence column
    • Contact me with any questions

Have a great day and remember to reach out if you need help. I look forward to seeing your spiritedness (if that’s a word) online!

Monday, May 18th, 2020 – 7th grade work

Good morning 7th graders,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of fun and new knowledge. I, myself, learned an important lesson about paying attention to detail while working in the garden. Late Saturday afternoon, I went out to plant what I thought were nine dahlia bulbs, only to realize there were multiple bulbs in many of the bags. Several hours and 21 bulbs later, all of the dahlias were in the ground. Who knows what will happen, but I definitely learned that reading the contents of a bag is as important as looking at the pretty picture.

Anyway, let’s move on to more exciting things. Today is the first day of our second spirit week – Monday Mask-a-thon! Check out more information on the school page and make sure to share your spirit (and pictures) with Mrs. Skokan!

Aside from celebrating Spirit Week – Part 2, you have three tasks for your Literature / LA To Do List today:

  • Favorite Journal Entry of Week 8 (3 – 5 minutes)
  • Quotes and Explanations from Chapters 1 – 3 of The Outsiders (5 minutes)
  • Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)

Let’s get started!

  1. Favorite Journal Entry of Week 8 (3 – 5 minutes)
    • Choose your favorite entry from Week 8 (May 11th – 17th), explain why it’s your favorite, and share both items on Teams.
    • Make sure you take time to explain your choice.
    • If you need help submitting on Teams, please contact me before emailing your entry!
  2. Quotes and Explanations from Chapters 1 – 3 of The Outsiders (5 minutes)
    • As explained on your reading bookmark, every time you finish a chapter, you need to record a quote you think is important and then explain why.
    • Today you are submitting your quotes and explanations from last week (Chapters 1 – 3) on one Teams assignment.
    • Please read the instructions carefully and contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
  3. Daily reading (20 – 35 minutes)
    • Read for 15 to 30 minutes
    • Complete your reading log entry, paying special attention to the Evidence column
    • Contact me with any questions!

That’s everything for today. Have a great day and remember to reach out with questions or concerns!

8th grade Cath Up Day – Friday, May 15th ,2020

Hi 8th graders,

You made it to the end of the week…

Happy Stephen Colbert GIF

Today is your catch-up day, so there are no new assignments. If you have questions about something you’re working on, or if you have anything you’d like to share, please reach out and say “Hi!”…or “HELP!” Either one will work😁.

Otherwise have a frabjous Friday and a wizard weekend!