7th and 8th Grade Language Arts
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St. Laurence Retreat- 7th Grade. Thursday, May 9th Field Day- May 24th Iron Oaks Team Building Field Trip- Tuesday, May 28th Aspire Testing- Week of April 8th-12th Message from Senora Alma, Spanish Teacher: Some of you already know me but if not, my name is Señora (Mrs.) Alma Ascencio and I have been teaching Spanish at St. Catherine of Alexandria school for over three years. I would like to inform you of the changes that will be implicated starting the this trimester involving the grading scale. Currently, all students receive either Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory marks based on participation and homework. In order to encourage students to fully learn and grasp the material, the new grading system for 6th to 8th grade will now be 30% participation, 30% homework, and 40% quizzes and presentations. They will still be graded with an S or U.  Grades will be updated monthly in PowerSchool. I will remain grading 3rd to 5th grade the same, with grading being based solely on participation and homework. If you have any further questions, you can contact me through at As a reminder, all parents that all volunteer, including chaperones, must in compliance with Archdiocesan Protecting God's Children Requirements. Virtus training is much more plentiful at this time of year so, if you haven't taken Virtus and plan to volunteer at any point, this would be the time to take it.  The links are below.  It is also available on the website under "Protecting Children".   ALL SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS Virtus Training & Criminal Background Check


Register under: St Catherine-Alexandria School (Oak Lawn)

Roles: Volunteer

Background check now completed through Virtus site. If you receive an email that a background check has been prompted, you MUST log in to your Virtus account for it to be completed.

If you have completed Virtus but have not completed a background check, please contact Mrs. Kehoe Virtus. You must stay current with monthly bulletins that are emailed to you.

Mandated Reporter Training Certificate can be emailed to Mrs. Kehoe directly from the site.

 Grade Weights:
     Tests 40%
     Quizzes  25%
     Classwork/ Projects   15%
     Homework 10%
     Participation 10%

Throughout the year, students will develop writing styles at a mastery level. They will be expected to write many different genres of writing such as: expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive. MLA style will be taught and used for all writing assignments. Students will be expected to complete a major writing assignment every month. 

In this class, students will be challenged to write routinely and with rigor.  Each unit will focus on a different genre of writing, that will be aligned to a rubric provided at the start of each new paper.  We will also be working in our Language Arts textbook to focus on necessary grammar skills that will help students become proficient readers, writers, and speakers.

***PowerPoints, notes, rubrics, and any other class documents can be accessed at our Google Classroom pages.***