7th and 8th Grade Language Arts
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Dear St. Catherine’s Families, 

 As many of you may know I will be beginning my maternity leave at the end of September for the birth of my first child. My leave will start Friday, September 27th and I am scheduled to return to the classroom in the beginning of February. While I am very excited for my first child, I will miss coming to the classroom every day and teaching the bright students of St. Catherine.  

 Teaching your children in my absence will be Mrs. Chris McElroy. Mrs. McElroy is a retired Archdiocesan teacher. She regularly subs at a few schools, including SCA.  Most recently, she has filled in here at SCA for the long term leave for Mrs. Brown.  She is looking forward to working with your child to achieve his/her highest potential.  She plans on using a variety of teaching strategies to create an engaging learning environment.  I have been working closely with Mrs. McElroy in getting her up to speed to ensure we have a smooth transition.

 I would like to thank the families of St. Catherine for all of your support and kind words throughout the year.  I have felt welcomed since day one and I am truly blessed to be part of the St. Catherine family.  I am already looking forward to my return.  I wish you all the best and God Bless.   

 If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. As soon as Mrs. McElroy begins her coverage here, you can reach her at 


 Mrs. Elyse Gordon

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.***