March 28 - April 1, 2022
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March 21-25, 2022 in Rm. 9/Reading 6&7-3/LA/Religion
March 14-18, 2022
Saint Thomas More Cathedral School has always believed that students have unique learning styles, talents, and abilities, and that each should be challenged to excel. In that regard, our mid-year assessments caused our teachers to reflect upon the best options forward for your child. I commend Middle School teachers for their devotion to our mission and am grateful for
the opportunity to partner with them in this way.
Beginning next week, you will notice that your child will be working on a novel study in reading. Not all sixth or seventh grade students will be reading the same novel–it has been appropriately tailored to their individual accuracy, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary groupings as per their mid-year assessments. The Middle School Reading teachers and I have reviewed the data collected through the mid-year Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Reading
Assessment and created groups to promote student growth and success at various stages of Middle School reading.
In Reading classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, they will work together on whole class strategies that apply to any novel and/or dive into a short story to practice a comprehension skill.
On Thursdays, students will meet in novel groups to discuss the specifics for each of their assigned readings and to share their knowledge in terms of characterization, plot structure, figurative language, making connections, symbolism, themes, author’s purpose, and/or art of persuasion, ethos, pathos, and logos. Mrs. Pacheco and Ms. Adinaro will be assisting Mrs. Morgan and Ms. Johnson in book talks to allow for smaller group discussions.
Please help us at home by ensuring that by each Thursday, your child has read all assigned chapters and completed their portion of the book talk/novel discussion assignment.
We thank you in advance for your support in making this change to better meet the needs of your particular child and look forward to seeing the difference it makes for them! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Mrs. Emily Stocker M.Ed.
Saint Thomas More Cathedral School
March 7-11, 2022
February 28 - March 4, 2022
With her hero smashing assumptions and records on the ball field, Shirley begins to feel that America is truly the land of opportunity—and perhaps has also become her real home. Mrs. Davis generously funded an extraordinary purchase of $1200 of books for 6th and 7th grade, and each student has their own school copy of the book, so we are all set with some great things to read for the rest of the year and into 7th grade! Vocabulary in Action: We will also be taking a break from Vocab in Action for all but a few students, and moving to individualized word study on Wednesdays and Fridays. Thursdays we will continue with Blessed Reading Time. Religion 6 the students will take home their Chapter 12 Study Guide on Tuesday and we will take the test on Thursday.