Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a comfortable New Years. 2023 has dawn and I’m eagerly awaiting to see all the 7th and 8th graders.
In Geography class, we have completed the Western Hemisphere portion of the curriculum. Before Christmas Break, we did learn about other celebrations that other cultures experience. It was a fun time to learn about celebrations like Diwali, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa. Learning about these holidays does help the students appreciate and accept other cultures that are not their own.
For the majority of the third quarter, the 7th graders will learn about Europe. We will begin with a map quiz for the continent of Europe, plus units on Southern Europe. We will eventually get to Northern Europe, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe. Each student will also complete a Current Event during the quarter.
In US History class, the 8th graders have finished their unit on the Washington and Adams Presidency. The next unit is all about Thomas Jefferson. This unit includes the major expansion of the country, major policy shifts for the Jefferson administration, and the persistent issue of slavery (North vs South).
We have a short 10 days from Thanksgiving. There is plenty that is going on here at Pius. Here is the short list:
In Geography class, the 7th graders has just completed their unit on Central America. We focused on the economy, climate, and physical geographic features. We will learn about South America next, one of the most unique geographical continents on our planet.
For U.S. History, the 8th Graders have just wrapped up their unit on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It was exciting to engage the 8th graders by speaking about their rights and responsibilities they have as a citizen of the United States. Our next unit will be a few topics for instance Veterans Day, Responsibilities of a Citizen, and Hamilton/Jefferson early beliefs on government in the United States.
Welcome to September
We are off to a flying start in Classroom 7C. We are doing well earning as many Roar Notes and following our school expectations.
Please keep an eye out for class emails for future announcements like upcoming days off school, field trip announcements, and other important school information.
A reminder to the parents of our boy students that we would like for you to bring a T-shirt for the 7th Grade Fundraiser project. Please have your student bring the shirt as soon as possible.
In 7th Grade Geography we are wrapping up our 5 Themes of Geography unit. We will continue to study these skills as the school year progresses. The next unit is climate and how that affect Geography. Plus we will begin our Current Events.
In 8th Grade US History, we have begun to learn about the foundation of our American government. The Articles of Confederation and the Articles failures are the first focus. As the month progresses, the 8th graders will learn more about the end of the Articles and the beginnings of the Constitution.
Thank you very much
I would like to update everyone on the activities for the last week of school. As many of you know, tomorrow, May 20th, will be the field trip to Mahoney State Park. I did send an email about what each student needs to bring. Please read the email or email me if you have any questions or concerns about tomorrow’s field trip. Tomorrow is a Dress Down Day for the field trip. Please do not forget to pack a lunch. We will leave the school campus around 8:30 AM and return by 2:15 PM.
Next week will be a busy three days. On Monday, we will have a regular schedule day. It will be the last day for Mods. Please make sure that your child has returned their textbooks by this date. Parents will be notified if their child didn’t return all their textbooks. Your child will not get their report card on Wednesday if any of their textbooks are not returned.
Tuesday will be our cleaning day in the classroom. If you would like to, please have your child bring any cleaning supplies (bucket, rags, etc). Desk, chairs, and many parts of the room will be cleaned out by the class.
In the afternoon, the 7th graders will have their Fun Day at Bowling Green Park. We will be up at the park from 1:00 to 3:00, hopefully the weather permits. Students can bring sporting equipment (baseball, volleyball, basketball, etc) to the park. The students will still have lunch at school before we go to the park.
On Wednesday, the last day of school, we will have Mass at 9:15. Please join us if you can. The students will receive their 4th Quarter report card at the end of the school day. We will dismiss at 11:00.
Please email if you have any questions or concerns.
The following newsletter will review what the 7th Graders and 8th Graders have learned in their respected subjects. In 7th Grade Geography, the focus over the last month has been over the continent of Africa. This included the geographic features, culture, and human-environment interactions. Over the last week, the students also competed an endangered species project. The students described the animals habitat and appearance. The key to the project was displaying why animals are going endangered and what people are doing to help animals. The next few weeks, the students will learn about key places in Asia like India and China.
For 8th Grade U.S. History, the 8th graders have been spending much of their time on causes of the Civil War. Now the focus is on the actual war itself. With that, the advantages and strategies for both sides, key battles, turning point of the war, and the conclusion of the war. For the last few weeks of the school year, the 8th graders will complete a History Hall of Fame project. The project’s main objective is for the students to research and describe an important America’s contributions to our country.
Thank you very much
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. It is weird to say this, but we are halfway through the school year.
Please remember that school restarts on January 4th at 8:25. With the really frigid weather that Omaha, NE will experience this week and throughout the winter, please make sure that each student is wearing a heavy winter coat, along with hats and gloves. We will be going out to recess as long as the Wind Chill is above 10. Hooded sweatshirts will not keep your student warm, especially on days near that 10 threshold.
In 7th Grade Geography, we have just completed the South America unit, thus completed each unit for the Western Hemisphere. Next is the study of Europe. The unit will begin with an extra credit opportunity. The opportunity is an extra credit Europe map quiz that is optional for each student. Students will be asked to locate most of countries of Europe. To go along with the extra credit, the students will be learning about the culture, history, and economies of the European continent. There will also be another Current Event for this quarter. The current event will cover major news stories that have happened during the month of January. Extra credit will be given to students who do turn their current event in before the assigned due date.
8th Grade U.S. History has just completed their unit on the first presidency of George Washington, second presidency of John Adams, and the practice of the experiment of democracy. Our representative democracy (republic) is now moving towards the age of expansion and the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, with the Democratic-Republicans being the political party in charge. A major part to this unit is the expansion of our country to the west with the Louisiana Purchase. The students will learn about Lewis and Clark, Western Frontier, and life as an Native American during this era.
See everyone on Tuesday.
Please email any questions you have for me and I will respond as soon as I can.
Happy New School Year
My name is Jerry Carreon and I will be starting my 8th year at St. Pius/St. Leo School. I will be teaching 7th Grade Geography and Literature this school year.
Please observe the 7th Grade Open House Welcome video. The video will illustrate the the procedures of entering the school, classroom, and introducing all the 7th grade teachers for the 2020-21 school year. The first day of school is Thursday, August 20th. School will begin at 8:15 A.M. and will dismiss at noon. Friday is the same schedule with school beginning at 8:15 and dismissing at noon.
Please review the 7th Grade Supplies List on the SPSL website. There are specific supplies for the 7th Grade, but also specific supplies related to COVID-19.
I am very excited to meet all the 7th Graders on Thursday. We should have a lot of fun this school year.
Please email if you have any questions.
First, I like to say “Thank You” for all the parents and 7th graders who were able to pick up the materials that were left over since Spring Break. If you were unable to make it, then you have the rest of the week to go to school and pick up the materials. Steve Freese, our school’s maintenance leader, will help direct you to the correct spot. I was there this afternoon and it is fairly easy to navigate.
Thursday morning, I will begin to send the 4th quarter Evaluation Reports for Distance Learning to each and everyone of you. Please click on the attach file on Thursday to view the report. If you have any questions or concerns, then please respond. I will be available to answer any questions.
It was really unfortunate how the school year ended. I understand it was for safety, but it was still sad to not see this group for an extended period of time. I was just thinking about how Tuesday of the last week of school is typically the 7th Grade Bowling Field Trip. That is always a blast. It was a chance for the 7th graders to beat Mr. Carreon in a game of bowling, which isn’t too difficult. I also felt terrible how this group missed out on racing me on Race for the Education day. That isn’t too difficult now as I have gotten a little older. It still was a memorable moment for past groups that I’ve had.
I hope all of you have a safe and restful summer. I really hope things are back to normal for this summer and for the fall. I think we all miss normalcy and want our lives to be back to the way it was. I will make plenty of trips to the zoo this summer as soon as it is safe to go back. If any of you are frequent visitors to the zoo, then I hope we see one another.
Have a great summer
As the month of May has rolled around, we are coming to the end of the 2019-20 school year. It has been a memorable school year, especially the last couple of months of the school year.
For Geography, the students have been focusing on the important country of India. India will soon have the world’s largest population and the culture of India is impacting the world. The students worked on various detailed assignments for the geography and the culture of India.
In Literature, the 7th graders have been reading the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Besides comprehension questions, the students have also focused on point of view, figurative language (allusion), and important plot events. We will not have enough time to finish the novel during this school year. Please have your 7th grader finish the novel during the summer.
Thank you all very much.
7th Grade is moving steadily through February and looking forward to the month of March. I wanted to post a couple reminders.
First, Race for Education labels are due March 5th. Please read through the instructions and send your labels with your child.
Second, Spring Break will be from March 9th through 13th. I hope everyone enjoys their time off.
In Literature, the 7th graders have been reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The novel is a historical fiction portrayal of an African-American family in Mississippi during the Great Depression and Jim Crow Law days. The students were presented with background knowledge on the historical context of this time period. They acquired knowledge on the difficulties for African-American people during this era. For each chapter, there are comprehension questions that are to be completed on Google Classroom. Also, there are vocabulary words for each chapter. For every three chapters read, there are test on important plot events, vocabulary, and an essay on character traits. Please study the vocabulary every night and also review the chapters every night. This book will be a lead-in to To Kill a Mockingbird in the springtime.
In Geography, the students are currently focusing on Africa. We have begun to focus on in-depth information on important geographic features in Northern Africa. The students will continue to learn about geographic features, but also learn more about location, culture, economics, and current events that are happening in Africa. By the end of this unit. The students will complete an endangered species project. More information on that specific project in the near future.
Thank you all very much
Please enjoy your weekend.
Hello. My name is Jerry Carreon and this is my 5th year at SPSL. I'm a 7th grade teacher and I teach Literature and Social Studies. I really enjoy teaching at SPSL. I've been very blessed to be around great families, students, administrators, teachers, and assistants.