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2-15-18     Discovering the Rocks! (6th grade)

The 6th grade has been learning about minerals and the three different types of rocks that exist on Earth. They had the opportunity to act like a geologist as they tested differnt minerals to identify them and then identified the minerals that made up different rock. 


2-14-18     Future Educators! (8th grade)

Eighth grade stepped it up and became Spanish teachers. Students acting as the teacher had the opportunity to ask their classmates grammatical questions. Students were able to write on the board their classmates' answers. If the answer given was incorrect, students could ask for help from another student. Teacher supervised as students took leadership roles! Way to go 8th grade! 

2-13-18      Test Time (8th grade)

The 8th graders are pictured here being tested on grammar concepts during English. Grammar and mechanics are a central portion of the ELA curriculum, and regular testing is needed in order to gauge student progress. The results of tests are used to indicate needed areas of focus, as well as affirming the knowledge and understanding of the students. Grammar equips our students to be good writers and users of English throughout their academic careers. 

2-8-18     Simulating Adaptations (7 grade)

Seventh grade has been learning about how through the process of evolution, organisms adapt over time. Students learned about the Industrial Revolution how the smoke from the factories changed the survival of the Peppered Moth.  Through a class activity, students are simulating the generations of Peppered Moths and their survival rate and observing the change over time. 

2-7-18     6th Grade Punctuates Titles  (6 grade)

This week, 6th Grade focused on to properly use italics, underlining, and quotation marks for different types of titles. After spending some time learning how to properly form titles, students were able to work in groups to create a title poster. The 6th graders found titles scattered throughout various magazines, cut them out, categorized them, and made collages on their posters. Not only does this exercise serve to solidify the proper punctuating of titles, it's also a fun way to realize the everyday applications of classroom learning!


1-25-18  Hispanic Saints (8th grade)

The 8th Grade Loves their Hispanic Saints. In this special day "the Conversation of Saint Paul the Apostle", a group of 8th-grade boys and girls researched the lives of Hispanic Saints. They put their talent to work and printed as well as colored pictures of their Saints to be displayed on the hallway.  Some of the students chose a Saint who native country was that of a family member. Way to go 8th graders!


1-23-18     Vocabulary Skits (6th grade) 

The 6th Grade is pictured acting out vocabulary skits during Literature class. In order to broaden diction and deepen the students' understanding of vocabulary terms, they are frequently given the opportunity to create and engage in brief skits illustrating various terms. Groups of students are covertly assigned a specific vocabulary term and then tasked with representing it through acting. Other groups then vie for points by attempting to correctly name the term which is being acted out. In addition to broadening their vocabulary, this activity allows them to prepare for quizzes in a creative and hands-on way.

1-16-18     Discovering One-Dimensional Motion (8th grade)

The 8th grade was challenged to use a handful of lab supplies to create a ramp a meter long that would allow them to gather data on a rolling marble.  After numerous trials and collecting data the class shared their average to create a graph showing the speed of the marble and spent some time writing about what they had learned. 

1-12-18    Presenting the Past (7th grade)

The 7th grade has been learning about the main pieces and turning points of the French and Indian War.  Students worked in groups to put together what they felt was the key pieces in a format of their choice.  Each group presented to the class and shared their information. 


1-11-18     Grammatically Correct (8th grade)

The 8th Grade loves Spanish Grammar! Students are acquiring a better understanding of the usages of adjectives in Spanish. Adjectives in Spanish have gender and number; therefore, they can be; masculine, feminine, singular or plural. 8th Graders are doing a great job at mastering this grammatical concept! They are also doing a wonderful job at making comparisons between grammatical concepts in Spanish versus the English language. Way to go 8th graders!

1-10-18     Guests Are the Best (6th grade)

The 6th Grade is pictured here enjoying a presentation during library time. As a part of the formation in Language Arts, students are given regular time in the library. This enables them to read, advance their understanding of library technology and processes, and learn about various topics of presentation throughout the year.  

1-9-18     Time for Hard Hats! (6th grade)

Sixth grade has been learning to work with protractors.  They started with the basics of measuring angles, then progressed to application.  They worked through constructing various polygons given specific angle measures and side lengths.  It was somewhat challenging, but they helped each other use the information given to recreate the figures.




12-13-17     Geography Bee (4-8th grade)

Congratulations to John Paul (5th) for being SJS Geography Bee WINNER this year!  Max (6th) was out runner-up and Leni (5th) our 3rd place winner.  Grades 4-8 completed in class Bee's to see which two students would represent each grade in the school contest.  Congratulations to all who participated! 

12-11-17     Jesse Tree Tradition (6-8th grade)

Our middle school has started a new tradition.  Our floor tree is a Jesse Tree.  Our 8th graders made our ornaments and the Pre-K and Kindergarteners helped to decorate.  Our 7th graders read the stories to go with our ornament symbols.  The first and second graders also joined us to watch the decorating/display and to have some milk and cookies afterward!  We all had a great time and got to hear the stories of Jesus' ancestry.



12-10-17     Mock Trial (6th grade)

Here, 6th Grade engages in mock trial during the literature class. In order to better understand what the characters in their novels go through, students often engage in activities which help them experience various aspects of their texts. 6th Grade is currently finishing up The Witch Of Blackbird Pond, which culminates in a trial. Students are also given an opportunity to make connections between justice and the teachings of Holy Mother Church. 



12-7-17     Pumped About Large-scale (6th grade Art)

Sixth-grade Artists are super pumped about their large-scale Haring inspired figures! Keith Haring was one of the most influential POP and graffiti artists of the 1980’s. He was passionate about placing his art in public places for everyday people to enjoy, even if it was a temporary chalk drawing that would soon be washed away. He used his art to share his messages. A lot of his art did not survive, but many of his easily recognizable images have been printed and used repeatedly and are known throughout the world.

11-17-17     Learning the Phases (6th grade)

Who needs textbooks when you can learn about the phases of the Moon with OREO cookies?! Sixth-grade students used the OREO cookie to help model each of the phases of the moon. The cream represented what appears on the lit side of the moon while the cookie was the dark side. This was science at its tastiest! 


11-16-17     Future Rosary Leaders! (8th grade)

Eighth Grade Boys Team who won recital of Rosary in Spanish. By learning the Rosary in Spanish, the students are able to enrich their spiritual life. Students are also able to make a correlation between their native language and Spanish. Way to go 8th-grade boys!    


11-15-17     Future Artists! (6th grade)

Sixth Graders displayed their creativity by making placemats for St. Mary's. Students used Spanish vocabulary words to make their placemats. Students wished those at St. Mary a Happy Thanksgiving. Students used a passage from Scripture to remind us to be thankful for such special day. Way to go 6th graders!


11-15-17     GOBBLE GOBBLE!! (7th grade)

Middle school got together with their prayer partners this week to make Thanksgiving placemats for St. Mary's Hospital.  The kids got to bond with each other more while hoping to add a little bit more warmth and joy to some hospital patients' holiday meals.  

11-13-17     Cycling the Carbon (7th grade)

Exploring the Earth’s Carbon Cycle through a hands-on lab in 7th-grade science. Students learned that without this cycle, we would not have the oxygen in the air that we need to breathe. So how did they do this? They used a chemical called Bromothymol Blue and a water plant called Eleoda to help them detect the carbon. 






11-10-17     Roman Legions Visits (6th grade)

The sixth-grade social studies class had a time traveler come to visit. A Roman Legions Soldier came to share with them his stories. Students learned about what it was like to be a soldier in the Roman Legions.  They also learned about how he would protect himself during battle, about his clothing (even got to try it on), and about his simple life he led during this time. 



11-10-17     Actors in the Making (7th grade)

The 7th graders displayed great talent by presenting their skits in Spanish class! Talented participants not only did a great job at pronunciation but also displayed some creativity! Way to go 7th graders!


11-8-17     New Approach to Vocabulary (7th grade)

The 7th grade is using their devices to study new vocabulary terms through the Sadlier program. This program incorporates technology into the learning of new vocab terms and allows students to learn through the use of a variety of games. Students are quizzed over a new vocabulary unit every two weeks and take time both at home and during class to study their lists and play vocabulary games.

10-31-17     Stepping It Up in Spanish Class! (7th grade)

After few weeks of learning Subject Pronouns, the verb Ser (to be) and the verb Gustar (to like) in Spanish, the 7th Graders are now ready to challenge themselves into translation. Next step, to be able to present the translated skit to the class.  Way go to 7th Graders!


10-25-17     WHAT ARE THE ODDS?!? (7th grade)

Some of the middle school math classes did an activity in class on theoretical versus experimental probability.  They first determined the theoretical probability of rolling each number on a die, then calculated, based on actually rolling a die, the experimental probability of each number occurring.  They were able to discern the similarities and/or differences between the two probabilities.

10-24-17     Coherent, Catholic Writing (8th grade)

The 8th Grade is seen here working on their Knights of Columbus essay.  Writing skills are very important to hone in the 8th grade as students prepare for high school and, further down the road, college. The process of creating this essay is being used to reinforce cohesively structured writing, as well as the use of proper spelling and grammar. Students also have the opportunity to incorporate the Catholic Faith into their writing, as this year's essay centers on Catholics who work on the fringes of society.

10-20-17     That's Greek to Me! (6th grade)

That's Greek to Me!   Students in the 6th-grade class dressed up as different important people from Ancient Greece.  We had several philosophers, gods, goddesses as well as a warrior or two in class.  Students had fun learning about each other and what they were known for.  After all the sharing was done the feast began.  Students enjoyed all sorts of Greek food and feasted their stomachs away!


10-18-17     Ecosystem Exploration (7th grade)

Seventh-grade scientists have started their sustainable lab.  Each group was to pick a "human factor" to add to their ecosystem.  This could include pesticides, soil type, acid rain to name a few.  Over the next 3 weeks, students will observe and record information about their grass seed to see what effect each human factor has as they compare it to their control.



10-16-17     Creative Psalm's (6th grade) 

The 6th Grade spent some time this week choosing a psalm to read, interpret and illustrate!  They got up in front of the class to tell us a little bit about the psalm they selected, as well as how they chose to represent it.  They always enjoy getting to share their creative sides!


10-12-17     Atoms & Elements (8th grade)

The 8th grade has been exploring atoms and the elements of the periodic table.  In groups, students constructed an atom of three different elements using gumdrops and toothpicks.  Students also had to show the proper number of protons, neutrons, and electrons.


10-5-17     Duolingo (6th grade)

The 6th Grades emerging themselves in the learning process through Duolingo! Duolingo is a language-learning platform that includes a language-learning website and app as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam. Duolingo offers all its language courses free of charge.

Each lesson in Duolingo is made up of a range of activities, such as translation and activities where students have to match words to their foreign language equivalents. New vocabulary is often taught with images and grammar points are explained in little speech bubbles. Way to go 6th graders!

10-5-17     Getting into Literature (7th grade)

Every week in literature, classes engage in discussion sections on their novel. The 7th Grade has been reading Hatchet this quarter. Here students are pictured working in groups to critically interpret chapter 15 of the book. 




10-4-17     CURTAIN CALL!! (7th grade)

The 7th grade wrapped up their Religion project this week.  They were tasked with writing a skit about having struggles with feeling excluded or misunderstood.  They worked together in small groups to write an outline, their scripts, and then acted them out in front of the class.  Nice work, 7th grade!

10-3-17     PE is going global! (7th/8th grade)

The students will learn and play different games from around the world during the second quarter. They started this unit by playing "Ga Ga Ball", which is a popular recreational game in Israel. Ga Ga Ball is played in an octagonal ring with a dodgeball and the purpose of the game is get opponents out by hitting them below the knee. This picture depicts the 7th/8th grade girls in an epic battle. Later this quarter, the students will also play a form of Cricket (popular in India) as well Sabakiball (popular in Japan). 

9-28-17     Getting The News (8th grade)

The SJS News Crew members are off to a good start preparing for the upcoming Monday Announcements. The students arranged and configured the recording equipment in preparation for an interview with our new principal Ms. Napoli.  

9-28-17     Get Your Art On (8th grade) 

Artwork by Caroline in 8th grade will represent SJS at Piedmont Hospital in the Pediatric Wing as part of the PEDS Paintings program to brighten the halls for children. Caroline's oil pastel flower was inspired by one of her world-famous favorite artists, Georgia O'Keefe. 

9-27-17     Punctuation Fun (8th grade) 

Eighth grade is working on group presentations explaining the different types and roles of punctuation. Each group will be presenting their information to the class over the next week. This project not only teaches students the various functions of punctuation but also forms them in public speaking. 

9-25-17     Build Your Confidence (7th grade)

Everyone learns differently and there are different ways to achieve a goal. Spanish grammar is therefore taught in a variety of ways; through textbook explanations, visual representation and examples of real-life contexts. This combination of words and graphics are used to help students learn Spanish more effectively. It helps students enjoy the learning process and build their self-confidence! Way to go 7th graders! You are SUPER smart!


9-18-17     Tea Time (6th grade)

Sixth-grade scientists were hard at work weighing tea bags that Mrs. Ward put in the ground 3months ago. Very interesting what they found! All the tea bags weighed much lighter than before they went into the ground! Their observations will be sent to a scientist studying climate control. How cool is that?!


9-8-17     Learning the Waves.... Radio Waves! (8th grade) 

Special thank you to George and Autumn from Athens Catholic Radio (105.7 FM) who spoke to our SJS News Crew on Friday.  Our students learned all about managing a local radio station.  The students learned how to change the playlist and general information on recording and editing podcasts.  The students even recorded prayers and messages that will be played on the station. 



9-8-17     Citizen Scientist in ACTION! (6th grade)

SJS Garden The 6th grade kicked off the Georgia Pollinator Census for SJS. They visited the SJS garden twice this week to begin to count the number of pollinators in our pollinator garden. They were tasked with watching plants and counting the number of pollinators they encountered on the assigned plant. Information collected is then reported to the UGA Extention office.  SJS is one of over 50 schools throughout the state of Georgia that is participating in the pollinator census.


9-7-17     Trivia Time! (7th grade)

Trivia Middle school reviewed for their religion tests by playing a team trivia game.  Students were split into random teams and competed to find the correct answers, which were split between teammates.  They had a blast working together to try to beat the opposing teams to 12 correct answers in a row.  

8-31-17     Are Double Stuffed OREO's Really Double Stuffed? (7th grade)

The 7th grade is using the scientific method, especially quantitative and qualitative observation between a regular Oreo and a double stuffed Oreo. Students are gathering information on two different Oreo's (the whole cookie, the filing, and the wafer) then they will put their information together with the class to decide IF DOUBLED STUFFED OREO's ARE REALLY DOUBLED STUFFED! Stay tuned!


8-29-17     Does it Matter? (8 grade)

Eighth-grade scientists were busy at work investigating how scientists measure mass and volume to help understand matter. They are taking a different look at solids, liquids, and gasses as they gather their information. The goal of this activity was to learn how to use a graduated cylinder and use a scale to measure in grams. 


8-18-17     Mr. Lip & Geography (6 grade)

We've got our 5 Themes of Geography.....Movement, Region, Location, Human-Environment Interaction, and Place. The 6th grade found the Themes for their town. then put their information together to present of their choice. Some students created posters, some brochures and other created Google slide shows.  Students took the class from Atlanta, GA to Boston, MS to New Orleans, LA! We explored the USA with the 5 Themes of GEOGRAPHY! 

8-17-17     Let the Battle Begin (6-8 grade)

Let the Battles begin because Reading Counts at SJS! All students in grades 3 - 8 are invited to participate in this year's Battle of the Books. Our BOB collection has now been fully updated with all of the new titles. Battle of the Books is a rigorous academic enrichment opportunity for our avid readers. It is a competition held in a Quiz Bowl like format. One team per grade will compete in the Archdiocesan wide competition the first Thursday of May 2018. Book lists by grade level may be accessed on our school website: /academics/media center/battle of the books. 

8-16-17     THE SCOPING & SEQUENCING OF Portrait Making (6-8 grade)

SJS Art classes have been getting organized for the 2017-18 School Year by creating Portfolios to organize and store their work in. They are creating name designs in a variety of styles from "graffiti" art to shadow lettering with radial coloring. Grades 3 - 8 have been reflecting and sketching about their summer adventures, vacations and "stay-cations". Now all grades are working on self-portraits in various media depending on their age level.  Students are using mirrors and/or photographs to create an expressive likeness with an emphasis on form and proportion for the upper grades. Their work will soon be displayed in the upstairs hall.