Middle School Summer Reading 2014

Attached is the Summer Reading List 2014 along with instructions on the project options and the rubric.  The student must pick a novel from the list.  Projects are due Wednesday, August 27, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Crow at the school office at (210)732-2741.

Middle School Summer Reading 2014

summer reading


Face Frame Project

imageimagePresentational Speaking:  Students make oral presentations in Spanish to the class talking about themselves and their personality traits.  Each student has to say 10 or  more things about themselves using the verb soy or tengo and descriptive adjectives.  For example, soy alto, moreno, cómico, inteligente.  Tengo ojos marrones y pelo negro.  They demonstrate they can use gender-noun-adjective agreement correctly.

Foldables, foldables, foldables!

imageEveryday the 7th grade Spanish class has an Opening Work assignment (el trabajo de apertura) called the Super 100 Verbs.  Everyday they are assigned two new verbs from the list of the top 100 most common Spanish verbs.  Each student must create an original sentence in Spanish with each verb.  Then, students come to the board and write their sentence.  The class looks it over and suggests changes to any sentences with errors.  At the end of the week, the students create their own foldable to help them study.  On Fridays they have a quiz over that week’s verbs.



From the Language Arts Department for 2014

Dear Parents,

Greetings from the Language Arts Department. In this New Year we’re going to be studying new novels per grade level. Now it would be best this time for the students to buy their own copy of the book. This way the students can mark their own copies, make notes, underline or highlight anything important for reference in future projects in class.

The books per grade are:

– 6th grade – Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brein
– 7th grade – Tangerine by Edward Bloor
– 8th grade – The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Each of these books can be found at the following stores around the city:

– Barnes & Nobles
– Half-Price Books
– Books-A-Million

If you shop on-line you can always buy & have it shipped from the following:

– Amazon.com

All the stores can be found on-line & most of the sites have a store locator so you can find a location nearest you by zip code. If you’d like to find something that could be a recycle for a much lower price, many of the thrift stores could have a copy for a lot less, if you’ve got the time or there’s a Goodwill, Salvation Army or similar store to you.

The students need to read the first 80 pages for 6th & 7th grade, and 100 for 8th grade by January 14th, which will be the 2nd week in the 3rd quarter. Please buy the novel as soon as possible, begin reading and tell your student to carry the book at school in place of their personal novel for the next 9 weeks period. In class, I’ll distribute schedules as to what needs to be read and have certain questions for each of the chapters, projects and deadlines.

A hard copy is best; electronic copies cannot be the primary source as phones, electronic books or such devices are not allowed in class. If you’d like to purchase an extra copy for a Nook or iPhone, that’s your choice. It just won’t be used during class time.

If you have any specific questions please reply to my email as soon as possible.

In Christ,


J. Gonzales – Language Arts

Middle School Semester Exam Schedule

Dear Parents and Students:

Below is semester exam schedule for Middle School.  Please make sure that your child has sufficient time over the weekend to prepare for these cumulative exams.  It is the recommendation of the Middle School team that students study 1 to 2 hours for each exam in order to prepare themselves.  Please let us know if you have any questions.


MONDAY, Dec. 16th
Religion  & Math

TUESDAY, Dec. 17th
Science & History

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18th
Spanish & Language Arts

La Posada – December 19th

St. Paul’s Spanish Club presents La PosadaLas-Posada

WHEN:  December 19th
TIME: 3:30PM  La Posada starts at St. Paul’s Catholic School front doors
WHO:  All St. Paul students, siblings, parents and parishioners

Donations needed:  Tamales, beans, buñuelos, atole, frijoles, tables cloths, manger scene….and lots more!

To volunteer or donate, click on this link to be forwarded to Señorita Brehm’s SIGN-UP GENIUS account.  Or simple visit http://www.signupgenius.com and search using lynette.brehm@gsnsa.org.