Mrs. Bousquet – 8th Grade

English Office Hours: Gr. 6- Wednesday 7:45-8:10am, Gr. 8- Thursday 7:45AM-8:10AM,   Gr. 7- Friday 7:45AM-8:10AM

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                                                      May Web Message –Gr. 8

     “It’s May, it’s May, the lovely month of May.”  For teachers and students this is the month of fun and stress.  The school year is winding down.  However, in addition to picnics and field trips, there are finals and assignments to be completed.   There is little room to make up any “oops.”  June and graduation is just around the corner, but we must finish the journey first.  Here are the plans for the immediate future.


Religion:  Fr. Brad will continue to meet with the eighth graders on Fridays, and we have our retreat scheduled for May 26.  In addition, we will be continuing our review of the Liturgical Year and the history of the Church.  Right now, we are going over the Pentecost and the missionary work of St. Paul and the early Church.

Vocabulary:  We are currently working with these vocabulary words.  It is important that the students expand their vocabulary to enhance their writing and reading.

Abdicate     capacious     crusade     deface     fallacy     negate     pivotal     recipient     tenet     ungainly     bestow     caustic embargo     levity     mendicant     nauseate     ruse     teem     tractable     voracious

Literature:  We always close the school year with our study of a novel, and so we are deep in the midst of Johnny Tremain.  This is a wonderful, coming-of-age, historical novel that is set in pre-Revolutionary Boston.  The students enjoy the story while learning so much about the history of the capitol of their state and the War that made us a nation.  In addition, they practice their comprehension and literary skills.

English:  We will be having an English final that will deal with all the grammar and mechanics that the students have amassed throughout their time here at St. Stans and in the eighth grade.  Before that test, we will be completing our study of the components of writing a research paper.  At present, we are finishing up on paraphrasing.  Next, we plan to review citations.


     There are so many mixed feelings that arise at the end of a school year.  Let’s enjoy our time together and keep learning until June.


                                                                                                     Mrs. Bousquet