Monday, May 20, 2019

ENJOYING A NOVEL IN A WHOLE NEW WAY

For the final novel, the 7th. grade class was introduced to 'WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS'.The novel is set in the country that the author, Wilson Rawls,knows best--the beautiful river bottoms of the Ozark mountains in eastern Oklahoma.In this novel, Rawls draws upon his experiences as a youth exploring the hills and rivers around his home. His only companion at the time was an old hound dog.





As students read chapter 8 of the novel,they are  presented with opportunities to get to know and understand the characters,to imagine them as real people.
Each group of students is eagerly working on a 'spin-offs from the chapter.
Some of their ideas include: Talk shows, a teacher in a class setting,a journalist reporting to varying radio stations,creating a drama for the classroom............
PRODUCTION DATE WILL BE SOON. Keep looking for scenes where students will be in varying modes of dress. Celebrate their accomplishments.

These girls, Ava Marie and Akshaya, alomg with Lucas E seem deep in thought.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

New Students 2019-2020

Attn 7th grade students for the 2019-2020 school year: Please follow this attachment to see the supply list for the 2019-2020 school year: https://www.teacherlists.com/schools/1000032712-st-james-school-woodbridge#

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

THE POWER OF AGREEMENT

Singing the Praises of God Leads to Changed  Lives.

        God's Word tells us all in the gospel of Matthew 18:20 that "where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them." The presence of the Lord was felt in Room 309, as 77 Middle School students got together to pray for each other, to sing praises and thank God for the Resurrection of Jesus. These gatherings, known as Middle School Meetings, help unite the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in one common goal- to worship our Lord. The various songs sung included Look up Child, and You  Say by Lauren Daigle, Fully Knwon by Tauren Wells, Flawless by Mercy Me and Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin.  As each student participated, a smile lit up  joy-filled  faces. 



It does not matter if the students forget the words. They are still coming to give glory to God.

Each meeting first begins with a prayer, as all things do.

 Middle school students close their eyes and sing  songs of praise.

The teachhers also participate in this faith-filled event.
Knowing and believing who you are in Christ  lead to TRANSFORMED LIVES PERIOD. Students grow in their academics and are always intrinsically motivated. They share their joy. During a Science class, one day,a group of 7th. graders completed a test with results that suggested that when students engage in prayer 'before' a test, the outcomes are better than if no prayer were offered.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Food and Writing Combine!

A Delicious Lesson


   The seventh grade students worked on a collaborative project that was educational, fun, healthy and delicious. How often can you get all of that from one lesson? In Language Arts, the class was working on expository writing. Mrs. Simon assigned the students to write a how-to about making a salad. Our awesome seventh graders wanted to take it a step further. They didn't want to just write about making salad - they wanted to create a salad cafe! Each group wrote about their salad by creating a slide show, a recipe or a menu. Then they made and served their salads to some very appreciative diners. Through their creativity and enthusiasm, a simple writing assignment turned into a collaborative experience that they will always remember.

Note: This article, excluding the images, was originally published on the St. James Facebook page.








 

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

UNLEASHING THEIR IMAGINATIONS!



   Eric Blair, who uses the pseudonym George Orwell, teaches the art of storytelling in many of his political novels. In Animal Farm, Orwell breathes life into his characters using both direct and indirect characterization. The Advanced Language Arts class was eager to read Animal Farm partly because students deemed it fun to read about talking animals and partly because it would be interesting to find out about the views of someone who was the son of a colonial officer and was educated at the prestigious Eton  College in London.

   After much discussion, the task  required each student to create a blog based on what they read. They were given a few basic instructions and were to asked to use their imaginations. The links attached are to three of the eight presentations. I also challenged the students to create art based

Kaylin's Presentation
Dahria's Presentation
Timothy's Presentation







Thursday, February 14, 2019

COMMUNITY ARTS : WORK WAS INSPIRED BY MADELINE L'ENGLE'S CLASSIC NOVEL, "A WRINKLE IN TIME"

7th. grade students at St. James School are presently reading the Science fiction:'A Wrinkle in Time.'
This activity was done because the students enjoyed choosing their favorite scenes to illustrate.
Thomas and his friends had excellent opportunities to use their imaginations.
Each drawing corresponds to a quote. Students use mural making techniques.

There will be opportunities to explore the novel through art and dram'.'Today,science fiction is  one of the most important artistic genre.' Some science fiction grapple with realistic issues.

The images are arranged in a quilt pattern, an innovative way to display intriguing art. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

St. James Coffee House 2019










A Different Kind of Museum

   For the first tine in the history of St. James, a coffee house was initiated in place of the museum presented during Catholic Schools Week. This museum covering various topics had been in operation for over twenty years. In the words of Maya Angelou, “It takes the human voice to infuse them (words) with the shades of deeper meaning." The students were aware of this quote from Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and coupled with their newfound interest in poetry, were extremely comfortable with the idea of a coffee house.

   Language is man's way of communication, and the SPOKEN WORD is the most intimate of ways to communicate. The spoken word has tremendous impact and whatever is spoken forms the foundation of one's day. God's Word states that, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." The eighth grade class has chosen the "spoken word" as a medium to inject laughter on tears, share emotions, and interact with the audience.
Jeremiah is scrubbing of the fun tac to
beautify the board.


Working on the coffee house
can be hard, but also interesting!

Cassidy and Mallory are creating brochures for the Coffee House.
Want to see the brochures? Go to the Coffee House this Sunday.

This group of eighth students are studious in researching for the Coffee House. 
Gracie and AJ, two seventh graders, have volunteered
their time working on the Coffee House