Middle School Religion

  • B.A., Elementary Education, Aquinas College, Nashville, TN
    M.A., Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
    12 Years teaching experience
  • Advanced Religion Certification, Dioceses of Nashville & Arlington

 


“The Glory of God is man fully alive.” -St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Bishop and Martyr

It is a blessing to be called to aid in the human and spiritual formation of young people who are called to be holy–that is, to be most fully, most freely themselves, united to Christ, sharing in the mission of the Church, and even from this moment, called to “bring the Gospel to all nations” through the witness of their lives.

 

Dear Parents and Students,

We are celebrating Catholic Schools! I grew up in public school, and a great grace I received is what I myself have learned teaching in Catholic Schools. The greatest gift of Catholic education is the Faith. But it is a gift that is offered, and must be received, lived, and cultivated by each of us. This is a good time to examine your conscience–without fear or regret, but as a child who suddenly realizes what he or she has missed, and runs toward it with excitement–or asks for it incessantly! Happy Catholic Schools Week!

 

This website gives basic information about Middle School religion, namely the class syllabi and information or links for accessing Google Classroom, Scriptures, VIP, and Powerschool. Please scroll down for further tips on accessing these important resources.

May the Lord bless you all and fill you with His light and peace!

God bless you all!

Some website reminders–

For Virtues in Practice, there are 3 things required see the sidebars for more information if you have lost the Parent book–NEW! The Virtues in Practice for Middle School has been re-vamped to make the projects clearer! The students are also filling out grading rubrics–don’t forget to participate, parents!

  • Log (done by student)
  • written out project (done by student with your supervision at beginning of month)
  • Comment sheet (done by both of you at end of month)

For Scriptures–the Scriptures provided here are primarily for YOUR participation. Students receive a sheet at school. (see sidebars for these)

Google Classroom— your child should be checking Classroom regularly–you can add yourself as a guardian to receive alerts. You are also welcome to check Classroom with your child. I encourage parents to learn along with their children!(see sidebars)

Powerschool– Check out this video tutorial HERE (then click on the sidebar).

Grade 6 Religion

Classroom Syllabus: Grade 6 Syllabus—All NEW information is highlighted in yellow. Please be aware of these changes.

In 6th grade, we will focus on Old Testament and Liturgy & Worship…

…the reasons behind Catholic Liturgy, the Mass,and the format and beauty of Liturgical worship.

So far in 6th grade we have:

  • Had holy hours (two with exposition & benediction)
  • Learned about the nature of the Human Person (4 Faculties) and the Greek discovery of philosophy
  • Learned about the difference between the pagan perception of the “gods” and the Judeo-Christian idea of God.
  • Learned about Creation (the 4-fold harmony) and the Fall (the 4-fold effects of Original Sin)
  • Learned about the descent into sinfulness and the cleansing of the world at the deluge (and Noah)
  • Are beginning the journey to Canaan with Abram…
  • Not to mention the Liturgical Seasons, the Saints, and the Immaculate Conception of our Lady!

We look forward to the following!

  • the Covenant with Abraham and the Revelation of “El Elyon”
  • the first Revelation of the Trinity
  • The Testing of Abraham and the Eucharistic Sacrifice
  • Jacob and Esau (a play)
  • The Covenant with Jacob/ Israel and the 12 Tribes
  • The Story of Joseph
  • The Exodus from Egypt
  • The Desert and True Worship (vs. idolatry) –with a focus on the Mass
  • The Judges and Israel’s rejection of its call
  • Ruth the Moabite– vs. the unfaithful judges
  • Samuel and the Kings

 

Here is a great link for Biblical Background–It is not Catholic, so it lacks the Sacramental viewpoint, but there are no errors in what I’ve seen so far. Let me know if you have any questions:

The Bible Project (Interdenominational)

Please click on the buttons on the task bar to the left for more information.

God bless you!

 

GRADE 7 RELIGION

Classroom Syllabus: Grade 7 Syllabus All NEW information is highlighted in yellow. Please be aware of these changes.

JESUS CHRIST AND THE NEW COVENANT

This year we will focus more closely on the Fulfillment of the Covenant in Jesus Christ, and how he transforms us to live as Disciples becoming more fully who we are.

So far in 7th grade we have:

  • Had holy hours (two with exposition & benediction)
  • Reviewed the nature of the Human Person (4 Faculties) and the Greek discovery of philosophy
  • Discussed the difference of nature between angels and humans & humans and animals
  • Reviewed the difference between the pagan perception of the “gods” and the Judeo-Christian idea of God.
  • Finished discussing the Kings of Israel, the prophets, and [briefly] the Exile
  • Discussed the nature and background of the Scriptures and Revelation in General
  • Discussed the background to the Gospels
  • Learned about the Four Evangelists and their perspectives
  • Learned about the Hypostatic Union
  • Begun discussing the life and background of John the Baptist, the Forerunner
  • Not to mention the Liturgical Seasons, the Saints, and the Immaculate Conception of our Lady!

We look forward to the following!

  • The Early life of Christ and Christ as the fulfillment of the Covenant
  • The Parables and Miracles–their meaning and fulfillment of the Old Covenant
  • The Passion and Death of Christ (the Living Stations)
  • Christ’s Resurrection and its meaning for us
  • The Appetites and Virtue as ordering the disordered human faculties
  • The Commandments vs. the Virtues
  • The Beatitudes and the Commandments

Here is a great link for Biblical Background–It is not Catholic, so it lacks the Sacramental viewpoint, but there are no errors in what I’ve seen so far. Let me know if you have any questions:

The Bible Project (Interdenominational)

 

Please click on the buttons on the task bar to the left for more information.

God bless you!

 

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