Mrs. Merkal

Room 8-3

cmerkal@popejohnpaul2sch.org

8th Graders - Don't forget to bring a shirt in the colors of your intended high school!

ANNOUNCEMENT: TUESDAY, 2/12/19 ***SNOW DAY

Hello! As instructed yesterday, classes RELIGION 8 and ELA 8 need to see Google Classroom for their snow day assignments. RELIGION 7 does not have any posted assignments for today.

Thank you!

Stay safe and warm today!

Announcement: 2/1/19

Dear 8th Grade Families,


Over the past few months, your children have completed their learning in our first ever STREAM Expo, and they were incredible! This project has been a new kind of learning experience for our students as well as the faculty. It was exciting to watch students work through the challenges and gain new skills in research, collaboration, communication and problem-solving.


In the next few days, we will be evaluating the students’ learning through a series of short response questions covering the Science, Social Studies, Religion and ELA content and skills acquired through this process. Each student will have the opportunity to individually compose their responses to demonstrate what they have learned. Each student will earn a Science grade for the content in their responses, as well as an ELA grade for their quality of writing composition. In preparation for the STREAM Expo last Friday, the students were given a list of questions to help demonstrate a deep understanding of their project. The students also presented their projects in class last week for a Speaking and Listening grade.


The judges raved about the students’ depth of knowledge and enthusiasm. Bryan Colahan, Curriculum Developer from ProjectEngin also had many complimentary things to say about our expo. One judge commented that our students “give me hope for the future!”. We are extremely proud of the work your children have put forth and the products they have developed. We also look forward to the future!


Sincerely,

The 8th Grade Team


Mrs. Fedor

Mrs. Sotiropolous

Mrs. Merkal


Announcement: 1/3/19

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a really great break and had some time to rest/relax.

I want to thank all of you for your very generous Visa and Khols giftcards that the class gifted me before break. The mug, Christmas calendar, and basket made a beautiful package and I was very surprised. I had a bit of time to go shopping over the break and am refreshing my wardrobe - which is a true luxury and I love it! Thank you again!

I also want to thank you for making the Christmas party happen for our students. Hopefully they had good things to say about the little sock exchange and the games we played. It was fun to see them work together in such a relaxed way.

Have a great day -

Announcement: 12/18

My apologies - it seems like my website isn't updating when I have made updates. If you are noticing a problem, don't hesitate to reach out to me via email.

Thank you -

Announcement: 12/12

Check out this link for the upcoming Middle School Retreat, offered at Bishop Shanahan!

https://www.shanahan.org/ignite.html

Announcement: 12/10

Registration is now open for our Winter/Spring After the Bell Program! Registration for all programs is on-line.

Please go to our website www.popejohnpaul2sch.org click on Current Families, then After the Bell. Payment for After the Bell will be billed through FACTS tuition management. Instructions to set up an account, if you do not already have one for CARES, will be sent to you through email after you register for the club. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Kathy Vanic at atb@popejohnpaul2sch.org

ANNOUNCEMENT 11/27

Students have their Secret Santa Shopping time on 11/29. Don't forget the money and order form!

Announcement 11/09

Students are to begin bringing their own earbuds or headphones to school daily for classroom use.

Thank you.

Announcement 10/26

HALLOWEEN DANCE TONIGHT! STUDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS REPORT AT 6:15. ALL 7TH AND 8TH GRADE STUDENT BODY MEMBERS ARRIVE AT 7:00 PM.

**** 7TH GRADERS ARE PROVIDING SNACKS FOR THE PARTY!! THANK YOU!!

ANNOUNCEMENT 10/19

Picture Day is Tuesday, 10/23.

Just as a reminder...

All students K-8 are required to wear their winter uniform. If your class is scheduled to have GYM that day please notify your students and parents that they will need to wear their gym sneakers with their winter uniform not their gym uniform.

ALL PREK and Little Saints are asked that they wear their Sunday Best for their pictures.

Please note:

  • This Friday (10/19) is Dress Differently day for those who donated to the Auction class gift fund.
  • Picture Day is Tuesday, (10/23)
  • Dance is Friday, 10/26 from 7-10. Must by a ticket in school that week during lunch.

SILENT AUCTION ANNOUNCEMENT:

  • Auction ticket sales are still going on. We have extended the deadline to October 22nd to receive the Early Bird special of an additional $10 in casino chips. Also, if you would like to donate an item to the auction, please do so by October 31st. Please visit the event website to purchase your tickets (https://pjpii.auction-bid.org/microsite/) and to learn more about this great event!

UPCOMING OCTOBER H&S EVENTS:

  • H&S General Meeting

October 10th, 7pm-8pm

Don't miss this exciting presentation with college financial planner, Robert Falcon!

Dress down “GYM” day passes provided for each child with at least one parent in attendance.

  • Uniform Exchange- Oct 11th 5:30-6:30pm located in the school Lobby
  • Trunk or Treat

Thursday, October 25th 6:00-7:30 pm

Saint Peters Church Parking Lot

Host a Trunk please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AA9AF2AAAFB6-pjpii1

  • Box Top Contest Ends 10/26; Top Classroom gets a party!

10/03 ANNOUNCEMENT: Students are to wear their regular uniforms tomorrow and wear or bring their sneakers for gym class.

Announcement:

Please see the 8th Grade Field Trip Information Sheet that went home with your student today.


Welcome!

Hello! My name is Mrs. Merkal and I am excited to be working with you this year! Please feel free to email me if you have questions. Don't forget to check out the tabs at the top of the webpage for information concerning your class. I am looking forward to a wonderful year of growing and learning!

PJPII ANNOUNCEMENTS -

  • There is NO Ice Cream Social Tonight! It has been postponed.
  • Pretzel order forms are due!!