Jennifer Criscuolo

7th Grade Leadership

7th grade leadership Due on Friday, June 12th - Watch the youtube video and answer additional questions given today in class.

Thursday, June 4th

Tomorrow there is morning Mass..Please come dressed in your proper school uniform for Mass days.

7th Religion - Chapter 16 Test on Monday, June 8th... Finish page 262 #1-10 including C for homework and bring in tomorrow. This counts as a quiz grade.

6th Science - Final Menus are due tomorrow, 6/5

7th S.S. - Chapter 14 test on Tuesday 6/9... essential question on page 475 due on Tuesday also

Tuesday, June 2nd

7 S.S. - Imagine you are a reformer in the mid 1800s. Choose one of the problems that you read about in section 2, and make a poster or write a speech that encourages citizens to become involved and make positive changes. Section 2 is found on pages 457-461.

8th grade schedule

Starting June 8th - June 11th 8th grade will have half days. You may come to school in your gym uniform and ready for four days of graduation practice. Friday June 12th is graduation day, and the 8th grade has the day off. Students need to arrive at St. Agnes church by 5:15 Friday, June 12th as Mass will start promptly at 6 pm. Thank you

Field Day

MTRS Field Day will be on Wednesday June 10th from 11-2pm Rain Date 6/15

The cafeteria will be closed that day...Lunches available are ham & cheese subs, turkey & cheese subs, or hot dogs. If you do not like any of these options, please bring a bagged lunch.

Parents are welcome to join us, but please sign in at the office and get a visitors pass

Please wear your fun run T-shirt, gym shorts and sneakers

This is a free dress down and lunch day for all

Please apply sunscreen before school at home

This is going to be a fun day filled with surprises smile

8th Grade Class Trip

Due to inclement weather, the 8th grade class trip to the Middletown Pool Club has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 11th from 2-6 pm. Students should be dropped off at 2pm and plan to be picked up by 6pm. 8th grade is still expected to be in school on Thursday, June 11th for a half day as this is the last day for Graduation practice. Thank You

Monday, June 1st

All Middle School Science Classes - June Current Events are due on Thursday, 6/4.. This is the last current event of the year.

8 Science - Last assignment / project of the year, due on Thursday 6/4. pages 204-211 Bridges from Vines to Steel. Must finish reading and complete the S.S. activity on page 208 and the Language Arts Activity on page 209. Also, you must research and write about another bridge in the world not discussed in the text. You will have time to work on the research tomorrow in class.

6 Science - Final copy of our daily menu will be due on Thursday 6/4... Today, in groups you worked on a daily menu that was to include breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks. You must try and stay between 1500-2000 calories for the day and record the nutrition facts. We will continue to work on this project tomorrow in class. Tonight if you would life, research some of the calories that would be included on the main dishes you provided in your menu.

Tuesday, May 26th

All Middle School Science Classe - Your last current event for the year is due on Thursday, June 4th

7 Religion - Chapter 15 Test on Thursday, 5/28... Also, page 254 Go to Source in NB - Read John 14:1-10, what does Jesus say about God's work's?

7 S.S. - Research the Irish Potato Famine. Write a letter to friends in America that describes life in Ireland and why you want to join them in America.

6 Science - page 53 section 1 assessment. Also, complete the math practice #3. You will also need to bring in 5 food labels to class by Thursday 5/29.

Thursday, May 21st

7 Religion - Unit 5 Test due tomorrow 5/22 pages 247-249... Chapter 15 Test on Thursday 5/28

Friday, May 15th

5-8th Grade Dance tonight - 6-9 pm in the Parish Center. Pizza and drinks will be for sale. Please make sure to bring your permission slips with you or you will not be admitted in. Clothing must be appropriate, or you may be asked to leave or have a parent bring a change of clothes.

Attention MTRS Community - Next week, May 18th - May 22nd is Spirit Weeks... Please view the main web page and/or MTRS Facebook page for a list of all activities we will be participating in...

7 Science - Chapter 1 Wednesday, May 20th

7 Social Studies - Chapter 13 test on Thursday, May 21st

6 Science - Chapter 1 Test on Tuesday, May 19th - Make sure to also study the skeletal system worksheet that you had a quiz on last week. You will see that again ..

Monday, May 11th

All Middle School Current Events are Due Friday 5/15

8th Pool Club Trip - All Permission slips are due back no later than Friday, 5/22 ...  Slips were handed out today in class

7th Grade - All students running for student council office - elections will be held on Wednesday 5/13... Speeched will be read on this day. Please come to school with a speech fr yourself as well as an additional copy to be handed in to Ms.Criscuolo

Attention all Middle School Students and Current 5th grade class - Friday, May 15th will be our last school dance of the year. 5th-8th grade students are invited.. Please see the HSC for additional information regarding the dance. Any parents who would like to help chaperone please contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)... I am in need of chaperones this night. Thank you

6 Science - On loose leaf or typed - Write a paragraph comparing sooth muscle tissue and skeletal muscle tissue. Include whether these muscle tissues are voluntary or involuntary where they are found and what their functions are. In addition, describe what you might expect to see if you looked at these muscle tissues under a microscope.

8 Science - page 101 - Weigh the impact on loose leaf or typed. Use the Internet to research how helicopters are used in National Parks, such as Yellowstone National Park. Choose one helicopter mission. Make notes on the mission's difficulty level, purpose, location, procedures and outcome.

Also, suppose you are a park ranger. Use your notes to write a report to your supervisor explaining why a helicopter was or was not the best technology for this mission.

7 S.S. - It is 1853. The Gadsden Purchase has just been completed. Create a political cartoon that comments on America's belief in manifest destiny.

7 Religion - Read Philippians 4:13 and think about the ways God gives you the strength  that you need, just as he gave it to Paul... What strength did God give to Paul? What strength do you get from God?

Also, today in class we talked about the Theological and Cardinal Virtues. On a sheet of computer paper or construction paper, to be handed in as a lab grade, you need to come up with a symbol for each virtue and give me a 1 sentence explanation on why you chose that symbol.

Theological Virtues - Faith, Hope and Charity

Cardinal Virtues - Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude.

Thursday, May 8th

Reminder that tomorrow is our May Crowning

All Middle School Science Classes, Current Events for the month of May are due on Friday 5/15

Attention all those 7th graders running for Student Council Office, Elections will be on Wednesday 5/13. Please come prepares with your speech. You will need a typed speech to be handed in to Ms. Criscuolo also.

6 Science - Quiz on the Bones in the body tomorrow, 5/9

8 Science - please go to, web code cgp-3033 and complete the activity on the Hydraulic Systems. When you finish with the activity, complete the 3 question quiz and either print out your score or record your score in your HW assignment pad / Science notebook.

7 Science - please go to, web code scn-1013. You will be redirected to a page that has 17 additional websites with information on Continental Drift. Some websites are informative, others have short videos and some have interactive activities on Pangea. Please choose 1 informative site and 1 interactive site. Write a brief summary in your notebook on the sites you went to and what you learned from them in your notebook.

Wednesday, May 6th

8 S.S. - Use the Internet and other library resources to research someone who was part of the D-Day invasion or who survived the Holocaust. Use your research to write a biography of that person. To be done on loose leaf or typed and handed in.

Tuesday, May 5th

All Middle School Science Classes - May Current Event due on Friday, May 15th

7 Religion - Chapter 14 Test on Thursday 5/8

7 S.S. - Chapter 12 test tomorrow, 5/7... Also, final copy of the essential question on page 415 due tomorrow as part of your chapter test. What impact did Andrew Jackson's presidency have on the nation?

6 Science - Bone quiz on Friday 5/9..Study from the sheet given out on Monday...Also, list the types of exercise you and your family members do. With your family, brainstorm a list of safety gear and precautions to use for each activity in order to prevent skeletal system injuries. How can you put these safety measures into practice?

Last Middle School Dance of the school Year

Our last middle school dance will be in Friday, May 15th from 6:30-9 in the Parish Center. 5th Grade is invited to attend. The student council has requested this to be a "formal" dance. However this does not mean, students need to show up in gowns or suits. Dressed nicely of Sunday's best would be appropriate.

Monday, May 4th

6 Science - Quiz on the bones in the Human Body on Friday, 5/8... Study from the sheet give in class

Section 2 review on skeletal system in NB

7 S.S. - Chapter 12 test on Wednesday, 5/6... Essential Question due on Wednesday 5/6 page 415... Also, if you did not finish the chapter review in class, finish for homework in your notebooks. page 414 #1-18, 19, 21, 23-24

8 Science - page 87 Section review on Buoyant Force

7 Science - page 17 section assessment in notebooks... Hint - You may or may not have a pop quiz on heat transfer tomorrow, 5/5

8 S.S. - Make a poster that promotes the wartime service of the Tuskegee Airmen, women workers, or the braceros

7 Religion - Chapter 14 Test on Thursday 5/7

Wednesday, April 29th

7 Science - Write a narrative of your own imaginary journey to the center of the Earth. Your narrative should describe the layers of Earth through which you travel and how temperature and pressure change beneath the surface.

7 Social Studies - Chapter 12 test on Wednesday 5/6... Finish open book quiz tonight - page 413 #1-10 on loose leaf. Also, create a campaign poster representing either the Whig Party or the Democrats in the election of 1840... This poster is due on Monday, 5/4

8 Social Studies -  Due on Monday, 5/4 - presentation on the followng:

                              Steven - Adolph Hitler

                             Andrew - Mussolini

                             Drew - Joseph Stalin

                              Kevin - Neville Chamberlain

                             Christian - A. Phillip Randolph

                             Eryn - General Dwight D Eisenhower

                             Kerry - General Erwin Rommel

                             Patrick - Hideki Tojo

                              John - Winston Churchill

Tuesday, April 28th

8th Reminder - Permission Slips for NYC trip due tomorrow, 4/29

7 Social Studies - Finish the journal entry on page 407 on loose leaf on the Trail of Tears.

6 Science - page 11 Writing in Science in NB

Monday, April 27th

Permission Slips for 8th grade NYC trip on Friday, May 1st are due back no later than Wednesday 5/29

6 Science - page 6, lesson 1 - Body Organization and Homeostasis key words in NB

7 Social Studies -  Biographies due on Monday, 5/4

                             Larry - John C Calhoun

                             Maria - Margaret Bayard Smith

                             Robert - John Quincy Adams

                             Ryan - Andrew Jackson

                             Connor - Henry Clay

                             Ashley - Daniel Webster

                             Tristan - Willim Henry Harrison

                             Hannah - Mrtin Van Buren

                            Julia - John Tyler

Alumni Pizza Party and Volleybll Game

Attention MTRS Graduates of '07-'15 Our annul alumni pizza party and volleyball game will be on May 29th, from 6-9 pm at the Parish Center. Please join us as we induct the class of 2015 into our Alumni Association. Please RSVP no later than 5/22 to Ms. Criscuolo at

House Captain

Any 7th and 8th grade students interested in running for House Captain for the 2015-2016 year must fill out and sign the intent to run form and hand it in along with the required essay no later than May 27th to Ms. Criscuolo. Those interested in running, cannot be on student council.

7th Grade Parent Meeting

There will be a 7th grade parent meeting on Wednesday, May 6th at 6pm in the cafeteria to discuss 8th grade year. Please make every effor to attend.

Thursday, April 23rd

All Current events due tomorrow for all science classes

Reminder all 8th grade students to being caps and gowns tomorrow to school... No Tassels, and no dress shoes

6 Science - Chapter 4 test tomorrow

7 Science - Chapter 4 Test tomorrow... We have completed our unit book and therefore I am offering the following as an extra credit option. Due next Friday, 5/1 - Choose any 50 words from any chapter or section in the unit book. Make your own dictionary using these 50 words. Definitions should be written in your own words, and not copied from the text book or anything online. Words must be placed in alphabetical order. Out of the 50 words being used, you must illustrate 25 of them either before or after the written definition. This assignment may be typed. If completed properly you will receive 15 extra credit points on any low test or lab grades in the third trimester.

7 Religion - pg 225 consider in religion text

8 Science - Chapter 2 test tomorrow

Tuesday, April 21st

8th Grade - Please bring cap and gown on Friday 4/24 for a class photo. Leave tassels at home and come dressed in regular school uniform

6 Science - page 143 #1-18 on loose leaf. Chapter 4 test on Friday, 4/24

Friday, April 17th

Reminder All Science Fair Projects are due on Monday, April 20th ... This includes trifold and lb report. Projects will be presented on Monday and Tuesday and displayed on Wednesday evening for our Science Fair. All are welcome to come and see our students wonderful ideas and hard work.

All Science Classes - Current Events are due on Friday 4/24

7th Grade - All student council intent to run forms are due to Ms. Criscuolo no later than May 1st. You did need the signature of Mr. Sorci, your homeroom teacher and a parent / guardian.

8th Grade Girls - If you would like to crown Mary, essays are due to Ms. Criscuolo no later than May 1st

8th Grade students - If you are interested in writing and reading a speech at graduation, you must write a rough copy and submit it to Ms. Criscuolo no later than May 20th

Middle School Students, permission slips to see Mary Poppins are due no later than April 21st

Earth Day is April 22nd - Dress down in comfy clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Also, bring some extra change to enjoy some delicious baked goods at our bake sale.

7 Social Studies - Chapter 11 test on Tuesday 4/21, also the essential question typed or written neatly as part of the chapter test.

7 Science - Chapter 4 Test on Friday 4/24

7 Religion - Chapter 13 Test on Monday 4/20

6 Science - There is one more section left in chapter 4. Your chapter test will be on Friday 4/24

8 Science - Chapter 2 Test on Thursday 4/23

Thursday, April 16th

8 Social Studies - page 790 #3-8

7 Social Studies - Chapter 11 Test on Tuesday, Essential Question on page 389 - What forces and events affected national unity and growth ? Due Tuesday 4/21. If you did not finish today's assignment, page 388 #1-25 chapter review, please finish for homework.

7 Religion - Chapter 13 Test on Monday 4/20

Reminder - All Middle School Science fair projects are due on Monday 4/20. This includes the written report and trifold. Projects will be presented in class on Monday and Tuesday and displayed on Wednesday for Earth Day and the Science Fair that evening. All 8th grade parishioners of St. Agnes and OLPH who are making their Confirmation on Monday 4/20, you have off on Monday so your projects need to be brought in on Tuesday.

All Middle School Science Classes - Current events are due on Friday 4/24

Wednesday, April 15th

7 Social Studies - page 386 #2-6

8 Science - Chapter 2 open book test, page 69-70 #1-16 on loose leaf. Start studying now for you chapter 2 test

Middle School Class Trip

Forms given out today for a class trip to the Jersey Shore Arts Center. The cost is $6 a person and permission slips are due back no later than April 21st. You must bring your own lunch and wear your school uniforms.

Tuesday, April 14th

All Science Classes - Current events for the month of April are due on Friday, April 24th

6 Science - You have been hired by an outdoor adventures company to write an exciting ad for one of their bird watching hikes. In the ad, describe several interesting birds and types of bird flight that people will see on the hike.

May Crowning

Attention 8th grade girls, if you wish to crown Mary at the May Crowning on May 8th, you need to submit the written essay portion to Ms. Criscuolo no later than May 1st. Your essay should be a reflection on the virtues of Mary and how your devotion to Mary reflects in your life.

Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth  Day and MTRS will be celebrating as a school community with lots of fun events and activities for the day. Please note that the 7th grade will be hosting a bake sale that day during all lunches, so students are encouraged to bring extra change for an extra treat. It will also be a free dress down day, so students do not get their uniforms dirty while planting in our garden later in the morning. So please be mindful not to wear anything that you will be afraid to get dirty. If any parents or grandparents wish to volunteer their time or materials to help us plant in our garden that would be appreciated. We will be planting with our buddies from 10-11 that morning and are looking for any donations of gloves, plastic shovels, plants, bulbs, packages of vegetables or fruits, small shrubs. Please notify the office of email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you can be of any assistance. Thank You !

Student Council

Today I spoke with the 7th grade about student council, 8th grade privileges and running for house captain next year. If you are interested in running for a Student Council Officer position, please take the form I handed out today. You need to include your name, the position you are running for (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, or Charity Chairperson) and why. You also need a parent signature, Mr. Sorci's signature and the signature of your homeroom teacher. All forms are due to Ms. Criscuolo by Friday May 1st. Campaigning will begin on Monday May 4th and conclude on Wednesday May 13th when speeches will be delivered to the middle school student body and upcoming 6th grade class. If you are going to campaign, there is a $15 maximum spending limit on supplies, and all receipts need to be handed in to Ms. Criscuolo before you can start your campaign on May 4th. 

Monday, April 13th

Welcome Back from Spring Break !

Middle School Science Fair Projects are due on Monday, April 20th. All Science Fair Projects will be displayed in the Cafeteria on Earth Day, Wednesday  April 22nd.

6 Science - Finish answering the analyze and conclude questions from page 127 #1-4 and the design an experiment on loose leaf. The design an experiment, only needs to be written out. You are not actually making or designing another experiment.

7 Socia Studies - Due on Monday, April 20th - James - Samual Slater

                                                                           Hannah - Robert Folton

                                                                           Maria - Harriet Hanson Robinson

                                                                           Christin S - Samual F.B. Morse


Also, page 369 # 7 - Art on consturction paper to be handed in as a project grade.


7 Science - Page 145 Writing in Science

Monday, March 30th

Please join us on Wednesday for living Stations of the Cross at 1 pm presented by our 8th grade students.

Wednesday, 4/1 is a full day of school

Attention all Middle School Students, Please take time during your spring break to work on your Science Fair Projects that will be due shortly after your return from vacation.

7 Social Studies - Use the Internet to research the U.S.S. Constitution. Write a poem or speech, or make a drawing or painting to commemorate one of its victories.

We have just ended Chapter 10 on the War of 1812.... Today, we finished the open book quiz from page 359. Please study for you chapter test, which will be on Wednesday 4/1... The Essential Question on page 361 will be due on Wednesday, 4/1 also. How did the events of the Jefferson Era strengthen the nation?

6 Science - Chapter test tomorrow 3/31

7 Religion - Chapter 12 test on Wednesday 4/1 ..... Page 206 chapter 12 review - counts as a quiz grade

8 Science - All group lesson presentations are due tomorrow. I need a copy of each groups notes, lab activity, quiz and answer key.

Friday, March 27th

8th Grade Students may dress down on Monday, 3/30 in their 8th grade class T-Shirts

7 Science - Complete the lab from page 140, mapping the ocean floor. Make sure your graph is complete with all the points from the data table on page 140 #1-19 are plotted. Once all locations are plotted, you must connect them. Answer #1-5, analyze and conclude on the back on your graph or on a separate sheet of paper. If you would like to do this on the computer you may do so.

Thursday, March 26th

8 Grade students may dress down on Monday, the 30th in their 8th grade class t-shirts that arrived today

7 Religion - page 201 Identify in NB

7 Social Studies - Section 3 Key words (All) in NB page 352

7 Science - Extra Credit on science test from today - Why do we rarely ever hear thunder in the winter months?

6 Science - Today we finished chapter 3 on Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles. Your chapter 3 test will be on Tuesday, 3/30

8 Social Studies - If you did not hand in either of your projects today, The Jazz Age or Advancements in Transportation, you will receive a 0 as a project grade if I do not have them by tomorrow. Both of these projects were due last week.

Wednesday, March 25th

Spring Portraits are tomorrow. 8th Grade please remember to come to school tomorrow in school uniform. Please bring your cap and gowns. (leave the tassels at home!) Girls bring your heels or a pair of dress shoes you would like to wear for your group cap and gown shot. You also need to bring  change of clothes to dress down in for your Spring Portraits. You also need to bring in your Panoramic 8th grade cap and gown order form with check payable to BNL in the amount of $15 if you wish to order a 2015 class picture. These order forms were given out last week.

Middle School please make sure you are working on your science fair projects. The science fair will be on Earth Day, April 22nd. All projects and lab reports are due in April 20th

7 Science - Chapter 3 Test tomorrow 3/26

Friday, March 20th

Middle School Science - All current events are due on Tuesday, 3/24

7 Science - Chapter 3 Test on Thursday 3/26... All group water zone projects are due on Tuesday 3/24..

Thursday, March 19th

All Middle School Science Fair Topic Sheets are Due tomorrow, Friday 3/20

6 Science - Page 105 #1-3 Analyzing Data in NB

7 Science - Ocean Zone Group Projects are due on Tuesday 3/24

Wednesday, March 18th

Middle School - All Science Fair topic sheets are due on Friday 3/20

7 Social Studies - Your Chapter 10 presentations are due in Tuesday, 3/24

Patsy - John Marshall

Larry - Meriwether Lewis

Mike - William Clark

Christina - Sacagawea

Christian B - Oliver Hazard Perry

Tristan - Chief Tecumseh

Green Dress Down Day

Due to a change in schedule, the dress down that was originally scheduled for Friday 3/20 will now be held on Tuesday 3/17.

Friday, March 13th

Reminder to all Middle School Students - Science fair topic sheets signed by student, parent and teacher are due on Friday 3/20...

7 Social Studies - Essential Essay question for you chapter test is due on Monday 3/16. Your chapter test will be on Wednesday 3/18.

6, 7 & 8th Science - Current events for the month of March will be due on Tuesday 3/24

7 Religion - Your Saint presentations/reports were due on 3/6. Due to the snow days and a week of Terra Nova Testing, I did not get the chance to collect all of them. They must be handed in on Monday 3/16. Your chapter 11 test will be on Tuesday 3/17

Spring Portraits & 8th Grade Grad Photos

Forms went home today for the upcoming Spring Portraits and Graduation photos. Please do not lose the 8th grade portrait order form.

Monday, March 9th - Friday, March 13th

Terra Nova Testing Week - No Homework and No Tests this week... Please make sure to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy breakfast and to get to school on time this week !

7 Social Studies - test will be rescheduled for next week

Wednesday, March 4th

7 Social Studies - Chapter 9 Test on Monday 3/9.... Essential question on page 334 due on Friday, 3/6  --- Response should be typed. Counts as part of test.

7 Science - Surface Zone - Christina, Larry, Christian S, Ashley, Christian B, Patsy

                    Transition Zone - Tristan, Hannah, Connor, Maria, Ava, Julia

                     Deep Zone - Juliana, Ryan, Page, James, Robert, Mike

Tuesday, March 3rd

Reminder - Next week starts Terra Nova Testing - Remember to get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast and bring your #2 pencils to school everyday next week. 3/9-3/13

7 Religion - Chapter 11 Test on Thursday 3/5 - Saint Presentations due on Friday, 3/6.. Also, finish page 194 #1-10 open book test that was started in class today

7 Social Studies - Imagine you are a newspaper editor in 1798. write an editorial in favor of, or opposed to, the Alien and Sedition Acts.

6 Science - Writing in Science page 92 - Create  wanted poster for a Lamprey. Present the Lamprey as a criminal of the ocean. Include the lamprey's physical characteristics, feeding habits, and any other details that will allow people to track down this fish. This will count as a project grade, so please decorate neatly.

8 Social Studies - All papers needed for Leadership class need to be handed into me no later than Friday 3/6

All Science Fair Topics need to be handed in no later than March 20th - All topics need to be written on the form given out in class last week

Monday, March 2nd

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss !!

7 Religion - Saint presentations will be due on Friday, March 6th

8 Social Studies - 1920s projects are due on Monday, March 9th

Thursday, February 26th

7 Religion - Scripture on page 187 - Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 .... What is the most comforting to you in this passage? Most challenging?

7 Science - Graphs and charts on high and low tides due tomorrow. Choose 3 beaches along the East Coast. Make two tables listing the high tide times and low tide times for the 3 locations for a period of 1 week. Take the information you researched and make a high tide graph and a low tide graph. Each graph must have the following included: Label both axis points - vertical axis and horizontal axis for one full week dating back from 2/26, a key distinguishing the 3 different locations researched and a heading. Once the information is graphed for all three locations, compare and contrast what you see in relationship with the times of both high tides and low tides in all locations? What do you notice? Are they related in anyway?

Wednesday, February 25th

7 Social Studies - Due on Monday March 2nd, Robert - George Washington, Connor - Charles Thomson, Juliana - Thomas Jefferson, Julia - Henry Knox, Page - Alexander Hamilton, Ashley - Chief Little Turtle, Hannah - Thomas Pickney, and Ava - Benjamin Banneler

8 Science - Final Copy of today's lab Stopping on a Dime pages 28 and 29. Analyze and conclude as part of your analysis.

Tuesday, February 24th

8 Science - Chapter 2 Test on Thursday 2/26, finish the chapter open book test for homework - page 31 #1-18 on loose leaf, answers only

7 Social Studies - Chapter test tomorrow, 2/25

6 Science - The chapter test schedued for today has been postponed to Thursday 2/27, due to the visit from Mater Dei Prep and no science classes on Wednesdays

Monday, February 23rd

8 Science - page 27 - Math Practice #4 & 5 in notebooks on Acceleration

8 Social Studies - Chapter 24 test on Monday 3/2. Essential essay question, page 771 due on Monday 3/2 as part of test grade. Please answer the following question and type your response - How did the American society change during the 1920s?

Page 770 #1-19, 21, 23 & 25 in notebook due on Wednesday 2/25.

All leadership letters are due no later than Tuesday 2/24

Next project, due on Wednesday 3/4 .....

1. Choose  person who was popular during the 1920s

2. Design a visual on his or her life and work

3. Use styles and themes from this era in your visual


7 Science - Chapter test tomorrow 2/24

7 Social Studies- Chapter test on Wednesday 2/25, essential question due tomorrow 2/24

Science Fair

Our Annual Science Fair will be on Wednesday April 22nd - Time TBA. Please see attached information sheets below for more details.

Science Fair

Science Fair Grading Rubric

Science Fair Topic Form

Scientific Method Steps

Middle School Electives

Third Trimester Electives

Dance - Offers excellence in training and in character. This elective puts Jesus first in every aspect of the dance.

Yearbook - The yearbook elective will be responsible for producing the annual MTRS yearbook. Students will have the opportunity to study basic photography, the interview process, layout and design, and distribution.

Advertising and Marketing - Students will have an overview of advertising and marketing, studying some successful and not so successful advertising campaigns. We will then use what we have learned to create a marketing plan and materials for MTRS. A perfect opportunity to learn more about the exciting world of advertising and show our school pride!

Book Club - Book clubs have come back as a popular way to allow readers to discuss books in an informal setting. Students can enjoy the same kind of community-building experience by meeting with friends to choose, read, and discuss books together.


Please return sign up sheets no later than Tuesday 2/24 to Mrs. Hale

Thursday, February 18th

6 Science - Chapter 2 test on Tuesday 2/24.. Also, page 69 #2-3 on loose leaf. # 1 should have been done in class already.. Also, don't forget that your current events for the month of February are due on Monday, 2/23

7 Science - page 89-90 #1-18 on loose leaf, Chapter 2 open book test due tomorrow. Chapter 2 Test will be on Tuesday 2/24... Also don't forget that your current events for the month of February are due on Monday, 2/23

7 Religion - Keep thinking about which Saint you would like to learn more about and possibly choose for you Confirmation next year. Next week we will be working on this and gathering more information. Remember we are now in the season of Lent - Prayer more and do more !

7 Social Studies - Chapter 8 Test on Wednesday 2/25. Essential Essay from page 259 is due on Tuesday, 2/24 as part of your chapter test. The essay must be typed ! How did Americans create a strong national government that respected both the rights of states and the rights of individuals? Also, chapter 8 review is due tomorrow 2/20 - page 258 #1-20, 21, 23, 25 & 26 all done in notebooks

MTRS Supports #Save the Seraphs

MTRS supports #Save the Seraphs

Thursday, February 12th

6 Science - Illustration of your insect's complete or gradual metamorphosis along with brief explanations of each stage.

7 Religion - Chapter 10 test on Tuesday, 2/17. Also, please have St. names by Tuesday

Wednesday, Februry 11th

7 Science - Final copy of today's lab, WIll the pollution reach your wells?

Valentine’s Day Pretzel Sale

The 8th grade will be selling chocolate covered pretzels during lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Pretzels will be sent home on Friday 2/13. Proceeds will go to the 8th grade class. Tell that special someone you care by surprising them with a Valentine Pretzel !

Valentine’s Day Dance

Happy Valentine's Day !!! Our middle school students will be having a dance on Thursday, 2/12 from 5-7:30.. Student's will need a permission slip in order to stay at the dance. Permission slips can be found on the MTRS web page on the left side column. Pizza, drinks and flowers will be for sale.

Monday, February 9th

6 Science - page 45 section review in NB

7 Science - page 65 #1-3 on loose leaf

7 Religion - page 174 go to source..... Find out more about who Jesus called to follow him and who came to him through the encouragement of a friend, in these passages: John 1:43-51, Luke 8:1-3 and Mark 1:16-20

Thank You

I would like to thank all the students and parents in the 7th and 8th grade for helping to make International Food Day such a success! The food was delicious.

Friday,February 6th

7 Social Studies - For 3 points added onto your next chapter test, find out the origin of the Republican Parties - Elephant and Democratic Parties - Donkey logos. Due on Monday, 2/9

Congrats !!

Congratulations to our girls varsity basketball team who beat St. Benedicts' last night 18-14. It was our 8th grade girls last home game and we were excited for the W !

Thursday, February 5th

8 Science - How Fast and How Far lab due tomorrow. Final Copy

7 Science - Current events due for the entire class on Monday, February 23rd

Tuesday, Februry 3rd

7 Religion - Chapter 9 Test on Thursday 2/5

7 Social Studies - Presentations due on Monday 2/9

Tristan - John Dickenson

Maria - Edmund Randolph

Ryan - James Madison

Christian B - James Wilson

Christina - Roger Sherman

Michael - William Patterson

Patsy - Mercy Otis Warren

Larry  Alexander Hamilton

Christian S - George Mason

6 Science - Your chapter 1 test is postponed to Thursday 2/5 due to the delayed opening this morning and shortened class periods

Monday, February 2nd

Attention 7th & 8th grade students - please remember to bring in all food and supplies that you need tor International Food Day which has been rescheduled to this Wednesday the 4th. All Trifolds and reports need to be done and handed in no later than tomorrow, Tuesday, 2/3

6 Science - Chapter 1 Test will be on Tuesday, 2/3. Also, current events for the month of February will be due on Monday 2/23

8 Science - go to web code cgb-3000, and read more about biochemical engineering and carreers in this field. Write about a specific career that interests you in your notebook and tell me about it.

7 Religion - page 161 - List and Design due on Wednesday 2/4.... Design a poster or board with the headline, "His Name is...." Cut out graphic symbols to write each name on it, such as a crown with the title "King of Kings" written on it, or a scroll with the title, "Messiah" on it to show that Jesus was the one who came to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies. This will count as a project grade, so be creative.

Attention 8th Grade Students

Catholic Daughters of the Americas National Scholarship

You must be Catholic. You May be male or female. You do not have to  have a relative who is a CDA member. You must be attending a Public or Private (not home setting) High School in the Fall. An essay of approximately - 250-300 words typed and double spaced entitled, Just Be a Blessing. What Virtues and qualities will I need during high school to be a blessing to others? All entries must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2015 and mailed to Letty Calvetti, National Chairman of Youth/JCDA Indiana PA 15701

Wednesday, January 28th

7 Science - chapter 1 test will be on Thursday 1/29

8th Grade Pin Ceremony

The 8th Grade Pin Ceremony has been postponed to Friday 2/6

International Food Day

International Food Day has been postponed to Wednesday 2/4

Friday, January 23rd

7 & 8 Social Studies - International Food day is on Wednesday 1/28. Please remember to bring in your dishes on that day. All foods need to be prepared / cooked at home. Any foods that need to be heated up or chilled can be done here at school, but everything needs to be fully cooked.

7 Science - Chapter 1 test will be on Wednesday 1/28

Thursday, January 22nd

6 Science - Chapter 1 test on Tuesday 1/27. Also, if you did not finish your open book test today in class please finish tonight and hand in tomorrow pages 35-36 #1-16 on loose leaf

Book Fair

Next Tuesday, the 27th all classes will be able to attend the book fair during their library period. You can also preview some of the book titles by visiting the following web site

Catholic Schools Week

MTRS will be kicking off Catholic Schools Week with Mass on Sunday, January 25th at 11 am at Holy Family Church in Union Beach. Holy Family is one of our Sponsoring Parishes and it is important for our school to be represented. All students are asked to attend wearing their school uniforms.

Wednesday, January 21st

7 Science - Page 39 Writing in Science on Loose Leaf.

Thursday, January 15th

6 Science - Finish page 25 You Decide on loose leaf

7 Social Studies - Chapter test and essential question due tomorrow 1/16

8 Science - Chapter 4 test tomorrow 1/16. Also, if you did not finish the open book test that is due tomorrow. page 149-150 #1-16 on loose leaf.

Wednesday, January 14th

7 Social Studies - Chapter 7 test on Friday... Essential question on page 231 needs to be typed and handed in on Friday as part of your take home part of the test. How was it possible that American Patriots gained their independence from the powerful British Empire?

7 Religion - Chapter 8  test tomorrow

8 Science - Chapter 4 Test on Friday

7 & 8 Social Studies - Do not forget to bring in your trifold for your International Day Project no later than Tuesday 1/20

Tuesday, January 13th

7 Religion - CHapter 8 Test on Thursday 1/15. You will need to know the Beatitudes also.

7 & 8 Social Studies - You must bring in your trifold by Tuesday 1/20 the latest to start working on your International Food Day Presentation

7 Social Studies - Chapter 7 test on Friday, 1/16.... Also, page 228 # 8 is for homework tonight and due tomorrow 1/14. If you did not finish page 229 #1-10 in class today it is for homework and does count as a quiz grade

8 Science - Chapter 4 test on Friday 1/16.. Finish open book test, page 149-150 #1-16 on loose leaf

Wednesday, January 7th

7 Science - Final copy of today's lab on Surface Tension and water properties. Also, finish the product label and summary on Earth's precious water resource. This counts as a lab grade

Tuesday, January 6th

7 Religion - Wisdom WKS

7 Social Studies - # 9 in notebooks pag 219

8 Science - Egg Drop Lab due tomorrow 1/7

Monday, January 5th

Happy New Year and Welcome Back !!


6 Science - Current events will be due this Thursday 1/8...Also, tonight please go to, web code ceb-2000.... read more on careers in Biology including Wildlife Biology and Zoology... What career do you find most interesting and why? What is involved in this carrier?

8 Science - Today you were given your handout / lab for tomorrow's egg drop. Do not lose the lab sheet as you and your partners will finish it tomorrow after conducting the lab an handing it in for a lab grade. You also must attach a sketch of your to models. Tonight for homework you need to complete the Online quiz on matter. Follow the directions and visit the website given to answer questions 1-14. This is due tomorrow and will count as a quiz grade.

7 Science - Moon Online quiz. Please follow the directions and visit the web site given and answer questions 1-13. This is due tomorrow and counts as a quiz grade

8 Social Studies - Catholic Schools week is approaching and begins at the end of the month. As in years past, during this week our 8th grade students have always prepared a main dish, dessert or both from a country of their chose for International Food Day, which will be on Wednesday 1/28...In class we will be working on our country presentation, so each student will need to bring in a trifold board to display information about their country on for the school to see. We will be discussing in class, foods to bring in, but I am asking that parents e-mail me to verify that they will be able to make the dish to coincide with your child's country. This project, which includes the trifold presentation and the food dish will count as a project grade in Social Studies and is a requirement for class. Food can be brought in and stored as early as Monday 1/26..

7 Social Studies - I am offering as extra credit in Social Studies class the opportunity to participate in International Food Day with the 8th grade. If you would like to participate and receive extra points in class, you must also complete the above assignment and a parent/guardian must notify me to verify the food that you will be bringing in that will coincide with your Country. I need to know by Monday 1/12 if you are going to participate and if you are participating I will need to know by 1/21 what your dish will be.

Wednesday, December 17th

7 Science - Go to web code cfb-3000, Read more about Marine Science. Choose the link for careers in this field and read about. summarize in NB. Do any of these careers interest you? why or why not?

7 Social Studies - The following students have been assigned the following Historical Figures to present a report on on Monday, Janaury 5t

John Singleton Copley - Christina

Thomas Paine - Patsy

John Burgoyne - Larry

Benedict Arnold - Christian S

Joseph Brant - Ryan

General Horatio Gates - Tristan

Marquis de Lafayette - Robert

Colonel John Brooks - Julianna

George Rogers Clark - Ava

John Paul Jones - Julia

Henry Hamilton - James

General Bernardo de Galvez - Christian B

Todeusz Kosciuszko - Ashley

Lt. Colonel Barry Leger - Page

Tuesday, December 16th

7 Religion - Do Well Worksheet... Chapter 7 test on Friday 12/19. Also, your Respect Life essay/poster/video contest entry is due on Friday 12/19

Monday, December 15th

6 Science - Chapter 5 test on Thursday, 5/18. Also, if you did not finish the chapter 5 open book test today, page 165-166 #1-15 on loose leaf, answers only is due tomorrow 12/16

8 Social Studies - Use the Internet to researh women's work during and after the war. Write a brief report explaining how women's work changed during this time. Due on Wednesday 12/17

Friday, December 12th

7 Science - Chpter 4 Test on Wednesday 12/17. Also, Constellation projects / reports are due on Monday 12/15. If you did not finish today's open book test for chapter 4 in class today, that is also for homework and due on Monday. Page 155-156 #1-20 on loose leaf. #1-10 answers only and #11-20 in complete sentences.

Thursday, December 11th

7 Science - Constellation projects / reports due on Monday.. Also, go to, web code scn-0645 and view / read / watch 3 links or our expanding universe. The only thing you need to write down are the name of the links you read and/or watched. Be prepared to discuss tomorrow.

8 Science - All Egg Drop projects need to be complete by tomorrow and ready for dropping on Monday.

8 Social Studies - We will be discussing in more detail tomorrow your leadership papers and ideas with your committees, please make sure to hand in all paperwork to me by tomorrow morning. 

Tuesday, December 9th

7 Religion - Unit review - pages 127-129. Please rip out the pages, answer all questions and staple. This is due on Thursday and will count as a test grade.

7 Social Studies - Chapter test on Thursday, along with the essential question essay from page 191

8 Science - Please have all materials for your groups egg drop no later than Thursday, 11th 

8th Class Trip

Our trip into NYC was postponed today due to the inclement weather. We will reschedule and let everyone know the new date once it is decided upon. 

Friday, December 5th

7 Social Studeis - Chapter 6 Test on Thursday, 12/11...Also, the essential essay question is due on Thursday 12/11 typed as part of you chapter test. If you did not finish the review today in class, please finish for homework so we cn go over on Wednesday. page 189 #1-10 on loose leaf, answers only - this will count as a quiz grade. page 190 #1-24 and #30-32 in NB 

Thursday, December 4th

7 Religion - During the Holiday season, if you could give a gift to anyone what would it be and why? Respond in your notebook. Gifts do not need to be tangible ones.

6 Science - Finish lesson 1 wks on Darwins Theory 

8 Science - Find atleast 5 items in your home that are made from metals or alloys. Look for cooking utensils, tools, toys, sports equipment, appliances, and other household items that are made with these materials. Record them in your notebook and explain the properties of the metals or alloys and how they relate to the uses of the objects.

Class Trip

Attention 8th grade - Permission slips and money for Tuesday, December 9th class trip are due on the 4th.

Monday, December 1st

6th Science - page 138 - How Do Living things Vary? Finish the final copy of today's lab. You may type it at home or write it neatly on loose leaf. The Think it Over question is also part of you analysis, along with your chart. Make sure to answer your conclusion question.

8th Science - page 118 - What did you Make? Fish the final copy of today's lab. You may type it at home or write it neatly on loose leaf. The think it Over question is also part of your analysis, along with the chart you made comparing the two substances. Make sure to answer your conclusion.

7 Social Studies - page 166 # 9 on loose leaf.

Also, Tuesday's presentations 12/9 are - Ashley - John Adams, Juliana - Crispus Attucks, Page - General Thomas Gage, and Christian B - Samual Adams

7 Religion - Chpter 6 Test on Thursday 12/4

6th Science - Current Events

On Monday, December 1, all students in the 6th grade need to hand in a current event. This article summary should be at least 1 full page in length and related to a topic in Science.  If you are reading an article please bring in a copy / print out of the article with your summary. If you choose to watch a science related video please write out the name of the station it was on and the name of the program.

8th grade class trip to NYC

Permission slips were given out today in class for your 8th grade trip to NYC on 12/9. Please bring back your signed permission slip and money by Thursday, 12/4

Wednesday, November 19th

7 Science - Planet projects - model and written part are due on Monday 11/24. You will be presenting your projects to the class on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

7 Social Studies - Chapter 5 test on Friday 11/21, Also the essential question found on page 151 needs to be typed and handed in on Friday also as part of the take home/essay portion of your test. What traditions, events and forces helped form an American identity?

Also, if you did not finish the chapter review today, please finish for homework in your notebooks. page 150 #1-16 vocabulary (choose 8 to define) #21-27, #31, 33 and 35.

Science 6 - Chapter test will be on Monday, 11/24 on the 3 section on Modern Genetics. Use the notes I posted online to help you study

Tuesday, November 18th

7 Social Studies - Chief Pontiac - Connor, George Washington - Ava, General Edward Braddock - Christina, William Pitt - Mary and James Wolfe - James. Your presentations will be on Monday 12/1

Chapter 5 test on Friday 11/21 Also, tonight for homwork please do #8 on page 148 on construction or computer paper. Imagine you are at the meeting in Albany. Create a poster urging colonial unity.

6 Science - page 131, weigh the impact # 2 & 3...... Research the situtations you listed in class from question 1 to find out if DNA analysis is or can be used in each. Than choose one application of DNA analysis and write one or two paragraphs to explain when the application can be used.

Monday, November 17th

6 Science - Finish today's lab - Guilty or Innocent on page 129. Answer the analyze and conclude questions #1-3. Great job today doing your first lab !! Make sure to follow the scientific method steps

8 Science - Quiz on Section 4 & 5 on Friday 11/21

Also, due tomorrow 11/18 go to web code SCN-1135.. Go to the first link titled - Nuclear Fusion is the Perfect Energy Source. Read the 3-4 page article on the CNN website and answer the following in your notebook - Can Fusion Fuel our Future? Explain in detail based on the information given in the article.  You will also need to go to the link titled, Nuclear Fusion in the Sun. This is a 4 minute video on Nuclear Fusion that you need to watch.

Also, due on Wednesday 11/19 page 113-114 #1-10 on loose leaf. This will count as a test grade for this chapter.

7 Religion - Chapter 5 test on Thursday

Tonight, read and discuss about one of the many miracles that Jesus performed, aside from the ones discussed about todays in class.

Also, The Diocesan Respect Life Contest is approaching. Please start thinking about this years theme and what you would like to create. Everyone is expected to participate for a Religion grade. This years theme is, "Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God's Creation." You maybe draw a picture no larger than 20x30 and no smaller than letter paper. Drawings should be done in free hand; do not paste pictures or computer-generated images. The essay should be no more than 500 words and should be typed. Videos may be submitted on DVD and should be no longer than 5 minutes running time. This is due to me by Friday, 12/19


2nd trimester electives

Dance - Offers excellence in training and in character. This elective puts Jesus first in every aspect of the dance.

Yearbook - The yearbook elective will be responsible for producing the annual MTRS yearbook. Students will have the opportunity to study basic photography, the interview process, layout and design, and distribution.

Debate - the debate club is a great place for students to explore the art of organized arguing. student will enjoy discussing current  issues  and if they do not already have a strong voice and good presentation sills, they will learn these abilities in a fun, safe club environment.

Book Club - Book Clubs have come back as a popular way to allow readers to discuss books in an informal setting. students can enjoy the same kind of immunity-building experience by meeting with friends to choose, read, and discuss books together.

Bible Challenge - Work with Rev William Lago to prepare for the Bible Challenge Competition sponsored by St. John Vianney High school. students will enjoy engaging and exciting and interactive challenges that will put their Bible skills to the test.

6th Science Notes Chapter 4

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3 

Reach Higher