Jennifer Baeder

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 posponed 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 tody in class please finish tonight and hand in tomrrow 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 

Friday, November 14th

7 Science - Bring in materials for your planet project by Monday 11/17. Also, page 123 writing in science. Instead of making a brochure on the telescopes listed, research ad find out somce facts on a specific telescope or observatory and take notes on an index card or in your notebook.

8 Science - Finish the Alien Periodic Table skills lab on pages 106-107. You need to hand in by Monday, the chart you made with the "Alien" Elements listed in the corresponding spots along with #2, 3, and 4 on the Analyze and Conclude.

6 Science - Math Analyzing Data on page 125 # 1-4 in NB on Changing Rice Production.

7 Social Studies - Remember those of you that have oral presentation on historical figures we have discussed in class, presentations start on Monday. You do not need to write a report, please come in with some basic facts on your person, identifying their impact in American History. You may bring in props or dress as the person if you would like too.

Monday 11/17 - Maria - Benjamin Frankin, Juia - George Whitefield, Ryan - John Locke, and Michael - Johnathan Edwards

Monday 11/24 - Robert - John Peter Zenger, Larry - King Charles II, Christian S. - William of Orange, Patsy - Mary of Orange, and Tristan - Edmund Andros

7 Religion - "I Am" statements due on Monday. You need 5 positive statements about yourself. This will count as a project grade so plese do this neatly and not on loose leaf. Chapter 5 test on Thursday.

8th Grade Diploma Name

Please read and fill out the attached sheet and return to me no later than Monday, November 24th.

Diploma Name

7th Science Planet Project

Planet Project  -

Please Bring in all materials to start constructing your planet project in on Monday 11/17

Middle School Grading Rubric

Middle School Grading Rubric 2014-2015


Welcome 2014-2015

The Scientific Method

Please refer to the following as an aide when writing your lab reports - Scientific Method Steps

Jennifer Baeder,  Middle School Science

I am a graduate of King's College, where I received a Bachelor's degree in elementary education. I have been teaching for eleven years within the Diocese of Trenton, teaching 5th and 6th grade Science and Language Arts at St. Agnes School, where I also coached the girl's varsity basketball team. Upon merging, I was hired to teach Middle School Science, which I have been teaching here at Mother Teresa Regional School for the past 10 years along with Religion and Social Studies. I have been continuing my education at Georgian Court University, taking classes in the science field. I am also a certified catechist through the Diocese of Trenton and volunteer my time teaching Religious Education classes for St. Agnes and OLPH Parishes. I am a certified k-8 teacher in the state of New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania.

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