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Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  It is amazing what an extra day of rest and/or recreation can do for us.

Just a reminder that each middle school student should be keeping a religion journal.  6th graders turn in their journals every Friday; 7th and 8th graders turn them in every other Friday.  Although the journals are only worth 5 points each time, over the course of a quarter they end up having a HUGE impact on a students grade (for better or worse).  Parents, please remind your students to keep writing in their journals daily and turning them in on time.  They should only take a few minutes each day.

Here is this week’s update for each class…

6th Grade is just beginning the story of creation, after a few chapters that introduced the Bible as a whole.  I am planning to use a video series called “Encounter,” by Catholic scholar Mark Hart, to wrap up each unit of Old Testament history.  This week we will watch the segment that covers “Introduction to OT History.”  The videos are amusing and quick-moving, but also informative.  Reminder: 6th Grade journals are due on Friday

7th Grade will launch into a study of the lives of the 4 Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and the particular emphasis of each of their Gospels.  Congratulations to the 7th grade class; last week they finished a project that was started by last year’s 8th graders – a huge paper mache Rosary that will be used for the all-school Living Rosary in October.  We started watching the 1941 version of “Angels in the Outfield” last week while working on the paper mache project, so we’ll finish watching the movie this week – just for fun!  Reminder: 7th Grade journals are due this Friday.

8th Grade will be studying various “models” of the Church in the world, throughout history and in modern times.  This means a study of various ways to look at the Church and its roles in society.  We will also cover the origins of the Church and the strength given to it by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon it at Pentecost.