8th Grade Mrs. Sekoguchi

Our Class at a Glance (Mrs. Sekoguchi)

Hi! My name is Christina Sekoguchi and I am the 8th-grade homeroom teacher. I also teach 6th – 8th science. I have always taught junior high and I love it!

I have wanted to be a teacher since 3rd grade and have always enjoyed working with children. Shortly after college, I was looking for ways to be closer to God. My prayers were answered when my great-aunt, Sr. Patricia McDonald connected me to Sr. Rita and O.L.G. From there, I was thrilled to be offered a wonderful opportunity to come to St. Johns. I am looking forward to meeting the wonderful students and families of St. Johns and being part of this awesome community!!!

Please feel free to contact me at csekoguchi@mystjohns.org with any questions or concerns throughout the year.

8th grade’s other classes’ Homework

8th Grade Social Studies is taught by Mrs. Kruse.

US History is a two-year curriculum taught in 7th and 8th grade.

In 2018, we are fortunate to have purchased a NEW and current McGraw HIll textbook series for 8th grade, Discovering our Past: A History of the United States. McGraw-Hill Networks™ is a Social Studies Learning System that is a multiple award winning program. It brings the people, issues, and events of yesterday to life for the students of today with the first truly integrated print and digital curriculum for Middle School. This US History text is grounded in solid pedagogy, with a full suite of teaching and learning tools, and it puts our students in the middle of the action with The Story Matters chapter openers, biography features, Step Into Place maps and Step Into Time timelines.

We will also study the Illinois government in depth, in preparation for the mandated IL Constitution test for 8th grade.

This course will cover high school level Algebra, including the following areas:

* Solving equations

* Graphing equations

* Writing equations

* Systems of equations

* Inequalities

* Relations and Functions

* Exponents and Monomials

* Quadratic Equations

This course will introduce Algebra to the students at a pace consistent with the students’ abilities. We will cover the following areas of study to prepare the students to be successful in Algebra.

The main areas of focus will be on:

*Integers and Absolute Value

*Order of Operations

*Distributive Property

*Evaluating Algebraic Expressions

*Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

Course Description

Students will have the opportunity to read various genres and then complete an oral or written project. There will be approximately ten projects throughout the year. Five of the projects will be oral and five will be written. As each book report is assigned, your child will be provided a rubric with the requirements for that book report along with a letter for the parent to sign. The rubrics for each type of book report is also provided on this web page. Students will also have approximately three weeks to one month to complete the projects. I want the students to read books they like, but I would also like to broaden their horizons by having them read books they would not normally read.

8th Grade Reading instruction will provide:
• An opportunity to foster a love of lifelong reading and a mastery of reading skills.
• An environment that supports critical learners, who are prepared for lifelong learning, and who read and write for a variety of purposes.
• The opportunity for direct instruction regarding all aspects of reading: informational texts, literary texts, comprehension strategies, and word identification skills.
• Practice, remediation and extension of the skills used in reading.
• Integrated and interdisciplinary literacy instruction in conjunction with English and content area teachers who support comprehension skills through teaching paraphrasing, summarizing, identifying main idea, vocabulary, and the application of reading strategies.
• Access to technology supporting readers for future literacy needs.
• data-driven instruction

The 8th-grade curriculum focuses on Confirmation Preparation. The students will be provided with and tested on basic Catholic knowledge in conjunction with using the textbook Life in Christ Jesus. The 8th-grade students will complete the second half of Chosen. The 8th-grade students will be also using Theology of the Body and Christ Jesus in the third trimester. In addition to the curriculum, the 8th-grade students will have a Saint Paper to write this year and service hours to complete. Details to follow.

In addition, St. Johns the Evangelist students believe in being of service to others. We are actively involved in service projects and fundraisers in our school, community and globally.

Science Philosophy
State Goals
This course is intended to provide a background of information in science and a foundation for future school science courses. Students receive instruction in the areas of biology, chemistry, and S.T.E.M.
This material is presented and practiced using a variety of learning tools and modalities: labs, demonstrations, hands-on activities, writing, computers applications and outside resources. Audio visual presentations via videos, DVDs and internet sites will be used in presentations. In addition, all students will participate in the Annual Science Fair.
Unit 1: Animal Diversity: Intro to Animals; Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles; Birds and Mammals; and Animal Behavior. Also, Owl Pellet Dissection.
Unit 2: Human Body Systems: Structure and Movement; Nutrients and Digestion; Circulation; and Respiration and Excretion.
Unit 3: S.T.E.M. and Science Fair
Unit 4: Chemistry: Atoms, Elements, and Compounds; States of Matter; Properties and Changes of Matter; and Periodic Table.

The course of study for the grade seven middle school students is a life science curriculum.. The course of study is in accordance with the Core Curriculum Content Standards. The course is designed to focus on the development of a “scientific mind” through student use of scientific strategies. This process will take place within each unit of study via the students hypothesizing, researching, experimenting, observing and inferring. The major units of study for all grade seven middle school students are:
Unit 1: Life Science: Environmental Science; Exploring and Classifying Life; Cells; Cell Reproduction; and Heredity
Unit 2: Human Body Systems: Structure and Movement; Nutrients and Digestion; Circulation; and Resperation and Excretion.
Unit 3: S.T.E.M. and Science Fair
Unit 4: Animal Diversity: Intro to Animals; Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles; Birds and Mammals: Animal Behavior; and Owl Pellet Dissection.

The course of study for the grade six middle school students is a general science curriculum. The course of study is in accordance with the Core Curriculum Content Standards. The course is designed to focus on development of a “scientific mind” through student use of scientific strategies. This process takes place within each unit of study via the students hypothesizing, researching, experimenting, observing and inferring. The major units of study for all grade six middle school students are:
Unit 1: Earth Science: Catastrophic Events
• Sub-unit 1: Storms
• Sub-unit 2: Earthquakes
• Sub-unit 3: Volcanoes
Unit 2: Environmental Earth Science: Weather and Climate
Unit 3: Astronomy: Earth-Moon-Sun System, Solar System, Stars, Galaxies, Universe
Unit 4: Physics: Levers and Pulleys
S.T.E.M. Unit Engineering by Design –Invention Convention

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