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Eighth Grade    

Welcome to 2017-2018 school year for eighth grade!

It is going to be a very busy and exciting year.

I look forward to working with many of you again and meeting all of you who are joining us this year. I know this will be a great year with so much to do as we prepare the 8th grade for high school. Our goal is to prepare students academically for high school and spiritually for life.

Eighth grade is very busy and will go by extremely fast so we need to jump right in and begin. We will be working our way to Knighthood through our Virtue Formation Program, which many of the students experienced last year. This year any new students will create his or her own shield and move through the castle to achieve Knighthood. Our goal is that each of you will become Knights of Notre Dame Court. Sr. Maria, O.P., is teaching religion again this year. She will also be preparing the students for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Mrs. Donahue will be teaching social studies, Sr. Maris Stella, O.P., will be teaching science and math, and I will be teaching English, literature, and spelling.

We have our trip to Washington, D.C., in April, and it will be here before you know it! I look forward to a great year working with all of you!

Please let me know if there is any way I can help you to get ready for this year. God Bless all of you.


Mrs. Casagrande

Knighthood Virtue Program

The sixth - eighth grades participate in the Knighthood virtue program. This program is based on the virtues and qualities of the medieval knights and ladies and how we can transfer similar virtues into our own daily life. The students design their own personal shield to represent their qualities and the virtues they desire in their lives. Over the course of the year, the watch their shields move up the classroom castle bulletin board as they display consistent effort in working on the virtues. Each student has a knighthood folder with a virtue checklist. This list is filled out by the teacher at least every two weeks and is sent home for the parents to sign. There is room for both student and teacher comments in the virtue folder. In seventh grade, the students have the opportunity to become pages or squires depending upon their growth in virtue. Knighthood is reserved to the eighth graders. Throughout the year, eighth graders are knighted individually as they meet their Dominican Court goals. Knighthood Ceremonies occur at the end of an All-School Mass.