This quarter, in Religion, we're learning Memory verses mostly about the school theme and the Ten Commandments, about which the pastors will be teaching. We're doing a unit called PLACE, which is an acronym for learning about the personality and abilities with which God has blessed you, the Spiritual Gifts you have from the Holy Spirit, and ideas on how to use them to serve the Lord in the present by aligning them with your passions and reflecting on past experiences. From there, we'll come up with individual mission statements for the school year. 

In Language Arts, we're reading a mystery novel, the Westing Game. The book is initially challenging, as it has quite a cast of characters, but the students are already intrigued by the double-life some characters are leading, the not-quite-empty "deserted" mansion, etc. I have a soft spot for the book myself due to its setting in fictitious "Westingtown," which is based on Milwaukee's North Shore area. I'll be sharing pictures of the Milwaukee lake front with the class, and the movie for the book, called "Get a Clue" (a Hallmark movie from a few years back), was filmed there as well, so we'll have a good investigation of how a director establishes setting. 

In Social Studies, we did a stations activity with maps, brochures, books, and primary sources (such as journals) to refresh our minds about the realities of pioneering on the Western frontier. We're especially focusing on the impact of the railroads and how the move toward industrialization impacted the West, such as the Long Drive. Many of the students are enjoying our discussion of our culture's romantic view of a cowboy's life, as contrasted with the much grimmer reality. My own parents are particularly fond of this period in our nation's history. My dad grew up watching Roy Rogers, and still reads Louis L'amour novels. Some of the first books my mother read to me as a small child were the Little House books, and our family made pilgrimages to the Banks of Plum Creek, Minnesota, and DeSmet, South Dakota, where Laura Ingalls had grown up. I hope you and your family will enjoy talking about what your child is learning during this unit on Opening the West.

8th Grade Home

 Grace Lutheran Jax 8th grade class                                Grace Lutheran Jax 8th grade

Welcome to Mrs. Jaeger's Webpage!

Our theme verse this year is about going Forward in Faith, trusting God for directions along life's path: "...for we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).

This is an extension of last year's emphasis on being Connected to Christ and Connected to Community. Our middle school students connect to Christ as they study and memorize the Scriptures in Religion class and Middle School Bible Study, and as they praise Him during Chapel and Middle School devotions. 

Students connect to the Grace community through our Chapel Buddies program, where older students are paired with four-year-old students for chapel and other buddy-bonding activities. Students build relationships through after-school clubs such as Russian Club and Cooking Club. They learn teamwork through playing on our golf, volleyball, soccer, cross-country, basketball, cheer, and track teams. They build relationships on class trips.

Grace parents connect to our community through cheering on our sports teams together, chaperoning field trips, worshipping at chapel, and more! 

Grace graduates connect to area high schools, arriving 100 percent prepared for the transition to high school. While at Grace, students develop study skills, note-taking skills, writing skills, and a well-rounded academic foundation that will allow them to succeed at the next level at the school of their choosing.

I am cheering for my students and their families along this journey! I am ready and willing to guide students as they learn and grow, clearing roadblocks and soothing sore spirits. I love teaching middle schoolers because they bring energy to the classroom.

As I seek to teach children, I am always mindful that I am praying for the Lord to teach me, too. “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).

May God bless us as we encourage each other to stay Connected while moving Forward in Faith this school year!

                                   8th grade field trip Grace Lutheran Jax

Parent Resources: Below are links to documents that have links to numerous articles on these topics.

Academics

Connecting With Your Teen

Emotional and Social Health

Faith

Media Tips

Physical Development

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Important Information

Below are folders for shared documents for each of my classes.

Language Arts (link to folder)

Social Studies (link to folder)

Religion (link to folder)