8th Grade

2017-2018 School Theme:  A Mighty Fortress is Our God
School Verse: “God is our refuge and strength, a  very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

8th Grade Teacher: Ms. Cicerale (e-mail: cicerale@stjohnsracine.org)


Middle School Language Arts

The language arts curriculum at St. John's is aligned with Common Core standards and strives to teach students the critical thinking and writing skills they will need in high school and beyond.  Students will be immersed in a variety of poetry, short stories, and novels, and they will learn to read, analyze, and respond to texts in written and oral forms.  The elements of grammar, the 8 parts of speech, mechanics, and sentence structure are a part of our grammar curriculum, and students will learn to apply these concepts to their own writing as they prepare for the next level of their education.

The daily assignments for 5th-8th grade Language Arts (English and Reading) are now all posted on Renweb on a weekly basis. Please log in to your Renweb account and check it out! E-mail Ms. C. at cicerale@stjohnsracine.org with any questions you may have or if you need a copy of the latest book report or project description.  If you are looking for extra support or practice for your student, check out the language arts websites below.  


8th Grade Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00-9:45 Confirmation Confirmation 9:00-9:30 - Chapel
9:30-10:00 - Choir
10:00-10:45 - Social Studies
Confirmation 9:00-9:30 - Choir
9:30-9:50- Homeroom
9:50-11:25 Social Studies Science 10:45-11:30 - Language Arts Social Studies Science
11:30-12:15 Language Arts Math 11:30-12:15 - Science Language Arts Math
12:15-1:00 Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess
1:00-1:45 Language Arts Math Math Language Arts Math
1:45-2:10 Academic Worshop Academic Workshop Academic Workshop Academic Workshop Academic Workshop
2:10-2:55 Computers Close Reading Art PE Music
2:55-3:40 Spanish PE STEM Art Spanish

Washington DC

The dates for the 2017-2018 DC trip are Friday, May 4th through Tuesday, May 8th. Highlights from the trip include a stop at the site of the Flight 93 crash, Gettysburg, a tour of Congress, a memorial walk along the Tidal Basin, the WWII memorial, a tour of the National Cathedral, a stop at the Smithsonian museums, and much, much more.  It is an incredible experience for our students, full of lasting memories. The first DC meeting will take place in October, at a date to be determined.  If you might be interested in chaperoning, please let Ms. C. know at that time.


Additional Language Arts Resources on the Web

Reading Grammar Spelling and Vocabulary
MobyMax Grammarly Spelling City
Read Theory Grammar Bytes Vocab Test
Newsela Grammar Gorillas Vocabulary Games