Nancy Catanzarite

My name is Nancy Catanzarite.  I'm a veteran teacher, beginning my 18th year of teaching.  I am beyond excited to start my first year at Mishawaka Catholic School teaching 7th & 8th Grade ELA/Reading at the St. Monica campus.  My husband, Pat, and I were married 27 years ago at St. Monica, and 3 of our children were baptized here. We moved to South Bend in 1993, and they grew up at Holy Family School and Marian High School.  Anna (newly-married), Nick, and Patrick are all grown, graduated from college, and living the grown up life now.  Their older sister, Mary, and her husband graced our family with twin boys in October 2014.  We enjoy travelling and being with our huge families--I love cooking Italian food for all of them!  

What we will be doing this year: This class will be using various grade level materials to become even better readers & writers. We will be focusing on the mastery of grammar, writing, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills. We will be covering the Indiana academic state standards.  We will be reading both fiction and non-fiction novels each quarter, as well as completing literature packets that concentrate on understanding literary skills and improving comprehension. The Accelerated Reader program will be utilized this year, too. 

Supplies needed: Students are expected to come prepared for class each day with:

  • Planner
  • Binder
  • Book
  • Reading, Grammar, Writing notebooks
  • Pens, Pencils

Middle School late work policy: Student work should always be turned in on the day it is due. However, unless the student is absent, late work will be handled in this manner:

  • Assignments turned in ONE DAY late will receive the penalty of –20%.
  • Assignments turned in TWO DAYS late will receive the penalty of –50%.
  • After three days, the assignment will be accepted but will receive a ZERO.

Putting forth 100% effort & taking pride in all we do is extremely important to me. Therefore, all work done for me is expected to be your student’s PERSONAL BEST! 

I feel so blessed to be a part of this great Mishawaka Catholic School community, and I’m excited for an awesome year with the fantastic kids at St. Monica.  My expectations are very high for the 7th & 8th graders;  I have no doubt they will strive to surpass them, too! 

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               STUDENTS, LET'S START THIS 3rd QUARTER ON THE RIGHT FOOT!!

  • Write all assignments/tests/quizzes in those planners!
  • Check off each thing as you complete it!
  • Turn in your completed work ON TIME!
  • THIRD QUARTER AR REQUIREMENTS:
    8th graders need 35 AR points
    , and 7th graders need 32.
   

ELA--8P & 8G

Grammar: ADJECTIVES--Comparative & Superlatives

Writing:

Vocabulary Workshop: Unit 9 Vocabulary Activities


READING--8P & 8G

Literature: QUARTER 3 NOVEL: Chasing Lincoln's Killer 

Monday--

Tuesday--

Wednesday--

Thursday-- 

Friday--

 

ELA--7G

Grammar: VERBS

Writing: No new writing this week.

Vocabulary Workshop: Due to the short week, we will not have any new vocabulary. 

Monday:  Grammar, verb packet page 33 & 34--Past, Present, Future Verb Tenses 

Tuesday:  Grammar, verb packet page 35--Progressive Verb Tenses

Wednesday: Vocabulary, pages 47 & 48 (Denotation & Connotation #1-16, #1-8; Challenge #1-3); Grammar, verb packet page 28--transitive & intransitive verbs         

 Thursday Homework: NO SCHOOL TODAY, TOMORROW OR MONDAY

READING--7G

Literature: Across Five Aprils 

Monday--Build background in class--Civil War history, battles, maps  

Tuesday--Begin reading chapter 1 & 2 of Across Five Aprils  in class.  Homework: 

Wednesday--Work on comprehension from chapters 1 & 2  

Thursday--NO SCHOOL TODAY, TOMORROW OR MONDAY

Friday--

 

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