Nancy Catanzarite

Who I am:  My name is Nancy Catanzarite.  I'm a veteran teacher, beginning my 19th year of teaching.  I am beyond excited to start my second year at Mishawaka Catholic School teaching 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade ELA/Reading at the St. Monica campus.  My husband, Pat, and I were married 28 years ago at St. Monica, and 3 of our 4 children were baptized here. All of our kids are grown, graduated from college, and living the adult life now. Our daughters have blessed us with 4-year old twin grandsons and a brand new granddaughter. 

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
  • Pendaflex/Organizer
  • Books
  • 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 6th, 7th & 8th graders; I have no doubt they will strive to surpass them, too! 




MIDDLE SCHOOL SILENT READING

●CLARIFICATION●


Students at the middle school campus are participating in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time every Monday and Tuesday before or after lunch. Teachers/staff do understand that it is normally recess for the kids, and we also know that having DEAR fits best into the school day right there. Kids still have recess Wednesday-Friday every week. Our Monday-Tuesday DEAR is a 20-25 minute period in which each child is given the opportunity to fit in some much-needed time to just READ! Our daily schedules (at school and home) are so packed that it is very difficult to squeeze in a few moments to simply get lost in a book, while improving fluency, understanding, and comprehension at the same time--it is a win-win!


While DEAR is indeed a chance for students to work on meeting their AR goals, this is NOT the sole purpose for doing it. Students are not being punished for either having OR not having their AR points.
Reading should never be considered a punishment, and
 

                    DEAR truly is for every student’s benefit!



REMINDERS FOR HAVING A SUCCESSFUL QUARTER: 

Write all assignments/tests/quizzes in planners!
Check off each item as you complete it!
Turn in your completed work ON TIME!       


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2nd Quarter BEGINS OCTOBER 15 & ENDS DECEMBER 21
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2nd Quarter Accelerated Reader Requirements:
 

*6th Grade must have 25 AR points
*7th Grade must have 30 AR points. 

*8th Grade must have 35 AR points. 

LAST DAY FOR TAKING 2nd QUARTER ACCELERATED READER TESTS:
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20!!
Get started on this quarter's AR points NOW~don't put it off till the end!



 

 


 

 



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