Nancy Catanzarite

Who I am:  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, 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 traveling and being with our huge families!

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! 


Monday, March 19 begins the 4th Quarter!
Students should make it a priority to finish strong and make this quarter a GREAT ONE!

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

4th Quarter Accelerated Reader Requirements:

*7th Grade must have 37 AR points. 
*8th Grade must have 40 AR points. 

Students who do not have at least half of this requirement 
BY MIDTERMS will be required to attend study hall until the entire goal is met. 

There will be no exceptions.


What our classes are working on April 9 ~ 13...

ELA/Reading--8P & 8G

Grammar: Complex Sentences; Independent & Dependent Clauses; Adjective, Adverb, & Noun Clauses  
Grammar Test for this Unit: 8G~Thursday, 4/12; 8P~Tuesday, 4/17

Writing: Character Analysis Essays*

*8P, 8G Writing Project Description

Vocabulary Workshop: Cumulative Review of Words from Units 10, 11, 12

Literature: The Outsiders--Chapter 2, 3, 4


Grammar: Prepositions & Prepositional Phrases; Conjunctions & Interjections
Grammar Test for this Unit: Tuesday, 4/10

Writing: Comparing & Contrasting: Paragraphs comparing Manor Farm & Animal Farm; Human leadership & Animal leadership

Vocabulary Workshop: Cumulative Review of Words from Units 10, 11, 12

Literature: Finishing QUARTER 3 NOVEL: Animal Farm, Chapters 9 & 10
 WRAP-UP/Group Game Day Review Wednesday;


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