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St. Justin Martyr School
PASSING THE TORCH OF CATHOLIC LEARNING, LEADING, AND SERVING
TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 8TH GRADE

7th Grade

Hello St. Justin Martyr families,

My name is Mr. Frank Karczewski (Car-Chess-Ski) and I will be teaching Middle School Language Arts this year. I cannot express enough how excited I am for this opportunity to get to know you and be a part of this special Catholic school family.

I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, where I have been educated in Catholic and public schools. I graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a degree in History. I have since matriculated to the University of Notre Dame and am working in a M.Ed program sponsored by the Alliance of Catholic Education (ACE). I have worked with Middle School since I was 18 years old. I firmly believe the middle school years are some of the most formative years for children, and I hope to help the students prepare to be excellent students, citizens, and followers of Christ.

This year’s course will cover a wide variety of topics. We will improve our grammar, writing, and reading comprehension, while learning to understand our place in the world as Christians and as individuals. I believe that we have some exciting books and lessons that will keep the children engaged and excited about learning.

I hope to work closely with parents as we work to educate these children. I love to be contacted regularly and want to have a strong bond with all families. Please email me at mr.karczewski@sjm-k8.com.  I will respond within 24 hours.

If you feel strongly about certain ways to communicate with your child, or any other way I can help bring out the best in your child, please let me know.  In the space below, please leave comments you think I should know!

I want to make sure it is clear that I am an asset to your child’s education. I understand not all children are the same and I want to make education as accessible as possible for all.

 

Middle School English

Hello! Middle school English Language Arts is a crucial time for students to develop their critical thinking, organization, and written and oral expression.  Students will utilize technology tools on their iPads or chromebooks as well as old fashioned paper and pens to develop these skills for the 21st century.  Students will be expected to manage their own learning across two mediums – the digital and the tactile – with the guidance and direction of their teacher. This year, we aim to further explore the blended learning environment – a learning space where the specific skills students need to improve upon are identified through assessment and drive the curriculum. I appreciate your support during this process, and I welcome your feedback!

Curriculum:

Grades 5 through 8 will be studying grammar and composition, with added rigor increasingly per grade.  Students will produce writing pieces including narrative, expository, informative, and persuasive writing. In 5th grade, we will focus on making a smooth transition into middle school  and building toward smooth, structured paragraphs with complete sentences. 6th graders will focus on tightening up the structured paragraph and moving toward writing short essays answering narrative and persuasive prompts. 7th graders will review the structured paragraph and will move into 3 and 5 paragraph essays. 8th grade will write 5 paragraph essays and will focus on presentation skills.

My game-plan for teaching writing is heavily process-based, so there will be a good deal of writer’s workshop and editing amongst peers. Rather than many long-term assessments, we will be assessing students at places all along the writing process. I am also very eager to explore new ways of seeing how students are mastering the subject matter, especially as new technology continues to improve and increase. I’m sure that we can create an encouraging and collaborative environment for each student to grow from the beginning of the year.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, or if you have ideas on how I can help your son/daughter best succeed.  My email address is mr.karczewski@sjm-k8.com and my cell phone number is 574-344-6510  Email is the best way to reach me, and I will do my best to answer promptly.  I am excited to work with you and your child in English this year!