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Important High School Information 3.23.2020

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5th- 8th Grade Zoom Schedule


 Monday/ Wednesday:                                       Tuesday/ Thursday:

Mrs. Cadet:                                                      Ms. Gabb

5-1 ELA: 9:00- 9:30                                         5-1 SCIENCE: 9:00- 9:30

5-2 ELA: 9:30-10:00                                        5-2 SCIENCE: 9:30- 10:00

8-1 ELA:10:00- 10:30                                      6-1 SCIENCE: 10:00-10:30

8-2 ELA: 10:30- 11:00                                     6-2 SCIENCE: 10:30- 11:00


Mrs. Goohs:                                                    Ms. Benkert: 

6th Grade ELA: 11:30- 12:00                      7-1 & 7-2 SCIENCE: 9:00- 10:00

7th Grade ELA: 12:30-1:00


Ms. Solano:                                                    Mr. Duffy:

7th Grade MATH: 11:30-12:00                  7-1 SOCIAL STUDIES: 1:00- 1:30

6th Grade MATH: 12:30- 1:00                   7-2 SOCIAL STUDIES: 1:30-2:00


Mr. Cartselos:                                                Ms. Benkert & Mr. Duffy:

5-1 MATH: 10:00-10:30                      8th Grade Science and Social Studies

5-2 MATH: 10:30- 11:00                                     10:15- 11:15

8-1 MATH: 1:00- 1:30

8-2 MATH: 1:30- 2:00                                    Ms. Legg

                                                                  5-1 SOCIAL STUDIES: 1:00- 1:30

                                                                  5-2 SOCIAL STUDIES: 1:30- 2:00

                                                                  6-1 SOCIAL STUDIES: 2:00- 2:30

                                                                  6-2 SOCIAL STUDIES: 2:30- 3:00

Online Classes:

My Class hours will be from 9-3. I’ll be available all day to respond. Don’t hesitate to reach out earlier or after I will respond. I understand how tough it is right now. I’ll get back to you as soon as I see the e-mail. Thanks and we can do this together.


We will be setting up zoom in the classrooms starting next week. Each teacher will have their own scheduled class times. 

We will be setting up zoom to have face calls twice a week starting the week of 3/23.
Go to zoom.com and create a free account.
While creating click sign in with google account. (Make sure it’s the school e-mail)

When we have a meeting you’ll need to use my code or my link to get into the face call on zoom.


Here are your class times:

8-1 & 8-2 will meet together with Ms. Benkert and me from 10:15-11:15 every TUESDAY & THURSDAY.

I’ll meet 7-1 every TUESDAY & THURSDAY 1:00-1:30

I’ll meet 7-2 every TUESDAY & THURSDAY 1:40-2:10


Each day you will receive a Do Now question. This will count as your attendance. The Do Now must be completed by 11 am. No Exceptions!

You will be required to reply to TWO different classmates’ posts and voice your opinion on their response. You must agree or disagree with their response and provide evidence to support why you agree or disagree with their post. You have until 3 pm to respond. No Exceptions!

There will be days when notes will be given. A hard copy of the notes will be posted as well as a video of me describing the notes. You will be required to read through the notes and watch the video. Any questions you have on the topic at hand you may e-mail me or post it here. I will respond once I see it.

Lastly, there will be daily assignments in which you will need to complete and submit by 3 pm. No exceptions! If for whatever reason you can’t upload the assignment here you may also e-mail me. However, always try to post the homework here first.

Any other questions don’t hesitate to e-mail me. We are going to make this work during this tough time.

Mr. Duffy


Graduation Information and Dates:

5.19 -(Monday) Graduation Fee ($250) and June’s Tuition Due 

6.17– Junior Prom -Venue: Villa Russo Time: 6:00 – 9:30 pm (Wednesday) *Students will be dismissed at 11 am 

6.19 -School Mass for the Class of 2020 at 9:45 am (Friday)

6.19- Commencement Exercise/Graduation at 3:00 pm (Friday). 

***Senior Trip – T.B.D. *The graduation fee DOES NOT include the cost of the trip. *We will continue to have fundraisers to cut the cost down. 


Link to the New York State Science Exams: Test is taken end of May and the beginning of June. Be sure to check out the old tests. Tests from 2012 on are more common core aligned. I would focus on them.



Week of March 9, 2020

8-1 & 8-2-Social Studies-DUE FRIDAY

  1. What is the bull market?
  2. Describe buying on margin. How did this contribute to the stock market crash?
  3. Who was the president during the stock market crash.
  4. Was the stock market crash preventable? How do you know? Provide examples. 

7-1 & 7-2- DUE FRIDAY

1-2 page writing on the American Revolution. Be sure to include how the war began, all countries involved, the turning point of the war, the treaty which ended the war, territories gained from the war, implications on the world. I want to see more added these topics can help you get started.

Jeopardy- Test tomorrow

Jeopardy (Road to Revolution)


Week of March 2, 2020

8-1 & 8-2-Social Studies-DUE FRIDAY

  1. Research the Jazz age and Harlem Rennasaince 
  2. Be sure to mention at least 4 influential African Americans during these times and summarize their contributions to the time period. (minimum 1 page) 


7-1 & 7-2-Social Studies-DUE FRIDAY

  1. Test next Tuesday
  2. 25 question study guide with separate answer key

a) 5 Multiple Choice Questions

b) 5 True/False Questions 

c) 5 Spiral Review (13 Colonies)

d) 10 Short Answer Questions

8-1 Religion- DUE FRIDAY

What are the Stations of the Cross? Be sure to explain each station in detail.


February 26, 2020

Students will be receiving diploma information and it will be sent home in their folders. We need the final spelling of the child’s name which will appear on their diplomas. Please return ASAP. Friday at the latest!!!!


Week of February 24, 2020

8-1 & 8-2-Social Studies-DUE FRIDAY

  1. Get test signed and returned 
  2. 1-2 page writing on the Roaring ’20s. (write about anything during the period. Be sure to mention buying on margin, bull market and stock market crash) 


7-1 & 7-2- Social Studies-DUE FRIDAY

  1. Worksheet from class.
  2. Get quiz signed and returned 


8-1-Religion-DUE FRIDAY

pages 60-67 (ALL QUESTIONS)


Week of February 10, 2020

REMINDER: Science review club starts Thursday afterschool. If the permission slip is not in by Thursday they WILL NOT be allowed to attend the club. The form was given out three weeks ago. No late forms will be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

8-1 & 8-2- Social Studies- Due TOMORROW 

25 Question Study Guide 

5-multiple choice

5- true/false

5- spiral review (Imperialism-Spanish American War)

10- short answer


7-1 & 7-2- Social Studies:

Study quiz on Thursday on Road to Revolution notes.


Week of February 3, 2020

8-1 & 8-2- Social Studies-DUE FRIDAY

  1. Get quiz signed
  2. Begin project
  3. Critical Thinking Worksheet


7-1 & 7-2- Social Studies- DUE FRIDAY

  1. Quiz sometime next week.
  2. Choose four acts or taxes placed on the colonists by the British. Describe each in detail. (minimum 1 paragraph) Be sure to include how you would react if these acts or taxes were placed on you.


8-1- Religion-DUE FRIDAY

  1. pages 58-59


Week of January 27, 2020

8-1 & 8-2-Social Studies-DUE FRIDAY

  1. Quiz on Thursday (WWI)
  2. Worksheet on US entry into WWI

7-1 & 7-2-Social Studies- DUE FRIDAY

  1. Who fought in the French & Indian War?
  2. Why did the war begin? 
  3. What role did George Washingon play during the beginning of the conflict?
  4. Who won the war and how?
  5. Name three acts placed on the colonists? 
  6. Why were acts being placed on the colonists in the first place?

8-1 Religion- DUE FRIDAY

  1. pages 54-55

Week of January 20, 2020

8-1 & 8-2-Social Studies-

  1. Complete the letter from the trenches to a loved one. Final draft only. (Due THURSDAY for 8-2 & Due WEDNESDAY for 8-1)

      2. Identify the MAIN causes of WWI. Be specific on why each cause was significant. 

      3.  What was the immediate cause of the war? What was that situation comparable with today?

       4. What were the names of the sides fighting? Provide the major countries on each side. (DUE THURSDAY for         both classes)

7-1 & 7-2-Social Studies-DUE THURSDAY

  1. 1-2 page writing on the French and Indian War and different acts or taxes the British put on the colonists. Be sure to include at least 5-7 acts or taxes placed on the colonists. Why would they British tax the colonists so heavily? 


8-1- Religion-Pages 46-47 (DUE THURSDAY)



Jeopardy (13 Colonies)


Week of January 13, 2020

8-1 & 8-2-Social Studies (DUE THURSDAY)

  1. Get test signed and returned
  2. 1-2 page writing assignment on WWI. You should put these but are not limited to just these topics. (Beginning of the war, name of the sides and major countries, major battles, how it ended, etc.)


7-1 & 7-2- Social Studies (DUE WEDNESDAY)

  1. Get quiz signed and returned.
  2. 25 Question study guide with separate answer key. (Started in class on Monday)

5-Multiple choice questions

5- true/false questions

5-spiral review questions (European Exploration) 

10-short answer questions

3. Review pages 94 (1-4 “practice the skill”) (Started in class on Tuesday)

     page 96 (1-10) and page 97 (1-4)

4. The test is on Tuesday, January 21


7th Grade Homework for 1/10/2020 (Due MONDAY)

How did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. influence the world?

Minimum 3 pages. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!!



Jeopardy (Imperialism)


Week of January 6, 2020

8-1 and 8-2 Social Studies- 

Due Wednesday:

25 question study guide with separate answer key

5-multiple choice questions

5-True/False questions

5-Spiral Review questions (Immigration and Progressive Era)

10-Short Answer Questions

Due Thursday:

Review Textbook pages (Will Start in class on Tuesday)

Friday is your test.

7-1 & 7-2 Social Studies-

Due Thursday:

Compare/Contrast: New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies. (T-charts, 3 circle venn diagram, etc.)


Vacation Homework

You are to complete the first 20 multiple choice questions on the 2014 NY State exam.

After you complete the first 20 you are required to go to question 45. Answer questions 45-60.

ALL work is to be checked when you return.



Week of December 16, 2019

8-1 & 8-2 Social Studies-Due Thursday

Bring quizzes back signed

7-1 & 7-2 Social Studies

  1. Textbook pages from class due tomorrow 
  2.  7-1 (71-76)
  3.  7-2 (66-70)
  4. Signed quizzes returned Wednesday-Phone call home if they aren’t signed
  5. New map quiz on Thursday-STUDY!!!!!


Week of December 9, 2019

8-1 & 8-2 Social Studies- Due Thursday

Yellow Journalism worksheet

Quiz on Friday on American Imperialism 

7-1 & &-2 Social Studies-Due Thursday

Worksheet on 13 colonies

Quiz on Friday on the actual 13 colonies and their locations

8-1 Religion-Due Thursday 

Pages 34-43-ALL Questions you see must be answered


Week of December 2, 2019

8-1 & 8-2 Social Studies- Due FRIDAY

  1. What is the difference between imperialism and isolationism? Which countries followed which policy?
  2. 1-2 page writing assignment-research United States imperialism. Be sure to include Spanish-American war, acquisitions of Hawaii and Alaska, and anything else you can find.


7-1 & 7-2 Social Studies- Due FRIDAY

1-2 page writing assignment on the 13 colonies. Be sure to include Jamestown, Plymouth, New England colonies, middle colonies, southern colonies. Make sure you talk about geography of each region, how they lived, etc.

8-1 Religion-Due FRIDAY

1-2 page writing on what you’re thankful for this upcoming year (2020) and what you were thankful for in 2019. Provide examples and things you would change about this year.


Jeopardy review for 8th and 7th grade-Test tomorrow

Jeopardy(Immigration and Progressive era)

Jeopardy(Europeans in America)


Week of November 18, 2019

All Social Studies classes (8-1, 8-2, 7-1, 7-2)

Test on Friday

8th- Immigration and Progressive era

7th- European Colonization 

Jeopaardy on Thursday

Religion- 8-1 (Due Friday)

Compare/Contrast: Judiasm and Catholicism 

minimum 5 details for each


Week of November 11, 2019 (Due Thursday)

8-1 & 8-2Social Studies-create a 25 question with a separate answer key


5 questions- multiple choice

5 questions- true/false

5 questions- spiral review (Reconstruction)

10-short answer questions 

7-1 & 7-2- Social Studies: 25 question study with separate answer key


5 questions: multiple choice

5 questions: true/false

5 questions: a spiral review (earliest civilizations in North and South America)

10 questions: short answer

8-1 Religion: pages 33-43 in the workbook. (Answer ALL questions as you see them)


Week of October 29, 2019 (Due Friday)

8-1 & 8-2- Social Studies– Quiz on Friday (Big Business, Labor unions, immigration, etc)

8-1- Religion– Quiz on the prayer of Saint Francis tomorrow

7-1 & 7-2Social Studies– Quiz on Friday (European explorers and Spain)


Week of October 21, 2019 (Due Friday)

8-1 & 8-2-Social Studies- Review notes on Labor unions, big business etc. A quiz is next week

8-1-Religion-Begin studying and practicing the prayer of St. Francis. Quiz is next week.

  1. Create your own prayer to God. Something that helps you feel connected to him.

7-1 & 7-2-Social Studies– Review notes on European Colonization, Pizarro, Cortez, and the Conquistadors. The quiz is next week. 


Week of October 14, 2019 (ALL WORK IS DUE FRIDAY)

8-1 & 8-2= 1. compare/contrast: Knights of Labor & American Federation of Labor

2. a) Who is John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie? What were they in control of? Provide at least two details for each.

b) Who are Muckrakers? Name two of them and what they were known for.

c) What was the spoils system? Answer in full details.

d) Who is Boss Tweed and what was he known for?

8-1 Religion– Quiz on Thursday


7-1 & 7-2= 1. Compare/contrast two different European explorers 

2. a) Did Christopher Columbus really find America? How do you know?

b) Who was America really named after? 

c) What happened to Ferdinand Magellan? What was his crew known for?


Week of October 7, 2019 (ALL WORK IS DUE ON THURSDAY)

8-1 & 8-2= 1-2 page writing assignment on Progressive era.

Be sure to include: spoils system, muckrakers (upton sinclair-the jungle), oil and steel monopolies, new and old immigrants, labor unions.


7-1 & 7-2= 1-2 page writing assignment on European Colonization. 

Be sure to include: Britain, Spain, France, Netherlands. Mention Columbus, Pizarro and Cortez 

8-1-Religion: 1-2 page writing on why the Earth was created and which opinion do you agree with?

pages 30-31 (All work on a separate piece of paper) 


Week of September September 30, 2019


Jeopardy (Early Civilizations)

8-1 & 8-2= Test on Reconstruction on Friday 

Jeopardy on Thursday

7-1 & 7-2= Test on Friday on Early Civilizations

Jeopardy on Thursday


8-1-Religion-pages 30-31 (Separate sheet of paper)


Week of September 23, 2019

8-1 and 8-2= Writing due on Thursday

Get quiz signed and returned.

Now that you have learned about Reconstruction I want to hear what you thought about this long process. What were some pros and cons of Reconstruction? Which part of Reconstruction meant the most to you? Why? Do you think the Radical Republicans accomplished what they set out to do? Why or why not?

Minimum one page in length. Answer ALL questions. Use details from the text to support your answer.

8-1 Religion-pages 18-19 in “Old Testament” book

Answers must be written in your notebook not in the workbook.


7-1 & 7-2= Due Thursday

Get quiz signed and returned 

Answer the following questions:

  1. What was the name of the block of ice that the earliest Americans walked across?
  2. Name and describe both theories on how the earliest Americans came to North and South America?
  3. Compare/contrast life of women within Iroquois and Algonquin society.
  4. Why do different people have different life styles and traditions? 
  5. Briefly describe ALL seven culture areas we discussed in class.


Week of September 16, 2019

8-1 and 8-2=  Compare/Contrast: Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws (you may use a venn diagram, t-chart, etc)

Due Friday

Quiz on Friday on Reconstruction 


7-1 and 7-2= Compare/Contrast: Any of the seven culture areas from class. Choose three and compare and contrast them. (Far North, Far West, South West, Great Plains, Eastern Woodlands, South East, North West)

Quiz on Friday on Early civilizations in the Americas


Week of September 9, 2019


8-1 and 8-2= 1-2 page write up on Reconstruction.

Be sure to include: Jim Crow laws, Black Codes, Amendments 13-15, Life for freedmen in the south.


7-1 and 7-2= 1-2 page write up on the Earliest Americans in the Americas. 

Be sure to include: Land Bridge Theory, Coastal Route Theory, Life of different Native American Tribes across the entire U.S. (Ex: Northwest, Eastern Woodlands, Great Plains, etc)

Homework for Vacation 8-1 & 8-2

Posted on December 29, 2019

You are to complete the first 20 multiple choice questions on the 2014 NY State exam.

After you complete the first 20 you are required to go to question 45. Answer questions 45-60.

ALL work is to be checked when you return.



Math Homework 8-1

Posted on October 22, 2019

October 22, 2019

Do page from your Math textbook in your noteboook.

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