Middle School Language Arts

“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song.” Psalm 100:2

email contact: volpi@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

Updated August 2022

Welcome to our class! My name is Mr. Volpi, and my primary concern is to give your child a quality Language Arts education rooted in Catholic values. In our English classes, we’ll focus on proper grammar, mechanics, and spelling; careful and considered writing and essay composition; and creative, fun media presentations. In Literature, we’ll read a combination of Classical and Modern texts (informational, historical, poetical, argumentative/persuasive, short story, novel and play texts–just to name a few!). We’ll engage in respectful, robust class discussions pertaining to our readings, in addition to doing a variety of assignments and projects!

This year’s (’22-’23) Novel List (subject to change):

6th Grade: Refugee by Alan Gratz, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

7th Grade: Tex by S.E. Hinton, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace, and The Pigman by Paul Zindel

8th Grade: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (on which this year’s 8th Grade Play is based!), and The Diary of Anne Frank (stage production/play adaptation of Frank’s diary) by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Day and Time of Help Sessions:  Help session will meet in the Science Lab on Monday, 2:50-3:30 p.m.  Students not picked up by 3:30 pm will signed into extended care.

Class Rules and Expectations:  Each student is expected to:  1.)  Be punctual to each class meeting.  2.)  Be properly dressed in school uniform; 3.) Have available all class materials (notebook, iPad, blue or black ink pen and/or pencil, etc.); 4.) Participate in class activities (please raise your hand until called on); 5.) Respect one another by being polite, civil and courteous.


Assignments and Assessments:  These are accessed and completed via the Schoology app, which is on your child’s iPad.  Assignment due dates are posted therein.  It is the student’s responsibility to stay abreast of all upcoming assignments and assessments via the calendar.

Grades:  Each assignment is worth a total of (see below) points.  The student’s total course grade is determined by dividing the student’s overall earned points by the total amount of available course points.

  • Tests and Major Assignments:  up to 100 points
  • Quizzes:  up to 50 points
  • Class and Homework:  5-25 points

*During the first quarter, late work will receive half credit.  After the first quarter, no late work will be accepted.

Absence/Make-up Work Policy:  Students should have the same number of days that he/she was absent to make up work.  Absent work should be submitted via email instead of Schoology.

Subject Focus:  6th Grade Homeroom, English, and Literature (Section 2); 7th Grade English and Literature (Section 2); and 8th Grade English and Literature

posted 8/10/2022



Mrs. Haynes

email: haynes@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before Him with joyful song.”

                                                                          Psalm 100:2

Updated: December 2, 2022

It is hard to believe we have 12 school days left until the Christmas break. Although it is a short amount of time, there is plenty of work scheduled for the students. Please encourage your child to do their best to stay focused and give their full effort to the end of the quarter on December 20th.

The 5th grade Christmas party is on Monday, December 19th. Students are to bring in $8.00 to pay for the pizza lunch. The lunch will include 2 slices of pizza, chips, dessert, and soda. If your child is unable to eat this or doesn’t want this for lunch, they will need to bring their own lunch that day. The money must come in by Tuesday, December 13th. The pizza needs to be ordered and paid for ahead of time.

Mark your calendars to attend the Christmas Program Tuesday evening, December 13 @ 7:00 PM. The students have been working very hard on their songs and are looking forward to performing. Students are to be seated in the church by 6:45 that evening. Students should wear their Sunday best for the performance. That means no jeans and no sneakers.

Congratulations to the top 4 finishers in our classroom Spelling Bee.

First Place —Jacob S.

Second Place— Kaylee V.  (I apologize for the error)

Third Place— Izaac H.

Honorable Mention —Sebastian G.

The top three will represent the class in the Blessed Trinity 5th-8th grade Spelling Bee on Monday, December 19th @ 1:30 PM in the school gym. Good Luck and keep practicing the word list you were given.

In the spirit of giving, Blessed Trinity is collecting items that will be donated to the Angel Tree for Catholic Charities. New gift items must come to the homeroom unwrapped by Wednesday, December 7th and each student who participates will receive a No Uniform day on Monday, December 19.

Help Session is every Thursday immediately after school until 3:30 PM. Students not picked up by 3:35 PM will be sent to extended day at the parent’s expense. The purpose of Help Session is to assist students who are struggling in the classroom and earning a grade of D or F. It will also help those who have been absent and need to make up tests or a Science activity. It is not intended for someone trying to make straight A’s or A/B Honor Roll.

Please remember that cell phones and Smart watches are NOT permitted in the classrooms. They are to be dropped off in the office immediately upon entering the building and retrieved at dismissal. This is a Blessed Trinity policy.  Any violation will result in a Behavior Notice to the Assistant Principal.

Important Dates to Remember:

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2022 —- Eagle T-shirt day w/blue jeans and sneakers

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022 —- Vision Screening …… All students will participate unless a note is sent in by the parent.

—- Eagle T-shirt day w/blue jeans and sneakers

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2022 —- Christmas Store during Media time

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2022 —- Christmas Program in  the Church begins at 7:00PM. Students are to wear Sunday best, NO JEANS or SNEAKERS.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2022 —– Spelling Bee 5th-8th grade @ 1:30 PM

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2022 —- End of Second Quarter, Early Dismissal @ 11:30 AM, NO LUNCH SERVED, NO AFTER CARE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2023 —- Students return to school

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2023 —- Eagle T-shirt day w/blue jeans and sneakers

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2023 —– Eagle T-shirt day w/ blue jeans and sneakers

THURSDAY. JANUARY 19, 2023 —- Eagle T-shirt day w/blue jeans and sneakers

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 2023 —- Eagle T-shirt day w/blue jeans and sneakers



Monday, December 5, 2022

Reading —– AR Project Character Alphabet is due.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Math —- Chapter 5 Lessons 1-3 QUIZ

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Religion —– Chapter 13 TEST

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Reading —- Matilda, Chapters 5-8 TEST

Spelling —- List 10 TEST roots sens, sim, spec   assimilate, consensus, desensitize, dissimilar, facsimile, inspect, inspector, nonsense, perspective, respect, sensational, sensibility, sensitive, sensitivity, sensory, simile, simulate, simulator, simultaneous, spectacle, spectator, spectrum, speculate

Friday, December 9, 2022

Reading —- “A Handful of Dirt” TEST

Vocabulary Workshop —– Unit 9 TEST

Monday, December 12, 2022 

Science —– Physical & Chemical Properties and Changes TEST

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Social Studies —- Unit 4, Lessons 4-6 TEST



Accelerated Reader: Students will be required to read and take 3 Accelerated Reader (AR) Tests and corresponding Vocabulary Quizzes (if available…not every book has one) within his/her assigned reading level range, striving for 80% accuracy, each Quarter. Your child’s range is written in the back of his/her Planner. Reading levels will be adjusted throughout the year.  Three AR Tests with a minimum score of 80% are due at the end of each quarter.  Please encourage your child NOT to wait until the last-minute! Be sure to check out `ARBookFind.com for book recommendations and AR levels.

Homework Policy:

— Neatly done and complete.

— If collected, the student’s name must be on the top right corner to receive full credit.

— If there is no name, there is no credit. Students are reminded to write their name before they turn anything in and it is the first direction given for tests.

— All Math homework is to be done in pencil, never in pen. All work must be shown to receive full credit. NO WORK, NO CREDIT.

— A student will complete a Homework Notice/ Sour Note, for any assignment that receives a zero. This notice explains why the assignment received a zero and must be signed by a parent and returned the next day.  If the assignment is attached with the situation corrected, the student will receive 50% credit on that assignment instead of a zero.

Class Rules:

— Have all needed books, notebooks, spirals, and supplies at your desk for the portion of day because you will not be allowed to return to the cubby to get something.

— Respect all adults, faculty, staff, volunteers, and students. Speak kindly and treat each other as you want to be treated.

— Raise your hand to ask or answer a question.

— Pencils are to be sharpened at the beginning of the day OR during classwork time.

— Transition quietly from one subject to the next.

—- Remain in your sit. If you need to use the bathroom or get up for another reason, raise your hand to ask for permission.

Class Rules Violations:

— Verbal Warning

— Name in book

— Lose recess minutes

— Inform the assistant principal: a consequence may result

Resource Schedule:

Monday————- Art

Tuesday ———— PE……..Students come to school dressed in their PE uniform 

               ———— Spanish

Wednesday ——— Music

Thursday ———– PE ……….Students come to school dressed in their PE uniform 

Friday————— Media/Research …….This is taught as one class period block of time.


“Serve the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful song.”    Psalm 11:2

Dec. 2, 2022

Dear Families,

In the spirit of giving, BT is collecting NEW gifts and toys that will be donated to Catholic Charities’ Angel Tree. Donations should be unwrapped  and are due by Wednesday, Dec. 7. Participating students will earn a Non-Uniform Day on Monday, Dec. 19.

Fourth Grade will visit the Christmas Store on Friday, Dec. 9 at 9:00. Please place your child’s money in an envelope or baggie, along with a Christmas List, if you would like them to do some shopping.

Our Class Christmas Party will be held on Monday, Dec. 19. Students may wear PE clothes and enjoy a Game Day and Luncheon. Pizza, lumpia, fruit, snacks, drinks, and desserts will be served. Please send $9.00 to cover the cost of your child’s lunch to me by Wednesday, Dec. 14.

BT’s Annual Christmas Program will be held in the church on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Please arrive by 6:45. The performance begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Students should wear his/her Christmas Best. No jeans or sneakers, please! Please let me know if your child will not be participating in the program so I can take them out of the line-up. Thanks very much for your kind consideration.

EAGLE T-SHIRT DAYS: Dec. 6, Dec. 8, Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 31

QUESTION:  Is your child completing the assigned IXL Math & Language Arts objectives each week?

Grade 4 Help Session is held on Wednesdays. Students struggling with Reading and/or Math concepts are invited to participate. Please email me or write a note in the Planner if you would like your child to attend. Students will be signed into Extended Day if not picked up at 3:30.


Religion: Tuesday, Dec. 6, Chapter 9

English: Tuesday, Dec. 6, Simple & Complete Subjects & Predicates

Social Studies: Wednesday, Dec. 10, Important Communities (p. 56-61)

Reading: Friday, Dec. 9, Ben & the Emancipation Proclamation

Spelling: Friday, Dec. 9

STAR & Baseline Reading & Math Assessments: Mon-Thurs, Dec. 12-15

Second Quarter AR Book Report will be due on or before Dec. 9.


Students are required to read and take a minimum of 3 Accelerated Reader (AR) Tests and corresponding Vocabulary Quizzes (if available…not every book as one) within his/her assigned reading level range, striving for 80% accuracy, by Friday, Dec. 9. Your student’s new Reading Level Range will be written in the back of the Planner upon completion of the STAR Assessment and is adjusted throughout the school year. Please encourage your student NOT to wait until the last minute to complete this AR requirement. Be sure to check out arbookfind.com for book recommendations and AR levels.

Fourth Graders can check out 2 books from the Media Center every Friday. Students are required to have one AR Book at his/her desk EVERY DAY, or they are not prepared for our day.

Please encourage children to read, read, read….every day! The AR Grade each Quarter is the average of the top 3 test scores.


Thursday, Dec. 8: Vision Screening

Friday, Dec. 9: Christmas Store 9:00

Tuesday, Dec. 13: Christmas Program @7:00 BTCC

Monday, Dec. 19: Non-Uniform Day for Christmas Gift donation

Monday, Dec. 19: Class Christmas Luncheon & Party

Tuesday, Dec. 20: Dismissal @ 11:30; No Lunch, No Extended Day

Wed- Mon, Dec. 21- Jan. 3: Christmas Break

Wednesday, Jan. 4: School Resumes

2022-2023 Schedule

The following websites are available for additional practice:

Religion: religion.sadlierconnect.com  *click on We Believe Grade 4

Math: www.sadlierconnect.com  *scroll to “Student & Family Resources”; *click “Let’s Go!” in the purple box; *click Sadlier Math Grades K-6; *click Sadlier Math Grade 4 (orange text)

Vocabulary Workshop: www.sadlierconnect.com  **scroll to “Student & Family Resources”; *click “Let’s Go” in the purple box; *click Vocabulary Workshop Grades 1-12; *click Vocabulary Workshop “orange”

Everything: www.khanacademy.org


Gentle Reminder… Per BT Policy, unless medically necessary, all cell phones,  Smart Watches, and other electronic devices MUST be dropped off to the Office every morning upon arriving to school and picked up at dismissal.  They may not be brought into the classroom or kept in backpacks. Thank you for your cooperation.

Third Grade

Mrs. Renee Bascon

email: bascon@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

“Serve the Lord with gladness, come before Him with joyful song.” Psalm 11:2

Updated: Nov. 27, 2022

Dear 3rd grade families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

In the spirit of giving, Blessed Trinity is collecting children’s items that will be donated to the Angel Tree for Catholic Charities. New gift items must be sent in unwrapped by Wednesday, December 7th. Each student who participates will receive a No Uniform day on Monday, December 19.

Please send in the Nutcracker Fieldtrip form along with the $17 if you have not already. If you do want your student to go, please let me know.

Our BTCS Christmas Program will be Tuesday night, Dec. 13. If your child will not be able to attend, please let me know so I pull them from our 3rd grade line up.

The last day to take an AR test for this quarter is Fri., Dec., 9!


Assessments this week:

Wed., Nov. 30:

  • Unit 2 Less 6 tests- Spelling (review words) and Reading (“Einstein Anderson and the Hurricane Hoax” story). No English test this lesson.

Fri., Dec. 2:

  • Math Ch. 5 Multiplication Concepts test


Upcoming School Activities:

EAGLE T-SHIRT DAYS: Dec. 1, Dec. 6, Dec. 8, Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 31

Tuesday, Dec. 6: Christmas Store shopping for 3rd Grade

Wed., Dec. 7: Gift for Angel Tree due

Thursday, Dec. 8: Vision Screening

Tuesday, Dec. 13: Christmas Program @7:00 BTCC

Thursday, Dec. 15: 2nd and 3rd Grade Nutcracker Fieldtrip

Monday, Dec. 19: Class Christmas Lunch & Party

Tuesday, Dec. 20: Dismissal @ 11:30; No Lunch, No Extended Day

Wed- Mon, Dec. 21- Jan. 3: Christmas Break

Wednesday, Jan. 4: School Resumes


AR (Accelerated Reading)-

Students are required to read and take a minimum of 3 accelerated reader tests per quarter within his/ her reading level, striving for 80% accuracy. Your student’s reading level is listed at the back of their planner. Please encourage your child to read 25 minutes daily!


PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays. Please send your child to school on those days in their PE Uniform with sneakers. No jewelry except small post- style earrings on PE days!

Opportunity (Help) Sessions for 3rd graders are held on Tuesdays afternoons from 2:50-3:30 for students needing extra help with Math or Reading. Please email me or send a note in the planner if you’d like your child to attend.

Students must bring a water bottle (no larger than 2 ½ inch diameter) to school to be refilled daily.

We will be continuing to keep the classroom sanitized and clean our hands frequently throughout the day to help keep the germs away. Please keep your child home if he/ she is sick with a fever!

Each student will be allowed to utilize an iPad in class as a learning tool in the classroom throughout the year. Students will be expected to comply with the school wide rules and expectations for technology use.





Ms. Behrend

Email: behrend@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

Homework 9/26

Daily Math: Monday-Thursday

Spelling Choice Board

In addition to checking this website, please sign up for our Class Dojo so you don’t miss any reminders

Spelling Homework Directions 

How to Use the Spelling Choice Board

  1. Pick one of the options to practice your words.
  2. Complete the directions for that option
  3. Put an X on the box that you choose
  4. Repeat on another day for the second practice option
  5. On Thursday night, combine the choice board with your two practice pages (stapled or paper clipped would be preferred)
  6. Student turns in on Friday


Reconciliation Retreat: November 5th at 9am

Reconciliation: December 3rd 11am

First Communion Retreat: March 4th at 9am

First Communion Practice: May 4th at 6pm

First Holy Communion: May 6th at 11am

Class Schedule

Monday: P.E (wear P.E uniform)

Tuesday: Music and Media/Research

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: P.E (wear P.E uniforms)

Friday: Spanish

Please make sure you send your child to school each morning with:

-a full belly (breakfast every day!)

-a full sized water bottle filled with water

-a balanced lunch

-their take home folder

Ms. Molly Carlson

Email: carlson@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song.” Psalm 100:2


Hello First Grade Families!

Welcome to a new year at Blessed Trinity. In first grade, we will grow our love of learning, focus on our reading skills, and share our Catholic faith. In this classroom, your children are valued, respected, challenged, and loved. See below for my class expectations, discipline, schedule, and helpful reminders. I look forward to working with you for a successful, dynamic year of learning and teaching!

~May God Bless Our School Year~


Ms. Carlson


Gentle Reminder…attendance and being on time is extremely important. Please make sure that your child comes to school ready to learn, in clean, proper uniform attire, and has had a good breakfast to start their day strong!

**Please check binders nightly for homework and any school/classroom information.**

Please encourage your children to read, read, read….EVERY DAY! First grade is a reading year, fine tuning the phonics and comprehension skills necessary for children to become fluent readers. First graders should be reading a minimum of 15 minutes at home daily; this can be alongside an adult, taking turns with pages, listening to a fluent reader, or reading on their own with a parent checking in on their reading.

Accelerated Reader (AR):

Students will use the Accelerated Reader program at school to take comprehension quizzes on the books that they read to help track their understanding and reading progress during the year. First graders are expected to take one, passing AR quiz per week. A passing score is 80% or better, on books that are in the students suggested reading range. Students will complete a STAR assessment during the first week of school, and will receive their first reading range. Families can use these levels to find books for home reading practice; please use the website below to search for books.

First graders can check out 1-2 books from the library each week. Books are due back to the library every Thursday. Students can also borrow books from the classroom library whenever they need.



Our resource schedule:

Monday: P.E (wear sneakers)

Tuesday: P.E (wear sneakers), Music

Wednesday: Art, Playground

Thursday: Library/Media, Playground

Friday: Spanish, Playground


*We attend Mass every Wednesday at 8:30am. 

**We have playground/recess time on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


In order to create a loving, safe, academic environment, students are expected to follow our classroom and school rules. Please ensure your child understands what is expected of them, and arrives prepared for learning. Daily uniform checks are included as part of school expectations.

Classroom Expectations:

  • We follow directions and transitions quickly.
  • We use our hand signals and communicate clearly.
  • We stay on task and always try to do our best.
  • We use active listening when a speaker is talking.
  • We keep our hands, feet, and belongings to ourselves.
  • We show respect to our classroom, teacher, students, and selves.
  • We make smart, thoughtful choices.

Classroom Behavior Management:

  1. Redirect (warning)
  2. Sideline (think time)
  3. Skills coaching (Student meets with teacher)
  4. Note home (signed by parent)



Ms. Shea

email: shea@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

Hello and welcome to Kindergarten 2022-2023!

My name is Ms. Shea and I am so happy to be here at Blessed Trinity this year. Kindergarten is a very important year of learning for a student. They have a full day of school, lunch and attend mass every Wednesday. A new change this year is that the students are able to wear their “P.E. uniform” all day on P.E. days.

We have P.E. on Mondays and Tuesdays @ 8:15 in the morning.