English & Literature, Middle School

8th Grade Homeroom 2018-2019

email: digeorgio@blessedtrinitycatholicschool.org

“Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.”

– St. Ignatius of Loyola, The Jesuits: Their Spiritual Doctrine and Practice, p. 148



Sacred Heart Catholic School, 2003
Bishop John J. Snyder High School, 2007
B.A. in English Literature, University of North Florida, 2011
Honors B.A. in Philosophy with Thesis, University of North Florida, 2011
Minor Degree in Psychology, University of North Florida, 2011
M.A. in Philosophy, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, 2013
PhD (c) in Philosophy, Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, 2018-9
Dissertation: A Phenomenology of Religious Conversion
Memberships: American Catholic Philosophical Association, American Philosophical Association (APA), National Honor Society, Society for Existential and Phenomenological Philosophy (SPEP), Spanish National Honor Society

Weekly Standing Assignments in ENG: Vocabulary Workbook and etymologies, Regular Essays and Papers, Grammar Exercises

Important ENG dates:

Review Unit 4-6 Exam is Monday the 15th of October for 8th grade, and Tuesday the 16th for 7th grade.

Vocab Unit 6 (w/ etymologies) is due Thursday the 18th of October for 7th and 8th,

Review Unit 4-6 is due Thursday the 18th for 6th grade

Vocab Unit 7 exam is Tuesday the 23rd for 7th and 8th grade; RVU4-6 Exam is Tuesday the 23rd for 6th grade.

Vocabulary homework is highly differentiated and you should ask your student, if they continue to do poorly on the exams, whether she or he is completing the optional assignments that are extra practice and worth a substantial number of points.

Please check on Schoology for other information on assignments and exams.


Current LIT Book Studies:

6LITHoles (Sachar) | Next: ?

7LIT: I Am the Cheese (Cormier) Next: The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)

8LIT:  1984 (Orwell) | Next: Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Márquez)

Classroom Rules: Students should adhere to the “Five P’s”:

  1. Be PROMPT. Come in quietly read to work. Turn in whatever is due and wait at your seat. Check for Bell Work on the board.
  2. Be PREPARED. Bring all materials, necessary work, and proper uniform every day. Materials include charged iPad, notebook, and school supplies. Please note that late assignments received the next day will receive half credit for the first quarter. No late assignments accepted after the first quarter. No trips to your locker to retrieve forgotten items.
  3. Be PRODUCTIVE. Stay focused, follow directions, and remain seated.
  4. Be POLITE. Interact with one another and the faculty following the model of Christ. No heavy sighing or eye-rolling, and certainly no foul language.
  5. Be PATIENT. Wait your turn and listen to others when they are speaking.
Gradebook Scoring: Your grade will be calculated based on the total number of points you have earned. Homework often ranges from 5-20 points, drafts, peer-reviews, and quizzes are usually from 10-50 points each, and exams and papers are worth 100 each. At the end of each quarter your letter and percentage scores will be calculated by dividing your earned points by the maximum number of possible (“attempted”) points.
Homework Notice: Homework can be found on Schoology and on the classroom whiteboard. If you’re looking for detailed information about homework assignments, please check Schoology. If an assignment is locked then I will not accept late submissions, unless there is a documented and warranted absence accounting for the late work. Students who are absent are given one day per absent day to make up work, after which point late work won’t be accepted. Please note that I do not remind students about late/missing work.
Reading Notice: There is no replacement for reading in the Language Arts courses. Reading summaries and shortcut guides are not appropriate.  If you want to use materials like these, you should understand that this is permissible only on a supplemental basis. The assessments in LIT, especially the reading quizzes, are very straightforward, and if your student is regularly doing poorly on these quizzes, the most plausible explanation is that the student isn’t actually completing (or mindfully completing) the regular reading assignments. I am working with individual students who continue to struggle on these quizzes even though they have completed the reading. The best way to improve as a reader, though, is to read more, even if it does not come easy.
Extra Credit Notice: Please do not inquire about extra credit for your student. I do not inflate scores artificially, since doing so would undermine the scientific validity of our assessment data. Please be patient with your student as adjustments are made throughout the year as the content grows increasingly complex. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this policy and my expectations.
6 – 8 Language Arts Opportunity Sessions: These sessions occur every Monday from 2:50 to 3:30 in Room 208 except for on days when I am out sick, or days when the school is closed. Students who already demonstrate understanding in the classroom should not attend. Please let me know by the Friday before if you plan to attend. If you stay you’ll need transportation home at 3:30, or you’ll have to sign into Extended Day Care at your parents’ expense. Please note that the final session will occur the week of the final exams in Language Arts.