The 2017 – 2018 Middle School Supply List is posted at ClassBundl. Please visit ClassBundl.com/Order and search for our school to place your order. To view the list, please visit https://classbundl.com/950/supplylist/5421. Thank you!
2017-2018 School Year
Welcome back to all of our middle school students! The teachers have been preparing for your arrival and we can’t wait to see everyone on September 7th!
Important Eighth Grade Dates – 2017-2018
Friday, November 3rd – TACHS (www.tachsinfo.com or call 1-866-61TACHS)
Thursday, December 7th – 8th grade Retreat
Friday, December 22nd – 8th Grade Christmas Breakfast – immediately following Mass *
Wednesday, January 17 – 8th Grade Graduation photos
Wednesday, March 7th – Soup and Bread Supper
Wed.- Sat., March 21-24th TRIP TO PHILADELPHIA/WASHINGTON, DC*
Tue. – Thur., April 11-13th – NYS ELA Exam
Tuesday, April 17th – CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL at 6pm /Dominican Center
Thursday, April 19th – CONFIRMATION – 6PM at Dominican Center
Tue. –Thur., May 1-3 – NYS Math Exam
Wednesday, May 23rd – 8th grade NYS Science Performance Test
Friday, May 25th – BDMS Drama Production at 7pm Aquinas Hall
Saturday, May 26th – BDMS Drama Production at 7 pm Aquinas Hall
Sunday, May 27th – BDMS Drama Production at 12:00 pm Aquinas Hall
Friday, June 1st – 8th Grade Award Ceremony at 10:15 am in BDMS Gym
Monday, June 4th – – NYS Science Written Test
TBD – NYS Common Core Algebra and Living Environment Regents Exams
TBD – 8th Grade Graduation Dance
Tuesday, June 19th – GRADUATION – 9:00 Mass at Dominican Center
Tuesday, June 19th – Graduation Brunch immediately following ceremony
*Parent volunteers needed!
It is my opinion that talented songwriters are ignored poets and storytellers. Every eighth grader will be asked to give an oral presentation on a songwriter of his or her choice. The goal of the project is to present at least two themes in the songwriter’s body of work.
This is an oral presentation. You will be graded on eye contact and the volume of your voice. Use notes, but do not read directly from your notes. Students must identify at least two themes in the writer’s work and then play songs that represent those themes
PowerPoint should only be used for photos and/or videos. Do not put the text of your presentation on PowerPoint slides!
Your presentation should include the following information:
- Biographical data: Where and when was this person born? Family life? School, early jobs, relationships, etc.
- Early Influences: What artists influenced this person? When/how did s/he begin writing? Did s/he write anything other than songs? When did this person begin to play/write music? Any mentors?
- Career: Timeline of career, highlights and problems along the way
- Pertinent Information: Any information or situation that makes this person unique?
- Performance: You must perform a minimum of 4 songs from this artist. You may either play recorded music or perform live in the classroom. All lyrics must be submitted to me one week before the presentation.
Be creative! This is an opportunity to not only highlight the originality of your subject, but also your own creativity!
Presentations will begin in October and will culminate in May. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for a presentation date at the beginning of school. This project will count as a test grade in the 4th quarter.