Teacher Bio

 

John Livingston is no stranger to the classroom, or to the Catholic community of Topeka and the Archdiocese.  He is a graduate of Sacred Heart Elementary School and Hayden High School.  He serves as the Youth Minister both at Most Pure Heart of Mary and at Mater Dei parish, where for a number of years he has also filled the position of Director of Religious Education and teaches the 8th grade confirmation class.  He formerly was the Archdiocesan coordinator for Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) and still serves on the core group for that program, as well as filling various roles on the retreat teams.  John earned his degree in History and Secondary Education at Washburn University, where he was awarded the Nall public speaking award, Teacher of Promise, and Outstanding Secondary Teacher, and has since added his certification for middle school ELA. This Summer he participated in The Flint Hills Writing Project at Emporia State, adding to his resume the title of National Writing Project Teacher Consultant. John has two beautiful daughters who have given him two beautiful granddaughters (his older granddaughter, Maura, is in kindergarten here at MPHM). In his spare time he loves to read or listen to audio books, play his guitar, and enjoys sci-fi and programs like Marvel's Agents of Shield, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Dr. Who.

Notices and Reminders!

 

Welcome Back - Looking forward to a great year!

 

 

Lessons

All Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date!

 

Religion (7th)


This year Most Pure Heart of Mary School is using a new Religion curriculum "Spirit of Truth."

The seventh grade book is entitled: "Living as a Disciple of Christ."  

Unit One: "Personal Growth"

Lesson One: "Exploring Personal Growth with Sacred Art."

Father Jonathan Dizon will also be presenting classes on Vocations

 

ELA (7th & 8th)

 

 

Week of Sept 11-15

Grammar: 7th Grade -   Subjects and Predicates

                8th Grade - Opinion Paragraphs, Supporting Sentences

Literature: Unit One - Fiction and Nonfiction 

 

Monday, September 11                                              

7th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Begin Workbook pages 5, 6, 7, & 8, Vocab (Papa's Parrot)                  

8th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Test: "A Retrieved Reformation"    Workbook page 175 due  CT p. 50 due                                             

                                                           

Tuesday, September 12                                                                                                           

7th Grade:         Writing in the Day, "Papa's Parrot" Vocab due, begin "MK"

8th Grade:         Writing in the Day, Begin Workbook page 176,  Vocab (Cub Pilot)     

           

Wednesday, September 13                                                                                                            

7th Grade:         Writing in the Day, Begin "MK" Vocab due 

8th Grade:         Writing in the Day, "Cub Pilot on the Mississippi"        

                                                           

Thursday, September 14                                                                                                            

7th Grade:          Writing in the Day, Critical Thinking Page 30 Due,  Test: "Papa's Parrot"            

8th Grade:          Writing in the Day, in-class discussion                         

                                                           

Friday, September 15                                                                                                            

7th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Workbook pages 5, 6, 7, & 8 due, Author's Chair              

8th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Workbook page 176 due, Author's Chair  

 
 

 

Week of Sept 18-22

Grammar: 7th Grade -   Compound Subjects and Compound Predicates

                8th Grade - Opinion Paragraphs, Supporting Sentences

Literature: Unit One - Fiction and Nonfiction 

 

Monday, September 18                                              

7th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Critical Thinking p. 44 due, Test: "MK"                  

8th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Critical Thinking p. 76 due, Test: "Cub Pilot"                                               

                                                           

Tuesday, September 19                                                                                                           

7th Grade:         Writing in the Day, Begin Workbook Pages 9, 10, 11, 12, Vocab (An American Childhood)

8th Grade:         Writing in the Day, Begin Workbook page 177,  Vocab (An American Childhood)     

           

Wednesday, September 20                                                                                                            

7th Grade:         Writing in the Day, "An American Childhood"

8th Grade:         Writing in the Day, "An American Childhood"        

                                                           

Thursday, September 21                                                                                                            

7th Grade:          Writing in the Day, in-class discussion            

8th Grade:          Writing in the Day, in-class discussion                        

                                                           

Friday, September 22                                                                                                            

7th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Workbook pages 9, 10, 11, 12 due, Author's Chair              

8th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Workbook page 177 due, Author's Chair  

 
 

 

Week of Sept 25-29

Grammar: 7th Grade -   Conjunctions, Fragments, & Run-ons

                8th Grade - Opinion Paragraphs, Supporting Sentences

Literature: Unit One - Fiction and Nonfiction 

 

Monday, September 25                                              

7th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Critical Thinking p. 58 due, Test: "An American Childhood"                  

8th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Critical Thinking p. 118 due, Test: "An American Childhood"                                               

                                                           

Tuesday, September 26                                                                                                           

7th Grade:         Writing in the Day, Begin Workbook Pages 13, 14, 15, 16 Vocab (All Summer in a Day)

8th Grade:         Writing in the Day, Begin Workbook page 178,  Vocab (Steinbeck)     

           

Wednesday, September 27                                                                                                            

7th Grade:         Writing in the Day, "All Summer in a Day"

8th Grade:         Writing in the Day, "Steinbeck"        

                                                           

Thursday, September 28                                                                                                            

7th Grade:          Writing in the Day, in-class discussion            

8th Grade:          Writing in the Day, in-class discussion                        

                                                           

Friday, September 29                                                                                                            

7th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Workbook pages 13, 14, 15, & 16 due, Author's Chair              

8th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Workbook page 178 due, Author's Chair  

 
 

 

 Past Lessons

 Week of Sept 4-8

Grammar: 7th Grade -   Kinds of Sentences, Writing Good Sentences

                8th Grade - Opinion Paragraphs, Supporting Sentences

Literature: Unit One - Fiction and Nonfiction 

 

Monday, September 4                                              

7th Grade:        Labor Day, No School                         

8th Grade:        Labor Day, No School                                                     

                                                           

Tuesday, September 5                                                                                                           

7th Grade:         Test: Three Century Woman"     "The Fall of the Hindenburg" 

8th Grade:         Test: "The Baker Heater League"       "The 11:59"      

           

Wednesday, September 6                                                                                                            

7th Grade:         Short Class, Randy Nadler presentation

8th Grade:         Star Testing          

                                                           

Thursday, September 7                                                                                                            

7th Grade:          Star Testing                   

8th Grade:          Writing in the Day, Begin "A Retrieved Reformation"                          

                                                           

Friday, September 9                                                                                                            

7th Grade:        Writing in the Day, "The Specialist"              

8th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Author's Chair  

 
 


 Week of August 28-Sept 1

Grammar: 7th Grade -   Kinds of Sentences, Writing Good Sentences

                8th Grade - Opinion Paragraphs, Supporting Sentences

Literature: Unit One - Fiction and Nonfiction 

 

Monday, August 28                                              

7th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Literary Genres, English Workbook Intro                         

8th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Literary Genres, English Workbook Intro                                                         

                                                           

Tuesday, August 29                                                                                                            

7th Grade:         Writing in the Day,Vocab Warm-ups, Begin Unit One: "Three Century Woman"     

8th Grade:         Writing in the Day,Vocab Warm-ups, Begin Unit One: "The Baker Heater League"            

           

Wednesday, August 30                                                                                                            

7th Grade:         Writing in the Day, "The Fall of the Hindenburg"    

8th Grade:         Writing in the Day,"The 11:59"          

                                                           

Thursday, August 31                                                                                                            

7th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Workbook pages 1, 2, 3, & 4 due, Author's Chair                          

8th Grade:        Writing in the Day, Workbook page 174 due, Author's Chair                                

                                                           

Friday, Sept 1                                                                                                             

7th Grade:        No School              

8th Grade:             

 
 

 

Week of August 21-25

Grammar: 7th Grade -    

                8th Grade - 

Literature: 

 

Monday, August 21                                                

7th Grade:         No School                               

8th Grade:                                                                                                                                           

 

Tuesday, August 22                                                                                                             

7th Grade:         No School                               

8th Grade:                                                                                                                                           

 

Wednesday, August 23                                                                                                           

7th Grade:         Getting to know each other              

8th Grade:                                                                                

                                                           

Thursday, August 24                                                                                                           

7th Grade:        Writing in the Day, writing folders                          

8th Grade:        Writing in the Day, writing folders                                      

                                                           

Friday, August 25                                                                                                            

7th Grade:       Writing in the Day, Visit Library, "The Specialist"            

8th Grade:       Writing in the Day, Visit Library, Talk about School Paper    

 
 

 

 

Explore your mind...

 

It's bigger on the inside!

 

Check those backpacks!

Parents,

Please be checking your students' backpacks daily!  We often send home permission slips and other vital information.  We also encourage you to look at your student's agenda book daily, just to keep up with what they are doing at school.

Mr. John Livingston