MJS Class of 2016

A Newsletter for All Things 8th Grade

Service Learning

As you know, Cathy Berger Kaye, the guru of Service Learning, came to work with the MJS faculty at our summer learning institute in August. Service learning is the combination of actively working to make the world a better place, in conjunction with curriculum-based learning about a specific topic. We learned how to go beyond "Reach Out" and move toward interactive, community-based experiences.

The Class of 2016 will be focusing on Social Justice for our Service Learning experiences this year. Many academic classes will be focusing their curriculum to help students understand and discover new ideas based on this complicated topic. For example...

  • Religion: Ms. Danni, as you can see from the curriculum spotlight below, will lead the charge. What is morality and social justice?

  • English: Ms. Bonfils will look at the issue through literature, specifically racial intolerance in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. What does inequality look like?

  • History: Ms. Frazee will work with students to uncover current events that spark conversations of social justice. What are examples of injustice in the world around us?

  • PE: Coach V will explore Title IX funding and the inequalities of athletic funding for girls versus boys in athletics. What can we do to literally make the playing field more equal?

  • Drama: Mrs. Byrne will look at racial inequality through the lens of The Wiz, one of the first Tony-Award winning musicals to feature an all-black cast. How does the color of our skin effect how we see the world?

  • World Languages: Mr. Garcia (Spanish) and Madame Grimes (French) will help students to understand the current issues with immigration. How does the world treat people who are "different" or "other"?

It is our hope that through meaningful discussion and guided discovery, students will develop their own ideas about how we as a class, and each of us as individuals, can affect change and become activists for social justice.

Curriculum Spotlight: Religion

Morality and Social Justice drive the focus of the 8th grade religion curriculum. Students learn how to "Lead on Purpose" in school families, reach out activities, and service learning. By the end of the year, students should be able to...

  • Articulate that morality refers to human acts and to whether the human acts you choose are right or wrong.
  • Understand the decision making process and begin to develop virtues such as justice, courage and wisdom.
  • Describe experiences of conscience which signal what is right or wrong.
  • Articulate personal choices in relationship to a moral life.
  • Associate social, economic and political choices with Christian morality.
  • Recognize that sins are collective and social – the wrongful acts of a group.
  • Begin to integrate skills of social justice.
  • Recognize that our call to the Christian life may be counter culture to the message of media, yet can identify the positive messages in the same format.
  • Have an awareness of racial, ethnic, and class differences, and make definite efforts to be inclusive in relationships.
  • Reach out to those in need in community at MJS as well as globally to the world.

This week, Greg Spiegel, Homelessness Policy Director at Mayor's Office, City of Los Angeles, came to speak to us about how homelessness in Los Angeles has reached a state of emergency and what we can do to solve this social issue.

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Founders Day Mass

At Mass on Thursday, we celebrated our foundress Cornelia Connelly. Sister Genevieve preached about humility and service to others. Our Chamber Choir, featuring many vocalists from the Class of 2016, sang beautifully about our "Awesome God."
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Friday Families 10/16/15

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Introducing the 2015-2016 Academic Decathlon Team

Team Captain: Kate Salembier

English: Marshall Smith

Current Events: Emilie Nunn

Fine Arts: Kristen Asmar

Math: Nicholas Tan

Social Studies: Drake Cronthall

Literature: Shannon Dilbeck

Science: Olivia Partamian

Religion: Owen Smith

Logic & Super Quiz: Keira Myles and Ryan Lo

ISEE / HSPT Practice Test

Unlocking Potential is hosting a full-length Middle and Upper Level ISEE and HSPT practice test on Saturday, October 24 from 8:30-12:30PM at Mayfield Junior School in the Hayden Performing Arts Center.

Any interested students may take the test for $30. The test is free for students participating in the Unlocking Potential ISEE/HSPT workshop.

This is a great opportunity for students to experience the testing environment as well as get practice with the testing material. Students will receive their raw scores before they leave. Contact Unlocking Potential here to print a registration form and reserve a spot.

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8th Grade Reach Out: St. Francis Center

From Mrs. Dilbeck...

St. Francis Center is in need of children's Halloween costumes for its upcoming Halloween event. If you are able to contribute any new or gently used children's costumes, please drop them off at Mrs. Danni's room no later than Monday, October 19 so that they can go with our students on Tuesday morning.

Many thanks for ALL you do!

For October 20th our student ambassadors to St. Francis Center will be Michael Balian, Shannon Dilbeck, Drake Cronthall, and Harry Foy. For the complete schedule and more information on our Reach Out, please click here.

Thank you to Mrs. Dilbeck for your supervision of this Reach Out and to all of our parent drivers!

Harvest Festival Update

We are hard at work preparing for the Harvest Festival! This year it will be on Friday, October 30, 12-3pm. Each 8th grader is currently in one of the following planning committees: Publicity/Parade, Food, Haunted House, Raffle, and Booth & Games. The committees meet three times a week during advisory periods. In addition, they are each responsible for decorating, organizing, and running a booth during the duration of the Festival.

It is incredible to watch these young adults transform into the leaders of our school. From calling companies for donations to making smart decisions as a team, these teens are ultimately planning a fundraising event that will create a lifetime of memories for their younger counterparts as well as a hefty sum for worthwhile charities at our Reach Out assembly in the spring.

Thank you so much for your help and support with the Harvest Festival Raffle prizes; your generosity is heartwarming and much appreciated! Be prepared for just a few more asks... each 8th grader is asked to contribute decorations for their booth, a pumpkin, and candy to sell in the Candy Booth.

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Please come and support our Mayfield Mustangs! Here is what's coming up this week, for the complete season schedule, please visit the "MJS Athletics" page on the parent portal.

OCT 19: Boys Football League Tournament

Start 3:00 PM

Location: Rio Hondo

OCT 19: Girls Volleyball League Tournament

Start 3:00 PM

Location: Mayfield Gym

Have you followed us on Twitter yet? @MJSAthletics It's a great way to get up-to-date game results!

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Things to Look Forward to...

  • Wednesday, October 21: TEDxMJS

Come see our amazing 8th grade TEDx speakers in their official conference at 7pm in the Gym! Topics include the drought, growth mindset, the appeal of religion, app addiction, and the benefits of lying. It is sure to be an interesting and educational evening! Click here to see the online invitation created by the technology elective students.

  • Wednesday and Thursday, October 21-22: Conferences (No Regular Classes)

8th graders are expected to lead their conferences. This year, all 8th grade teachers (advisors included) are available for conferences. Please click here to schedule an appointment. Conference Information Sheet.

  • Friday, October 23: Sports Day!
Students may wear ANY sports colors or any sport uniform. We ask students to bring any gently used sports equipment to MJS School Families Friday, October 23 and we will deliver the equipment to Our Lady of Guadalupe School, they are in desperate need of sports equipment for their school.

  • Friday, October 23: Golf Classic for Endowment

Click here for more information.

  • Friday, October 30: HARVEST FESTIVAL! 12-3pm

8th graders will be working at their booths for the duration of the Festival and are expected to stay and clean up after.

  • Monday and Tuesday, November 2-3: No School, Faculty Professional Days

  • Friday, November 6: 8th Grade Dance at Mayfield 7-9pm

  • Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27: No School, Thanksgiving
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8th Grade Advisory Team

Pamela Danni, Team Leader and Director of Student Activities (pdanni@mayfieldjs.org)

Lisa Byrne, Advisor, Play Director, and Co-Team Leader (lbyrne@mayfieldjs.org)

Chris Goethals, Advisor and Secondary School Liaison (cgoethals@mayfieldjs.org)

Juan Garcia, Advisor and Student Council Leader (jgarcia@mayfieldjs.org)

Ruth Villarreal, Advisor and Athletics Director (rvillarreal@mayfieldjs.org)

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