MJS Class of 2017

A Newsletter for All Things 8th Grade

October 17, 2016


Conferences are this week, you are able to schedule appointments online with your children's teachers. There is no school on these days, however, 8th graders are expected to attend conferences with their parents to discuss their goals and concerns with their teachers. Here are some helpful tips to make your conferences efficient and productive:

  • Check all subject area grades on Schoology before your meeting. This will help you to see which teachers you really need to conference with and what you want to discuss. If you feel like you do not need to meet with a specific teacher at this time, please cancel your appointment online so that meeting time will become available to others.

  • Talk to your child about their strengths, weaknesses, and goals for each class, as well as for the year. 8th graders should be able to articulate their challenges and triumphs.

  • Plan your day. You have the ability to meet with all subject area teachers and advisors. In addition, enrichment/elective teachers will be available on campus.

  • If you haven't done so already, this might be a good time to schedule a conference about secondary school questions and concerns with Mr. Gill, Ms. Kelley-Lossada, or Ms. Goethals.

  • Remember that teachers are always willing to schedule another time to meet with you or follow up on a conversation that requires more time than a ten minute conference. We are a team, and look forward to a great partnership with you this year.

8th Grader and Parent Party

The sign-ups are pouring in for this year's 8th Grader and Parent Party on Saturday November 5th from 6:00-10:00pm. If you haven't already done so, please respond to the evite and register.

Assistance is needed for set-up and clean up. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here:

Harvest Festival Raffle Tickets are Here!

Raffle tickets are here and better than ever! Two packets will be coming home for each family to sell. Please return any money and filled out stubs to the raffle ticket folder provided in each classroom or advisory. If you would like any extra tickets, let your 8th grader or homeroom teacher know. Please make sure to return any unsold tickets to the same folder. Have a spooktacular day!
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Harvest Festival Update: Booth & Games Committee

Good ghastly evening, ladies and gentlemen! This week, we will be interviewing the Booth and Games committee. They are the ones responsible for setting up and organizing the frightful attractions that make the Harvest Festival as fun as it is. This committee plans out the booth layout and sets up the booths on the day of the festival. This committee really gives the members independence and is really rewarding. But, in order to accomplish this, members have to have a good work drive, creativity, and a thorough decision making ability. The payoff is great though, knowing that you can help improve the whole Harvest Festival experience. That's all for this week, stay spooky!

Booth & Games Chairs: Gabriella Wrighten and Marshall Smith

Harvest Festival Shirts Have Arrived!

8th graders are allowed to wear their Harvest Festival shirts and uniform bottoms every day from now until the Harvest Festival! Thank you, Lauren and Julia for the awesome design!

The MJS All-American Donut Election

This week in families, 8th graders helped their family members "register to vote." They read about each Donut Party and then completed their registration card. They are looking forward to the Donut Debate on November 3!

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Dear 8th Grade Parents,

Unlocking Potential is hosting their full-length Middle and Upper Level ISEE and HSPT practice tests on Saturday, October 22nd from 8:30-12:30 PM at Mayfield Junior School in the HPAC. Any interested students may take the test for $40. The test is free for students participating in the 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.

Click here to reserve your spot or find logistical information. Please send us student name, grade, and test being taken (ex. Upper Level ISEE) to info@uptestprep.com. The deadline for registration is October 18th. We cannot guarantee availability after that date, but you can always reach out and we will let you know.


Erin Lawrence & Jenni Kephart

Unlocking Potential

Test Preparation and Tutoring

Phone: (424) 703-3072


High School Tours Permission Slips

We have a problem with the sign up form for tours and permission slips on the 8th Grade Resource Page.

Please fill out the linked permission slip for high school tours and return it to the front office by Monday (October 17). We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you so much!

High School Visit Permission Slip

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What's Happening in History?

Eighth graders finished their first Independent Research Project today. They had a week of class time to hone their researching and writing skills on a topic of their choice from pre-Revolutionary America. Popular topics included the Salem Witch Trials, Native American relations with English colonists and the rise of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Instruction was provided on organizational tips when researching, plagiarism, and writing introductions for expository historical essays. Students shared out the most interesting discoveries from their research in a round table 'symposium' on Monday. I don't think any of us will soon forget Puritan "urine cakes."

What's Happening in English?

Students are writing poems in pairs using vocabulary words to retell a section of Bless Me, Ultima. Check out these cool pics from Ms. Goethals.

St. Francis Center

See you in front of the main office at 6:45am on Tuesday, October 18…


Katie Hoffman


Jack C.

Thank you for driving, Mrs. Hoffman!

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Go Mustangs!

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 17: Boys A Football Tournament

Start 3:00 PM

Location: Rio Hondo

OCT 17: Girls A Volleyball League Tournament

Start 3:00 PM

Location: Flintridge

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

The Eighth Grade Year: School Families

It’s a Tuesday and the second grade at Mayfield Junior School is having a spelling test. One second grader, while slightly nervous, feels confident he will do well. He had help. This time the help didn’t come from a classmate, the teacher or even Mom. It came from an eighth grader.

As a Holy Child School, one of Mayfield’s goals is “To deepen an understanding of Christian community.” Through a Student Activities Program called School Families, the students at Mayfield Junior School live this goal.

School Families is perhaps the most anticipated leadership opportunity during the eighth grade year. Since its inception, it has become a beloved tradition. Each School Family is comprised of one student from each grade level, beginning in first grade, with an eighth grade student as the head of the Family. The Families gather on Friday mornings for an organized meeting and remain a family unit throughout the school year, participating in special projects and often sitting together during a mass or special assembly or competing on the same team for Blue & White Day.

For the eighth graders, many of whom have been a part of the program since first grade, the prospect of finally being in charge and guiding their own Family is exciting for some and a bit intimidating for others. Happily, they are not alone in preparing for this role. Under the guidance of long-time eighth grade advisor and Student Activities Director, Pam Danni, the eighth graders begin training right away. Each student learns through a personality assessment how to recognize his or her strengths and weaknesses, and develop their personal leadership style.

Before the first meeting, the eighth graders make phone calls to the parents of their family members to formally introduce themselves and explain the program to any new families. They also take a few moments to personally meet the first and second graders to help them feel more comfortable. Although there is often a bit of hesitation and apprehension at the first meeting, it is short lived and by the middle of October each family has already established its unique dynamic.

As the head of his or her family, each eighth grader is responsible for gathering everyone together, including each member in any discussion, project or prayer and often keeping the peace. What is remarkable are the connections and relationships that result from this weekly activity. While the challenge of keeping seven young people happy and responsive while under one’s care and guidance can be daunting, the eighth graders take their jobs seriously. Some may help a shy student feel more self-confident or an outspoken child realize the power of kind words and friendship.

With the goals of working together to help others, listening to each other and sharing good times, the school families thrive; building friendships across age groups and developing the idea of community in even the youngest students.

For the second grader who did so well on his spelling test because of the time his eighth grader spent quizzing him, it made all the difference in the world.

Upcoming Parent Education Class

Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting Class with Susan Reedy, MFT

Life as a parent is full of highs and lows, bumps and bruises and might never be described as "smooth sailing." However, what if we could move together toward "Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting?" Join Mayfield guidance counselor Susan Reedy for a 5 week parent education series as we explore Noel Janis Norton's book and discuss how to help our children become more cooperative, confident, motivated, self-reliant and considerate. Practical strategies and helpful tools will be shared to make morning time, homework time, piano practice time, bed time, as well as all the times in between a little more peaceful and parenting a little less stressful.

We will meet in the Hayden Performing Arts Center on Monday mornings after morning prayer (8:15-9:30) on October 17, 24, 31, November 7 and 21.

Register HERE.

It is highly recommended (but not required) that you purchase a copy of the book for the class.

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Put This on Your Calendar...

  • October 17, 24, 31, November 7 and 21: Parent Education Class with Susan Reedy - "Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting" Click here for more information.

  • Thursday-Friday, October 20-21: Fall Conferences, NO SCHOOL. 8th graders are expected to attend conferences with their parents to discuss their goals and concerns with their teachers.

  • Friday, October 28: HARVEST FESTIVAL! Please note that Monday, 10/31 and Tuesday, 11/1 are normal school days. Students will be allowed to wear Halloween accessories to school on 10/31.

  • Thursday, November 3: Picture Day Make-Ups

  • Friday, November 4: Golf Classic, Blood Drive for City of Hope

  • Thursday, November 10: Book Fair Family Night, 5pm HPAC

Book Fair continues until Friday, November 18

  • Friday, November 11: NO SCHOOL, Flintridge Preparatory School tour for 8th grade boys and girls. Parents welcome (10am-12:15pm)

  • Tuesday, November 22: Thanksgiving Prayer Service

  • Wednesday, November 23-Sunday, November 27: Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL

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8th Grade Advisory Team

Pamela Danni, Team Leader (pdanni@mayfieldjs.org)

Lisa Byrne, Advisor 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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