Grades 7 & 8 English


June 2019

Exam Schedule:  7th grade - ELA Part 1, Tuesday, June 11th 12:40 - 2:10pm   ELA Part II, Tuesday, June 11th 8:15-11:15am

                                8th grade - ELA Part I, Monday, June 19th 12:40 - 2:10pm     ELA Part II, Monday, June 10th 8:15 - 11:15am

***All exams will be taken in the gym.  Make sure that you arrive on time during exam week.  You will not receive extra time if you are late! ***

Summer 2019

Please make sure to complete the required summer reading and project. This is designed to be fun, enjoyable, and engaging. All summer reading projects are due on the first day of school. Happy summer and Happy reading!

 7th & 8th Grade Summer Reading List 

Welcome to 7th & 8th Grade!

            For those of you entering 7th and 8th grade there will be some changes, but I know you are all up for the challenge. Congratulations 8th graders! It has been quite the journey, but now you are the leaders of Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. The information below will help you all prepare for the 2019-2020 school year.

            For your summer reading assignment, you are required to read the mandatory listed book(s) and one book of your choice.

We will begin the school year with the mandatory book, so it is MANDATORY that you get a copy, read it, complete the assignment, and bring it with you on the first day of school. During the second week of school you will be tested on this book, so make sure to start the school year off right.

7th Grade

8th Grade

Book 1-

Mandatory Book:

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Barnes & Noble: $8.99

Amazon: $7.48


Book 2-

Any (ONE) fiction or non-fiction book from one of the topics below

Incas, Mayans

Native Americans

American Revolution

Slavery; Civil War

Harriet Tubman




Science Fiction


Book 1-

Mandatory Book:

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Barnes & Noble: $8.99

Amazon: $8.99


Book 2-

Mandatory Book:

Out of The Dust by Karen Hesse

Barnes & Noble: $7.99

Amazon: $7.19


Mrs. Nielsen




7th and 8th Grade Language Arts

Welcome to 7th & 8th grade English Language Arts! My name is Mrs. Nielsen and I am excited to have you on board. This year will be an exciting year for both of us and I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you. I am very understanding, but I will challenge you every single day, so come prepared to learn and work hard. 7th & 8th grade are a big years with a lot of challenges, but I am here to assure you that you’ll do great as long as you put your mind to it.

I am sure that you will have a ton of questions every single day that we spend together. Please know that I am always willing to answer your questions if you ask them with patience, an open mind, and a respect for those around you. Always know that there are no stupid questions; but please know that one of my biggest pet peeves is when a question is asked when someone else is speaking. Respect and manners are always necessary.

There is going to be a lot that I expect from you because I already expect greatness from each one of you. You will work hard for your grade, but more importantly you will work hard to earn the grade you deserve based on the amount of effort you put into your learning. I am a very firm believer that it takes dedication to succeed anywhere that you go. I am dedicated to your learning and helping you in every way, so push yourself to learn and grow. Do not make excuses for yourself because it will not get you anywhere. In the end, it is your responsibility to prove to me that you’re ready for high school one day.

Always know that if you do not understand something, never hesitate to ask me. It is my goal to teach you language arts and it’s a chance for me to show you my passion for reading, writing, and teaching the English language. In the end, I can only hope that you, too, discover that same passion; but if you are not learning or are very confused, we are both doing something wrong. I am here for you and your learning. If you are failing, then I am failing; and the one thing to know about me is that I hate failing and I don’t accept it EVER!

I wish you nothing but the best this year and the rest of your duration at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. Remember, “all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney. Show me your courage to learn this year -



Ms. Jennifer Nielsen - Grades 7 & 8 English