Aquinas Middle School
8TH GRADE TEAM
MRS. CHERYL HORVATH
Bachelor of Science: Northern Michigan University
Additional courses from various institutes including UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University
+ years with Aquinas Catholic Schools
+ years total teaching experience
When I was in high school, I had an opportunity to work with elementary aged children. During that experience, I realized that I loved being in the classroom where I could impact the lives of students. It has been a privilege to spend my career in Catholic education. Being able to integrate faith into my curriculum is one of the many reasons I love teaching in a Catholic school. It is my hope that my passion for teaching and for sharing my faith has a positive and lasting impression on each student that passes through my classroom.
In my classroom, students are actively engaged during the learning process through discussions as well as hands-on activities and experiments. They have opportunities to ask questions, problem solve and work cooperatively, all within a safe and friendly environment.
The eighth grade science curriculum encompasses a variety of earth science topics. Students learn the properties of matter and basic atomic structure. As students explore the Earth, there is a focus on its atmosphere, oceans, and landmasses. Earthquakes and volcanoes, as well as rock and mineral classifications, are also examined. The weather unit includes the study of climate zones in the United States. The year concludes with a study of the solar system and space exploration.
Eighth grade religion students will study the history of the Church. An examination of the many saints is incorporated in our studies as well. We are continuing to learn from Christ's example of giving as we have an expectation of service hours each quarter. During the season of Lent, students will be engaged in the Theology of the Body for Teens Program. This series will help students to make good choices on their journey to becoming responsible Catholic adults.