ABOUT MRS. DOERING
B.A. in Economics
B.S. in Business Administration
Teaching Credentials, St. Martin’s University
Teaching is a vocation that I was truly called to many years ago while volunteering in my daughter’s Catholic School. Feeling so strongly called, I returned to school and earned my teaching credentials. My first fourteen years as an educator were spent at Visitation Catholic School in Tacoma. I also spent several summers teaching Algebra at Bellarmine. In the fall of 2013 I joined the faith-filled community of St. Nicholas Catholic School. I absolutely love teaching math and science, and the middle-schoolers with whom I share these great subject areas.
I strive to instill enthusiasm for learning, create a welcoming and collaborative classroom environment, and nurture each student’s spiritual, academic, and personal growth. Kindness, taking responsibility, and helping one another are qualities evident in our classroom.
8TH GRADE HIGHLIGHTS
Burying of the Alleluia
Lead the Crowning of Mother Mary
School Family Leaders
First Grade Buddies
Associated Student Body officers
Based on each child’s mastery of current curriculum, they will be placed in one of several classes.
Pre-Algebra: Open to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.
Pre-Algebra, Fast-Paced: Open to seventh graders who are especially quick to pick up concepts.
Pre-Algebra, Advanced: Eighth graders and second year pre-algebra students. Students will best benefit by working toward mastery of pre-algebra concepts, providing a solid foundation before moving on to algebra. Students work at their own pace.
Algebra: Open to seventh and eighth graders.
Geometry: Open to eighth graders who have successfully completed Algebra
Science is taught to a combined class of seventh and eighth graders in a two-year cycle. Students study a variety of subjects in Life Science, including cells, heredity, human body systems, simple organisms, fungi, plants, and animals. In Physical Science, students study matter, motion and forces, machines and energy, atoms, interactions of matter, waves, sound, and light.
Students read novels, short stories, informational text and poetry. Students analyze informational text using the CLOSE reading technique. Students also applied previously learned literary elements to novels. Students are also required to read a novel of their choosing at all times.
Students write in a variety of forms and for a variety of audiences. This includes five paragraph essays. Students will complete a research paper as well. Students peer revise and edit with one another on rough drafts. Students also complete shorter writing assignments such as journal entries and responding to prompts.
Students have bi-weekly spelling and vocabulary tests.
Grammar topics include more in-depth study of the parts of speech, noun-verb agreement, and sentence structure.