8th Grade Homeroom

8th Grade News and Information

Updated 1/27/21

Updates and details for the 8th grade class will be shared here and in email communications to families.

  • ALMA: All parents and students have access to Alma through the student portal. The link is here.

Faith Focus & Prayer Intentions: 

We continue to hold in our hearts, our families and friends who have passed away this school year. During the month of February we remember all of our loved ones and hold them in our prayers.

Other Happenings:

  • Re-Opening Plans: Middle school is currently considering reopening as soon as the end of February. Look for details in the newsletter and from Mr. Kramer regarding these plans in the coming weeks. If you are planning to stay remote, contact the front office directly.
  • 8th Grade Retreat: Friday, January 29th from 9am- 12:30pm. Parents: See email information for protocols and expectations.
  • HS Info: Catholic HS admissions information will be sent our around February 12th. Look for it in your mail and via email, to the parent email used when completing the application.

Upcoming Mid-Winter Dates

***NOTE*** These dates appear in the OLG School and or Parish calendar. All dates and events are subject to change due to Remote Learning and COVID-19.

  • Friday, January 29th: 8th Grade Outdoor, In-Person, Retreat.
  • Sunday January 31- Friday, February 5th is Catholic Schools Week
    • Monday: Parent Appreciation Day
    • Tuesday: Teacher/ Staff/ Faculty Appreciation Day
    • Wednesday: Alumni Appreciation Day
    • Thursday: Special Persons’ Day (and All School Mass virtually)
    • Friday: Student Appreciation Day
  •  To make it more fun, Middle School Will also be doing a Spirit Week! See details below!
  • Tuesday, Feb 2: 8th Grade “Visit” to the Mount. Joining virtually on my regular meeting link at 11am.
  • Wednesday, February 10 & Thursday, February 11th there is no school. Closed for OPTIONAL Winter Conferences & Teacher Remote Learning to In-Person transitional planning.
    • If you or the middle school teachers do not request conferences, this is a long weekend for your family.
  • Friday, February 12th & Monday, February 15th: NO SCHOOL Closed for Presidents’ Day Long Weekend Mid-Winter Break!
  • Tuesday, February 16th: Meeting with Silver Kite to plan future Mount Visits.
  • Wednesday, February 17th: Ash Wednesday. All School Mass
  • End of February: Possible middle school re-opening. Dependent on multiple factors (Covid #s being first and foremost). Will receive an official “2 weeks notice” from front office via parent email/ Constant Contact.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom will be our hub for Distance Learning. STUDENTS be sure to log in and add your classes for the 2020- 2021 School Year!

Students:  You can access your Google Classroom here. You should log in daily, M-F and have work each day.

Parents: You are encouraged to accept the guardian role via Google Classroom. This will provide you with weekly, monthly or even daily updates on your child’s missing and upcoming work.

General 8th Grade Timeline (In Photos)

*Some aspects subject to change/shift due to COVID.

Distance Learning Plan 2020-2021

Here you will find the Distance Learning Plan PDF.

The Schedule can be found here: Middle School DL Schedule 20-21Zoom links will be shared in Google Classroom and in email.  Please check it out before you come to your Middle School Orientation during the week of September 1st- 4th.

School Supply List for IN PERSON Learning

A PDF of the list can be found HERE.

Please only send the following list on the first IN PERSON DAY and we will keep you posted as we need more!  Space is limited and we are limiting supplies at school in order to make every effort to keep us in school! Thank you for your continued support!  

Behavior/ Citizenship Norms (Centered around the 7 CST)

  • Be respectful. Be Kind. Treat others the way that you would like to be treated. Use your manners. Be courteous. Say please, thank you and everything in between.  (Life and Dignity of the Human Person)
  • Participate. Communicate. Collaborate. Engage. (Call to Family, Community, and Participation)
  • “Act justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.” (Micah 6:8) Do what is right. Be honest. Speak up. Help others. Ask for help when you need it. (Rights and Responsibilities)
  • Step Up. Look Outward. Help Others. Serve without Seeking [credit/recognition]. (Option for the Poor and Vulnerable)
  • Show pride in your work. Own it. Always give your best. Never be afraid to try. Allow others to learn. (The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers)
  • We are all in this together. Support one another. (Solidarity)
  • Care for our classroom environment and learning community. Care for one another. (Care for God’s Creation)

Discipline Expectations

If disciplinary action is needed for in-person or online school-day behavior or incident, the OLG Family handbook will be followed. Communication home will be relayed in ALMA, and may also be communicated by the teacher or adult in charge during the class period/ time of incident. For more serious incidents, communication will come directly from the principal.

Cell Phones & Personal Devices

The cell phone policy supports students in being present in community with one another and limits classroom distractions.  Students are expected to turn off and put cell phones inside their backpacks before entering all school buildings. Other personal devices are not permitted unless given explicit permission by a teacher for use during instruction.

Phones found outside the backpack will be confiscated and sent to the principal’s office.  Parents/guardians must claim these devices directly from the principal. All family communication during school hours will happen through the front office.

During Distance Learning, students should uphold these same policies. Phones and non- computer personal devices, tablets, televisions, etc. should be put away or turned off during synchronous learning, just as they would be in the in-person classroom. Unless explicit permission for use is given, we ask that distractions be limited to ensure students gain the most from the virtual learning environment.

Headphones should be worn and microphones should be muted during Distance Learning, to respect the collaborative work environment of your space, and also limit background noises and distraction. Respectfully umuting yourself to speak will allow all students to engage and participate, but will also limit talking over one another when connection speeds might vary. 

If cell phones/ extra personal devices become an issue of distraction or concern during Distance Learning, parents will be contacted directly. It will also be noted in ALMA.

Checking your grades? 

ALMA is our new system. You should be checking Google Classroom as well.

PARENTS: You will use your student’s ALMA login. There is not a parent portal at this time.

Middle School Teachers listed by 8th grade subject:

Ms. (Lauren) Hobbs:                    Social Studies/ LT & Religion        lhobbs@guadalupe-school.org

Mr. (JC) Santos:                           Language Arts/ Musical                jcsantos@guadalupe-school.org

Mrs. (Stacy) Kunst:                      Science                                         skunst@guadalupe-school.org

Ms. (Allie) Savio:                          Math                                              asavio@guadalupe-school.org

Mrs. Mackenzie (Sullivan):           P.E./Health                                    msullivan@guadalupe-school.org

Sra. (Maria) Brodahl:                   Spanish                                         mbrodahl@guadalupe-school.org

Miss (Frances) McKamey:          Band                                              mckameyf@kennedyhs.org

Ms. Kristin (Dickerson):              Counselor/ SEL Instruction           kdickerson@guadalupe-school.org

8th Grade Families: 

Check these awesome videos out, made by the class of 2019!

Useful Website Links:

Language Arts:

Etymology sites:

Learning Style Strategies:

Email addresses for letters to Congress:


The following are possible resources for Catholic Social Teaching research:

Social Studies:

8th Grade US Constitution Info:


This is an audio link – please do this only at home



Word Processing:



The Juan Diego Project 2017

Every year in 8th grade, Our Lady of Guadalupe Students complete their Juan Diego Project, a culmination of their Service-Based Education. They choose a topic based on their interests, such as poverty, environment, healthcare, education, and more. Then, they conduct intensive research on that issue, using databases such as Academic OneFile and Proquest, and deliver a 30-40 minute interactive lecture to their peers on the topic. Additionally, they perform 20 hours of service in the field to gain hands on experience. Below are their culminating videos, which they created in trios. For more information about the project and about Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Service-Based Education, contact Mr. Santos or our school’s main office at 206.935.0651.

Fighting Local and Global Poverty

Improving our Communities at OLG

Erasing Insecurities

Care for Animals

Education for All

Living Healthy Lives

Serving Low-Income Families

Care for God’s Creation

Preserving Forests