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         709 Communicator 

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My Class8th Grade - Gray Team

Believing that lifetime learning is important, we challenge students to make connections between their coursework and real world experiences.  These connections are made through inter-disciplinary units including a SCUBA diving experience, a Thanksgiving Feast, and an exploration of the concept of flight.  Throughout the year, mini-IDU's often combine two or more curricular areas to help students link ideas and better understand the concepts we teach.

Eighth Grade Curriculum Guide 

Mr. Bishop

Mr. Bishop

History

About the Teacher

I am from a small town in eastern Iowa called Center Point.  I graduated from Iowa State University (Iowa’s ISU) in the spring of 2008.  There I met my wife, Jenna.  After getting married in June of 2009, we moved to Peoria for her career in dietetics.  I have spent most of the last four years substitute teaching in District 150 and taking classes at Illinois Central College and Illinois State University (Illinois’ ISU).  In May of 2013, I graduated with a degree in History-Social Sciences Education with certification for grades 6-12.  I am thrilled to be a part of District 709 and the Morton community.  I look forward to teaching American History and getting involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and initiatives throughout the year.

 

In my free time, I enjoy running, spending time outdoors, traveling, volunteering, attending concerts, and watching the Chicago Bears. 

    

Mission for the Class

The mission for this course is for students to gain an appreciation for history and to make connections between the past and their own lives.  Students will also learn the importance of perspective-taking, from both a historical and present sense.  The democratic atmosphere of this classroom will allow students to share their opinions and ideas and will also encourage them to acknowledge and appreciate the views of their peers.  Students will practice teamwork by working collaboratively in groups on a regular basis.  Finally, students will improve their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are essential for future success.

 

Email - [email protected]

Phone - (309)266-6522

Mr. Herrmann

Mr. Herrmann

Math

About the Teacher
After graduating from East Peoria High School in 1982, I attended Olivet Nazarene College for my B.A. which I received in 1986. My first teaching position was at Kincaid High School from 1986-1988. Morton High School and Junior High is where I have taught since. My Master's Degree was earned in 1994 from Illinois State University and my Administrative Certificate was completed in 2005.

In addition to teaching math, I have coached football, basketball, and baseball at Kincaid and Morton.


Mission
My mission is to educate students via a series of challenging experiences through which they learn how to think in a logical sequence to arrive at solutions to complex problems.

 

 

Email - [email protected]

Phone - (309)284-5206

Mrs. Reichert

Mrs. Reichert

Language Arts

About the Teacher
I earned my Bachelor's Degree at Bradley University in Elementary Education, with a Middle School Language Arts Endorsement. I then went on to earn a Master's Degree in Education Administration at Illinois State University. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of early adolescent English/language arts.  

Mission for the Class
It is my mission to develop in students a love of words and support them as they explore the English language.  

 

Email - [email protected]

Phone - (309)266-6522

Mrs. Tortorella

Mrs. Tortorella

Science

About the Teacher

I started teaching at MJHS in 2003.  For the first 4 years I taught 7th grade Earth & Life sciences, but in 2007 I moved to 8th grade to teach Chemistry & Physics.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bradley University (Peoria) in 2002 and later a Master’s degree in Teaching & Leadership from the University of Illinois (Springfield).  I have also spent the better part of 10 years (high school, college, and post-college) working as an organic chemistry lab technician for the USDA - National Center for Agriculture Utilization Research (or "Ag Lab" for short).  Despite not being about to work work for the Ag Lab anymore, I still keep in close contact with my co-workers, both professionally and socially.  They continually supply my classroom with hard-to-find items, such as liquid nitrogen and other chemicals, for my demonstration days.  My extracurricular activities have included 5 years as the MJHS Dance Team coach, 3 years sponsoring student council, 2 years as White Team leader, and science department head since 2007. 

 

I love my job and get more enthusiastic about science with each passing year.  Striving to be a livelong learner, I continuously look for ways to expand my science knowledge and expertise...this usually encompasses much of my summer months.  I have spent my summers working at the Ag Lab, teaching College for Kids at Illinois Central College, and most recently working as a teacher intern at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, IL.  Fermilab is a famous physics laboratory that houses the Tevatron, a 4-mile particle collider.  CERN, located in Geneva, Switzerland, houses the world's biggest collider, the LHC, at closer to 17 miles in circumference.  My project at Fermilab dealt primarily with upgrades to the CMS detector, one of the two biggest detectors at CERN.  Every year I look forward to integrating my lab experiences into my curriculum at MJHS.  

 

I am also a volunteer member of the American Chemical Society where I spend time putting on super cool hands-on science demonstrations during National Chemistry Week every October.  (I have also been known to give out extra credit just for having a blast at these fun activities!)  Through ACS, I have also organized and facilitated several workshops for teachers to integrate science across the curriculum.  Still want to know more?  Because of my time spent doing research at the USDA and Fermilab, I have been lucky enough to earn two publications!  Click here if you are interested in learning more about them:  USDA chemistry;  Fermilab physics  I also have a beautiful daughter, Genevieve, who was born in 2013.  I love being a mother and watching her learn and grow every day! 

 

Mission

It is my mission to demonstrate that science is everywhere and to create an engaging environment that facilitates inquiry based learning.  My goal is for students to develop a deeper interest in science, always ask questions, and experiment whenever possible!  Let’s create future scientists!

 

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Email - [email protected]

Phone - (309)266-6522

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