Mr. McCloskey was born in Manchester, New Hampshire; an hour northeast of Boston. He grew up there playing Little League, and basketball for St. Pius the X Church. He joined the US Army at age 17 during the end of Vietnam War. He has a BS in Journalism, and a Minor in Marketing from Arizona State University and earned his teaching credentials at the University of Phoenix and has taught for 12 years.
Mr. Mac has a varied employment background: selling insurance, running a company and blessed to be a stay-at-home dad for his twins. He worked at UPS for ten years, in management for four of those years, two of which were in the Industrial Engineering Department, which is when he fell in love with math. His first position was with a public school years ago, but through prayer, decided that the religious opportunities to serve the Lord made the decision an easy one to seek a Catholic school position. Plus, the academic and behavioral expectations were a much better fit for his philosophy of learning and teaching!
He worked with a teen youth group for 10 years and taught Confirmation classes at Queen of Peace. He has taught Health for 11 years and the book he found was full of scripture so teaching Religion was an easy transition for him. He earned his Catechist Certification through the Diocese of Phoenix.
He looks forward to working with the kids and has high expectations for them and himself. He asks them to work hard and always do their best.
The 7th Grade Religion Curriculum is the study of Jesus; as God, Man, Savior, Prophet and Teacher, Healer and Head of our Church. The religion book is “Living Our Faith”. There will be a combination of readings and activities from the Bible, the Catechism, Laudate, the Pope App and The Vatican.VA. All are all on the iPad, so please have your child show you.
The Family Life Curriculum is a study of God’s gifts and includes the Baby Class taught by Mrs. Bobbi Martinez, a mainstay at Christ the King for 15 years.
The textbook for vocabulary is: Vocabulary Workshop, Level B. The students are assigned a word or two and are expected to do a “word art” which is due on Friday of every week. They also do an oral presentation to the class on their word. They are graded in class for all the activities in the unit. There is a test on Friday over the unit to include the spelling and the definition of every word.
The students are responsible for writing their homework down and there is a homework list entitled Homework Grade 7 in your child’s google drive. Mr. McCloskey will also post the homework on OptionC by 6 o’clock.
He is available until 4pm on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday should a student need help or if parents have any questions about the schoolwork.
Middle School Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Consequences
Students in grades five through eight are expected to:
- Bring all books, sharpened pencils, paper, charged iPads (6-8 th grade) and necessary materials to class and sit in assigned seats.
- Stay in their seat after the start of the period unless they have permission to do otherwise.
- Respect their classmates as well as keep hands, feet, and other objects to themselves.
- Not chew, eat, or drink during class except for water in clear containers.
- Not talk or otherwise disturb the class after the period has begun unless they have permission to do otherwise.
- Respect the property of Christ the King School and other students using the classroom.
Consequences if Students Choose to Fall Short of Expectations……
First time: Non-verbal cue. Sometimes there may also be a non-specific verbal cue. (If a student has received a specific verbal warning, they are already at step two!)
Second time: Verbal Warning. At times, a general warning may be issued to the entire class.
Third time: Writing assignment determined by teacher. Default assignment is copying these expectations and consequences. Student may also be invited to spend break or recess with the teacher.
Fourth time or flagrant violation: Parents/guardian notified. Detention will be assigned.
Fifth time or flagrant violation: Parents/guardian notified. Student referred to principal.
These expectations and consequences supplement and support those of the school. The teacher may, at any time, take preventive steps to help students choose well. These steps may include moving the student’s seat or asking the student to stand at the back of the room. Remember that steps such as these are only intended to help the student meet the expectations of classmates, teachers, parents, and administration.
Proceed quietly to your desk with books and materials required for work in Room 7, which includes pre-sharpened pencils, graph paper, text book, homework, fully charged iPads (Grades 6 and 8 only), and a book, or magazine to read in the event you finish all your work. As you enter, identify any particular questions from the night’s homework. This is not the time to explain to the teacher why you did not do the homework (see below). If you have a note from home, place it in the “student in-basket” on the teacher’s desk (this is the same place “absent” work should be placed). Be seated and quietly complete the assignment or follow the directions posted in the front center of the room or on the white board to one side. Make sure your homework is out and available for correction.
Unload un-needed books to the cubby provided you. Make sure you have your fully charged iPad available at your desk. Gather up those materials you need for morning classes in Room 8 and place them on your desk in anticipation of shifting classrooms. Stow backpacks and unneeded outerwear on a hook in the “cloakroom.” No later than the 7:50 bell signaling the start of class, be seated and quietly complete the assignment or follow the directions posted in the front center of the room or on a white board to the side. If nothing is posted, read or work on assignments due in the future. YOU start the class—not the bell, and not the teacher!
Sorry, you should have thought about that before class started. Emergencies will be handled separately.
Raise your hand and ask that question when called upon! Although there may be inappropriate questions, there are no dumb questions. If your question arises during an in-class assignment or test, and you believe the question is of immediate importance to everyone, raise your hand normally and I will call upon you and attempt to answer your question.
Raise your hand in a fist and the teacher will come to your desk.
You should have thought about that before class started (or brought a sharpener with you), but if you need to otherwise use the sharpeners in the classroom, raise the pencil in the air just as if you were asking a question!
If you haven’t been provided other instructions, do XtraMath, Khan Academy, IXL, or do the homework for this class. You may read a book of your own choosing that you have brought to school with you.
Grades are computed on a “total points” basis, rather than as many teachers compute them using weighted averages. Basically, what you see is what you get. Point values are established for each assignment. All the points you achieve are added up and divided by the total number of points available. Your simple average is your percentage for the quarter. Check Option “C” regularly to see how you’re doing. I like to grade work and return it quickly.
Homework p135, #6-10
All grades: Bring your homework to class with you and have it available for immediate review and collection upon entering. If you are tardy, hand the homework (Grade 5 only) and the tardy slip to the teacher when you enter the classroom. Religion and Vocabulary assignments for Grade 7 should annotate their homework with the fact that they were tardy, correct the work, and then submit it normally via iPad. If you are at school but have a commitment that prevents attendance at the beginning of class (e.g. altar serving), then please ensure that a classmate brings the homework to class for you.
Obtain information about the assignment from Option C, a fellow student, or other means. Responsibility to complete the assignment does not change. All work due while absent must be made up within one school day of your return and must be clearly identified and highlighted as “absent” work at the top of the paper with the submission date. A proper heading must be on all work, indicating the assignment and original due date. It is the responsibility of each absent student to submit the absent work to the “student in-basket.” The teacher is not responsible for asking you for your absent work.
Assignments are late when the due date has arrived, the student is present, the work has been collected and students have not made any prior arrangements with the teacher. You continue to be responsible for the work even if you did not submit it on time and it must be maintained with other work in your subject file. The work of those students who were absent is not late until one day following their return to school.
Leave your schoolwork and books where they are. Quietly exit the classroom through the front door and silently proceed single-file to the assembly area identified on the plan at the front of the room.