Mrs. Mabeus                                    Room #207                 7th Grade Religion

Welcome to 7th grade Religion


Revelation, Trinity, Jesus Christ, the Church, Morality, Sacraments and The Kingdom of God. Saints, on their feast day, will be a part of our discussions as well. We will be studying the Holy Spirit and begin working towards our Confirmation which culminates in 8th grade. The students will be using the Holy Bible in class as well as the Catechism and the YOUCAT (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church).

We will also be using the Decision Point program by Matthew Kelly. The CHOSEN, Your Journey Toward Confirmation, and ALTARATION programs will also be used in the classroom as part of Confirmation preparation. Fr. Stack will visit the class the first Tuesday of the month for 30 minutes.

General Rules:

Respect - self, others, property

Be an active participant

Follow school and classroom rules and procedures

Act appropriately and courteously at all times

Materials Needed for Class Every Day:

Religion textbook (Alive in Christ  (Our Sunday Visitor Publishers) Copyright 2014), Religion notebook (must be a 3 subject), homework, black and red pen, yellow highlighter.

Assignments and Tests:

Tests will be given at the end of each chapter and unit. Tests are announced a minimum of 4 class days in advance. Tests/quizzes will be taken from the text, notes taken in class and any notes given by Fr. Stack.

Students are responsible for taking notes, which are provided in class. These will be checked with extra credit given for notes that have been highlighted.

Test format is multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching, short answer and essay. No retakes will be allowed.


The students can expect homework 3-4 times a week. Names and proper headings will be expected on all papers. Incomplete homework will not be accepted.

All homework is expected to be turned in the very next class unless a different date is given in class.  If the student does not have the work to hand in on time during class, they will be given a tally mark on their behavior card. Five tally marks for missing homework equals one demerit. Student can expect a 10% grade deduction for late work.



Late Work/ Absent Students:

If a student is absent due to an illness, allowance is made to get work completed and turned in, one day per each day absent. The student is responsible for checking the work and showing it to the teacher within the time frame. If they need more time, please visit with me and we can make accommodations. If a student has a planned absence, then they should get their work before they leave and all work is due the day they return. This includes being prepared for any tests or quizzes. Work may be provided before trips with advanced notice of at least 3 days. There may be additional work assigned and two additional days will be provided to make up any of the work which was not provided before the absence.


I use a point system for all grades. Daily work will be worth 5 points and up. Tests are worth a variety of points depending on the makeup of the test.


Student behavior expectations are discussed in class the first week of school. SSM uses the Boys Town Model to teach skills that will benefit students of all ages. These skills cover such basics as how to greet others, following directions, disagreeing appropriately and many others. Students are expected to participate by volunteering to read in class, answer questions, work with their peers in a Christian manner, and complete assignments on time.

Parent Assistance:

Students at this age should be able to complete the daily work with very minimal assistance from parents. Projects should also require little parental involvement beyond helping with any supplies the child may need to secure.

Extra Credit:

There may be extra credit questions offered periodically on tests throughout the year. These questions will often times come from a reading at Mass or something that the presiding priest shares with the students during the Mass, or during a classroom visit. Extra credit will be offered as a whole class opportunity only. Students should not expect to retake a test for a better grade. The same goes for redoing homework assignments. Students should not count on extra credit to bring their grade up. I am trying to prepare the students for their future. I want them to put their best effort into their school work the first time it is given to them.


In the spring, the seventh grade class will attend a half day Pilgrimage to the Father Flanagan home.


In preparation for 8th grade Confirmation, and as a part of the school curriculum, the students are required to attend a half day retreat. This takes place January 25 & 26 at St. Stephen’s in the dining room.  Please direct any questions or concerns about the retreat to Betsy Carroll, parish Confirmation coordinator, at 402-861-4510 or




January 25 2019 6:30-9:00 PM - 7A

January 26 2019 8:30-11:00 AM - 7B

January 26 2019 1:00-3:30 PM - 7C

Rite of Enrollment Mass:

September 8 & 9 at all Masses, the 7th grade will be offered the Rite of Enrollment. You may attend any Mass on those dates that you wish. The candidate and their parent(s) will be asked to commit themselves to prayer and study as they enter the time of sacramental preparation. They will receive a special blessing by the parish as a sign of the community’s support. Following the Mass, the candidates will be asked to sign the register in the Gathering Space.

Stewardship hours:

The students are responsible for completing ten hours of stewardship. This must be on a “nonpayment” basis. Ideas and opportunities for service hours will be made available to the students via the church bulletin. Stewardship forms are available online only. It is the student's responsibility to record and keep track of their hours; 5 hours associated with St. Stephen's/5 hours outside of St. Stephen’s.

Students have been shown how to record stewardship hours in class. Stewardship hours are due December 5, 2018 (first five hours), May 1, 2019, 10 total hours.

This form is ONLINE ONLY on the website Sacrament Preparation page. Paper forms will no longer be accepted by RE or school teachers or by the office. The new form is similar to previous years, however now a PDF of the student’s answers will be automatically emailed back to the student/parent when the form is submitted. Misplaced or forgotten forms will now be a thing of the past.

Special Projects:

Saint Puppet – By the end of 7th grade the students should have a very good idea of whom they would like to choose as their Confirmation Saint. They will begin researching Saints to better prepare them as they make their selection. and resources in the classroom and RE office will be helpful tools as the pre-Confirmation students begin discerning who they would like to choose.


Please use Sycamore as a way to keep up on how your child is doing academically. Assignments are not posted online. It is important for middle school students to learn responsibility, and one of the ways that they will do this in middle school is being responsible for recording assignments in their assignment notebook. You can expect grades to be posted within the week of the assignment/test if it is turned in on time. Please keep in mind that there may be times where not many changes will be made to the grades due to longer projects, shortened weeks, etc. Please do not expect grades to be updated daily.


Remember: Be organized! Stay on task! Be Positive! Ask me for help! I want to help you succeed! Organization is critical to your success!


Please contact me at my email address at any time with your questions/concerns.

Mrs. Mabeus

Steward ship hour form    Online only


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