7th grade Social Studies

In 7th grade this year along with having Religion with the 6th grade and using the 6th grade book the 7th grade will also be studying Kansas history and world geography in Social Studies. Most of their geography content will be on Moby Max with supplements added as needed.

6th/7th grade Religion

This year 6th and 7th grades will have Religion together and will use the 6th grade book which covers the Old Testament. They will have a stewardship assignment due at the end of each quarter and we are currently working on learning the Prayer to the Holy Spirit and in the 2nd nine weeks we will work on knowing the Ten Commandments.

6th grade will be attending the diocesan Vocation fair in March.

6th grade attended the Vocation fair March 1 at Magdalen SchoolTwelve students attended from our school and shared the day with over 600 area sixth graders!

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books Team Competition

Battle of the Books is a competition for 5th and 6th grade student teams in which students read from a list of 20 books and answer questions about these books at a series of three meets each spring. St. Cecilia hosts one of these meets and the other schools in our area generally take turns hosting the other two meets. Those schools are St. Joseph, Conway Springs; Holy Name, Winfield; and Sacred Heart, Ark City.

The meets take place on Wednesday afternoons from approximately 1:00-3:00. The first meet is generally the first Wednesday after Spring Break with the subsequent meets every other Wednesday.

Teams consist of 4 or 5 students and at times 4th graders have moved up to help fill the fifth grade team. Students who are interested in this competition must read several books from the list which is available on our web-site (under school documents on the front page) and in the school library. Teams are generally picked in early January from the most committed readers and will practice for their meets during some recesses.

If you have any questions about this competition please contact me and I will be happy to answer to the best of my ability.

Competition dates for 2019 have been set. They are March 27 in Conway Springs, April 10 at St. Cecilia and April 24 in Winfield. We are in need of 3-4 judges for our competition here at St. Cecilia. If you have that Wednesday afternoon available please let the school office know. 

6th grade team:

Jackson Bergkamp

Josie Croninger

Alexis Means

Tyler Patterson


5th grade team:

Kylie Hallacy

Beatrice Poliquin

Clarence Sponsel

Fletcher Combs

6th, 7th, 8th grade Religion


In Religion we will be soon preparing for our end of the year Diocesan Religion test and our Love and Life workbook. Both will be our priority in Religion after Easter. Permission slips for Love and Life along with a letter explaining content will be going home after Spring Break. Stewardship for the 4th quarter will be due May 13.

6th Grade Social Studies

6th grade is using Studies Weekly this year in World History. It is important that they keep up with their weekly assignments in this class since they do much of this at their own pace with weekly tests. Check with your student to make sure they have handed in the weekly paper assignments and have completed the online portion of their assignments. They may work online at home on these assignments

Middle School News 8th grade Religion and Social Studies

8th grade is studying the History of the Church and reviewing the lives of the saints in Religion this year. We have been saying the Magnificat prayer everyday. Students should know this prayer by heart before the end of the year. 

In Social Studies we are looking at American History from the Constitution to early 1900's with emphasis on the Civil War era. 

Library News

May 17 is the last day to have library books checked out or to take A.R. tests for this school year.

Notices will be sent home regarding overdue or lost books.

A.R.point club prizes will be awarded on May 23 at the final assembly.

The annual used book sale will be May 20- May 22. Books and materials that are not needed in the school will sell for $0.25 each.

Summer reading is encouraged and A.R. tests may be taken Tuesday or Thursday mornings at the school from 9:00-12:00. Summer session will run from June 1-July 31. This is a great way to start accumulating A.R. points for the 2018-19 school year.


Mrs. Betzen
6th, 7th & 8th grade