Dear Parents and Students:
Welcome back to the 2014-2015 school year at Saint Joseph the Protector School. I am looking forward to a year filled with challenges, learning, and excitement with the "ultimate goal to proclaim Jesus Christ and the message of the Gospel".
Rules of Conduct:
Respect others, materials, and the classroom learning experience.
Bring assignments, textbooks, and supplies to class.
Folllow the directions on all assignments. Be thorough, neat, and accurate.
Leave the room clean and neat when you depart.
Please follow the dress code guidelines in the school handbook.
Homework and Grades:
Students should expect approximately 5-10 hours of homework weekly in order to keep their grades up. Homework will be assigned on a daily basis. Homework assignments will be given verbally from the teacher, written on the board, and posted on the school website. However, your child should have homework assignments to work on every night. Long-term projects/papers will be introduced and worked on in class and at home. Due dates will be fair and strictly enforced. I will accept late work within reason and with a parent signature note. Excused absences will allow for extended deadlines. Current grades are posted regularly on the school website for student and parent viewing. Thus, students are able to inform you of their current status throughout the school year and you can view current grades through the website. Progress notes will be posted on the published dates. Please monitor these postings. If you have concerns about anything, email me or call me at 215-884-0843. The website includes many of the assignments, due dates , the current grades, and a variety of other helpful information.
Grade 8: The American Nation, Civil War to Present
Students will learn about our nation's history from the Civil War Era through the present day.
Grade 7: The American Nation, Beginnings through 1877
Students will learn of early cultures that share our hemisphere, exploration, colonization, The American Revolution, and the eventual expansion of our country from sea to shining sea.
Grade 7: Course 2 Mathematics Common Core
Students will learn integers, rational numbers, algebraic expressions, ratios, rates, proportions, percents, geometry analyzing data, and statistics. Theses topic will be reinforced through classroom discussion, homework, quizzes, classroom practice, and tests.
I want students to leave the classroom and be successful. I expect them to become productive and self-directed. I would like to see an academically strong and enjoyable year for all students. Through student, parent, and teacher involvement, all students should succeed.
Again, welcome to the classroom, here’s to a great year!
It is a privilege and an honor to be allowed to instruct your children this school year. As a team of parents, teachers, students, and adminstrators, we can achieve one common goal- the educational learning process with Christian values. I was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island within a strong Irish-Catholic family. My father was a Providence police officier and my mother was from Co. Mayo, Ireland. I am the oldest and have three younger brothers. Education was not an option in the O'Connell household. Education and Mass was the two things you did not question my parents. You just did it! My education journey began with 8 years of Catholic education at Saint Matthew's School in Cranston, RI taught by the Sisters of Mercy, and then another 4 years of Catholic education at an "all-boy school" called Our Lady of Providence High School. I went onto a "well-known" teaching college called Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island. I graduated from RIC with a double major in History and Secondary Education. I then received my Rhode Island Teaching Certification in Secondary Education with a Middle School Endorsement(Grades 5-12) and started to teach 7th and 8th grade at Saint Matthew's School in Cranston. I then continued on pursuing my Masters at Providence College until I enlisted active duty in the United States Air Force in 1988 as an firefighter. My tour of duty included Andersen AFB, Guam, and Cannon AFB, New Mexico during the Persian Gulf War. After receiving an "Honorable Discharge", I went back to teaching. Some of my teaching assignments included summer school at Prout Memorial High School in Kingston, RI and as a long-term public school substitute teacher for West Warwick High School.
Along with my teaching, I worked as a mortgage underwriter and telemarketing supervisor for a bank in RI.
Eventually, I met a beautiful Irish-Catholic girl, Kathleen Conway, from Philadelphia, a Nazareth Academy graduate who was studying to become a registered nurse. We were married and settled in Conshohocken for 1 year before moving to to our home within the Immaculate Conception parish in Jenkintown. We were blessed with three sons. Patrick is 18 years old and a graduate of Abington High School and enrolled in the culinary arts program at Eastern Technology School. Liam is 15 years old, a 2013 graduate from St. Joseph the Protector, and a sophomore at Roman Catholic High School. Seamus is 11 years old and a 6th grader at St. Joseph the Protector.
In the summer of 2003, the O'Connell family relocated to a bigger home in Glenside for their growing family and became new parishioners at Saint Luke's Church.
From 1995-2009, I worked for a consulting firm as an IT recruiter and have gained the experience on the business world and the expectations that the client has on their employees. This I feel also helps me to better educate the children at a young age the job market and how their Catholic education is the key for them to be productive, successful, and to make conscious decisions. With the reduction of the labor force and personal reasons, I went back to teaching in 2009. I taught for four years at Saint Laurence School in Upper Darby- 2 years of Social Studies and ELA for 7th and 8th graders and then the last two years instructing Social Studies/Math/Science for 5th & 6th graders. I have just been awarded "Religion Certification for Education" from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in May 2013. Therefore, I am so glad to be part of the Saint Joseph the Protector School family for the second year and look forward on meeting you in the future.
Mr. Bill O'Connell