Elizabeth Peel

Welcome to 8th grade Language Arts and Literature and 7th Grade Language Arts for the 2019-2020 Academic Year!

I hope you had a relaxing, rewarding summer and are ready for an exciting year here at STM--I am thrilled to be back with each and every one of you for a faith-filled, learning adventure!

I am Ms. Peel and I am honored to be your English teacher this year.  This is my fifth year at St. Thomas More Catholic School and my 31st year in education. My experience in a variety of districts has allowed me to work with a diverse body of students and has fostered in me an appreciation for different cultures and perspectives. To sum up my educational philosophy, I believe that each student has the ability to learn, achieve and meet individual goals and expectations; at STM, these expectations and goals are rooted in faith and tradition. As I begin the year, I am excited to get to know each of my students and to work with each one so that all of my students have a satisfying spiritual, academic and personal experience.

On a personal note, when I am not preparing for school, I enjoy reading, exercising, and traveling. I am married and have three grown sons, one of whom serves in the military, and one BIG dog. This summer I became a GRANDMA and am enjoying the God-given gift of my grandson Peyton.

Please feel free to contact me (email is best!) if you have any questions or concerns.

--Ms. Peel


General Postings:


Your child has received information on a new program we are implementing as part of our Religion curriculum called Raise Them Strong.  Please take time to review it.  Family homework assignments will be sent home starting next week.  The letter is attached as a file below.


Your child has received the second Raise Them Strong family homework assignment.  This is due October 29th.  The link for this assignment can be found under “helpful links”.


The third Raise them Strong homework assignment is due by 11/12/19


Our school Thanksgiving mass will be on 11/19.

7th graders are asked to bring grapefruit and 8th graders are asked to bring sweet potatoes. We hope parents can join us at this mass!


Dear Parents,

If you are a new family or an existing family and you are unfamiliar with FIAT (Faith in Action Together) we thought we would re-introduce it to you. FIAT is a ministry focused on building community by helping to increase our relationships with Jesus and His Church through faith and action activities.  One component of FIAT is "Angels Among Us".  The goal of “Angels Among Us” is to help families, staff and clergy in times of need, whether it be the birth of a baby, death of a loved one, or any other situation requiring extra support. This need can be kept anonymous and your family can work directly with your teacher, a member of admin, Mrs. Poniatowski or whomever you are most comfortable. You can also work directly with your grade level volunteer ‘Angel’. We are here to help so whatever works best for your family.

Our STM Catholic community is here to support and encourage one another. You can ask for help with meals, gift cards (for groceries, gas, restaurants, etc.), carpool help, prayers or any other type of assistance.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to Jan Ahern, Angela Haubert or the chair of Angels Among Us, Melanie Lauer.

God Bless,

The FIAT Committee (Posted 10/19/19)

Advent by Candlelight will be held Monday, November 18th, at 6:00 pm, starting in McCallin Hall.  It is a wonderful evening of faith and fellowship, to help prepare us for the Advent Season.  Please join us for food and drinks, adoration with Fr. Riley, and fantastic guest speakers.  To register or to host a table, please go to the following link.



Please read the following regarding Halloween:

Halloween Guidelines

Next Thursday, October 31, children are allowed to bring their Halloween costumes to school and change into them in the afternoon before the Halloween parade and class party!! Please follow the list of school-wide guidelines below when selecting a costume for school.

  • Costumes need to fit over uniforms.
  • No witch costumes.
  • No devil costumes.
  • No weapons.
  • No visible underwear.
  • Skirt and/or short length must be no more than 2 inches above the knee.
  • No masks or face paint (this is a safety thing, we need to see the faces of every child).
  • Nothing political.
  • Nothing ethically insensitive.
  • Child must be able to walk in it.





8th Grade Literature/Language Arts Blog


***I have been very busy completing high school recommendations for students.  If you have not asked me for one and plan to, please do this ASAP!  I will have them all finished before Thanksgiving break!


We have started vocabulary unit 5 and are continuing our study of dependent clauses.

In literature we are finishing a short story unit; our final assessment will be a compare/contrast essay.


We will begin out short story unit after completing MND.  Vocabulary Mastery Test 1 covering units 1-2-3 is on 10/17.

The High School Test Prep Class begins 10/15.


Permission slips for DCPA are due on 10/2/2019.

Students will be taking the high school practice test on 10/7/2019.

Students have been assigned their vocabulary books and are studying unit 1 words.
We are wrapping up our analysis of Adventures of Huckelberry Finn with an analytical paragraph of theme and satire.
Next up: Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream!
In grammar, we have reviewed parts of speech in anticipation of starting our first unit on the functions of noun clauses.


Students are now set up on IXL; practice will be assigned for language arts skills per unit. The first skill practiced in class was on MLA formatting for internal/parenthetical citations.


8th graders had a wonderful retreat experience last week--it was a pleasure to be a part of it with them!

Literature: Please have your copy of Midsummer Night's Dream in class on 9/10.


7th Grade Language Arts Blog



We are in unit 5 of vocabulary right now.

In writing, we are working on another article summary. All writing now includes correct use of conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs as transitions.

In grammar we will be focusing on pronouns and agreement.


We have started our unit on using conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs in writing. Vocabulary Mastery Test 1 covering units 1-2-3 will be on 10/17/19/


Students are completing Unit 3 of vocabulary and are working on sentence combining and summarizing in writing.


Students have been assigned their vocabulary books and are studying unit 1 words.

We have been reviewing sentence structure and the differences between phrases and clauses.

In writing, students have written a personal letter and will be writing business letters next.

Students are now set up on IXL;practice skills will be assigned per unit.


Students are now in the midst of writing business letters to companies asking for items for a service project for the homeless.

We will begin Unit 2 vocabulary this week.

IMPORTANT! September 16--20 marks the kick-off for Mane Event!  Please bring in donations for Christ in the City this week and check out the other daily events happening to make this a wonderful Mane Event!


Ms.Elizabeth (Liz)Peel

M.A Secondary English Education, Univ. of South Florida

B.A English, Furman University

30 years of secondary teaching in Florida, North Carolina, and Colorado

Graduate of Catholic education, grades 6-12.

Teaches: 8th grade language arts and literature; 7th grade language arts

Co-sponsors BETA Club.
Facilitator: Peer Mediators