November 24, 2017


Mrs. Carol Kennedy

Carol Kennedy graduated from Creighton University in 1985,  with a BA in Classical Civilization. She received teaching endorsements in Latin and French in 1987.    This year Mrs. Kennedy is teaching 8th Grade Language Arts and Literature,  8th grade Latin, 7th Grade Life Science, 7th Grade Math B, 6th Grade Religion, and running the school Library program.  In her free time she enjoys cooking, shopping for books, and trying to keep up with her grown children’s lives.

About Our Latin Program

Students at Our Lady Star of the Sea School take Latin in the 8th grade, 2 days per week. During the 1st trimester we learn about vocabulary, basic Latin Grammar, and derivatives. We also cover a map of the Roman Empire, Roman numbers and numerals, and Roman dress and food. Second semester culture topics are Greek and Roman gods, the Roman calendar and the Trojan War.  Third semester we cover the Roman house, Ecclesiastical Latin, Manuscripts, and Greek root words.

Throughout the year we use the text “Ecce Romani”, along with supplemental information. We also have a “word of the day” each day of class which explores Latin derivatives even further.

During September we discuss how the Romans came to be a great empire and the different people who contributed to what became Roman culture.  We also discuss the language tree, so that students would be able to distinguish between Romance languages and Germanic languages.   Some of our “Words of the Day” during September are:  Carpe Diem, modus operandi, terra firma, and bona fide.

In October we continue with Chapter 2 of our texts.  In addition, students learn about Roman numbers and the Gracchi brothers.  Words of the day include quintessential, decimate, rigor mortis, and R.I.P.

In November we learn about nouns and adjectives of the 1st and 2nd declension.  Culture topics include Roman dress, social status, and Roman food.  Words of the day include mellifluous, cornucopia, and salad (yes, salad!).

In December we learn about the different cases in Latin; we focus on the nominative and the accusative cases.  Culture topics included Roman religion and the Roman names for the Greek gods.  Words of the day include:  advent, Xmas, nativity, and solstice.

In January we learn about “infinitives” and the 4 conjugations of Latin verbs.  We also read the story of Aeneas and the Trojan War, and the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus.   Words of the day include:  January, inauguration, impediment, and impecunious.

In February we learn about the Roman calendar.  Latin grammar includes a review of nouns of the first and second declension, and adjectives of the first and second declension.  Words of the day include:  constellation, insulation, SPQR and INRI.

In March and April we learn more about the Nominative and Accusative cases.  We read about Roman houses, mosaics, and frescoes–and then design Roman villas.   The students memorize the Pater Noster during Lent and also make illuminated manuscripts during Holy Week. Words of the day include:  terra, caelum, dominus, and quotidian.

In May we learn how to use all of the present tense verb endings, and we read about the Punic Wars. We conclude the year by learning the Latin names for parts of the body, abbreviations, and Greek root words.