Elizabeth Peel


I hope you had a relaxing, rewarding summer despite COVID 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 sixth year at St. Thomas More Catholic School. 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. Last 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.

From Mrs. Poniatowski:


Middle school parents please mark your calendars for Tuesday, January  27, 2020 at 6:00 PM in St. Francis Hall.  Alex Yannacone from the CU Johnson Depression Center will provide training and discuss skills and strategies for building resiliency, creating manageable goals, self-care, and mindfulness exercises. Barriers and obstacles will be identified, as well as how to obtain resources and supports. This session will incorporate story-telling and small group collaboration and discussions.  All STM middle school students will participate in a student version of the training on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 during the school day.  These training and discussion sessions are intended to reinforce the information we have been sharing through Raise Them Strong.  We look forward to seeing you on January 7th!

CSW Reminder!  Please bring in your fleece contribution--we will be making blankets as our service project during CSW. Turn in fleece to your home base teacher.

8th Grade Literature/Language Arts Blog
Parents:  Second trimester report cards will be posted and available on line on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 3:00 pm.

With the beginning of Lent comes the start of our annual Diaper Drive!  Please give generously to this valuable cause!
Happy 2020 to all!


We have started reading Moon Over Manifest in literature; students are practicing annotating skills and evaluating the novel as historical fiction and mystery.

In vocabulary, students will take Mastery Test 2 over units 4-5-6 on 01/24.  Our next vocabulary unit will come from Moon Over Manifest.


I hope you all had a blessed Christmas break! We are off to the second half of second trimester!

8th graders are in the middle of Unit 6 in vocabulary and finishing studying verbals in grammar.  In literature we are considering theme and purpose in "Flowers for Algernon."  Next up: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.

***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


Parents: Second trimester report cards will be posted and available online on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 3:00 p.m.

With Lent starting, so is our annual Diaper Drive!  Please give generously to support this valuable cause!


In writing we are reviewing punctuation as it applies to dialogue and writing conversations.

Vocabulary Mastery Test 2 over units 4-5-6 will be on 01/24.  Our next vocabulary unit will come from literature class.

Happy 2020 to All!


7  graders are in the middle of Vocabulary Unit 6 and finishing up a grammar unit on using pronouns correctly. In writing they are revising their definition essays and writing final drafts.


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!

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Peel’s Post May 18–22

Here we are 7th grade–the last week for the year! Below is an overview of our last few days together: Monday: Practice and submit your  persuasive speech. Additional Office Hours from 10:30–11:00 am if you have questions about anything. The link is posted on google classroom. Tuesday + Wednesday: Present speeches. Thursday: Introduction to Fahrenheit Read More

Peel’s Post May 11-15

I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend and celebrated Moms! A HUGE thank you for the very generous gift card and wonderful video you sent for Teacher Appreciation week—I am truly blessed to be a part of this family. Thank you! Here is the scoop for this week: 7th Language Arts: You will be planning, Read More

Peel’s Post May 4–May 8

Below are the over views for this week.  Happy Monday–praise God for  this beautiful weather! 7th Language Arts: We are continuing to analyze persuasion and will look at counter-claims on Monday and Tuesday. There will be a classwork/quiz grade on Wednesday on the terms we have covered so far. We have CLASS on Monday by Read More

Peel’s Post April 27–May 1 UPDATED

  Here is the Week Overview for 7th and 8th grade for the week of April 27–May 1 Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday at the same times/no change. Please see your Classwork page in google classrooms for the folder with the link. 7th Grade language arts: We are continuing with our persuasive writing unit. On Read More

Peel’s Post April 20-24

Welcome back, STM! I hope you had a beautiful Easter and relaxing spring break! Here we go–moving towards the end of the year! 7th language arts:  vocabulary this week and next will be based on content area words. We will be starting our persuasive writing unit with a review of distinguishing between fact and opinion.  Read More

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