Mr. Rajczak

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Mr. Rajczak

8th Grade Homeroom Teacher

US History

Grades 7 and 8

Mr. Rajczak has been a Catholic School Teacher for 37 years.He has been recognized as a Religious Educator of the Year twice. He has written twenty children’s books on topics as diverse as Meet the President, The Haunted White House, and Texas Geography to Stink Bugs, Sea Urchins, and Andrew Jackson: Before He Was President. His latest is titled Citizen Scientist due to be available in early 2018.

After raising two wonderful and very successful children, he and his wife like to travel.
Mr. Rajczak has been here at St. Amelia School  for the past eleven years. One of his favorite activities is the Grade 8 Trip to Washington, DC.

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Classroom Information

Grade 8 room 4
Mr. Rajczak’s fantastic/wonderful homeroom

We are collecting quarters (well, just about anything) for Catholic Charities. Officially room 4 has the state of South Carolina. We already have collected about $17….

Our homeroom is in need of Kleenex tissues. The wonderful cold and flu season hit our supplies pretty hard this year. Any help would be appreciated.

Five week reports coming Tuesday, March 6

Ave Marie Whitehead Memorial Scholarship Ball is Sunday March 4 from 5:00-7-30 PM

Daylight Savings time (and change of uniform) happens over night Saturday March 10 into Sunday March 11….

Easter Break begins Wednesday, March 28 after dismissal….also Wednesday March 28 will be a Retreat Day in Junior High


Grade 8:  This week we will be discussing the causes of World War I. The notes from our Smartboard Presentations/text book are on Google Classroom. Also on Google Classroom, you will find the vocabulary terms for World War I chapter. These need to be defined in notebook, and as usual there will be a quiz. We will look at the USA’s claim of neutrality prior to entering the War in 1917. Additionally, we will look at the technologies of the war, the results, and especially the USA’s participation/contributions during the war.

Each chapter begins with defining the chapter’s vocabulary and a follow up vocabulary quiz.


grade 7:This week we are looking at how the USA acquired Louisiana. We will examine some of the things Lewis and Clark discovered along the way. The students will be able to describe the contributions of Sacajawea. Next up we look at why the USA declared war on the Barbary pirates of North Africa (and how the US Marine Corps was established).  We will analyze the effects of Jefferson’s Embargo Act as well as describe how we acquired Spanish Florida before turning our attention to the causes of the War of 1812.

Students are strongly encouraged to review notes on Googleclassroom as well as their own notebooks.

NOTE: Glencoe. has allowed the on line text book to expire. If you feel compelled to complain, please go to their website at

Mr. Rajczak is available after school for review, retakes if needed, and notes:
Tuesday until 3:25; Wednesday,Thursday, Friday until 4:00 if requested. If there is a teacher meeting called, these times may be adjusted. Changes are usually posted on my homework board in room 4.

What can you find there?
*Vocabulary review/flashcards…excellent stuff
*graphics such as this:
*sample quizzes and review, many other very helpful things
“Mr. Mule’ has always taught us that we can have a good day or not; the choice is yours. This can be applied to your study habits. Every single day I require that you review the day’s notes and complete any assignments given. I cannot study for you and your parents cannot study for you. All that is asked is that you give your best effort. I usually can provide at least three days after school each week to help students, even if it is just to clarify a point or provide a quiet place to work (I have four student computers with internet access). Teachers in our school are here to help you succeed. This will be my 34th year as a full time Catholic school teacher. I firmly believe that Catholic schools are the best. I feel St. Amelia’s has the best principal and staff anywhere. Students who give an honest effort are successful, are usually on the honor roll, and have a better transition to the high school you and family choose. I sincerely believe that this is going to be an excellent year!