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 Amber. 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 ten 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

Thank you to the 17 parents who have already signed up for parent-teacher conferences (November 21 afternoon, November 22 morning).


Grade 8:  This week we will begin post reconstruction. First off we will be studying the mining boom and many other topics in Chapter 18. Please check Google classroom and review the notes there. Each chapter begins with defining the chapter’s vocabulary and a follow up vocabulary quiz. Here are the essential questions for this week:

How did the mining boom affect westward migration?

How did the transcontinental railroad  affect the USA? Specifically, how did the railroad industry positively affect the growth of the American economy? This is actually a June exam section for sure.

What was the cattle kingdom? How did a few horrible winters and the influence of humans pretty much end the cattle kingdom?

What hardships were faced by by new settlers/farmers on the Great Plains? What was the Homestead Act?





grade 7:This week we begin the cause and effect relationship that is basically the causes/steps toward the American Revolution.

First topic up is the Boston Massacre. This topic will be infused with an important skill, seeing the same event from more than one point of view.

Next comes the Boston Te Party and then the creation of the Second Continental Congress. We will fire the first shots at Lexington and Concord and hopefully the Declaration of Independence before Thanksgiving.  It is important to know why the colonists decided to physically fight their Mother Country , Great Britain.

NOTE: The colonists were in no way over taxed. In fact, for every $1.00 a citizen in London paid in taxes, a colonist might pay $0.04, yes four cents. The colonists also were not interested in having a voice in Britain’s Parliament  because they would be easily out voted.

What is absolutely important is that the students be able to explain causes of the American Revolution. We define ourselves as a nation through the virtues we espoused during the American Revolution.

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!