About Me Section: Ms. Cardona is currently the 7th and 8th grade ELA teacher. With her Bachelor’s Degree in English, from Queens College of the City University of New York, Ms. Cardona employs a fresh and dynamic approach to English for our middle-school students. Ms. Cardona previously worked for the NYCDOE, and has been with Saint Adalbert for the past 3 years. Both of Ms. Cardona’s children are Saint Adalbert Catholic Academy graduates–Austin Cardona, Class of 2012, and Gabriella Cardona, Class of 2015. Ms. Cardona has always been an active member of our parish, serving on the Basketball Committee and as a Girl Scout leader.
Curriculum: Pearson Realize textbook for both 7th & 8th grade; Ms. Cardona has brought some interesting components to our curriculum, teaching celebrated books such as “A Long Walk to Water” and “Night”. In addition to literature, our middle-schoolers work diligently on vocabulary enrichment, writing, and oral debate skills.
Overview: Our 7th and 8th graders have been reading many fascinating stories in their Pearson textbook, and they have multiple assessments for each–whether its an essay, group project, or an exam. They have worked on presenting their opinion on popular topics, and have presented their arguments as essay pieces as well as orally at the debate podium. In addition, students work diligently on vocabulary enrichment–they are assessed in many ways to ensure the new words are understood, recognized, and used in the future.