Ms. Oliver's Classes
Welcome to your 8th grade adventure!

Creating a Learning Community

     Welcome to the 8th grade English and Literature journey! It is my goal to help facilitate the creation of a learning community in both classrooms. Students have an opportunity to sit where they would like and by whomever they choose (as long as behavior is appropriate). In class, we'll have discussions, work on projects, work on presentations, learn how to debate and practice breaking down literature to discover the author's purpose and make connections. I want to create an atmosphere that encourages participation and helps students learn to be responsible for their own learning. They are so capable! Let's all work together to be all we can be. 


Contacting Ms. Oliver 

(402) 896-0754

Meet the Teacher

     I can't believe I'm starting my 33rd year of teaching! My daughter, Jenny, was born on August 18, 1986, and I started teaching German in LeMars, Iowa on August 28, 1986. My career has been moving quickly ever since. My experience hasn't been limited to one particular grade level or one specific topic. I taught German and Danish for elementary students, English/German for middle school and high school students, ESL for students from Japan as well as adult learners who were new immigrants. For thirteen years, I trained teachers at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Part of my responsibility was to supervise student teaching and act as the secondary education coordinator. When I moved back to the Omaha area after being gone for almost 30 years, I acted as an instructional coach for the summer program at McMillan Magnet School, taught in an evening program for young men at the Douglas County Youth Center and taught English at Burke High School. All of my experiences have shaped me into the teacher I am today. Teaching is not just a job for me; it's a calling. I know the Lord wants me to teach whether it's in the classroom or via another avenue. I'm thrilled to have your student in my classroom this year. I know year 33 is going to be awesome!  

My family: 

Jenny and Lars Robins, daughter and son-in-law; Emma and Owen, grandchildren 

Erik and Lindsey Tonsfeldt, son and daughter-in-law; Aaron, grandson 

Anna Tonsfeldt, daughter Nick Zak, significant other; Pickles, grand-hedgehog!

Signing up for Remind

Signing up for Google Classroom

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Some upcoming dates:
  • November 4th                 Magazine Sales Starts/ assembly 
  • November 8th                 No school - teacher inservice 
  • November 11th                Veterans Day Assembly 
  • November 12th               Magazine Turn-in Day
  • November 19th               Health Screenings 
  • November 19th              Picture Retakes 


Our Third Unit in Literature

Scary Short Stories

The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs, The Lottery  by Shirley Jackson and The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

     We started reading The Monkey's Paw last week. Since it was Halloween, I wanted the 8th graders to read three "scary" stories. We will read The Lottery and The Tell-Tale Heart this week. All of the stories have a moral/ethical dilemma in them, so the conversations will move us into talking about the moral/ethical dilemmas in The Holocaust. 

Short Stories That Make You Shiver


Contacts for more information


Parish Office: (402) 896-9675
School Office: (402) 896-0754
Rel.Ed Office: (402) 896-5683
Youth Ministry: (402) 861-4509
Kidzone: (402) 896-4316

16701 "S" Street,
Omaha, NE 68135