Welcome to the Sixth Grade Website!

The HEAVENS declare the glory of God; the SKIES proclaim the work of His HANDS.  Psalm 19:1

Each and every day our students are exploring  the world beyond themselves and developing their own God-given talents and gifts that make each and every one of them unique.
We strive to develop thinking and study skills to each students' developmental abilities while stimulating curiosity, innovation and a passion for learning.  As they prepare for middle school, our goal is that they will develop greater independence by becoming more responsible and self-directed.  
We also foster putting their faith into action throughout service experiences which broaden their perspective on the world and their ability to be disciples of God.

 Congratulations to our Boys Basketball team who won the Catholic Schools Tournament last week.  Go Crusaders!
We would also like to congratulate our Rize Robotics team who made it to the World Championships!!!!!!  We are SO very proud of them!  We would like to thank our amazing coaches, parents and Lego Man Dan for all their time and efforts!  Kentucky, here they come!!!!!!

This week marks the second week of Lent.  Lent is a season of simple living.  As the entire church prepares for the great celebration of  Christ's Paschal Mystery in the Easter Triduum, we make special efforts to pray, do penance, and do good works.  Every day of the forty-day Lenten season is an opportunity to live simply and prepare for Easter.

In Religion, the First Unit of our series, "We Believe," will focus on God's Revelation, Divine Revelation, Blessed Trinity, Tradition and Divine Inspiration.  As a supplement to our series, we will be discussing Apologetics with the students to enhance their overall capacity to confront and respond to major intellectual and cultural challenges they face today.  Each Friday we will be engaging in discussions questions and reflections based on the Sunday Mass and Holy Day liturgy.

In Reading, we will be reading varied types of genre throughout "Scholastic Scope" and supplemental group books where we are integrating knowledge and ideas, using close-reading and critical thinking questions, vocabulary and implementation of the writing process.  Throughout the year we will be reading the novels "Shooting Kabul," "A Long Walk to Water," "Out of My Mind," and "Number the Stars"/"Klipfish Code." Throughout our reading, I take any opportunity to incorporate Apologetics in any  way we can to support our faith as well as the moral intellectual and cultural decisions some of the characters involved in the novels they are reading may encounter and how they would handle the same challenges.  We will be beginning the book "A Long Walk to Water" this week as a class.

 "Shooting Kabul" is the first book we read as a class.  The novel takes place in the summer of 2001 when a twelve-year old boy and his family make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move their family to the United States.  Adjusting to life in the United States isn't easy for this boy's family as the events of September 11th unfold.  When a photography competition with a grand prize trip to India is announced, the boy sees his chance to return home to find a lost family member.  But, can one photo really bring them home? This is a story of love, hope and perseverance based on real events experienced by the author's husband.

 The New York Times bestseller, "A Long Walk to Water" is a story about one of the "lost boys" of Sudan  and a girl who fetches water from a pond by making a two-hour walk twice a day.  Both characters are survivors and their stories go on to intersect with each other's in an astonishing and moving way. 

 "Out of My Mind" is the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.  She has an amazing photographic memory and refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy.  Her brave spirit and brilliant mind will change forever how anyone looks at someone with a disability.

Lastly, we will be reading the novel "Number the Stars" and/or "The Klipfish Code.  Both novels are middle school novels filled with excitement and suspense.  The twelve-year-old characters throughout both books experience the Nazi occupation in various areas throughout the Holocaust.  They learn about responsibility, secrecy and loyalty as they take risks to uphold their beliefs.  Both novels incorporate a deep respect for freedom held by their people and their careful attempts to thwart the power of the Nazis in their homelands.  The heart of the characters and the spirit of the young patriots make these both truly enjoyable and informative novels. 
In Writing, we will be working in our "Grammar for Writing" textbook along with other supplemental lessons throughout "Scholastic Scope" and other texts where we are learning various parts of speech and are able to incorporate it throughout frequent diagramming of sentence structure.  Throughout using these as well as our Reading series, we will incorporate what we are currently learning in Reading and apply this to varied types of writing and the writing process. 

In Math, we will be beginning to work on fractions involving multiplication, division and probability.

In Spelling the students learn words at the beginning of the week and the patterns the words follow such as Latin and Greek Roots as well as the students choosing supplemental words.  The students will be responsible for completing the packets for homework.  Packets will be handed in on Friday and they should be prepared for a weekly test on Friday as well.
I am responsible for teaching both the 5th and 6th Grade Science Classes while Mrs. Timpe teaches both grades for Social Studies.  This is an excellent opportunity for the students to experience switching classes as well as being prepared for class with the appropriate materials and assignments. 

Throughout Science  the class is designed to channel our student's curiosity to the natural world.  Much of the focus is on developing organizational skills, performing experiments, giving oral presentations, taking accurate notes,  as well as designing and interpreting  graphs, tables and maps.
Our Robotics program which the Fifth and Sixth grade takes part in every Friday, allows each student to be provided with highly interactive, hands-on group activities built around STEM concepts. Within the framework of a strong core knowledge base,  each activity  is engineered to emphasize critical and analytical thinking, problem  solving,  collaborative learning, and effective experimental design. The students' confidence and curiosity grows while experiencing  technology-based applications embedded  throughout  their science studies.

The Fifth Grade is currently learning about living systems and how they are a collection of interacting parts that work together to make a whole or produce an action.  Throughout this unit, we will explore Earth as a system and focus on other systems such as ecosystems, the nutrient systems of yeast, plants and animals, that all cells have basic needs in addition to the the roles of sensory and motor neurons in brain messages.

The Sixth Grade is currently learning about growth and development, focusing on the varied offspring and care of amphibians, reptiles and mammals.  

*Please refer to the Fifth Grade Website to see what your children will be learning in Social Studies.
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me or write me a note.  I am also happy to meet with you at a time which would be convenient for both of us.  Thank you once again for sharing with me the opportunity to teach your children and the blessings each and every one of them brings with them to share.
God Bless,
Mrs. LaPalme

Important Dates:

February  26-March 2-Winter Break, NO SCHOOL. Have a great vacation!!!!!