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Sixth Grade – Journal

Monday
Apr272015

This school year went by so quickly; it's difficult to believe that we have almost completed a year's worth of school work.  Sixth grade students just completed another module in the engageNY common core math curriculum and are currently working on various topics in geometry.  

Last trimester, the fifth and sixth grade students read "The Circuit" by Prof Francisco Jimenez, Santa Clara University.  This critical thinking project focused on the lives of children affected by illegal immigration and the contribution that their families make in food agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley.  The students analyzed the author's purpose for sharing his childhood story with us and they further reflected on the values instilled in us by reading his story.  The artwork and analysis were outstanding.

Social studies topics from the modern world to the US Constitution were the focus of last trimester in 6th/7th and 8th grade respectively. Sixth and seventh grade students studied Japanese feudalism while transitioning into European feudal life.  During the third trimester, the students will make a comparative analysis of the social, political, economic and cultural contributions of these two medieval societies. The last trimester will include the Renaissance and the development of western thought.

On the other hand, eighth grade dealt with the Articles of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights  Challenged by the language spoken and written during that time period, the students discussed the constitution as a living document that serves American citizens today.

We look forward to the final trimester.  Students are highly motivated and enthusiastic about the topics. Discussions are lively.

Tuesday
Mar102015

We are already in the third trimester and the middle school students continue to develop skills in all subjects. In English Language Arts students will continue to identify ways in which author's voice connects to themselves as readers. Students will continue to analyze various forms of text. They will perfect their ability to write summaries using non-fiction text and explore other forms of writing. ELA is embedded throughout all subject areas.

Engage NY is a rigorous math program. Students will continue to study pre-algebraic concepts using hands-on as well as written activities to better understand concepts. Common Core requires written explanations of math concepts and real world application.

Religion class is integral to the formation of faith-filled individuals. The sixth and seventh grade religion class will continue to focus on making choices, social justice, service in the school community, and they will reach out to the greater community through their interaction with the Carmelite nuns.

Students in 6th and 7th grade will study the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. They will study the philosophies and technological inventions, such as the printing press, that laid foundations for our democracy and ways of thinking.

I am proud to be the teacher of each one of my students, and everyday I am pleased to see these young people that I teach here at St Jerome School, grow, and become responsible leaders.

 

 Dr. Kaumbulu

Monday
Oct062014

CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

Middle School Students in English Language Arts explored author's perspective and began writing their own stories reflecting their points of view.  Students worked on several topics as they wrote arguments for or against a particular topic.  Last week I overheard students say how much they love ELA because of the writing and the stories we are reading.

 

We decided to engage New York and switched to a more rigorous math program.  Students are saying it is easy to understand and I am pleased to see the mathematical illustrations and writings that they produce.  In addition to exploring truth in solving math problems, students are able to model why a problem's answer is true.  Students no longer ask, "Why do we need to learn this?" because engageNY gives them scenarios and uses language that applies to the real world.

 

If you come into the afternoon classes you will find sixth and seventh grade students practicing mindfulness.  We start our afternoon religion class with reflection in order to center ourselves in the presence of God.  Students find the calm, very relaxing--a precursor before the storm of Social Studies when project-based learning takes over and the class turns into a noisy workshop.

 

Currently, the students are building models of Roman architecture and engineering feats that still impress us and influence our lives today.

 

The school day is not without the excitement of community as student leaders in 6th and 7th grade raise and lower the flag each day, lead prayer, participate in student council, are altar servers, and they are involved in various leadership activities during the afternoon. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

A Taste of Italy  Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sunday Liturgy  Sunday, October 12, 2014

Columbus Day Holiday (Indigenous People's Day- Berkeley) Monday, October 13, 2014

Thursday
Sep112014

Parent(s) and Guardian(s) Please note as under:
Dear Colleagues, 
I hope your school year is off to a great start. I’m excited to tell you and your families about this year’s East Bay Private High School Fair. The fair takes on Wednesday, October 8, at Bishop O’Dowd High School, from 7 – 9 PM.
 
The fair is a gathering of more than a 20 parochial and independent high schools. It is a wonderful opportunity for your 7th and 8th grade families to meet admission representatives from many excellent Bay Area schools. I have included some fliers for posting at your school or distribution to your families.
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at (510) 577-9100 ext 603
 
Sincerely,
The O'Dowd Admissions Team
 
Kerryn Pincus
Director of Admissions
Bishop O'Dowd High School
9500 Stearns Ave.
Oakland, CA 94605-4799
(510) 577-9100 ext 603
kpincus@bishopodowd.org
Website
For questions about the Bishop O'Dowd International Program, please contact our International Student Coordinator Robin Lau at rlau@bishopodowd.org.

Dear Colleagues, 
I hope your school year is off to a great start. I’m excited to tell you and your families about this year’s East Bay Private High School Fair. The fair takes on Wednesday, October 8, at Bishop O’Dowd High School, from 7 – 9 PM. The fair is a gathering of more than a 20 parochial and independent high schools. It is a wonderful opportunity for your 7th and 8th grade families to meet admission representatives from many excellent Bay Area schools. I have included some fliers for posting at your school or distribution to your families. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at (510) 577-9100 ext 603 Sincerely,The O'Dowd Admissions Team Kerryn PincusDirector of AdmissionsBishop O'Dowd High School9500 Stearns Ave.Oakland, CA 94605-4799(510) 577-9100 ext 603kpincus@bishopodowd.orgWebsite
For questions about the Bishop O'Dowd International Program, please contact our International Student Coordinator Robin Lau at rlau@bishopodowd.org.

Tuesday
Dec172013

It is so hard to believe that we have come to the end of the school year.  As your students prepare for Christmas may we have gratitude as we begin a new year.  Your students have grown so much.  From their mature discussions in religion, writing and solving equations in math to writing expository papers for social studies and science the sixth grade students have become true middle school learners.   Have a truly Blessed New Year

Wednesday
Oct232013

The current study in math focuses  on algebraic expressions, algebraic equations, arithmetic sequences and function tables.  The focus is on common core standards and the students are learning how to justify their answers through writing explanations, writing mathematical models (equations), and making and illustrating examples.  Students more recently studied about the Fibonnacci sequence and focused on arithmetic sequences in nature and in art.

An arithmetic sequence is shown below using cubes in sets of 4, 8, 12... or +4

Students also have been learning how to write a research paper using Modern Language Assocation (MLA) citations, and formatting.  Not only has this helped set foundations for the science fair project, this study has also focused on common core standards that emphasize learning how to write a persuasive essay, defend and argument, and learn how to navigate and cite information found on the Internet.

Not only did the students have fun learning, but you would have been proud to see how well they conducted themselves in the sea of children who were on field trips at theTechnology Museum of Innovation last week.

Go Lions! 

Tuesday
Oct012013

Yesterday was St Jerome Day!  Not only did the sixth grade students have a lot of fun dressing up as their favorite book character, they showed their generous spirit by donating books to less privileged students who enjoy reading as much as they do.  

During the month of September, we focused on God's creation in our religion classess. The students showed such sensitivity when talking about all that God has made and all that we are able to enjoy. This Thursday, students will be able to have their pets blessed and there is no doubt how much pets are an important part of their lives.

Meanwhile learning is active as the sixth grade prepare for their first Science Fair.  At the same time, the students eagerly transition to Spanish and are quite in the mix of middle school.

Every day, technology is an integral part of instruction.  Students are comfortable using the Interactive Smartboard (IWB) to demonstrate knowledge of facts in Math and English Language Arts classes.  

     

Monday
Sep092013

Daily activities

 

We finally will have a full week that begins on Monday and ends on Friday! By now, sixth graders have gotten used to routines and have learned how to transition between classrooms. The sixth grade students are enthused about learning new things, and are becoming C2 ready(Career and college readiness). Last week they made posters for the school's hallway. They also collaborated when solving math word problems as shown below. They are demonstrating that they are growing up and ready for Middle School. 

Below: Students use the 4-step method to solve math problems

 

Sunday
Aug252013

Thank you!

Thanks to all of those parents who came to Back-To-School-Night.  I understand that some of you were unable to attend.  Nonetheless, your child should have brought home my packet. In it is an important handout on assessment and computer and Internet accessibility.  Please sign and return that form in order to help me better prepare assignments that include technology integration.

Have a Blessed Week!  Dr. K

 

Thursday
Aug222013

Back-to School Night

I look forward to seeing all of you this evening.  As our school will join the nation in adopting Common Core, please find sites listed below that can provide you with information regarding Common Core curriculum standards and changes in instruction and learning for the 21st century.

The Standards

http://www.corestandards.org

Parent Road Maps:

http://www.cgcs.org/domain/86

Parent Guides to Common Core

http://www.achievethe core.org

http://www.pta.org

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