6th Grade, MS Language Arts,
Ms. Kathy Gritzmacher

“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis


I am very honored to join the Holy Cross School faith community. I am returning to the old neighborhood where both of my grandparents were members of the parish and my father graduated from Holy Cross School in 1934.

For the past 40 years I have shared my teaching ministry in the Archdiocese of Portland. During those years I have taught all middle school subjects. I understand that proficiency in the language arts curriculum paves the way for all curriculum areas and helps insure a successful middle school experience.

As a Holy Cross Middle School teacher I will recognize the language arts curriculum as the heart of learning. Through differentiated learning strategies students will develop all components of the curriculum. Using effective learning tools students will work individually and cooperatively to become proficient readers and writers establishing the foundation of
life-long learning.

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Important Dates

6th grade hosting school Mass: September 28th, please join us in prayer and celebration.

Outdoor School: October 7-11, leave Sunday Oct 7th from Holy Cross; Pick up Friday Oct 11th at Holy Cross.

Field Trip October 23rd - Pumpkin Patch with PreK Buddies---Drivers/Chaperones needed

Conferences: October 24-26 student please attend!


Religion: The 6th grade will integrate the religion curriculum and the Second Step Program to create an experience that teaches Resilience. Resilience involves: behaviors, thoughts, and actions. Resiliency helps 6th graders navigate the trials, triumphs and tribulations of life as a middle school student. Resilience strengthens each child's ability to meet life's challenges and pressures with confidence and perseverance. Each month we will concentrate on a particular concept that will teach to our resilience theme. Through the use of our new Sunday Visitor Religion text and stories and activities, the students will learn and develop effective problem-solving strategies. Our Holy Cross Catholic School goal is empowerment where all students may claim their God-given talents and to use those gifts to help create a Christian environment that daily celebrates faith, respect, kindness, empathy, integrity, compassion, joy and peace.

Monthly Themes:

September- Competence; October-Confidence; November/December-Connection; January- Character; February/March- Contribution; April- coping;May/June- Control

Language Arts: The Language Arts curriculum at Holy cross Catholic School includes four areas of study: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. During this trimester,  students will move from from the study of short stories to a novel study, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen for 6th grade and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton for 7th grade. Both grades will integrate writing literary analyses that include character, setting, plot, and theme.


Social Justice Elective: This year the Social Justice elective has joined the "WE Community Schools" campaign. This campaign speaks to combining individual talents with those of others to create something greater as a result, "TOGETHER" becomes our common goal. This trimester will will work together on two major projects.

October- Leading a project to help alleviate hunger in our North Portland community by "Trick-or-Treat" for canned goods. By supporting the goals of St. Vincent de Paul we will work together to support their needs by collecting food, our goal is 1000lbs.

December- we will support the artists of Central America by selling bracelets and home-made products sponsored by the "Color Our World-Pulsera Project".

Please watch for additional details.



 "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." --Mahatma Gandhi:

During the 2018-2019 school year, the sixth-grade service focus will be aiding those in dire hunger at the Oregon Food Bank. If you'd like to know more about the OFB, what they do, how they run, etc., please click here: The Oregon Food Bank Informational Website

CHAPERONES: If you are interested and available, each trip to the Oregon Food Bank requires at least three (3) parent/guardian chaperones/drivers. If you are interested in chaperoning, please email me at kgritzmacher@archdpdx.org


Faith Formation

Our 2018-2019school faith verse is "Great is our God, vast in power, with wisdom beyond measure." Psalm 147:5