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

    Many blessings on this holiday season.  I hope you fine time to rest, relax, and renew as you celebrate with family and friends. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers, please keep me in yours.  I am looking forward to seeing you on January 2!

    • January 2: School begins
    • January 5: The class hosts Friday Mass at 8:30 a.m.
    • January 8 - 26: STAR Testing
    • January 10, 2018: Service Project to Oregon Food Bank, 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • January 15: no school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • January 26: Game Night and Book Fair, 6:30 p.m.
    • January 28 - February 1: Catholic Schools' Week
    • February 7: Service Project to Oregon Food Bank 9:00-11:30


    Religion 6: We will continue our discovery of the history of the Catholic Church. By reviewing the Ten Commandments and discussing the Israelite's 40 year journey in the desert, we will discover that we travel in community with other members of the Church. Although we cannot bring about God's Kingdom of love, justice, and peace solely on our own, we can help build that Kingdom by praying with others and loving others as Jesus did.

    Languary Arts 6/7: In January, we will explore the history of the Civil Rights movement in our country through novel studies. The 6th grade will read The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis which tells the story of a family who visits Birmingham during the 1960's. The 7th grade will read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor telling the story of a sharecropper's family in the 1930's.

    Drama Elective: This second trimester, the Drama group will learn the elements of Theatre through monologues, short skits, and one act plays. Stay tuned for all of our adventures.


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

    During the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 school faith verse is "We are the light of the world" Matthew 5:14