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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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.

The sixth grade will study the Old Testament and discover how the prophets help us understand what God expects of us. As the prophets did, we are called to stand for God’s truth in our words and actions. Before making important decisions we seek God’s wisdom by praying, reading Scripture, reflecting, and asking people we trust.

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 study the novel  Percy Jackson- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan in the 6th grade and will integrate writing literary analyses that include character, setting, plot, and theme.

Seminar- The sixth grade continue the "Seeing My Time" program by Marydee Sklar. The program covers executive functioning skills of the brain and its connection to behaviors. Topics such as organization, time management, planning for projects in order to meet a deadline, being prepared for class, and learning tools to help navigate all of the above. We have invited Marydee Sklar to give a workshop for parents this fall, please watch for more information

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

During the 2019-2020 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 four (4) parent/guardian chaperones/drivers. If you are interested in chaperoning, please email me at kgritzmacher@archdpdx.org



Faith Formation

Our 2019-2020 school faith verse is "Open the eyes of our hearts. Ephesians 1:18