Ms. Meara Gilhooly
Teacher: Grade 6 Homeroom and Religion. Middle School English.

Biography: I grew up in Portland, OR where I attended St. Thomas More Catholic School. I graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in International Studies and English and a Masters in Education. I love to travel and have lived in Senegal and Ireland.  I am in my fifth year of teaching at St. Paul Parish School and feel blessed to be a part of this incredible community.

Contact me:
Phone: (541) 344-1401 ext.315

Middle School Team:

Language Arts: Ms. Meara Gilhooly
E-mail: Phone: (541) 344-1401 ext.315

Math: Mr.Mike Shultz
E-mail: Phone: (541) 344-1401 ext.317

Science: Ms. Tracey Smith
Phone: (541) 344-1401 ext.305

Social Science: Mr. Scott Ahrens
E-mail: Phone: (541) 344-1401 ext.316

Physical Education: Mr. Josh Harbert
E-mail: Phone: (541) 344-1401 ext.324

Spanish: Mrs. Tracy Villada
E-mail: Phone: (541) 344-1401 ext.415

Music: Mr. Jim Reinking
E-mail: Phone: (541) 344-1401 ext.322

Instructional Assistant:
Mrs. Patty Menezes

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Sixth grade is an exciting transition year at St. Paul Parish School. Students no longer spend the day in a self-contained classroom. Now they learn to adjust to receiving core academic instruction from different teachers in different classrooms. The middle school teachers’ work as a team to assure the continuity of curriculum and expectations as all sixth grade students adjust to the new expectations in the middle school learning environment. Teachers help students grow academically, and personally, in their preparation for high school. Students learn to use a planner for both short and long-term assignments.

The sixth graders and available parents have a unique opportunity for growth and learning at our Outdoor School week. They will have the experience of a lifetime in a fun, faith-filled atmosphere at Grove Christian Service Camp.

6th GRADE CURRICULUM (focal points)

The Old Testament using the Blest Are We text supplemented with other programs to teach Steps to Respect, Second Steps, chastity unit and Called to Protect.

Language Arts
Reading focus: learning to identify elements of literature and elements of informational text. Writing focus: learning to write in various types for various purposes and audiences. Speaking/Listening focus: collaboration and presenting information to an audience. Language focus: spelling and conventions of standard English grammar

Multiply and divide fractions and decimals, ratio, rate & percent, mathematical expressions and equations.

Life Science using the text Life Science by Holt Science and Technology. Focus is on cells, plants, animals and ecosystems. Outdoor School is a major event in sixth grade.

Social Studies
Ancient civilization and world geography. This examination will help students connect the past to the present. Like historians, students will investigate, research, and examine the evidence to better understand what the world was like.

Physical Education, Spanish, Music, Computer Technology, and Integrated Studies

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