Welcome to the Sixth Grade

Homeroom Teachers: Ms. Ramos and Mr. Hauch




2017-18 Student Council Representative Packet - Packet, Form, and Speech Template

Room Parent Announcements

OUTDOOR EDUCATION TRIP - This year the 6th graders are going to Monte Toyon in Aptos for our outdoor education trip.  The dates of the trip are Tuesday, January 23rd through Friday, January 26th.  If you are interested in being a chaperone for this trip, you must email the homeroom teacher directly expressing your interest in attending.  Please note that all chaperones for overnight field trips need to be fingerprinted prior to the trip.  The deadline for submitting your email is Monday, October 2nd.  The administration determines the chaperones for all outdoor education trips.  Please understand that we cannot accommodate all parent requests.  Marnee Ramos

HISTORY CLASS - In 6th grade History class, we have begun our study of Early People, emphasizing archaeology and how we learn about the past by studying artifacts and fossils.  We are fortunate to have the Powerhouse Science Center nearby and have the opportunity to participate in one of their simulation programs,Digging Up the Past.   Students participate in an outdoor simulated archaeological dig to really understand how archaeologists uncover and decipher clues about the past.  Students use scientific inquiry methods to study the past while employing every subject area-including math, social studies, reading, geology, and art for a successful and complete archaeological investigation.

 We are scheduled to visit the Science Center on Thursday, October 5th from 9:30 - Noon.  We will plan to leave St. Michael’s at 9:15 and return in time for lunch.  Please log into teamsnap if you are available to drive and chaperone this event.  We will need 5-6 parents to drive and at least 3 parents to stay during the “dig”. The billing for the trip will be included on your October statement from school.

 I’m looking forward to this fun, educational experience with your children. Please let me know if you have any questions.  Lynn Dowdell

Dream Home Projects

The sixth graders used a lot of math to create their one of a kind dream homes!  Please take a moment to enjoy their creativity and precision.


For homework and calendared assignments in academic classes, please visit the St. Michael's Haiku Site: https://smeds.haikulearning.com.

Envision Math Website

Test You Tube




Middle School Orientation Forms and Documents


Sixth Grade Literature and Writing

Language Arts 6 is comprised of two strands, writing and reading. A separate grade is assessed for each aspect of the course.

Writing: The writing workshop model will provide explicit instruction and ample opportunity for writing practice. Clear goals and frequent feedback will support growth. Students will write the kind of texts that they see in the real world and will be mentored in spelling and conventions, as well as in the qualities and strategies of good writing. They will cycle through the writing process many times as they write: rehearsing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Three major writing units will focus on narrative writing, the literary essay, and research-based informational writing. On-demand writing will begin and end each major unit so that progress can be easily tracked. Cross-curricular efforts will occasionally connect our history studies to writing projects.

Reading: A variety of fiction and nonfiction mentor texts will be read and studied, some whole class, some in smaller reading circles, and some independently selected. Reading workshop stresses independent reading with the goal that students will read at least 25 books of their choosing over the course of the school year. Sixth graders will strengthen their active understanding of  author’s purpose, organizational structure, main ideas, and supporting details. Critical thinking skills will include analysis, problem solving, inference, and evaluation. The study of setting, characterization, conflict, plot, and theme in fictional works will deepen as will the study of figurative language and vocabulary. Writing assignments, projects, discussions, and performances will expand student engagement.


Sixth Grade History

Students will study the lives of the earliest humans, the development of tools, the foraging way of life, agriculture, and the emergence of civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, ancient Israel, the Indus River valley, China, Mesoamerica, and the Mediterranean basin. With a focus on ancient events and problems, students will study with geography, environmental issues, political systems, power structures, and civic engagement. Students will engage with fundamental ideas about citizenship, freedom, morality, and law in both ancient and modern contexts. Through the examination of primary and secondary sources, students will learn how to analyze multiple points of view, cite evidence from sources, and make claims based on that evidence in writing and speaking. Cross-curricular projects, field trips, and personal research will enhance the learning experience.


Sixth Grade Grammar

Welcome to 6th grade grammar!  The 6th grade grammar curriculum will include units on the parts of a sentence, parts of speech, complements, phrases, and clauses.  Students will use the Holt Literature and Language Arts Warriner’s Handbook.  In addition, each student will receive a password and instructions on how to access the online textbook and other supplemental materials.

For detailed information about 6th grade grammar, please visit https://smeds.haikulearning.com


Sixth Grade Mathematics

The middle school math curriculum at St. Michael's is designed to ensure that the majority of our students complete Algebra 1 in their eighth grade year. In fifth through eighth grade students are split into differentiated math groups. There is an accelerated group and a grade level group as well as differentiation within each group. Math sections vary by the pace at which the concepts are presented and by the degree of rigor. The two math groups allow for students to be among like learners and work at an appropriate pace. Each group will be presented with a core curriculum where the topics covered are typically the same but will vary in breadth and depth.

Students have been placed based on standardized test results, previous teacher recommendation and beginning of the year diagnostic assessment. Because math is developmental, students acquire mathematical reasoning at different times in their chronological and cognitive maturation, so their math placement is fluid. Placement is evaluated on a regular basis.

Sixth grade mathematics will begin to prepare students for the rigor of Algebra.  Students work to master all operations with integers and rational numbers and then use their skills to write and solve single and multiple-step algebraic equations.  Students learn about proportions and apply their knowledge of proportions to solve real-life percentage problems.  To learn more about what will be covered over the course of this year, please see the list below. 

The sixth grade textbook is Holt California Mathematics: Course 1 - Numbers to Algebra.  It includes practice with varying degrees of difficulty to accommodate the different skill levels of each student.  The content is presented in a variety of media to address individual learning styles..  The online support for this program is robust.  Students have access to an online edition of the textbook, lesson tutorial videos, homework help Online, extra practice broken down by lesson and chapter, interactive quizzes and tests, workbooks, calculator, virtual manipulatives as well as resources for parents.

In conjunction with the textbook, students will use a variety of other resources, including the Khan Academy. 

Chapter 1: Algebraic Readiness
Chapter 2: Integers
Chapter 3: Number Theory and Fractions
Chapter 4: Operations with Rational Numbers
Chapter 5: Proportional Relationships
Chapter 6: Percents
Chapter 7: Collecting, Displaying and Analyzing Data
Chapter 8: Probability
Chapter 9: Geometric Figures
Chapter 10: Measurement and Geometry
Chapter 11: Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities

2017-18 Math Info for Parents


Sixth Grade Science

The 6th grade Integrated Science 1 curriculum examines the organization and movement of energy and matter in systems. We will cover levels of organization from atoms and molecules through cells and interactions of organisms.

The primary goal of the 6th grade Integrated Science 1 course is for students to gain an understanding of the process of science through hands-on projects that explore systems at different scales. Homework is assigned three days a week for students to practice what they have learned in class.

Students will use the Holt California Earth Science textbook and reading packets from outside resources.  

For more information and specifics about the class, please visit https://smeds.haikulearning.com



Sixth Grade Spanish

Listening + Speaking + Reading + Writing

Spanish class will follow an immersive approach that incorporates listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each unit will include activities, homework assignments, projects or assessments that will incorporate one or more of these elements.  Verbs and simple sentence structure will be taught along with each unit so that students’ writing, reading and speaking develop simultaneously. Grades will be based on homework, participation, projects, tests and quizzes.


Sixth Grade Computers

To start the year, Styx (sixth) grade will divide into touring bands...As the story goes, these bands have had success during their relative infancy here in the states and are now looking to expand their popularity abroad. They’re on a shoestring budget so they will be developing their own logos for cds and tshirts using PIXLR Editor (online image-editing software), planning their own travel, stay, and food (Google Sheets), creating a Google Earth screencast of their travel, producing a presentation (non-linear Google Slides) and recording a song or two (Soundtrap).

Students will then begin their studies of digital safety and responsibility. They’ll openly discuss within groups and the class about the best practices and the actions they will take in certain situations. Common Sense Media, a research-based organization promoting digital responsibility, will be utilized for lesson content.



Sixth Grade Latin

There are multiple goals in sixth grade Latin this year. First, students are to learn the ways in which they best comprehend and retain material. It may be a movement, an acronym, a word association, a rap, nauseous repetition, et cetera. Second, students are to begin to recognize the contributions of Latin in many languages spoken today, thereby aiding the inference of vocabulary meanings. While keeping these objectives at the forefront of our studies, sixth graders will learn hundreds of vocabulary words, uptake and apply Latin grammar rules, and translate many sentences as they make their way through the first six stages of the Cambridge Latin Unit 1 textbook.


Sixth Grade Physical Education

Classes will focus on health-related fitness: body composition, cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Additionally skill-related fitness concepts such as agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time, and speed will be incorporated into daily activities.

In the first quarter our units will include flag football and our first racket sport: pickleball. Students will have daily physical fitness activities, and one day a week the concentration will be on cardiovascular fitness thru middle distance endurance as well as circuit training targeting agility, balance, and coordination.
Nutrition and heart rate monitoring will be an ongoing discussion during our school year.

Field Trips, Class Parties, Lunchroom & Other Volunteers

Field Trips



Class Parties

Christmas Party:


Valentines Party:



Other Volunteers

Fall Carnival


Shakespeare Festival:


Baccalaureate Volunteers (4 needed):





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Sixth Grade Teachers

Ms. Marnee Ramos
Homeroom and Math

Mr. Rick Hauch
Associate Homeroom, Latin and Computers

Mrs. Katie Abbott

Mr. Jeremy Bolt

Ms. Kami Davis
Music and Chorus

Mrs. Lynn Dowdell

Ms. Olivia Graffis
Language Arts

Mr. Steve Grialou

Ms. Leslie Hackard

Dr. Nicole Jensen

Ms. Martha Rowland

Mrs. Lia Sioukas

Chaplain Lynell Walker


Accreditations and Memberships