Friday, October 6, 2017

A few photos from Friday's social studies lesson on Ancient Sumer.  We're preparing skits to perform on Monday.

Science(and some other things that aren’t important enough to put in the title) By Zehren Biniak

When You think of science what do you think of? Probably beakers full of bubbling substances, and big explosions! Apparently, that’s not all there is to it; you’re surprised right? In science we are learning about Alfred Wegener, Pangea, and tectonic plates. Exciting right? This is the reason I get out of my bed in the mornings. So right about now you are probably wondering about what the heck all of this stuff is! Let's start off with this Alfred Wagner. Okay, you know the name - now who was he?  Alfred Wegener was a meteorologist, yet he was talking about sliding plates underneath the crust.  I know! Who the heck is this guy? He's just a weatherman! Well, either weather men are really good at guessing, or this guy was a genius, because he was right! His theory was that all the continents used to  be all connected in  a mega continent called Pangea. Over time the tectonic plates shifted, creating “The Continental Drift.” This is why all the continents are all spread out across the surface. By this time you’re probably asleep, and you also learned something. Thank you for your time that I stole.

Diving into Sixth Grade by Alice Radford Brown

Absolutely no time was wasted with orientation this year! Within the first week we were diving into fascinating human history in Social Studies, eye- opening facts in Science, and what feels like rather complex concepts in math. I think that I speak for the entire 6th Grade class when I say that having science with Ms. Yuhas is most likely my favorite part of the day. I love all of the fun, yet challenging activities we need to complete. However there is one unfortunate cost to being a middle school student. Aside from mountains of homework, one of the worst things is waiting for the person with the locker above you to finish packing up in the morning! Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of having a larger space to house our supplies and decorate to our tastes, it is rather irritating waiting for the older kids to finish their morning routine. Since I am so incredibly short it doesn’t affect me much, but I am sure it does to the taller students with low lockers. But all of that is a minor price to pay for the exhilaration of new responsibilities and experiences, like the revered Outdoors School trip later this Trimester.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Welcome to the 6th Grade homepage!  

My name is Paula Miller and I am elated to be the new 6th grade homeroom teacher at the Madeleine.  We have an exciting year ahead of us.  This page is where you can go to see announcements, read the class newsletter and get important links to online resources that we will be using in class.

A little more about 6th grade...
Sixth grade is an exciting year of change and personal growth.  As it is the first year of middle school, students may enter anxious and unsure, but by the end of the year they have blossomed into self assured and competent young people.  The core curriculum in sixth grade covers a wide variety of skills.  Some of the highlights include: a study of the Old Testament in religion, nature and life in science, ancient civilizations in social studies, fractions and statistics in math, and 6+1 Trait writing in language arts.

A little more about me…
Growing up in Portland, I too am a product of Catholic education.  After attending St. Cecilia’s grade school and Jesuit high school, I left to earn my bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University and then returned to get my masters in education from the University of Portland.  I have been teaching middle school in the archdiocese since 2004.  My husband John and I, along with our two kids, Vincent and Gracie, joined the Madeleine parish in 2016 when we moved into the neighborhood.  We were immediately captivated by the warm and welcoming Madeleine community.

I'm looking forward to a great year! Please feel free to contact me with any questions: