Highlights of 6th Grade:
- Enrichment Courses
- Science Fair
- CYO Camp
- Writers’ Faire
- Spelling Bee
About Mr. Macloud
Mr. Macloud is a south Louisiana native and comes to California via marriage to a Napa girl. They spent 25 years of service in the USAF and have lived around the US and parts of the world. He retired in 2014 and he moved to Shelly’s hometown. Since then, he has taken advantage of his retirement benefits to get a credential to do what he loves most – teach.
He has been teaching for a long time. Almost all of his military career was spent teaching young adults to fly. Since military retirement, Mr. Macloud taught high school math, middle school language arts and history, just about anything you can think of in K-5, and a ton of STEM after school and camp curriculum. He also manages a full tutoring schedule, mostly math.
On the professional side, Mr. Macloud’s teaching style is about engagement and trust. He’s person-focused in his approach to instruction, and the very first thing he does is attempt to build respect through genuine rapport with the kids and families.
Mr. Macloud is a life-long Catholic and one of the very best things about this job, for him, is the chance to dig back into the Catechism with the kids. It has been his intention to teach in Catholic schools since getting his credential, and he is so happy to be at Saint Francis Solano.
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Sixth Grade Language Arts & Literature
Focus is on reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students read core literature books, participate in Writers Workshop, improve spelling and vocabulary, and use the Grammar and Composition Handbook to work towards mastering grammar usage.
Math (with Mr. Escamilla)
In 6th grade, students move to focused study with our Upper Division Math instructor, Mr. Escamilla, where they continue and deepen their explorations with mathematics. Fractions, terminating decimals, and integers are now known as rational numbers. The concept of irrational numbers is introduced. Mastering of fractions becomes key by this grade and applications of proportions, fractions, percent and geometry are all covered in greater depth. Algebra concepts such as expressions, equations and graphing are also explored.
Science (with Mrs. Perez)
6th graders learn about Earth Science with our Upper Division Science instructor, Mrs. Perez. They truly enjoy learning about the structure of the Earth including plate tectonics, the shaping of land over time through plate movement and various types of erosion, ecology and ecosystems and our natural resources.
“Students in grade six expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Continued emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of people, their role in developing social, economic, and political structures, as well as in establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world forever. Students develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilizations developed where and when they did, why they became dominant, and why they declined. Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link, despite time, between the contemporary and ancient worlds”, (California Department of Education, 2011).
The focus of study in the sixth grade year is the Ten Commandments and the Mass.