Sparky Ainslie 7th Grade   (253) 858-7632

Sparky Ainslie
7th Grade

(253) 858-7632


B.A. in Secondary History Education, Central Washington University
M.A. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington

I grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory School in 2002. After receiving my B.A. in Secondary History Education and my Masters in Education in 2012, I began teaching at St. Nicholas. Outside of school, I am the head wrestling coach and freshman football coach at Bellarmine Prep.

Seventh grade is a wonderful time for students to continue their growth in being models of Christ. They are given leadership opportunities through ASB, Student Ambassadors, Lunch Bunch, and School Families to help them on this journey. They are able to be examples of faith for younger students and to internalize their faith as their own as they prepare for High School.



  • ASB

  • Student Ambassador Program

  • Lunch Bunch

  • School Families Program

  • Field trip to Camp Orkila on Orcas Island



Based on each child’s mastery of current curriculum, they will be placed in one of several classes.

  • Pre-Algebra: Open to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

  • Pre-Algebra, Fast-Paced: Open to seventh graders who are especially quick to pick up concepts.

  • Pre-Algebra, Advanced: Eighth graders and second year pre-algebra students. Students will best benefit by working toward mastery of pre-algebra concepts, providing a solid foundation before moving on to algebra. Students work at their own pace.

  • Algebra: Open to seventh and eighth graders.

  • Geometry: Open to eighth graders who have successfully completed Algebra


Science is taught to a combined class of seventh and eighth graders in a two-year cycle. Students study a variety of subjects in Life Science, including cells, heredity, human body systems, simple organisms, fungi, plants, and animals. In Physical Science, students study matter, motion and forces, machines and energy, atoms, interactions of matter, waves, sound, and light.

Language Arts

Students read novels, short stories, informational text and poetry. Students analyze informational text using the CLOSE reading technique. Students also applied previously learned literary elements to novels. Students are also required to read a novel of their choosing at all times.

Students write in a variety of forms and for a variety of audiences. This includes five paragraph essays. Students will complete a research paper as well. Students peer revise and edit with one another on rough drafts. Students also complete shorter writing assignments such as journal entries and responding to prompts.

Students have bi-weekly spelling and vocabulary tests.

Grammar topics include more in-depth study of the parts of speech, noun-verb agreement, and sentence structure.

Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:9