ABOUT MS. BOWEN
B.A. of Elementary Education and a Reading Minor, Central Washington University
I am delighted to be at St. Nicholas Catholic School. I have been here since 2014. Previously, I taught for 19 years at Visitation Catholic School in Tacoma. My background is rooted in Catholic education, having attended Visitation Catholic School and St. Placid High School. I played college basketball for four years, and was inducted into the Pierce College Hall of Fame in 2009.
Middle school can be a challenging time for many students. I enjoy being able to teach them good study habits and social skills, as well as educating them spiritually and emotionally. We strive to live up to the Student Learning Expectations and be good role models for the younger students.
6TH GRADE HIGHLIGHTS
Mt. Rainier snowshoe field trip
Assist with leading school families
Special half-day events
Deanery dances with other schools
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
In addition to the textbook, students utilize interactive notebooks, lab stations, short YouTube videos, and the “Science World” magazine to expand their scientific knowledge. Sixth graders study the ways in which weathering and soil formation reshape the land. Students also study weather, climate, the atmosphere, and the planets. Sixth graders study the properties and states of matter, and how matter undergoes physical and chemical changes. Additional topics include density, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, land forms, causes of the seasons, and lunar phases.
Sixth grade learns about the prophets, Israelites, the book of Genesis and Exodus, the New Testament, Sacred Scripture, the Four Marks of the Church and the precepts of the Church. Students learn or review one prayer a month. We begin each religion class with a prayer, song, meditation, devotion, or prayer intentions. Students are also required to complete eight hours of community service per trimester.
Students read a variety of materials including: short stories, novels, informational text and poetry. Students also choose their own novels to read throughout the school year. Literary elements are taught and students learn to apply them to their choice novel and the novel the class is reading at the current time. Students learn to delve into informational text using the CLOSE reading technique and annotating text. They learn to analyze the articles in-depth.
Students write in a variety of forms and for a variety of audiences. This includes five paragraph essays. Students go through the writing process with their essays. Students respond to journal prompts and do a variety of other short writing assignments.
Grammar topics include types of sentences, parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, subject and predicate, and sentence structure. Students have individualized spelling lists and weekly tests. Vocabulary tests are bi-weekly.