Hi. I’m Mary A. Woodard and I am excited to work at St. Frances Cabrini as Vice Principal and co-sixth grade teacher.  I am definitely a “Lakewood girl”, graduating from Clover Park High School, Washington State University, (B.A. in Education and Music), and Lesley University (M.A. in Education). I have worked in Catholic schools for the past eighteen years, both as a Vice Principal and teacher.

Go to Middle School!

Welcome to 6th Grade!

Hi. I’m Mary A. Woodard and I am excited to work at St. Frances Cabrini as Vice Principal and co-sixth grade teacher.  I am definitely a “Lakewood girl”, graduating from Clover Park High School, Washington State University, (B.A. in Education and Music), and Lesley University (M.A. in Education). I have worked in Catholic schools for the past eighteen years, both as a Vice Principal and teacher.  

My husband, Jerry, and I reside in Lakewood with our two dogs, Benny and Willie and are the proud parents of seven children.  

God leads all of us in many different directions, and He has led me back to St. Frances Cabrini where I attended church as a child.  I look forward to meeting you and your children in the upcoming years.  

Spiritual

Sixth graders are looking for a relationship with God that is personal to them.   Authority figures have less influence in their lives.  They respond well to guided meditation and learn from sharing their experiences, questions and doubts.

Social/Emotional

The students are insecure as to where they belong in the group, can be clumsy and socially self-conscious.  They are experiencing an emerging self-identity, trying to identify their place in the group, have mood swings, and need a lot of affirmation.  They are dealing with peer pressure and cliques and can tend to easily have hurt feelings.

PHYSICALLY

Sixth graders are changing and often don’t understand what is happening to their bodies.  They are dealing with puberty, changing behavior, and recognizing and aware of the opposite sex.

Religion:
• Primary Resources: Alive in Christ and Catholic Youth Bible

Literature and Vocab:
• Primary Resources: Novel-study: Peter Pan, The Westing Game, Black Ships before Troy ; Poems: “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” ; Nonfiction: Steve Jobs and JK Rowling Commencement Addresses
• Units of Study: Fiction, Nonfiction, myths, poetry

Language Arts (Writing and Grammar):

• Primary Resources: Write Source
• Units of Study (Writing): Descriptive, Narrative, Research, Argument, Creative (myth)
• Units of Study (Grammar): Sentences (parts of a sentence and sentence errors), Parts of Speech (emphasis on pronouns), Punctuation (emphasis on commas)

Math:
• Primary Resources:
      • 5th:  Text -  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Math Expressions Grade 5 (Common Core)
      • 5th/6th Compressed:  Text - Big Ideas Learning, Big Ideas Math Green (Common Core)
      • 6th/7th Compressed:  Text - Big Ideas Learning, Big Ideas Math Advanced 1 (Common Core)
      • Prealgebra:  Text - Big Ideas Learning, Big Ideas Math Advanced 2 (Common Core)
      • Algebra:  Text - Holt McDougal, Algebra 1 (Common Core)
      • Geometry: Text - Holt McDougal, Geometry (Common Core)
• Secondary Resources:
      • IXL Online – Math teachers correlate the use of IXL to their specific curriculum.

Social Studies:
• Texts:
      • Prentice Hall: Geography Tools and Concepts
      • Prentice Hall: The Ancient World
• Units of Study:
      • Early man through Rome
      • Presentation skills
      • Map skills
• Research Projects

Science:
• Primary Resource: Text - Prentice Hall: Science Explorer
• Area of Study:
     • Earth Science: 
            • Mapping Earth’s surface
            • Weathering and soil formation
            • Erosion and deposition
            • Freshwater resources
            • Ocean waters
            • Weather and climate

"My daughter has only been in school here for two weeks. In this short time, however, she has already displayed some signs of Christian growth.  The questions she asks about life and death are probing and complex.  As parents these questions enhance our Christian growth, as well."
"By attending St. Frances Cabrini School, my child will gain the continuation of respect, tolerance, self discipline and the caring for others."
"The school's greatest strengths are many, but discipline and keeping parents informed of student progress seem to stand out."
"The school gives great attention to the needs of its students, plus it is relatively small. The school has high standards of achievement."