Welcome to 7th Grade!

My name is Maria White. I am a graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Elementary Education and History. I also have endorsements in Reading K-12 and Catechetical Certification from the Archdiocese of Seattle. Previously, I taught for 15 years in the Archdiocese both in Seattle and Tacoma. I am very excited to be part of the dynamic and faith-filled community at Cabrini.

My classroom is a cooperative environment where students, parents and teachers work together to find academic success. The students are challenged to develop academically, socially and spiritually.


7th graders are at a stage where they are curious about moral choices in life, both their own and those of other people.  They are also concerned with making moral choices guided by their faith.


Students at this age are conscious of opposite gender, but mostly stay close to their own sex.  They are interested in cultivating relationships with friends; desire to be accepted by others.


This age group varies widely in their growth and development.  They are adjusting to puberty and their own and others’ related changes. Life for an seventh grader is becoming more complicated because of new and varied experiences, expectations, and rapid physical changes.

• Primary Resources: Alive in Christ
• Texts:
     • Faith First: Jesus in the New Testament
     • Faith First: Church and Sacraments
     • Catholic Youth Holy Bible
• Areas of Study:
      • Six Tasks of Catechesis
      • Prayer and Worship
      • Scripture and Tradition
• Service Projects
• Liturgical Participation

Literature and Vocab:
• Primary Resources: Prentice-Hall Literature; Novel-study: Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, Call of the Wild, “Romeo and Juliet”; Short stories fiction and nonfiction
• Units of Study: Fiction, Nonfiction, short story, poetry

Language Arts (Writing and Grammar):
• Primary Resources: Write Source
• Units of Study (Writing): Descriptive, Narrative (Memoir), Research, Argument, How-to, Speeches
• Units of Study (Grammar): Figures of Speech, Sentences, Punctuation, Parts of Speech

• 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: Medieval Times to Today
      • Gibbs and Smith: The Washington Journey
• Areas of Study:
      • World History from Fall of Rome through the Renaissance
      • Washington State History
      • Current events
• Research Projects
• Learning Fair

• Primary Resource: Text - Prentice Hall: Science Explorer
• Area of Study:
     • Earth Science:
            • The theory of plate tectonics
            • The causes and effects of earthquakes and volcanoes
      • Life Science:
            • Identify organisms based on existing classification systems
            • Bacteria
            • Protists
            • Fungi
            • Plants
            • Animals

"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."