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Sixth Grade


The Sixth Graders learn Archery during Outdoor Education.

The Sixth Graders learn Archery during Outdoor Education.

Student/Teacher Ratio – 25 to 1

School Day 8:30 am 3:00 pm (2pm release on Friday)

Parent volunteers encouraged

Purpose Statement

The goal of Zion Lutheran School is to help students develop a relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  At the elementary and middle grades, we as a school realize positive socialization, Christian empathy for one another and classroom relationships support much of a student’s school success.  In order to prepare students for a rewarding Christian relationship, teachers implement self-help strategies that provide structure, teach organizational skills, and encourage successful performance.

Spiritual Life

Religion:  Through the curriculum, One in Christ, emphasis during the school year is the life of Jesus and the gospel of Matthew.  Additional subjects include an overview of the Bible, church history and Martin Luther.  Daily devotions, along with weekly memory work, help the children grow spiritually.

Chapel:  All students gather together each week for a worship service that includes prayer, music, Christian mission opportunities, and age-appropriate talks.  Parents are welcome to join us each week for this special time.

Academic Life

Language Arts & Reading:  The students continue to strengthen their skills in grammar, writing, and spelling though a variety of novels including The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, as well as the Spelling textbook Spelling Workout.  Literature and independent reading are also encouraged in a variety of genres and monitored through journaling.

Mathematics:  MathematicsGrade 6 continues to build on the fundamentals of math and offers tools for Internet and classroom computer activities.

Science:  Our school uses the textbook Interactive Science as a launching point for an appreciation for the world God has created is gained as the children study life, physical and earth science.  Activities and labs take place weekly.

Social Studies:  In order to better understand the world in which we live, students focus on ancient world history and incorporate map and geography skills with higher-level thinking skills.  The text is My World History.

Computers:  Computer activities include word processing, research, educational games, and math problem solving through the Prentice Hall Internet site.  The students enhance their skills at the computer in their classroom or in the lab twice a week.

Physical Education:  Physical Education is a class designed to provide aerobic exercise, appreciation for physical fitness, and learned skills in individual and team athletics.  Students are required to dress in designated PE attire for this class.

Music:  Sixth grade students have several music options during their elective period.  Students learn a basic vocabulary of the elements of music that may inform a discussion, appreciation, and study of selected musical works.  The focus combines music history with appreciation of illustrative works.

Art:  The creative side of each child is nurtured through art instruction.  Projects are planned to coordinate with holidays and the curriculum.

Literacy Center:  The library is available for students to complete research and check out books for personal enjoyment.

Additional Activities

Field Trips:  To learn more about our varied community, field trips are taken that help support curricular learning.  These field trips include local cultural sites.  In addition, Lutheran sixth graders from the Puget Sound area come to celebrate God’s creation and develop an appreciation for God’s world through a variety of programs and activities at Miracle Ranch.  This 3-day outdoor education experience helps build skills and bind friendships.

Spring Musical:  Students participate in a drama production involving song and dance.  Some of the recent productions include Fiddler on the Roof and A Pirates Life for Me.

Special Activities:  In order for children to become well-balanced individuals, a wide variety of activities is offered.  These may include: soccer, dance, volleyball, basketball, track, spelling bee, chess club, math club, knowledge bowl, music, art, drama, math, and essay competitions.

L.E.S.T.:  The Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament (L.E.S.T.) is a ministry of Concordia University, Portland in partnership with elementary schools of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.  The L.E.S.T. is based on the value of Christian education that emphasizes the love and praise of God, thankful use of talents and service to others.  The primary goal of the L.E.S.T. is to provide an organized structure to promote fun, skill development, fair play and fellowship among Lutheran elementary school youth through academics, fine arts, and recreational activities.  Children may be involved in one or many activities.  These include: athletics, drill, cheer, spelling bee, knowledge bowl, chess club, math competition, piano and essay competition.

Piano, Guitar and Drum Lessons:  Lessons are available throughout the school day for an additional charge.

 

Revised 7/23/15

Mr. Peter Martin

Mr. Peter Martin

Sixth Grade Homeroom

All school email addresses are in the following format:  firstinitial.lastname@zionls.org, so feel free to send any staff member an email using this format.  

I attended Peninsula College for two years, then attended Concordia College (now Concordia University) in Portland OR, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Studies in 1995.

I taught Computer Classes and eventually Science at West Portal Lutheran School in San Francisco in 1999. Following the 2000-2001 school year, I received a contract to teach Math, P.E. and Computer Classes at Seattle Lutheran High School. I then taught for one year in a Middle School Special Education classroom at Children’s Institute for Learning Differences in Mercer Island, WA.  From 2003-2006, I taught English in Nishikatsura, Japan.

In 2004, I received my Lutheran Teaching Colloquy from Concordia University, Irvine. Then, in 2006, I received my Divine Call to Zion Lutheran School. I have just completed my 8th year of teaching at Zion. I enjoy my role as 6th grade homeroom teacher, and I appreciate the rotating middle school schedule.  I feel a great responsibility for the education and spiritual growth of my students. I also maintain and develop Zion’s technology plans, and advise the school on most aspects of technology. I coach Zion’s Soccer team and Track team.

Mr. Martin’s Full Biography

Middle School supplies 2015

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