English Language Arts (ELA)
St. Joseph School teachers welcome and encourage communication with families regarding all aspects of a student's development.
Faculty Fast Facts
B.S. in English Education at Buffalo State College
M.S.Ed. in Exceptional Education at Buffalo State College
Why a Catholic Education Matters
There is more to education than academics, which is to follow the path that God provided for us by being well-rounded pupils in all aspects of life and education. Catholic education is especially important because it allows us to intertwine faith with academics while giving students a safe platform to talk about God. I grew up following the Roman Catholic path to God, and continue to follow the path that God has provided for me; a path which I hope to provide for the students.
As we venture through the fourth marking period, the students will spend time reading the last school novel of the school year and spend time reflecting on their own educational journeys this year.
The sixth grade students have been consistently engaged and enjoying Jean Craighead George's novel titled Frightful's Mountain, which we slowly began at the end of the third marking period. Written with the main character's point-of-view in mind, George takes the reader through the emotional and physical growth of a domesticated peregrine falcon. Throughout the novel, students are faced with the constant threat of a beneficial or harmful pesticide and the threat of poachers constantly looming in the background, preying on the possible extinction of our main character's species.
The seventh grade students will focus this last marking period on the importance and preservation of water within the nation's border through partial reading of Charles Fishman's The Big Thirst. Students will be faced with the realization that the water we need to survive is constantly in danger due to our own actions. Through various activities, projects, and film clips will the students apply their knowledge and spread awareness.
The eighth grade students will continue reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, which takes students on a metaphorical ride throughout each of the four food chains. Students will be consistently faced with the problem of solving the omnivore's dilemma, which will in turn ask the students to solve their own omnivore's dilemma.