Mrs. Alicia Palmer
St. Joseph Regional 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.
4/5/6 English & 5th & 6th Grade Religion News
Welcome to 4th-6th Grade English Language Arts and 5th-6th Grade Religion!
Welcome to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade English Language Arts and 5th-6th grade Religion! I look forward to learning more about each individual student while we “dive” into the classes and all that they offer.
The fourth grade ELA students will begin the school year by studying the foundational literary elements in fictional texts. Then, students will begin Harry Mazer’s novel, A Boy at War, which focuses on the main character’s point of view and experiences of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Students will analyze the characteristics and conflicts of the main characters, while also utilizing various literary elements through class activities and assessments. Non-fiction texts and resources will be supplemented to encourage a deeper understanding of the text.
The fifth grade ELA students will begin the year by studying Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water. The informational novel describes the various aspects that plagued the Sudanese during the late 1900s, and how life and death were risked in order to reach America. The main character of the novel eventually took up residence in Rochester, NY after he escaped Sudan! Upon completion of the novel, we will transition to Christopher Paul Curtis’ Bud, Not Buddy.
The students in sixth grade ELA will begin the school year by studying Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. The Lightning Thief has become a sixth grade favorite in past years, with students eager to continue reading the series after we finish the initial novel. Students can borrow additional Rick Riordan or Gary Paulsen novels from the classroom library, which includes those that continue both series. Upon completion of the novel, students will begin reading Thanhha Lai’s Inside Out and Back Again.
In fifth grade Religion, students will begin the trimester studying the Sacraments and the various ways God is worshipped. In sixth grade Religion, the students will begin the trimester by studying the Old Testament, how to locate verses in the Bible, and reviewing/learning traditional Bible stories. One of our primary focuses in Religion is giving back to the community, which is done through card/prayer creations along with service efforts within the school. Both grades will be assisting with the Friday liturgy throughout the school year.