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 for the second trimester! We have been busy in the first trimester completing our first novel and essay, while also discussing the importance of God and the Bible.
As we finish our unit for Harry Mazer’s A Boy at War, which we began in the middle of the first trimester, the fourth graders will transition to Sharon Creech’s fictional book of free verse poetry titled, Love That Dog. This book focuses on the struggles the main character faces in school while finding ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.
After finishing Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water, the fifth grade students will be reading Christopher Paul Curtis’ novel, Bud, Not Buddy. Centered on an orphaned child who runs away to find his family, Bud, Not Buddy focuses on the various techniques a young adult can use to survive the world. Students will further analyze the characteristics and personality traits of the main characters, as well as utilizing various literary elements through class activities and assessments.
After finishing their first novel that focused on themes and challenges, the sixth graders will read Thanhha Lai’s novel Inside Out and Back Again, which is a historical fiction novel based on the author’s own experiences as she and her family fled from Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Through the use of figurative language, students will uncover deeper meanings within the main character’s experiences and emotions while also identifying the struggles and successes of those tumultuous experiences.
In fifth grade Religion, students will continue studying the seven Sacraments and the various ways God is worshipped. In sixth grade Religion, the students will begin the trimester by studying the Old Testament and how to locate verses in the Bible. One of our largest focuses in Religion is giving back to the community, which we are constantly doing with cards and service efforts within the school. As Matthew 10:8 states, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers... You received without paying; give without pay.” The students have been wonderful in their support of one another, and their community.