Grades 6-8

Our middle schoolers are unique on campus not only because of their khaki and navy uniforms and how they move from teacher to teacher for all subjects, but also because of their dedication to service and leadership. Students are encouraged to develop and devise ways in which to serve their school and the greater community, and they do so enthusiastically!

Besides attending their daily classes, middle schoolers integrate with the younger grades, guiding them in conflict resolution, faith lessons, and school spirit. In addition to a top-notch education, Holy Family Parish School provides every student with the leadership and decision-making skills necessary for success in high school, college, and beyond.

Meet our grades 6-8 team

Susan Webster, Principal
Andrew Walker

Grade 6 Homeroom
MS Technology, MS Humanities, MS Religion

Susan Webster, Principal
Danny Bailey

Grade 7 Homeroom
MS Math, MS Religion

Susan Webster, Principal
Eileen Olson

Grade 8 Homeroom
MS Humanities

Susan Webster, Principal
Judy Barrere

MS Science, MS Coordinator

Susan Webster, Principal
Maria Guzman

Spanish

Susan Webster, Principal
Lucy Macaulay

MS Speech

Susan Webster, Principal
Barbara Mann

MS Math

Susan Webster, Principal
Whitney McKelvey

PE, Technology

Susan Webster, Principal
Leslie Oja

Learning Specialist Inclusion

Susan Webster, Principal
Stacey Porter

Music, Handbells, MS Theatre Arts

Susan Webster, Principal
Mary Powers

Counselor, Inclusion Head

Susan Webster, Principal
Maria Radtke

Math Resource Specialist

Susan Webster, Principal
Trish White

Art, MS Religion

Susan Webster, Principal
Rosina Knox

Middle School IA

Susan Webster, Principal
Jennifer Nedeltchev

Middle School IA

Grade 6 Curriculum

Humanities: Focus is on the exploration the people, cultures, and legacies of ancient civilizations. Through this focus, they develop critical reading and writing skills, build language fluency, and learn to think critically about the world around them. Novels include Boy of the Painted Cave by Justin Denzel, Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan, and A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.    Textbooks: Ancient Civilizations (Harcourt), Invitation to Literacy (Houghton Mifflin Quest), Vocabulary Workshop Enriched Edition (Sadlier)

Math: Focus is on long division, the four operations with decimals and fractions, simple algebraic manipulation, understanding ratios for problem solving, area of polygons, and some statistics concepts. Middle school math is a multiple path math program. Math paths are not set, rather they are dependent on student mastery of the concepts and assessment. Math is also integrated with science and technology for a true STEM curriculum.   Textbook: Go Math (Harcourt)

Religion:  Focus is on the Old Testament and the promise that God makes to his people in the form of the Covenant. Learning about topics such as the Sacraments, Liturgical Seasons, prayer, and church teachings is all done through this lens.

Science: Focus is on learning how to observe, investigate, and think like a scientist, with studies of ecosystems, cycles of the earth’s materials, weather, climates, and space exploration. Science is also integrated with math and technology for a true STEM curriculum.    Reference Textbook: McGraw Hill

Technology:  Middle school technology classes introduce our students to a wide range of 21st century literacy skills. These range from proficiency with typing and Office products to basic coding skills and work with robotics. There is an added focus on cutting-edge technology topics.

Social-Emotional Skills: Second Step Curriculum; SEL class is taught weekly, and lessons provide social-emotional support and encouragement to students, helping them to thrive.

Grade 7 Curriculum

Humanities: Focus is on historical fiction and nonfiction text, geography, and current events, students learn about the history of Washington State, the Golden Age of Islam, Medieval China and Japan, and Medieval Europe. Novels include Refugee by Alan Gratz, The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler, and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

Math: Focus is on the four operations with all positive and negative numbers, integer exponents, solving basic equations and inequalities, two- and three-dimensional geometry formulas, probability and statistics, and an introduction to transformations in the coordinate plane. Middle school math is a multiple path math program. Students may advance through either Algebra or Geometry by the conclusion of 8th grade. Math paths are not set, rather they are dependent on student mastery of the concepts and assessment. Math is also integrated with science and technology for a true STEM curriculum. Textbook: Go Math Accelerated (Harcourt), Algebra (Pearson)

Religion:  Focus is on the person of Jesus. Students study the gospels closely, which requires them to consider the historical context and build on their 6th grade knowledge of the Old Testament. By the end of 7th grade, students will have considered the radical compassion of Jesus and his challenge to us to bring his love to all, especially those in need.

Science: Focus is on Life Sciences, including classification and characteristics of life, microscope investigations, biotechnology activities, systems of the human body, botany concepts, and genetics and heredity. Science is also integrated with math and technology for a true STEM curriculum.     Reference Textbook: McGraw Hill 

Technology:  Middle school technology classes introduce our students to a wide range of 21st century literacy skills. These range from proficiency with typing and Office products to basic coding skills and work with robotics. There is an added focus on cutting-edge technology topics.

Social-Emotional Skills: Second Step Curriculum; SEL class is taught weekly, and lessons provide social-emotional support and encouragement to students, helping them to thrive.

 

Grade 8 Curriculum

Grade 8 Curriculum:

Humanities: Focus is on exploring the fascinating world of American history and literature from colonization to World War I.  Additionally, 8th grade receives Holocaust education. Novels include Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Our Town by Thorton Wilder.

Math: Focus is on rational exponents, solving one- and two- variable equations, graphing linear and quadratic equations in the coordinate plane, an introduction to exponential relationships, manipulating polynomials, solving quadratic equations by factoring, and the quadratic formula. Middle school math is a multiple path math program. Students may advance through either Algebra or Geometry by the conclusion of 8th grade. Math paths are not set, rather they are dependent on student mastery of the concepts and assessment. Math is also integrated with science and technology for a true STEM curriculum. Textbook: Algebra (Pearson), Geometry (Pearson)

Religion:  Focus is on exploring, professing, and reflecting on their Catholic faith, which is found in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. The students are taught to recognize the presence of Christ and enter into communion with Him through active, full, and conscious participation in the liturgical celebrations and sacraments of the Church

Science: Focus is on Physical Science studies including chemistry concepts, investigations, and activities. They also study nanotechnology, materials science, force and motion laws, space explorations, and engineering wonders. Science is also integrated with math and technology for a true STEM curriculum.  Reference Textbook: McGraw Hill

Technology:  Middle school technology classes introduce our students to a wide range of 21st century literacy skills. These range from proficiency with typing and Office products to basic coding skills and work with robotics. There is an added focus on cutting-edge technology topics.

Social-Emotional Skills: Second Step Curriculum; SEL class is taught weekly, and lessons provide social-emotional support and encouragement to students, helping them to thrive.

Specialist Classes

Each week our grade 6 students attend classes in Art, Guitar & Keyboarding, PE, Speech, Technology, and Spanish.

Each week grades 7 and 8 attend classes in Art, Handbells, PE, Theatre Arts, Technology, and Spanish.

Religion, Service & Leadership

Our middle schoolers participate in a service and leadership based advisory program. Advisories meet weekly to build community and devise ways to serve our school and greater world communities. They lead and participate in many schoolwide service projects including the Thanksgiving Food Drive, Candy Cane & Cocoa to support One Equal Heart, New Bethlehem Center Coat Drive, Catholic Schools Week Kid-to-Kid Campaign Toy Drive, Lenten CRS Rice Bowl, Jump Rope for Heart, and other projects. Grade 7 serves at the 8th grade graduation. Grades 7 and 8 are eligible to enter the Respect Life Essay Contest each year. Grade 8 students plan and lead HFK Spirit Days and act as Religion Buddies for the younger grades.

Additional Religion Supplements: Virtue of the Month: Virtues in Practice, Talking About Touching

 

Enrichment

Middle School Math Team, National Geographic Bee, UW Engineering Discovery Days, Honor Choir, and Drama Program. Field trips include Holocaust Center for Humanity and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.  Grade 6 spends a week at outdoor camp at Camp Hamilton.

 

Special Events

Grade 7 Jousting Tournament, Advisory Sorting Ceremony, Fun Fridays, HFK Fun Run, birthdays, Middle School Holiday Socials, Advent Program, lead Read Across America events to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, lead Spirit Days such as Storybook Character Day or Sports Day, lead Field Day (grade 7), end of the year celebration, Graduation (grade 8), and others.

 

Andrew Walker

Education
B.A. of History, English Minor, Gonzaga University 2012
Master of Initial Teaching, Gonzaga University 2014

Began teaching in 2015
Teaching at Holy Family since 2018

What I love about teaching at Holy Family School:
I love challenging my students to engage with their world in ways that they had not previously considered and watching as their understanding blossoms into a worldview that will guide their decision making as community members and citizens. My favorite part of the job is forming the relationships that make this learning possible and being present for the myriad moments of both academic and life learning that take place along the way!

Why I became a teacher:
Almost all of the most influential people in my life have been teachers so the decision felt like a natural one. I am very grateful for the guidance and opportunities they have opened for me and want to pay this service forward to my own students.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
Favorite Scripture “Do you not know that in a race, all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

Danny Bailey

Education
B.A. Theology and Religious Studies, Seattle University
B.A. Mathematics 5-12, Western Governors University

Began teaching in 2009.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2018.

What I love about teaching middle school at Holy Family School:
Middle school is a unique formative time when unique talents and personalities begin to shine the brightest. It is truly a thrilling adventure to support and inspire these young leaders in their endeavors while being a wise mentor for them. Math and religion will continue to be important for the rest of their lives, so it brings me joy to share my passion for these subjects.

Why I became a teacher:
Some of my greatest mentors have been teachers, and many people have told me I should become a teacher. In my first career as a youth minister, I found that doing the actual teaching part of the ministry was one of my greatest strengths. I look forward to bringing my many talents to this new profession.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

Eileen Olson

Education
B.G.S. from University of Kansas 1987 – Theatre and Media Arts
Master’s in Teaching from City University 2010

Began teaching in 2010.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2015.

What I love about teaching seventh grade at Holy Family School:
Teaching is a creative process. I love creating engaging and interesting lessons for my students. When my students get excited about what they are learning, I feel like I have hit a homerun! I also love the fluidity of teaching; every day, week, month, and year is different. At the top of my very long list of what I love about teaching is that every day I have laughter in my life.

Why I became a teacher:
Teaching is my second career. After many years in the escrow/real estate field, I realized that I needed to find a career that nourished my soul. I knew that I wanted to find a way to try and make a difference in the world. In addition, from my observations of my own children and their educational experiences, I came to understand that there are many different learning styles. Helping my children to become successful learners helped me to realize that I wanted to share my love of teaching and my desire to make learning accessible for all types of learners.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you” Isaiah 41:10

Judy Barrere

Education
M.S., Science Education, Lesley University/University of Washington
B.S., Education, University of Northern Colorado/Utah State University

Areas of Advanced Study
Brain Research – Adolescent Learning, UW; Teacher Advisory Board Member, Woodland Park Zoo; Board Member and Editorial Review for Science Scope Magazine, Northwest Associate for Biomedical Reseracher – Educational Division; FDA/National Science Teachers Association

Began teaching in 1984.
Teaching at Holy Family since 1998.

What I love about teaching science at Holy Family School:
I have always enjoyed learning new things and teaching science and all the exciting changes in this field has certainly kept me on my feet. I look forward to bringing new materials and new ideas to my students. I believe in the adage, “The one who does the teaching is the one who’s doing the learning.” I have had the privilege of “learning” at Holy Family School for many years now and I appreciate the support of both the school and parents along the way.

Why I became a teacher:
I became a teacher because I wanted to change children’s lives. I wanted children to reach their full potential, to become confident independent learners. I wanted each child to leave my room understanding their unique learning style and to learn to believe in themselves. In the years that have followed, I have realized how much my students have taught me. They have changed my life and I am forever grateful.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46

Maria Guzman

Education

BA in Business
Washington certified Spanish teacher teaching in the US since 1998

Areas of Advanced Study
K-12 Spanish as a second language
Middle School and High school education
TPR (Total Physical Response) and TPR Storytelling
Differentiated instruction
School administration.

What I love about teaching Spanish:
To teach another language is to slowly open my students’ eyes to a beautiful world hidden from them. Culture and history are an integral part of a language program; a language can’t be fully acquired without understanding the intricacies of its people. I consider myself an ambassador of Mexico; it is an honor and a privilege for me to tell the tales of my ancestors, to be a witness to the wonder my students experience in discovering our world is beautiful, precisely because of all the different peoples, languages, and customs that share its space. Speaking another language places my students much closer to becoming citizens of the world; to play a role as their teacher is simply fantastic! “A different language is a different vision of life”, Federico Fellini

Why I became a teacher:
It started suddenly… My son and daughter’s French High School teacher asked me to consider teaching Spanish for the following school year. I had been a stay-home mom since I was pregnant, but now that my kids were in High School and soon to leave for college, I had started thinking about doing something with my time. I said yes to the opportunity almost immediately, this was God-sent! Even though I had taught Middle School ESL (English as a second language) in Mexico, this was very new and exciting! That first year at St Thomas Aquinas HS was amazing but tough; I was teaching three classes and working towards my certification at the same time, but it was so worth it! It took me very little time to realize that teaching is my passion; I’ve always been a teacher at heart and teaching brings me an immeasurable joy! I am so proud of all of my students and their accomplishments! After teaching 2 years in Mexico, 9 years in New Hampshire and 6 years in Massachusetts, three years ago I came to Seattle to start the Spanish program at Holy Family, what an honor!

Two Favorite Scripture Verses:
Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:6-8

Whitney McKelvey PE and Technology teacher at HFK SchoolWhitney McKelvey

Education
B.A., Public Relations and General Business, Gonzaga University
M.A., Teaching, Pacific University

Areas of Advanced Study
Endorsements in Physical Education, Elementary and Middle School general studies

Began teaching in 2018.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2018.

What I love about teaching PE at Holy Family School:
I love coming to school each day ready to help motivate students to be active and practice sportsmanship. I enjoy challenging students to participate in sports they would have never considered trying. Watching a student first struggle and then accomplish a task can be so rewarding and a positive ripple effect not just in athletics, but in all areas of life.

Why I became a teacher:
I became a teacher because I felt that too many young adults were focusing on academics, but not learning the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. I wanted to teach in a classroom where I had the freedom to take teaching moments and expand on students’ passions. I feel blessed to be part of a community like HFK.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 .

Leslie Oja

Education
Ed.D.-Doctor of Education: Nova Southeastern University
Dual MSEd:
Reading Specialist: University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Mental Health Counseling: Northern Colorado University
BA-Education: Eastern Michigan University

Began teaching in 1981.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2017.

What I love about teaching reading at Holy Family School:
Teaching reading at Holy Family Parish School is rewarding. I enjoy applying my knowledge and experience for the benefit of assisting students both academically and spiritually, as well as to enjoy their environment.

Why I became a teacher:
Each day is a challenge to be sure each student is receiving an education that will provide them with opportunities to live a satisfying life; I am privileged to be part of the community that enables students to achieve their goals.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Phillippians 4:9

Stacey Porter

Education
Bachelors in Music from Ball State University

Began teaching in 2005.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2015.

What I love about teaching at Holy Family School

What I love most about teaching is seeing the joy children experience from trying and learning something new, and their continued joy when they’ve mastered that new skill. For music, I especially love hearing them sing for God! It warms my heart to see their love and zeal for the Lord.

Why I became a teacher:

As a child, one of the only “games” I really enjoyed playing was Teacher. I would take my mother’s college text books, study a page and then teach it to my pretend classroom. I loved doing that! I found as I got older I was still teaching (to real people, this time) and enjoying it immensely. I attended Catholic School for grades K – 8, and I always admired my teachers and what they did for us each day. I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach at Holy Family; to freely share my love for teaching music, technology and most importantly God!

Favorite Scripture Verse:
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD; cry out to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with a song of praise, joyfully sing out our psalms. ” Psalm 95: 1-2.

Mary Powers

Hi there! My name is Mary Powers and I am the school counselor here at HFK. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from The Catholic University of America and a Masters Degree in Clinical and Macro Social Work from The Catholic University of America. I love working with kids because of their resiliency and positive spirit no matter what life throws at them. I believe educating and informing kids about their own mental health and well-being from a young age will create better futures for themselves and their families.

I believe that helping students have positive social, emotional, and academic experiences is vital to their growth as humans. My goal when working with students is to help them realize their strengths and work on ways to reach their goals. At HFK, we strive to be inclusive of all students with different learning abilities and focus on the educational of the whole child. Whether I am teaching a classroom lesson, hosting a group counseling lunch, or meeting with the parents of a student, I am always working to support students and families of the HFK community.

Maria Radtke

Education
M. Ed. – Reading and Literacy
B.A. – History, Teaching Certificate – Elementary Education, Supporting Endorsement – History, Gonzaga University

Areas of Advanced Study
Professional Certification, Seattle Pacific University

Began teaching in 2005.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2006.

What I love about teaching math at Holy Family School:
What I love about teaching math at Holy Family Parish School is enthusiastic students! The students are independent, eager, and positive individuals. Their excitement about learning is contagious and inspires me to prepare and plan engaging and thoughtful lessons. Together, we love working on long term projects, solving critical thinking questions, and discussing our thinking. I love that our students are thoughtful and have opinions. They are willing to take risks in the classroom and in their learning, and they know that their classmates and teachers will help catch them if they make a mistake. They are willing to share their thoughts on their personal faith and how they pray, which is the foundation of our school.

Why I became a teacher:
I became a teacher because I’ve always loved school. As a child, during summer breaks I was always trying to coax my sister and neighbor friends to play school with me so I could practice being a teacher. I was extremely blessed to have attended Catholic school from elementary all the way through college. I knew that I wanted my teaching career to be in the Catholic schools. I love teaching because every day is different and every child brings something positive to my life.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Trish White

Education
B.A. Elementary Education K-8, Sociology 4-12 from Western Washington University 1998
M.A. in Teaching from Grand Canyon University 2003

Began teaching in 2000.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2014.

What I love about teaching art at Holy Family School:
I believe that teaching is an incredible profession. Each day at Holy Family you have the opportunity to excite a student about art and support them in their personal and spiritual growth. Teaching means having trust and respect toward one another as student and teacher. I love getting to know my students, learning their talents, celebrating their successes, and watching them blossom.

Why I became a teacher:
I could not think of any profession more important and more satisfying on a daily basis. When I began teaching I could not imagine doing anything else. I knew I could make a difference in a child’s life by helping them reach their full potential and develop a strong relationship with God.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God.” John 14:1

About Holy Family Parish School Kirkland

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