Sixth Grade


Betsy Nielson

Welcome to 6th grade!

We shift from American History, which was learned in 5th grade, to traveling back in time through the ancient civilizations. We learn about the ancient people in our Social Studies, Reading, and Religion curriculums.

The students participate in many activities that people of the past did, including the creation of cave drawings, designing a sarcophagus, playing the Jewish game of Dreidel, designing a Roman gladiator, building ziggurats, and learning about other ancient practices. We read a variety realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and science-fiction books, including Wonder, Number the Stars, The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963, and Bridge to Terabithia.

7th and 8th grade Math are both taught using the Saxon books. These classes are taught using the Flipped Classroom Model. The students watch a video on each lesson at home to get a first glance at the content, and then they complete the lesson’s problem set in class. We also spend some time exploring the Ti-83 plus calculator through various graphing activities. Most of the 8th graders complete Algebra I which prepares them for the Advanced Geometry class offered at Maryville High School.

Classroom News


I am very excited to start my 18th year of teaching! I have lots of great things planned for 6th grade, and also for my 5th, 7th and 8th grade classes! Open House is tonight from 5-7 p.m.  I look forward to seeing all of you! Enjoy your last few days of summer!

New Treasures Reading Series

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all having a great summer! I spent this morning with my fellow K-6 teachers and a rep from McGraw-Hill.  We have purchased their reading series called Treasures.  I must admit, it is a bit overwhelming, but in a good way.  There are so many amazing resources and I am very impressed…

S.O.S. Crew Grows!

Wow! We have 45 people (lots of students and a handful of parents) signed up for this year’s Summer Of Service S.O.S. Crew! We have already been busy at work at the food pantry and picking up trash around the school grounds.  Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of our summer…