My name is Kate Chambers, and I am the sixth grade homeroom teacher at The Madeleine School. I am originally from Philadelphia, and I moved to Portland in 2004 to attend the University of Portland for my Master’s Degree. There I met my husband and somehow never got around to moving back to Philadelphia. In May 2009, our son, Jack, was born, and in July 2011 we welcomed our daughter, Olivia, to our family. I love to read, take pictures and visit the beach.
I teach sixth grade religion, reading, writing, and social studies, and also sixth and seventh grade mathematics. My classroom involves hands-on learning that focuses on inquiry. I am known for my enthusiasm, organization, and patience.
Sixth grade is the first leg in the final three chapters of elementary school here at The Madeleine School. This is the year when students really get a taste of the responsibilities and routines that are expected of them as they make their way toward high school. It is our goal to prepare every 6th grade student academically, socially, and spiritually during this formative and important school year. Students will study ancient civilizations in history, nature and life in science, fractions and statistics in math, and the origins of our covenant with God in religion. Note taking, effective test preparation, and classic literature are also emphasized throughout the year.
One of the highlights during the 6th grade year is Outdoor School. Students spend a week at camp learning about the environment with their classmates. During this time, they build friendships with other schools, increase environmental stewardship, and learn about science through interacting with nature. This is an exciting time for everyone and something that the students remember for the rest of their lives.