Cluster B

Grade 6 Social Studies
Grade 6 Special Education
Grade 6 Science
Grade 6 English
Grade 6 Math
Grade 6 Reading


Greetings!  I am Mr. Painchaud (pronounced pay-show) and this is my sixth year as the Writing/Language Arts teacher in Cluster B.  The writers of Cluster B have begun heartily!  So far we have drafted friendly letters, investigated the parts of a sentence, completed a narrative sentence mini-project, and are in the pre-writing phase of developing our memoirs.

 As our time together continues, writers will experience the vital studies of informational and argumentative writing.  Students will connect their writing through mentor texts and collaborative units with reading class; they will unite the interdependent worlds of reading and writing, all while focusing on a particular theme rich with content and community.  Grammar, vocabulary, and conventions are experienced through various approaches, still deeply connected to the central focus of the writing.

Contact me at any time:  Here’s to a continued great year in Cluster B English class!



Welcome to Cluster B Reading

     I am Mrs. Stebbins the Cluster B reading teacher. I am so excited to begin this new reading adventure with all of my students. In the last weeks, we have taken some time to get to know each other. This included some discussion of favorite books, a visit to the IMC, NWEA testing as well as the start to AIMS Web testing. We have also had a review unit that focused on the Elements of Fiction. We are now ready to get down to business. 

     Our first unit is through Expeditionary Learning and it is a crossover of the reading class and the English class.Students will be involved in a deep study of mythology. We will focus on the purpose and the elements of this genre. Students will read Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. Through this unit, students will work on close reading skills, using evidence to support opinions, and building vocabulary. It is going to be tough work but it will pay off in the end when students use what they learned to create their own hero’s journey story in English.



Science is Everywhere in Room 1203

     My name is Katje Mickola and I LOVE teaching science.  I also love to read, kayak and root for the Red Sox. 

     We will be covering lots of interesting and fun topics in science this year!  If you didn’t already know, we start the year with crayfish, water and ecology.  Later on, we will study varying topics including erosion, Earth, Sun and Moon, weathering, matter, energy, and Earth’s layers.  We will learn through reading, playing games, making projects, creating notes, writing stories and essays, making skits, drawing pictures and diagrams plus models, poems and songs.  There will be many opportunities for students to learn and share what they know. 

    Lastly, our science notebook shares a binder with Social Studies.  Please resist helping your student clean out their binder.  Let me know if a problem arises.  We will clean them out after every unit.  As a rule, science will not have homework every night but be on the look-out for 2-3 times per week. 

If you ever have any questions please use your child’s planner or email me at to have the best success!  I am looking forward to getting to know your child this year!


Social Studies

Hello! I am Mrs. Larareo and this is my eleventh year at KMS. I am looking forward to a year full of learning and fun with your student.

The sixth grade social studies year starts off with a review of geography and mapping skills. For example, students will strengthen their use of scale bars, legends, as well as latitude and longitude.

Most of the year is utilized in the study of pre-history and history. One essential question for the year is how geography affects people’s lives; we also ask how the ancient civilizations have affected our lives today.

We begin the study of history with an introduction to prehistoric people and the circumstances that led to the growth of civilizations. From this, we move on to the development of farming, government, technology, trade, and writing in one of several river valley civilizations such as Mesopotamia, India, Egypt, or China.

The curriculum continues on the thread of western civilizations with an in-depth study of ancient Greece. In this unit themes of mythology, democracy, architecture, and the Olympics are addressed. Again the emphasis is on the impact that this civilization has had on our lives today. The contributions from ancient Rome are also addressed.

Please email me with questions: 


Mrs. Snowling’s Marvelous Math Class


In math class this quarter our focus will be:


  • Whole Number Operations - Fluently divide.
  • Powers and Exponents - Write and evaluate with whole number exponents.
  • Order of Operations - Evaluate numerical expressions with whole-number exponents.
  • Prime Factorization - Find the prime factorization of a number.
  • Greatest Common Factor - Find theGCFof two whole numbers.
  • Least Common Multiple - Find the LCM of two whole numbers.

We will be busy!  Instructions for accessing Big Ideas textbook and supports online has been sent home with your student.  Please email me with any questions at