Middle School

Middle school consists of fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade.

Miss Caitlen Heitz

Miss Caitlen Heitz, 5th Homeroom, 5th-6th Social Studies, 7th-8th Science, 5th ELA

Caitlen has been a teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace since 2012. She grew up in Godfrey Illinois where she attended grade school at St. Ambrose and high school at Marquette Catholic. Catholic schools have been apart of her life for so long, she couldn't imagine teaching anywhere else. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She graduated in December of 2010. She was a substitute teacher for two years before she started teaching at OLQP. In her free time she enjoys being out doors, playing/watching sports and helping out on her soon to be families farm! 

Overview

5th grade students are introduced to many academic and spiritual areas of growth throughout the year, helping each child grow into a better Christian and fulfill their potential.

Religion
Each student attends Mass every Friday and every third Tuesday.  They addend a religion class every day learning more about the Bible, Jesus, Holy days, their prayers, and morality.

ELA (English Language Arts)
This is a comprehensive reading , English, and Spelling program that works with Common Core into helping each student become better readers, spellers, phonics, comprehensive skills, grammar, cause and effect-- all of the elements that make us better thinkers and readers and writers.

Math 5th and 6th Grade
Students will focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and integers.  Percents, geometry, graphs, problem solving --all common core elements are used and incorporated in a hands environment.  Plus we try to have a Challenge every week to test their thinking and logic skills.

Literature 7th and 8th Grade 
This is based on a combination of the basal reader and the use of Classical Literature. We use such authors as, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Crighton, Washington Irving, and Charles Dickens.  Different books are used as we study genres and study the masters.

Instructional Methodologies
Students will learn through lecture, small group discussion, individual work and class discussion.

Mrs. Rosemary Dorsey

Mrs Rosemary Dorsey, 8th Homeroom, 5th-8th Math

Rosemary was raised on a farm near Edwardsville, IL, and attended St. Boniface Grade School, Edwardsville Senior High School, and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where she received a B.A. in Mathematics with a teaching certificate. She started teaching at SS. Peter and Paul Grade School in Collinsville, IL, and then moved to Roxana Senior High School. After several years off raising her three sons, she started teaching at OLQP in 1986. She has taught Math and Science there ever since. Rosemary and her husband, Bruce, live on their farm near Moro, where they raised their three boys. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, helping show cow, and collecting bugs.

 

Math 7th Grade
Seventh grade math is a continuation of a study of the systems and process of numbers. We cover all real numbers, including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and integers, and learn the basic operations of each. We study the order of operations in math and learn to solve equations in Algebra. We also learn about Geometry, including shapes, areas, volumes, and angles. Each area of study has word problems included.

Math 8th Grade - Algebra
Eighth Grade Math is a high school Algebra Class. We quickly review the basic operations of Real numbers. We then study algebraic expressions and their operations. We move to solving algebraic equations and inequalities. We also learn about functions and the graphs, including slope and intercepts. We deal with systems of equations, exponents, and polynomials. We then learn about the quadratic formula, rational expressions, and radicals.

Mrs. Kim Knight

Mrs Kim Knight, 6th Homeroom, 5th - 6th Science, 7th - 8th Social Studies, K-8th Computers

Kim was born and raised in Bethalto, Illinois. She is a lifelong member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. She even attended OLQP School from 1st grade through 8th grade! She attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. She has enjoyed being a part of the OLQP faculty since 2003.

She continues to live in Bethalto with her husband Scott and their son Jake. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and especially watching Jake participate in his many sporting events.

Science 5th Grade
We use a McGraw-Hill textbook to guide us through many Science topics. We cover some Physical Science, Earth Science and Life Science. Some topics we explore include Weather, Plants and their Parts, Sound and Light Energy, as well as Newton's Laws of Motion.

6th Science
We use a McGraw-Hill textbook to guide us through many Science topics. We cover some Life Science and Physical Science. Some topics we explore include the Plant Kingdom, Cells, Inheriting Traits, Properties and Changes of Matter, as well as Electricity.

Social Studies 7th Grade
Students focus on United States History. The primary focus is on the time of early settlements until Pre Civil War. The main topics we cover include early Native Americans, European Explorers, the American Revolution, the Louisiana Purchase, and Westward Expansion. Students are also tested on the United States Constitution.

Social Studies 8th Grade
Students focus on United States History. The primary focus is on the time during the Civil War up to present day. The main topics we cover include the Civil War, Immigration, World War II, and the Holocaust. Students are also tested on the Illinois Constitution.

Mrs. Angie Waldo

Mrs. Angie Waldo, 7th homeroom, 6th ELA, , 8th Literature, 5th-8th Religion

Angie  has been a teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace school since 2010. She grew up in Bethalto, where she has been a lifelong member of the OLQP parish family. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Middle School, English, and Social Studies. She was also involved in the Catholic Scholars Program, where she had the opportunity to learn so much about our Catholic Faith and complete her Catechist Certification.

She lives in Bethalto with her husband, Sam and their daughter, Elizabeth. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and crafting. She became a teacher because she enjoys challenging the way students view the world and students continue to challenge how she views the world. She is passionate about her faith and loves teaching at her parish Catholic school.

Overview
Seventh graders are challenged academically and spiritually. They have the opportunity to use Google Chromebooks to show their understanding in new ways.

Religion
Students have the opportunity to attend mass every Friday and many opportunities throughout the school year to lead all-school prayers. In Religion class, seventh graders explore church history.

  • Fifth graders learn about the mass, the Liturgical Year, and the sacraments.
  • Sixth graders read and study the Old Testament.
  • Eighth graders study the Creed and above all finish preparations for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

ELA
In sixth grade English-Language Arts, students are challenged in their grammar usage, writing style, and comprehension strategies. Daily work challenges students to make their new skills habitual.