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6th Grade Staff:

Pea Pod Team: Mark Siegel, Cathy Pearson, Natalie O'Connell, Marguerite Fairchild, and Angie Davies

Chili Pepper Team: Dana Serwe, Vicky Grice, Deanna Yang, Jessica Martinez, Sherry Holly, and Katie McArdle

In 6th grade, the concepts of Building Community, Developing Personal Responsibility, Changing Minds, and Being a Steward in My Community frame the curriculum.  Teachers make connections between disciplines, which allows students to transfer their learning from one subject area to another; thus, deepening their understanding of not only their academic learning but also of the world around them. 

Throughout all disciplines, students are developing their ability to reason and applying and practicing essential skills - gather, organize, analyze, and integrate information as well as generate information, evaluate information and outcomes, communicate information, and participate with others. 

During Crew, they are also working on habits of mind that are presented in the Social-Emotional Learning Standards (SEL).   In order to be successful, students monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary.  They build and maintain positive relationships through effective communication, cooperation, and conflict resolution. In doing so, they establish and maintain positive relationships by respecting others, practicing social skills, and making responsible choices while recognizing civic responsibility. Additionally, students apply critical thinking skills while making decisions, following expectations, staying safe, and advocating for themselves.

Students will also be studying the importance of community gardens and building community. They will go on two field trips in the fall to help them understand the importance of the Toki Garden that they will be continuing to cultivate. Sixth grade teachers collaborate with various community members, experts in the field and area organizations to enhance curriculum. Reading and research deepen students' knowledge, helping them to create projects and products to be showcased at events during the school year.

Toki Garden Website

MMSD Garden-Based Education Website

6th Grade Staff Contact Information

Pea Pod Team:



Phone Number

Email Address

Mark Siegel

Science and Reading Teacher


Cathy Pearson

Language Arts and Reading Teacher


Natalie O'Connell

Math and Reading Teacher


Marguerite Fairchild

Social Studies and Reading Teacher


Angie Davies

Cross Categorical Teacher


Chili Pepper Team:




Phone Number

Email Address

Dana Serwe Reading/Language Arts 204-4873

Deanna Yang

Math Teacher


Vicky Grice

Social Studies Teacher


Jessica Martinez

Science Teacher


Sherry Holly

Cross Categorical Teacher


Amelia Ramirez

ELL Teacher


Ashley Pearson

Reading Interventionist



Curriculum Information

Click on the subject to view and download a copy of the syllabus.


 All MMSD middle schools used standard-based grading to communicate student understanding of standards and learning targets. The following scale is the broad meaning of the rating on given standards.

 Academic Performance Level for Middle School Standard Rubrics

 4 – Demonstrates in depth understanding and application

3 – Demonstrates full understanding and application

2 – Demonstrates partial understanding and application

1 – Demonstrates little understanding and application

0 – Demonstrates no understanding and application


Middle School Learning Skills Rubric:

 M – Most of the time

S – Some of the time

R – Rarely



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