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Social Studies Grade 6
In Grade 6, students will journey through the Ancient and Modern World. We will study Ancient Civilizations and learn what they have contributed to modern day society. We will learn the foundations of many religions of the world, such as: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.


We will study Ancient societies such as Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and China- to name a few. To gain better understanding of these societies we will use Document Based Questions (DBQ’s). Our goal will be to make cross-curricular connections using primary and secondary sources.


ELA Grade 6

Grade 6: In sixth grade, students apply skills they’ve learned in earlier grades to make sense of longer, more challenging books and articles. This includes learning about how authors try to influence readers and finding reasons to support their ideas. By focusing on these skills, sixth grade students will sharpen their ability to write and speak with more clarity and coherence.





Updated information for working times and book pick up


Just a quick clarification regarding yesterday's email about our working plans for students.

K to 4
For students in grades K to 4, the 9:00 to 2:00 time frame is a suggestion of the amount of time they may spend on school work. As they may need a little more guidance, their work does not need to be submitted by 2:00, rather it can be submitted daily by the end of the day when parents have had time to check it and help them submit. Please just check for assignments at 9:00, as some work can be done independently.

5 to 8
For students in grades 5 to 8, the 9:00 to 2:00 time frame should be more closely adhered to, as they can work independently. Assignment should be submitted at the specified times set by teachers. Many of these assignments will be graded.

If you are in need of books, I will be in my office Monday at 9:30 and available until 10:00. You can come directly to the entrance by the main office on the 4th floor. If that time is not convenient, I am more than happy to schedule a time to meet later in the day. Please just let me know. I will make any accommodations that you need.

The building is undergoing a full and complete sanitizing from a cleaning company today.

Have a safe and healthy weekend. You are in my prayers.

Mr. Hansen


Please note, though we are a private and independent organization, St. Joseph Hill Academy will comply with a mandate from the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York. We will have a 1/2 day tomorrow with an 11:15 dismissal. I will share more information regarding communication of work. Books will be sent home today and tomorrow.


(Thursday, March 12, 2020) Superintendent of Catholic Schools Mr. Michael J. Deegan has announced Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of New York will close all elementary schools in our system effective Monday, March 16 2020 until Friday March 20th, 2020, with the possibility of a more lengthy closure. Informed by expert health officials and the Health and Safety Task Force of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, this decision was made out of an abundance of caution. The health and safety of our students, staff and families is of the utmost importance.

Additionally, after consultation with the leadership of the Catholic Youth Organizations and the Catholic High School Athletic Associations, all activities and all sporting events and practices have been cancelled indefinitely.

We are continuing to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). It is rapidly changing and we are closely following the advice of city, state and federal health officials We will keep you informed.

We truly understand that taking this action may cause some disruption to our families, but we strongly believe that these measures taken now will have the greatest success of decreasing risk to the whole community.

Over recent days our dedicated principals and teachers have been preparing educational materials for ongoing home-based learning to ensure our students continue to be academically engaged

Please refer to our website for updates and links to best practices for staying healthy as well as links to the U.S. State Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization and other resources.

For more than two centuries, Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of New York have taught and nurtured children from diverse backgrounds and successfully provided students with the life-changing opportunities that are inherent in a Catholic education. Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York currently serve more than 62,000 students from PreK through 12th grade at more than 200 schools across nine counties and three boroughs throughout New York. That includes Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx, and seven counties including Westchester, Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Sullivan, Putnam and Ulster.

High Schools and Private Independent Catholic Schools closures are made independently of the Superintendent of Schools Office.
Mr. Lawrence Hansen
St. Joseph Hill Academy Elementary School
Staten Island, New York


Greetings Hill Families,

In response to the concerns over the coronavirus, we will be having a half day this Friday, March 13th with an 11:15 dismissal. At this time, teachers will be trained on how to communicate and present work to our students in the event that we need to close school. This will also allow our school custodians and our cleaning company to begin performing the deep clean of our building that will continue over the weekend. Though this short notice may be an inconvenience, it is being done so that we may continue to support the learning of our students, should we need to close school. Bus service will be provided at 11:15. After Care will be provided until 5:30 to all those who need child care in the event that you are unable to pick up children at 11:15.

Please read the attached letter from the Superintendent of School . 

Thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration. May God bless you and your family and keep you safe.

Mr. Hansen

Mr. Lawrence Hansen
St. Joseph Hill Academy Elementary School
Staten Island, New York

Pampered Chef Christmas Link:

Pampered Chef sells high quality items for all those cooks and food lovers on you holiday shopping list. 

If you didn’t get a chance to spend some time at our Pampered Chef table at our Christnas fair, to browse or place an order, THERE IS STILL TIME!

Our deadline for orders to be delivered by Christmas will be Thursday, Dec 12th and remember proceeds from sales benefit SJHA. 

Attached below is our order link!!

Happy shopping and entertaining this holiday season!