Our goals for the Middle School Department include helping our students prepare for life in the larger community. We expect our students to know more than right from wrong, we provide time for prayerful reflection to assist our students in making moral decisions. Our middle school has a 1 to 1 program utilizing Chromebooks for instruction as well as Ipad access. We find our 21st-century learners' refining skills in cooperation, communication, collaboration, creativity, and citizenship during the middle school years.
Our Program includes:
EDUCATIONAL CAMPS (Grades 5-8)
Middle school students attend camps, retreats, and dances. These are not only learning experiences; they provide bonding experiences for the students that endure long after graduation.
THE ZOO SNOOZE FIFTH GRADE
Our fifth graders take an overnight excursion to the Oregon Zoo in Portland after studying habitats and species. This unique opportunity allows students to go behind the scenes for a true understanding of zoology.
OMSI CAMP KIWANILONG SIXTH GRADE
The 6th graders head to the shore of Long Lake. Shaded by mature Sitka Spruce, Camp Kiwanilong is ideally situated for outdoor activity. It features several trails, including a two-mile path that winds through lush wetlands before arriving at the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Your 6th Grader will enjoy this 3-day OMSI camp which explores coastal ecology.
OMSI CAMP HANCOCK SEVENTH GRADE
Seventh graders experience Camp Hancock near John Day. They will explore the rich ecosystem of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, learn about the fossils found in the sedimentary rock formations and the distant galaxies we see through our telescopes at night. Students will hike canyons in search of fossils or animal tracks, identify plants and animals, and learn valuable skills for survival in the wilderness.
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL EIGHTH GRADE
Eighth graders head to Ashland for a 3-day immersion at the Shakespeare Festival. The students stay in the dorms at Southern Oregon University, attend workshops and classes, enjoy a backstage tour and attend several plays during their stay. This is a memorable experience that students look forward all throughout middle school and remember well after they graduate.
Mrs. Julia Cardwell
Language Arts and Math
Mrs. Julia Cardwell grew up in Medford, Oregon where she developed a love for working with numbers and an enthusiasm for helping others love math too. She graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. with a Bachelors degree in mathematics and then studied education at Portland State University to earn a Master's degree in education. Mrs. Cardwell has been teaching since 2008 and has experience teaching math, science and a variety of electives to middle school students. Her teaching career began in Portland where she taught sixth-grade math and science for five years in Portland Public Schools. After a move to Southern Oregon, Mrs. Cardwell taught seventh-grade math as well as an accelerated math class in White City. For the past three years, after a relocation to Bend, she began tutoring students in 5-12 while staying home with her young son and daughter. Mrs. Cardwell is thrilled to join Saint Francis faculty and be back in the classroom with the community's fabulous middle school student
Mrs. Karen Laubacher received her Catechist certification from the Diocese of San Diego where she began teaching Religious Education in 1995. She is now a certified catechist for the Diocese of Baker. Mrs. Laubacher has taught Religious Education to grades Kindergarten through 8. Mrs. Laubacher was our St. Francis Parish Middle School Youth Minister for two years before teaching in fifth through eighth grade for the last ten years. She and her husband, Roger, are active parishioners. Their youngest son, Bradley, graduated from St. Francis and is a freshman at the University of Oregon and a member of the Duck Track Team. Their older son, Patrick, is in the U.S. Navy and their daughter, Bethany, is a medical student at OHSU in Portland.
Dr. Cheryl Morgen
Dr. Cheryl Morgen believes students learn best by doing. they also remember a particular science property if they have spent time working with it rather than only reading about it. Her goal is to include as many hands on science activities as possible. Dr. Morgen recently attended a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) workshop. Oregon has adopted the NGSS. Its primary focus is on having students understand and learn science principles through exploring science phenomena. She feels this fits in very well with the activities our middle school students will complete in her science class. She also appreciates the ability to bring our Catholic teachings into the classroom. In earth science, while discussing the greenhouse effect she brought in paragraphs from Pope Francis' encyclical "On Care for Our Common Home." In physical science, while discussing an element in depth, Al, the class brainstormed ways to incorporate our "IMPACTS" theme for the year. The students discussed Al cans (stewardship of the Earth) by bringing them to church (stewardship of our church).
Mrs. Terri Logan is in her fifth year as our social studies teacher. She has two children who are Saint Francis graduates. Mrs. Logan has been an active teacher in the Bend-LaPine school district and a Eucharistic minister for our parish. Mrs. Logan is also an avid gardener, photographer, and seamstress. She will be sharing her talents with all students in the school garden again this year.