Welcome to 7th Grade

Welcome!  My name is Courtney Gomez, and I am the 7th grade homeroom teacher.  This will be my 8th year teaching at St. Joachim School.  I have truly enjoyed being a part of St. Joachim and love working with the supportive and enthusiastic students, staff, and parents.  In my classroom, I promote an atmosphere of safety, trust, and respect. I work hard to create an environment for meaningful and interesting learning for my students and to build a firm foundation for the skills needed to be successful students.  

Education Background

Bachelor of Science Degree (Criminal Justice) - 

CSU, Sacramento

Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential - 

Chapman University 

Masters of Science Degree (Education -Curriculum) - 

CSU, East Bay

This year...
7th graders are part of the 1:1 laptop program, an exciting and engaging experience that provides students access to the world as well as helps prepare them for the 21st century.

Another highlight of the 7th grade year is the annual trip to Ashland, Oregon for the Shakespeare Festival.  This fun trip exposes students to the works of Shakespeare and live theater.

Social Studies - focuses on world civilizations, beginning with Medieval Times and includes studies of Islam, Imperial China, West Africa, Medieval Japan, Civilizations of the Americas, and Europe's Renaissance and Reformation.

Religion - focuses on creed and prayer, including scripture stories, seasons of the Church, Church history, and a Family Life unit.

Language Arts - novels this year include A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, and The Outsiders.  Students will also be engaged in multiple other literature works, including plays and poetry, as well as be responsible for independent reading and participation in literature circles.  

Writing consists of various genres, including narrative, expository, descriptive, and research.  A large research project, Proteus, will take place during the third trimester in which students will heavily research a two sided issue and present both sides to classmates.

Science - Ms. Linda Ridella
Math - Mr. Pete Morales