The 6Thunder Team
Meet the Team
Mrs. Gretchen Pugh- Science/Team Leader
Hello, team! I am excited to meet you! I live in Mechanicsburg. I am married and have three children: Caden (23), Adison (21), and Leah (15). I also have a spoiled 9-year-old boxer named Trooper. In my free time, I love traveling, biking, baking, and spending time with my family & friends. This is my 27th year teaching middle school science. I am the 6Thunder Team Leader and I also advise the MV Yearbook Club. I look forward to meeting you at orientation!
In science class, we will use the skills of scientists to investigate the world around us. You are going to love lab days!!
We will focus on the following topics:
Science Inquiry & the Metric System
Chemistry- Matter & Energy
Geology- Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Rocks & Minerals
Biology- Cells & Heredity
Ecology- Interactions, Biomes, & Environmental Concerns
Mrs. Shannon Patackis- Math
Hello everyone! I am the math teacher on the Thunder Team. I have been teaching for 19 years. Out of those 19 years, I have taught middle school math for 16 years and middle school reading for 3 years. I am certified in elementary education, middle school math, have a Reading Specialist certificate as well as a Principal certification. I am married with two sons- my older son, a CV graduate, will be attending the University of Delaware this fall majoring in Mechanical Engineering and my younger son will be an 11th grader at CVHS. When I am not teaching, I love decorating & design, baking, spending time with my friends and family and I am a MAJOR fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Duke Basketball.
This year, we will be focusing on numbers, number operations, proportionality, ratios and rates, equivalent expressions, equations and inequalities, geometry and measurement, and statistical data. It is required that students use a pencil in math class and have a supply of three-holed loose-leaf notebook paper. It is also encouraged that students have their own calculator, preferably the TI-30x. I look forward to meeting all of you. You are going to love math class this year…just you wait and see!
Mrs. Nancie Menapace- English Language Arts (ELA)
I have been teaching for about a thousand years, and I am looking forward to this year and getting to know you all! I am married to Michael, a TV director who does a great deal of work traveling for Toptracer Golf doing tournament broadcasts. Our son, Brendan, lives in Philadelphia and is a senior editor for a magazine firm, while also doing some freelance writing, primarily about music, one of his major interests. His partner, Michele, is a dental hygienist and gifted creative artist with a serious green thumb. They both like to travel when they can and are very good at it! Mr. M and I have a family of three cats, the Greys - Magellan, Cookie, and Tiny Dancer, who are big grey balls of pure love. I love to cook, jog/walk, do crafts (especially crocheting), a little dabbling in art, and reading and writing. We are a family of avid readers with sarcastic but loving senses of humor - you'll catch onto that pretty quickly in my classroom! I absolutely love teaching, our team, and Mountain View!
This year, we will enjoy a great deal of reading, writing, and analyzing literature together. We'll work together on sharpening your skills and level of appreciation for all of it! This will include novels, short stories, poetry, and plays, as well as some grammar that I promise won't be dreadful!
Mr. Ryan Coleman- Geography
This will be my 11th year teaching at Cumberland Valley School District and my 11th year teaching 6th grade geography. Throughout the year, students will learn about the political and physical features of each continent while also exploring real-world issues and solutions related to geography skills, economics, population issues, pollution, and government. Students will also be reading the novel “A Long Walk to Water” during one of our units.
Mrs. Michelle Jones- Reading
Hi! I’m the reading teacher on Thunder Team. I have been teaching for 31 years at CV, with 28 of those years in sixth-grade reading! I earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Shippensburg University. My husband, Mike, and I just celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary and we have two kids. Maddie is 23 years old and Matt is 20. In my free time, I enjoy shopping, reading, and hiking!
This year, we will be applying thinking strategies to nonfiction text by recognizing signposts within the text. Our focus is on reading to learn. We will also be reviewing strategies for reading fiction to enhance our enjoyment of our personal book selections for independent reading time. Students will be given some time to read their own books every day in class and will be encouraged to read books from a variety of genres. Vocabulary instruction will be incorporated each month as well. We will be busy, but it will be a fun class with lots of laughter and learning!
Mrs. Bryce Raines- Learning SupportHi there! I am Mrs. Raines and I am the 6th grade learning support teacher on Team Thunder and Hurricanes. This is my fourth year teaching, and have previously been on Team Thunder for three years, but am excited to be on Team Hurricanes as well! I currently teach my own sections of 6th-grade Math and 6th-grade Reading. This year the kiddos should always be sure to bring a calculator to class. A TI-34 or TI 30x calculator is perfect! I am looking forward to a great school year and getting to know each and every one of our students on Team Thunder and Team Hurricanes!
Team School Supplies
- Pencils with erasers
- 6 Pocketed Folders
- Binders are optional. They tend to get too bulky in the backpack.
- Loose Leaf Paper
- Colored Pencils
- Post-it Notes
- Index Cards
- Corded headphones/earphones (NO Bluetooth/Airpods allowed this year)
- Tissue donations for the classrooms