Welcome to Middle School

Meet Mr. Eckstein

Steve Eckstein was born and raised on Long Island, New York. While growing up, he enjoyed playing baseball and stick-ball, taking family road trips around the country, and going into the city (New York). After high school, he attended Niagara University for four years, receiving his B.A in education. He then went on to Molloy College to get his M.S.Ed.
After teaching in New York for five years, and suffering through multiple brutal winters, Mr. Eckstein decided to apply to a couple schools in sunny Florida. He knew that with some family and friends down there, it would be an easy transition.
After being hired as a fifth grade teacher and living in Florida for a couple of years, he met his wife Noell. The two married and stayed in FL for another five years. Eventually, they decided it was time for a change. They chose Knoxville, Tennessee (a happy NY/FL medium) as their new home. After living here for just a short while, Mr. Eckstein feels like East Tennessee is an excellent home for him and his wife.
Mr. Eckstein has been at St. John Neumann Catholic School for six years and has taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Mr. Eckstein says he loves the feeling of community and friendship he feels at SJNCS and knows that this school is the perfect fit for him as well.

What We're Learning This Year

5th grade Science

The students will continue to expand their knowledge on familiar topics in life, physical, and earth sciences with a STEM approach. The lessons will be more application oriented simulating how science and engineering are applied in real life. We will go deeper into topics as opposed to covering many topics on a surface level.

The resources for science include a Science Handbook and Be a Scientist Notebook. In the notebook, students will practice being real scientists and engineers by presenting creative solutions to real-world problems. There will be a heavy emphasis on active participation in labs and performance tasks.

5th Grade Religion

The religion education in 5th grade will focus on worshipping Community and Christ’s action among the faithful. The students will develop understanding of Eucharist, Liturgy and sacraments and give worship to God in prayer, loving services, and celebrating the liturgical seasons. This will help them grow in their appreciation of Christian faith and have personal devotion to Jesus and develop the spirit of prayer gradually.

Friday Folders come home each Friday. please check and clean out your child’s Friday Folder each week.

Specials/Lunch Schedule Coming Soon!