Mr. Hlinak

My name is Dan Hlinak and I am a 6th and 7th grade teacher at Queen of All Saints. I started at QAS back in the summer of 2014 and this is my 4th year at Queen of All Saints. I attended St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley immediately after high school taking advantage of the A+ program.

Following completion of my Associates degree I enrolled in the education program at the University of Missouri St. Louis where I graduated with the honors of Summa Cu Laude in the spring of 2014 and a degree in Middle School education.

I am currently certified to teach grades 5 through 9 in Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts through the state of Missouri. I am very passionate about history and upon completion of my certification process, I qualified for the “Recognition of Excellence” (ROE) award for my score on the Middle School Social Studies certification test. In my free time, I enjoy playing hockey on a regular basis as well as watching the St. Louis Blues.

Please reach out to me with questions anytime.  The best way to contact me is via email at: hlinakd@qasstl.org.
 

Classes and Subject Areas

6th grade begins to look at the Ancient World history from the beginning of civilization, Mesopotamia, Hebrew Kingdoms, Ancient China, India, Greece, Rome, Islam, African Kingdoms, Asian History, The Crusades, Dark Ages/Middle Ages, and the Renaissance/Age of Exploration leading into U.S. history in 7th grade.

In Social Studies class, students focus on various skills to help better prepare them for Middle and High School.

1) Namely, we focus on reading and text comprehension and note taking strategies.

2) We also have a regular current event question to help students become aware of both the country and world around them.

3) We use mapping activities and skills to improve on our map reading and interpretation skills to be applied to understanding primary and secondary resources.

4) We also complete quarterly DBQ (Document Based Question) essays which give students an opportunity to learn and analyze various of arguments and problems through history. These essays pose a question to students and contain all of the research and information needed to write an essay. We practice the skills of reading primary and secondary resources in these DBQ assignments for better preparation for both future high school history courses. This also helps students to learn how to analyze and think critically.

For example, this year 6th grade will look at Hammurabi's Codes: Were they Just? Other titles students will look at this year are How Great Was Alexander and The Great Wall of China: Did the Benefits Outweigh the Costs?

Sixth Grade Science will start with a focus on Life Science which includes microorganisms such as fungi, protists, bacteria, and viruses. Students will discover how these microscopic organisms role in the world affect our environment and people. They will grow fungi, mold and bacteria. They will learn that antibiotics are made by bacteria and kill other harmful bacteria! The use of the microscope will be used frequently in the lab to learn, study, and observe all these different forms of life at the cellular level. The Scientific method will be applied to labs as a systematic approach to observing changes or fluctuations in lab experiments to further scientific thinking. As the year progresses, the class will move into the introduction of plants studying different classifications and reproduction and plant processes. Plant processes will include pollination, fertilization, dormancy, photosynthesis and seasonal responses. Finishing out the year in the fourth quarter, students will study Earth Science, investigating the relationship between earthquakes and volcanoes, how volcanoes erupt, and plate tectonics and how they influence the Earth's surface.

7th grade begins the year by looking at the First Civilizations of the Americas,The First Explorers of the New World, 13 Colonies, Revolution, Forming of U.S. Government, Citizenship and Constitution, The First Presidents and the War of 1812, Jefferson Era and Louisiana Purchase, Age of Jackson, Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny, The Divide of the Nation, and The Civil War. This all leads to 8th grade where they will begin with the Reconstruction following the Civil War.

In Social Studies class, students focus on various skills to help better prepare them for Middle and High School.

1) Namely, we focus on reading and text comprehension and note taking strategies.

2) We also have a regular current event question to help students become aware of both the country and world around them.

3) We use mapping activities and skills to improve on our map reading and interpretation skills to be applied to understanding primary and secondary resources.

4) We also complete quarterly DBQ (Document Based Question) essays which give students an opportunity to learn and analyze various of arguments and problems through history. These essays pose a question to students and contain all of the research and information needed to write an essay. We practice the skills of reading primary and secondary resources in these DBQ assignments for better preparation for both future high school history courses. This also helps students to learn how to analyze and think critically.

For example, this year 6th grade will look at Early Jamestown: Why Did So Many Colonists Die? Other titles students will look at this year are, Valley Forge: Would You Have Quit? and How Free Were Free Blacks in the North?

The Saints Award

In the 2017-2018 school year, we will be continuing our character education program.  One student from each advisory will be honored with an award for displaying outstanding character related to that month's character trait.  Below is a list of our monthly character traits and celebration Masses. 

September: RESPECT, Celebrated at Mass on September: Kyle Missey

October: SELF DISCIPLINE, Celebrated at Mass on October: Joe Nesser

November: RESPONSIBILITY, Celebrated at Mass on November: Bobby Schillinger

December: TRUSTWORTHINESS, Celebrated at Mass on December: Will Tomiser

January: PERSEVERANCE, Celebrated at Mass on January: TBD

February: COMPASSION, Celebrated at Mass on February: TBD

March: COOPERATION, Celebrated at Mass on March: TBD

April: KINDNESS, Celebrated at Mass on April: TBD

May: INTEGRITY, Celebrated at Mass on May: TBD

Important Links

Middle School Homework Website

Quizlet.com (To help students study content vocabulary)

What is a DBQ?

Middle School Supply Lists

Click on the grade your student(s) will be in to find the appropriate supply list.

8th Grade Supply List

7th Grade Supply List

6th Grade Supply List