6th Grade October Updates from Teresa Taylor
Dear Sixth Grade Families,
As I write this, I am looking out the window to see the willow tree gently sway with the fall breeze which is enjoying its role in the change of our scenery this time of year. In the same manner, as I reflect upon where our sixth graders are in their 6th grade journeys, I anticipate much change as they, too, respond to their environment.
Change can be exciting but tricky. I have always considered myself a “go with the flow person,” very adaptable and immune to many of the gag moments that visit many a person when a quandary comes along. Like the willow tree in the breeze, I have assumed the ebb and flow of the breeze is there to accompany my journey–my friend; but, alas, what if the breeze feels a bit too cool or this gentle wind becomes a gust, and I topple over? What if I am not so firmly rooted as I had imagined? Most of all, what if my observations simply confound me, challenging the view I have of myself?
As adults, we never stop growing; so how much more, then, should we consider the maturation of a tween or teenager? Many have never had a time to feel that they might topple, enjoying the easy breeze of childhood. Many have never experienced the angst of “I don’t know,” or “I can’t.” Many students have been fortunate to “go with the flow” without self-doubt.
Thus, when the first challenges come, these difficulties alert us. They are, again, tricky. How much do we help? How much responsibility belongs to them? How can we support and challenge?
I have asked many questions; thus, I must make a statement. The “gag moments” which each young person will have, the process of growing and learning, will yield much fruit. For now, we plant seeds, we watch, we wait. We hope. We celebrate. We start again.
Like you, we teachers aspire for the best for your young ones. We want them to know how to problem-solve, to champion others, to multiply fractions, to write good paragraphs, and to embrace the topsy-turvy feeling of the moments of inner chaos that they encounter during this new season. All of these abilities require practice and a growth-mindset. At Ravenscroft, we are teaching them to embrace their middle school experience–the highs of the great lab report grades and the lows of those other grades or frustrations in class or in the hall. As we do so, we do so with you as partners. The sixth grade teachers and administrators are here as resources with the best of intent and the best background in experience and education.
Content in classes is becoming more complex. We are mixing the benefits of prior knowledge with new information. Therefore, words like accountability, focus, and growth are part of our common daily language. We have engaged in many activities to assist with these areas to support students. Ask your child about the “I message” versus the “You message.” Ask your child what kind of bird he/she is and how that influences learning. Our Lead From Here Retreat, too, was a way to introduce our focus on leading self as we define our community.
In this manner, opportunities to enhance community are coming. Grade level Representatives would like for me to share the following:
- The Middle School is hosting a Mix-it-Up Family Event on Tuesday, October 27 from 5:30-7:00pm on the campus green and in the middle school building. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy camaraderie and activities with members of the Ms community and their families. Dessert will be provided. Tour the Middle School and see updates and examples of student work. This is a no homework night for Middle School students so families can enjoy this time together. Here is the RSVP.
- The first Middle School dance is Friday, November 6th! All 6th graders are welcome to meet at 6:45pm in the 6th grade hall for some light dessert, water and socializing and we will all go over to the dance together at 7pm. Two to three parents to help with serving food for 15 minutes prior to the dance is needed. Please letLeslie Roth or Julie McGinnis know if you are interested in volunteering.
Lastly, I shall commend the spirit of this group. Their engagement in Spirit Week has been fun to watch. Many have endured scratchy silly hats, big goofy (literally Goofy) shoes, the marks of sticky glitter and elastic–all for the sake of school spirit. Big smiles, enthusiasm, and a genuine desire to have an impact in their “scenery” are all obvious traits this grade level enjoys. Being in our hall this week has been fun. Our students certainly do love their accessories!cheered for the JV Field Hockey and Middle School Soccer Teams.
Thank you for your support, your constructive feedback, and for sharing your young ones with us. As advisors, we look forward to parent conferences on 11/5. I hope to see you at the Fall Round Up on Saturday.