Dear 6th grade parents,

I hope that you are finding the new year a good one. The 6th faculty certainly enjoyed meeting with you and your children on conference day.  A part of our regular conversations involve encouraging students to have a growth-mindset and to stretch a bit beyond their “comfort zones.” Common points of discussion addressed or affirmed attention to homework due dates, the use of resources like tutorial, building balance into academics and extracurricular activities, and enhancing relationships with peers.  As we look toward a new, fresh semester, the team feels confident that 6th graders know what the expectations are regarding behavior and their various courses of study.  Students are ready, too, to “dig deeper” in their various study areas.

Angela Finn and Rhonda Zayas-Palmer in partnership with teachers have been working on research skills throughout the year in various content areas.  Their feedback shows much of what we see in the classroom:  We are encouraging students to read for understanding and not just to answer a question on a guide, we are promoting the idea of completing each step thoroughly in a step-by-step process like research, and we are working on notetaking–specifically, what details support main ideas.  Our goal this year is to give students ample opportunities to practice these skill-sets.

Recent grade level highlights included our work to support Note in the Pocket with donations of mittens, scarves, and hats.  What lovely ornaments we had–the more lovely due to the knowledge that someone would be a bit warmer due to the kindness of our students!  In the same way, students were excited to serve the community by crafting blankets in advisory during our MLK Day of Service to donate to Project Linus.  How great it was for us and our 7th grade peers to join us in our desire to promote a bit of warmth on a cold day!  Again, students were engaged in the idea of giving to others in a selfless way.  

Students are excited this week to find out “Who done it?!” in Science class as their unit on forensics comes to an end. Some are preparing, too, for their part in Saturday’s Science Olympiad competition hosted at Southeast Raleigh High School.  In addition, this week, students are learning a bit about the Chinese New Year.

Important Dates

  • Saturday, February 4: Science Olympiad Competition
  • Friday, February 10: Winter Pep Rally
  • Friday, February 10 to Saturday February 11: Thoroughly Modern Millie performances (which include four of our sixth graders!)
  • Monday, February 20 – Friday, February 24: Winter Break

Thank you for your continued support and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We continue to enjoy what we do with your young ones!

Scott Ringenbach and Teresa Taylor

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