6th Grade February Update from Scott Ringenbach and Teresa Taylor
Dear 6th Grade Parents,
As you, your young ones, and teachers prepare for a much appreciated break, we wanted to update you on the various happenings in 6th grade. Despite some illness for many, we are managing to be resilient during a time of year which can be challenging!
In our various classes, the experience of meaning-making is well underway. Students in Math 6 are exploring adding and subtracting fractions/mixed numbers through group activities and using the Olympic medal count as a resource for problems involving fractions. In Math 7, students just finished the probability unit. In Advanced and College Preparatory Language Arts, students are having deep conversations about reading content concerning the topic of identity in Gary Soto’s work, Baseball in April. Students in History 6 are working with primary source image analysis, applying their visual literacy skills while also enhancing their inferencing abilities in their Roaring Twenties and Great Depression units. In Science 6, students are learning all about protons, neutrons, and electrons and how these contribute to the science of Chemistry.
Content during this time of year naturally involves more critical thinking as students build upon the skills taught in the first semester. Thus, a recent advisory lesson on accountability was timely during the time of year when students are being asked to purposefully prepare assignments and study for assessments outside of class. Students have the resources and strategies in place to problem-solve and meet academic challenges with gusto. To assist their use of strategies, students should refresh their supply of dry erase markers, highlighters, paper, and pencils. Moreover, nightly charging of the chromebook and referencing the assignment notebook should be regular habits you are seeing at home.
Exciting happenings for our community include the Cultural Fair, which will occur on Friday, March 2 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This event will include tables with information representing countries from around the world connected to the experiences of many Ravenscroft families. Several performances (dancing, singing) from some of our students, parents and faculty will be a part of the event. If you have interest in helping or showcasing a country, please get in touch with Kelly Margraf, our Global Education parent, or Jessica Yonzon in the upper school. Please come join us and celebrate the diverse cultures at Ravenscroft!
On March 14 (Pi Day), the Middle School Math Department will be having our annual Ravens Math Competition in honor of Pi Day. This competition is an energetic, fun-filled educational activity. Many parent volunteers are needed to make the event successful, fifty or more. The date and time for your calendar is Wednesday, March 14, Help is needed between 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. If you can help, please fill out the form given by Erin Altshuler by Friday, March 2.
The sixth grade team wishes you and yours a relaxing time to recharge next week. As always, we appreciate your support as we continue to enjoy watching these sixth graders grow in so many ways.
Scott, Teresa, and the Sixth Grade Team