6th Grade May Update from Scott Ringenbach and Teresa Taylor
I suppose that time really does fly when having fun! It is, indeed, difficult to believe that the year is coming to an end. Recently, one of our advisory lessons addressed the topic of motivation. Many students shared that this time of year offers challenges to remain focused on goals. As a team, we concur that we are seeing this challenge as energy and excitement seem to be steadily rising as May progresses!
Students do have much to celebrate as their efforts in learning to apply study strategies and to develop skill-sets in various classes are yielding positive results. Many of our goals as teachers are being met as our sixth graders are beginning to seem more like seventh graders. The reinforcement of ideas and class content have assisted students in becoming agents in their own learning process.
We want to remind students that all is not over yet! Using resources like the assignment notebook and attending to instruction remains a necessary part of being a responsible student. Assessments remain on the calendar until the last day of school. Thus, a bit more resolve and momentum are needed to finish the year productively.
Regarding the contents of lockers and other belongings: If your child does not need a book or material now, it is a good idea to have him/her take it home. We will have a designated time to clean out lockers, but this process is easier if some of the work is done a bit at a time.
We are looking forward to some events to share as a sixth grade, including a time to gather and watch The Watsons Go to Birmingham before the awards ceremony. Students were critical readers who readily applied all that they learned in Social Studies toward this book and Brown Girl Dreaming. Our experience at the National Civil Rights Museum provided a great resource to engage in meaningful connections and conversations
Please note that on May 17 Denise Colpitts sent an email with important information. Included were a few dates and times:
- Thursday, May 31: Last Day of School for MS; Middle School Awards Ceremony and Celebration, 10:30-11:30 a.m., dismissal at 11:30
- Friday, June 1: Eighth Grade Closing Exercises, 6th and 7th grade students are not expected to attend unless they are performing.
In addition, information regarding summer reading and school supplies was sent. Please note that calculators are not included in the SchoolKidz box if you elected to purchase supplies in this way.
We have certainly enjoyed our partnership with you this year. As teachers, we continue to appreciate our Ravenscroft community. It is our hope that you have a relaxing summer with some time to connect with family and friends. We have appreciated your support and have many wonderful memories of this year.
Scott, Teresa, and the 6th Grade Team