Back-to-School Night for Grades 4-8 is this Wednesday, October 1. The evening will be kicked off by a TPSA-sponsored "Meet and Greet" for parents in the Garage (5:30 to 6:45pm); please stop by for refreshments, to pick up your name tag and schedule for the evening, and to hear a few words from Justine Hoffman and Matt Eskin (6:35-6:45pm). Junior Unit parents will stay in the Garage for an all-unit presentation.
For the past several years, 4th through 8th grade teachers and students have begun the year by setting personal and community goals. They have asked the question, "What do we need written in a social contract to ensure that every member of our community can reach her/his goals."
Up until last year, this process took place in each individual classroom. While we found establishing a classroom social contract to be useful, we realized that having several different social contracts was not helping to bring our community closer together nor was it providing consistency for students in different situations around the school.
For the past two years, we have held a "social contract convention" for 4th through 8th grade students and teachers.
At TPS we extend our country classroom into the city for our preschoolers and kindergarteners through our lush organic Garden on our South Street property. The Garden puts the natural world at our preschoolers and kindergarteners fingertips by providing a living laboratory where life's lessons are experienced and learned; it deepens their sense of connections, seasons, and place as well. They plant seeds, pull weeds, water vegetables, observe butterflies, and dig for worms. These activities give our young students a rich context for exploring science, nutrition, social studies, math, language arts, while creating a sense of responsibility and service to other living things.