On Thursday evening sixth graders participated in a time-honored TPS tradition at this year's Rite of Passage ceremony. The evening featured song, dance, drumming, artwork, TED Talks, and a feast. The central activity was a moving bead ceremony, a rite of passage celebration honoring individual and collective achievement.
Central to the sixth grade Africa curriculum is the theme of rite of passage, a particularly timely topic because of the developmental transitions experienced by children of this age. Throughout the year, each student earns beads that symbolize achievement in meeting a variety of academic, social, emotional, and physical goals. This not only marks individual achievement but also serves to enhance cohesiveness of the class.