Dear 6th Grade Parents,
We began our week with a spotlight on humanitarianism in Malawi. We had the honor of hearing from and interviewing an expert, Ms. Temwa Right. After growing up in Malawi and moving to Philadelphia, she has returned home with Pamoza, an organization dedicated to providing sustainable ways to help communities, in addition to Christian outreach. Students continued to grapple with the notion of outsiders providing assistance, comparing intent with outcomes, by looking at the supposed positive intentions of European colonization of Africa.
Friday was Poetry Day in the 6th grade! We wrapped up our poetry unit with the “They think / I AM” poems. Students identified a poem written by another that answers the question, “How do others see me?” They then reflected and wrote a poem that answers the question, “How do I see myself?” with focuses on race, gender and nationality. Younger students came to The Cameroon Cafe to listen to 6th graders share their poems, and were able to see their older peers share deep and powerful poems through spoken performances, as well as in a poetry gallery.
On Saturday, April 29, Agnes Irwin will host Tech Savvy — a day-long science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference for 6th-9th grade girls and their parents. For the girls, this will be a day of interactive, hands-on STEM workshops that will introduce them to female scientists and engineers, as well as workshops to teach “savvy skills,” such as financial literacy, self-advocacy/interview skills, and creative problem-solving. Families are also invited to attend a separate parent program, which will include sessions on the college process and how to encourage girls in STEM, as well as time to visit student STEM workshops and resource tables staffed by representatives from colleges/universities and STEM-related organizations in the Philadelphia area. The program will run 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on April 29, and the cost to attend is $20 for students and $10 for parents. Agnus Irwin will post a link for online registration on their site in March.
Questions to ask your 6th grade child:
- What was a poem that you enjoyed from Poetry Day?
- What are the four principles of humanitarianism?
- How will the 6th grade hallway timeline be laid out?
Have great weekend!
6th Grade Team
Join the Tara Project
TPS is looking for a group of 6-10 middle school students who would be interested in making a connection with students in India. Interested students would join Monday morning Skype sessions in Justine's office starting the first week of February. Breakfast will be provided. Here are the scheduled dates:
February 6, 7:10 a.m.
February 13, 7:10 a.m.
February 27, 7:10 a.m.
March 6, 7:10 a.m.
March 13, 8:10 a.m.
March 20, 8:10 a.m.
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