Dear 6th Grade Parents,
As the winter term comes to an end, 6th graders have spent the week synthesizing ideas from the trimester, revising work, tying up loose ends, and reflecting on their growth as learners and members of our community.
As we culminate our study of how others define us, it is coming into sharp focus how people have become "the other" over the last 160,000 years through migration and evolution. In addition, your child has been putting the final touches on the textbook on the history of her/his imaginary country and revising the Big Idea Paper by adding details, fixing grammar, and honing the flow of their writing.
We have also begun preparing for conferences by reflecting on learning habits, academic skills, and personal qualities. This work will continue through next week as each student will delve into the work of the trimester to mine specific evidence of growth and challenges. Your child will be leading the upcoming conference. To help prepare, s/he will give you homework this weekend, which is to write about what you want to discuss.
Next week is mini courses, a whole week of elective courses and a unique opportunity to explore diverse topics.
Questions to ask your 6th grade student:
- What is my homework?
- What mini courses are you excited about?
- What strategies do you use to figure out the angles created by a transversal intersecting parallel lines?
- What human adaptation are you researching?
- What are you most proud of in your Big Idea Paper?
Enjoy the weekend,
The 6th Grade Team