Sixth-grade students are bright and ready for a deeper understanding of many subjects. Their intellectual skills are expanding and they may begin to excel at a subject or skill. They are able to see the world from various perspectives, and are concerned with rules and fairness. They begin to challenge adult explanations and their own assumptions.
At LFCDS, in order to help things grade students thrive as they broaden their horizons, sixth grade focuses on the use of executive functions to bring their learning to a new level. These include: organization, time management, study skills, note taking, and test taking. Sixth grade also gives students an opportunity to shine as leaders as they lead their own conferences. This causes them to reflect on their own progress as advisors lead them in the process.
Five common procedures across the sixth grade at LFCDS ensure that students can excel in all areas. These are: Academic focus, Homework, Panther Pride, Assignment Management, and Technology/Communication. By assuring that these five aspects are emphasized across the grade, students have the ability to increase their achievement while they enjoy a unified experience across classes.
In sixth grade, students are undergoing many changes. In order to help studenst flourish during this year, we focus on a variety of social-emotional aspects as well as ondoing academic rigor. Students notice that they are growing and undergoing physical changes, and they also experiencing complex social and emotional developments. Sixth-grade students are deeply aware of peer opinions and are increasingly focused on the self. LFCDS supports this need for community validation and individual recognition through the sixth-grade covenant. Unique to this grade level, the covenant is written by students and signed by each student in a ceremony. The covenant is then framed and hung by student lockers to remind them of the community standards to which they have agreed. This covenant allows students to build relationships in a safe and constructive manner even as they learn new social skills and begin to get to know themselves in a new way.
Highlights of the Sixth-Grade Experience
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Take part in new extracurricular opportunities such as the fifth- and sixth-grade chorus and concert band
Partake in the Springfield Field Trip and explore the State Capital, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and the Lincoln New Salem historic site
Engage in Wetlands Restoration and the Mars Student Imaging Project in science class
Experience Outdoor Education, including team-building activities and group relationship-buildingat Camp McLean
Robbie Bermingham Speaking Contest
Compete in the annual Robbie Bermingham Speaking Contest
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Chair of Science Department, Upper School Science Teacher, Upper School STEM+ Teacher