In fifth grade, we are very intentional about building community among students. With seven new students and two separate homerooms, it is important to create a place of belonging for all students, and establish a positive, problem-solving culture as students head into the middle school years together.
One way we build community is through Hatchet Day, a favorite fall tradition. In the spirit of Brian, the main character from Gary Paulsen’s book, “Hatchet”, students had to overcome a challenge with limited resources. In teams of 2-3, students constructed a cardboard boat that could carry their entire team across the pool at the Athletic Club of Bend. Though only a precious few boats actually crossed the pool without incident, all students were successful in working together, persevering through challenges, encouraging one another, and creating a fun memory as a community. Special thanks to Shannon McNeil-Jones (Tavin’s mom) for the awesome photos! Next up, Camp Tamarack!