6th grade students have just finished an investigation of the three major monotheistic religions that culminated in a poster collage. Students conducted independent research and used creativity to show what they learned about these religions. The collage included symbols and creative images from all three religions, and answered inquiry questions such as “What can learning about other religions help us learn about people around the world?” When we return from Spring Break we continue our study of how belief systems can change the identity of a society.
The Central Oregon Regional Battle of the Books competition took place in Sisters, OR on March 11th. The following sixth graders competed:
Alex Laakmann, Lola Mora Moreno, Stella Hannagan, Kate Holdredge, (Luke Neilson competing with this team in the school wide battle but was unable to attend Regionals).
This sixth grade team, The Wisdom Warriors, made it to the 3rd round at regionals. The Wisdom Warriors beat seventh & eighth grade Seven Peaks teams to qualify for the Central Oregon Regional competition. Many thanks to Julie Zipper and Hazel Chapple for supporting the team!
The 6th graders have done a wonderful job of with the last math unit! I am very pleased with their understanding around factoring and properties of exponents. We will take a short review unit into operations with fractions then continue on to Decimals, Percents and Proportions. This is probably my favorite math unit of the year. It will be a fantastic time.
Remember the Noetic Learning National Math test will be April 6th. We will be preparing for this after spring break and I know the students will do well.
Science has been a blast lately. We have started an engineering unit and a “passion project.” Students have loved the hands on activities of building structures and testing them out. A good spring break project would be for students to build a structure that can hold as many books as possible. We did this in class and one group was able to get 11 math textbooks. Wow!!
The “Passion Project” is an activity in which is similar to Genius Hour. Students are able to pick a topic in which they want to learn more about. Students will be presenting their topic of research in mid-April.
Our 6th grade students have been keeping busy in music this spring! Twice a week, students are expected to journal for 10 minutes on a given musical prompt – and reading their writing each month is a highlight for me – to see more inside their hearts and hear what drives them. It’s a privilege to teach these burgeoning young adults – thank you so much for sharing them with us here at SPS!
We completed our original Pop Opera, in which we wrote, directed, and scored a Pop Opera where the customer database of Sephora was hacked and our narrative was able to create a solution to their problem. Students worked in teams and did a beautiful job! Thank you to those parents that were able to join us for our performance.
We are now working on our stick routines, which we’ll showcase during our Middle School Spring Show on Thursday, May 25 at 2:00pm. Your students will be performing a variety of work that you’re sure to enjoy. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us!