This Week’s News

For our last day of school, we will participate in the “one word” activity, which is from the One Word Three Sixty Five website. The activity is designed to define each new year, and I think it will be a perfect way to begin to frame your future educational journey. By next Thursday, please record and submit your one word, explanation, and visual image on the index card provided in class. I know each of you will select an amazing word to guide and define you in the coming year, and I’d love you to be able to check back here to remind yourself of your aspirations, and I’d also love your one-word goals to help other students find their own one-word ambitions. At the end of this post, there are a few student examples, and the One Word website has many more examples.

Below is an excerpt from the One Word website to remind you of the task.

One word can change everything.

One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live or what you want to achieve by the end of your seventh grade year.

One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take hard work, and will require intentionality and commitment. But if you let it, your word will shape you and your year. It will guide your decisions and help you grow.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word.

365 days.

A changed life.

What’s Your One Word?

One word that will become a filter, a diving board, a prod?

One word that will serve as a compass for your actions, decisions, and priorities. All year long.

One word.

Because that is easy to remember. All 365 days of the year.

It becomes the filter through which you see and live your life. It steers your decisions and guides your steps.

It can be something tangible or intangible. It can be a thought or a feeling or an action. It can be a character trait or an accomplishment or a place you want to end up.

A word that can be a reminder, a nudge. A word that you can reflect on, that will challenge you, that will inspire you.

One word that will serve as a compass for your actions, decisions, and priorities. All year long.

Your word can be anything you want it to be. All that matters is that it has personal meaning for you. This isn’t your mother’s word. Or your sibling’s word. Or your friend’s word.

This Week’s News

The end of school is a very busy time in sixth grade.  The students had a wonderful time at camp and came back to a week of state testing.  The students have taken the testing very seriously. They took their time, thought hard, and worked diligently in putting forward their very best efforts.  Irregardless of whatever result may arrive, I know that the students did their very best, and that is the most I can ask for on such a rigorous and at times, baffling task.

Promotion is Wednesday, May 31 at 10:00, so please be sure to have the date on your calendars. Students will practice daily for promotion. Please be sure that students have water bottles at school and are wearing sunscreen each day.

Still in process or yet to come are the District Writing Assessment,  Family Life education, Ancient Greece, and the final project of the year.

This Week’s News

As we head into the final stretch of sixth grade, students will engage in many special end-of-the-year activities while continuing their academic work after camp. There is much to do!

The teachers and students are busily planning the promotion ceremony itself, and the students have selected the decorating theme for this year. The theme is the Wizard of Oz. The slogan is “Success accompanies our journey along the Yellow Brick Road of life.” The decorating colors are purple and gold.

Here are some important upcoming dates:

Monday, May 8 – Friday, May 26, has been designated as the sixth grade testing window for SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing. The testing will begin first thing in the morning and continue till lunchtime each of those days.  It is possible that testing may extend to the following week.

Friday, May 12, is a minimum day for staff appreciation. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m.

Tuesday, May 16, is Eastside Relays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The students will ride a bus to Casa Grande, but students must either be picked up at Casa or given written permission to walk home from there.

Wednesday, May 24, is Old Adobe’s Open House and pasta dinner. The pasta dinner will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and classrooms will be open from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 26, is a minimum day for volunteer appreciation. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m.

Monday, May 29, is a holiday in celebration of Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30, is the district-wide pool party from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Petaluma Swim Center.  Each student should bring a lunch.  A morning snack and bus transportation will be provided.

Wednesday, May 31, is promotion. The ceremony will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. with a short reception following the ceremony. Students should dress up a bit for this event.

Thursday, June 1, is a regular school day, and sixth graders are expected to be in class.

Friday, June 2, is field day. It is also the last day of school for the year, and the student dismissal time is 11:50 a.m. Each sixth grade class will need three parent volunteers to help with Field Day.

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