One Final Message

As I sit here in the classroom on the last day of the school year, surveying the empty chairs and bare walls, I begin to reflect on the year. What a wonderful journey it has been! You sixth graders have been a part of most of my waking thoughts and the subject of more than a few of my dreams. You have taught me at least as much as I hope I have taught you. You have been models of compassion, empathy, and creativity. Your playfulness has reminded me that too much seriousness in a classroom can undermine the natural joy of learning. Most of all, I have been inspired by your passion for life and your efforts to walk in this world as your true selves, trying to remain unencumbered by pressure to conform to someone else’s vision.

You are ready to move to the next stage of your journey. I know you will do amazing things. Before I send you on, however, I want to give you my most heartfelt best wishes for the future in the form of some slightly altered lines from “Starlings in Winter,” a poem by Mary Oliver:

I want you to think of dangerous and noble things.
I want you to be light and frolicsome.
I want you to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though you had wings.

starlit path

Your future awaits, and the best is yet to come!

I love you,
♥ Ms. M.

P. S. Below are a few samples of your One Word submissions on the last day of school.

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.

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