What Is Writing?

On the first day of school, sixth graders provide definitions of writing, by completing a sentence beginning Writing Is….

 

Another Welcome to Sixth Grade

Some former sixth graders wanted to welcome you to sixth grade and prepare you for the journey upon which you are about to embark. They did so by creating some short videos to share.



New Play Structure

As most of you know, construction is finally finished on the new play structure. Bark will be added the weekend before school begins, and at 9:30 a.m. on the first day of school, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held.

To prepare for your first opportunity to use the play structure during lunch recess time, we will review the rules for the new structure.

Play Structure Rules

  • Tag and tag-like games are not to be played in the bark area.
  • Students should only travel in one direction when using the climbing bars.
  • No student is to climb on the slide or stand on slide.
  • When sliding, the student must be seated in a forward position.
  • No stopping while on the slide.
  • Only one person on the slide at a time.
  • No standing on swing seats or swinging on your stomach.
  • No saving swings.
  • Don’t walk in front of people swinging.
  • No jumping off the swings.
  • Don’t climb up the swing poles or run between swings.
  • You may “count” to 100 (at a normal pace) on someone swinging and then it is your turn on that swing. The person getting off the swing cannot count back on the same person, but must go to a different swing.
  • Do not jump off of the equipment. Climb down a pole or use the steps provided.
  • No more than four people are to be on the group swing.

 

Recess Rules for the Intermediate Yard

Boundaries: Edge of the PE shed to the top of the track’s curve (long jump out of bounds), the Cafeteria doors and boys’ bathroom, the bench area outside of the library, fence of driveway/parking-lot

  • Snacks must be eaten in the table/bench areas (non-finished snacks on wooden table #1)
  • Attain permission to leave the boundary areas
  • All persons and equipment off the grass at the 5-minute bell
  • All games are friendly and open to all abilities
  • Tag, touch football, and dodge ball may only be played under adult supervision
  • Contain your game and stay within your boundaries
  • Kicking a ball on the blacktop only in a Wall Ball Game
  • Basketball can only be ½ court games with a maximum of 5-on-5
  • Football passing only allowed on the grass
  • Hula Hoops and jump ropes must be “in-hand” at all times and used as intended (1 per person)
  • Kickball – Home base moved to first tree – Over the parking-lot fence is automatic out

Consequence: Sit and complete contract

More Math for More People

Choice & The Truth: Poetry for First Five

Choice
by Carl Sandburg

The single clenched fist lifted and ready,
Or the open asking hand held out and waiting.
Choose:
For we meet by one or the other.

The Truth
by Ted Joans

if you should see a man
walking down a crowded street
talking aloud to himself
don’t run in the opposite direction
but run towards him
for he is a POET
you have NOTHING to fear from the poet
but the TRUTH

What Is a Precept?

A precept (from the Latin: præcipere, to teach) is a commandment, instruction, or order intended as an authoritative rule of action. In other words, precepts are words to live by or rules about really important things.

This year, we will have a different precept for each month of the school year. We will discuss and explore each precept, determining its inherent message and how it might pertain to our own lives. You will also have the opportunity to select your own personal precepts—those that speak powerfully to you. You can find your precepts anywhere and everywhere: in a poem you love, in a book you’re reading, in a song you’ve heard, or in a fortune cookie. If a phrase rings true to you, and it can help guide you in making a decision, then make it your own personal precept. You may post any of your personal precepts into the comment section below each month’s precept, as well as posting your responses to the class precepts.

I hope that some of these precepts will stay with you long after you have promoted from the sixth grade.

Below are the precepts for the entire school year:
 

You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.
~ Rumi

 


Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
~ Frank Outlaw

 


“Your deeds are your monuments.”

~ inscription on an Egyptian tomb

 

“The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. All things
are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life;
he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
~ Chief Seattle

 

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The Wolf Credo

Respect the elders.
Teach the young.
Cooperate with the pack.
Play when you can.
Hunt when you must.
Rest in between.
Share your affections.
Voice your feelings.
Leave your mark.
~ Del Goetz

 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive
in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.”
~ Julian Assange

 

“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps—we must step up the stairs.”
~ Vance Havner

 

“Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine voice within yourself so that you can hear it in others.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman

 

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”
~ James Thurber

August Precept

You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.
~ Rumi

June Precept

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”
~ James Thurber

Promotion Song to Practice

Below are two versions of “Hall of Fame” so you can practice at home.

Hall of Fame with Words
Hall of Fame Karaoke Version

Lyrics:

Hall of Fame

Yeah, you can be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the King Kong
Banging on your chest

You can beat the world
You can beat the war
You can talk to God
Go banging on his door

You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock, yeah
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks

You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate yourself
And you can find yourself

Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

You can beat the world
You can beat the war
You can talk to God
Go banging on his door

You can be the hero
You can get the gold
Breaking all the records
They thought never could be broke

Yeah, do it for your people
Do it for your pride
How are you ever gonna know
If you never even try?

Do it for your country
Do it for your name
‘Cause there’s gonna be a day

When you’re standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

Be a champion, be a champion
Be a champion, be a champion
(On the walls of the hall of fame)

Be students, be teachers
Be politicians, be preachers

Be believers, be leaders
Be astronauts, be champions
Be truth seekers

Be students, be teachers
Be politicians, be preachers

Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions

Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

You can be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the King Kong
Banging on your chest

You can beat the world
You can beat the war
You can talk to God
Go banging on his door

You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock, yeah
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks

You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself
Standing in the hall of fame

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