Welcome to Sixth Grade!
Mrs. Turvey St. Ignatius School 2012-13
In sixth grade we support each other as we make the transition to changing classes in junior high. In 2012-13 we are a TEAM: Terrific, Enthusiastic, Appreciative, and Mindful—as we move closer to the Profile of a St. Ignatius Graduate.
St. Ignatius Graduates have:
• Enthusiastic Spirits
• Eager Minds
• Passionate Hearts
• Brilliant Futures
The first way that we move closer to these goals is through the respect and spirituality of our Catholic faith, part of everything that we do. Daily prayer and monthly Masses are givens in our school routine. The sixth grade plans two of our Masses during the year. The primary area of study in our religion curriculum is the Old Testament, in addition to Steps to Respect and Fully Alive.
Sixth graders will participate in an exciting service opportunity for our new St. Ignatius Preschool. Working monthly with the three- and four-year-olds, sixth graders will assist them with classroom projects and physical education activities.
The second way that we move toward our goals is through high academic expectations in the sixth grade curriculum. All teachers insist on quality work, with requirements to redo assignments if necessary. The grading scale is challenging. Opportunities for correcting work are provided.
Sixth grade curriculum areas include:
The Western Hemisphere is the focus of study, with an emphasis on Canada and Latin America. We also study and review geography concepts and skills.
Students receive a weekly spelling list and assignment. Grammar lessons and daily oral language are also covered.
We are fortunate to have two teachers available for sixth grade math. Each teacher works with half of the sixth grade class to ensure that students receive the best possible instruction for their needs.
Writing projects include a short story, myth, and children’s book. We practice computer skills with Mr. Auer.
We cover selections from our textbook and also set aside time for free choice reading, discussion groups, and library visits. The Battle of the Books competition is one of the highlights of our year.
Life science is the area of study this year. We study cell structure and processes, heredity, plants, animals, and ecosystems. We dissect a frog at the end of the year. Sixth graders won’t want to miss the opportunity to attend OUTDOOR SCHOOL in the spring, a time for active science learning in a beautiful outdoor setting.
We attend physical education class three times per week.
Twice a week, we attend music class.
The final way that sixth graders support each other in their goals is through organization. Writing down assignments daily in the planner is a must. Putting papers returned and homework assignments in the FROG folder is essential. We review homework at the end of the day, and assignments are posted in the classroom. Grade sheets are sent home frequently, and parent contact is maintained.
Sixth grade is truly an exciting, fun, challenging, faith-filled year. Students grow academically, physically, and spiritually as they take the first step on the road to high school. Furthermore, with much support, they continue to strive for the goals of all St. Ignatius School graduates.