Welcome to Sixth Grade!

 

WELCOME TO 6TH GRADE with MRS. WADE     cwade@stclarepdx.org

I am delighted to welcome you to 6th grade and the wonderful world of middle school! This year presents an exciting opportunity for students to take on greater responsibilitye as they meet with even more teachers, move among classrooms, and set up school lockers. These opportunities may also offer students a bit of an organizational challenge. However, I will work with all our teachers to assist  your student in making a successful transition to middle school.

As homeroom teacher, I will be the primary contact for general 6th grade questions and concerns, but it is always best to contact teachers directly for questions that pertain to specific classes. I teach science to all 6th graders. I also teach the accelerated section of 6th grade math. I am on campus most days from 7:30 - 3:30 and will manage our morning and afternoon homeroom routines to support students in starting the day well and organizing their books/assignments before leaving school. 

One of the highlights of 6th grade is Outdoor School (ODS). We will attend ODS the week of October 15-20 (Sunday - Friday) at Camp Angelos (Sandy River). We will depart at approximately 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 15th from Capitol Hill School and return on Friday, October 20th, at around 1:30 pm. It promises to be an incredible experience in learning science and in building our classroom community. Packets will be available during the iPad/ODS orientation. 

Students may be nervous or anxious about going to camp, sleeping in cabins, or being away from home. The consensus among ODS leadership is that nervous and/or anxious campers benefit when families keep things as relaxed as possible with a "tough love" approach. Reassure your child that it will be a great week, say " I love you!" and "See you Friday," at the bus and send them on their way to a wonderful Outdoor School experience. Once students arrive and are engaged in the program, they will have a fabulous week!

Successful Habits for Middle School

Organization:

  • Be prepared with supplies and assignments
  • Plan and uses time effectively

Communication:

  • Express ideas clearly
  • Listen carefully
  • Ask questions

Homework/Study Skills:

  • Actively engage in learning activities
  • Designate appropriate time and place for home study