WELCOME TO 6THGRADE
BEING NEW TO THECOMMUNITY
WHAT THE KIDS SAYThe “new kids” add a lot      You won’t have all your                              best friends in adviso...
TWO TRUTHS AND ALIE - MCDSThe original Step-Up steps were built by the Class of 1961out of railroad ties (as a disciplinar...
THE ORIGINAL VISION“The Mendenhalls [the founders of MCDS] began to dreamof creating a school where creativity and persona...
THE TEACHERS“Teachers were more thaneducators, they wereunexpected friends. Weknew they would always bethere. Quite simply...
PARENTING A MIDDLESCHOOLERhttp://bit.ly/Jhpl
HOW YOU LOOK TO AMIDDLE SCHOOLER http://youtu.be/GDeqc8sTLpc
DRAMATIC CHANGES
GENERAL SURVIVALSTRATEGIESDon’t ride the roller coasterBe patient and have faithwith the processRelationships matterCommun...
RELATIONSHIPSMATTER“I was with my son as he opened your letter, watched himslowly sit down as he read it, watched him smil...
36O DEGREECOMMUNICATIONHome-School PartnershipTeam approachAdvisor - first point ofcontactDan Rogoff, US Dean ofStudentsMa...
CULTURALCOMPETENCYRobert Greene, Director ofCommunity Connections -CC365Dr. Steven JonesThe iceberg metaphorIntent vs. imp...
CURRICULUMHumanities              ArtMath: grade level and   Music/Dramaaccelerated                        Advisory: TeamS...
SELF MANAGEMENTOrganization Skills - The Planner and School SuppliesAsking for help: tutorialStudent Support Services: Tra...
TAKING CARE OF...YourselfYour StuffYour Responsibilities to theCommunity
GRIT  “LEARNING IS HARD.TRUE, LEARNING IS FUN,  EXHILARATING ANDGRATIFYING — BUT IT ISALSO OFTEN DAUNTING,   EXHAUSTING AN...
THE GRIT TESTSETBACKS DON’T DISCOURAGE ME.I AM A HARD WORKER.I FINISH WHATEVER I BEGIN.I AM DILIGENT.I HAVE OVERCOME SETBA...
ADVISORYAdvisor = Homeroom teacher andadvocate1 Teacher and 11-12 studentsAttendance and morning check-inAdvisor = point p...
ADVISORY THEMEDCHECK-IN1 - Trash Can            7 - Medium Small Llama2 - Medium-Large Llama   8 - Little Piggy3 - Recycli...
SILENT DRAWING
SCHEDULEEach academic class meets for the equivalent of five 40 minuteperiods a week with doubles (80 minutes) in 6th grad...
ASSESSMENT ANDGRADINGGrade reporting 4 times/yearPractices of an Effective Learner (PEL),Content and Skill Mastery, Core V...
CONNECTEDLEARNINGhttp://youtu.be/tahTKdEUAPk
ORGANIZATION“The iPad has really helpedme with organization and ithas helped keep me frombeing stressed, because themore o...
HUMANITIES - USINGTHE IPADANIMAL FARMYellow: InformationBlue: CharacterDescriptionGreen: Character NamesStickies: Comments
ASSESSMENTOpen note test inhumanitiesCharacters, vocabulary andthemes
SCIENCEPlant studyCompost andplant growthGraphing usingthe Numbers App
http://bit.ly/Hf7Iy4MANDARINLearning Characters
SPANISH “Las amigas me hacen feliz”
YOSEMITE TRIPMonday-Friday- 5 Days and 4NightsNovember26-30, 2012
YOSEMITE SKILLSThe ComfortZoneThe StretchZoneThe StressZone              http://bit.ly/ISSL39
ATHLETICSFall - Boys Soccer, GirlsVolleyball and Co-Ed CrossCountryWinter - Boys Basketball,Girls SoccerSpring - Boys Voll...
ATHLETICS - LESSONSLEARNED“We played a great game and we lost, but I know that we willovercome this. I tip my hat to stuar...
AFTER SCHOOLOPTIONSWorld Beat BandGirls Rock BandsWinter 6th Grade PlayTech ChallengeMakers’ LabCanal ClubHomework Cafe
ELECTIVESMathletesCampus Council and Eco CouncilGarden ClubPython ProgrammingMakers’ Lab and WeldingSports Skills ClinicsW...
THE SOCIAL SCENEDancesSocial MediaClothingHouse Rules: Be Clear andConsistentBoundaries and Safety                        ...
THINGS MOVE FAST http://youtu.be/Ufw2D8oMJ64
“TOO BIG TO KNOW”“Our task is to learn how to buildsmart rooms. So, to make a smartroom -- a knowledge network -- youhave ...
THE INFORMATIONDIET9CCC - Cell Phone,Computer, Curfew“Public By Default, PrivateThrough Effort”Parent In The Real WorldAnd...
STANDING AT THEDOOR http://youtu.be/vZdsvs_2ZJQ
THE PARENT TRAP?
DRIVING CARPOOL -PACE YOURSELF“Parenting is not for the faint of heart” - Harlan CobenYou can always call and askDon’t go ...
SUMMER   READINGWHAT THE MOON SAW  PLUS TWO CHOICESFROM THE 6TH GRADESUMMER READING LIST                      http://bit.l...
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  • Welcome to 6th Grade

    1. 1. WELCOME TO 6THGRADE
    2. 2. BEING NEW TO THECOMMUNITY
    3. 3. WHAT THE KIDS SAYThe “new kids” add a lot You won’t have all your best friends in advisory,Cherish 6th grade, it goes and that is actually anfast opportunityYou have to be organized You’re going to feel nervous about Yosemite, but it’sIt’s the first time getting really greatgrades, but you can’t gettoo high or too low about People changeany one test or quiz score
    4. 4. TWO TRUTHS AND ALIE - MCDSThe original Step-Up steps were built by the Class of 1961out of railroad ties (as a disciplinary consequence).MCDS had a 9th grade from 1971-1975.The “yellow Volksy buses” of the school song were originallypainted blue and yellow, and were featured in a magazine adfor VW vans.
    5. 5. THE ORIGINAL VISION“The Mendenhalls [the founders of MCDS] began to dreamof creating a school where creativity and personalinvolvement are encouraged, where children experience anoutdoor life, where they fall in love with the idea of going toschool, and where a superb education is attained with joy.”“It was great to have all that open space and the connectionwith nature. We had freedom to explore in a way that a lotof kids don’t have these days.” MCDS student, class of 1975
    6. 6. THE TEACHERS“Teachers were more thaneducators, they wereunexpected friends. Weknew they would always bethere. Quite simply, whenyou are in search ofsomething at MCDS, allyou must do is step towardit.” --MadeleineLowenthal, Class of 2004 http://bit.ly/K2tfZk
    7. 7. PARENTING A MIDDLESCHOOLERhttp://bit.ly/Jhpl
    8. 8. HOW YOU LOOK TO AMIDDLE SCHOOLER http://youtu.be/GDeqc8sTLpc
    9. 9. DRAMATIC CHANGES
    10. 10. GENERAL SURVIVALSTRATEGIESDon’t ride the roller coasterBe patient and have faithwith the processRelationships matterCommunity matters - 360degree communication http://bit.ly/IY4v6A
    11. 11. RELATIONSHIPSMATTER“I was with my son as he opened your letter, watched himslowly sit down as he read it, watched him smile, tear up abit, and smile some more, and all I can say is thank you.Your words mean more than you can know. He and I framedyour letter, and it now hangs on his bedroom wall. My senseis it serves as a perfect capstone to a milestone event in hislife, as you so well describe. Your emphasis on the degree ofeffort reaping the greatest rewards in life is so well said, sowise, and appreciated.”Letter from a parent to an MCDS teacher
    12. 12. 36O DEGREECOMMUNICATIONHome-School PartnershipTeam approachAdvisor - first point ofcontactDan Rogoff, US Dean ofStudentsMatt Levinson, US Head http://bit.ly/IH7P5a
    13. 13. CULTURALCOMPETENCYRobert Greene, Director ofCommunity Connections -CC365Dr. Steven JonesThe iceberg metaphorIntent vs. impactWork the pinch before itbecomes a crunch http://bit.ly/Kzye8v
    14. 14. CURRICULUMHumanities ArtMath: grade level and Music/Dramaaccelerated Advisory: TeamScience Building, Character Education, HealthWorld Language: Education, DecisionMandarin or Spanish MakingPhysical Education
    15. 15. SELF MANAGEMENTOrganization Skills - The Planner and School SuppliesAsking for help: tutorialStudent Support Services: TransitionsBinder ClubSSS Team: Nancy Ely, Elizabeth Wade, Page FreyermuthTom Bekeny, School Counselor
    16. 16. TAKING CARE OF...YourselfYour StuffYour Responsibilities to theCommunity
    17. 17. GRIT “LEARNING IS HARD.TRUE, LEARNING IS FUN, EXHILARATING ANDGRATIFYING — BUT IT ISALSO OFTEN DAUNTING, EXHAUSTING AND SOMETIMES DISCOURAGING.”-ANGELA DUCKWORTH http://nyti.ms/nnlre1
    18. 18. THE GRIT TESTSETBACKS DON’T DISCOURAGE ME.I AM A HARD WORKER.I FINISH WHATEVER I BEGIN.I AM DILIGENT.I HAVE OVERCOME SETBACKS TOCONQUER AN IMPORTANTCHALLENGE.I HAVE ACHIEVED A GOAL THAT TOOKYEARS OF WORK. http://bit.ly/nisF65
    19. 19. ADVISORYAdvisor = Homeroom teacher andadvocate1 Teacher and 11-12 studentsAttendance and morning check-inAdvisor = point personAcademic, Athletic/Artistic, Social,Emotional, Home-SchoolCommunication http://bit.ly/JSyOJ9
    20. 20. ADVISORY THEMEDCHECK-IN1 - Trash Can 7 - Medium Small Llama2 - Medium-Large Llama 8 - Little Piggy3 - Recycling Bin 9 - Big Blue Comfy Chair4 - Large Llama 10 - Little Llama!5 - Action Figure6 - Stuffed Dog In TheCorner
    21. 21. SILENT DRAWING
    22. 22. SCHEDULEEach academic class meets for the equivalent of five 40 minuteperiods a week with doubles (80 minutes) in 6th grade humanitiesdailyRecess/SnackLunchMorning Homeroom and PM TutorialActivity PeriodsAdvisory
    23. 23. ASSESSMENT ANDGRADINGGrade reporting 4 times/yearPractices of an Effective Learner (PEL),Content and Skill Mastery, Core ValuesNarrative Comments - Mid-YearAdvisor Comments - End of Year
    24. 24. CONNECTEDLEARNINGhttp://youtu.be/tahTKdEUAPk
    25. 25. ORGANIZATION“The iPad has really helpedme with organization and ithas helped keep me frombeing stressed, because themore organized you are,the less stressed you are.And we know that noteacher wants a student tobe stressed.” --6th GradeStudent http://bit.ly/JjMk6J
    26. 26. HUMANITIES - USINGTHE IPADANIMAL FARMYellow: InformationBlue: CharacterDescriptionGreen: Character NamesStickies: Comments
    27. 27. ASSESSMENTOpen note test inhumanitiesCharacters, vocabulary andthemes
    28. 28. SCIENCEPlant studyCompost andplant growthGraphing usingthe Numbers App
    29. 29. http://bit.ly/Hf7Iy4MANDARINLearning Characters
    30. 30. SPANISH “Las amigas me hacen feliz”
    31. 31. YOSEMITE TRIPMonday-Friday- 5 Days and 4NightsNovember26-30, 2012
    32. 32. YOSEMITE SKILLSThe ComfortZoneThe StretchZoneThe StressZone http://bit.ly/ISSL39
    33. 33. ATHLETICSFall - Boys Soccer, GirlsVolleyball and Co-Ed CrossCountryWinter - Boys Basketball,Girls SoccerSpring - Boys Volleyball,Girls Soccer and Co-EdTrack and Field
    34. 34. ATHLETICS - LESSONSLEARNED“We played a great game and we lost, but I know that we willovercome this. I tip my hat to stuart hall, they got the luckyshot at the end. There is no one person to blame for thisgame and if you feel bad right now, dont. If you think thatyou cost us the game, you didnt. It was a great team effortthat just didnt go our way. I know this game meant so muchto a lot of you, but in order to win next year, you just have tolet it go. I know all of you have passion for the game and forme and all of you great friends, I promise to do everything inmy ability to bring the trophy back to MCDS.” - MCDS 6thgrade boys’ basketball player
    35. 35. AFTER SCHOOLOPTIONSWorld Beat BandGirls Rock BandsWinter 6th Grade PlayTech ChallengeMakers’ LabCanal ClubHomework Cafe
    36. 36. ELECTIVESMathletesCampus Council and Eco CouncilGarden ClubPython ProgrammingMakers’ Lab and WeldingSports Skills ClinicsWorld Beat Band, Girls Rock Bandsand Chorus
    37. 37. THE SOCIAL SCENEDancesSocial MediaClothingHouse Rules: Be Clear andConsistentBoundaries and Safety http://bit.ly/ICfb7p
    38. 38. THINGS MOVE FAST http://youtu.be/Ufw2D8oMJ64
    39. 39. “TOO BIG TO KNOW”“Our task is to learn how to buildsmart rooms. So, to make a smartroom -- a knowledge network -- youhave to have just enough diversity.And it has to be the right type ofdiversity. Scott Page in TheDifference says that a group needs adiversity of perspectives and skillsets if it is going to be smarter thanthe smartest person in it.” --DavidWeinberger http://bit.ly/yyGVgE
    40. 40. THE INFORMATIONDIET9CCC - Cell Phone,Computer, Curfew“Public By Default, PrivateThrough Effort”Parent In The Real WorldAnd The Virtual World“Clicks HaveConsequences” http://bit.ly/J8tYMZ
    41. 41. STANDING AT THEDOOR http://youtu.be/vZdsvs_2ZJQ
    42. 42. THE PARENT TRAP?
    43. 43. DRIVING CARPOOL -PACE YOURSELF“Parenting is not for the faint of heart” - Harlan CobenYou can always call and askDon’t go the road alone - we are a community“I do not have to fix everything”“Every problem is an opportunity”
    44. 44. SUMMER READINGWHAT THE MOON SAW PLUS TWO CHOICESFROM THE 6TH GRADESUMMER READING LIST http://bit.ly/K3cr4v

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