As sixth graders, our students are Laurence School seniors. You can recognize them by their special Letterman jackets that are the envy of children in grades K-5 and by their personal iPads that they use as part of the 1:1 iPad program.
While they busily buzz around, preparing for middle school, they are also stimulated and challenged right here on campus, where they are refining their time management and study skills, and becoming better critical and creative thinkers. In addition, they are developing greater independence and responsibility for monitoring their own work and goals, strengthening their leadership abilities, and making a difference in the lives of others through mentoring younger student and performing acts of kindness.
This culminating year is both magical and memorable, staying etched in the hearts and minds of our children for years to come.
- Social Studies
- Character Education/Service Learning
- Student Ambassadorship
- Buddy Program
- Kid's Court
- Culminating Academic Presentations
During the culminating year of our mathematics program, our students are provided with an extensive review of whole number operations, fractions, decimals, percentages, and geometry, preparing them for the higher-level and analytical thinking that is the foundation of middle school pre-algebra and algebra programs. Additionally, problem-solving skills are reinforced through practical application to real-world experiences. Accelerated students spend the year exploring pre-algebra and linear and algebraic equations.
In social studies, our sixth grade students study world cultures, focusing on the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Israel, Egypt, China, India, Greece, and Rome through research, literature study, and hands-on activities and projects. Pairing with sister countries Israel and India through our Global Education program, the children enhance their understanding of the commonalities and differences between themselves and their like-aged peers abroad, with whom they communicate through Laurence’s sister school program.Our children’s global awareness forms an essential part of their Culminating Academic Presentations in the Spring where they research, analyze, and share highlights of personal interest regarding their sister country.
The science program provides many hands-on, experiential opportunities for our students to continue to explore the changing world around them. It begins with a wonderful three-day, two-night outdoor educational experience to WOLF Camp. There, students participate in team-building activities, as well as in science enrichment programs.
As leaders of a school-wide Planting Day, a wonderful opportunity for demonstrating environmental stewardship, the sixth grade students nurture Laurence’s Edible Garden and prepare the garden beds; they plan which vegetables to grow, decide which science activities to demonstrate, and plan and operate numerous interactive stations, visited by their younger peers. Previous experiments have included testing vegetables for sugar and starch content and matching seeds to their grown vegetable counterparts. Previous stations have included: an eating station, where hungry children consume vegetable-based soups and hearty breads, a planting station, where sixth graders supervise the younger students as they bury various winter vegetables into our Edible Garden soil, a savory station, where children smell, touch, and taste freshly-grown herbs, and an experiment station where Laurence sixth graders lead the younger grades in an experiment of their choosing.
Culminating Academic Presentations (CAP’s) are individualized projects that sixth grade students undertake as they prepare to embark on their secondary school careers. The subject matter for these personalized reports is student-selected, based on a subject they feel passionate about.
Using their personal iPads, students bring their research to life by creating Keynote presentations. They use Pages, to keep track of important information during the researching stage and to ultimately publish their research report.On presentation day, students come to school dressed for success and ready to impress their parents, peers, teachers, and administrators alike with their knowledge, understanding, and poise.