Sixth grade is the transition year into middle school. Growth in self-reliance and responsibility is as important as academic growth. We are busy exploring who we are and our roles as students as well as challenging ourselves academically.
Our cirruculum is innovative and dynamic. Here are some of the specialized programs designed to captivate your sixth grader this year.
Lego Robotics - Students work on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education) themes while building Lego Robots. Once completed, the students program the robots to perform specific tasks.
VAEI - Our science curriculum is based on a science model developed by the Van Andel Education Institutes Community of Practice. This model emphasizes hands-on learning and challenges students to think and act like scientists.
IMMERSE - Students participate in a week long, cross curricular immersion at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This is a week of inquiry-based learning that culminates with student projects showcased at a visitors night at the museum.
You Be the Chemist - Students participate in a local chemistry competition in which the top four move on to the state competition.
Math Madness - Advanced math students compete against schools across the country. There are a series of round-robin competitions followed by bracket elimination.
Calvin College Writers Workshop - Students attend a day of creative workshopping with professors, professional writers, and college students.
Spooky Stories - Students write spooky stories which they share with the elementary students on Halloween day.
Life Skills Course - Students participates in a life skills course taught by the Kent County Health Department.
National Geographic Bee - Students compete in class geography bees to qualify for the school geographic bee. The winner of the school bee takes a geography test which could qualify the student for the national bee in Washington D.C.
Spelling Bee - Students complete in class bees to qualify for the school spelling bee. The winner and runner-up are sent on to the district spelling bee.