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Grades 5 & 6 - Lee Van Dine


I want to extend a warm welcome to our classroom home page. I believe fifth and sixth grade is an exciting time for social growth, learning key academic skills, realizing one's potential, and developing foundational learning practices that will ensure success for each individual. This year will offer a variety of experiences for your child to foster their personal development while working hard to attain knowledge and confidence within themselves. I truly value the insights, interests, and talents each individual brings to the classroom setting. An emphasis will be placed upon student voice and choice in collaborative curriculum building while exploring the new proficiency based learning expectations. Essentially, I am excited for another fantastic year at the Waitsfield School supporting this class to reach their utmost potential!

Lee S. Van Dine

Upper Unit Collaboration:
In the Upper Unit, it is our priority to emphasize thematic collaborative work among the two classrooms on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Students will be exploring content themes with their upper unit peers through field trips, project based learning, service learning, guest speakers, leadership and team-building activities.

Classroom Norms:
Expectations will be based upon the We Rock Waitsfield School norms. These include being engaged, responsible, making safe choices, and being kind in all aspects of our day. 

Typical Homework

Students will typically be assigned homework Monday through Thursday.  These assignments will generally stem from the academic day, essentially work that may not have been fully completed or in need of additional student investment. At the end of each school day we will spend time filling out assignment books and packing carefully to make sure what is needed at home gets there.  Here are a few homework reminders: 

  1. Students are expected to take the responsibility for getting their work done well. While it is fine (wonderful, in fact) for a parent to be involved, they should never feel the need to have conflict with their child about doing homework. 
  2. The homework book is a means of communication for parents to be able to "check-in" with their child's workload. Students should be using this tool as an effective way to communicate with their parents while staying organized and use good time management with weekly assignments. 
  3. There may be times during the year when a student can not get their homework done. This could be due to a special family event, an illness, or another unexpected reason. There may also be an assignment that a student attempts to complete, but finds too difficult for some reason. It is always appropriate for a parent or sibling to help, but please stop if the student reaches an unhealthy level of frustration. Just put a brief note in your child's assignment book (or E-mail me) stating that they tried but need some help at school. This shows that the student took the responsibility for their work, and communicated their need for help. Communication is the key for successful ownership when difficulties arise and student self-advocacy is an important part of early middle level development.  

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Our School Mission

  • Support students in achievement of high academic standards; we believe that all students can master challenging academic material and we expect them to do so.
  • Foster a safe, comfortable and challenging learning environment; help teach children respect for themselves and others, and teach them to accept responsibility for their actions.
  • Enhance global awareness and acceptance of diversity.