I am excited and honored to begin my twenty-ninth year of teaching at the Waitsfield School. The Waitsfield and extended Valley community is a vibrant, supportive and collaborative place to explore learning opportunities beyond the classroom setting. With this in mind, I believe fifth and sixth grade is an exciting time for social and emotional growth, learning key academic skills and realizing one's potential across all academic settings. Supporting students in finding their personal development of foundational learning practices will ensure success for each individual. Some of these include respect for one's self and others, time management, organizational practices, and self advocacy skills. 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. Establishing a partnership with learners to build the curriculum based upon their needs and interests will be our driving focus for personalized student engagement. Supporting students to reach their utmost potential while finding their passions within the learning experience is how this school year will be designed.
To stay updated on our project based student driven curriculum be sure to check out our class blog.
Lee S. Van Dine
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.
7:30-Classroom open for student arrival.
8:00-9:15- Mathematics every day.
9:15-9:45-Challenge & Support flex block.
9:45-11:20-Specials (library,P.E., Guidance, band), Writing & L. Arts blocks.
!2:20-2:20-Specials (Art & Music), Science, Social Studies, Reading Groups and cross curricular reading, current events, project & inquiry blocks.
2:25 School ends, bus time!
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: