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.
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.
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: