Greetings! My name is Mrs. Condon. This is my nineteenth year teaching sixth grade.
Sixth grade is a monumental year. It is the last year of elementary school before students make the transition to junior high. Sixth grade promotes several character traits that correlate with student success. These traits are: responsibility, respect, kindness, grit, and empathy. More than anything, I want students to leave sixth grade knowing how to be resourceful. It's important for students to recognize that they may not know the answer all of the time, but they can find answers to questions and issues when they access resources.
Students look forward to sixth grade for lots of reasons. It is their last year in elementary school but there are many engaging projects and field trips that students look forward to.
Here's just a snapshot of some of the fun events planned for sixth grade:
Norlands Living History Center
Maine State House/State Museum
Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper/Silent Auction
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Tour of area bridges
Sixth grade trip to Boston (always the Friday before Memorial Day weekend)
Toothpick bridge project
UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Lab (where bridges are tested for strength)
Open home-school communication is key to student success. Parents can always email questions and concerns as that is always an effective form of communication. Parents can expect classroom newsletters on a regular basis, generally at least once a month but often more frequently. Notices about field trips and meetings to coordinate the Boston trip are frequently sent home in addition to classroom newsletters. In the beginning of the year, parents are asked to sign up for the Remind app. Sixth grade teachers frequently use this app to remind parents of dates for tests, quizzes, field trips, and meetings. Parents are encouraged to check on their child's progress via Infinite Campus. Grades are posted and updated on a weekly basis.