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September 2021

Fifth grade is currently diving into the world of research and expository writing in a cross-curricular assignment—selecting an American symbol and presenting the story of that symbol in a factual way. Students can select from a variety of examples of American symbols such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Declaration of Independence. 

After thoroughly researching their symbol, students factually tell the story of how their American symbol was created, which helps students work on logical sequencing, thesis statements and transitions. However, since students at this...Read more

When the year starts in Senior Kindergarten we want the students to feel welcome, safe and known. It can be scary entering a new classroom, with new teachers, new friends and with lots of things you don’t know. Our goal is to make each student feel a sense of belonging; we want the students to feel happy when they walk into our classroom. Having a morning greeting is one way we instill this sense of recognition and love in our classroom. As simple as a greeting sounds, the positive impact it can have on a child can make all the difference on how they feel about themselves and how they...Read more

Scientists are not afraid of change. They embrace it and they learn from it. This idea has served as a guiding principle for the introduction of the 2021-22 school year in the upper school science classroom.  

One of the most important changes our young scientists have already experienced is the re-introduction to the physical spaces of their specialty classrooms. As their specialty teachers wandered the halls on carts in a nomadic procession from homeroom-to-homeroom last year, the 2021-22 school year has transitioned us happily back to our home bases. It’s unclear who is more...Read more

Just before the school year began, our faculty had the opportunity to engage in Responsive Classroom training. Responsive Classroom is an approach designed to support social/emotional learning, promote joyful classroom communities, empower students, celebrate students as individuals, model and choose language that promotes student understanding and build strong routines that facilitate the learning process. Certainly, none of these ideas are new to our Rossman educators, and through this professional development, we enjoyed collaborating and sharing ideas to promote these practices in our...Read more

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