The move from 5th grade to middle school is an important right of passage at MGCS. Our 5th grade team works through the year to ensure that students are prepared to make a smooth transition to this next stage in their academic journey. This year, we combined important content from our Manners curriculum with existing instruction about key academic practices to form the Middle School Prep program to equip students for success in the years ahead.
Every Spring, MGCS 5th graders complete a rigorous manners course that spans several weeks and culminates in a reception where they practice and demonstrate these important life skills.
Good manners honor God and prepare students for success…even during distance learning! Beth Cartner is building on the 5th grade foundation in 6th grade and coaching our 6th graders to develop excellent email etiquette.
We’ve been reflecting on the final ten weeks of our school year and reviewing feedback from the distance learning survey. Here are three take-aways from this unusual Spring:
OUR MGCS PARENTS ARE EXCEPTIONAL PARTNERS
MGCS parents quickly set up learning spaces, tirelessly supported our efforts, mastered new technology, and allowed us to virtually visit their homes five days a week. One parent wrote, “we are on board with anything that will promote learning.” This kind of teamwork helped make distance learning successful.
What is a unit study and why do we make them part of the MGCS experience? WE BELIEVE … All students can learn. They need experiences that build the context for learning. Learning should be meaningful. It should connect to the real world in a real way so that they can make a difference in the sphere of […]
Over the summer, as part of our commitment to expand STEM programs and experiential learning opportunities, we constructed a STEM lab and hired Angie Pleasant to serve as STEM coordinator. In this role, Angie works to integrate STEM programming and experiential learning throughout our curriculum. Here, Angie shares three guiding principles behind her passion for […]
As part of our ongoing effort to increase interest in the STEM fields, offer additional academic opportunities for our most curious scholars, and prepare students for the rigors of academic competition, we introduced Science Olympiad into 3rd-5th grades. This new team turned in a stellar performance by placing first overall against twenty Varsity and JV teams from 12 […]
Traditions play an important role in the life of our school. Weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual events shape the rhythms and stories that build shared memories and a sense of community. Grandparents Day, the Christmas caroling chapel, morning announcements, casual days, tribe meetings, and so many other occasions make life at MGCS a uniquely warm, nurturing […]
“…but there is a third thing you must do.” “What is that?” asked Alice. “You must do something to make the world more beautiful…” -Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney Recently, Paula Starling, our school librarian, shared The book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney with her K-5 students. This is a story of woman whose quest to […]
We are always evaluating our curriculum, scheduling, and methodology. We continually look for ways to enhance the depth and breadth of our student’s educational experience. THIS YEAR… We have extended our Spanish curriculum all the way to our kindergarten students. In our kindergarten through fifth grades our students receive weekly instruction in Spanish. We increase the intensity […]
A memorable MGCS experience for our students is Manners Matter – the 5th grade manners class. Starting in January, our 5th graders receive instruction on topics including table manners, guidelines for parties and playdates, relationship and communication skills, and general etiquette. After 4 months of weekly instruction, students organize a manners reception. Four student-led committees plan this […]