6th Grade – End of Year 2021

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The year is winding down in days but not in activity!  Important information to keep track of in these weeks:
  • May 7, 7pm – Pod 3/4 Circus (on Facebook Live)
  • May 10 – 14 (Monday-Friday) – After school performance prep for Late Night with 6th Grade
    • Pack extra snacks; Pick up at 4:30pm UPPER CAMPUS
    • May 10-12: rehearsal
    • May 13 & 14: filming of Late Night with 6th Grade
  • May 13 –  Soon-to-be-alumni luncheon
  • May 21, 7pm – ArtsFest (on Facebook Live)
  • TBA –  6th vs Faculty kahoot
  • June 2 – Trip to Echo Hill Outdoor School – 7:30am arrival at PMFS; 8pm pick up at PMFS
  • June 4 & 5  – Late Night with Sixth Grade, Virtual Showing (time and venue TBA)
  • June 7 – Class Day
  • June 8 –  last day of school
    • In-School Graduation
    • 12pm dismissal
    • Graduation 6:30pm (time to arrive at PMFS TBA)

last revised 5/3/2021. 

Soon-to-be-Alumni Luncheon

The soon-to-be-alumni luncheon started many years ago as a way to help 6th graders transition into life in 7th grade. PMFS provides lunch (and presents) to the 6th graders. 2 alumni, graduating high school seniors, participate, answering questions from the students and giving helpful tips on making the transition to a new school.  RJ Edmonds and Haven Arms (class of ’15) will be attending this year.

6th Grade vs. Faculty Kahoot Game

Back in the day, if you will, there was a 6th Grade vs Faculty Softball Game at the end of the school year. Then-PE-teacher James Hayes changed the game to kickball, to make it more accessible to the 6th graders, and it remained that for many years. Due to the pandemic, in 2020 we reimagined the game as something we could do together virtually, with a 6th Grade vs Faculty Kahoot.

PMFS will continue our 6th Grade vs Faculty tradition this year, Kahoot style. Leann will create the game with questions from both faculty and 6th graders. We had a lot of fun last year and we know we will again! 

Echo Hill Outdoor School

Background

Living and learning in the outdoors creates tremendous opportunities for personal and social growth. In all classes and in all aspects of residential life, Echo Hill teachers encourage students to pursue independence while recognizing the importance of the group. Their teachers stress the importance of the following skills: working together on class; expressing opinions with confidence; listening to and respecting classmates’ ideas; thinking creatively; having a positive attitude; and taking personal responsibility.

At the foundation of the adventure experience is the maxim “Challenge by Choice.” This provides a safe environment in which participants may express themselves, make choices, and pursue goals with support from their peers. Echo Hill instructors take responsibility to treat students with respect, care, and compassion, to ensure a safe experience, and to encourage positive interactions among participants.

Schedule for Wednesday, June 2

7:30students arrive at PMFS

7:45leave PMFS

9:30/10arrival at Echo Hill

10:00-12:30  — high adventure & survival activities

12:30-1:00 — bag lunch

1:00-4:00 — swamp walk

4:00-6:00 — pizza and debrief

8:00 — arrival at PMFS

Forms

Complete and return to Leann (A hard copy will be sent home with your child. Please contact Leann or Rachel if you need another copy)

Information & What to Bring

Late Night With Sixth Grade

The time for the 6th grade performance has finally arrived and we are excited to announce “Late-Night with Sixth”, a fully scripted (but also improvised) late-night talk show created, produced, and starring the fabulous 6th grade at PMFS. Not only has this been a rewarding learning process, but a groundbreaking one. As we wrap-up the intense writing process and begin designing sets, gathering props, and choosing costumes, scheduling for rehearsals and filming have begun.
The week of 5/10 will include rehearsals and filming on campus, both during the school day and after school.

Class Day

Another PMFS tradition, Class Day is an in-school celebration of our graduating 6th Graders. Each class prepares gifts, cards, and even a “Who Am I?” quiz for the graduates. Faculty share memories of the graduates. The 6th grade presents the yearbook to the school and to the person they have dedicated it to. At the end of the celebration, 5th graders stay on, to deliver “middle-school survival kits” to the 6th graders.

Graduation

The Sixth Grade Graduation will be an on-campus, outdoor ceremony on Tuesday, June 8, at 6:30pm. PMFS will follow recommendations and guidance from the Montgomery County Office of Public Health and the CDC in order to maintain the capacity and social-distancing restrictions necessary to sustain our community’s health.

With the support from Plymouth Monthly Meeting, graduation will take place under a tent on the blacktop between the Meetinghouse and the school.

Please make a note of the following important information:

  • The graduation ceremony will begin at 6:30pm. (We hope to optimize on as much daylight as possible with this earlier start time.)
  • Each 6th Grade family will be allotted 8 tickets for invited guests, including family and friends. (Graduates do not require tickets.)
  • Only ticketed guests will be allowed to attend the ceremony. Tickets are transferable between 6th Grade families; and PMFS will help facilitate that transfer.
  • Guests will be seated in household or family pods. (PMFS will request information about how best to seat your guests with respect to social distancing.)
  • Please inform the school if you or a ticketed guest has special needs related to mobility or seating.