Sixth Grade

Autonomy & Advocacy

In 6th grade, we continue our students’ integration into our middle school in preparation for 7th and 8th grade. Though 6th graders continue with combined humanities, they are given more autonomy during the day to help develop a sense of ownership in their education (including choosing a single world language to focus on), and to learn to advocate for their personalized learning needs.

Students work on developing personal organization systems across all content areas and strengthening their collaboration skills, all through the continuing lens of a growth mindset. 6th graders end the year with the solid foundational skills and content knowledge needed to carry forward successfully and thrive as future leaders of our middle school.

WHY WESTSIDE?

"When it came time for our oldest boy to start Middle School our immediate priority became finding the best option for him. Out of the number of schools that we visited, Westside stood out having superior facilities, enlightened staff, and programs aimed at developing strong character like compassion and respect, leadership and academic discipline affording students the opportunity to succeed to their highest level." -Westside Parent
2 6th grade students looking at a piece of paper with a sign that says %22Columbus%22 in front of them.

6TH GRADE CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Early American History
  • Planetary Science & Geology
  • Fraction, Ratios, and Pre-Algebra
  • Suzuki: Modern Japanese Theater

INTEGRATED PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS OF LEARNING

  • Columbus on Trial
  • Science Fair
  • Math Game Night
  • World Language Night Market

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION & FIELD TRIPS

  • Olympic Coast Camping & Backpacking
  • UW Seismology Lab
  • NW African American Museum
  • Recology
  • Chinatown Trip
  • Earth Day Service Project

LEARNING AT WESTSIDE

SPECIALISTS

6TH GRADE TEAM

Erin Blaser

Erin Blaser

5th & 6th Grade Math Teacher
Scott Herman

Scott Herman

5th & 6th Grade Science Teacher
Mary Kratz

Mary Kratz

6th Grade Humanities Teacher, 5/6 Grade Level Dean, Curriculum Coordinator
Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Middle School Mandarin Teacher, World Language Department Chair