News from the 5th and 6th Grade

May 22, 2014

Greetings Ladies and Gentleman of the Harmony Community:
My name is Abby Barrentine. I am in 6th grade at Harmony School. This year the 5th and 6th grade has been busy and quite fun. We have gone on many fieldtrips and enjoyed many inspiring experiences that have helped us in developing our own perspectives in life.
Last month the 5th and 6th grade went to the Eiteljorge Museum and saw many beautiful art pieces. First, we saw the Ansel Adams exhibit. The Ansel Adams exhibit had amazing and extraordinary black and white photography pieces. My personal favorite was the rose petals lying on the fence. After that, we walked through a Native American exhibit where we watched a video about different Native American cultures and how their cultures adapted to regional ecosystems. To finish off the Eiteljorge Museum, we had lunch in the craft room downstairs of the Eiteljorge Museum and played with some knick-knacks and artifacts that were down in that area.
More than a month ago, the class went to a hilarious play about Pippie Longstocking. In the play, Pippie Longstocking is a girl that lives by herself because her Father set sail among the seven seas and disappeared. Pippie Longstocking is a very spontaneous young girl who has much endurance and enthusiasm and a lot of faith that her father will come back. Pippie Longstocking had no friends until she met this boy and girl that became her friends, and they had a great time getting into trouble successfully trying to avoid the authorities who try to put Pippie in foster care.
In March and part of February we had a multicultural month. We saw films such as Grave of the Fireflies and Rabbit Proof Fence. The Grave of the Fireflies was set during the fire bombings of Kobe, Japan. There was a boy, Seita, who, during the firebombing, had been taking care of his younger sister, Setsuko. Seita and Setsuko are quite poor and have a sick mother. The story is about how Seita and Setsuko are trying to survive in the war by hiding in different places and moving around a lot.
The Rabbit Proof Fence is set in the 1930’s Jigalong in Western Australia near Perth. The Rabbit Proof Fence is based on a true story about three Australian Aboriginal children, Molly, Grace, and Daisy. The story is about the three Aboriginal children that have escaped the camp that they were in. They traveled the rabbit proof fence until they found their mother and grandmother. They had traveled over a thousand miles. Molly, Daisy and Grace have a lot of patience until they found their family. The people that had been trying to capture them at the camp found out that they had escaped and tried their best to capture them and make them go back to the camp.
The 5th and 6th Grade has just finished our year long Legal Literacy segment. We talked about The Constitution of the United States of America and basic laws and the Bill of Rights. For the end of Legal Literacy, we had a Mock Trial where the 5th and 6th prepared for two weeks. Some of us played lawyers and some of us were witnesses, some the jury, and then, of course, the Bailiff. The theme of the Mock Trial this year was Harry Potter. The characters in the Mock Trial were Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger. Hermione Granger was with Harry Potter and Ron Wesley, and Draco Malfoy came over to them, and started to harass Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Draco Malfoy started to talk about, “He Who Must Not be Named,” (Valdemore) and started to say he would take Harry, Ron and Hermione to see, “He Who Must Not be Named. It looked like Draco was reaching for his wand to cast a spell, so out of defense Hermione threw the large book that she had in her hand at Draco Malfoy’s face. The charges brought against Hermione were Assault and Battery.
Grad Projects are a traditional report that the 5th and 6th grade does every year. The 6th graders have to write four papers of their choice of topics. You have one main topic and also have to do 12 hours of community service of their choice as well. At the very end of Graduation Projects you will have a presentation. 5th graders, on the other hand, only have two papers. The 6th graders show what they are doing for their Graduation Projects to the 5th graders. The 5th graders then choose what they would like to do, and they partner up with a 6th grader.
This year the 6th graders recently shadowed in the middle school to get a taste of what it will be like next year when we go into middle school. The 6th graders went into separate groups on different days so that the middle school wouldn’t be crowded. We stayed for the morning and did what the middle school did. We did the Body Works and got to choose what we wanted to do game-wise. In Marty’s class, we read from a book, To Kill a Mocking Bird. After that, we went to Ursina’s class and did some color wheel projects. Finally, we got out to lunch and switched back to our regular classes.
In this newsletter, I have talked about what the 5th and 6th grade class has done for this semester. It has been a very rewarding semester and year so far, and also very fun. Letting you know what we have done for this semester has been the wrap up of the experience part of my graduation project. I am very glad that I could write this newsletter. I hope you are very informed.
Yours Truly,

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