About Sixth Grade

Our sixth graders, having spent years preparing for the role, emerge as leaders in the GCCS community. The environment for sixth grade encourages leadership, responsibility, and activism. With appropriate supports in place, students have more social and academic freedom and take on significant roles in the classroom and school.

Our students extend their potential for leadership to the Rochester community as well. Each year, the class takes on a new and important local “hot topic” to investigate. Teachers expose students to many perspectives on an issue and the class researches solutions developed in other cities around the country and the world. Students prepare a report and present their findings and recommendations to city officials and other stakeholders.

Sixth grade culminates with individual student passage presentations to a panel of school and community representatives.  Students present portfolios of their work and describe their growth as readers, writers, mathematicians, and artists. They reflect on their understanding of the important factors that contributed to the development of Rochester through time, and the roles they are prepared to assume as leaders and crew members in their community.

In sixth grade mathematics, students take on the role of mathematicians as they learn to reason and to communicate mathematically, connecting mathematics to social and scientific research and analysis.

Sixth Grade


News & Announcements

Welcome GCCS Class of 2017


Portfolio Calendar - fetauring due dates and writing workshops

History of Rochester prompt

Portfolio essay rubric

Elementary Years reflection

Myself as a Writer 

Myself as a Mathematician

Myself as an Artist 

Letter to the Community 

A reminder that all final versions of work need to be submitted no later than May 30th.

SIGN UP FOR A PORTFOLIO SLOT HERE! 6th Grade Passage Presentations


Look here for upcoming service opportunties - it's always more fun to do these with classmates so consider getting a group together to particpate! Don't forget to log your service hours (click here for form!). 

Last opportunity before the dealine:



FINAL menus of the year 5/23

Math ratio (step by step!) - 5/22

Letter to Community draft 5/22 and Metaphor revisions 5/31


May 19

May 5

April 28

April 7

March 24


Sixth Grade Classroom Expeditions

Season: Spring School Year: 2016-2017

During their final expedition at GCCS, sixth graders will discover that while play seems like a natural, universal right, there are many barriers that prevent children from participating in play - at home, at school, and in the community. We will explore the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and how the “right to play,” while guaranteed in the document, is a broken promise in many parts of the world. Inspired by the UNCRC and following an examination of local recess policies, we will propose a new, comprehensive recess policy for GCCS. Additionally, we will look at how the lack of risk and adventure have actually stymied play and how nature play spaces can help "reset" adult fears around play by empowering children to assess risk and become leaders of the play revolution.  Our ongoing work with the Cumming Nature Center will also find closure, as we present our design plans and scale model of a site-specific, nature play space.


Sixth Grade
Chris Dolgos – Teacher

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Alexis Stubbe – Teacher

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Barb Schild – Teaching Assistant

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