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 prompt


NewsELA text on Recess Policies, due Tues., 3/28

Math, Problem Set #32, finish for Wed., 3/29

Myself as a Writer, first draft due 3/30 

Field Study to CNC on Friday, 3/31; pack a lunch, water bottle and shoes that can get dirty!


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Sixth Grade Classroom Expeditions

Season: Winter School Year: 2016-2017



The winter expedition will enable sixth graders to gain greater insight into play, looking through the lens of inquiry, materials science, and the laws of motion. During the first couple of weeks, students will learn the practice of inquiry to understand why it is the driving force behind science and allows scientists (us!) to understand the world. As we move into the new year, sixth graders will examine wood, stone, and metal as potential materials for our nature playground design for the Cumming Nature Center. Through a series of complex texts, fieldwork, and experiments, they will understand why materials work the way they do and determine the best materials for a nature playground. Students will also read a biography about Sir Isaac Newton to learn more about his life as a scientist and the Laws of Motion. They will apply this learning to how and why moveable parts of a playgroundwork the way they do and how force affects how we play.


Sixth Grade
Chris Dolgos – Teacher

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Alexis Stubbe – Teacher

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Barb Schild – Teaching Assistant

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