It’s 2019 and the Xls are preparing for some exciting events. These events include their upcoming pop-up card sale, the Level Five CTP, and the sixth grade DISC dance.
The XlsD are beginning their study of poetry. They are learning about rhyming poems and figurative language. They are also learning how to use metaphors, similes, and personification. The Xls believe that their study of poetry is leading up to something big: reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As part of Social Studies, the XIs are studying the history of paper. “We are learning about the spread of paper and how it turned into printing in Italy,” said Tenzin Niles, XIsD. The XIs have made paper with Katrina in Science, by grinding up old newspapers with water, and then spreading it out to dry. The XIs are creating slideshows about the spread of paper to share with their group.
Another exciting event coming the XIs way is the DISC dance in February. “People got like really fancy dresses,” said Tenzin Niles, XIsD. The DISC dance is an event set up between many of the downtown independent schools, including LREI, Friends Seminary, and Grace Church School. XIs are able to socialize with other kids their age as well as bust their moves on the dance floor.
On a more serious note, the XIs will take the CTP Level 5 Test in mid-February. Although this test does not affect future scores, it is the first time that XIs will be taking a formal standardized test. Test taking is a crucial skill for getting into high schools. The XIs have been preparing for the test once a week in their APL classes. APL stands for Academic Performance Lab. The class is taught by Jaye Liset-Lynch, learning specialist, and Gino Crocetti, head of APL. XIs learn tips and strategies for tackling standardized tests.
In Spanish class, the Xls have Vls buddies and put a new song into their song books called “A Mi Mano Le Gusta La Lechuga.” The song is so good that the XIs all started to sing it in unison. They also sang a bit of “Sube, Sube, Sube,” a song they were learning in Spanish class for the MLK assembly. The Xls are off to a great new year.