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What is SAS?


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Title: What is SAS?

What is SAS?
  • As 6th grade SAS teachers, our goal is to provide
    experiences where students can learn sixth grade
    standards through interactive learning including
    hands-on activities, in-depth exploration, role
    playing, simulations, labs and other activities
    that reinforce content. We use the icons of Depth
    and Complexity as tools to help us achieve our
    learning objectives.

  • We strive to create a small learning community
    that eases the transition from 5th to 6th grade
    and provides the foundation for success
    throughout middle school. Our approach
    encourages cooperation and tolerance of others so
    students feel safe and comfortable to share
  • We work together as a 6th grade team to
    coordinate activities, lessons, and projects to
    enhance and support learning across the
    curriculum. We provide several opportunities for
    parents to be involved in their childs learning

Strategies for Student Success
  • At Holmes SAS teachers currently employ the
    following strategies to insure student success
  • Teacher teams meet together often to plan
    curriculum, coordinate homework, and discuss
    individual student needs
  • Weekly reports to track your childs progress
  • Evening activities to encourage parent
  • Lessons and activities that address all learning
  • Conferences with students to encourage and better
    understand student strengths and weaknesses
  • Teachers encourage parent conferences and
    initiate contact
  • Required use of planner to aid in organization
    and time management skills

The Ocean Institute at Dana Point Field Trip
What is the Ocean Institute Field Trip?
  • The Ocean Institute Field trip is a two day
    overnight science experience beginning at the
    Lazy W Ranch in the Cleveland National Forest and
    ending at the Dana Point Marine Science Center.
  • Students will participate in labs and activities
    exploring six ecosystems of Southern California
    and the ocean.
  • The Ocean Institute at Dana Point is a nationally
    known marine science and environmental education
    program available to K-12 students and teachers.
  • Its mission is to inspire all generations,
    through education, to become responsible stewards
    of our oceans.

The Lazy W Ranch
  • At the rustic Lazy W Ranch students become field
    biologists and employ the tools and techniques
    used for collecting and assessing field data.
  • Students will identify biotic and abiotic
    relationships specific to the riparian, oak
    woodland, and chaparral ecosystems.

The Marine Life Refuge
  • At the Dana Point Marine Life Refuge students
    will explore the complex relationships within the
    tide pool as they measure physical factors,
    identify adaptations and conduct population
    studies on hermit crabs, turban snails,
    barnacles, and more.

The Living Systems Lab
  • Students will study the interactions among biotic
    and abiotic components of marine ecosystems.
  • They will explore the requirements of marine
    aquariums and their inhabitants.
  • They will examine the internal organs of a fish
    through a detailed dissection.
  • They will determine the water quality of lab
    aquariums through a variety of chemical tests.

The Living Systems Cruise
  • On the RV Explorer students will feel and taste
    the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens,
    observe migrating whales and other sea mammals,
    and collect scientific data.
  • Students will use hands on activities to enhance
    their understanding of the benthic and pelagic
    zones of the ocean.

Why should all students have the opportunity to
attend this outstanding field trip?
  • The Ocean Institute programs are designed to
    maximize immersion, inspire deep commitment to
    learning and spark curiosity, questions, and
    future discovery.
  • Students last year rated this field trip as the
    best theyve ever been on.
  • Sixth Grade SAS teachers would like every student
    to have the kind of science opportunities
    provided by the Ocean Institute.

Additional SAS Activities
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Field Trips
  • Egypt Festival
  • Greek Festival
  • Portfolio Day
  • Poetry Jam/Art Exhibit
  • Math-a-thon
  • Family Halloween Movie Night

Culture Exchange
  • We are very fortunate to have students from many
    different cultural backgrounds in our classes.
    We find evidence of our culture in the clothes we
    wear, the languages we speak, the religions we
    practice, the beliefs we hold, the traditions we
    celebrate, the music we enjoy, the art we create,
    the dances we perform, the holidays we observe,
    and the foods we eat!!
  • We plan to celebrate our variety of cultural
    heritage by inviting students and their families
    to an evening program that we call

  • Prior to the event, students will choose a food
    that best represents their culture and with which
    they have a strong emotional bond. They will
    extensively investigate their food choice by
    interviewing relatives, exploring numerous
    library resources, and searching the internet to
    discover their foods origins, customs, recipes,
    ingredients, tools, and personal memories
  • Students organize their research on display
    boards, orally present the information and share
    their food at the evening event with classmates
    and their families. Extra credit is given for
    dressing in culturally appropriate clothing.

Egypt Festival
  • As a culminating event to our study of Ancient
    Egypt, students participate in a day long
    festival experiencing, in a hands on way, the
    food and accomplishments of this ancient
  • This hands on reenactment of a day in the life of
    an ancient Egyptian provides students with an
    appreciation and deeper understanding of an
    important culture that has greatly influenced
    modern society.

We encourage you to consider the sixth grade SAS
program at Holmes, visit our campus, and apply
early for an exemplary middle school experience
for your child.
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