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It is a true blessing to bring classroom learning alive for students. Rossman School does this each spring with the sixth graders on a four-day, three-night field trip. This is often referred to as the “Space Camp Trip” as the bulk of our trip is spent in Huntsville, Alabama, but the reality is, we also experience a whole lot more!

This year the trip began on Tuesday, April 18. All students arrived at school, loaded their luggage and hopped on the bus. By Tuesday afternoon, we were at the Shiloh National Battlefield in Tennessee. When we arrived, Ranger Charlie greeted us. Ranger...Read more

In honor of Rossman's Centennial, this year's Rossman Players production, “The Rossman Players Retrospective,” featured excerpts from Rossman Players musicals over the past ten years. With each scene, the cast of fourteen fifth and sixth graders not only revived a chapter of Rossman Players history but also presented the story of a character whose journey leads them to stand up to adversity and discover an unknown strength within themselves. Presented March 14 and 15, the musical revue was a hit with audiences, especially those for whom the scenes brought back memories of...Read more

Mr. Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” In the sixth grade, students write a research paper about a world challenge for which they are passionate. The students then research that topic, take notes, create an outline, and write a research paper educating others about the important issue. Throughout the research process, students discover people who are heroes for their cause. They share with the class heroes they find and what heroic actions these people are...Read more

In 1825, a young Abraham Lincoln borrowed a book from a neighbor and while in his possession, the book was ruined due to a roof leak. Lincoln worked for his neighbor to compensate for the book’s value, thus becoming the first book Lincoln would personally own. Through this brief glimpse into our 16th president’s life, there is much to admire and learn about Lincoln’s character, his respect for learning and the responsibility he exhibited to repay his neighbor. As parents and educators, Lincoln’s life stories present many opportunities to teach the intangible, yet enduring values Rossman...Read more

The Class of 2017 recently returned from a week at sixth grade camp. Through activities like creek walking, orienteering, woodworking, journal making, barter games, rock climbing, night hikes, and more, this class verified their ability to problem solve, overcome mental obstacles and work together as a team, time and time again.

A highlight for this class was when they successfully completed the legendary dot game (which requires focus, strategy, and teamwork). Not only did the Class of 2017 complete the task a day before the deadline, but they also solved the game a second time in...Read more

Physical Education has had a fantastic beginning to the 2016-2017 school year. Students enjoyed the “spongy” new track surface in P. E. classes their first day. It not only looks really nice but it also feels softer when running or walking. The new track along with the improved long jump pit (the big sand box to the JK and SK students) and soccer field make for quite a picturesque scene from the top of the hill by the school.

Speaking of the soccer field, Rossman School hosted the annual Invitational Soccer tournament for our consortium of independent schools September 24. Seven...Read more

Students at Rossman School placed first among sixth graders and second among fifth graders in the National Geography Challenge this spring.

In the nationwide challenge, the scores of the top 10 students are combined to determine the team score. Rossman’s sixth grade class won its division, recording a team average of 88%. Also averaging 88%, the fifth grade team finished just 21 points behind the national champions. 

The National Geography Challenge is sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education. The written exam tests general knowledge of geography, map skills...Read more

What do learning the nine steps required to fire a Civil War musket, Ivy Green, Space Shot, the Multi-Axis Trainer, IMAX movies, the march in Selma, Alabama, and a really, really, really long bus ride have in common? These were the thrills that we experienced on our sixth grade class trip to the Civil War Battlefield at Shiloh, Tennessee, to Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and then to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis Tennessee. All together, we traveled through seven states.

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Ten fifth and sixth graders led audiences on a journey to find hope and happiness with their production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on March 15 and 16. Rossman students and parents were joined by children from two local preschools for the musical based on the Peanuts comic strip.

“These young performers have worked very hard to bring Charles Schultz’s characters to life,” said director Anna Blair in her directors’ note, “and I believe they have brought great talent, great effort and most of all, heart to these delightful friends from all of our childhoods.”

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Twenty alumni from the Class of 2010 teamed up March 4 for Rossman’s 29th annual Spirit Day basketball game. The high school seniors went head to head with fifth and sixth graders, making a valiant effort despite the wacky games concocted by P.E. teachers Larry Huusko and Jenna Lucas. The alumni handicaps included imaginative challenges like: "Barrel Ball," in which the alumni team played ball while holding up Kan Jam goals; "Daytona 500" in which only alumni riding on scooters could shoot, pass or dribble; "Relative Game," in which relatives of the alumni created some friendly

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