Upper School Curriculum
Third grade gracefully guides the students through the transition from Lower School to Upper School, mixing hard work and grit with exciting, fun projects and moments to celebrate learning. Academics, character, and social-emotional learning are carefully and purposefully woven together in reading and writing lessons throughout the year, continuing to strengthen the academic and social development of children at this age.
The Gift of Words assignment and Wish for the World project are class favorites and examples of how students begin to understand the power of words and the impact that they can each have on the world! In math, students dig deeply into multiplication and division problems using various strategies which students love to explore.
The teachers craft real world applications and examples to solidify and apply mathematical concepts. Students also enjoy field trips to Jefferson City bringing Missouri history to life and a trip to Faust Park where pioneer life becomes a reality for a day.
Third grade is a year filled with lessons, innovation, tradition and memories which students hold on to for a lifetime.
The capstone year of Rossman School, sixth grade is a special and memorable experience. Whether it is a service-learning opportunity, an interdisciplinary trip to the Civil Rights Museum and Space Camp in the spring, or stepping into the role of Big Brother and Sisters of their Rossman Families, sixth grade students shine brightly as leaders in the school. In sixth grade, math projects meet students at a variety of levels and challenge them to apply their knowledge of math to real world scenarios, developing critical thinking and executive functioning skills.
Such end of unit projects include creating business models, designing probability carnivals for the whole school, and exploring the intersection of art and math. In writing, the capstone Hero Project allows students to identify and research a challenge, problem or opportunity in the world and study a hero who is helping the cause. We are excited to help students discover how their many academic abilities can support their passions in order to see how, at all ages, students can be helpers to make a positive impact in the world!
Sixth Grade students also have the unique opportunity to meet in small advisory groups once a week to explore character and foster social-emotional and academic competencies in a way that is responsive to the journey of the class. While keeping focus on enjoying the sixth grade year, we also take great care to walk with families and students through the secondary school application process, a transition for which our students are well prepared to thrive.
The graduation ceremony at Rossman is an anticipated evening filled with pride, tears, and laughter as we hear speeches from each member of the graduating class and send them off with love.