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Sixth / Seventh / Eighth Grades

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A woman is showing students results of a science experiment.
A group of young Ultimate Frisbee players posing on a field in blue t-shirts.
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Get to Know the Upper Grades

Our Upper classes are taught by grade level for academic subjects and grade-blended classes for homeroom, P.E., Visual & Performing Arts, and more. Teachers, parents, and students create an inclusive learning environment within their community of classrooms.

Subjects are taught using project-based learning to increase engagement and share knowledge, such as coding a robot to be a tour guide that teaches how cells function.

Our Math program uses Middle School Math Curriculum, a research based program approved by the SLCSD. 

Science class consists of labs, research projects, and science literacy skill building activities. 

Humanities class combines Language Arts and Social Studies. During this class novels are read, essays written, and students are involved in experiences such as podcasting and curating living history museums. 

P.E. is taught by certified teacher, Penny Davis four days a week. 

Electives (called Explore Classes) are parent led and happen weekly based on parent involvement. For example, this term parents and teachers are leading classes on coding, ceramics, sewing, magazines, painting, cooking, and more.

Music is taught through ensemble experiences with Eric Spreng, certified music teacher and professional musician.

Teachers also offer after school activities such as Theater and Archery

Wall mural of a raised, closed fist indicating that Black Lives Matter.

Eighth graders complete a capstone project during their final year with us. This project stems from something they are passionate about. By spring, they will have created something new based on that learning. This project and its process is presented to the whole school. 8th graders also participate in a combined 100 hours of community service learning. 

This is one of 3 library murals completed as 8th grade projects. It was based on a 5-8 grade community read of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. (2021)

 

For more information contact teachers below.

Lena Foster

Lena Foster

Elementary Teacher
Chantelle Murakami

Chantelle Murakami

Elementary Teacher
Erin Adams

Erin Adams

Paraprofessional I

6/7/8 Grade Curriculum

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Mission: The Open Classroom is a parent-cooperative learning community in which teachers and parents collaborate to educate the whole child and empower lifelong learners.  

Vision: The Open Classroom inspires authentic learning by engaging everyone in dynamic and evolving practices in a welcoming environment.