What's Going On?

An Update from 6th Grade

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Grading and Aspen GradeBook Update

As you probably know, the sixth grade is making some transitions around grading, feedback and report cards. Dr. Cohen has referenced this transition in a few of his weekly emails during the course of the first term and into the second. Math I and Science were the first two classes to report out using the pilot. Social Studies has been making the transition during the second term. The goal is for Math II and English to have transitioned fully for the third trimester. We believe in the philosophy of standards-based grading, as it gives all students a clear picture of their learning.


There have been some growing pains, particularly with Aspen, during the process and we thank you all for your patience and understanding in this matter. We have been in almost constant contact with the tech department to help us work on transitioning the Aspen Gradebook to a standards-based grading format. In addition two members of the 6th grade team recently received additional training from the Aspen staff which has been very beneficial to the process. As we continue to keep track of your child’s progress via Aspen, we will also be sharing feedback and progress directly with the students in class. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of the sixth grade teachers directly.






Geometrically Speaking...

In Math 2, we are extending and applying our previous understandings of geometry! While finding the area of rectangles was a skill that students brought with them from elementary school, we were able to discover that the formula for finding the area of parallelograms and triangles all comes back to the formula Area= Base x Height. We were then able to use that to find the area of composite shapes and apply these skills to solving real-world and mathematical problems. Currently, we are working on meeting the Massachusetts standards of finding the area and circumference of circles. After, we will move on to three-dimensional shapes, finding surface area and volume. As we come upon Winter Break, it’s a great time to have your student help with projects around the house. Ask them to find the area of the room you are re-tiling or adding carpeting to or how many square units you may need to cover a wall with paint. Of course, basic multiplication and division fact fluency are the foundational skills for these applied geometry skills. Use IXL for individualized fact practice or play a game such as Yahtzee with the whole family over break.

Wish List

As we pass the midpoint of our school year, our supplies have been depleted. If you are willing and able to make a donation to our classrooms, we would greatly appreciate it! Your child can bring the donation to his or her Advisory, where it will be delivered to the appropriate recipients. Thank you!


  • Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Tissues
  • Cleaning Wipes (i.e. Clorox or Lysol)
  • Sticky Notes (i.e. Post-Its)

CPS Principal Coffee

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 6:30pm

10 Surfside Road

Nantucket, MA

Dr. Cohen will be speaking about Honor Roll and grading practices at CPS.

February Vacation

Monday, Feb. 22nd, 7:45am to Friday, Feb. 26th, 3pm

Nantucket, MA, United States

Nantucket, MA

Have a relaxing week off!