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7th Grade Bridge Project

Dear Seventh Grade Parents,

We would like to inform you about an exciting plan for the end of the year. This will be the third year that we have given the students an end-of-year project assignment and we are excited to watch them take the challenge. This assignment capitalizes on our continuing work with Challenge Success to push our students to new levels of academic engagement. We have named this project The Bridge Project as it requires students to “bridge” their learning between two classes into one cohesive product. It also serves as a “bridge” to eighth grade.

During The Bridge Project, students will be allowed to choose almost anything that interests them. We hope to encourage curiosity, creativity, and love of learning as the students study something they are truly passionate about. We hope to bring to life the Portrait of a Middle School Graduate through its words, “We feel inspired to explore new things and discover our passions.”

Options for student products could include a short film, an educational video game, a design plan for a dance studio, a short story, a spreadsheet, a piece of art, an experiment, or whatever else they can dream up that demonstrates what they have learned. In addition, students will present their final product to groups of teachers and peers. Finally, the seventh grade will hold a Bridge Project Fair where parents and peers will be invited to learn about what they have done.

Since students traditionally study only what the teacher assigns, we have been providing them with some exercises designed to help them think broadly and deeply, find the intersection between ideas, and search for things that interest them the most. Their advisor will serve as a primary mentor for helping to guide each advisee’s work. Last year’s students really impressed us with their passion and knowledge at the end of the year. While it will be ungraded (aside from peer and teacher review), we know that students will again be motivated by their freedom of choice and the fact that they must make their final project presentation to faculty and peers.

As regular classes will have concluded, students will return from Boston with only one job, to complete and present their Bridge project. We will also limit the amount of homework and other commitments in May in order to allow them the space and time to do their best work. Click here for dates and times that apply.

In addition, follow this link and have your child logon to Canvas for all forms and documents.

We hope that you will be as excited as we are by this innovative approach to the end of the year. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. These can be directed to your child’s advisor. Over the next several months, students will be busy finding their topics, writing proposals and working on this culminating project of their seventh grade year. Please ask your children to share their project process with you.

With warmest regards,

The Seventh Grade Advising Team

7th Grade Boston Trip

Dear Parents,

The seventh grade’s class trip to Boston is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23 through Friday, May 26, 2017. PCDS is proud to be able to both sponsor and finance this exciting curriculum-based trip.  Important deadlines for trip planning are quickly approaching.

We will be visiting many of the sights we have learned about in American History this year. I will send a full trip itinerary in February. Please note that students will stay in hotel rooms in groups of four. There will be eleven chaperones and security guards at night. I can assure you that students will be supervised and with a group at all times. 

Please read the financial obligation agreement, sign it, and return it to Katie McKean, 7th-Grade Coordinator, no later than Friday, January 20. As all trip costs must be paid by PCDS to the travel company, in full, prior to ticketing, any trip withdrawals must be communicated in writing to Ms. McKean no later than January 20. If, after that date, you choose to withdraw your child from participating, you may be asked to reimburse the School for up to the full cost of the trip – $1,700.

Certainly, if there is an extreme or extenuating circumstance—a significant illness or serious family matter, for example—that materializes after January 20 and prevents your child from making the trip, the School will be understanding.  What we are trying to avoid is a last-minute withdrawal for a less-compromising event.  The School, of course, reserves the right to determine the final result, but please let this note serve as a promise that we will be as thoughtful as possible.

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you,

Ben Sullivan
Head of Middle School

Katie McKean
7th-Grade Coordinator

7th Grade Guidelines

Please click here for the 7th Grade Guidelines for 2016-17.

7th Grade Reps

Susan Burnham

Melissa Mullard

7th Grade Supply List

Please visit the 7th Grade forms and documents page or click here.