The class of 2020 visited the Upper School on February 7 to get a firsthand look at the classroom and campus life they will experience next year as Ross School seventh graders.
At the Center for Well-Being, the students were greeted by Kathy Lattari, associate director of Admissions, where they picked up their photo ID badges as a few curious upper classmen looked on. Then it was off to meet World Languages and Literature teacher Carol Crane, who teamed each student with a seventh grade buddy and encouraged all students to participate during a Cultural History lesson about the Etruscans. “It was great to see the sixth grade make connections to their own curriculum,” Carol said.
The sixth graders shadowed their buddies throughout the morning and also attended an eighth grade art lesson with Visual Arts professor Jon Mulhern. “Their initial anxiety was easily replaced with excitement once they met their buddies and became part of Upper School community,” said sixth grade teacher Deborah Minutello-Bartlett.
While the buddy teams shared stories over lunch in the Café, Patty Lein, head of Upper School and director of Academics, hosted and Information Reception for sixth grade parents and presented an overview of the seventh grade curriculum. “It was wonderful to see all the rising grade seven students and their parents and share the details of the Upper School program with the families,” Patty said.
After the sixth graders returned to Lower School, the parents had an opportunity to take a tour of the campus and facilities and talk to several seniors about their experiences at Ross and plans for the future.
“Overall, the sixth grade students were thrilled with the idea of spending time on the Upper Campus and felt welcomed by everyone they came into contact with throughout their visit,” Deborah said.
Sixth grader Ian Morgan and his classmates are looking forward to the move to Upper School because of the access to additional programs, a larger student community, and, of course, the Café. “Many of us attend events such as the Senior Project performance nights, but we’ll actually be part of the community as upperclassmen,” he said.