Leda Lester - 6th Grade Literature & Writing, MS Math, Math Department Chair
August 26, 2020
Dear 6th ELA and 7th Grade Pre-Algebra Students and Families,
It’s time to begin a new adventure on campus and virtually. While there are some unknowns to come, one thing remains constant: we are all so excited to welcome you to Middle School! This year like no other, we will consistently exercise our Habits of Mind, like thinking flexibility and listening to others with understanding and empathy. We will adjust to social distancing protocol and discuss issues that matter to us all. We will support each other and take pause to celebrate all we accomplish.
I have been a teacher at The Rhoades School for nearly twenty-five years, and I’m excited to begin my fifth year as the 6th Grade literature teacher. I earned my B.A. in Economics at UCLA and my M.A. in Education at Claremont Graduate University. At Rhoades, I have taught 4th grade, middle school math, and act as the Math Department Chair. For several years, I have had the pleasure of teaching 5th grade and have learned how to prepare students for the challenges of middle school. My primary goals as a Rhoades teacher are to provide a supportive learning environment filled with academic rigor and purpose and to cultivate within my students a heightened sense of personal and shared responsibility. The teachers have planned a rich yearlong curriculum that includes challenging and engaging projects and lessons. We cannot wait to get started!
Clothes and school supply shopping are exciting August events. As far as school supplies are concerned, refer to the Middle School supplies list posted in Resources below.We will not be able to share or borrow, which will be challenging for us all, so it’s important to always come to class prepared. Additionally, please refer to the requested supplies list for 6th Grade Literature & Writing: ELA Supplies Request and 7th Grade Pre-Algebra: Pre-Algebra Supplies Request .
I anticipate an adventurous year of new experiences on our campus and through Zoom, and I hope you are as eager as I am. I look forward to seeing everyone on your first day of school!