Leda Lester - 6th Grade Literature & Writing, MS Math, Math Department Chair
August 29, 2019
Dear 6th Grade Students and Families,
Welcome to Middle School! What an exciting time – a new campus, lockers (coming soon), dances, after-school events, and electives. It is a wonderful thing to have the opportunity to spend more time with students that are knowingly kind, motivated, and curious.For many of you, I expect that our familiarity with each other will help to jump start the school year. And if our paths have not yet crossed, I look forward to getting to know you.
I have been a teacher at The Rhoades School for over twenty years, and I’m excited to begin my fourth 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 currently 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, please refer to the middle school supplies list posted on the website.Some students prefer individual pocket folders for each subject, while other students like a main binder with subject dividers.Students are required to come to class each day prepared with writing implements: a pen, a sharpened pencil, highlighters, and an eraser. Always having a personal supply of lined paper is required as well. On the first day of school, we will talk about some specific supplies that I would like my literature students to have.
I anticipate an adventurous year of new experiences on our campus, and I hope you are as excited as I am. I look forward to seeing everyone on the first day of school!