Children entering fifth and sixth grade are just entering adolescence. They have become more independent and responsible and are ready to be treated like middle school students. We spend time learning organizational strategies, which are survival skills for the rest of their education, and every aspect of life, as well. They also take on greater responsibility for the maintenance of the school by raising the flag in the morning, cleaning up after lunch and taking out the trash at the end of the day. We strive for increased independence and responsibility.