Thoughts Of Moving To Sixth Grade

We wondered what the fifth graders thought about going to middle school. So we created a survey to learn their thoughts about leaving Chickering School and going to sixth grade.

We thought that it would be fascinating to see if people were excited about going to middle school. Below is the pie graph showing the results:

Pie Chart showing the percentages of students excited about moving to middle school. 66.7% said yes, 2.6% said no, and 30.7% said maybe.

We were interested in knowing why people answered “yes”. Their top  replies were: 1. excited about being independent and 2. not walking in lines. Three things tied for 3rd: having your own locker, new friends, and different teachers.  They also liked the ideas of better foods, new curriculum, no bus notes, etc.  

People who answered “no” shared: they did not like the ideas of more homework, and no more recess. They also did not like the ideas of, getting lost, new Sherborn kids, and new teachers.

People who answered “maybe” said they: thought homework might be a bit harder, and they also thought being independent might be harder. Missing Chickering and new people were also shared.

The biggest thing that they would miss about Chickering is recess at 78.1%. The next highest response at 76.7%  is missing no homework on weekends. Also  67.1% would miss not seeing friends all the time.

However, 89.3% are looking forward to a lot of free time at the end of the day. They also are ready to enjoy not walking in straight lines. They are pumped up for having the choice of doing what they want to do during lunch block.

Reported by Liam, Angus, and Freddie

Righting a Wrong

Do you like to eat with your friends? We do! BUT … at Chickering School the fifth graders have to sit by classroom, rather than with our friends. This is based on prior Fifth Grades’ behavior. We don’t think this is fair! To see if other fifth graders felt the same way, we developed a survey to learn their opinion.

We wrote two questions:
1. Would you like the chance to sit with whomever you like? [   ] Yes? [   ] No?
2. Are you willing to sign a charter promising to obey the lunchroom rules in order to not sit by classroom?  [   ] Yes? [   ] No?

We sent a note to each of the fifth grade teachers asking permission to have the students take the survey during morning work. We appreciate the teachers letting the students take the survey.

Here are the results of the survey:
Number of percipients:
87 responses / 90 students in the grade 87 \ 90 = .96666 … 97% participation
Question 1:
84 – yes for the first question, 97%
3 – no in the first question, 3%
Question 2:
83 – yes for second question, 95%
4  – no for second question, 5%

Before giving the survey to our classmates, we decided we needed at least 75% in favor of sitting with our friends at lunch. We were thrilled to get 97%! We scheduled an appointment with Dr. Nugent, our Principal, to present our request and our data.

 We also presented a charter (draft) for all fifth graders to sign. Dr Nugent was impressed with our data and asked us to present our findings to student council two days later. Student council made some suggestions for the charter and the lunchroom rules. We incorporated these ideas into the charter and lunchroom rules. Next we presented our data to the entire fifth grade  during the October Principal Chats. The fifth grade was really excited, because there was such a high percentage of them that wanted this privilege. Dr. Nugent told us she would make a decision soon. Dr. Nugent will present her decision next week.

(We have learned that she is granting permission to sit where we like at lunch.) The privilege will begin November 7, 2011 following the signing of the charter by the entire fifth grade. We are very proud of are righting a wrong, a decision based on prior fifth grades’ actions, and appreciative of the willingness of our principal to listen to our suggestion.
We’re very happy with her decision!

Chickering Reporters: Lucy, Andrew, and Jude