Grades 4-6 Experience

  • On February 10, 2015, the Rush-Henrietta community overwhelmingly voted to approve the Board of Education's Full-Day Kindergarten and Enrollment Management proposal. This plan was approved by 75 percent of voters. In this section of the district website, we will provide you with updates on our school reconfiguration - which will begin in September 2017 - and how the transition process is unfolding. You can read answers to Frequently Asked Questions here. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us here. Thank you for your continued support of our schools!


    Music Ensembles for Students in Grades 4-6

    At grades 4-6, music ensemble instruction will be offered before the start of the school day. Three music ensembles will be offered: chorus, band, and orchestra. 

    All students will be encouraged to participate in music ensembles. An early bus will be provided to make this possible. Student participation is not required. 

    Students may participate in chorus, one instrumental ensemble (band or orchestra), or chorus and one instrumental ensemble. Students will not be allowed to participate in two instrumental ensembles. Students must choose between band and orchestra because of the time required for lessons during the school day. 

    The schedule for music ensemble instruction will be as follows: 

    GradeMondayTuesdayThursday - New
    4Chorus*BandOrchestra
    5BandOrchestraChorus*
    6OrchestraChorus*Band

    * Chorus will be divided into two groups with one teacher assigned to each group 
    • Start Time: 8:10 a.m. 
    • End Time: 9:10 a.m.
    If music lessons or ensembles are missed because of a school holiday or snow day, this day of instruction will be made up at a different time, typically on a Friday. Parents will be notified of make-up days as far in advance as possible. 

    For fifth and sixth grade students, music ensembles begin the second week of school. For fourth grade students, music lessons begin the third week of school and ensembles begin the first week of October. Music lessons and ensembles end the first week of June. 

    If a student enrolls in the beforeschool child care program at the school, parents will have the opportunity to modify their child care schedule at any time throughout the year. For example, if a parent signs up for child care in the morning for five days and discovers that due to their child’s participation in music ensembles will only need three days a week, they will be allowed to modify their initial schedule.


    Afterschool Activities for Students in Grades 4-6

    At grades 4-6, afterschool activities will be offered to provide extra-curricular learning opportunities for students. Extra-curricular activities such as student clubs and intramural sports provide students with opportunities for self-directed learning (choice), socialization, leadership development, and community service. All students will be encouraged to participate in afterschool activities. 

    A late bus will be provided to make this possible. Student participation is not required. The following afterschool activities will be offered at each school: (1) Student Council, (2) Foreign Language Clubs, and (3) Intramurals Other afterschool activities may include, but are not limited to: (1) Chess Club, (2) Art Club, (3) Technology Club, (4) Music Club (5) Drama Club, and (6) Book Club. 

    Afterschool activities offered will depend upon student interest and teacher availability. Afterschool activities will begin the second week of school and end the first week of June. They will be scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 
    • Start Time: 3:40 p.m. 
    • End Time: 4:20 p.m. 
    The frequency and duration of afterschool activities will vary. Some may meet once a week for five to ten weeks, and others may meet once a month. 

    The schedule for afterschool activities will be announced during the first week of school for the first semester (September-January), and in Janaury for the second semester (February-June). Students will register for afterschool activities at these times. 

    Although possible, it is not likely that a student will be able to participate in an afterschool activity each day they are offered. Alternative afterschool care options should be planned. 

    If a student enrolls in the afterschool care program at the school, parents will have the opportunity to modify their child care schedule at any time throughout the year. For example, if a parent signs up for child care in the afternoon for five days and discovers that due to their child’s participation in afterschool activities will only need three days a week, they will be allowed to modify their initial schedule. 

    Answers to questions about the school’s afterschool child care program can be found on the district website at www.rhnet.org. Questions can also be directed to Nerlande Anselme, Assistant Superintendent for Student and Family Services, at nanselme@rhnet.org.


    The 6th Grade Experience

    Beginning in September 2017, sixth grade will return to the elementary school setting. This means that the sixth grade student’s day and school culture will be more like that of fourth and fifth grade than Junior High School. 

    Among the changes are the following: 

    1. More time and emphasis will be placed on literacy instruction in each Grade 6 core content area (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies). This is the essential purpose of elementary education. 

    2. There will be no bell schedule. Grade 6 teachers will be able to modify the instructional day to best meet their students needs.

    3. UPDATED: At grade 6, a two-teacher teaming model will be used for core academic instruction. Each teacher will provide ELA instruction. The two-teacher team will decide how best to provide mathematics, social studies, and science instruction. Student will change classes for this instruction.

    4. Grade 6 students will change classrooms for special area instruction (Physical Education, Art, and Music). This is the same as current practice. 

    5. Grade 6 students will have opportunties to explore foreign languages, technology, and family and consumer science topics by participating in afterschool clubs and activities. Fourth and fifth grade students will also have these opportunities. In addition, more classroom time has been added for foreign language, technology, and family and consumer science instruction at the Junior High School. 

    6. Sixth grade students will not require lockers. They will have a “home” classroom where their personal belongings and instructional materials can be safely stored.