When the 6th Graders Took Over

The 6th graders “took over” the campus two weeks ago and had a blast doing it. The Takeover is an important tradition here at Bosque and involves both the 6th graders and their teachers. Middle School English teacher, Leslie O’Hanlon, shared, “The school has always had a special event for 6th graders at the beginning of the year. We just want the kids to have fun, to form a community, and get to know each other and their teachers.” She added, “It’s a bonding experience, coming from different elementary schools and backgrounds. It allows us to have fun and bond as a grade.”

Their grand adventure began Thursday with games in Sanchez Park and a field trip to the Albuquerque BioPark. They visited fish at the aquarium and picnicked among the flowers at the Botanic Garden. In the late afternoon, they came back to Bosque and cheered on the girls’ volleyball team. A candle ceremony was held that evening, a tradition that signifies that the grade will be stronger together than apart. When it was time to go to bed, the students got their sleeping bags out and set up camp in classrooms on campus. Although they might not have slept as well as usual, between the giggling of other students and the strangeness of being in a classroom at night, they still had a great time.

A 6th grader, Nola, admitted, “I didn’t get the best night’s sleep, but it was really fun.” Her favorite part of the whole experience was the really yummy food they ate. Other 6th graders seemed to agree with her that the lack of sleep was totally worth it.

Friday morning began with burritos (as every morning should) and a game of “Predator and Prey”—a game that recreates the ecosystem in a lighthearted way. A highlight of the morning was when our Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Ebony Booth, welcomed the new Bobcats into the community. Ms. Booth engaged the students in a group discussion about their understanding of the terms Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These are important topics to understand at a young age. The 6th grade is a tender time where students are focused on fairness and the development of bonds related to shared interests and kindness. For their engagement activity, students chose items from six “creation stations” that would help them select an adjective to describe how they would like to "Be at Bosque." Armed with neon shapes, name tags, markers, and a variety of over thirty different adjectives, the students created a tapestry of color and self-awareness to brighten up the middle school hallway just in time for Back-to-School Night and the beginning of the fall semester.

Before the start of their weekends, the Takeover culminated with 6th graders writing letters to their future selves that they will open when they are seniors. Aiden ‘26 said, “I thought it was pretty cool because I’ve never been at a school that does something like that before.” He had a lot of fun and his favorite parts of the adventure included “the activities we did and going to the BioPark.”

After an activity-filled two days, the 6th grade class was more than ready to relax and sleep in their own beds again over the weekend.

We are so glad you enjoyed your Takeover, Bosque 6th graders!