6th Grade Newsletter - April 13, 2015

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Newspapers Needed for Activity in MN Studies:  Any old newspapers you can send in for an activity would be appreciated.  Send in to Ms. Wucherpfennig.

MCA tests:
Yep, it's that time of year.  We try not to over-emphasize these tests, because they are only a small part of your child's educational experience, and we don't want students to feel unduly stressed or pressured.   

That being said, we do need your child to do their best:
1.  Educational decisions that affect your student are based partially on their MCA scores.  
2.  There are consequences for our school, both from the public and from district leadership.  The better our test scores, the less outside interference we face.
3.  Following through and giving one's best effort, even when tasks are difficult or unpleasant, are important habits for students to develop.   

MCA Reading:  Begin this week in LA classes.

MCA III Math:  Tuesday April 28-Friday May 1.  As always, if students need more time than the allotted 4 days they will be allowed to continue the following week.  

Language Arts

Next week is going to be a busy week in Language Arts! We will taking the MCA Reading assessment in all our LA classes, after taking the practice test on Monday. Be well rested, ready to do your finest work, and bring a good book to read during breaks.

On Friday we are going to the Ordway for a dance performance: Diavolo. This company is made up of dancers, gymnasts, actors, and acrobats. Field trip slips are due on Wednesday, 4/15.

Reading homework from the week of 4/6-4/10 is due on Monday, 4/13.

This week's reading homework journal has been cancelled; instead we have a reading and note-taking packet to complete before our Friday field trip to Diavolo. Students have 4 sections of reading and notes, the last day of the week they should study their notes. On Tuesday following the performance,4/21, the packets are due and we will have a brief dance quiz.

Special request: save and send in your used K-cups. We will be using those little plastic coffee and tea cups to plant seedlings during our last novel study: Seedfolks. Send them cleaned out or as is- we can clean them here!

Reading homework journal:  blank forms are available here.
Students have done a great job getting right back into the routine of school.  Today students completed a quiz on making and analyzing graphs and tables.  This is something we have been working on for the past couple of weeks, and is very similar to homework from last week.  I expect great scores because of the excellent work I have seen students doing in class.  

We will work on equations this week, and start our MCA review work next week.  


Homework Assignments: Students will have math homework assignment every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  The assignment is due the next day.  Students are expected to write the assignment in their planner at the beginning of every class period.  Please check planners!  Homework is designed to help students practice skills taught in the classroom.  We take notes in class and have practice problems written down in the students' notebooks, so they have a reference/help resource when completing the homework each night.  The time it takes students to finish the assignments will vary based on the students ability, but NO ONE should spend more than 30 minutes completing an assignment.  


Please contact me if you have any questions.


Ms. Wilson


This week:

1. Energy and Electricity quiz on Thursday. 


2. Introduction to wave energy -- light and sound.


We will save the annual "egg drop" challenge for next week (assuming good weather).


Homework this week:

   -- HW2 Energy and electricity study guide;   due Thursday!


Almost all homework and class assignments are available on Husby's school web page.   (Click on "Homework" or "Class Assignments.")

Social Studies   


Last week: We discovered our learning style with Mr. Yohe and then continued looking at flour milling and learning about the Washburn Mill explosion.


Classwork this week: We will be beginning our chapter on Immigrants, Labor and Cities and hearing the stories of two workers, one on the Iron Range and one in Minneapolis.


Homework: Stone Arch Bridge Reading/Summary Sheet.


Dates to Remember:
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April 14-17 -- Reading MCA testing


Friday, April 17 -- Ordway field trip


April 28-May 1 -- Math MCA testing


Monday, May 25 -- NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)


Friday, June 5 -- Last day of 6th grade!!


Community Opportunities:

In This Issue
Contact Info:

Language Arts
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

Social Studies
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
Marni Heck

School Social Worker:
Mariam Graff


Linda Reiner



Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt



Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:

C.C. Strom


Danielle Zdon



Main Office (and Attendance):

About the Site Council:

Site Council meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 and are open to anyone wishing to attend.  If you have a topic to discuss you must be on the agenda prior to the meeting.  Please contact your grade rep. to be added to the agenda.

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