6th Grade Newsletter - April 16, 2012

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MCA Tests
Students will take the MCA Reading Test on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this week.  Tips for success:
     1. Help them get a good night's sleep.
     2. Have a good breakfast.
     3. Bring a water bottle.
     4. Bring a book to read if they finish early.  (Most students will have some extra time to fill.)


Summer School

Summer School Applications should be turned in to the office.  Information regarding Summer School can be found on the website.


Parent Surveys

If you haven't returned your parent surveys yet, please remember to do so.

Volunteer Tea
Volunteer Tea April 26 at 2:45.

Language Arts


We will begin this week with a Language Arts Review Day on Monday to prepare for the upcoming MCA tests later in the week. Pronouns, other parts of speech, and the elements of poetry will be the focus of our review.  After testing we will be introduced to the next novel we will be studying -- Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman.  During the past few weeks we have been preparing for the topics discussed in this novel including immigration, race, and stereotypes.


Also, don't forget!  Reading Homework is due on Mondays.



We worked on surface area of rectangular prisms last week and will continue that work for the first couple of days of this week.  Then we will use that knowledge and find the surface area of other types of prisms.  Next, we will work on volume of rectangular prisms.


Last week students built their bridges, reflected on what makes a good bridge, talked about working in cooperative groups, and then wrecked the bridges as we tested their strength.  Ahh, art is fleeting.


We also had some fun trying to follow directions literally to make some sandwiches.  The big idea:  it is important to write and speak clearly when you want to communicate complex ideas.


Homework this week: Sight Drawing. Scientists often draw diagrams of their observations.  On Monday I will introduce a new way of drawing for detail, and students will practice it for homework.


We have 4 more learning units this year.  Each will have to be brief, and will be tied to we have already learned.  A quick look at simple machines will help students better understand forces, energy, and engineering design. After that, we will concentrate on motion -- and the forces behind it.  Next we will explore sound energy. We end the year studying the light energy that comes from the sun.


Science assignments for this quarter can usually be found at:  Husby's web pages (usually only after they are assigned).


Social Studies 

Classwork:  Students will be sharing their current events of MN and how the past impacted their current event in class on Monday.  Also, we will be completing some paper mache projects that connect to our Weird MN studies in which we will be looking at the history of Red Wing, MN.


Homework:  Review Ch. 8 notes and Get it Guide for quiz on Friday, April 23.  Please note the quiz is on Friday and NOT Monday as it has been in the past.

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Our primary focus in AVID this week will be the MCA test.  On Monday we will review good test taking strategies, including a good nights sleep, nutritious breakfast, eliminating answers,taking their time on the test  and checking their answers.  Students will not have AVID on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the MCA test.


I am thrilled by the initiative 6th grade AVID students are taking.  They are an Amazing group of Students.  Last Friday, our AVID GEMS students who went to Costa Rica, did an excellent job as our guest speakers and they even had a slide show.  They detailed their experiences, and answered questions.  They would have talked longer had there been more time!


Also last week, as I was asking for input on how we have recruited AVID students in the past and how we can improve the process, students again showed excellent initiative.  They not only gave suggestions for improving the adult end of our recruitment process but we now have two groups of students working on creative videos about Fields AVID program, and another group of students designing posters for the hallway.  We will continue this initiative Thursday, the day after MCA testing, so students will not need to bring their usual tutorial questions that day.  I encourage parents to email ideas for improving the AVID recruitment process as well as any general AVID improvement ideas.  Please don't hesitate to share your ideas with me.


Friday's lesson is also influenced by 6th grade student initiative.  We will be watching a movie from our media center entitled Bullied.   "Bullied is a documentary film that chronicles one student's ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It can become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high schools.  Bullied is designed to help administrators, teachers and counselors create a safer school environment for all students, not just those who are gay and lesbian. It is also intended to help all students understand the terrible toll bullying can take on its victims, and to encourage students to stand up for their classmates who are being harassed."   Friday was chosen as our viewing day to coincide with the National Day of Silence.  On April 20th, many students will take a vow of silence to to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. 

A few links are below if you want to learn more.  Parents wanting to preview the movie are welcome to email me.





I would like to thank all of the family members who chaperoned our recent Minnecanos field trip.  We couldn't make trips like these possible without your help.  Please consider joining Field staff for the volunteer tea April 26 at 2:45.  This includes parents who have volunteered in other ways or for other Field Trips.


If you have not seen the slide show of our students on the William Mitchell website, be sure to follow the link below.  




New Field families can find out more about AVID at Field by viewing the information and student created video on our website  http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html  Feel free to email me or stop by if you have further questions.

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From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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From counselor Wendy Wolff:


We will be sending third quarter report cards to all families and you should receive them early the week following spring break.  


We are offering student success groups as well as after school support so please contact Wendy Wolff if your child is struggling with organization, missing assignments or study skills. We want all students to feel comfortable seeking out support when needed!



Family Focus

(From social worker Julie Peterson):




Enforcing consequences can be tough - your teen needs you as a parent, not a pal!  It may be hard to believe but teenagers want rules and limits set for them.   Establish family rules and expectations and then set appropriate consequences for not following a rule.  Teens are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior that they have previously discussed and established clear consequences for with their parent(s).  Be consistent.  And most importantly, notice and acknowledge the positive.




The middle school years are a good time to start giving your teen more independence; It helps them establish their own place in the world.  As your teen becomes more reliable and mature increase privileges and opportunities for independence.   If they fall, they still have you to catch them and to guide them before they are out on their own.  Remember some of life's most valuable lessons are learned through life experiences!


Struggling navigating through the teen years?  Two Field parents developed an app that answers alot of teens' -- and their parents'-- tough questions about things they face: relationships, mental health, substance abuse, bullying, etc.  called teensphere.  You can learn more about the app at teensphere.com.  Check it out!



Did you know that having an "attitude of gratitude" has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others? Try it with your family!  Do one small thoughtful or generous thing for each member of your family daily; express your appreciation for someone's skills or talents.




Dates to Remember:
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Tues-Wed., April 17-18 -- MCA Reading Test


Thurs., April 26, 2:45 -- Volunteer Tea


Monday, May 7 -- Staff Day -- NO STUDENTS


Monday, May 28 -- Memorial Day -- NO SCHOOL

Community Opportunities:




In This Issue
Language Arts
Social Studies
From our Administrators
Dates to Remember
Community Opportunities

Quick Links

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Field web site
Contact Info:

(Language Arts)
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

(Social Studies)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
Del Bey
Marni Heck
Kim Hotchkiss

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Gretchen Mattson


Math Specialist:

Mark Usem


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