6th Grade Newsletter - August 24, 2015

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6th Grade News
Welcome!
The 6th grade team welcomes you to this new school year!
We send this newsletter most Monday mornings.  While we sometimes include messages from other school staff, our purpose is mostly to keep you informed about what's happening in 6th grade.  Feel free to contact any of us if you have questions -- email is the best way to ensure a timely response!

Upcoming Field Trip:  Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 22, 2015!!  6th grade will be heading to the Bloomington River Rendezvous!  More information to follow.

Supplies Needed:  Colored Crayola markers needed for Social Studies classroom!  We do lots of art projects and use these frequently!  Any donations of Colored Crayola Markers to Ms.Wucherpfennig would be greatly appreciated!  Thank you so much!

Also, if you have extra pencils you could donate to the classroom, it would be appreciated as well!

Organization:
We suggest that students organize their school work into two 3-ring binders, one for AM classes, the other for PM classes.
If possible, it is best to equip each binder with a pencil pouch.  Students do not have time to stop at their lockers between classes, so they must carry all their materials with them.  Before lunch, students can put away their AM binders and planner.   After lunch, students pick up their PM binders and planner.  It works fairly well for most students.  

A few business items:

Lockers and locks:
Most students must share a locker.   Students will be asked to choose a locker partner from their math class.   Locker problems are frustrating for everyone, so we encourage students to stay with their assigned partner and their assigned locker, to make sure they use the lock, and to not share their combination with anyone else.   We strongly suggest that students leave cell phones and other valuable items at home -- we do not have security cameras or hall monitors, and cannot guarantee the safety of items left in lockers.

Forms:
Please have your student return all their forms as quickly as possible -- by Friday would be ideal!   They can turn in forms directly to the office, or give them to their 1st hour or Advisory teachers.

Absences:
Please report ALL absences directly to the school office (668-3640).  Vacations, illnesses, appointments -- contact the office directly. Even though we appreciate it when you notify us, teachers do not routinely forward such information to the office.


Language Arts
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Welcome to Language Arts.

Math                                                 

Greetings!

It was wonderful to meet so many families at open house!  Welcome-it is going to be a great year.  We have a year full of math and are going to be working hard everyday.  There will be a new syllabus handed out each unit that will focus on the specific skills students will work on.  It will also include some helpful hints on how to support your student at home.  Students will need their math notebook and folder everyday, along with a sharpened pencil.  

 

Email is the best way to reach me, so if you have questions please let me know. 


 

Homework:

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

Science
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Welcome!

I am so pleased to be working with your new 6th grader!  

 

This year we concentrate mostly on physical science (forces, energy, motion), and finish with an introduction to living things.

 

This week:

   -- get to know the routines and expectations,  and

   -- begin a sample investigation.

 

Homework this week:

   -- return the "Science Safety Contract" and "Letter to Mr. Husby" by THURSDAY.

 

Regular Homework expectations:  

   -- one weekly assignment, assigned Mondays, due each Thursday

        (usually 30 min. or less -- reinforces the larger concepts in class)

   -- short review assignments, any day

        (usually 5-10 minutes -- reinforces daily learning)


 

Notebook:

Students must bring a spiral notebook to class every day.   This notebook is for recording observations, for collecting data, for writing and reviewing new learning . . . it is essential for success in science this year!

 

Note:

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

Social Studies   

 

Welcome back!  I am looking forward to a great year.  

 

Minneapolis 6th graders will receive a year of MN History instruction and curriculum.  We will be using the new edition of Northern Lights hardcover texts in class but incorporating the digital media activities on our class set of ipads. I will be sending home with students an introduction letter and a "Year at a Glance" chart which gives you an idea of the topics we will be covering this year in MN Studies.

 

Students in my class will need a pocket folder and a spiral notebook to take notes in on a regular basis.  Colored pencils will be occasionally used and students may keep their colored pencils in their binder or give to the classroom collection and then use from the collection when we are using the colored pencils for a lesson.  

 

I publish  a general outlook of the classwork and activities we will be studying and a specific homework assignment given for the upcoming week in this newsletter.  As a parent with a lot to take in every day as we raise our children, I purposely keep my section short.  So, if you have additional or specific questions to ask of me, please feel free to email me.  Email works well for me and I am usually able to respond by the end of a day if not sooner.  bronwyn.wucherpfennig@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

More exciting info to come!

 

So, for this week:

 

Classwork:  We will begin with our MN BASICS by learning about the state symbols, counties, highways, physical features and major cities.

 

Homework:  ME Project due next Monday, August 31, 2015.  Instructions will be given to students on the first day of school!

 


From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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Dates to Remember:
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Monday, Sept. 7 -- NO SCHOOL, Labor Day.

Tues., Sept. 10 -- Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:00.

Monday, September 21 -- Picture Day

Tuesday, September 22 -- all-day field trip to "River Rendezvous" 

Tues. Oct. 8 and Tues.-Wed, Oct. 13-14 -- parent-teacher conferences.

Wed-Fri, Oct. 14,15,16 -- NO SCHOOL .
Community Opportunities:

In This Issue
Contact Info:

(Language Arts)
Sandy Barry

(Math)
Lonna Wilson

(Science)
Alan Husby

(Social Studies)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

(AVID)
Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
teachers:
Marni Heck

School Social Worker:
Counselor:
612.668.3654
    
SERTs:
Linda Reiner
Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson

 

Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt

 

Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:

xxx

xxx

 

Main Office (and Attendance):

 

612.668.3640

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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