6th Grade Newsletter - August 31, 2015

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6th Grade News
Welcome!
Once again, welcome to this new school year!
We send this newsletter most Monday mornings.  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! Students received a permission slip in class (on purple paper) and this includes the details.  Parents are welcome for volunteers.    Ask your child for the slip and return as soon as you can before September 21 to Ms. Wucherpfennig!

Printer Issues:  Dear Parents and Students:  Just a friendly reminder that we are experiencing technical difficulties and are not all able to print documents at this time.  Please remind your child that classwork and homework needs to be either printed at home and brought to school or done by pencil/paper.  Thank you so much!

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.  

Lockers:
Lockers were assigned and students are doing well with the combinations.  We have a few lockers without locks.  New locks are on order.  Part of the donation asked for at the beginning of the year for lockers helps to pay for new locks.  As soon as the new locks arrive every student will have a school lock. 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!   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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Mr. Quincy is finishing up the Daybook Lessons on Monday.  I will be back on Tuesday to start a reading and writing activity with a magazine article.  We will read the article about stress  in middle school and then write a response to the article.  

Homework will not begin until September 14, after we receive instruction on journaling.

Math                                                 

Greetings!

We have been working hard on routines and procedures for math class.  Students have done an excellent job with the homework routine and I am happy to report 96% of the 6th graders have their first two homework assignments turned in on time.  

 

We are working on prime and composite numbers this week.  Along with exponents and prime factorization.  There will be a quiz on Friday.  The quiz will focus on our first learning target 1.1-Prime Factorization using Exponents.  Every student was given a math bookmark that I encourage students to use it on the first quiz.  Please ask your child about the math bookmark.  

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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Last week:

    We all survived the first week!  Students experienced a sample scientific investigation from start to finish. 

 

This week:

   -- begin measuring skills and practice

  -- "show what you know" about experiments and gravity

 

Homework this week:

   -- HW2: Gravity Experiments, due Thursday, Sept. 3.

 

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)


 

Reminder:

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   

 

Classwork:  We will be looking at MN's major political and physical features and then reading an article about our state photo entitled Grace.

 

Homework:  Counties Packet due Monday, September 7, 2015.

 


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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