6th Grade Newsletter - February 10, 2014

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NOTICE:   Students WILL attend school this Friday, Feb. 14 to make up for one of the snow days.    The other make-up day will be Friday, March 28.
This Wednesday:  Our trip to the "STEM expo" in downtown Mpls. (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math).  
Conferences:  Due to the schedule changes, conferences will be by request only, and will have to be either before school or after school hours. 

Language Arts


This week we begin our unit on the novel Touching Spirit Bear, by Ben Mikaelson. As an opener we will read the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. Analysis and discussion will take place on Monday and Tuesday; a quiz is planned for Wednesday.

Vocabulary for the notebook is: claim, diverged, fair, hence, trodden, undergrowth.

The 2/3-2/7 reading journal is due on Monday. This week's journal is due on 2/18.



Students will work on ratios this week.  We will continue to use decimals, fractions, and percents to work with ratios, so students should continue to study their notes from last week.  The percents quiz from last week was given back to students today, Monday.  Overall the scores were great!  

If students need more practice or extra help they should see me during recess on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  



Homework Assignments:  Homework is assigned on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and due the next day.  It should usually take no more than 20-30 minutes.  Students will have detailed notes from class to use to help with homework.  The idea of homework is to practice what was learned in class or review previous mastered concepts.   


Please contact me if you have any questions.


Ms. Wilson



This week:

A quick look at how each system of a bicycle works.


Homework this week:  

HW4 Rubber Band Experiment:  due Thursday, Feb.13. Students design a simple experiment to show that the more they stretch a rubber band, the farther it shoots.  Objectives:  1. practice collecting data and setting up a controlled experiment; and 2. use the data next week to prepare a graph for assessing graphing skills.


Coming up:

Energy, forces, and motion.  



I am usually available during recess time on Tues-Wed-Thur. for individual help, if students ask ahead of time.


Most assignments and class notes can be downloaded from my school web page:  http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/Husby 

Social Studies   


Upcoming Classwork: 


Monday:  We will be having a quiz on  Ch. 9 and completing a survey required by the district for all students.


Tues-Fri:  We will be beginning vocabulary and text for Ch. 6.


Homework:  St. Paul House History Reading/Worksheet due 2/17 Monday.

From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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From Julie Peterson, school social worker:

Having trouble making it to school on time every day?  Then it's time to come up with a new plan!  Tardiness is a chronic problem for some students at Field School and this creates a problem for all students, as well as teachers.  An occasional tardy is not really a big problem and sometimes cannot be avoided.  However, consistent habitual tardiness is a problem.  Remember that being on time means being seated in your assigned seat or space and ready to work when the second bell rings at 8:05am signaling the start of the class period.





▪ Understand the importance of being on time.  Students who are always on time earn the best grades and enjoy the most success.  The same is true in the workplace.  Start training your students to be on time now and develop this good habit that will last a lifetime.


▪ Get enough sleep.  If getting out of bed in the morning is a problem, make a serious effort to get to bed earlier.  Getting enough sleep also helps students focus better in the classroom and is important for overall good health.


▪ Prepare for school the night before.  Don't wait until you are already rushed in the morning to pack your backpack or complete homework papers.  Get it done the night before and put the backpack by the door.


▪ The start of first period is 8:05am you should plan to arrive at 7:55am.


▪ If one person in the house is running late, everyone is running late.  Make a family commitment to be on time to school every day.


From Counselor Wendy Wolff:

Middle School students should expect to spend 30-60 minutes on homework every night. Research indicates that students who have a consistent time and place each day to do homework tend to be more productive and ultimately successful in their classes. Reviewing class notes for 10-15 minutes every day for each core class helps lock information in the long term memory which improves test performance and ultimately school success.  Please encourage your child to set a time each day for "homework". If you have questions, please feel free to call me, I am at Field on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays!


Dates to Remember:
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 Wed., Feb. 12 -- STEM field trip (more info soon)


Friday, Feb. 14 -- School is in session!



Community Opportunities:

GEMS Fundraiser:
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The Field GEMS will be recycling unused keys during the month of February.


If you have keys lying around that you no longer need, please bring them to the Field office.   There will be a box to collect the keys


Thank you for your support!

Field GEMS

Girls in Engineering Math and Science.


QUESTIONS contact Dawn Nelson




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

Quick Links


Field web site

Contact Info:

(Language Arts)
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

(Social Studies)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
Marni Heck

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Tim Jungwirth


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt


Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:

Erin Thompson

Jeanne Mettner


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.

This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by alan.husby@mpls.k12.mn.us |  
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