6th Grade Newsletter - February 18, 2014

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STEM Expo:
We had a good trip to the Convention Center last week!  Students had all sorts of interesting people to talk with and interesting things to see and do.   Students were asked to interact with representatives from colleges, businesses, and public institutions to see what's new and important in technology, science, math, and engineering.  A huge THANK YOU to all the parents who were able to help chaperone the trip.   
From the office:
Parents/Guardians - Please try to refrain from calling school with last minute messages for your child(ren).  After-school arrangements should be made before your child comes to school in the morning.  We have been receiving many calls each day.  Calls to classrooms to deliver messages are disruptive to the learning environment.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated! 

Language Arts


We begin the novel study, "Touching Spirit Bear," by Ben Mikalsen by studying the setting- Ketchkan, Alaska. This island port is a popular destination for Alaska cruise ships. Has anyone been there and have photos to share?

We will read the first 5 chapters, work in our study packet and notebooks. The vocabulary in the study guide: defiantly, omen, banishment, juvenile, smirk, grudgingly, shrouded, venomous, sullenly, scoffed, collapsed, wavered.

Reading homework is due by Wednesday. The next reading journal for 2/18-2/21 is due on Monday, 2/24.



Our work last week with ratio's was very productive.  I started the lessons on Monday asking students to tell me what they know about ratios, and the majority(95%) of students said they had no idea what a ratio was or how to work with it.  

I am happy to report by the end of the week students were able to define ratio, set up ratios from word problems, and use ratios to calculate.  Way to work hard 6th graders!

We will have a quick ratio quiz on Tuesday so I can make sure everyone is on board with their understanding of ratios.  And then we will move on to rates and unit rates.      


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


Last week:

How bicycle systems work.


This week:

1.  Trebuchets/catapults:  machines and engineered systems in history;  and 

2.  Graphing Skills check-up.


Homework this week:  

HW5 Graphing Your Data (from last week's rubber band experiment.


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: 


This week will continue with activities and work surrounding our chapter discussing how the land changed hands as settlers and immigrants expanded into the West.  We will discuss an agent Joseph Talliaferro and fur trader George Bonga by analyzing primary source documents.  We will also be taking a virtual tour of Fort Snelling on our iPads.


Homework: None

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



▪ 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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Community Opportunities:

GEMS Fundraiser:

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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