6th Grade Newsletter - February 21, 2017

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6th GRADE NEWSLETTER
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Welcome!

Student Expectations
It is important that students feel safe and are able to concentrate on their learning during the day, so we continue to emphasize a positive culture of learning. We are trying hard to reduce distractions and redirect negative behaviors and attitudes that may interfere with this effort.  We are gently but firmly insisting on calm, respectful behavior in our classrooms and in our halls.   

You can support these goals by:
- regularly reminding your 6th grader that you expect positive effort, kindness, and respect toward everyone.
- be consistent in your expectations and your responses to your child's behavior and effort
- work with us if we bring issues to your attention (we want the best for your child too!)

Thank you!  We are fortunate to have so many caring adults in all of our students' lives!

Virtue of the Week
The beginning of each week Mrs. Miller starts our day with a reading of a weekly virtue.  Then in advisory we circle up and everyone has an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the virtue and possibly set goals for the week.  This space will be where you can read the virtue and have a family discussion about it.
The Practice of Confidence
Quote: "Do not, therefore, throw away your confidence, for it carries a great reward."By: Hebrews, 10:35
I have the strength to face what life brings me.
I act with self-assurance.
I treat others as trustworthy.
I bless my mistakes and learn from them.
I patiently practice until I master something.
I fully express my talents and ideas.
I maintain a positive attitude.

    Language Arts     

Field Families, 
I am working on adding more age appropriate, high interest novels to my classroom library.  If you have any books you would like to donate please let me know!  

Thank you to all the families who have donated books!  The students are very excited to see the library grow!


Please look for daily information to be written in your child's planner. Extra copies are always available in my classroom (purple bins in the Student Center) as well as on the student/parent portal.
notepad
This week in Language Arts:

Monday:  No School
Tuesday: 
 Watsons ch 4
Wednesday: 
 "The Bracelet" short story
Thursday: "The Bracelet" applying skills activity
Friday:"Chinatown" short story 

Remember, what you do not finish in class you can take home and complete for the next day!


        -- Ms. Risinger

    Social Studies      
   
Special Note:  With a new quarter in mind, just a reminder to parents and students that we as a class begin our week with writing our classwork and homework for the week in our planners. 

As a sidenote, I also would like to ask if parents would please talk with their children.  I am seeing a lot of students trying to do other tasks while a class activity is being presented or happening.   Examples of this include but are not limited to:  reading another book, doing other homework, attempting a Rubik's Cube, playing with gooey like substances, tossing coins in the air and drawing.  I do address this with students but often times I am needing to address it more than once with many of the same students.  I realize these are all good activities I mentioned but students are missing pertinent information, instructions and conversations related to subject matter.  This is something I am seeing ALOT of and would love any additional conversation that can happen at home.  Spring Fever, maybe!  :)

CLASSWORK:
Monday:  No School-Presidents Day
Tuesday:  Ch. 8 Civil War Vocabulary
Wednesday and Thursday:  Read Ch. 8
Friday:  Eliza Winston Video/Circle Discussion

HOMEWORK:  African American Homework Guide/Activity Sheet
due Monday, Feb. 27.

Feel free to email at any time with questions :)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig
    Science              

Greetings!

Last week:  
         Building an odd vehicle;  intro to motion and speed;  measure speed of toy cars

This week:
          Tentative schedule:  Mon:  ---
         Tues: collect data on a toy car on a ramp
  Wed: graph and analyze toy car data
 Thurs: more speed graphs (imaginary bike ride)
  Fri:  -- quick quiz (check) on data, graphs, and understanding of info from last two weeks (it should all be in student notebook!)

Homework this week:   No new homework


What you should expect to see in the science section of your child's planner:  
        I ask students to write just a few words about each day's activities, AND to mark boldly the dates when assignments are due or when there is a quiz/test.

What you should expect to see in your child's science notebook:
        I ask students to 
1) Write daily warm-ups -- one week's worth on one page.  The page should be labelled "Warm-ups" with the week's dates included.  If the warm-up is a question, the student should write out the question as well as their response.   
2) Write observations, notes, or data on consecutive pages, so that the notebook is organized by date.  Each page should be labelled with the title of the activity and the date.   

How to study, using the notebook -- daily review and for tests
3)  Students have not been specifically asked to do this yet, but they should be reviewing and adding details or examples of each day's activity to the left side of the notebook page they are referring to.   Color coding, student-created diagrams, and re-wording of concepts or facts are great ways for a student to move information into long-term memory, especially if they review the day's learning within 24 hours, and again a day or two later.

4) Before quizzes or tests, it is a great idea for students to arrange a "study date" with a friend or classmate, so that they can practice explaining the big ideas to each other, and to help each other clarify misunderstandings or gaps in their learning.
Microscope
- Mr. Husby

Note:
Almost all homework and class assignments are available on Husby's school web page.   (Click on "Homework" or "Class Assignments.")
    Math                
Greetings:
Planners:  Parents I am having students write in their planners DAILY what the specific homework assignment is for the day. Including Fridays.   
If your child does not have or remember their homework, please check the parent portal.  I will list the assignment.  If the assignment is a worksheet I will have a pdf of the worksheet attached to the title of the assignment. Click on the paperclip icon and the pdf will appear.

The final unit assessment for unit 4(review of last year) and 6 went well.  The work students did on the assessment included tip's, tax, discounts, and predicting outcomes based on information provided.  I explained to students these are skills they will use later in life.  Everyone will have to pay taxes and you will always look for the best deal......Life Skills. 
We are moving on to the next unit:  Ratio and Rates.  Again, students will work with fractions, decimals, and percent, so they should keep their notes and PRACTICE.      
 
Monday:  Start unit 5: Ratio and Rates-check out book Comparing and Scaling
Tuesday: Intro Unit 5
Wednesday:  Comparing and Scaling(CS) Investigation 1.1
Thursday: CS invest. 1.2
Friday:  No School 

Upcoming Dates:
Start Unit 5: Ratio and Rates Feb. 13th

- Ms. Wilson
Upcoming Events


 

  • Thursday, Feb. 23  AM -- vision screening
TEACHING STAFF:

Alan Husby
(Science)
Alan.Husby@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
 
Bronwyn Wuchpfennig 
(Social Studies)
Bronwyn.Wucherpfennig@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Stacy Risinger
(Language Arts)
Stacy.Risinger@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Lonna Wilson 
(Math)
Lonna.Wilson@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640
 
Heather Walker  
(AVID) 
Heather.Walker@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
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Other 6th Grade Advisors:

Marni Heck
Marni.Heck@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Chase Burkhart
Chase.Burkhart@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640
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Other Field School Student Resources:
 
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640
Mariam.Graff@mpls.k12.mn.us

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Field School Site Council
6th Grade Parent Reps:
 
Cathe Brandt
brandtmpls@comcast.net

Lisa Purcell
lisa.purcell@gmail.com
 
** Site Council meetings are held 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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 4645 Fourth Ave.South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612-668-3640 | Fax: 612-668-3661

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