6th Grade Newsletter - February 2, 2014

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STEM Field Trip

The 6th graders will participate in a FREE field trip to the Minneapolis Convention Center on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH.  The STEM(science, technology, engineering, math) experience will give students an opportunity to investigate careers, watch physics in action, and explore hands-on activities all related to STEM.  Permission slips will be sent home soon Monday Feb. 3.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  We would like parents to help chaperone this trip to be able to have students travel in small groups and experience as much as possible. Please contact Lonna Wilson at Lonna.Wilson@mpls.k12.mn.us if you are interested in helping out on Feb. 12.



I think we'll finally have a full, five-day school week!
Best of luck to Kal S., our Field School speeling champ, who will represent us at the citywide spelling bee this Thursday.
Language Arts


Our Ordway trip to see Rennie Harris is this Thursday. If you are, or can be a chaperone, you should join your student in the lunchroom by 11:40am. We will get on the bus at 11:45.

This week we will study the nature and elements of dance, and about the artist Rennie Harris. Vocabulary for the notebooks:BASTE, choreographed/choreographer,duet, ensemble, improvised, innovative, revolutionary, solo.

On Tuesday we will have a test on the "History of Hip-Hop". Students should use their Cornell notes to study for this test.



Division quizzes were returned to students on Friday and re-takes will be available during recess on Tuesday, Wendesday, and Thursday of this week.  Overall the scores were fantastic!  If a student did not meet the standard and is wanting to re-take, they must show evidence of extra practice before working on a re-take.


Students started working with percents on Friday by calculating tax.  We will wrap up tax on Monday and work on tips and finding the best deal by figuring out discounts.  There will be a percents quiz on Friday.


Then we will work on ratios and unit rates.   


REMINDER:  Homework is assigned on Mondays and Wednesdays, and due the next day.   It should usually take no more than 30-45 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:

We transition from forces and machines to forces and motion!  Elastic force, friction, etc...


Homework this week:  

I assigned "HW2 Bicycle History and Materials" last week, but will make it due on Thursday.   I will also assign "HW3 Language of Levers"  this week, also due Thursday,  IF the copy machine is repaired soon enough.


Coming up:

Energy, forces, and motion.  



I am usually available during recess time on Tues-Wed-Thur. for individual help.


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

Social Studies   


Upcoming Classwork: 


Classes will be continuing with Dakota Conflict text and listening to segments of This American Life.  In addition, we will spend two days with some district initiatives.  Our counselor, Wendy Wolff, will be coming in to continue the My Life Plan for the 6th graders of Minneapolis.  On Friday, we will have a technology expert from the district coming in to show the kids and I how to use some additional apps on the ipad for learning.   


Homework:  Minnesota's Businesses Summary Sheet due Monday 2/10.

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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 Thursday, Feb. 6  -- Ordway field trip, 11:45-2:00.  (Rennie Harris, Hip-Hop artist)


 Wed., Feb. 12 -- STEM field trip (more info soon)



Community Opportunities:


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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