6th Grade Newsletter - February 2, 2015

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Next Wednesday, Feb. 11:
Our 6th graders will be joining students from all over Minneapolis at the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Expo at the Convention Center downtown!
It will be a half-day trip.  Look for more info to come home soon.  We would love to have some parents join us!

Conferences: Feb. 12 (pm) - 13 (am):
These mid-year conferences are typically scheduled by invitation, due to the limited time available.  If you feel strongly that your child would benefit from a conference with you and his/her teachers, please contact your child's Advisory teacher and we will try to find an open time.   

Save Your Boxtops!  
General Mills donates $.10 per box top.  Bring them in!  See details at bottom of newsletter.

Language Arts

"Life is a circle."

This week we will read Chapters 3-6, and complete pages 10, 11, and 13 in our study packet. We will also create a storyboard for a lesson and learn about Circle Justice. Any classwork not completed in class will be assigned as additional homework; however, Touching Spirit Bear rereading at home can and will count for homework.

Reading journal homework for the week of 2/2 to 2/6 is due on Monday, 2/9.

We will have SWAG on Thursday this week.

Reading homework journal:  blank forms are available here.
We interrupt our regularly scheduled days of active learning this week to complete the OLPA.  This is a computer based math test students will take on Wednesday, Thursday and if needed Friday.  The questions will focus on ALL 6th grade standards.  The questions will included skills not "officially" taught in the classroom this year.  I have instructed students to relax.  They can think of this as a tool to get comfortable with the format of the official test they will take in the spring, and to be aware of skills they may need to brush up on.  

The results of the test will be used as a guide for me to review things forgotten and to look forward to which skills we will need to practice.


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


Last week:

Based on the results of the "rubber band experiment" homework assignment, I decided we needed to stop and review how to set up, organize, conduct, and report on a simple experiment. 


This week:

1.  Analyze and diagram a common kitchen or carpentry tool. 

2.  Analyze a bike subsystem.

3.  Will we be ready to begin studying trebuchets (medieval catapults)?  Maybe . . .


Homework this week:

   -- HW3 Metric Measurement Review -- if we don't review these skills and concepts occasionally, students lose them!  Due Thursday, Feb. 5.


Almost all homework and class assignments are available on Husby's school web page.   (Click on "Homework" or "Class Assignments.")

Social Studies   


Last week:  We read Ch. 8 Civil War and how it impacted three people from Minnesota.  You might hear the names Robert Hickman, Eliza Winston, Charley Goddard and Dred Scott.  Ask your children the stories of these people!


Classwork this week:  We will be reading "Soldier's Heart," a novel about Charley Goddard.  It only takes about three days to get through this short novel.


Homework: Frederick Douglass Activity Packet due Monday, 

Feb. 9, 2015.


Dates to Remember:
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Wednesday, February 11th: 

Districtwide 6th-grade STEM Expo, Minneapolis Convention Center

Community Opportunities:

Save your Boxtops!! 



For the next month+ Advisories 
will be collecting Boxtops to raise money for Field School.  General Mills donates directly to schools at $.10 per Boxtop.  We are hoping to collect over 50 Boxtops per student.  To encourage participation, advisories will be competing in a contest to collect the most Boxtops.  The advisory with the most Boxtops on February 24th will win a Pizza Party sponsored by the PTA.  The top 4 individual contributors will also win a gift card to Chipotle, iTunes, or Target.  Student Council will count and track Boxtop collections.  Please place them in a Ziploc bag and fill out an information sheet (# of Boxtops, Name, Advisory Teacher) to place in the bag.  Then give them to your advisory teachers to be tallied and totaled.    

In This Issue
Contact Info:

Language Arts
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

Social Studies
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
Marni Heck

School Social Worker:
Mariam Graff


Linda Reiner



Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt



Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:

C.C. Strom


Danielle Zdon



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.

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