6th Grade Newsletter - February 4, 2013

Sixth Grade News
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6th Grade News


The Parent Portal is available to you any time.  It is your best way of keeping track of your child's assignments.   

There is a mis-print on the school calendar.  6th graders are NOT going to Long Lake.

Language Arts


We are reading "The White Umbrella", a Great Books selection short story. This week we chart details and ideas about the story to prepare for our Socratic Seminar. That discussion will happen at week's end.
Reading journals are due on Mondays.  This week's journal is due on Monday, 2/11.

Other News:
Some of you may have heard that I will soon be taking a medical leave due to a Feb. 18 surgery. I am having a "cervical fusion" to repair damage to my spine and the resulting pain that I have been in since October. I had hoped to hold off until summer, but an earlier date is necessary.

I am leaving my class in great hands: Ms Meyer will take the first week (2/19-22)  and Mr Norlin-Weaver has found a wonderful substitute for the rest of my leave. Ms. Carrick will introduce herself in a later newsletter. I will return healthy and happily pain free after Spring Break. 



This is our last week of "official work" on our More Rational Numbers unit.  We will continue to practice these skills for the rest of the year, but we are moving on to probability next week.  Last week students figured out unit rates and used that information to become smart shoppers.   This week we will practice some more on unit rate and end the week with a final unit test.  Thursday will be the first day of the test, with students finishing them up on Friday.  Everyone should focus on percents, ratios, rate, and unit rate for the test.


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. 


If you have ANY questions, worries, or wonderings PLEASE send an e-mail so I can help you as soon as possible.  My e-mail is Lonna.Wilson@mpls.k12.mn.us


Thank You!

 Ms. Wilson


I have had to put our bicycle engineering project on hold while I gather more bikes (with gears) and tools.


In the meantime, we will look at forces (gravity, elastic forces, and other "pushes" and "pulls") and motion in more detail.


Last week, students drew "annotated diagrams" of a tool -- to show all the parts and how the tool moved and worked.  For a first effort, they did an excellent job! (We need to practice a bit more on the "how it works" part.)


Then we focused on elastic forces and preparing line graphs of data.


This week, students will begin to explore how forces affect an object's motion. 


Homework this week:  Students will be asked to conduct an experiment with a rubber band. (Sorry!)  They are under strict orders not to point or shoot at anyone.  Experiments may explore distance (does pulling the rubber band farther back make it shoot farther?), or accuracy (how many times out of 10 shots can you hit a target  from 2,3, or 4 meters away?), or any other reasonable question.


I am usually available during recess and lunch T-W-Th for students who want help. 


Homework assignments and some class activities for this quarter can usually be found at:  Husby's web pages 


Social Studies   


CLASSWORK THIS WEEK:  Due to an assembly schedule and picture taking, activities took a day longer than anticipated.  So, the upcoming tests on MN Basics and Ch. 5 will be TUESDAY instead of Monday.  Later in the week, we will be starting Ch. 6 The Land Changes Hands.




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New Field families can find out more about AVID at Field by viewing the information and student created video on our website  http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html  Feel free to email me or stop by if you have further questions.
From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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From Social Worker Julie Peterson:
Minneapolis Public School's goal is to get all students to attend school 95% of the time.  

Students who attend school at least 95% of the time:

  • Are one-and-a-half times more likely to be on track to graduate on time
  • Perform better in math and reading
  • Have fewer suspensions
  • Are less likely to fail a class
  • Are more likely to achieve their dreams and enroll in college

Tips for improving attendance/tardiness:

  • Know start time (student should be in their first hour class at 8:05am)
  • Set the alarm clock at night (your child can help with this!).
  • Use quiet evening time to prepare for school the next day.
  • Avoid watching T.V. or playing video games in the morning or late at night.
  • Allow extra time to get ready for school to avoid being rushed 

How to Help Your Child Catch their ZZZ's:

  • Try to go to bed at the same time every night. That helps the body get into a routine.
  • Follow a bedtime routine that is calming such as taking a warm bath or reading.
  • Limit foods and drinks that contain caffeine. Those include sodas and other drinks. Hot chocolate would be great!
  • Think twice about having a T.V. in your child's room. Research shows that kids who have a T.V. in their rooms sleep less.
  • Be careful of what your children watch before going to bed. Scary T.V. movies or shows can make it hard to fall asleep.
Twins Attendance Incentive Program

The Minnesota Twins recognize that good performance in school begins with good attendance and they're excited to team up with Minnesota Middle School Association (MMSA) to create the Perfect Attendance Incentive Program.


To become eligible, students must simply have "perfect attendance" for the 2012-2013 school year during quarters 3 & 4.   The reason the Minnesota Twins and MMSA have established this program is because they recognize the importance of having students in each class every day.


What are the Twins offering? Field Middle School will select one student to attend the game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The Twins will provide 4 tickets for that student and up to three parents/guardians/siblings to attend.  All game participants and their guests will have an opportunity to "run the bases" after the game on Target Field. We would like to thank both the MMSA and the Twins for supporting the Attendance Incentive Program and our students.


If you have any questions regarding this incentive program, please feel free to call Mr. Norlin-Weaver at 612-668-3640 or Ms. Julie Peterson at 612-668-3655.



Dates to Remember:
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Thursday, Feb. 7 -- Choir and Guitar concert


Monday, Feb. 11 -- Parent Involvement Day


Mon. Feb. 18 -- Presidents Day -- NO SCHOOL



Community Opportunities:




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

Quick Links

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Field web site

Contact Info:

(Language Arts)
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

(Social Studies)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
Del Bey
Marni Heck
Kim Hotchkiss

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Tim Jungwirth


Math Specialist:

Rick Feuling


Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:


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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