6th Grade Newsletter - January 5, 2015

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Here we go . . . 
Welcome back!!!!!
Here we go!  Lots of learning ahead!
Just two weeks left in this quarter!

Egg Cartons Needed:  If you have old egg cartons you could donate, we would appreciate it for a Weird MN project coming up!  Please send in to Ms. Wucherpfennig!

Language Arts

Happy New Year!
This week we will finish up the Unit with a benchmark assessment. 
We will also read excerpts from "Choice of Weapons" by Gordon Parks; and check out the Race Card Project.
Reading journal homework begins 1/5/2015 and is due on Monday, 1/12/2015.

Reading homework journal:  blank forms are available here.
Well..........I'm back, kinda.  My father passed away on Dec. 20th.  Needless to say the things I was hoping to get done over break, were pushed to the back burner.  Please be patient as I swing back into teacher mode and help your children finish the second quarter with great success.  

Students "finished" unit 4 before break and the plan is to start unit 5:  Ratio and Rates, this week.  Please be on the look out for a new syllabus and a math book titled Comparing and Scaling.  


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


Before break:

We saw how the Inca people built suspension bridges from grass woven into ropes, and students took a quiz about different forces and types of bridges.


This week:

1. Review engineering skills and processes -- for final presentation or project, or test -- due Wed., Jan. 14.

2.  Investigate forces, including friction and elastic forces.

3. Review simple machines.

4. Introduce "work" as a physics concept.


Homework this week:

   -- HW7 Prepare a presentation to show what you know about engineering,  OR take the final "test," anytime up to Jan. 14.  (Test and study guide are available online and in class)

  -- HW8 Design a Water Ride -- due Thursday, Jan. 8


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

Social Studies   


Classwork this week:  After reading about the first treaties of MN territory with the Dakota and new US government, we will continue some activities in the coming week revolving around George Bonga, an African American involved in the fur trade and then became an interpreter during the treaty making process.  We will be analyzing some primary sources of George Bonga such as a photograph and a diary entry.


Homework: Teacher's professional development is currently revolving around helping students write summaries!  SO, we practiced key strategies in class as to how to take a writing and write a summary in your own words.  So, the kids' homework this week is writing a summary for a writing on Alexander Ramsey.

The Alexander Ramsey Summmary will be due Monday, Jan. 12.



From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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Dates to Remember:
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Thurs., Jan. 15:  Last day of Qtr 2: 


Friday, Jan. 16:   NO SCHOOL (Recordkeeping day)


Monday, Jan 19:  NO SCHOOL (MLK Day)


Tuesday, Jan. 20:   3rd Quarter begins

Community Opportunities:

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

Quick Links


Field web site


Northern Lights Hardcover Textbooks

Reading Journal blanks
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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