6th Grade Newsletter - March 16, 2015

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MCA III Math:  The 6th graders will take the math MCA's starting Tuesday April 28-Friday May 1. As always if students need more time than the allotted 4 days they will be allowed to continue the following week.  

Other updates:
Students have two weeks to turn in missing work or to improve their scores before the end of the quarter.

Did you celebrate Pi Day last Saturday?   

Language Arts
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We successfully finished our Touching Spirit Bear unit; it will take a while to grade those essay tests and study guides. I will enter the "missing" work this week and the grades by the end of the quarter.

This week we read excerpts from Spirit Car, a biography/history book by Diane Wilson. This book was a past selection of Minneapolis One Read; it complements our Social Studies work about the Dakota Conflict.

Classwork this week is a choice of a storyboard or Cornell notes on Chapters 2 & 3, it is due at the end of class on Thursday, 3/19.

Reading Homework journals for this week are due on Monday, 3/23.


Reading homework journal:  blank forms are available here.
Math                                                
Greetings!  
That was fast!  Probability is over.  The benchmark assessment scores will be entered into the gradebook this week. There were a couple of questions on the benchmark that also count as "re-takes" for quiz #1 of unit 6.  Some students should see an improvement of their score for quiz #1.   Students should focus on the next unit-Algebra-for the rest of the quarter.  
 
There will be a syllabus sent home with students today which includes all the learning targets for unit 7.  Our first learning target is plotting points on a coordinate grid.  In my experience students are familiar with this skill, so we will take a SHORT 10 pt quiz on Wednesday. The quiz usually takes students 5 minutes and then they play battleship.  Who knew sinking a submarine was actually a skill related to coordinate graphing?  FUN!  
 

Homework:

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

Science
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Last week:

1. Forces, Motion and Speed quiz (I'll have them scored as soon as I can).

 

This week:

We begin a brief study of electricity (one of the 5 forms of energy) and batteries.   

 

Homework this week:

   -- HW9 Energy Transformations 

 

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

Social Studies   

 

Last week: Students studied the text and we filled in our notes for our chapter called Sodbusters which is about the beginning of farming in Minnesota and the beginning of railroads and how they impacted Minnesota. 

 

Classwork this week:  We will go over tests on Monday reviewing and modeling how to study.  We will discuss each question and compare our answers to what was in our notes.  Beginning Tuesday, we will review a video and virtual tour regarding James J Hill, Empire Builder of MN.

 

Homework: Stem Rust Article due Monday, March 23.

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Dates to Remember:
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Friday, March 27 -- NO SCHOOL - end of Quarter 3, Spring Break begins.

 

Monday, April 6 -- Return to school;  4th quarter begins.

 

Monday, May 25 -- NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

 

Community Opportunities:

In This Issue
Contact Info:

Language Arts
Sandy Barry

Math
Lonna Wilson

Science
Alan Husby

Social Studies
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig
bronwyn.wucherpfennig

AVID
Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
teachers:
sean.casey@mpls.k12.mn.us
Marni Heck
marni.heck@mpls.k12.mn.us

School Social Worker:
Mariam Graff
612-692-0872
mariam.graff@mpls.k12.mn.us

Counselor:
612-668-3654
christopher.yohe@mpls.k12.mn.us


SERTs:
Linda Reiner
linda.reiner@mpls.k12.mn.us

martin.johnson@mpls.k12.mn.us

anna.sonmore-costello@mpls.k12.mn.us

Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson

beverly.halvorson@mpls.k12.mn.us


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt

seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:

C.C. Strom

 

Danielle Zdon

 

 

Main Office (and Attendance):
612.668.3640
traci.lyngstad@mpls.k12.mn.us

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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