6th Grade Newsletter - March 17, 2014

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Time is flying!  There are 10 school days left before the end of the quarter!  Please check on your child's grades.  Several students may have several assignments missing.  They need to get all late assignments turned in before March 28th, in addition to keeping up with the current assignments.   

Language Arts


This week we will read Chapters 19-25 in Touching Spirit Bear, and work on Study Guide notes on pages 14, 21, and 23. Students can begin studying their packet to prepare for the final assessment on Thursday, March 27.
The final assessment will include vocabulary, changes in Cole and Peter, lessons that Cole learned from Edwin and Garvey, and Cole's changing relationship to nature.

The entire study guide will be completed and turned in before Spring Break.

Scholastic Book orders were passed out last week; you may also order online using the activation code: GY6CM. Orders are due by 3/20/2014.




Great work 6th graders!  We are finished with our probability unit and are starting Algebra today.  Scores for the final unit test are in the gradebook.  Please check on your child's math grade.  Several students are not taking advantage of re-taking old quizzes to show that they have meet the standards.  As students discovered with our probability unit, they are expected to know how to convert fractions, decimals, and percents.  We will also use these skills in our algebra unit.  


The first learning target quiz of the new unit will be on Wednesday.  Students will show what they know on Order of Operations.  This skill was introduced a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to make sure students had time for repeated practice before having a quiz. Order of operations was first taught in 5th grade, but now as a 6th grader we include fraction operations.  And next year, students will include negative numbers when working with order of operations. So, order of operations is a skill students will continue to need to know for the rest of their math career.   


Homework Assignments:  Homework is assigned on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and due the next day.  It should usually take no more than 20-30 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


Last week:

1.  Newton's Laws of Motion

2.  Energy transformations


This week:

1. Review and Assess (quiz -- probably Wed. or Thurs.) recent learning about forms of energy and Newton's Laws.

2. If time, begin a brief look at batteries and electricity.


Homework this week:  

HW8 Newton's Laws of Motion



If students are unhappy about scores on tests, quizzes, or other assessments, they are welcome to improve them.



I am usually available during recess time on Tues-Wed-Thur. for individual help, if students ask ahead of time.


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

Social Studies   


Upcoming Classwork: 


We will be starting Ch.  MN and the Civil War.  This chapter we will be utilizing the MN Historical Society Ipad Textbook with video and interactive activitis. 


Homework: None this week.

From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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From Julie Peterson, school social worker:



Perfect Attendance Incentive Program:

To become eligible, students must simply have "perfect attendance" for the 2013-2014 school year during quarters 3&4.   


What are the Twins offering? Field Middle School will select one student to attend the game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The Twins will provide 4 tickets for that student and up to three parents/guardians/siblings to attend. Questions? call Mr. Norlin-Weaver at 612-668-3640 or Ms. Julie Peterson at 612-668-3655.





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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 Friday, March 21 -- school dance, 6:30-8:30. Tickets available during lunch M-Th. (Students must be in school on Friday if they plan to attend the dance.)


Friday, March 28 -- this WILL be a regular school day (to make up for snow days).


Week of March 31-April 4-- Spring Break



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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