6th Grade Newsletter - March 3, 2014

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Touching Spirit Bear update:
We have read through Chapter 8. This week we will read Chapters 9-12. As we read we will work in our Study Guide packet. Class time is given; students should finish at home what they don't complete in class. Some parents have requested that I let them know what should be completed; here is a list of we have worked on what is due by the end of this week:
Pages 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7(except Rosey), 9, 10, 12, 13.
We are working diligently to complete our novel study by spring break.

There will be a quiz on "Spirit Bears" on Friday, March 7. Students should study the fact sheet on page 12 in the packet to prepare for the quiz.

Matthew Oster, known to the students as Armando, has joined my first period class. He is a practicum teacher from Metropolitan State University and will be observing, co-teaching and teaching in the 6-8 weeks.

Reading Homework journals are due on Mondays; students may substitute Touching Spirit Bear reading or classwork for homework. They should record that on the journal log and complete the reflection writing on the back.



What is the probability that spring will ever come?  I'm not sure, but the 6th graders will start the next unit today:  probability.  


We are going to work quick!  It has been my experience that Field school students have a great understanding of this skill.  Students will still work with decimals, percents, and fractions as they find equally likely outcomes, and analyze experimental data to make predictions.  


This would be a good time to buy a lottery ticket and ask your child to figure out the odds of you winning :)!      


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


This week:

1.  Calculating and graphing speed.

2.  Forces and motion


Homework this week:  

HW6 Rotor Experiments:   students make a paper "rotor" and see what modifications they can make to keep it in the air as long as possible.



Some students are still missing:

1. Diagram explaining one system of a bicycle (brakes, chain drive, etc.)

2. Graph of data from rubber band experiment (carefully drawn and complete)



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: 


Newcomers is the title of our next chapter.  We will be looking at the first people in MN such as Harriet Bishop and Hans Mattson.  In addition, we will be looking at the activities of this time period such as the temperance movement and immigration.


Homework: Lucky Lindy Reading Activity due Monday, March 10.

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



Dear Parents/Guardians of Field Middle School Students:


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 2013-2014 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, May 17, 2014. The Twins will provide 4 tickets for that student and up to three parents/guardians/siblings to attend.  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.





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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Community Opportunities:

GEMS Fundraiser:

The Field GEMS will be recycling unused keys during the month of February.


If you have keys lying around that you no longer need, please bring them to the Field office.   There will be a box to collect the keys


Thank you for your support!

Field GEMS

Girls in Engineering Math and Science.


QUESTIONS contact Dawn Nelson




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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