6th Grade Newsletter - May 12, 2014

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6th Grade News
The beat goes on!
We're working hard to keep students engaged and on-task, even as spring fever sets in.   Please help with reasonable bedtimes and regular routines.  Thank you!
Bike donation
We are collecting bikes to donate to Full Cycle on Wed. am before school.
Please remember to let the office know when your student will be missing school.  
We also ask that you limit requests to contact your student during the school day.  Phone calls to classrooms often interrupt the flow of lessons, and tracking down students sometimes takes significant time from the office staff's other duties.

Language Arts


Continue Seedfolks.    


Students are working on similar figures.  We have defined what makes figures similar and have explored how similar figures transform.  There will be a quiz on Wednesday that will focus on translations, dilations, rotations, and reflections of similar figures on coordinate graphs.  Students should review classwork and homework from last week and this week to prepare for the quiz.      



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:

The "Egg Drop" was fun.  Thanks to the parents who came to help!   About 75% of the eggs survived, but more importantly, we learned some creative ways to slow down the impact of a collision.  


This week:

1.  Micro-organisms (wriggly things in water); 

2.  Intro to plant and animal cells;

3.  Assess student skills in using a microscope.


Homework this week:  

"The Lowly Paramecium"



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


Assignments and class notes:

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

Social Studies   


Upcoming Classwork: 


Last week, we made some mini pop art (ask your child) regarding the early development of cities in Minnesota.  This week we will be looking at the development of policies directed toward the "common good" in cities as they developed.  This includes the discussion of suffrage, social problems and government policy.


Homework: Students should be finishing up any classwork that is not completed in class.  Please check portal to see what your child is missing.

From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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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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Wed., May 14 -- Bike Rally 7:30-8:00 am;  ride your bike to school;  bring in bikes to donate!


Monday, May 26  -- Memorial Day; NO SCHOOL


Friday, June 6 -- Last day of school.

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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