6th Grade Newsletter - May 15, 2017

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Monday, May 15, 2017


Thanks to parents who helped with "Egg Drop" activity!
A big "thank you" to the parents who volunteered to help last Thursday in science classes as we threw (or "chucked" or "tossed") dozens of carefully-designed protective containers for eggs off the roof.   About 2/3 of the eggs survived.  Not bad!!

End of the year field trip planned:
We are scheduled to go to Grand Slam (an indoor recreation center) on the final day of school, to celebrate a successful year of learning and growing.  All 6th graders are invited to attend, within the following expectations:

Academic expectations:
No "F"s in any core classes.  (In special cases a student may appeal to a teacher by showing evidence of their active effort to learn and to improve;  ex. coming in for extra help.)
Behavior expectations:
We must be able to trust students to make responsible behavior choices on field trips; otherwise we cannot risk taking students out of the building.  Student behavior during school is our only way of assessing that trust.

To ensure a safe and pleasant experience for all, students who exhibit any of the following behaviors between now and the end of the year will be required to have a parent or guardian accompany them during the entire trip (including bus rides and during each activity):
        - 5 or more "Reflection recess" sessions* assigned
        - 3 or more removals from class due to behavior
        - suspension, either in-school or out-of-school

*  "Reflection recess" is our way of helping students who exhibit certain classroom behaviors to learn from their mistakes and to make things better.  A student is asked to come in during recess to talk with a teacher, write what the problem was and how they will make it better, and then call a parent to report on it.

Virtue of the Week
The beginning of each week Mrs. Miller starts our day with a reading of a weekly virtue.  Then in advisory we circle up and everyone has an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the virtue and possibly set goals for the week.  
This week:  Sincerity
    Language Arts     

Field Families, 
I am working on adding more age appropriate, high interest novels to my classroom library.  If you have any books you would like to donate please let me know!  

Thank you to all the families who have donated books!  The students are very excited to see the library grow!

Please look for daily information to be written in your child's planner. Extra copies are always available in my classroom (purple bins in the Student Center) as well as on the student/parent portal.
This week in Language Arts:

Monday: Short stories: "The Problem of Cell 13"
"The Problem of Cell 13"
"The Problem of Cell 13"
Literature Review
Friday: Literature Review

Students will be working on text evidence, analyzing events and ideas, and text structure

As a reminder, whatever you do not finish in class , you can take home to finish and turn in.

        -- Ms. Risinger

    Social Studies      
Monday: Ch. 14 WW I Intro
Tuesday:  Read Ch. 14 with note taking
Wednesday-Friday:  WW I Project


Feel free to email at any time with questions :)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig


Last week:  
         Intro to "Living things," and eggs falling off the roof.

This week:
          Tentative schedule:
Monday:  1. Make-up quizzes about electricity, energy transformations, and maybe sound.  2. Prepare for "Is it alive" last activity;  3. Sort living vs. nonliving items.
Tuesday:  1. Begin "Is it alive" lab activity;  2.  Begin "grass heads."
Wednesday:  Continue both activities
       Thursday:  Intro to microscopes
Friday:  Intro to microscopes

Homework this week:    HW6 Final Light Project (to provide evidence of student understanding of the key concepts of light energy (or electromagnetic radiation).
Due Friday.

- Mr. Husby

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

"What to expect in your student's planner and notebook"  and "Successful studying":  check here
Planners:  Parents I am having students write in their planners DAILY what the specific homework assignment is for the day. Including Fridays.   
If your child does not have or remember their homework, please check the parent portal.  I will list the assignment.  If the assignment is a worksheet I will have a pdf of the worksheet attached to the title of the assignment. Click on the paperclip icon and the pdf will appear.

Unit 8 Quiz #1 scores are in the portal.  Students should see me during recess/lunch if they have questions about their understanding of the material.  I am noticing several students not completing homework, which makes it difficult for kids to get the extra practice to understand the skills.  My room is a quiet place to get work done and get help.  We will work on scale factor this week with a quiz on Friday.  

Monday: Stretching and Shrinking investigation 2.3:  Scale Factor
Tuesday:  SS investigation 3.1
Wednesday:  SS investigation 3.3
Thursday: Classwork Practice with Scale Factor
Friday:  Unit 8 Quiz #2-Scale Factor

- Ms. Wilson
Upcoming Events
  • Monday, May 29 -- NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Wednesday, June 14 -- Last Day of School (and 6th grade field trip)

Alan Husby
Bronwyn Wuchpfennig 
(Social Studies)

Stacy Risinger
(Language Arts)

Lonna Wilson 
Heather Walker  
Other 6th Grade Advisors:

Marni Heck

Chase Burkhart

Other Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640

Field School Site Council
6th Grade Parent Reps:
Cathe Brandt

Lisa Purcell
** Site Council meetings are held 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.

Field Community School
 4645 Fourth Ave.South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612-668-3640 | Fax: 612-668-3661

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