6th Grade Newsletter - May 29, 2017

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6th GRADE NEWSLETTER
Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Welcome!

Reminders:
As students become antsy for school to be over, we find it helpful to keep them active and busy, in class and out.  Your continued high expectations for both work completion and behavior will help to keep them focused, and they will actually be happier.  Thank you!

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:  "Joyfulness"  
    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.
notepad
This week in Language Arts:

Monday: No School
Tuesday:
"The Two Brothers" by Tolstoy
Wednesday: 
"Thank you Ma'am" by L. Hughes
Thursday:  
  "Rikki Tikki Tavi" by Kipling
Friday: Literature Review

Students will be working on text evidence, analyzing events and ideas, text structure, tone, theme, and mood.

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

Students who were missing assignments were given a progress report on 5/26 and should be turning in any missing work as soon as possible.

Final Project guidelines went home last week. Projects are due June 5th with presentations on June 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th.



        -- Ms. Risinger

    Social Studies      
   
CLASSWORK:

Monday: No school
Tuesday: Finish Governor's Wall Project
Wednesday:  Ch. 15 Intro
Thursday-Friday:  Read Ch. 15/Notes

HOMEWORK:  None

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

Greetings!

Last week:  
         Microscopes, Protists, "Is it alive" vials

This week:
          Tentative schedule:
Monday:  No school
Tuesday:  Check grass heads, begin "magic beans," intro to plants
Wednesday:  organization of cells, tissues, organs, systems
       Thursday: Plant systems (including transpiration and photosynthesis)
Friday:  Plant systems (including reproduction)

Homework this week:    HW7 "The Lowly Paramecium" reading and responses.
Due Friday.
- Mr. Husby


Notes:
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
    Math                
Greetings:
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.

I think taking some time to practice scale factor paid off.  Over 85% of the 6th graders had a B or an A on quiz #2: Scale Factors!  Way to go students.  Very few students are still confused on scale factor and may need to re-take the quiz.  Please check the portal to see if your child needs to re-take the quiz.  Re-takes happen during advisory on Thursday's and Friday's.  I am also available during recess if students need help.   

Monday: No School
Tuesday:  Stretching and Shrinking investigation 5.1
Wednesday:  SS investigation 5.2
Thursday: SS investigation 5.3
Friday:  Classwork Activity

Upcoming Dates
Wednesday and Thursday June 7 & 8: Unit 8 Final Assessment

- Ms. Wilson
Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, June 14 -- Last Day of School (and 6th grade field trip)
TEACHING STAFF:

Alan Husby
(Science)
Alan.Husby@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
 
Bronwyn Wuchpfennig 
(Social Studies)
Bronwyn.Wucherpfennig@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Stacy Risinger
(Language Arts)
Stacy.Risinger@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Lonna Wilson 
(Math)
Lonna.Wilson@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640
 
Heather Walker  
(AVID) 
Heather.Walker@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
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Other 6th Grade Advisors:

Marni Heck
Marni.Heck@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Chase Burkhart
Chase.Burkhart@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640
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Other Field School Student Resources:
 
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640
Mariam.Graff@mpls.k12.mn.us

____________________________
Field School Site Council
6th Grade Parent Reps:
 
Cathe Brandt
brandtmpls@comcast.net

Lisa Purcell
lisa.purcell@gmail.com
 
** 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.

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

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