6th Grade Newsletter - May 7, 2012

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MCA Math Tests this week

Students will take the MCA math test this week during their math classes, on Tuesday, Wed., and Thurs.   As always, it is important for students to get a good night's sleep, eat a good breakfast, and arrive with a cheerful and confident attitude.   


Mid-Quarter grade reports;  Specialist choices for next year

(from School Counselor Wendy Wolff)


We are already halfway through 4th quarter! Midquarter progress grades will be mailed to all students on Friday May 11, 2012.  Middle School is  the time for students to continue taking more responsibility for their grades and homework. If your child is struggling or confused about their grades or assignments, encourage them to talk with their teacher or counselor so they can get the help they need before final grades are submitted in June.  


Choice sheets will be sent home with students at the end of May for you to help your child select their specialist classes for next year.  Although this is later than usual, it will allow students who are participating in musical auditions the weeks of May 14 and 21 to make appropriate class selections. We are fortunate to have such an amazing variety of choices and fabulous specialist teachers! Stay tuned for more information and feel free to call me with any questions once you have a chance to look at the specialist classes.




Language Arts


This week in Language Arts is a special one.  Tish Jones, a local spoken word artist, will be leading our class in some fun activities on Tuesday and Friday. Also, study lists for our upcoming vocabulary test will be handed out on Tuesday.


We are still in need of about 40 empty Kuerig coffee cups for our in class gardening project.  If you have any you would like to donate to the class please do! We are also accepting donations of seeds for students to plant.  Thank you!


Also, don't forget!  Reading Homework is due on Mondays.



The time has finally arrived for students to show how hard they have been working this year.  Students will take the MCA III math test during regular math classes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  I know how hard most of the students have been working this year and I expect great results.   Students should take their time on each question.  They should also look over the yellow review sheet from class each night.  The homework this week will be to study the yellow sheet, look up any information they feel they need to work on more, and relax.  

I am very proud of all the hard work students have done so far this year and I look forward to ending the year with a bang.  We will have one more unit to work on which will focus on some seventh grade standards.  It's never to late to start working ahead.  



This week we begin to explore motion:  what makes things move, what makes them stop, how to describe and predict an object's motion, and so on. 


There will be no homework this week.  We will take a bit of class time to enjoy each others' Rube Goldberg machines.


In a couple weeks students will be asked to prepare a container to hold and protect an egg while we drop it off the school roof.  The containers may be no longer than 30 cm (12 inches) in any direction, and there will be no parachutes. You may want to begin helping your student think about a container and appropriate cushioning materials.  Even a grocery bag and shredded newspaper may work.  (Putting the egg in a plastic bag will keep the testing process less of a mess.)


Science assignments for this quarter can usually be found at:  Husby's web pages (usually only after they are assigned).


Social Studies 

Classwork:  We will be reviewing and doing activities to reinforce the beginnings of industrialism in Minnesota.  Ask your children about how labor unions began and the activity we did in class to understand this concept.  1st hour did not get to complete this activity yet but will do so on Monday.


Homework:  DUE TOMORROW TUESDAY 5/8 is a sheet called Mapping MN.  Please make sure your students have that ready.  Also due is the Ch. 10 Get it Guide IF they had not completed it in class.  The portal indicates if your child has not turned one in yet.  


NEW HOMEWORK FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK:  Students should be studying Ch. 11 vocab and Cornell notes.  It's that time again....Also assigned this week students need to complete a MN Quiz sheet which helps them review for a MN quiz on Thursday.


More news later!  


New Field families can find out more about AVID at Field by viewing the information and student created video on our website  http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/AVID2.html  Feel free to email me or stop by if you have further questions.

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From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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Family Focus

(From social worker Julie Peterson):





Want your teen to talk more, try listening more.  One thing I've learned in my 15 years as a School Social Worker is that frequently kids just want somebody to listen to them.  Many times talking through the problem or concern helps clarify the situation. While listening keep good eye contact, remain calm (as tough as this may be at times), focus only on what your teen is saying, and respond appropriately (e.g. nod head, say words like interesting, really?).  Next time your teen comes to you wanting to talk try listening without offering advice, judgment or suggestions, you may be surprised at how much more your teen has to say.


Enforcing consequences can be tough - your teen needs you as a parent, not a pal!  It may be hard to believe but teenagers want rules and limits set for them.   Establish family rules and expectations and then set appropriate consequences for not following a rule.  Teens are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior that they have previously discussed and established clear consequences for with their parent(s).  Be consistent.  And most importantly, notice and acknowledge the positive.




The middle school years are a good time to start giving your teen more independence; It helps them establish their own place in the world.  As your teen becomes more reliable and mature increase privileges and opportunities for independence.   If they fall, they still have you to catch them and to guide them before they are out on their own.  Remember some of life's most valuable lessons are learned through life experiences!


Struggling navigating through the teen years?  Two Field parents developed an app that answers alot of teens' -- and their parents'-- tough questions about things they face: relationships, mental health, substance abuse, bullying, etc.  called teensphere.  You can learn more about the app at teensphere.com.  Check it out!



Did you know that having an "attitude of gratitude" has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others? Try it with your family!  Do one small thoughtful or generous thing for each member of your family daily; express your appreciation for someone's skills or talents.




Dates to Remember:
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Tues-Thurs, May 8-10 -- MCA Math Test, during math classes


Monday, May 28 -- Memorial Day -- NO SCHOOL


Wed., June 5 -- Last day of school with our beloved 6th graders.

Community Opportunities:




In This Issue
Language Arts
Social Studies
From our Administrators
Dates to Remember
Community Opportunities

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Contact Info:

(Language Arts)
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

(Social Studies)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
Del Bey
Marni Heck
Kim Hotchkiss

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Gretchen Mattson


Math Specialist:

Mark Usem


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