6th Grade Newsletter - November 26, 2012

Sixth Grade News
Field Banner
6th Grade News

We're happy to see everyone back. Let's have a good week!

All students will be asked to participate in a survey in at least one of their classes this week. The District is piloting a new teacher evaluation system, and one part involves student feedback about particular classes.  

New passwords:
To improve security, all students will be asked to choose a new computer password sometime in the next week or so.  

Language Arts


"...the superior man tends his own garden." Uncle Bright Star, p.228, Dragonwings 
On Monday we will complete a "One Page Poster" featuring an event and quotation from Chapters 1-8. Tuesday, we work on the "Before You Read" activities and vocabulary for Chapters 9-12. We will read Chapters 9-11 the rest of the week.

Vocabulary for the notebook: abominable, desolate, indifferent, indignant, monopolize, tendrils, venerable.

Scholastic book orders are due by the end of the day on Wednesday, November 28. You can order online at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs. The class code is: GY6CM

The extra credit reading journal homework from Thanksgiving week is due on Monday. The next reading journal is due on 12/3/12.




This week we are working on division with fractions.  This is the last skill for this unit.  There will be a final unit test next week covering everything from the Rational Number unit.  It will include prime factorization with exponents, finding the least common multiple and greatest common factor and using those to calculate equivalent fractions.  All operations with fractions will also be included on the final test.  Students should be working on previous assignments to help prepare for the final test. 


Homework is assigned on Mondays and Wednesdays, and due the next day.   It should usually take no more than 30-45 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. 


If you have ANY questions, worries, or wonderings PLEASE send an e-mail so I can help you as soon as possible.  My e-mail is Lonna.Wilson@mpls.k12.mn.us


Thank You!

 Ms. Wilson


Last week we built straw-and-paper-clip truss bridges to see whose could hold the most weight.  Students also took a quiz on forces, machines, and trade-offs.


This week, students will: 1. review what they learned last week; 2. apply engineering design principles to improve a product; and 3. learn about the different forms of energy, and how one form can be transformed into another.


Homework this week:  Fix-up opportunity for last week's quiz.


Ms Sutton and I are available during recess and lunch all week to help students who want help.


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


Social Studies   


CLASSWORK THIS WEEK:   On Monday, we will be having both quizzes discussed in a previous parent newsletter (MN Basics and Ch. 3). 

Following the quizzes, we will do a short activity craft based on a MN site from a book called Weird MN.  As of Wednesday, we will begin Ch.  9 in our textbooks.  We will be skipping straight from Ch. 3 to Ch. 9 (Dakota War of 1862) to work collectively with readings in Language Arts.  After Ch. 9, we will return to Ch. 4 and move through the textbook in order.  


HOMEWORK FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK: No homework this week.


AVID Tip of the Week:   

AVID logo




Have a great week!

Mrs. Walker


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.
From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
newspaper art1


Dates to Remember:
calendar art1


Thurs-Fri, Nov. 22-23   NO SCHOOL  (Thanksgiving holiday)



Community Opportunities:




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

Quick Links

Parent portal Log-in


Field web site

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:

Tim Jungwirth


Math Specialist:

Rick Feuling


Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:


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 |  
Field Middle School | 612-668-3640 | 4645 Fourth Avenue South | Minneapolis | MN | 55419