6th Grade Newsletter - October 10, 2011

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MN HISTORY CENTER/CAPITOL FIELD TRIP:  Be on the lookout for a field trip slip for October 28, 2011.  Mark your calendars!
From Wendy Wolff, our school counselor:
Mid quarter Progress reports for all students will be sent out early next week to each students' home. Progress reports help students, parents and teachers get a clear picture of how students are doing in their coursework BEFORE the quarter ends November 3, 2011, while there is still time to help students improve their grades.  Please take some time to talk through your child's progress report together and celebrate the areas they are finding success and discuss some strategies to help them in areas they may be struggling.... before their final grades are put on their transcript.  Conferences are coming up soon and this will be a great time to discuss any concerns you may have about your child's progress!
Language Arts


This week we finish chapters 7-12, read about Cole and facing the Spirit bear. We also read about Alaska's Spirit Bears and will study for a quiz on Wednesday. On Friday we will create a one page Poster about a scene from the novel. The study guide questions for 7-8 and 10-12 will be completed by weeks end.



We have started our new unit.  We will work with the Number and Operation Strand for the next couple of months focusing on Fractions, Decimals, and Percents.  The first part of the unit is a review of factors and multiples from last year.  We will spend a little time reviewing the skills and quickly use those skills to find the prime factorization of numbers using exponents.  


I look forward to meeting many of you at conferences which start this Thursday.  Have a great week!


Ms Wilson


microscopeMeasurement Quiz: Students who were not pleased with their performance on the measurement quiz (in two parts - a knowledge portion, and a measuring skills portion) have been encouraged to arrange with me to re-learn and/or re-test this week.  These quizzes are ways to show what students know and what they still need to work on.  Scores will improve as students show their growth.  (End-of-quarter assessments cannot be re-taken.)

This week we transition from scientific "black boxes" to engineering design. Students will be building simple "go-carts" using wooden parts, rubber bands, paper clips, and other simple materials -- using their own designs and improvements.

Last week we began to focus on design as we explored the benefits and risks of air bags in cars.  Students may have brought this work home to finish it if they ran out of time during class.  

Homework will be an in-depth study of a simple engineered product, such as a pencil or chair.  Students will be asked to imagine improvements in the product they choose, and then to consider the consequences of making those improvements (such as higher cost, etc.).  As usual, science homework will be due on Thursday.

Current and past science assignments can usually be found at:  Husby's web pages.


Social Studies

CLASSWORK:  On Monday of this week, we will be sharing primary sources that the kids bring in from their lives.

On Thursday we will be working in the computer lab with Wendy Wolff who is our counselor.  She is going to implement the "My Life" required district curriculum for all students.  Please see note below.   

Hello! My name is Wendy Wolff and I am the School Counselor here at Field this year. I will be working with all 6th grade students next week, Thursday October 13 during their Social Studies time to complete their "MY LIFE PLAN" milestones. My Life Plan is an MPS district requirement for all students 6th -12th grade. Each year students will complete tasks or "milestones" related to personal, academic and career awareness.  Students complete their tasks on a secure, web based program called Naviance that will track the completion of their milestones all the way through high school and will eventually be used to help them research colleges, financial aid and careers. Research shows that students with a strong sense of self who have a vision for their future education and career goals are more engaged and successful throughout their schoo journey. This is our hope for all students  and "My Life Plan" is just one way we can accomplish this goal at Field.  I will be facilitating classroom guidance lessons 2-3 times a year for each grade level and am looking forward to getting to know your students. If you have any questions about "My Life Plan", I will be available during conferences and I am in my office at Field Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Enjoy this beautiful fall weather!
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HOMEWORK:  No homework this week!




Mr. Kambale, our lead tutor for AVID, is currently available to help students with academic classes after school on Tues., Thurs., and Fri. from 2:40-4:40. I am usually available on these days also, as well as many Mondays and during 7th and 8th grade lunch and recess.


I would like to encourage all AVID families to stop by the AVID room before or after your regular conference time. Conferences begin this Thursday in the evening. If you don't currently have a conference scheduled, be sure to contact the school. Conferences are an invaluable time to connect with families, even when your student is doing fantastic in all their classes. Due to the fact that I see students in three different grades, my conferences are on a drop in basis. Parents of returning AVID students should note that AVID has moved to room 117, across from the office.

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:
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Dates to Remember:
calendar art1Thursday, Oct. 13 and
Tuesday, Oct. 18   -- evening conferences (3:30-       7:30).   Please make an appointment!

Wed., Oct. 19 -- conferences during the day (7:30        am- 3:30).  (NO SCHOOL.)  Please make an appointment!

Thurs-Friday, Oct. 20-21 -- NO SCHOOL

Friday, Oct. 28 -- 6th grade trip to the State Capitol and Minnesota History Museum.


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

Quick Links

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Field web site
Contact Info:

(Language Arts)
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

(Social Studies)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory teachers:
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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