6th Grade Newsletter - October 14, 2013

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This is a short week for students -- no classes Wed, Thurs, and Friday.

We look forward to meeting with many of you this week during conferences!

Picture re-takes Wed., Oct. 23.

Language Arts


This week in Language Arts:


We will be starting the next section of our packet. Page 11 and vocabulary charts will be completed in class on Monday. If students don't finish their vocabulary charts in class, as always, they must complete them as homework. We will also be reading some more of the novel on Monday.


On Tuesday, we will continue reading up to chapter 27. We will work on page 12 of the packet in class. If students don't finish this page of the packet, they should do so as homework. We will also have a notebook check in class on Tuesday. Students are expected to be keeping their "Readers/Writers Notebooks" up to date and organized.  This was a process we went over during the very first week of classes and it has been modeled for them throughout the school year. Each class will have three or four pages that will be checked for completion and organization. They should have a rubric on the inside cover of their notebooks. If they need help, have a concern, or missed a day, students are welcome to come checkout our sample notebook. Since there is no reading log/journal this week, Monday night's homework will be to make sure their notebooks are ready for the notebook check on Tuesday.


The homework over M.E.A. is for students to pick one of the myths on page 12 of their packets and to create a one-page poster with an illustration of the explanation they came up with for that particular myth. The poster must have their name, the name of the myth and a sentence or two with their own explanation of the myth. These are to be turned in on Monday, October 21st. This homework is instead of the reading log/journal.


We didn't get as far as I had hoped last week, so the quiz on surface area is Tuesday, tomorrow.  Students have many resources, class notes, worksheets, to use to study before the quiz. 


Next is volume.  


REMINDER:  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.   


Please contact me if you have any questions.


Ms. Wilson


On Tuesday students will have a quiz to show their understanding of the structure and behavior or matter.  (What is matter made of?  What are molecules?  How are molecules arranged in solids, liquids and gases? Why do some things float in water?   Why do some things expand when they get hot?)


Students were given a study guide last Friday, and were encouraged to look in their notebooks and the previous week's homework as resources and study guides as well.


We will review the important ideas during class on Monday.  


No homework this week.


Most assignments and class notes can be downloaded from my school web page:  http://field.mpls.k12.mn.us/Husby 

Social Studies   


Upcoming Classwork:  


We have been discussing the Electoral College and the process of how we elect our president.  Kids have been exploring an app on the iPads called 270towin which gives kids an opportunity to explore the historical trends and data of presidential elections.  I think kids are enjoying this and you may want to ask them about our conversations in class.  Lots of good questions.


Homework: MN Basics quiz again next Monday 10/21.

From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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From Counselor Wendy Wolff:


First quarter ends November 1,  so there is still time for students to talk with teachers, review tests and turn in missing assignments before final quarter grades are entered.  Middle school is a time when students need to take more responsibility for their work and grades and set personal goals that  will be challenging and realistic.  Parents can help students by asking them to:

·         reflect on their performance

·         identify areas they want to improve and

·         make a plan to achieve their quarter goals


If you have questions about grades or the parent portal, please contact our School Counselor, Wendy Wolff. She is at Field Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We look forward to a continued partnership with parents to help all of our students reach their full potential at Field!


Dates to Remember:
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Oct. 15, 16, 24 -- Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences


Wed., Oct 23 Picture re-takes


Thursday, Oct. 31 -- End of Quarter 1.


Friday, Nov. 1 -- NO SCHOOL for students


Tuesday, Nov. 19 (5 - 8 pm)  Field Book Fair at Barnes and Noble -- come hear local author Nick Hupton and the Field music groups perform. 

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
Marni Heck

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Tim Jungwirth


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt


Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:

Erin Thompson

Jeanne Mettner


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 |  
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