6th Grade Newsletter - October 15, 2012

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  Students will be doing a government/election unit this month in MN Studies. We will be walking to our community polling place on election day as a way to encourage students to be active in the voting process.  The Kids Voting Minneapolis program needs adult volunteers who will help with kids coming in to participate.  Please contact Bronwyn Wucherpfennig and she will put you in contact with Kids Voting.


Please note that with this unit we will be covering government structure, electoral college, candidates and both sides of current issues.  Please notify Bronwyn Wucherpfennig if you have questions/concerns regarding these topics.
Grade or Assignment Concerns?
We are happy to communicate with parents about student progress.  Please keep this in mind before you email us:
Part of middle school is learning personal responsibility.  When we receive questions about missing assignments or poor scores, we usually suggest that the student come in for help, or check online for their own missing assignments, or check for extra copies of assignments in designated spots in each classroom.   Of course we will help guide students when they actually need it, but usually they are perfectly capable of helping themselves - and they will, if that is the expectation.

Reminder from the office staff about attendance:
If your student will be absent from school, you must contact the office directly.  (See list at right.)

Language Arts


The award winning documentary "The Garden" will be shown Monday and Tuesday in class. On Tuesday we will also take the "Seedfolks" vocabulary test. Students will be able to use their notebooks; a study list was handed out in class on Friday.



Volume Quiz Tuesday.  New unit starting Monday the 22nd.  The new unit will consist of everything to do with decimals and fractions.


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 students encountered three unusual substances.  I asked students to consider whether each substance was more like a liquid or more like a solid, and to provide evidence for their claims.


This week we will read about the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 -- a true story that reminds us how dangerous it is to heat things in closed containers.


We will also prepare for a quiz next week on our brief study of matter.  A study guide will be available.


I am still available during recess and lunch (just Tuesday this week) to help students improve their understanding of metric measurements, and to offer a retest when they are ready.   


Homework this week:  Finish "Boston Molasses Flood" activity if it is not completed during Monday's class time.  Due Tuesday.


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


Social Studies   


CLASSWORK THIS WEEK:  We will be continuing with the duties and roles of each branch of government.


HOMEWORK FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK: Branches of Government Cut and Paste Assignment due next Monday, October 22.
AVID Tip of the Week:   
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REPETITION is key when learning new skills.

CORNELL NOTES are a great way to get up to 10 repetions of academic information.

The more QUALITY REPETITIONS you get of academic information, the better you will do on tests.


Repetitions in Cornell Notes Include:

-       Circle key words

-       Highlight/underline main ideas

-       Put a question mark by any points of confusion

-       Asterisk possible test questions

-       Add information you missed while taking notes as well as examples.

-       Draw lines Chunking similar types of information together

-       Write questions on the left side for the information in each chunk

-       Make a crease in the paper and use the fold over method to quiz yourself on the information using the questions you wrote.

-       Use the questions you wrote on the left side to help you write a summary linking everything together.

-       Study, revise, compare notes with a friend

-       Bring points of confusion to class or tutorial and ask questions.

Reminder to AVID Families: I am available during conferences on a drop-in basis.  I encourage all AVID families to stop by the AVID classroom after your scheduled conference.
October 23 is AVID Family Night.  Join us at Field from 5:30-7:00 for Food, Fun and Facts about AVID.


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:
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From Counselor Wendy Wolff:

Congratulations to the following 6th Graders for being selected for this year's Student Council!


Siobhan Sullivan

Elia Dewey

Willem Villerius

Phoebe Cuyun

Jordan Muschler

Megan Reed

I look forward to developing strong student leaders and improving the social and learning climate here at Field this year! We will begin by encouraging everyone to participate in "UNITY" day this Wednesday October 10! Wear ORANGE and let's stand up together against BULLYING! (Sponsored by the National Bully Prevention Center)

Midquarter progress reports:
Midquarter grades will be submitted by Wednesday October 3, 2012. Remember, students are receiving grades for homework, tests and participation on a daily basis so progress grades can change quickly. For the most up to date information on your child's progress, check the parent portal and click on "assignments". If you or your child are confused about an assignment or a grade, encourage them to talk with their teacher and practice some self advocacy and problem solving skills. These will be important skills to have throughout middle school and we hope all students have it perfected by the time they get to high school!


Dates to Remember:
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Tues, Oct 16, 3:00-7:00  Conferences

Wed, Oct. 17, 7:30 am- 3:00 pm   Conferences

       NO SCHOOL


Thurs-Fri, Oct. 18-19    NO SCHOOL


Thurs., Oct 25   Picture re-takes


Friday, Nov. 2  NO SCHOOL  (End of Quarter 1)


Sunday, Nov. 4    Daylight Savings Time ends, set clocks back 1 hour


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 |  
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