6th Grade Newsletter - October 29, 2012

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First Quarter is nearing an end:


Election Day Walking Field Trip
We are participating in the Kids Voting project so please ask your child for their permission slip to walk to our neighboring polling place to vote in the November election.  They will not be able to go with us without this permission slip.


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


We study Maya Angelou's poem, "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" this week. We will look at Rhyme Scheme, then we will do a 'write- like' poem using Angelou's poem as a model. In the lab on Wednesday and Thursday we will publish, illustrate and share the poem.

Reading Homework is due on Monday.




We have been working on some review work on finding factors and multiples, prime/composite numbers and exponents.  Students will put all that review work together when they take the last quiz of the quarter on Wednesday.   Students will demonstrate finding prime factorization using exponents on the quiz.  During class on Monday and Tuesday we will practice this learning target, along with Monday's homework. Students have MANY class notes to use as study tools.  


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 took a quiz to show their knowledge of matter and how it behaves.


This week students will have an opportunity to correct any errors they made on the quiz.  That is this week's homework -- they will get their quiz papers back with mistakes marked, and they will be asked to try answering those questions again.  They may also ask for help directly.


I cannot emphasize strongly enough that students only have THIS WEEK to improve their scores if they wish.  I am available during recess and lunch all week (T-W-Th) to help students who want more personal attention.


This week we also begin to study engineering skills and concepts. Students will practice blowing soap bubbles so we can apply such engineering skills as: comparing materials by experimentation, analyzing products, and improving a design.


Homework this week is the "Matter Quiz Fix-up."   Due Thursday.  


I am pleased to welcome Ms. Megan Sutton to our classroom.  She is a student teacher from St. Olaf College who will be with us for the next 6-7 weeks.  She began the year at South High School before coming to Field. She will introduce herself in next week's newsletter.


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 analyzing the candidates and their platforms as well as using the iPads for surveys which will help kids consider their own stands on issues.  We are going to stick with discussing in more detail the issues of economy, taxes, health care, education but please be aware kids may see some other issues in the surveys that might prompt some discussion at home.  We will not be discussing all of these other issues in detail but I wanted to advise you that they may be seeing some of the other topics up for conversation in this election with the technology we are using.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.


HOMEWORK FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK: Popular Vote WS (back and front).
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.


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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Dates to Remember:
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Thurs., Nov. 1   Last day of Quarter 1 -- All work is due!


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

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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
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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