6th Grade Newsletter - October 3, 2016

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Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

Welcome!

Repeat of Referendum message:
On Nov. 8, Minneapolis voters will be asked to renew the school district's current operating referendum authorization, which expires after the 2016-17 school year. If passed, funding would help Minneapolis Public Schools manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. The request would authorize the referendum for nine years and be annually adjusted for inflation. Property taxes are not projected to increase if the referendum renewal passes. Learn more here: www.mpls.k12.mn.us/referendum2016

How to be a member of a functioning learning community, Part 2:
Please remind your 6th grader once again of these expectations:   1. Students may not blurt out whenever they feel like it -- they need to show courtesy toward others in the classroom.   2.  Students may not leave the classroom without permission -- this is both a safety issue and necessary for a smoothly functioning community.   3. Students need to enter class on time, get down to business without reminders, and be ready to follow directions.
Thanks for your continuing support!  

Conferences:
We have just a few open time slots left during our Parent Conference days.  As of today, these are the openings:
6:00-6:30, Thurs, Oct 13
7:30-8:00 am, Wed, Oct 19
9:30-10:00 am, Wed., Oct. 19
10:00-10:30 am, Wed., Oct. 19
10:30-11:00 am, Wed., Oct. 19
11:00-11:30 am, Wed., Oct. 19
11:30-12:00 am, Wed., Oct. 19


We may also be able to arrange times on certain days before or after school (7:30-7:45 am or 2:45-3:00 pm) with as many teachers as are available.

If you would like to reserve or arrange a conference time, please contact Alan Husby at alan.husby@mpls.k12.mn.us.
    Language Arts     

Parents, please look for the daily information below in your child's planner.
notepadThis week in Language Arts:

Monday: MAP Testing-Reading
Tuesday: MAP Testing-Reading
Wednesday: Read and discuss Seedfolks chapters
Thursday: In class 3 paragraph Journal
Friday: Short Seedfolks Quiz

Remember, what you do not finish in class you can take home and complete for the next day.

        -- Ms. Risinger
    Social Studies      
   
This week in MN STUDIES:

CLASSWORK:

Monday:  Share Branches of Government Projects
Tuesday-Wednesday:  Congress for Kids Ipad Activity
Thursday:  Branches of Government Video
Friday:  America's Choice Article

HOMEWORK:  The Popular Vote Worksheet Due 
Monday, October 10, 2016.

Feel free to email at any time with questions :)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig
    Science              

Greetings!

Last week:  
      Measurement quiz, and introduction to "matter"

This week:
     How matter behaves:  phases of matter, density, maybe thermal expansion

     Tentative schedule:    Mon:  Review quiz results, make an improvement plan
      Tues:  Phases of matter: readings
Wed:  Temperature and phase changes
Thurs:  Stacking liquids  
Fri:  floating and sinking

Homework this week (Due Thurs., Oct. 6):  "Floating, Sinking, and Gravity" 

What you should expect to see in the science section of your child's planner:  
        I ask students to write just a few words about each day's activities, AND to mark boldly the dates when assignments are due or when there is a quiz/test.

Another note:  Most students will continue to be free to participate in lab activities on their own, but it appears that a few will need more direct supervision, and thus less freedom to act on their own.  Please encourage your student to behave in a way that will allow their teachers to trust them.
Microscope
- Mr. Husby

Note:
Almost all homework and class assignments are available on Husby's school web page.   (Click on "Homework" or "Class Assignments.")
    Math                
Greetings:
Planners:  Parents I am having students write in their planners DAILY what the specific homework assignment is for the day. Including Fridays.   
If your child does not have or remember their homework, please check the parent portal.  I will list the assignment.  If the assignment is a worksheet I will have a pdf of the worksheet attached to the title of the assignment. Click on the paperclip icon and the pdf will appear.

Unit 1 is complete.  Students finished their final assessments on Friday.  I was proud of the focused concentration by all students and the detailed explanations some students put on their papers. The grades are updated in the portal.  Students will fill out a reflection sheet on Monday about their results and next steps.  Once all students have completed the final I will pass them back for students to take home.  As with all math skills, the final may be over the concepts will return.  We will continue to work on our unit one skills throughout the year and go deeper with the understanding.         

We will start our next unit-Rational Numbers today.  Based on the results of a pre-test given to students we will spend quite a bit of time relearning multiplication and division with fractions.  Only about 8% of the 6th graders retained the information from last spring.  I am confident some students might just need a quick reminder, but for the majority they might need a complete re-teach. I am hoping students will use their bookmarks and review class notes daily at home.      

Monday:  Results of final and complete reflection sheet, discuss next steps with Unit 2
Tuesday:  Review LT 2.1: convert rational numbers to equivalent expressions
Wednesday:  Review LT 2.1
Thursday:  Start working on multiplication with fractions
Friday:  Multiplication with fractions

- Ms. Wilson
 DATES to REMEMBER...  
  • Oct. 13:  Conferences (3:30-7:30)  please make an appointment with Mr.Husby
  • Oct. 18:  Conferences (3:30-7:30) by appointment
  • Oct. 19: NO SCHOOL;  Conferences (7:30am-noon)  by appointment
  • Oct. 20-21:  NO SCHOOL
  • Nov. 2:  End of Quarter 1
  • Nov. 3-4:  NO SCHOOL
  • Nov. 7: Quarter 2 begins

TEACHING STAFF:

Alan Husby
(Science)
Alan.Husby@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
 
Bronwyn Wuchpfennig 
(Social Studies)
Bronwyn.Wucherpfennig@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Stacy Risinger
(Language Arts)
Stacy.Risinger@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Lonna Wilson 
(Math)
Lonna.Wilson@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640
 
Heather Walker  
(AVID) 
Heather.Walker@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640 
____________________________
Other 6th Grade Advisors:

Marni Heck
Marni.Heck@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640

Chase Burkhart
Chase.Burkhart@mpls.k12.mn.us
612-668-3640
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Other Field School Student Resources:
 
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640
Mariam.Graff@mpls.k12.mn.us

____________________________
Field School Site Council
6th Grade Parent Reps:
 
Cathe Brandt
brandtmpls@comcast.net

Lisa Purcell
 
** Site Council meetings are held 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.

 
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 4645 Fourth Ave.South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612-668-3640 | Fax: 612-668-3661

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