6th Grade Newsletter - October 7, 2013

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Thanks to all of the parent volunteers who joined us on the River Rendezvous trip last Friday.  You made it possible for us to travel in smaller groups and pay more attention to individuals.  It was a more enjoyable and safer trip because of you!

(And for future consideration:  we will have similar trips in February -- a science, math, and engineering expo -- and in the spring -- to the Capitol and MN History Center.)

Language Arts


We will continue reading Walk Two Moons in class. By Friday we will have read through chapter 22. This week we will be working on vocabulary, learning about similes, and mapping characters. Friday there will be a short quiz on similes and comprehension questions. To study, students should study their notes on similes. The comprehension questions will be related to our discussions in class during reading.
The first 10 pages of the novel packet should be completed by Friday. We will have time at the end of class everyday to work on them, but if the page we are working on is not finished during class time, they should finish at home. Packets will be checked for progress on Friday. In addition, Tuesdays homework will be to reread chapters 1-14 for similes and to write them in their notebooks. They should bring these to share on Wednesday. Students can count this reading on their reading logs.

Last week did go by quick!  This week will also fly by as we review prisms.  The first couple of days we will calculate surface area of prisms.  Then we will find volume of prisms.  There will be a quiz on Friday that will include calculating surface area and volume of prisms.  Whew!  That is a lot for students to keep track of, but everyone is taking class notes, "I write, you write".  We will also have many experiences in class with these two concepts.  


Many students have retaken quiz #1 and quiz #2.  Great job 6th graders!  There is still time to show improvement on those standards.  See me during recess on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays if you need help or want to re-take a quiz.


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


Last week we began to explore the nature of behavior of matter.


This week we wrap up this brief exploration.  There may be a quiz at the end of the week -- or perhaps early the following week.  We'll see how much we can learn and review before then.


6th graders may be coming home with a bag of slime this week. (Sorry!)  Is it a solid or a liquid . . . or something in-between?  (Students without a signed safety contract, or those who have trouble following directions this week, will sadly miss out.  I hope nobody is in either category!)


I am still encouraging some students to take another shot at learning and testing their metric measuring skills.   I will be available during recess and lunch on T-W-Th for extra help, as well as during Wed. study time in Advisory.  


Homework this week (HW6): Floating and Electricity:   Due Thursday.


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 will continue with more in-depth activities about the roles of each branch of government.


Homework: None this week.

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

Please look over your child's grades and recognize their hard work as well as areas that may need some improvements!


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


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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