6th Grade Newsletter - October 8, 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
Progress reports this week:
If your student is currently earning a D or F in any of their core classes, you should receive a notice in the mail this week.
Mid-quarter progress reports are just a snapshot of your child's current grades.  They are not a final grade.  These reports are just another way of trying to keep parents updated so no students fall through the cracks.  For the most current information about your student's progress, please check the Parent Portal.

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


We continue with our novel study of Seedfolks. Learning Links are due this week: Curtis, Nora on Tuesday and Maricela, Amir, Florence on Thursday.
To complete this unit we will have a Socratic Seminar, and view the documentary "The Garden" to connect this novel to a real life community garden.

Vocabulary that will be added to the notebooks this week: aroma, benefit, crevices, customary, decorum, dignified, exploit, haphazard, refuge, solitary, vast.

Reading Journal # 4 is due on Monday.



This Wednesday students will have a quiz on finding the surface area of prisms.  We did a quick review of surface area by working with rectangular prisms.  Students mastered this skill last year, but it's always nice to have a quick review.  We will find surface area of other types of prisms Monday and Tuesday, and then take the quiz on Wednesday.  Next we will find the volume of prisms.



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 we began a very brief look into matter and how it behaves.  This will help students understand electricity and other forces later on in the year.   


This week we will continue to look at the differences among solids, liquids, and gases, and try to decide which category a couple of new substances fall into.


I am still available during recess and lunch (T-W-Th) to help students improve their understanding of metric measurements, and to offer a retest when they are ready.   


Homework this week: Phases of matter.  An alien is visiting earth and doesn't understand solids, liquids, and gases.  We will set him straight.  I hope.  This assignment is due on Thursday.  


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 start our week by sharing our Famous MN projects.  Later in the week, we will start a unit on government structure and the election process leading up to the election.  See note above.


HOMEWORK FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK: No homework this week.
AVID Tip of the Week:   

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Being READY TO LEARN is key to being successful in school.  Being ready takes PLANNING.  It is not just about getting enough sleep, eating a good breakfast, being on time, and having all of your supplies in class (although these are very important).  Being ready starts in your head.  Being ready includes what you say to yourself before and during school.  Plan to think positive in school. Tell yourself to learn as much as possible each day, ask questions, sit by people who don't distract you, and to never give up!  Challenge yourself to constantly improve.


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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Thurs, Oct 11, 3:00-7:00  Conferences

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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