6th Grade Newsletter - September 12, 2016

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Monday, Sept. 12, 2016


UPCOMING FIELD TRIP:  The 6th graders will be heading off on our first field trip very soon!  We will be heading to a MN Studies trip with many activities that we will be highlighting this year in MN Studies.  It is called River Rendezvous in Bloomington, MN and we will be attending on 
September 20, 2016.

This wonderful festival is a chance to experience living history at the Pond-Dakota Mission Park in Bloomington, Minnesota. Its goal is to demonstrate the lifestyles of people living in Minnesota between 1830 and 1870 through story-telling and interactive, hands-on demonstration!

Students will receive a permission slip (green paper) in MN Studies on Wednesday of this week.  Please ask your child for this sheet which will include details of the trip.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bronwyn Wucherpfennig (bronwyn.wucherpfennig@mpls.k12.mn.us).

Change in Advisory for 6th Grade:
Last year, we read through this newsletter with students each Monday during Advisory.  This year, our schedule is different, so we do not have that option.  (Some teachers go through their subject area newsletter entries during their core classes.)  Please help your student keep up with their weekly obligations by reading through the weekly newsletters with them and seeing that they include important events in their planners.
GEMS and GISE Registration Info
Hello Everyone!  Mr. Hamilton, Ms. Nelson, Ms. Hill, and Ms. Trandem would like to invite each of your students to join the GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) or GISE (Guys in Science and Engineering) programs this year.  

This year we have the opportunity to compete in the FIRST Lego League robotics competition, build CO2 powered cars, and learn a lot about the Engineering Design Process while we do it.

Our first class is Tuesday, September 27, 2016.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Mr. Hamilton (GISE) or Ms. Hill (GEMS).  

You can register your child online by following this link to the registration form:
    Language Arts     

Parents, please look for the daily information below in your child's planner.
Week 3 is here! Last week we started our Weekly Topics and continued with Journals.  We also has a chance to visit the library and check out some great books! We began reading the short novel Seedfolks and will continue on this week.  
Monday: Weekly Topic discussion and short 2 paragraph essay using vocabulary
Tuesday: Continue Seedfolks with discussion
Wednesday: Library & Seedfolks activity
Thursday: In class 3 paragraph Journal
Friday: Short Quiz on Seedfolks

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

        -- Ms. Risinger
    Social Studies      
Social Studies
It's been a great two weeks!  Thanks for sending 
your children.  I would like to address some basic
routines of my classroom MN Studies.

As you are checking your child's planner, please look for the following under Social Studies for my class.  For the first five minutes of MN Studies on Mondays, I go over the week ahead by listing the class activities for each day.   Students are to be adding this info to their planners. In addition, I have the students list the homework for the week up in a box near the top under "Things To Do."  Typically, I give one homework assignment a week.  I give the assignment on Monday (or first day of week) and students have one COMPLETE week to do the work and then it is due the following Monday.

We will soon be beginning a government unit which looks at the structure of the federal government and state government as well as discussing the roles of both levels of government.  As part of this unit, we will discuss the electoral college process and how we elect a president.  Inevitably, we get into the major parties/platforms and kids are very curious about the process and have lots of opinions and questions.  I explain to the kids that we have students in the room from all sides of the issues and kids from families who support all the different candidates.  I support/encourage all opinions so all students feel welcome in presenting their points of view and do not feel intimidated to share their opinions.  Kids are welcome to agree/disagree with others in a respectful manner.  We do some role play in that regard and I am hoping you could have the conversation at home as well about respecting the rights of all to have their own opinions.  Ask your children about the topics in class to continue the conversations at home!

Since we are still working out classroom routines, we ran a bit behind on our plan.  So, the upcoming week is as follows:

Monday:  Me Project Sharing
Tuesday-Wednesday:  "Grace" (State Photo) History Non Fiction Article/Reading Strategy
Thursday: Voting Apathy, Preamble Vocab
Friday:  Preamble Rewrite/Video

Homework:  Study for MN Basics quiz.  Quiz will be next Monday, September 19.  Students have notes to review to study for this quiz.  They should study their state symbols, metro counties/highways and
MN physical resources.

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


Last week:  
     Practice measuring with metric units for length, volume, and mass.

This week:
     Intro to the "metric system," or SI (International System of Units) -- its history and units;  comparing with customary units.

     Tentative schedule:    Mon:  Begin learning history of SI
      Tues: Finish SI history, begin practice stations
Wed: Lab stations 
Thur: Lab stations
Fri: Notebook and planner "QUIZ" (to check whether students are writing daily warm-ups, lab data, and planner reminders)

Homework this week (due Friday, Sept. 9):  "Measuring lengths" - using a ruler to
     accurately measure lengths in centimeters.

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.
- Mr. Husby

Almost all homework and class assignments are available on Husby's school web page.   (Click on "Homework" or "Class Assignments.")
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.

Students have been working hard this week reviewing factors, knowing exponents and prime numbers.  We started putting it all together on Friday working on prime factorization. We will continue to practice on Monday and Tuesday with our first learning target quiz on Wednesday.  

Students CAN use their bookmark on the quiz.  They should WRITE down vocabulary and example problems on both sides if needed.  If students would like a multiplication chart they should WRITE it on the bookmark.  They need to write it.  When a student writes they are using their brain, and the brain is what is needed to recall information.   

Monday:  Prime factorization
Tuesday:  Prime factorization
Wednesday:  Quiz #1 
This will be our first learning target quiz.  Students will have one class period to complete the short quiz.  Quizzes are designed to complete in 20 minutes if students are using their bookmarks and have studied, but they will have the whole class period.  
Thursday:  Least Common Multiple(LCM), Greatest Common Factor(GCF)
Friday:  LCM and GCF

- Ms. Wilson
  • Sept. 19:  Picture day  (Your student will probably get a hand-out this week)
  • Sept. 20:  Grade 6 Field Trip ("River Rendezvous" in Bloomington)
  • Oct. 13:  Conferences (3:30-7:30)  please make an appointment with Advisory teacher
  • 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


Alan Husby
Bronwyn Wuchpfennig 
(Social Studies)

Stacy Risinger
(Language Arts)

Lonna Wilson 
Heather Walker  
Other 6th Grade Advisors:

Marni Heck

Chase Burkhart

Other Field School Student Resources:
Mariam Graff 
(Social Work) 
Days at school: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
(612) 668-3640

Field School Site Council
6th Grade Parent Reps:
Cathe Brandt

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
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