6th Grade Newsletter - September 15, 2014

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Dear Parents,
Students received a field trip slip on Friday to bring home and discuss with you.  It is on purple paper.  This is an awesome outdoor trip which allows your children to explore social and cultural heritage of America through a high impact and hands on experience. 
Highlights include: Voyageur Storytelling, Military Reenactments, Native American culture and much more!  This trip reinforces the MN Studies curriculum.

Please ask your child so you and your child can start making arrangements.  It is an extended day trip and students will not be returning from Albert Lea, MN until 3:45-4:00 p.m.  In addition, you and your child will need to discuss how he/she will get home.  Options listed on the field trip slip include:  walking home with permission and being picked up by a parent or friend's parent.

The permission slip can be downloaded here.  

More specific info will follow as we near the date of the trip.  Please return with your child to Ms. Wucherpfennig.  Any questions, please feel free to email me.

Language Arts


On Monday, we'll be wrapping our Daybook lessons on the elements of stories with a quiz. Students will need to be able to list the five elements of stories we've read about (setting, character, point of view, storyline/plot, and theme) as well as define each of these elements. Students will also have to draw a plot map for a story.

The Daybook packet, Lessons 11-15 on elements of a story, is due in the beginning of class on Monday,September 15.

Next week we will begin our unit on Sharon Creech's classic young adult novel Walk Two Moons. The novel contains two stories: the narrator Sal's search for her mother, and Sal's friend Phoebe's exploration of a mystery "lunatic" who keeps showing up in their neighborhood. We'll start out by exploring two key concepts, perspective and perception, and then move into the novel.



We are moving right along.  This first unit ends this week with our final work on order of operations. Students will focus on adding and subtracting fractions within an multi-step problem. It is a great time for students to use GCF and LCM to calculate equivalent fractions.  There will be a final benchmark assessment on Thursday with students recording their answers for the district on Friday.  There will NOT be re-takes for a final unit test.  Our next unit of study will be geometry.   


The experiment of adjusting BEST classes based on learning target quiz results went well.  Students reported that having extra practice and being able to re-take a quiz during class was helpful.  There is movement again this week based on the results of the LCM/GCF quiz from last Friday.  This will be the last week for students to re-take quizzes for this first unit, whether that is during BEST or at recess/lunch time.  Next week students will go back to their original BEST groupings as we start work new a unit.  



Homework Assignments: Students will have math homework assignment every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  The assignment is due the next day.  Students are expected to write the assignment in their planner at the beginning of every class period.  Please check planners!  Homework is designed to help students practice skills taught in the classroom.  We take notes in class and have practice problems written down in the students' notebooks, so they have a reference/help resource when completing the homework each night.  The time it takes students to finish the assignments will vary based on the students ability, but NO ONE should spend more than 30 minutes completing an assignment.  


Please contact me if you have any questions.


Ms. Wilson


Last week:

   -- History of customary measures and the metric system ("SI").


This week:

 1. Measuring practice stations:  length, mass, volume, tenths, comparing, estimating . . . 

 2. Measurement quiz on Friday?


Homework this week:

   -- "HW4: Metric Prefixes." What does "kilo-" and "micro-" mean?


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

Social Studies   


Classwork this week:  We looked at the structure last week of the federal government and will soon be looking at how the state government is set up in a similar fashion.  Before that, however, we will look at how a presidential election works and be working with the iPads and looking at the electoral college process.


Homework:  Three Branches of Government Cut and Paste due Monday, September 22.




From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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Dates to Remember:
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Mon., Sept. 15 -- Picture Day


Tues., Sept. 23 -- Curriculum Night, 6:30-7:30.


Friday, Oct. 3 -- all-day field trip to "River Rendezvous" in Albert Lea, MN. 


Tues, Oct. 14 -- Conferences (3:00-7:30)


Wed, Oct. 15 -- NO SCHOOL;  Conferences (7:30 am - 3:30)


Thurs., Oct. 16 -- NO SCHOOL


Fri., Oct. 17 -- NO SCHOOL


Thurs., Oct. 23 -- Conferences (3:00-7:30)


Fri., Oct. 24 -- Picture retakes


Fri., Oct 31 -- NO SCHOOL (End of Quarter 1)

Community Opportunities:

In This Issue
Language Arts
Social Studies
From our Administrators
Dates to Remember
Community Opportunities

Quick Links


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Quick Links


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Contact Info:

(Language Arts)
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

(Social Studies)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory
Marni Heck

School Social Worker:
Linda Reiner
Reading Specialist:

Bev Halvorson


Math Specialist:

Seth Leavitt


Site Council Representatives for 6th grade:

C.C. Strom

Danielle Zdon


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.

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