6th Grade Newsletter - September 22, 2014

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Curriculum Night -- Tomorrow!  
Come and experience your child's daily schedule.  First period begins promptly at 6:30, so you may want to come at about 6:15 to pick up your schedule and orient yourself!   Your school day is over at about 7:45.

CHAPERONING PARENTS FOR RIVER RENDEZVOUS!  An email will be sent home a few days before the field trip with necessary information you will need to know about helping us out on this field trip.  Check your email periodically!


This is a great outdoor trip (rain or shine!) 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 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 the slip with your child to Ms. Wucherpfennig.  Please email me Ms. Wucherpfennig with any questions.

Language Arts


This week we started reading "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech. We will be reading the book for the rest of the quarter. As we read, students will be tracking specific characters (assigned next week) and will eventually give a report to their class on what the book looks like from the perspective of their character. 

"Walk Two Moons" is rife with descriptive language, so we will also be learning about figurative and connotative language, especially idioms, similes, and metaphors. 

The retake for the "5 Story Elements" quiz will be on Thursday. 

The first Reading Log and Journal are due on Monday, 22nd of September.


The results of the final benchmark assessment are in.......Scores were fantastic! Please check the portal for up to date grades.  It is mid-quarter and we want to make sure students are on the right path of success.  Mid-quarters are just a snap shot and those grades are adjusted every week based on classwork, assessments, and homework. 


The plan to start our geometry unit has taken a detour.  


Unit 2: Rational numbers unofficially started last Friday. I had the students complete a pre-test to find out how many remember how to multiply and divide with fractions. Your student will bring home the syllabus for Unit 2 today.  We will spend this week reviewing those skills.  I am sure with a little review practice, the majority of the students will have success again on being able to show their knowledge of multiplication and division with fractions.    


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:

   -- Measurement quiz


This week:

 1. "Fix-up" for those who are not happy with their quiz results.

 2. Estimating measurements

3.  Begin a quick exploration of matter -- what is it made of, how does it behave, and why?  (Students will encounter a much more extensive "Properties of Matter" unit in 7th grade;  this is just a preview to help students better understand gravity, forces and energy later this year.) 


Homework this week:

   -- "HW5: Estimating metric measurements." (How big is a liter, how hot is 20˚C . . .?)


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 ran a bit behind last week due in part to so many great questions.  Nonetheless, we will be looking at how the electoral process works in electing a president in this upcoming week.


Homework: No homework this week!



From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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Dates to Remember:
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Tues., Sept. 23 -- Curriculum Night, 6:30-7:45.


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


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:
Mariam Graff


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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