6th Grade Newsletter - September 29, 2014

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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!


We are outdoors all day, rain or shine! 

Students will not be returning from Albert Lea, MN until 3:45-4:00 p.m.  How will your student 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.  

Any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Wucherpfennig.

Language Arts


This week in Language Arts we will continue reading "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech. We've got an action-packed week coming up, featuring snakes, potential lunatics, and overly excited English teachers (in the story as well as the classroom.) Students will also be engaging in a "Philosophical Chairs" debate about using "Native American" vs. "American Indian".

Students continue to read every school day and write a journal reflection once a week. Students should be writing the journal reflection about something they've read. Remember, this is NOT a summary. 

The 9/29-10/3 reading journal is due Monday 10/6.


Final benchmark assessment for Unit 2 is Tuesday.  Students recorded the change in the test date in their planner last Wednesday, hopefully you were able to see your child's planner.  The next unit is Geometry.  


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:

   -- Many students improved their scores by re-taking the measurement quiz.  

  -- We started learning about "matter" -- what it is and how it behaves.


This week:

 1. A few students still need to learn some measurement skills and info.

 2. Reconsider estimating measurements -- many, many students did not put adequate effort into this assignment, so we will have to take more class time to re-learn and review.

3.  Continue our quick exploration of matter and how it behaves.


Homework this week:

   -- "HW6: Phases of Matter" (What defines a solid, liquid, or gas?)


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

Social Studies   


Update Regarding Online Textbook:


During curriculum night last week, many of you inquired about the MN Studies "Northern Lights" online textbook.  As mentioned at the meeting, we currently do not have rights for parents to have access to the textbook at home.  We also do not have any extra hardcover editions.

With that being said, we are in the process of purchasing ten hardcover editions to have in the classroom in case of an absence or if a student just needs extra time with the text.  Or, if you would like to purchase your own hardcover textbook, please click link on the side of this newsletter. 


I also asked my contact at MN Historical Society about the possibility of parents being able to purchase online access.  Currently, it is only being offered to school districts.  He will be checking with his management about whether the Field PTA  can purchase the online access rights.  I will let you know when I hear back.  Thank you so much for the support! 


Classwork this week:  We will be studying and looking at the structure of the state government and the design of the state capitol.


Homework: Study their Government Cornell Notes.  Topics should include voter apathy, branches of government, electoral college process.  Quiz on Monday, October 6.


From our administrators, counselor, and social worker:
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Dates to Remember:
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Friday, Oct. 3 -- all-day field trip to "River Rendezvous" in Albert Lea, MN.   Students need to find a way home -- we return about 4:00.


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


Field web site


Northern Lights Hardcover Textbooks
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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This email was sent to seth.leavitt@mpls.k12.mn.us by alan.husby@mpls.k12.mn.us |  

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