6th Grade Newsletter - September 4, 2012

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Thank you!

Our cupboards are well supplied with classroom essentials- thanks to the generosity of our 6th grade families!

Language Arts



Our "High Stress = High Burnout" essays are due at the end of class on Tuesday. 
We read a Ray Bradbury short story next, "The Veldt", a 1951 science fiction tale of a family that gets lost in fantasy and technology. We read this Junior Great Book selection to prepare for next weeks first "Socratic Seminar".
The new vocabulary that will be added to the Reader's Writer's notebook is: abstractedly, engrossed, insufferable, preoccupied, Rima, spoor, telepathic emanations, veldt.



Wow hard to believe the first week is already in the past.  It was wonderful to see everyone eager to get into a routine for learning.  We started our first unit, 2-D and 3-D Geometry.  Some lessons used can be found in the CMP2 book Covering and Surrounding, which kids checked out last week.  This book is NOT to be written in.  All work done in math class will be written on notebook paper, as will the homework.


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 concentrated on learning the routines, expectations, and safety rules in science class.  We also practiced measuring the volume of liquids.  


This week we will delve into measurement systems. Customary measurements are those we have used for a long, long time -- inches, feet, yards, ounces, cups, etc. The metric system, better known as "SI" or the International System, is now the standard for scientists, engineers, and everyday people all over the world.  We will study both.


Homework this week will be practice in measuring lengths with a metric ruler.  It is due on Thursday.  


Science assignments for this quarter can usually be found at:  Husby's web pages (after they are assigned).


Social Studies   

In spite of the heat, it was an awesome first week of school!  Thank you for all the supplies parents sent in and for sending your kids ready to learn!


Last week, we dove into our state symbols, metro counties and highway system!  They'll be ready to drive soon!  Am I rushing things?  :)
Anyways, students took Cornell Notes and completed activities revolving around these concepts.  After we finish physical features next week, students will be asked to study these concepts for the MN Quick Quiz which covers the symbols, highways, counties and physical features and major cities.  I will give this quiz periodically throughout the year so they don't forget the basics of MN.

After the basics, we will dive into our Northern Lights textbook.  Also, my student teacher, Ms. Murphy will begin to do some of the teaching.  

In addition, we will start using our class set of IPADS soon!  Kids are asking and looking forward to it but our technology department has to finish getting them set up.  So, IPADS coming soon!

HOMEWORK FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK:  Counties Worksheet due September 10, 2012.

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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Dates to Remember:
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Tuesday, Sept. 17 -- Picture day


Friday, Oct. 5 -- "River Rendezvous" field trip 


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


Thurs-Fri, Oct. 18-19    NO SCHOOL

Community Opportunities:




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

Quick Links

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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


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