6th Grade Newsletter - September 6, 2011

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Students received their planners on Wednesday.   Please check to see that your student has written his/her name in the planner, as well as on every notebook, folder, and binder.  It's amazing how easily these items are misplaced.   Students who are guided into the habit of regularly using their planners have an advantage when they get to high school and college.

Picture Day
Picture day will be Monday, Sept. 19.   Order envelopes are passed out in Advisory, either last Friday or today.  Students will all get their pictures taken for the yearbook, but if you wish to order a picture package, please send the payment with the envelope on Picture Day.  

If you have not yet signed up for a conference, please email your student's Period 1 teacher (see links to the right) to arrange for a time.  Conferences are scheduled for Oct. 13 and 18 from 3:00-7:00, and Oct. 19, 7:30a-3:30. Times fill up fast.
Language Arts
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"there is no gain without risk, perhaps no risk without love."

-   Stephen King (Pet Sematary)


This week we will finish the article "Middle School Formula, High Stress = High Burnout". Essay templates summarizing the article are due on Tuesday. We start our first Junior Great Books discussion with the reading of a short story: "Through the Tunnel" by Doris Lessing.


Homework: Reading Homework starts Tuesday. 9/6. Students should read at least 20 minutes every school day. They will complete a reading journal and a summary page every week. The first journal is due Monday, 9/12.


Vocabulary: Students add these words to your vocabulary list in their notebook; we will discuss them in class: buoyant, chivalry, conscious/unconscious, contrition, defiant, myriads, obstacle, promontory, and villa.


Students are coming to their class well supplied and ready to work! We all enjoyed our "Star" activity and sharing our ideas and writing.




Wow!  It was a busy first week of school, and I am happy to report everyone survived; even the teachers. 


Students checked out their first math textbook titled Covering and Surrounding.  This is the book students will use for classwork and homework assignments.  Students will NOT write in the book.  All student work will be done on paper.  Any work done in class should be brought home to use as a reference for homework problems.  We do all the work TOGETHER in class.  I will introduce the problem, students will work with others at their tables, and then we will discuss answers together as a class.  If students are following along and working hard in class, homework should be a piece of cake. 


We will work on the first investigation on Tuesday.   Students are writing an assignment in their planner everyday for math.  The assignment on Wednesday night will have students working on problems like those done in class on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Everyone should bring home their class notes to use on the homework.  Please check your child's planner for specific assignment information. 


If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.  The quickest way is through email, but I do try and check my voicemail every couple of days. 

microscopeWe made it through the first week!  (Almost -- I lost my voice on Tuesday.)  What a great group of students; I already get a good "vibe" from them! (I grew up in the 60s and 70s - what can I say, man?)

Last week I gave students a visual tour of the science room and all its rules and routines, as well as all our safety expectations.  A lot to remember!  We also got to do about the first 10 minutes of a lab activity.  (We will continue on Tuesday.)

This week we will continue with a couple days of lab activities designed to learn and practice measuring skills.  We will also visit the computer lab later in the week to conduct some research on "customary measurements" -- the units used before most of the world adopted the metric system.  Here's your chance to remind yourself what a furlong is, or a bushel, or a barleycorn.

Homework this week is practice with a ruler. We use metric (or SI) units in science, and we try to be precise to the nearest 0.1 cm.    Many students find this difficult at first, but a little practice goes a long way.

Current and past science assignments can usually be found at:  Husby's web pages.


MN History

We had a great first week!  We spent our time completing maps identifying major cities, highways,  metro area counties and physical features.  In addition, we came up with clues to remember many of these things.  Ask your kids about the clues!

Next week, I will explain to students that they will be expected to review these maps every couple of days for five to ten minutes as we will periodically have what I call "quick quizzes."

CLASSWORK THIS WEEK:  We will be finishing up some group projects to share with others about the significance of our major cities.  
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HOMEWORK:  Students will receive a homework assignment entitled Famous Minnesotans.  This will be a checklist that will guide them through the requirements.  These will be due Tuesday, Sept. 13.  We will be sharing them in class on that day.




Welcome to 6th grade AVID.  My name is Heather Walker.  I have been teaching AVID for the past three years.  I taught at Lyndale School prior to coming to Field 14 years ago.  I am thrilled to be teaching AVID again and am passionate about helping students grow to their full potential!

Our essential question for the first 8 weeks of school in AVID is:  How will I be a successful learner?  The concepts we will cover include Organization, Self -awareness, Prioritization, Reflection, Goal Setting, Inquiry, and Collaboration.   We will practice using and maintaining an organized binder,  taking Cornell Style Notes, time management skills, creative thinking skills and identifying, writing and asking higher level questions.

Most students have finished their first homework assignment, which is signing and returning their AVID contract.  I appreciate receiving the majority of contracts before school started.  This makes scheduling classes a lot easier!  I know that in some cases this was not possible.     Remaining contracts are due no later than this Friday.   

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.

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From our administrators:
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Dates to Remember:
calendar art1Monday, Sept. 19 Picture Day

Thursday, Oct. 13 and
Tuesday, Oct. 18   -- evening conferences (3:30-       7:30).   Please make an appointment!

Wed., Oct. 19 -- conferences during the day (7:30        am- 3:30).  (NO SCHOOL.)  Please
                                         make an appointment!

Thurs-Friday, Oct. 20-21 -- NO SCHOOL


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

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Contact Info:

(Language Arts)
Sandy Barry

Lonna Wilson

Alan Husby

(Social Studies)
Bronwyn Wucherpfennig

Heather Walker

Additional Advisory teachers:
Del Bey
Marni Heck
Kim Hotchkiss

School Social Worker:
Julie Peterson

Linda Reiner
Susanne Koob

Reading Specialist:

Gretchen Mattson

Math Specialist:

Mark Usem

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