Junior High Journal
News and Happenings of the Junior High Department
6th Grade Updates and Reminders 3/13-3/20
- Chromebooks should be charged every night to ensure the battery lasts throughout the day!
- Check Skyward and the homework calendar frequently for missing and current homework assignments, talk to your child about their work.
- Please remember that although you can email your students, absences and early pick-up information must be reported through the office. Please call the Yorkville School office.
2016-2017 YEARBOOK ORDER DUE!
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
Karrie Lazewski firstname.lastname@example.org
*Scholastic Book Order Code: JQ8XW under Miss Thomas still
This week the 6th graders finished up their City Projects and presented them. They look great!!! We watched the movie, City of Ember, and will have a discussion on the similarities and differences of the movie and the book. I’m a fan of the book, of course.
We also started our March Madness Book Brackets. Students picked 16 books to be included in the bracket. Each week, they will vote for the books they want to “win.” It’s a fun way to hear about new books. I will introduce their next book project on Monday. They can start looking for a good book!
Their spelling unit this week consisted of open, closed and hyphenated compound words. Most of the 6th graders have the spelling down, they just need to remember if they are open, closed or hyphenated. Next week, we’ll go over the suffixes -ate and -ary.
I will be placing another book order before spring break. You can order online or bring the form in to me and I’ll add it to my teacher order. *Scholastic Book Order Code: JQ8XW under my maiden name, Miss Thomas still. The order will be placed by March 31st, so we can get the books before spring break!
Have a great weekend!
Math News and Updates
Amanda Lois email@example.com
This week in Math the sixth graders have been working with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division algebraic equations. They are showing how we keep an equation “balanced” by doing the opposite (inverse) operation to both sides of the equal sign to get the variable by itself.
On Tuesday we celebrated Pi Day! Thank you to all those who sent in treats! The students certainly enjoyed them during the Pi Bee Competition! The winner of the competition memorized the first 86 digits of Pi! Students learned how Pi is calculated, where it comes from and how it is used. Then they completed a crossword all about Pi and a number frequency and percentage chart on the first 100 digits of Pi.
Next week we will continue Module 11 with writing and graphing inequalities. We will take the Module 11 quiz and then move into a Geometry Unit focusing on Area, Surface Area and Volume.
Have a great weekend!
This week in science we began working on the cause, types and movement of Ocean Waves. Students have really enjoyed our work with the oceans. Due to adding in a few extra activities our group project just got underway! Groups are responsible for “teaching” the class a specific section about Waves. They have been given the freedom to decide what type of presentation they will put together, a poster, google presentation, prezi or even demonstrations to “teach” their topics. I am so looking forward to seeing the collaboration and final product next week. Have a great weekend!
Social Studies News and Updates
Mary Niccolai firstname.lastname@example.org
Social studies continued working on the events of the Revolutionary War. Students learned about the second meeting of the Continental Congress. We learned that John and Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson were some of the delegates who met in Philadelphia.
They learned how George Washington became commander of the first Continental Army. This was a shift from small, individual militias. George Washington soon realized his men were disorganized and lacked discipline. He spent almost nine months getting weapons and preparing his men to take back Boston. On March 1776, Washington and his men surprised the Red Coats with an early morning attack and managed to drive Great Britain out of the city.
We discussed the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Since Thomas Jefferson was knows as a gifted writer it made sense that the committee chose him to write the words. On July 2, 1776 the delegates voted to declare their independence from Great Britain. After some changes, Jefferson's document was signed by all 56 delegates and the the Declaration of Independence was born. It was said that John Hancock signed his name large enough so that King George could read his name without his glasses. If you look at the document, you will notice that John Hancock’s signature is much larger than the others.
Next week we begin to review for the chapter test. We will also take a closer look at the three parts of the Declaration of Independence. Please check Skyward for updated grades. Encourage your son or daughter to complete late or absent work.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend.
Physical Education News and Updates
Amanda Peterson email@example.com
Nathan Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
This week the sixth graders played Medic Ball, which is a variation of bombardment. On Thursday, the students started their Floor Hockey Unit. We talked about safety and played lead-up games including Hockey Keep Away and Hockey Pirates. Next week we will work on passing, shooting, hopefully start some Hockey Game Play!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Band News and Updates
Our Solo and Ensemble Festival will be on Saturday, March 25th at Yorkville School. Performance times were posted Monday morning, so ask your child to find out the specific time and location of their performance. Encourage your child to perform their music for you. This will help them be more confident at the festival!
If you volunteered to help at the festival, Bernadette Strickland or Amy Grimes will be contacting you in the coming days. Thanks again to all of our volunteers!
On Friday, April 7, the members of the 6th Grade Band will be traveling to Union Grove High School for a morning rehearsal and then participating in the 40th Annual Mass Band Concert at 6:30pm in the UGHS large gym. We will also be hosting another Culver’s Fundraiser on April 7.
Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!
Choir News and Updates
Music Man Jr. Costumes-Students will need to find their own costume for the musical. I do have some things here at school, but not a lot. The musical takes place in July 1912, victorian edwardian style “titanic-like” clothing and knickers with suspenders are some examples. Rehearsals are running smoothly!! We will start blocking next week. Cast members will need to have their lines memorized by then!!. Rehearsals are every Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday. It is very important that your child be present during these times!!
Solo & Ensemble is Saturday March 25th from 8am-12pm. Students continue to work on their pieces and should sign up for individual practice times with me weekly.
If you are looking for extra handouts, forms, etc. please check my website. I try to post everything I can so you have access at home!!! http://yorkvillemusic.weebly.com
Students are continuing to work on to create an extreme close up eye of a creature. The eye uses uses stippling on shrink film - these will be put in the toaster oven and they will shrink to ¼ of their original size! Once they are shrunk, they will be attached to a scratch board. Students will use a stylus to remove the top layer of black paint and reveal the color beneath to complete their creature.