6th Grade Newsletter

* We Play, We Learn, We Grow Together *

Pictures

Photos were distributed to students Wednesday and Thursday during their tutorial period. If you did not get your child photo first check their backpacks and then reach out to the office.

Math Workbooks

In previous years, students have stored all of their math workbooks in their lockers. This year, however, students will be receiving math workbooks (one workbook each in-person day) until they have all 8 units at home. This is in case our learning changes. Please find a place at home for students to store these until they are needed at school.

Backpacks

Many teachers have worked to help alleviate the amount of stuff in kids backpacks. Several kids are telling us that they just want to keep everything in their backpack. We've collected everything we're going to keep in the classroom at this point, so this might be a good time to go through your child's backpack and help them reduce the weight. Generally, kids will need a notebook for some of their classes, a folder for each class, their current math workbook, their planner, a book to read, and their Chromebook.

Chrome Bookmarks

We have a small favor to ask . . . could you please have your child show you their bookmarks on their Chromebooks? Many of them have a ton of elementary links and/or games bookmarked on their Chromebook. It makes it harder for students to find the bookmarks that middle school teachers want. Many teachers have been asking students individually to delete these bookmarks, but it would be helpful for this to happen at home.

To delete a bookmark, have the student hover over the bookmark. Then they do a 2 finger click on the bookmark to open up the pop-down menu. They then click on "delete".

iReady

Students recently completed the iReady math and reading diagnostic testing. Results will help inform PLCs and teaches as to individual and class strengths and areas of need.

Learning Logs and Agendas

Most teachers have made available to students a learning log or agenda slide. This is a comprehensive, running record of all the activities (both in person and asynchronous work) that students are completing. These documents are made available in Classroom and on the 6th grade Hub. Students can use this to verify the work that they are completing and/or access missing work from days they are absent from school.

Subject Updates - Language Arts

For the past week, students in Language Arts classes have been diving into learning about and discussing reading. We talked about likes/dislikes related to reading and were able to respond to some attention-grabbing first lines of books, and even some first chapters! We took a NoREdInk diagnostic pretest, which will help teachers to know what grammar concepts students have mastered as well as which ones need to be taught. We set up digital or physical Interactive Notebooks where we will house notes and activities. This will be graded once to twice a quarter. Finally, we started taking notes and learning about the different fiction and nonfiction genres of texts.

Subject Updates - Math

Although this week was shortened by no-school Friday, and the focus of Asynchronous time shifting to work on iREADY, our students are heading into the land of higher expectations after Labor Day. This means they know how to efficiently find the work they need to complete, to complete their work to an acceptable standard, to make an effort to truly be responsible and to engage in their learning. As we get into our routines, students need to be working on Math almost every day; there is always something to do. Parents, please spend some time looking at the Planners, Learning Log, and compare to what you see them completing in their workbooks. Are they using the Answer Keys and other tools provided? Do you think their work looks well done, with details that make their thinking visible?



Regular Math~ We are getting started with Lesson 4 Parallelograms next week, and will also have our first quiz the week of September 14th.


Accelerated~We have our first Quiz on Lessons 1- 6 next week after the long weekend. Watch for a Study Guide to go home, and ready to travel during the long weekend.


AT/Infinity~ Unit 1 Math test is on the horizon, possibly starting on Friday, 9/11.

Subject Updates - Science

Students have been exploring the wide variety of jobs that scientists do. We will continue to discuss the role of scientists and learn to follow the steps they take in experimentation, inquiry and data collection. This week and next week, we begin to dive into our first unit "Body Systems". Students will use the following overarching questions as a guide in our new unit: "How do we know if a medicine is safe and effective?" and "How do scientists investigate and gather evidence about the human body?". To start off the unit, we will investigate a disease called pellagra. Students will learn the processes scientists went through to discover the causes of this disease in order to help cure the people who were infected.

Subject Updates - Social Studies

Students worked on an Artifact Investigation activity. An artifact is an object historians examine to learn about how people in the past lived, what they valued, and what materials and technology they used. They can then make inferences using evidence and reasoning about what civilizations were like from the time period the artifacts came from.

Questions, Concerns, Things You Want Us to Know??

This year, students will be challenged to grow in many ways and if they are willing to work hard, you will love the direction that this journey will take. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

6th Grade Hub

links to teacher emails, agendas, and websites

Previous 6th Grade Newsletters