Mrs. Mathews' Minutes

Everton Bearcats! January 31, 2016

Mrs. Donna Mathews

6th Grade Teacher at Everton

Indiana University East Graduate

5th year teaching

Married for 36 years, 4 adult children and their spouses, 10 Grandchildren...Priceless :-)

Love quilting, being outdoors, gardening and working puzzles

Congratulations to our Science Bowl Team Members!

Everton's Science Bowl Team placed 3rd in the state in their division last week. 24 students in grades 4-6 represented our school. They will receive a plaque for the school and ribbons for their efforts. Team members from our class were: Morgan Keaffaber, Emma Russell, Tyla Patterson, Grace Robinson, Madelyn Newman and Tommy Barker. Great Job!!

Things to Know....

Please check your child's blue folder. We sent home their ISTEP scores from last year. Those are for you to keep. Also, with the first round of ISTEP starting the end of this month, we will be reviewing a lot of different skills to prepare them for this. I have also told my students that I don't like to use the "t" word (test) I prefer to call it a Celebration of Learning were they get a chance to show what they know! I don't want them to stress over this! I believe in each and everyone of them!!


  • Reading: We will be revieiwing making inference and proving evidence from the text
  • Writing: We will be working on informative writing
  • Math: We are working on order of operations
  • Science We finished our unit on Energy and the next two chapter will cover Earth Space
  • Grammar: We will be reviewing Pronouns

Upcoming Events

Feb. 5 - Midterms reports will be sent home

Feb. 11- PTO Meeting @ 5:30

Feb. 15th- Teacher In-service Day- NO school for students!


Sixth grade brings a lot of responsibility. Here are just a few areas to keep in mind:

  • Keeping up on class work ( We have a lot to cover each day and move quickly)
  • Checking in for attendance and lunch each morning
  • Turning in daily work and completing morning work
  • Using appropriate voices( There is a time to be social and a time to work)
  • Participation (the more you participate, the better you will understand the skill )
  • Responsibility (agenda, HW, turning in papers, following procedures)

6th Grade Students quizzing each other and working on their final project for Tuck Everlasting

We have uploaded another Math app to help students practice their skills.


Students have their log in and password in their agendas

Digitwhiz.....A Great site for more math practice

All the students can log in and practice at home!

Newsela- Great reading site!

This site contains current event stories with a 4 question quiz at the end. Great way for allowing students to read topics they like and test their Comprehension! All students have a username and password to log on!

Website for practicing and reviewing math skills

Many students are still struggling with converting fractions, decimals and percents. If you have time above is a free website that you and your child can review!


Communication is so very important and can make such a positive impact on your child's success. I've set up the following ways to have open communication with each of you. Please reach out to me any time you have a question, comment, or concern

  1. Daily Agendas
  • Please check and sign daily agendas. I check them daily and students receive extra Dojo coins if they are signed!

2. Remind

  • Thanks to everyone that signed up for Remind! It's an easy way for me to get a quick text message to everyone at once. Please consider signing up this weekend if you have not already done so! Thanks!

3. Dojo

  • Information was sent home the first week of school on how to sign up for Dojo. I also sent email invites to those that have not signed up yet. Please consider joining so you can see how your child is doing behavior wise. Students also earn coins to use for our mini economy. I can also send out emails to all of you at one time.

4. Email

  • I check my email many times throughout the day and evening. I will get back back with you as soon as I can. Sometimes, I need to gather and verify information, so please be understanding. I promise to communicate back as quickly as I can.


Please consider signing up for remind using the button below. Remind is a free, safe and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students and parents. All personal information is kept private. I will never see your phone number, nor will you see mine.

Please follow the directions so I can send you important information in a class text message! Your number will not be seen my phone either, so your information is still confidential.

DreamBox and Lexia/Core 5 at home

DreamBox and Lexia are new math and reading website the students have been working on at school to improve their skills. If you would like to down load Dream Box at home on your IPad it will ask for our school code. That code is : hyyu/6kyt For Lexia you only need my email which is listed at the top of this flyer

Our school code is hyyu/6kyt

Homework Hotline from Rose Hulman

Free help for your homework!

Harmony Parent Portal

Keep up to date with your child's grades!

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