Team Howlers Newsletter
Week of September 19
School News & Important Dates:
September 21: Chick-fil-A Calendar Orders Delivered
September 30: Fall Pictures-- more information to follow
Team Howlers News:
We would like to clarify what R Cards are. For every homework assignment that a child misses, the teacher for that subject will initial the R Card, along with the date, so students can see how many assignments they are missing. Once a student gets four missing homework assignments, Dr. Jones, our grade level administrator, will have a conference with the student; the student will serve a lunch detention and will not be allowed to participate in that month's intramurals. The teacher that signs for the fourth missing homework assignment will email or contact parents to let them know that this step will be occurring. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
Please make sure you check Parent Portal (https://fortmill.powerschool.com/public/home.html) to see how your child is doing in his/her classes. If you should have a question about grades, please contact your child’s teacher directly.
If your child is ever out, please make sure to check each teachers’ websites for material covered in class that day. Also if you know that your child is going to be out ahead of time, if at all possible, please email us in advance, so we can get his/her assignments together and give them to him/her before he/she leaves. If you have any questions or concerns that are subject specific, please contact that teacher.
This week 6th Grade Math will be finishing the unit on Equivalent Expressions. We begin be learning about: prime factorization, greatest common factor (GCF), using GCF to factor and expression back into distributive form and least common multiple (LCM). We have a quiz planned for Thursday, Sept. 22nd, on the above topics.
GT Math will be finishing the unit on Decimals. We have covered decimals: Add, subtract and multiply. We will cover dividing decimals and have some practice with all operations and word problems as well. We have a quiz planned for Thursday, Sept. 22nd, on Properties and the above topics.
Parents & Guardians,
Please remember to sign up for the app: Remind for text messages from Mrs. Bryson’s 6th Science Class. Please use: remind.com/join/cbrys to sign up! Thank you!
*Class information, hand-outs, & homework are located under Academic Resources
This week in language arts we will continue doing writing and grammar warm-ups as part of our daily routine. On Monday's we will have motivational Monday where students will have a quote that they will respond to; Tuesday's to Thursday's students will have various grammar warm-ups they will be working on. This week is our Media Center day. We will be going to the Media Center on Wednesday this week. Students will need to bring their books back to school on Wednesday to either turn in or renew. For homework this week students will be reading a non-fiction article and answering questions that go along with the article. The articles are related to the material that the students will be reading in their class novels this week.
I will be passing back the test that students took last Thursday on Tuesday this week. Any student that made below a 75 is eligible for a retake. The highest grade that students can get on the retake is a 75. Students will have until Friday, September 30, to take the retake. Students will need to make arrangements with me to take the retake.
We are continuing our class novels this week in class. We do not have enough copies to send home with students. Students will be given some time in class to read. However, if your child would like to have his/her own copy you may purchase one to send in or purchase an eBook for him/her to read on his/her electronic devices. It is not required that you purchase a copy of the novel for your student. This is an option for students who like to have their own copy. Students in my grade level (3rd/5th) classes will be reading Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesel Shurtliff. Students in my GT (4th/6th) classes will be reading Storythieves by James Riley. Students did an excellent job with their first class discussion. Be sure to check out my website for some pictures of these discussions.
Grade Level (3rd/5th) Classes:
Students will be reading Rump Chapters 6-16 (pp.36-119) by the end of class on Thursday – to pace themselves they will read Chapters 6-9 pp. 36-61 (Monday), Chapters 10-12 pp. 62-78 (Tuesday), Chapters 13-14 pp. 79-105 (Wednesday), and Chapters 15-16 pp. 106-119 (Thursday). On Friday I will check reading logs and break the students up into groups to discuss the signposts. Students will receive a quiz grade for the completion of their reading logs and class discussion. Also on Monday, students will be given a characterization worksheet, where they will pick one of the major characters from the book and complete the direct and indirect characterization traits on this character. This sheet will be due on Friday, for a quiz grade.
GT (5th/6th) Classes:
Students will be reading Story Thieves Chapters 12-24 (pp. 92-205) by the end of class on Thursday – to pace themselves students will read Chapters 12-14 pp. 92-121 (Monday), Chapters 15-18 pp. 122-150 (Tuesday), Chapters 19-21 pp.150-180 (Wednesday), and Chapters 22-24 pp. 180-205 (Thursday). On Friday I will check reading logs and break the students up into groups to discuss the signposts. Students will receive a quiz grade for the completion of their reading logs and class discussion. Also on Monday, students will be given a characterization worksheet, where they will pick one of the major characters from the book and complete the direct and indirect characterization traits on this character. This sheet will be due on Friday, for a quiz grade.
1st Quarter Free Choice Reading Project:
Students should be continuing to work on his/her 1st quarter free choice reading project. Students in my grade level class will be able to choose one 60 point and one 40 point activity for the book they are reading. There are several activities for the students to choose from. This can be done digitally if students wish. Here is a link for the project: https://goo.gl/6DOsV2 Students in my GT class will complete an Amazon Listing for their book. This can be done digitally if students wish. I shared the following with students last week: http://goo.gl/lcNMex. In order to access this file students will need to login using their school gmail account. Students will then need to make a copy of this file and rename it with the first initial of their first name and last name. When students have completed this they will need to share their final project with me. Here is the link for the project and the rubric: https://goo.gl/LBZzuC and https://goo.gl/9luyR9
Projects will be due Friday, October 14. Students may turn their projects in to me earlier if they wish.
If your child needs some help choosing a book to read, he/she can come to me for some suggestions or you may go to http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/ - there are several options to search by such as: similar book to one they liked or by series.
Monday to Thursday: Read and work on 1st Quarter Free Reading Project due October 14
Grade Level Class (3rd & 5th Periods)
Monday to Tuesday (Due Wednesday):
Read "There is Gold in El Salvador and One Company Wants to Mine It" and answer the 4 questions that go along with it.
GT Class (4th & 6th Periods):
Monday to Tuesday (Due Wednesday):
Read "Girls Summer Coding Camp" and answer the 4 questions that go along with it.
Friday, September 23: Characterization Sheets due for Quiz grade (Link in the Novels Section Above)
Friday, September 23: Reading Logs need to be complete
Friday, September 30: Last day to take a retake on the Literary Elements test that was handed back in class on Tuesday, September 20
Friday, October 14: 1st Quarter Free Choice Reading Project Due