Mrs. Abernathy's 6th Grade News

Everton Elementary

A little about your teacher....

Hello families,


Welcome to my new classroom newsletter! To save trees, I will be posting my newsletter here at smore.com throughout the rest of the school year. I will make accommodations to those families who do not have internet capabilities.

I first would like to share about myself. I am new to Fayette Co. School district this school year, but I am in my 8th year of teaching. I have taught 5th, 6th, and preschool special education. I received both my Bachelor's and Master's degree from Indiana University East, and also have my special education license. I love to teach and I find myself very blessed that I have landed at Everton Elementary. This is a perfect fit for me!


Outside of school I am a wife and mommy. Trevor, my husband works here in town and is also a minister. Our daughter, Lillian (Lilly) is two and full of energy... and words! When she is ready for kindergarten, she too will be coming to Everton Elementary! I love to cook, clean, and spend time with my family. I also love to decorate, "be crafty," and shop! I enjoy spending time with my family and those who I love.


Please expect this newsletter to be up and running each Friday. It will be sent to your e-mail. I hope that you enjoy this as much as I do, but if not, please feel free to ask for a paper copy! Have a great weekend!

What have we been learning this week?

Reading: We have been focusing on summarizing and finding the big ideas within what we are reading. The students have finished their book reports and turned in their scarecrows. They did such an awesome job. They are displayed out in the hallway and have already received many compliments. Great job Abernathy's class! Please look below on this newsletter for the finished products of our scarecrows!

Language Arts: The students picked 1 of 3 haunted house writing prompts. They have produced wonderful pieces. We are working on writing in depth and using our 5 senses to help engage our readers. They really have done a wonderful job on these. They also created their own haunted houses to go along with their stories. These are being displayed in our hallways, as well. Once again... I am so proud of my student's hard work on these pieces!

Math: We have finished unit 3 and tested on it today. We will start unit 4 on the Monday after fall break. We will start this unit to a pretest to see where the students stand with fractions. If they score an 80% or higher then they will have tested out of the unit. If this is the case, then they will be given a 21st century math project to work on. If they do not score an 80% or higher, we will continue the math lessons as we have been doing. Please feel free to message/call me for further information about this if you desire. I spoke to many of you about this at parent-teacher conferences.

Social Studies: We are wrapping up the second unit and will be testing shortly after we come back from break. We have been learning about how different parts of the world are separated by different cultures, languages, religions, species of animals, etc.

Science: The science fair is approaching. All 6th grade students are required to submit a project that will be completed at home. Mrs. Mathews will work with the students in picking a suitable project and making sure that they are headed down the right track, but the rest is left for the students to do at home. Paperwork will be sent home promptly concerning this.

Special Dates to Keep in Mind:

  • Fall break will be October 19th-23rd
  • Red Ribbon week will be October 26th-30th (Mon: hat day, Tues: rally in read day, Wed: Patriotic/Camo day, Thurs: Tie/Tie-Dye day, Fri: superhero day)
  • Spell-a-thon practice on October 28th at 2:30
  • Japanese Visitors to Everton on October 30th

6th grade is a blast!

Q: When is band?

A: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Students board the bus at 2:00.


Q: When are vocab/spelling tests?

A: Every Friday


Q: Is my child expected to read nightly?

A: Yes, book reports will be due routinely every few weeks all throughout the school year. This helps me to make sure that they are continually reading and comprehending what they are reading.


Q: Does my child have homework nightly?

A. Math Study Links are assigned for homework Monday-Thursday. There will be other homework assigned periodically. Your child is required to write assignments in his/her agenda. Please glance at those to make sure your child is on target.

Recess and colder temperatures

The students have the opportunity for a "brain break" each morning about 10:30 and another right before lunch. If it is not raining and above freezing, we will be taking the students to play outside. As the temperatures are dropping, please remind your child to wear a jacket and/or appropriate clothing for being outside. Mrs. Mathews and I feel it is very important for the students to have physical play outside, as much as possible. Thank you!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all the families who attended/participated via the phone for parent-teacher conferences this week. I was really eager to share with each one of you the progress that your child is making in my class! It was nice meeting you and sharing strengths and some things that you child could be working on. Communication and support between home and school is crucial... and I am very glad to say that we have that! Please feel free to contact me with any questions and concerns. I have your child's best interest at heart!

Personal Hygiene

In health the students have learned that their 6th grade bodies are "changing" in many different ways. We have discussed that as our bodies are growing we need to take certain measures to make sure that we are caring for it appropriately. I told the kiddos that it is important that we are bathing/showering daily and putting deodorant on routinely ... even if we think that we do not need it. Personal hygiene is very important in making friendships, feeling better about ourselves, and being a good citizen. I encourage you to also encourage your 6th grader to make sure that they are taking care of themselves. They are more than welcome to bring deodorant to school to freshen up, if need be. Thank you for your support with this matter!

Bearcat Pride Awards

Congrats to the following students for meeting the requirements for the Bearcat pride awards for the first grading period. Your persistence and hard work is paying off!

  • Kaden Capps
  • Skyler Cavins
  • Cheryl Garrison
  • Raegan Mullins
  • Zachary Orr
  • Evan Osborn
  • Olivia Richardson

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