Junior High Journal
News and Happenings of the Junior High Department
6th Grade Updates and Reminders 4/24-4/28
- 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.
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
*Scholastic Book Order Code: JQ8XW under Miss Thomas still
The 6th graders got right back to work after spring break. We started a new novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. It’s a great book set during the Holocaust. They have comprehension questions and a vocabulary word study to complete while we read the book. We will also watch the movie after we finish reading. I will send out a permission slip before we watch it.
This week their spelling unit consisted of commonly misspelled words. Please remind your child to study these words. They can use the lists on the packet or their pretests to study. Studying will really help some of them out.
We also kept working on sentence structure. They should now be able to identify simple, compound and complex sentences.
We will be starting MAPS testing next week. Please make sure your child is eating breakfast and getting adequate sleep.
Have a great weekend!
Math News and Updates
Amanda Lois email@example.com
This week in Math, the sixth graders finished up our Geometry unit by working through Module 15 which covers surface area of 3D figures, volume and volume equations or rectangular prisms. We finished the week with the quiz on Module 15.
MAPS testing will be on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast!
Also next week we will do more work with mean, median, mode and range and also learn about the 4 quadrant coordinate grid. The four quadrants involve both positive and negative numbers. They will get to play a fun game of coordinate grid battleship. Next we will move to dependent and independent variables.
Have a great weekend!
What a fast week it has been after returning from Spring Break! In science we continue learning about Plate tectonics, plate boundaries, faults and the what type of things result from plates colliding, dividing and sliding past one another. We are finishing up the week with a small project that involves students constructing 3D models of “blocks” to help them learn about the types of faulting that occurs at the Earth’s surface and its interior. On Monday students will manipulate the three fault blocks to demonstrate normal fault, reverse fault and strike-slip fault. After the completion of our activity, students will be required to complete a take-home test on chapter 7. They will also have time in class to complete this assessment. This test is set up this way because of MAPS testing next week. I will be missing out on several science classes so to accommodate schedule changes and still fit the test in, this is the best solution. Tests are due on Thursday, May, 4th. Have a great weekend!
Social Studies News and Updates
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In Social Studies we continued work on the Revolutionary War. We discussed the early campaigns of the war, including the Patriot defeat on Long Island. This defeat led to eventual victories for the Patriots at Princeton. The Battle of Saratoga was a turning point for the young Patriots. This victory began to change the course of the war. As the war continued, we learned about the rough winter at Valley Forge and how the news of France becoming an ally helped raise everyone’s spirits. In lesson 3 we learned how the battlegrounds shifted to the West, to the sea, and to the South. They learned about a British commander Henry Hamilton became known at the hair buyer because he paid Native American’s for settler’s scalps. They also learned about privateers and a daring American naval hero John Paul Jones. During the last part of the week we were introduced to British Generals Henry Clinton and Charles Cornwallis. Cornwallis will become an important player is this war and he will soon learn that the young Continental Army of Patriots will challenge him with unconventional war tactics.
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
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Nathan Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
This week the 6th graders participated in their 3rd and final round of testing for the Fitnessgram. We tested the curl-ups and push-ups (muscular strength and endurance), trunk lift (flexibility), and the pacer (cardiovascular endurance. While the students were not testing they participated in full court basketball. We will be finishing up our testing next week!
Have a great weekend!
Band News and Updates
The 6th Grade Band has been busy learning new music for our Spring Concert which will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 9:45am and 7:00pm at Yorkville School.
Thank you to everyone that helped support our fundraiser at Culver’s Fundraiser on April 7. We have raised $450 from our December and April fundraisers! Our final Culver’s Fundraiser will be on Tuesday, May 23 from Noon-10:00pm.
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. Rehearsals - Tech week is this coming week. We will be rehearsing at Union Grove High school starting Monday May 1- Saturday May 6. Times are as follows...Monday 4:15-7pm, Tues: 4:15-6:30pm, Wed: 4:15-6:30, Thur: 4:15-6:30pm, Fri: 5:30 report, show at 7:00pm. Sat: 5:30 report, show at 7:00pm.
Music Man Tickets - There are still tickets available for both Friday and Saturday night shows. If you haven’t bought your tickets, now is the time!!! Tickets will be sold at the door, IF we have not sold out. We would love to see you there!!!
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
This week, students put the finishing touches on their Up Close Eye and evaluated their work. Once they were done, students began analyzing how to add value to turn a shape into a form.