Mrs. Mathews' Minutes

Everton Bearcats! Oct, 9, 2015

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


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)

Report Card Conference Time!

I look forward to meeting with each of you next week . If something comes up and you can't make your time, please let me know so we can reschedule. My goal is to meet with all of you!


Next week we will be covering the following concepts:

  • Reading: Next week will be working on summarizing
  • Writing: Halloween story writing to a prompt
  • Math: We will continue working on variables, formulas, graphs and charts and algebraic expressions and test over chapter 3 on Friday
  • Science We will be discussing using graphs and models in science and continue discussing ideas for science fair
  • Vocabulary/Spelling words for next week: decoy defiant dependable descendant detour devour dialogue diameter discard discriminate domestic duel dynamic eager efficient

Upcoming Events

Oct. 12 -14th Report cards Conferences

Oct. 19-23 Fall Break

Nov. 11th Veteran's Day Program 1:30pm Grades: 5&6

Nov. 17th Grandparent's Day
Dec. 7th Winter Program 1:15pm & 6:00pm Grades: K, 2, 4, 6

Why Science Fair is important!

Our Science Fair is Nov 16th, Projects will be due Nov. 13th. More info will be in next weeks newsletter!

Science Fair Projects

Our Science fair will be Nov 16th. Projects will be due on Friday, Nov. 13th. There are many websites to search from if you need ideas. If you just type in science fair project ideas you will see many sites to look at. Please make sure the project your child chooses in an experiment and not a demonstration. I will be sending home more information next week. Fall break would be a great time to get started thinking about a project. Science Fair Projects will also be a big part of their science grade for the second quarter.

Participating in a Science Fair Benefits Students!

If students are interested, they will learn and excel.

*A Science Fair has the potential to get students interested in science, engineering and mathematics.

* Science Fairs can make science relevant to a student

* Only limited by student’s imagination

* Ideas can come from a student’s personal environment, current events and hobbies

* We all learn in different ways

* Research can appeal to one’s natural curiosity

* We all can make a difference

* The work involved in creating a science fair project develops and reinforces successful work and life skills

* Teamwork, Time Management, Responsibility, Discipline, Ethics, Organizational Skills, interviewing, communication, working with mentors

* Participating in a Science Fair is a great for a student’s confidence.

* Science fairs can be a venue for students to network with others in their field of interest

* Students can win funds for college

* Participating in a Science Fair is a hands-on experience, a very important aspect of learning science.

* Science and engineering and mathematics are a human endeavor


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.

Homework Hotline from Rose Hulman

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DreamBox at home

DreamBox is a new math site the students have been working on at school to improve their math 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

Our school code is hyyu/6kyt

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