6th-Grade Newsletter

January 18-22

Principal's Pride Post

Students are having math conversations to problem-solve utilizing various strategies in Ms. Stevens’ and Ms. Grandon’s rooms!

Parents: We will be changing the entrance door for the 6th grader car riders for morning drop-off beginning, January 4, 2021.

  • The 6th graders will now be entering through door 1C (where they come out at the end of the day in front of the building.)
  • 5th Graders will continue to come in entrance 1A as they have always done.
  • Students have also been asked to wear their masks when dropped off and waiting outside for the doors to open at 8:30 am unless they are able to social distance.
  • As a reminder, please pull your car as far west as you can until you go past the flag pole. This will help to keep the traffic off of the street as much as possible.
  • As always, if you are in a rush, you may park in a parking spot and walk your child across the car line until they are safely on the sidewalk.

Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Principal Karyn Christy

Tech Support

Tech Questions

SPS Help Desk Information:

  • 417-523-HELP (4357)

Canvas Support:

  • 417-523-0417



1/18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

2/2 - Virtual Viewing of Documentary - The Upstanders

2/15 - President's Day - No School

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Student Council News

Spirit Fridays!

Every Friday is school spirit day. Students are encouraged to wear blue, Wilson's Creek gear, feeder pattern gear (Wanda Gray, McBride, Harrison, Kickapoo, Cherokee) or any college apparel.

Hat Fridays!

Students may also wear hats on Fridays.

Holiday Spirit Week!

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Math: We are working on finishing our unit on Rates and Percentages (Unit 3) and beginning Unit 4.

We will be testing in iReady to see how we have grown.

7th Grade Accelerated Math News:

Dear W.C. 6th Grade Families,

As many of you are aware, students must reach certain standards in order to be recommended for 7th grade accelerated math next year. In the past, several different ways to qualify have been utilized:

  1. I-Ready scores
  2. Qualifying tests
  3. Teacher Recommendations.

At this time it is important to know that if your child is interested in qualifying for 7th grade accelerated math for next year, it is imperative they give their best efforts in math for the remainder of the year.

Thank you,

The W.C. Math Teachers

ELA/Social Studies


  • Reading + goals by scoring 80% or higher on each lesson. Why Reading Plus Works
  • Hatchet chapter readings, discussions, and related activities that address the state and district standards.
  • In addition to using complete sentences in all written responses, accurate use of capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar is an expectation in all writing assignments.
  • Mid-year iReady assessments will be given this month. After completion, students will receive immediate feedback regarding how much and in which ELA strands they've progressed since the beginning of the year, as well as the areas in which they still need to improve. Students and teachers will work together to determine how to best reach our goals.


  • Throughout the year we will be studying Ancient Civilizations, focusing on how geographical features affected settlement in a certain region and how each of the seven characteristics of a civilization developed within each one. Refer to the agendas of individual teachers for details about which TCi lesson is the focus for the current week.
  • Other standards-based, focused skill activities for informational texts will be included in weekly lessons throughout the year as well.


We continue to explore weather, climates, and climate change. We are also working on a Health module on Environmental Issues.

News from the Nurse

Here is the nurse section!

The Tooth Truck is coming to Wilson’s Creek!

The Tooth Truck wants to help your child start the new year with a healthy smile! The Tooth Truck performs preventative cleanings and needed treatment for children qualifying for free/reduced school lunches to become cavity free (at no cost to the families).

The Tooth Truck provides dental care at the school site during the school day. They park their mobile dental unit in the parking lot of the school. Applications will be sent home to all students in the next few weeks. Please fill out and return it to the school nurse or fill out the application online by visiting the website below.


Does your child need a coat?

Please let us know if your child needs a coat! We have multiple resources available to help with winter clothing needs!

When to Keep Students Home and When They May Return

Every day, before coming to school, we ask parents/guardians to check and ask their child if they have any of the following symptoms and/or exposure:

● Fever – temperature 100.4 degrees or greater.

● Cough

● Rash

● Sore throat/swollen glands

● Shortness of breath

● Runny nose or congestion

● Diarrhea

● Nausea or vomiting

● Fatigue

● Headache

● Muscle pain

● Lack of appetite

● Loss of taste or smell

● Red, itchy, watery eyes

● Persistent earache

● Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days

● We ask students who have had any of the above symptoms in the past 24 hours to stay home from school and/or until symptoms resolve without medication to relieve symptom(s).

● We ask students who have taken any fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen in the past 24 hours to stay home until they are fever-free without the use of medication for 24 hours.

● We ask students who feel healthy but have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home and monitor their health until 7-10 days after their last exposure, depending upon specific circumstances:

○ If a close contact remains symptom-free and tests negative for COVID-19 on day 5, 6 or 7 after exposure, they may end quarantine at the end of day 7, with return to activities on day 8 with proof of test results.

Without a test to confirm a negative status, close contacts who remain symptom-free may end quarantine at the end of day 10 with return to activities on day 11.

What happens if my child is sent home from school?

A student will be sent home with any of the following:

Temperature of 100.4 degrees or more

Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea

Symptoms related to possible communicable disease (skin rashes, redness of eyes, swollen glands, etc.)

Excessive drainage from eyes, ears, persistent earache, constant cough; or painful sore throat accompanied by enlarged lymph nodes

Students with (or having the potential to transmit) an acute infectious disease or parasite

Head lice and/or nits

If a student is sent home from school due to illness, the student must remain at home for the full school day following the day dismissed. In addition, the student must be symptom free without administration of any fever reducing medications or other medications to relieve symptoms for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

If a student is sent home with COVID-19 like symptoms, the student may return when student has:

· Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours and

· Improvement of symptoms without use of medication to control symptoms, and

· Written documentation of differential diagnosis (allergies, ear infection, strep, contact dermatitis, etc.) from MD/DO/appropriately supervised NP, including a statement from the provider regarding not recommending COVID-19 testing.

If the parent/guardian does not choose to contact the student’s provider for symptom evaluation and/or seek COVID-19 testing, the student is excluded for 10 days.

Students returning to school after injury, including concussion and/or surgery with crutches, casts or slings should present a physician release to return to school along with a written request for any necessary modifications or accommodations.

Please discuss any questions regarding when to return to school with the school nurse and/or health services.


It is the expectation of Springfield Public Schools that students excluded for head lice/nits should be treated immediately and return promptly back to school. Students should not stay home for an extended period related to head lice.

When initially excluding a student for head lice, the school nurse or designee will notify the student’s parent/guardian to pick up the child and will provide treatment instructions to the parent/guardian. The student may return to school after treatment and nit removal (This could be the same day of exclusion). Upon return to school, the school nurse or designee will check the student’s hair before the student can return to class. If lice or nits are still present, the school nurse or designee will send the student home for further treatment.

If the student does not return to school on the day following exclusion for head lice, the Attendance Advisor will contact the parent/guardian and/or will make a home visit.

Absences for students not returning on the day following the initial head lice exclusion will be coded Elective.

Highlights of Learning

6th grade Teachers


Follow us on Twitter! @WilsonsCreekInt

Blue Team: Mr. Dlouhy, Mrs. Haeffner, Ms. Buehler

Creek Team: Mrs. Box, Mrs. Grandon

Lion Team: Ms. Levy, Mrs. Stevens

Pride Team: Ms. Reid, Mrs. Stafford

Silver Team: Mrs. O'Mealy, Mrs. Wilson, Ms. Buehler


Library News

Truman & Mark Twain Award Nominated Books

Students can win a gift bag with lots of goodies for reading! It’s like a party in a bag! To be eligible, students need to do the following by Fri. Feb. 12th…

Battle of the Books District Competition

The deadline for students to tell Mrs. Melson if they are interested in joining our Battle of the Books team for district competition is Fri. Jan. 29th. More information is at http://wclibrary.weebly.com/battle-of-the-books.html.

Mrs. Melson’s Contact Info

E-mail: amelson@spsmail.org

Canvas: Wilson’s Creek Library Learning Commons

Twitter: @WCreekLibrary

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq-0oVpIMFevcoy7ugI9iTQ/videos

Counselor's Corner

A Note from the Counselor

Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org

This is an interesting concept on how to give children allowances from Jim Fay.

“Kids learn more about using money wisely when we allow them to feel the consequences of using it unwisely.” Many parents find it helpful to provide an allowance for children after the age of six. The money comes each week, on the same day, in an envelope which reads, “From Mom and Dad with Love.” The amount of the allowance is not as important as consistently following the rules.

Rule One is that the child does not earn the money. Jim Fay warns that children should not be paid to do their chores. Being paid for chores robs a child of the dignity of holding up his or her fair share of the family workload. Children who do not have to do this can often become hard to live with during their teenage years.

Rule Two says that the child is allowed to spend, save, or waste the money as he or she sees fit. The catch here is that once the money is gone, there is no more until the next “payday.” When Sally says, “I want some bubblegum, but I don’t have any money,” the best parental reply is, “That’s sad, but don’t worry. There will be more on Saturday.” This is a wonderful opportunity for Sally to learn from her mistakes, and for the parent to make a very easy decision.

Rule Three states we never take away money when our children forget chores. That may sound suspicious, but Jim reminds us that instead of taking money away, we should allow children to pay someone else to do their chores. When Roger forgets to mow the lawn, a parent can then say, “No problem, Roger. I’m sure you can hire your little sister to do it. Why don’t you check to see how much she will charge. I’m sure your allowance will cover that. If you run into a problem, I’m always looking for a part-time job, but you might want to remember that I charge adult wages.”

The allowance also makes it possible for parents to say, “Would you rather clean up your room, or hire me to do it for you?” Questions like these cause children to be so busy thinking, that they have less time to be angry.

Rules for Allowances

  1. The child does not earn the allowance
  2. We never take it away.
  3. No restrictions on its use
  4. It comes on the same day of each week
  5. Once it’s gone, it’s gone!

Excerpts taken from: The Pearls of Love and Logic for Parents and Teachers by Jim Fay & Foster W. Cline, M.D.

Jill Wilson, M.S, P.S.C.

School Counselor

Wilson’s Creek Intermediate


Google Phone: 417.612.7018

Wilson’s Creek Counseling Commons Page

Wilson’s Creek Counselor Newsletter


Instructional Technology

Each month, Wilson’s Creek students will focus on a new digital citizenship concept. For this month, our focus is PRIVACY and SECURITY. As our children are immersed in the digital world, it is important they understand the basics of online PRIVACY and SECURITY. Whether students are using their device to complete assignments for school or playing games for fun, we hope they follow general guidelines to keep them safe. Please click on the link to learn 5 tips to encourage online privacy and security for your child.


Mrs. Hilton

Email: trhilton@spsmail.org