6th-Grade Newsletter

January 14 - January 21

IMPORTANT DATES:


1/17 - No school for MLK Jr Day

2/21- No school for Presidents' Day

3/10 - End of 3rd Quarter

Principal's Pride Post

Our WC sign is complete! Thank you to our SPS district, students, families, and staff for making this possible! The Best Is Yet To Come!!
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Tech Support

Tech Questions


SPS Help Desk Information:

  • 417-523-HELP (4357)


Canvas Support:

  • 417-523-0417

support@fueledbylaunch.com

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Turner Reading Award

The Turner Reading Awards was established by the Turner Family Foundation. The award grants $2,000 to five teachers who show excellence in teaching reading and help instill a passion for reading within their students. $1,000 is applied to the teachers classroom and the other $1,000 can be used at the teacher’s discretion.

Nominees must be certified teachers within SPS and can be nominated by teachers, peers, parents, students, PTA members, business partners or interested community members! If you know a teacher that meets these qualifications, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form below.

Nominations for the Turner Reading Awards will close on Wednesday, February 16.

Click HERE to Nominate a Reading Teacher.

Congratulations to our December Character Ed Winners!

The following students were selected as showing Caring:

Blue team: Brooke Sayer & Reese Coulter

Silver team: Addison Lanning

Creek team: Noah LaPoint & Josie Cowger

Lions team: Jack Sukany, Kimber Holman, & Olivia Swearingen

CORE ACADEMIC COURSES

Math

We are beginning our work on Unit 4: Dividing Fractions. The main platform for this curriculum is in Desmos this year. We will also be doing Khan Academy and Prodigy. Please check your child's Daily/Weekly Agenda for date specific information.

ELA/Social Studies

ELA:


  • Reading + goals by scoring 80% or higher on each lesson. Why Reading Plus Works
  • Students should be reading for at least 20 minutes per day.
  • 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.


SS:


  • Throughout the year we will be studying Ancient Civilizations, focusing on how geographical features affected settlements 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.

Science

Students have started work on the unit Climate. In this study, students will identify an organism that has been affected by global temperature change, analzye graphs, and create an “Advice From…” presentation (poster, google slideshow, wevideo, etc.) using the perspective of their organism.

News from the Nurses

Families can use the following link to schedule no cost testing through the Springfield-Greene County Health Department or to locate other testing opportunities:

https://www.springfieldmo.gov/5129/COVID-19-Testing

The site is super easy to use! All they have to do is point and click!


As your student receives new vaccinations, please provide us with a copy. Students should be receiving a Tdap booster before going on to middle school. A few other possible vaccinations that we may not have updated information on is HPV, Menactra, Influenza and COVID. You may send in an updated copy or email to us. Thank you.


Rachel Haynes RN and Brenna Singleton RN BSN

Wilson’s Creek School Nurses

rlhaynes@spsmail.org

bssingleton@spsmail.org

Phone: 417-523-7930

Fax: 417-523-7995

When to Keep Students Home and When They May Return

6th grade Teachers

6th GRADE TEAMS

Follow us on Twitter! @WilsonsCreekInt

Blue Team: Mr. Dlouhy, Mrs. Haeffner, Mrs. Haskins

Creek Crew: Mrs. Box, Mrs. Grandon

Lion Team: Ms. Levy, Mrs. Stafford, Mrs. Stevens

Silver Team: Ms. Hammon, Mrs. O'Mealy, Mrs. Haskins

SPECIALTY CLASSES

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Club Encore

Hello families!

Club Encore is starting up again on Monday, January 10. This is an opportunity for your child to receive extra support after school in the areas of math and reading. Students who qualify will be bringing home a form which includes information for registration. Note: Even if your child attended clubs in the fall, they must be registered again for second semester.

How to register:

To register your student for Club Encore, simply go to: https://www.sps.org/clubencore. Click on the link below the video in order to register. You will need to know your student’s school ID number. Please only register for the club in which they qualify to attend.

When will clubs meet?

Reading clubs will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM, and math clubs will meet from 3:30-5:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Clubs will meet for a total of 20 sessions.

Will clubs ever be cancelled?

In the event that school is cancelled or dismissed early due to inclement weather, all clubs will be cancelled. In addition, if a tutor will be absent, clubs will be rescheduled as a result. We will do our best to give families a 24 hour advanced notice of cancellation.

Note: If your child is new to the district or was not able to test in the fall, they may still be able to participate in clubs. In order to qualify, one of your child’s teachers would have to identify an area of need in either math or reading. A teacher recommendation form would need to be completed in order for your child to attend.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Rachel Burk

Instructional Technology Teacher

Club Encore Liaison

Wilson’s Creek Intermediate School

rrburk@spsmail.org

Office (417) 523-4357

Cherokee Cheerleading TryOuts

Tryouts for the 2022-2023 Cherokee Cheerleading Squad will be held March 22nd- 25th at Cherokee Middle School in the Main Gym. Clinics to learn the tryout material are March 22, 23, and 24 from 630-8:15a.m. for Wilson’s Creek students. Tryouts will be held in 20 min intervals on March 25th from 6:30-8a.m.

Athletes interested in trying out will need to submit the following to Cherokee’s main office by March 10th:

Updated physical (within the last 2 years)

MSHSAA Annual Paperwork (Consent to Treat and Insurance Information)

Cheerleading Tryout Packet/Permission Form

All paperwork will be delivered to Wilson’s Creeks Front Office at the beginning of the 2nd semester or can be accessed at the following link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18QjEJoObaC1rghNzln-DDRA3uqryya3L?usp=sharing

Any questions? Please e-mail Coach Lindley or Coach Bowler at tllindley@spsmail.org or cgbowler@spsmail.org

Thank you!

Library News


The Public Library

Springfield Greene-County Library is doing Library Bingo! Click here to play: https://thelibrary.org/kids/library-bingo.pdf.


Mrs. Melson’s Contact Information and Links:

E-mail: amelson@spsmail.org

Twitter: @WCreekLibrary

School Library Canvas page

School Library website

Teacher Wish List

Counselor's Corner

A Note from the Counselor

Jill Wilson Jrwilson@spsmail.org

The Gift of Struggle.

Are we stealing from our children? Despite our best intentions, we may be robbing them of the opportunity to struggle, leaving them vulnerable to underachievement and suicide.

Schools today face an epidemic of underachievers, yet these children believe with all their hearts that they are incapable of doing the work asked of them. They say that school is boring, irrelevant or too hard. They may seem confused, under constant stress, or incapable of doing more.

Well-meaning friends may suggest that parents be more understanding, more supportive, or more helpful with studies. Sometimes these tips are helpful, but often theyar e the worst possible advice.

Mom and Dad “To-The-Rescue”

These same children may have similar problems when it comes to doing tasks at home. THey have learned at an early age that adults will rescue them when the going gets tough. Children quickly become addicted to adult help and begin to believe the adults’ unstated message that they can succeed only with assistance.

Underachievers often have parents who had to struggle when they were children. They grew up to say, “I don’t want my kids to struggle like I did. They deserve better.” Their children live in a home where struggle is an enemy rather than an opportunity.

Today’s underachievers believe failure is too painful. Yet recent studies demonstrate children denied the opportunity to struggle during their early years are at high risk for suicide. THey are unable to see themselves solving problems.

Solutions

Sylvia B. Rimm, Ph.D., author of the Underachievement Syndrome, says many learning problems at school are cured when children are given chores at home. One of her 12 tips for helping underachievers: “Children feel more tension when they are worrying about their work than when they are doing their work.”

Pearl #13

Struggle Produces S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G and GROWING

Jim Fay & Foster W. Cline

Student Council News

STUCO Swag

We are currently sold out of water bottles and blue medium socks. However, you may still order the other items from our flyer. See the attached flyer for details.


Hat Friday

Every Friday is Hat Friday at Wilson's Creek!

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TECH NEWS

Instructional Technology


For the month of November we will be learning about how to balance the use of media in their lives. Students will be reflecting on how balanced their media usage is in their daily lives, what makes different media choices healthy or not, and they will be creating a personalized plan for healthy and balanced media use.


Again we will be using Common Sense Media. Check out these 5 useful tips for your child.

K–5 Family Tips: Media Balance & Well-Being | Common Sense Education


Students will also continue using typing.com and typingclub.com weekly to learn how to type


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Mrs. Rachel Burk

Instructional Technology Teacher

WINGS PROCEDURES

Programs for Gifted Students – (Policy IGBB)

Springfield Public Schools is committed to improving student learning opportunities for all students in the district and authorizes a program for meeting the educational needs of identified gifted students in an educational environment beyond that offered in the regular classroom. Policy IGBB outlines program expectations, oversight responsibilities, and parent requests for review of data. The Gifted Education Director and/or designee (School Psychological Examiner) will review the student’s test and meet with the parents/guardians to assist in understanding/interpreting the student’s assessment results and answer any questions relating to the evaluation process. For more information, please contact Dr. Lenae Lazzelle, Gifted Education Director at 417-523-3310.


Gifted Education Programs

Students participating in the K-8 gifted program WINGS, are involved in a shared home school/Phelps Center curriculum. Because participation results in students being in another location one day each week, this presents unique situations to the District’s professional staff, participating students, and the involved families. Principals are asked to review the following guidelines with their staff at the beginning of each school year:


WINGS students should not be held accountable for standard classroom assignments, such as review, practice exercises, daily work, and other related activities missed on the day of participation in the gifted program. Students are accountable for the concepts, process skills, and intellectual content as measured on end-of-unit tests, projects, or other assessments included in the curriculum presented by the home school teacher.


The home school shall avoid scheduling major tests, assignment due dates for major projects, field trips, honor programs, etc. on the day students attend the gifted program. Students attending WINGS should be considered fully enrolled and not be penalized for grades dependent on class participation, attendance, and daily assignments that occur on their day of attendance at one of these programs.


Home school teachers should communicate their strategy for addressing these practices and procedures with participating students and parents at the beginning of the school year.


For additional information contact the Phelps Center for Gifted Education at 417-523-3300.

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