6th-Grade Newsletter

March 20 - March 24



3/20: First day of 4th-quarter

3/24: 3rd-Quarter grade cards come home

Principal's Pride Post

U.S. Department of Education named Wilson's Creek a National Blue Ribbon School 2021

Missouri named Wilson's Creek a Gold Star School 2021

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PTA News

Yearbook on Sale NOW

2022-2023 Yearbooks are on sale now through March 24th.

Purchase online only at:


School code: 12307823

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Explore! for Wilson’s Creek students will be held AT Cherokee in June and Pershing in July or online.
Anywhere you see that Wilson’s Creek is an Explore! site this summer is incorrect.

Students may personalize their summer journey by mapping their own route. Choose courses that explore the arts or dive into science and technology. The wide variety of courses to choose from will spark their interest and challenge their intellect. If you will be in seventh, you can even take Health and PE credits online.

· Seated Classes:
June 5-30 (at Cherokee) and July 10-21 (at Pershing)

· Hours:
7:30 – 3:00 p.m.
(Before and After school care is available through SPARC at Cherokee and YMCA at Pershing.)

· Virtual classes:
June 5-30 and July 5-31

· Transportation:
Wilson’s Creek students that live more than 2.5 miles from their designated Explore! site are eligible for transportation. For eligible students to receive bus transportation on the first day of seated classes in June, you must register requesting transportation by April 15. For eligible students to receive bus transportation on the first day of seated classes in July, you must register requesting transportation by May 15.

· EXPLORE! Registration:
Wilson’s Creek students can register beginning March 8th at 7:30 a.m. online at www.sps.org/explore, or by returning the form sent home with your child. Classes are filled on a first come basis so online registration is the most efficient way to guarantee your first choice. Paper applications aren’t processed as quickly.

Tech Support

Tech Questions

SPS Help Desk Information:

  • 417-523-HELP (4357)

Canvas Support:

  • 417-523-0417


Sign up for Important Messages

Update your contact information to receive important phone calls, texts and emails. Visit sps.org/notifications.

Student Council News

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who donated to our fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! We will send out a final fundraising update after our Family Movie Night. As of March 2, we were up to over $3900! This was an amazing fundraiser that wouldn’t have been possible without your generosity.

Food Fight to Benefit Ozarks Food Harvest

We will be collecting canned food items from March 20-March 31 to benefit the Ozarks Food Harvest, which provides food for families in need in our community.

“Track Practice Begins!

Monday, March 6th-Thursday March 9th Practice will be from 2:30-4pm. All forms must be turned in to participate. Contact Jill Wilson with any questions. jrwilson@spsmail.org.”

Digital Citizenship Focus - Media Balance & Well-Being

Students will be responsible to know and follow digital citizenship and have "swag" for their chromebooks to show they have completed learning in each area! Thank you!

Library News

Read Across America

This week is Read Across America week! Starting this week, students can read for a prize or read to pay off any fines for lost/damaged books on their account. Reading logs for prizes and “payment” for fines are due when we get back from Spring Break on Monday, March 20th. More information is available in the library.

Contact Information and Links:

E-mail: amelson@spsmail.org

Twitter: @WCreekLibrary

School Library Canvas page

School Library website

Math Team

Thanks for those who came to the qualifying after school. Everyone is invited to attend Math team on Monday or Tuesday each week after school from 2:30-3:00. Mondays we will meet in room 157 with Mrs. Stafford, and Tuesdays we will meet in room 126 with Mrs. Lockhart. Each week we will work on a different practice test for the types of rounds that will be like the contest in the spring. The contest will be “in school” sometime around the end of February/beginning of March.

News from the Nurses

Medication policy reminder:

Students are not allowed to transport medication. Please do not send medication with your child to school or in their backpack. This is a safety issue not only for your child, but also for other children as they could potentially receive a medication in error. A parent has to bring the medication in to the nurse and sign paperwork to give us permission to administer. If we need refills of a medication, an adult has to bring it in every time. We are allowed to give three doses of an over the counter medication. After three doses, we need a doctor’s note to be able to continue to administer it. As always, feel free to call us with any questions! Our goal is to keep all kids safe!

Brenna Singleton, BSN, RN, NCSN

Wilson's Creek Nurse, Wednesday

(417) 523-7930


When to Keep Students Home and When They May Return

Guidelines for Attending School

Flu/cold season is upon us! All tissue donations are welcome and apprieciated.


Follow us on Twitter! @WilsonsCreekInt

Blue Team: Mrs. Haeffner, Mr. Dlouhy

Creek Crew: Mrs. Smahon, Mrs. Box, Mrs. Grandon

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

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



  • We are in Unit 6 on Expressions and Equations
  • This year students will utilize Desmos as a learning platform for math instruction.
  • Please check your child's Daily Agenda/Announcements for team specific information.


  • 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.
  • Please check your child's Daily Agenda/Announcements for team specific information.

Social Studies

  • 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.
  • Other standards-based, focused skill activities for informational texts will be included in weekly lessons throughout the year as well.
  • Please check your child's Daily Agenda/Announcements for team-specific information.


  • In science, we are finishing our unit on The Tools of Science.
  • Please check your child's Daily Agenda/Announcements for team specific information.



We will continue a striking skills unit. We will practice the skills using a variety of lead-up games, skill building activities, and partner challenges.

Coach Neville

E-mail: lmneville@spsmail.org

Twitter: @levipsu32


I am extremely proud of the achievements that my students have made this semester. I have seen a lot of growth in character as well as musical ability, even from those students who have previous musical experience. Please remember that when students return in the spring, we will be studying beginning theater. If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Have a wonderful holiday break!


6th grade artists are beginning a printmaking unit. We will be printing on both an individual seascape and a collaborative seascape. I'm excited to see all the different sea creatures students design to print! FYI- this project requires the use of sharp tools. If you would prefer your student use an alternative method to create their print, please let me know. If students are using the tools inappropriately at all, they will lose the privilege. I have used these tools with many 5th and 6th graders over the years and do not foresee having any issues!

The All School Art Show begins March 3rd at the Springfield Art Museum! I was only allowed to enter four matted pieces plus 8 clay slabs for 6th grade. If your student's work was selected, they will be given a certificate. The opening for middle school students is March 3 from 5:30-7:00 pm. I hope you can check it out!


In light of our motto “We don’t just browse, click, chat & game; We invent, we design, we create, we build, and we share,” students have been acquiring skills in computer programming and implementing these skills in their own apps, games, and animations. We will provide a link soon that will allow you to view the projects your students have been creating.

This week, we are focusing on Digital Citizenship and specifically how to deal with Cybersecurity issues such as phishing, smishing and other issues. Talk with your students at home about how to be safe and avoid scams with this family activity: Privacy & Security. For more information, you can view our technology topics on the 5th Grade Wilson Creek IT Canvas page.

Thank you,

Ms. Southard



Orchestra students received new sheet music this week called ‘The Square Dance.’ This is a piece we will perform along with the 5th Grade Orchestra at our Thursday, May 18th Concert. In this piece, the 6th Grade Orchestra performs an advance part, using double stops, dotted rhythms, and some violins may even get to shift to 3rd position!!

Students are focusing on performing SLURS and STACCATO in G Major when practicing Essential Elements #169-173. Violins are learning how to play notes on the E string and to play the second octave of the G Major scale.

Many students have faithfully been turning in their golden-yellow Third Quarter Practice Record. This chart needs to be completed each week and turned in with a parent/guardian signature for a grade. The entire chart is due on Thursday, March 9th. Don’t forget!

If you ever have any orchestra questions or concerns, please feel free to email me through the Canvas Inbox or jmgeorgiades@spsmail.org.

Thank you,

Mrs. Georgiades

Juliana Georgiades, M.M.Ed.

417-523-7200 ext. 46173



Band News

Spring Concert Date Change

The Spring Band Concert (originally May 4th) has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 9th. Please mark this on your family calendars as this will be a big event! If you have any question please contact Mr. Zinecker.

Jim Zinecker
Band Director
Cherokee Middle School
Wilson's Creek

Counselor's Corner

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at jrwilson@spsmail.org or 417.523.7960.

Thank you!


This semester 6th graders at Wilson’s Creek have spent time in our new Naviance College and Career program, working on the following items.

Feel free to ask your student about this!

  • Creating an Academic SMART Goal
  • Watching Road Trip Nation career interview videos
  • Discussing who is in their Middle School Support Network- 90% of students identified their parents and teachers as being their main support!
  • Starting to explore future careers and salaries

Attached is a picture of WC students watching one of our new local 417 Careers interview with Springfield Cardinals General Manager, Dan Reiter!

Amy Patton

College and Career Access Coordinator