One Team, One Dream

Vol. 2, Issue 1, January 4 - 15, 2016

How to Make a New Year’s Resolution and Actually Keep It


New Year’s Resolutions are just for adults. Students will benefit from establishing goals to assist them in their progression towards their teenage years and adulthood. Please discuss the following suggestions with your students to assist them being academically and personally successful in 2016.


Tip 1: Create goals that are measurable and specific.

Tip 2: Allow yourself to feel a sense of accomplishment and progress.

Tip 3: Know your limitations and don’t let setbacks derail your momentum.


Remember to do the following: USE TOOLS TO TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

This Week's Highlights

Monday, January 4, 2016

Student Holiday

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Start of the 4th Six Weeks

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016

Next Week's Highlights

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Grading Information

Parents, the 6th Grade team will use the following weighted grading system to record grades for the assignments your child will do this year:

  • Bell Ringer Activities: 10%
  • Class work / Quizzes: 30%
  • Tests: 40%
  • Homework: 10%
  • Participation: 10%

Additionally, the team has adopted a Zeroes Aren't Permitted (ZAP) policy. Meaning that students are expected to do the work rather than taking a zero.

English / Language Arts

January 4 - 8, 2016

Language Arts Focus

Unit 5: Poetry

PAIRED TEXT ANALYSIS

¨ Make inferences or draw conclusions about the themes in selections

¨ Identify similarities and differences

¨ Explain thematic links and differences using text evidence

Writing Focus

WRITING COACH p. 260-261

¨ Draft a Thank You Letter to Your Favorite Teacher

¨ Punctuation and Capitalization (Greek/Latin Affix -anti)


January 11 - 15, 2016

Language Arts Focus

Unit 6: Autobiography

LAUNCH GENRE: AUTO/BIOGRAPHY - UNDERSTAND FEATURES AND ELEMENTS

¨ Identify narrator/point of view

¨ Make inferences and draw conclusions about the features and elements of literary nonfiction

¨ Identify important events, decisions, or actions in the person’s life

¨ Compare/contrast the settings of two literary works

Writing Focus

WRITING COACH p. 262-263

¨ Draft a Friendly Letter to a Student in Another Grade

¨ Capitalization Rules (Greek/Latin Affix ir-)

Mathematics

January 4 - 8, 2016

Unit 5: Proportionality

CONVERSIONS

¨ Converting Measurements

¨ Unit 5 Assessment


January 11 - 15, 2016

Unit 6: Percent

EQUIVALENT FORMS

¨ Understanding Percent

¨ Percents, Fractions & Decimals


Helpful Math Websites:

Science / Social Studies

January 4 - 8, 2016

Science Focus

Unit 4: EARTH AND SPACE

¨ Describe physical properties, movement and location of: Sun, Planets, Meteors, Asteroids, and Comets

¨ Understand gravity as a force in the solar system

Social Studies Focus

Unit 4: THE CARIBBEAN

¨ Identify the location and physical characteristics of the Caribbean; discuss the population, government, climate, economy and culture of each region


January 11 - 15, 2016

Science Focus

Unit 4: EARTH AND SPACE

¨ Describe physical properties, movement and location of: Galilean Moons

¨ Describe the history and future of space exploration

Social Studies Focus

Unit 4: SOUTH AMERICA

¨ Identify the location and physical characteristics of the South America; discuss the population, government, climate, economy and culture of each region


The textbook for Science this year is STEMscopedia and in addition to have a textbook, digital resources are available to students via the Accelerated Learning website.

Web Address:

The student log-in information is:

  • Username: initials plus student ID number
  • Password: risd


The text for Social Studies this year is Studies Weekly. Students will begin have assigned readings from this document beginning the week of September 21, 2015.

Science Websites

Reminders to Students

· · Bring back documents requiring parent signature in Tuesday Folder

· Bring all supplies to school each day to ensure you are prepared for all classes

Helpful Hints for Parents

Help your child to stay organize:

· Find a designated quiet place for homework

· Have a designated time for your child to do homework, for example every evening from 6:00 – 7:30pm

· Have your child pack their backpack at night with all their materials

· Have your child remove any unneeded items from their backpack once a week

End of Third Six Weeks

Friday, Dec. 18th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Start of Fourth Six Weeks

Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2016 at 8am

This is an online event.

Judging of Campus Science Fair

Wednesday, Jan. 20th 2016 at 9am-2pm

9229 Meadowknoll Drive

Dallas, TX

Judging will take place in the Campus Library.