One Team, One Dream

Vol. 1, Issue 11, December 14, 2015 - January 1, 2016

End of the First Semester continued emphasis on staying focused


Parents the 6th Grade Team continues to ask for your support in keeping students focused on their academics during this time of year. We want all students to do their level best to come to school prepared and ready to learn for last week of the semester.


3 Tips for staying focused and organized during this time of year:

1. Keep an organized space. Whether you're doing work in your classroom or studying at home, having a clean space can help you focus and get your work done with much more concentration. Remove anything that can distract you from your work and isn't relevant to the task.

2. Make a to-do list. Making a to-do list at the beginning of every day or week can make you feel more focused and motivated to continue your work. If you make a list of all the things you have to do, no matter how small, you will feel more accomplished when you check those items off your list and move on to the next task.

3. Manage your time. Managing your time goes hand in hand with making a to-do list. Next to each item on the list, write about how long it'll take you to accomplish each task (homework, projects, etc.).

This Week's Highlights

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

All School Sing (AM)

Holiday Musical (After School)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

End of the 3rd Six Weeks

Enrichment Clusters Fair

Next Week's Highlights

Monday, December 21 - 25, 2015

Winter Break

Monday, December 28 - January 1, 2016

Winter Break Continues

Monday, January 4, 2016

Student 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

December 14 - 18, 2015

Language Arts Focus

Unit 5: Poetry

ANALYZE POETRY

¨ Describe the organization of the poem

¨ Explain the purpose of a poem’s arrangement & punctuation

¨ Explain sensory language, figurative language, and stylistic elements

¨ Make inferences or draw conclusions about the theme or message of a poem

Writing Focus

WRITING COACH p.120-138

¨ Draft

¨ Revise & Edit

¨ Publish

¨ Parentheses, Brackets, Ellipses (Greek/Latin - splend-)


December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016

Winter Break

Mathematics

December 14 - 18, 2015

Unit 5: Financial Literacy

FINANCIAL LITERACY

¨ Choosing a Bank

¨ Protecting Your Credit

¨ Paying for College

¨ Wages, Salaries & Careers


December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016

Winter Break


Helpful Math Websites:

Science / Social Studies

November 30 - December 4, 2015

Science Focus

Unit 3: FORCE, MOTION, & ENERGY

¨ Demonstrate how energy can change forms

¨ Unit 3 End of Unit Assessment

Social Studies Focus

Unit 4: CENTRAL AMERICA

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


December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016

Winter Break


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.