Junior High Journal
News and Happenings of the Junior High Department
6th Grade Updates and Reminders 1/2-1/6
- Chromebooks should be charged every night to ensure the battery lasts throughout the day!
- Check Skyward and the homework calendar frequently for missing and current homework assignments, talk to your child about their work.
- Please remember that although you can email your students, absences and early pick-up information must be reported through the office. Please call the Yorkville School office.
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
Karrie Lazewski firstname.lastname@example.org
*Scholastic Book Order Code: JQ8XW under Miss Thomas still
Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas Break! We started the new year coming up with some goals for 2017. We will check on these goals in a month and see how they are doing on them.
We began learning about pronouns. The 6th graders should now know how to identify pronouns and use them correctly. We are working through some practice problems, doing some activities on noredink.com and they will be taking a quiz next week on pronouns. They can use their notes. They are getting better at keeping their notes organized, which really helps them out during the quiz.
They also picked books and groups for lit. circles. Week one is due January 16th. Week two is due January 23rd and the whole book is due with the final lit. circle group meeting on January 31st. They need to read a section of the book each week and complete a task worksheet, so they have information to discuss with their groups.
We will be doing MAPS testing in ELA next Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats something the morning of testing. It really makes a difference!
Enjoy the weekend!
Math News and Updates
Amanda Lois email@example.com
This week in sixth grade math we started learning about percents and how often they are used in everyday life. We also learned how to convert between fractions, decimals and percents.
Next week we will continue our work with percents in learning how to calculate percent of a number. The students will then learn how to apply this to finding tax, tip and discount.
* Students are allowed to use calculators in the lesson on tax, tip and discount. They should each have their own calculator here at school. The calculators do not need to be fancy, the basic ones will work just fine! Thanks!
Have a great weekend! Stay warm!
Social Studies News and Updates
Mary Niccolai firstname.lastname@example.org
We wrapped up work on Colonial America. We reviewed for three days to prepare for the chapter test. They took the test on Friday. I am doing a something a little different with the essay question for this test. They have received the essay question ahead of time. They need to complete this for Monday. They can use their book and other resources to help answer this question. Encourage them to use correct vocabulary, spelling, and grammar as they work on fully answering this question. This essay question will be part of the chapter 3 test grade. Next week we will work on a project dealing with Colonial America. In small groups they are going to be land surveyors trying to find the best place to locate a new colony. This should be a fun project that will work on collaboration and presentation skills. Have a great weekend.
Science News and Updates
Becky Seitz email@example.com
Happy New Year! We picked right back up with planets and have completed our 3D planet project this week. They look great! Beginning next week we will move onto the topic of Oceans. I have a feeling the students will enjoy this topic as much as they did astronomy. Enjoy the weekend & stay warm!
Physical Education News and Updates
Amanda Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Meyer email@example.com
Welcome back! This week the sixth graders played capture the flag and also started the Fitnessgram Winter Test Session. On Thursday we tested their muscular strength and endurance with the curl up test and their flexibility with the trunk lift, while they were not testing they increased their cardiovascular endurance by playing full court basketball.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Band News and Updates
6th Grade Band students have been working on creating short music compositions using the free music notation website, Noteflight.com. Students will be performing them at their band lesson on Monday or Wednesday.
We were able to raise $225 for our band students at our Culver’s Fundraiser on December 15. Thank you to everyone helped support the band!
Please check out the band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay up-to-date with the Yorkville Band!
Choir News and Updates
This years musical will be Music Man Jr. Auditions will begin this Monday, Jan 9, 2017-Friday Jan 13, 2017. Audition packets are available in the choir room. I have attached to music and choreography the students will need to perform during their audition on my website!!
We continue to work on music for Choral Fest. . Choral Festival is Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00pm.
If you are looking for extra handouts, forms, etc. please check my website. I try to post everything I can so you have access at home!!! http://yorkvillemusic.weebly.com
Here is the link from our Fall Concert on Nov. 15 with Nash Elementary. If you were unable to attend the performance or would like to view it again, here it is…
Art News and Updates
Sixth grade students are working on a mannequin drawing. After posing and photographing a mannequin, we are using the RULE OF THIRDS to create an interesting composition and then using a grid to enlarge a photograph.