Mrs. Mathews' Minutes

Everton Bearcats! April 8, 2016

Mrs. Donna Mathews

6th Grade Teacher at Everton

Indiana University East Graduate

5th year teaching

Married for 36 years, 4 adult children and their spouses, 10 Grandchildren...Priceless :-)

Love quilting, being outdoors, gardening and working puzzles

6th Grade Parent Meeting

Look for a green flyer in your child's blue folder today with information about our 6th grade parent meeting next Tuesday, April 12th at 6pm. We will meet in Mrs. Abernathy's room and discuss our COSI trip, and other activities we have planned for the end of the year that we need your help with!

Genius Hour

This week we started a program called Genius Hour. The students all got to select a topic they wanted to learn more about and will be given an hour a week at school to research and present their findings to the class. This is suppose to be a fun and interesting project since the students get to select their own topic. We will spend the next 4 weeks researching and putting their final projects together and then present them on the 5th week. Please feel free to google Genius Hour on the internet to find out more about this program. A lot of the work will have to be done at home as well. The kids are really excited about this!


We will start our last round of ISTEP testing the week of April 18th. Our first test will be on Tuesday, April 19th. I will try to include our complete testing schedule next week.


  • Reading: We started our Poetry Unit
  • Writing: We practiced writing a Free Verse Poem
  • Math: We started our unit on probability
  • Science We are leaning about Habitats and populations
  • Grammar: We are learning about Figurative Language in Poetry

Upcoming Events

April 12th- 6th grade parent meeting 6pm

April 14th- Field trip to the Middle School 9:30-10:30am

April 14th- PTO meeting 6pm

April 15th- Mid Terms go home

April 18th- School is in session!

April 28-29- Over night trip to COSI

May 18th- Last day of school for all students


Sixth grade brings a lot of responsibility. Here are just a few areas to keep in mind:

  • Keeping up on class work ( We have a lot to cover each day and move quickly)
  • Checking in for attendance and lunch each morning
  • Turning in daily work and completing morning work
  • Using appropriate voices( There is a time to be social and a time to work)
  • Participation (the more you participate, the better you will understand the skill )
  • Responsibility (agenda, HW, turning in papers, following procedures)

We started our Poetry Unit and our Genius Hour Projects!

Students working together to analyze poetry and being Geniuses at Work!


Communication is so very important and can make such a positive impact on your child's success. I've set up the following ways to have open communication with each of you. Please reach out to me any time you have a question, comment, or concern

  1. Daily Agendas
  • Please check and sign daily agendas. I check them daily and students receive extra Dojo coins if they are signed!

2. Remind

  • Thanks to everyone that signed up for Remind! It's an easy way for me to get a quick text message to everyone at once. Please consider signing up this weekend if you have not already done so! Thanks!

3. Dojo

  • Information was sent home the first week of school on how to sign up for Dojo. I also sent email invites to those that have not signed up yet. Please consider joining so you can see how your child is doing behavior wise. Students also earn coins to use for our mini economy. I can also send out emails to all of you at one time.

4. Email

  • I check my email many times throughout the day and evening. I will get back back with you as soon as I can. Sometimes, I need to gather and verify information, so please be understanding. I promise to communicate back as quickly as I can.

We have uploaded another Math app to help students practice their skills.


Students have their log in and password in their agendas

Newsela- Great reading site!

This site contains current event stories with a 4 question quiz at the end. Great way for allowing students to read topics they like and test their Comprehension! All students have a username and password to log on!

Website for practicing and reviewing math skills

Many students are still struggling with converting fractions, decimals and percents. If you have time above is a free website that you and your child can review!

Digitwhiz.....A Great site for more math practice

All the students can log in and practice at home!

Homework Hotline from Rose Hulman

Free help for your homework!


Please consider signing up for remind using the button below. Remind is a free, safe and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students and parents. All personal information is kept private. I will never see your phone number, nor will you see mine.

Please follow the directions so I can send you important information in a class text message! Your number will not be seen my phone either, so your information is still confidential.

DreamBox and Lexia/Core 5 at home

DreamBox and Lexia are new math and reading website the students have been working on at school to improve their skills. If you would like to down load Dream Box at home on your IPad it will ask for our school code. That code is : hyyu/6kyt For Lexia you only need my email which is listed at the top of this flyer

Our school code is hyyu/6kyt

Harmony Parent Portal

Keep up to date with your child's grades!

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