Weekly Newsletter Team 6

September 9-14


Beginning Monday, Team 6 will be limiting hallway access for students. Students will have 10 hallway passes to use for the remainder of the the nine week grading period. The purpose of this procedure is to promote success in the classroom for students. If students end the 9 weeks with 5 or more passes remaining, they can turn them in to a core class teacher for extra credit points.

Monday, September 9th- Math Quiz in Mrs. Bange's class (rescheduled from last week)

Friday, September 14th- Quiz over "The Outsiders" in Ms. Griem's Language Arts

World Geography with Mr. Akagi

Next week in World Geography, we will be talking about different kinds of economies in the world, and different types and parts of a map. We’ll also take a foray into what a cartographer (mapmaker) does. We’ll cap off the week by talking about the world’s natural resources, and different ways we can divide the world into regions. Also, if your student is in my WINN class (the 8th hour of the day), we have been allowed to collect boardgames from students to play during that WINN time. So, perhaps every other week, or potentially more often, in my WINN time, students can play some games. The caveat is that there has to be a degree of critical thinking and/or collaboration. Some great examples would be chess or checkers. I’d actually love to teach my WINN students to play chess if they don’t know already, so they could learn about geopolitics – the importance of your resources and what you control in the world (or in this case, board). Checkers could make for a simpler version of that.

If you would be so inclined to loan some games you have, that would be appreciated. You can have your student take it with them, and I will keep it locked in my closet until it’s time to use them. I’d also recommend writing your last name on a few items too (i.e. game board and game box) so everything gets back to where it needs to go.

I’ll make a list here of games I can think of, but if you have anything that you feel like is worth a short donation, I’ll happily take it and hold onto it! I’ll also take any recommendations as well. In the future I may send out another list to see if you might have anything there, just so students get a chance to play a variety of engaging games. Games should also be school appropriate that while fun, won’t be distracting for students (i.e. we were advised against a game like “Poop the Potato”)

  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Taboo
  • Scrabble
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Apples to Apples
  • Monopoly (especially a speedy edition)
  • Cribbage
  • Decks of Cards
  • Connect 4
  • Othello (aka Reversi)
  • Mancala
  • Trivia games

Thank you very much! Again, this is optional, and you can expect to have your property back by the end of the year. If you have any questions, you can email me at kylerakagi@usd475.org.

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