Junior High Journal
News and Happenings of the Junior High Department
6th Grade Updates and Reminders 1/9-1/13
- 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.
Junior High Dance
Friday, Feb. 3rd, 7-9pm
18621 Washington Avenue
Union Grove, WI
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
Karrie Lazewski firstname.lastname@example.org
*Scholastic Book Order Code: JQ8XW under Miss Thomas still
We finished up pronouns this week and will take the quiz Monday. Doing the practice problems and going on noredink.com really helps them prepare for the quiz. Next week, we will start taking notes on the writing process to help improve and strengthen their writing skills.
They will have their first lit. circle meeting with their group on Monday. Here they will discuss the book so far and go over their task worksheets. Each person had a different worksheet to complete. Then they will meet again next Monday to discuss the next section of their book. The whole book should be finished by January 31st, which is when they will have their last group meeting.
The 6th graders also started doing Rti centers on Thursdays. Mrs. Rivest, our Rti specialist, comes in and guides the students through each activity. These activities focus on reading comprehension, critical thinking, character traits and literal and inferential learning strategies. They seem to enjoy it and I can’t wait to see the benefits in a few weeks!
Enjoy the weekend!
Math News and Updates
Amanda Lois email@example.com
This week in Math, the sixth graders learned how to calculate tax, tip and discount by finding percent of a number and then either adding it or subtracting it to the total amount. Have your son or daughter calculate the tax or tip while shopping or out to eat!
Next week we will continue with Module 8 by using proportions to solve problems with percents. We will also take the Module 8 Quiz. We will be MAPS testing on Tuesday.
Mid trimester progress reports went home this week. Please send them back signed.
Have a great weekend!
Social Studies News and Updates
Mary Niccolai firstname.lastname@example.org
This week students worked in small groups on a Chapter 3 project. They acted as land surveyors, looking for the best place to locate the new settlement Jamestown. The groups were each assigned a region on the east coast, from Manhattan Island, New York to Charleston, South Carolina.
They had to research natural resources, geography, accessibility, and climate of their assigned area. As a group they created a google slide presentation. Next week they will present their findings to the rest of the class. We will act as the colonists looking for the best place to live in the new world as the groups try to sell their location as the best place to build Jamestown.
I am working on grading essay questions and finishing final grades for the Chapter 3 test. I hope to have those grades in Skyward by the beginning of next week.
Please contact me via e-mail if you have any specific questions or concerns. Have a great weekend
Physical Education News and Updates
Amanda Peterson email@example.com
Nathan Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
This week the sixth graders continued on with the Fitnessgram Winter Test Session. On Tuesday we tested their muscular strength and endurance with the push-up test, on Wednesday we tested their flexibility with the sit and reach, and on Thursday, cardiovascular endurance with the pacer test. While the students were not testing they increased their cardiovascular endurance by playing full court basketball, volleyball, and prison ball.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Band News and Updates
6th Grade Band students created and performed short music compositions using the free music notation website, Noteflight.com. I was impressed by their creativity!
The band has begun working on music for the Mass Band Concert which will be held on Friday, April 7 at 6:30pm at the Union Grove High School Gym.
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 went very well this week. I will be posting the cast list this week Wednesday/Thursday after school. Thank you to all who auditioned. Great Job!!!
We continue to work on music for Choral Fest. . Choral Festival is Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00pm. We will also have a dress rehearsal during the day from 9am-11:30. We will be traveling to UGHS during this time. Students will be responsible for making up any missed work during this time as well.
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
This week and next week, sixth grade students are working on adding VALUE to their mannequin drawings with oil crayons. Blending many values from dark to light will give the mannequins the illusion of being three-dimensional.