Success in Sixth Grade

Volume 8. Issue 19


"Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best." - Henry Van Dyke

"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can be grateful because thorn bushes have roses."

"Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness." - Leo Tolstoy

A Note From Mr. Nakano

Hard to believe that, by the time you probably read this, there will only be 25 days of school left. This has truly been an amazing year of seeing your children make great strides, not only academically, but interpersonally, as they have remained committed to a constant level of respect and appreciation amongst one another.

We're adding elements of study skills learning as it pertains to long term projects and keeping track of 6 or 7 rotations each day.

Student Classroom Design

The students measured the furniture to rearrange the classroom space that would be most beneficial to them. They looked at sight lines, made sure there was enough aisle space, and thought about what configurations might be best conducive to learning.

After measuring each piece of furniture, they had to create their own scale so that they could manipulate the furniture around on their drawing. Through their innovative design, we were able to add a reading/working tent and more table groups.

Unfortunately, their plans of a mattress and a ping pong table fell through as there just wasn't enough space or room in the budget :).

Growth Mindset

The Greatest

As we head towards middle school, one our focuses, as it has been all year, is developing a growth mindset. We started off with Kenny Rogers's song, "The Greatest." It's about a boy pitching to himself and missing each time. Many predicted he would hit the ball after the third attempt or "strike three." Instead, the boy swung and missed...and then proclaimed himself the best pitcher.

This month has been spent looking at perspective, not only their own but that of the characters they create in their writing. We saw six photographs of the same man, except each shot was by a different photographer, who was given a different background of the man. The photographer who thought the man was recovering from cancer showed him surrounded by light, while a dark shadow was cast over the photograph of the same man whose photographer was told he was an ex-con.

We looked out how our perceptions affect us and can also better a piece of writing as well.

Stuck On An Escalator - Take Action

6th Grade Canyon View Promotion Ceremony

Thursday, June 9th, 11-11:45am

4515 Portola Pkwy

Irvine, CA

We have a new location for our promotion ceremony - the theater at Northwood High School! Please be aware that the students are still taking finals during this day.

Language Arts

We're continuing our story of Hatchet. As we compare and contrast Brian's physical and emotional state from the plane crash to current events in the chapters, we looked at our own struggles as well. The adjectives we've been using to describe Brian are changing, as is his disposition and motivation to survive. Most predict that he will survive...the question is how.

Dates to Remember

5/13 - 4:30-8:30

Family Fun Night


Math Field Day (Good Luck, Rahul!)


Irvine Junior Games


Imagination Machine Assembly

5/27 and 30

NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day