Sixth Grade News

March 14 - March 18, 2016

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Action Needed!

Please help Blackburn reach their goal of Lighthouse School. Parents need to complete a survey about the Leader in Me at Blackburn.

Please complete the survey online:

Parent Survey-

Project Board Needed!

Students will be participating in Blackburn Heritage Day. The students are preparing projects and need tri-fold poster boards for their projects. Mrs. Lunsford has created a sign-up genius for parents to donate these boards. If you would like to help please visit the website below.


Thank you to all the parents that have sent in snacks. The students really appreciate the extra snacks during the week.

Parents with growing children and I am sure you know that the students are having big appetites. We would like to provide each student an extra snack each week with an extra bottle of water. You may send in cereal with baggies and we will be glad to separate the items.

Please let us know if you have questions.


We are almost there! We only need a few more likes and Mr. Trivett will be shaving his head. Please make sure that you have liked the Blackburn page on Facebook. We send out information to parents. This is a great way for parents to keep up with the school during the day. See link below.

Important Dates!

March 25th - Workday

March 28th - Holiday - NO SCHOOL

March 29th - Annual Leave

March 30th - Annual Leave

March 31st - Annual Leave

April 1st - Annual Leave

April 5th - Report Cards

April 8th - Spring Pictures

April 11th - JDRF Kick-Off

April 12th - PDQ Night - 5:00-9:00

April 18th - Crazy Hair / Sock Day - $1.00 donation

April 19th - PJ Day - $1.00 donation

April 19th - Catawba Science Field Trip - (Students need to bring a bag lunch.)

April 20th - Sports Fan Day - $1.00 donation

April 21st - Hat Day - $1.00 donation

April 22nd - Twin Day - $1.00 donation

April 18th - April 22nd - Penny Wars

April 25th - Progress Reports

April 27th - JDRF Kids Walk

April 29th - Heritage - Leadership Day

May 6th - Workday

May 10th - PDQ Night 5:00-9:00

May 16th - Progress Reports

May 30th - Holiday - NO SCHOOL

June 1st - EOG Testing

June 2nd - EOG Testing

June 9th - Bridge Ceremony - 6:30 p.m. in Gym

June 10th - 6th Grade Awards Ceremony

June 10th - Last Day for Students (changed due to snow make-up day)

June 13th - Workday

June 14th - Report Cards


Memory Book Assignment!

Memory Book

In effort to know you better, put your writing and creativity to the test, and create a product you will be proud of we want you to write a memory book. It will be the memories you’ve made over the course of your life. It will be due March 24th, but you must begin now in order to complete it on time without rushing!

The final product will be presented to me in a loose-leaf, snap-ring binder or a scrapbook if you choose. Your binder may have drawings or pictures pasted on the outside cover, inside cover and the spine if you wish to. If you choose to put pictures inside to correlate with your chapters then I would suggest you buy acid-free paper. This is your opportunity to be creative – share fun stories, include poems, pictures! Be extraordinary!

Your Memory Book must include the following 13 chapters. Use the titles as the main idea of that chapter and write on some of the suggestions given in parenthesis. You may write in a humorous or serious genre, but be sure to make it informative and enjoyable to read (something you’d like to share – I promise you will want to).

Title Create a title that reflects you in 3 words or less.

Chapter 1: “Who Am I?” (Who are you? Where do you live?

Something interesting about you most people

don’t know. Include your wordle.)

Chapter 2: “Compared with most families, mine…” (your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older cousins and siblings and anybody who may not be a relative, but who has been a great part of your life and your family’s; include a family tree)

Chapter 3: “And Then There Was Me” (Earliest memories:

people, places, events, all those cute things that

your mom told you about. You could also include

your “used to thinks”. For example when you

used to think that the middle lane was for

motorcycles only. )

Chapter 4: “I Grew Up Here” (Describe your town,

neighborhood, rural community, etc.)

Chapter 5: “School Bells” (Your earliest years in school –

K – 3rd – learning to read, special school

programs, special teachers and friends, getting

accustomed to school.)

Chapter 6: “More School Bells” (Grades 4 - 6 - teachers, favorite/ least favorite subject,

friends, activities, successes, heartbreaks, most

embarrassing moment)

Chapter 7: “My First Love” (This is a love or passion for a sport, hobbie, activity, a cause, etc. Be creative and share something you have a love for that reflects who you are)

Chapter 8: “I Wish I Could See ____ Again” (Tell

about a childhood friend that you have no

contact with anymore, but would like to see


Chapter 9: “Let’s Go to the Movies” (Favorite movies at

different times in your life: early childhood

versus now.)

Chapter 10: “Let’s Take a Vacation” (A memorable trip

you took with family or friends or a trip you

would like to take.)

Chapter 11: “You’ve made a difference.”

The most influential person in your life (be sure to explain why) or your own idea.

Chapter 12: “The Future’s So Bright” (Goals? Aspirations?

What are your life goals? What are your

predictions for this year? How do you expect to reach these goals? What would you like to change? Why?

Explain. As you think back on your life, describe

how the seemingly “bad” things that have

happened have created good – for example, in lessons learned or in experiences that prepared you for a future event.)

Epilogue: “Reflections” Congratulations, look what I completed

with my Memory Book! What do I like best about

my book? What would I have done differently?

What chapter would be a good addition for me?


If your Memory Book is complete and shows some effort, thought and creativity, your grade will be no less than an 80. The more thorough and the more creative you are in decorating your book and pages and sections with drawings, pictures, photographs, stuff cut out of magazines or newspapers or brochures, the higher the grade will be. Any book that does not contain all chapters will receive a lower grade, regardless of how nice it looks. Any book that is a bunch of “junk” will not receive a grade.

Here’s the grading schedule and due date: Grade: Content / Grammar

Week 1 (Feb. 5): Chapters 1 – 2 __________________

Week 2 (Feb. 12): Chapters 3-4 __________________

Week 3 (Feb. 19): Chapters 5-6 __________________

Week 4 (Feb. 26): Chapters 7-8 __________________

Week 5 (Mar. 4): Chapters 9-10 __________________

Week 6 (Mar. 11): Chapters 11-12 __________________

Week 7 (Mar. 18): Epilogue __________________

Week 8 (Mar. 23): Scrapbook/Finalize _______________

Due Date: Thursday, March 24th

Final content grade (is everything here): _________________

Final grammar/mechanics grade (did you make corrections): ____

NOTE: These will not be taken late for no reason given format.

Student signature __________________________________

Parent signature____________________________________

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New Homework Policy Starting January 21, 2016

Blackburn Elementary School

Sixth Grade New Homework Policy

We are half way through sixth grade, part of our job is to prepare and transition students to the middle school. As a result, we have collaborated to create a consistent policy concerning homework.

This policy does not apply to special projects that may be assigned by teachers in any given class. If a project is assigned a note requiring a parent signature will be sent home.

  1. This policy starts over every nine week grading period.
  2. Each student will have the following number of homework passes to use during a nine week grading period:
    • 3 passes for math class
    • 3 passes for language arts class
    • 1 passes for content area classes (i.e.: science and social studies)
  3. In order to use a homework pass, the work assigned must be completed and turned in the next day. After that the assignment will be counted as a zero. A homework pass is not a “free pass” from doing the work. The pass simply allows the student to turn the work late and still get credit. For google classroom assignments the homework pass must be submitted to the teacher with the assignment written on the homework pass. Again the homework pass is due the next day or the assignment will remain a zero.
  4. A student may use one homework pass per assignment. For example the student may not use more than one homework pass on clipboard math for the week. They cannot use 2 homework passes to extend their turn in day for 2 days.
  5. If a student uses all homework passes in a nine week grading period, all late work after that is counted as a zero.
  6. If, at the end of the nine week grading period, a student has no zeros on homework and still has unused homework passes, that student may turn those passes in for a for extra credit.
  7. Please be aware that if a student loses a homework pass, no replacements will be given out. Students should take great care in ensuring that passes are secure at all times.
  8. Students will have one make-up day for each consecutive day they are absent. Students must make up all work missed if they are to receive credit. (example: two consecutive days absent=two days to make up the work). Homework passes do not need to be used to turn this work in.
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