Team 1 Newsletter

JCMS 6th Grade

Week of Dec. 16 - 19



Jeff Bromley - Social Studies

jeffreybromley@usd475.org


Week of December 16-19

Monday (12-16)- Continue working on Ancient China Minecraft Project

Tuesday (12-17)- Continue working on Ancient China Minecraft Project

Wednesday (12-18)- Ancient China Minecraft Project Due- Begin watching Mulan

Thursday (12-19)- Finish watching Mulan


Next week we will begin watching the movie Mulan. This movie is rated G, and you will not have to sign a permission slip for your student to watch it. If you choose for your student to not watch the video, please email me and let me know. Have a great weekend!













Emilia Walsh - Science

emiliawalsh@usd475.org



Dear Parents and Guardians,

6th grade science has been studying Earth’s Structure, including Earth’s Layers, Plate Motion, and Distribution of Natural Resources. As a fun way to wrap up the semester we would like to show the movie “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (2008) the last three days of the semester (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). As student’s watch, we would separate the fact from fiction of the film to compare to the information your student has learned over the course of the semester. This movie is rated PG. Due to the fact that this movie is rated PG your student is not required to have signed permission to watch the movie. However, if you would like your students to opt-out of the movie, please email me at your earliest convenience. An alternate activity will be prepared.


Best,

6th Grade Science Teachers!

Mrs. Green, Ms. Walsh, and Mrs. Erickson











Meaghan Harriott - Language Arts

meaghanharriott@usd475.org


This week we will...

Mon 12/16 - Wed 12/18 working on writing essays

Thurs 12/19 all essays are due













Allison Watts - Math

allisonwatts@usd475.org












Meri Miller-Kahle - Special Services

merimillerkah@usd475.org

Organization!

The next Executive Functioning skill is Organization. This time of year, with 4 school days left until Winter Break, we see a lot of students rushing through the hallways looking like Pigpen from the Peanuts. They are not trailing dirt, but papers, assignments, agendas, etc! A way you can help your student is by asking to see their agenda. We DO use an agenda and it is posted in each class and required that your student write the daily information down in the agenda.

Is this busy work or does it help?

New research has shown that students retain information, moving it from working memory to long-term memory, better when they physically write information down, using pen/pencil paper. It also gives them a reminder as to what they have completed in class that day. Teachers use some technical "short hand" in classes, like AOW in Science is Article of the Week, and Do Now is daily paragraph writing in ELA. So even if you can't understand the "coded" messages, your student should be able to explain it to you. Even if they do not have homework, reviewing their agenda can answer that dreaded question, "What did you do in school today?"

Bringing Needed Materials Helps Organization

This time of year, we also see kids who have run out of pencils, paper, need a new binder with both covers or non-broken rings, etc. So you may want to make sure that you add a package of pencils or notebook paper to the Christmas list. It will be much appreciated.

Tablets

We are verifying that your child has his/her assigned tablet, case, charger and correct bar codes. We are also reminding students to charge their tablets before returning to school on January 7th. Nothing is more frustrating for them as to not have a fully charged tablet.

Organization in 2020

If your student has not been writing in their agenda, then a good New Year's Resolution would be to have them do so. We will be working on retraining their brains after break and this will be required.

If you have any questions about organizational tips, please email and I will be glad to provide more resources.