Phoenix Fast Facts

A Weekly Peek in the Life of the Phoenix

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This Week in 6th Grade:

Mrs. Shannan Mulcahey - Science

In Science, we are studying all the ways that humans impact the Earth and how we can better conserve our natural resources. The next test will take place on January 16 & 17. Our next unit will focus on Biodiversity. Please remind your student to review their notes and worksheets each night. I will be giving more homework as the year continues so it is very important to stay on top of all assignments and projects. Use that planner!

Mrs. Tracey Olson - Language Arts.

Students started the quarter by writing letters to their future self. If your child would like me to mail them their letter next January, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to school. As part of our AVID study, students wrote poems called “Where I’m From”. These focused on the places, experiences and values that have shaped who they are as people. Ask your child to share their poem with you as I’ve really enjoyed reading them. We are continuing with argumentative writing this quarter and focusing on the high interest subject of Alcatraz. Over the next few weeks we will gather evidence, make a claim, learn about hooks and conclusions and write final essays. Please ask your child to make sure he/she still has a writing notebook, pencils and earbuds for class.

Mrs. Cali Kliewer - Reading

In reading this quarter, we are focusing on literary elements. We will learn about plot, theme, charactization, and conflict. Students will be using their own book for many of our assingments and projects, so students have been asked to have a fiction novel (not graphic novel) which they have not yet read in class by next Wednesday. Their book can be any kind of fiction, and can come from our school library, home, or the public library.

We have also been learning about the importance of using our schema and our metacognition as we learn new things.

Mr. Aaron Brown - Math

Students are beginning topic 2: Factors, Multiples and the Distributive Property. Three homework assignments are found on DIGITS at and are due January 20th..

Mrs. Amy Elliott - Social Studies

We have kicked off 3rd quarter with a focus on Ancient Greece. Many students are quite knowledgeable of Greek Mythology, and it has been so much fun to watch them enthusiastically share their knowledge of the Greek gods with their classmates. Greece notebooks are due on 1/17 & 1/18, and the Greece test will take place on 1/22 & 1/23. Resources are available on Schoology for students to use as they prepare for the Greece test. Students will also learn about Ancient Rome and the African Kingdoms this quarter.

Ms. Pacheco: Resource LA/Reading/Math

Language Arts: Students will continue their Persuasive/Argumentative writing and focus on research using reliable sources to debate topics in class. We will be focusing on using correct punctuation and capitalization.

Homework: complete “Where I’m From” poem.

Reading: Focus this quarter will be on Story Plot/Elements and Characters.

Homework: on Google Classroom- Cornell notes and Word of the Week (Ravenous).

Math: Starting Topic 1; Equations and Expressions. We will Review conversion of improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will also revisit PMDAS this week.

Homework: Pearson, Activity Sheet G, R1 homework (Topic 1)

Meet Your Phoenix Teachers

Aaron Brown: Math and Life Education

Amy Elliott: Social Studies and Life Education

Cali Kliewer: Reading and Life Education

Shannan Mulcahey: Science and Life Education

Tracey Olson: Language Arts and Life Education

Cristy Pacheco: Learning Specialist