One Team, One Dream

Vol. 1, Issue 4 September 21 - 25, 2015

Communication

Entering the fifth week of school, as a team we want to ensure that lines of communication are open and that information is making to all concerned parties. To that end, each teacher is maintaining a page on the School’s website, printed newsletters and Tuesday folders will continue and a digital newsletter is available for those who prefer the digital format.

This Week's Highlights

Monday, September 21st

Tuesday, September 22nd

Wednesday, September 23rd

Thursday, September 24th

Coffee with the Counselor

Friday, September 25th

Grading Information

Parents, the 6th Grade team will use the following weighted grading system to record grades for the assignments your child will do this year:

  • Bell Ringer Activities: 10%
  • Class work / Quizzes: 30%
  • Tests: 40%
  • Homework: 10%
  • Participation: 10%

Additionally, the team has adopted a Zeroes Aren't Permitted (ZAP) policy. Meaning that students are expected to do the work rather than taking a zero.

English / Language Arts

Book projects are due September 30th.

Mathematics

Skills focused on this week:

  • Rational numbers
  • Converting fractions into decimals
  • Decimals and fractions

Helpful Math Websites:

Science / Social Studies

Science Focus

Matter and Energy


  • Calculate density to identify an unknown substance
  • Identify evidence of a chemical change: production of gas, change in temperature


Social Studies Focus

Africa


  • Identify the location and physical characteristics of the countries in South Africa; discuss the population, government, climate, economy and culture



The textbook for Science this year is STEMscopedia and in addition to have a textbook, digital resources are available to students via the Accelerated Learning website.

Web Address:

The student log-in information is:

  • Username: initials plus student ID number
  • Password: risd


The text for Social Studies this year is Studies Weekly. Students will begin have assigned readings from this document beginning the week of September 21, 2015.

Science Websites

Reminders to Students

· Bring money and order form for Skyview T-shirt

· Bring back documents requiring parent signature in Tuesday Folder

· Bring all supplies to school each day to ensure you are prepared for all classes

Helpful Hints for Parents

Help your child to stay organize:

· Find a designated quiet place for homework

· Have a designated time for your child to do homework, for example every evening from 6:00 – 7:30pm

· Have your child pack their backpack at night with all their materials

· Have your child remove any unneeded items from their backpack once a week

Congratulations and Celebrations

To the following students selected to be members of Skyview Elementary Peer Mediation Team:

De’Ajanay K., Sheena P., and Brianna S.


To the following students selected to members of the Skyview Basketball Club:

JaQualin B., Kiara D., Kymoria G., Tamari J., Heaven S., Jacorey S., Jayden S., Jaleel T., Jayden T., Lyrique T., Ma’Leeyon W., and Team Managers Sol C. and Aniya H.

Coffee with Counselor

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 9am-2pm

9229 Meadowknoll Drive

Dallas, TX

End of 1st 6 Weeks

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 3:30pm

9229 Meadowknoll Drive

Dallas, TX

Picture Day

Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 8:30-11:30am

9229 Meadowknoll Drive

Dallas, TX

Fair Day / Student Holiday / Columbus Day

Monday, Oct. 12th, 8am-3:15pm

This is an online event.

No School for students on this day.

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)

Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 8:30-10:30am

9229 Meadowknoll Drive

Dallas, TX

The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) is used along with other related data to determine a student's eligibility for the district's Advanced Academics Studies (Gifted) program.

Tutoring Begins

Monday, Oct. 19th, 3:15pm

9229 Meadowknoll Drive

Dallas, TX

Tutoring for struggling students begins on this day. Check with your child's teacher for more specifics, thank you.