Success in Sixth Grade

Volume 8. Issue 13

What We Love

“I think the foremost quality – there’s no success without it – is really loving what you do. If you love it, you do it well, and there’s no success if you don’t do well what you’re working at.”

Malcolm Forbes

A Note From Mr. Nakano

Apologies for the radio silence since Outdoor Ed and DARE graduation. My grandmother has been in the hospital for the past few weeks. She's getting better now, but, even though I bring my laptop with me, she loves having a captivating audience to talk to each night and not much gets done :).

We took some assessment tests these past few weeks similar to those given before parent conferences. The students have made some great progress and I'll be sharing with you some of those results in the coming weeks. They really are a wonderful group to being working with - the way they work well with one another. I feel like I can never say enough about how great they are, but I'm certainly going to try...

Outdoor Ed

We hope your children had a wonderful and memorable experience at Outdoor Ed. They have a Google Drive folder full of pictures they've copied from the week and are currently using them to build a video project that captures their memories.

Open House

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 6-7:30pm

12025 Yale Court

Irvine, CA

You are invited to see a snapshot into the "Day of a 6th Grader." I'll send more information next week, but if you have a smartphone with a QR code reader, it will help aid in the experience. Your students have devices they can use as well, so that you can still immerse yourself in the experience without a smartphone.


What is Breakout? Called "Escape Rooms" for adults, Breakout is a series of clues that student teams have to solve, in an allotted amount of time, to "breakout" of the classroom. They must work as a team to solve clues, find hidden keys, and solve puzzles that reveal codes that unlock a series of locks. Using the content knowledge from all of the subjects they are currently using, it involves teamwork, collaboration, and logical thinking in order to accomplish all of the sequential goals in time. By the time this newsletter arrives, all of the initial teams should have completed their first Breakout attempt. Ask them how they did. Did they get close or did they "Breakout?" What was their favorite or most difficult clue?

Introducing Breakout EDU

Language Arts

RIght now, our main focus is on learning the various styles of poetry and modeling them with different themes throughout the stanzas.

Technology Focus

The students are working on some different technology that they will unveil at Open House.


Unit 4 - Ratios

Next week, we will begin our unit on Ratios. There will be a lot of experiments that the students will conduct to discover different proportional scenarios.

Dates to Remember


Canyon View Open House - 6:00-7:30

Minimum Day


No School for Students


Presidents' Day



100 Mile Club Fun Run after school