Junior High Journal
News and Happenings of the Junior High Department
6th Grade Updates and Reminders
- Chromebooks should be charged every night to ensure the battery lasts throughout the day!
- Water bottles should be stored in lockers at all time. Students can ask to get a drink if they are thirsty, but with our new Chromebooks, water bottles are not allowed in the classroom.
- Check Skyward and the homework calendar frequently for missing and current homework assignments, talk to your child about their work.
- Although you have the ability to email your child regarding pick-up and absence notices, please remember that all information must be also told to the office. Call the school if you are going to pick up your child early for an appointment.
Yorkville Ram Family Fun Fest
Saturday, Sep. 24th, 12-4pm
18621 Washington Avenue
Union Grove, WI
-Registration forms for wristbands were sent home with your youngest or only student. This is our ONLY large fundraising event for school and our PTO does a phenomenal job preparing for this event. Please consider donating your time and helping run some games or food and raffle tables. Sign up using sign-up genius here. Also, we are collecting $3.00 from all junior high students as a donation towards supplies for the event. Please have your child give the money to their homeroom teacher. Lastly, there is a 2:2 basketball tournament available to 5th-8th grade students from Union Grove, Raymond, and Yorkville. Sign-up sheets and more information are attached to this newsletter.
Individual Class Updates
ELA News and Updates
Karrie Lazewski firstname.lastname@example.org
*Scholastic Book Order Code: JQ8XW under Miss Thomas still
The 6th graders are figuring out how junior high works and they seem to enjoy it so far. We have already started lit. circle groups, where they read a book with a group and have a discussion about the book on Friday. Week 2 is due next Friday. Check in to make sure they are reading. I do give them a few minutes in class almost every day.
We also had our first spelling unit and test this week. Spelling procedures were explained in class. They take a pretest Monday and whatever words they spelled incorrectly on Monday, they take on Friday. They have a spelling packet that they work on throughout the week.
I have lots of book order forms if anyone is interested in ordering books. You can order online at https://clubs.scholastic.com/. Our class code is JQ8XW and it’s under my maiden name Miss Thomas. Have a great weekend!Mrs. Lazewski
Math News and Updates
Amanda Lois email@example.com
I think the sixth graders are settling into their routines and have their locker combinations down! Way to go!
In Math this week we began talking about Integers: Opposites, Comparing and Ordering and Absolute Value. The students have access to their online textbooks. Have them show you all the neat resources available on it. We already finished up our first Module this week. We played a fun review game on the Chromebooks called “Kahoot!” and took the Module 1 Quiz on Friday.
Next week we will move into Module 2: Factors and Multiples. We will learn the divisibility rules, try the Sieve of Eratosthenes, and solve for the GCF and LCM.
Have a great weekend!Mrs. Lois
Social Studies News and Updates
Mary Niccolai firstname.lastname@example.org
In sixth grade social studies we began looking at the first Americans. Students learned to access their online books and we spent some time exploring Google documents and slides on their Chromebooks. We explored new vocabulary and looked at the theories of early archaeologists. Students learned about the ice age and the resulting land bridge (Beringia) that formed between Asia and North America. Next week we will examine some of the specific early civilizations such as the Aztec, Inca, Olmec, and Mayan. Please sign and return the parent letter with your son or daughter. Have a great weekend.Mrs. Niccolai
Science News and Updates
Becky Seitz email@example.com
Welcome Back!! We have been doing many different things in science class so far this year. We have learned about the Scientific Method & Engineering Design Model as well as the setup of our textbook, how to complete directed-reading worksheets and we completed our 1st lab on Tuesday! We will now begin work on our 1st chapter - Mapping the Earth’s surface. Students will be working with latitude and longitude and learning about different types of maps. Please check your email early next week as I will be sending out my class expectations. Have a great weekend!Mrs. Seitz
Physical Education News and Updates
Amanda Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Meyer email@example.com
Over the last couple of weeks the 6th graders have been participating in a variety of cooperative group activities. We have had a lot of fun playing odd ball tag, omnikin ball, human hungry hungry hippos, and yoshi. We will soon be transitioning into our flag football unit! Have a great weekend!
Band News and Updates
The 6th Grade Band has been sounding great in rehearsals. Band rehearsals are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other Friday this year. Band lessons start on Monday, September 19.
Please check out the new band website (tinyurl.com/yorkvilleband) to stay informed with calendar dates, current band news, and helpful online resources.
I am looking forward to a great year with the Advanced Band!
Choir News and Updates
Welcome back!! The students have begun working on pieces for our upcoming concerts. They have made lots of progress already this week!
Choir handbooks went home last week. The signed portion of the handbook is due Friday Sept 23rd.
I’m very excited to see what this year brings!!
Art News and Updates
Mrs. Herman is currently on maternity leave after having her daughter, Audrey Jean, September 7th! She will return in December and continue with updates then.