From the Nest

This newsletter provides information on activities and concerns of sixth grade students and teachers. For more detailed information on individual subject areas, please refer to the teacher's School Fusion page, linked beneath their picture below. For information on school wide events and initiatives, please visit the Pennington homepage. If you have a question or concern, please email us directly using the information below.

Mr. Anderson - Language Arts

When we come back Monday, we will have one week before the SOL on May 9, 2016. We will be completing activities to build reading stamina, improve close reading, as well as reviewing a couple of test taking strategies. We will review these activities as a class on Thursday. Friday, we will be on an alternative schedule due to the awards ceremony, and will only complete our vocabulary quiz during class time. Please review the testing announcement below.

Ms. Bosse - Math

We're in our LAST unit! Probability and then review. I'm aiming to test for Probability on May 11th. Students took their practice SOL this week--ask them how they did!

Mr. Cardone - Social Studies

On Tuesday, students will be beginning their unit test of The New Nation. This test will feature both multiple choice questions and an open-ended document analysis section. Our next unit will be on Westward Expansion and we will begin by discussing the land purchases that expanded our nation.

Mr. Cardone - Science

On Thursday, students will be taking their unit test of watersheds. Study guides were distributed last Tuesday and are to be turned in as lifework on Monday. Out next unit is going to be on Weather.

Introduction to World Languages – 6th grade – 18 weeks

The students have learned about communication, language and culture. Now we are working on a project “All about My Culture”, and they will present them in class next week. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at Thank you.

SOLs Approaching

Reading: May 9 in the AM

Math: May 17, in the AM

In Sixth Grade, students will be tested in Math and Reading. Students have already started reviewing, and each subject area will continue to assign review materials as needed. In the mean time, please consider the following quick tips:

  • Mark SOL dates on your family calendar, and mention them to your child at home.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude about the tests with your child.
  • Encourage your child to stay relaxed and calm during tests, and practice ways to stay calm if they have had anxiety in the past.
  • Get enough sleep, and eat a good breakfast before an SOL test.

Reward Field Trip - Laser Tag

Students will have the opportunity to go play laser tag if they meet the following requirements as of the fourth quarter interim:

-A/B Honor Roll

-No Us

-No more than three detentions

-No Referrals

Spring Picture Day

Class group photos and individual student portraits will be taken in the Activity Room on Tuesday, May 3. Students are expect to wear Pennington uniforms for these pictures. Group photos are $11 each and must be prepaid. Payment information will be distributed in Friday folders on April 22. Class group photos are available only to students paying on or before Picture Day.

Individual student portraits are taken on an approval basis and may be purchased upon receipt. They are not prepaid. Picture packages should arrive in 3 – 4 weeks.

Questions may be directed to Mrs. Lahann

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Spring Fling Baskets

Each homeroom needs a parent volunteer to coordinate and assemble the basket, for which you can sign up via the link below. Donations may be sent to respective homerooms.

Mr. Anderson's basket SignUpGenius:

Ms. Bosse's basket SignUpGenius:

Mr. Cardone's basket SignUpGenius:

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Community Service Opportunity

In need of a 'handy person' to cut some wood, pvc pipe and build a very simple platform. If you have tools and need some community service hours this may be for YOU! Materials will be purchased by Pennington. Contact Mrs. Bosse for more information.

Travel & Absences

We understand that families may need to travel outside of scheduled school holidays, but Prince William County's policy is that work will be provided to students upon their return. The sixth grade teachers recommend that you email us when an extended absence will be taking place, as the office form takes some time to process. If feasible teachers will reply with how your child can stay on-track with the class.