6th Grade Weekly Update for 10-28-16

Announcements
Pumpkin Fest and Chase: Tonight and Tomorrow
See details below in the PTO News! 

Picture Re-take Day

Tuesday, November 1 is picture re-takes. The photographer will be here until about 10 am.  If you would like pictures taken over, please be sure to send in the packet you already received.  We will take pictures for all students absent on the original picture day.

Robotics and Engineering Opportunity for Girls!

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is sponsoring a Robotics & Engineering 101 event on Saturday Dec. 3rd from 9AM - 12:30PM! We are looking for girls with an interest in robotics & engineering who would like to represent our school. Activities include using Scratch (a programming language), robot and chassis building, and a catapult competition! No experience is necessary, just a drive to have some fun and work with others. Please e-mail Mrs. Komac ASAP at hkomac@lb65.org if your daughter wants to attend and you know she is available and has transportation to and from the event.

SCREENAGERS

Do your kids scroll through life with rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screentime—friction she knew all too well.

The film SCREENAGERS takes a deeply personal approach as it probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists,SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Join us, in partnership with LEAD, for the screening on November 9th at 7:00 p.m. at Gorton Community Center. For more information about the screening, and to view a trailer, visit http://www.leadingefforts.org/screenagers.


Yearbook

Yearbooks are now on sale! The early bird price for yearbooks is $28 and will last on November 18. After that day, the price of a yearbook will increase to $35.  Please turn the Yearbook Order Form to your advisory teacher or the office. You can also order online by clicking here.


Winter Wear Drive

Check out this link to a flier about a coat and warm accessories drive here at school sponsored by Mothers Trust. Coat Drive

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 10/31: AM Assembly Schedule

Tuesday, 11/1: Picture Retake Day; Advisory Lesson

Wednesday, 11/2: Advisory Lesson

Thursday, 11/3: Bluffer Assembly; Halloween Dance 7-9 p.m.

Friday, 11/4: No School; Teacher Inservice
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students presented projects on the feature areas of Ancient Rome. The week concluded with review of a comprehensive study guide for the unit. The Unit Test will be given on Wednesday, November 2nd.

Science- Mrs. Haji
This week in Science students reviewed the phases of the moon. They did two activities where they investigated the causes of the moon phases. They also evaluated their consensus light model and changed it for different circumstances. They used the previous "light box" and put a cardboard divider in their light box and then a transparent divider in the light box. They recorded the differences with each divider and were able to see the action figure with the transparent divider. They are now learning the term "transmission" and how light can pass through transparent objects. They also conducted a lab where they used the light sensor with objects that are transparent and not so transparent to see how transmission takes place. 

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students finished reading selections from Roald Dahl's Boy.  The 6th graders also began their first major reading unit focused on plot and character.  They are reading Rodman Philbrick's Freak the Mighty.  This extraordinary novel explores many themes including friendship, identity, and family.  While reading, students will follow an assignment calendar and make their thinking visible by using sticky notes and tracking the two main characters: Max, the protagonist, and his best friend, Kevin.  Students will also launch into the word study component of language arts through studying and employing Greek and Latin roots along with other essential literary language. Independent reading continues. 

Math- Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop
This week in math students continued to solve problems involving unit rates.  Students had to figure out unit rate problems where they needed to first convert minutes into hours and also problems that contained complex fractions.  Students will take their Unit 2 Assessment on Wednesday, November 2.
  
Algebra- Mrs. Tschanz
This week in Algebra, students worked with equations of lines focusing on slope, y-intercept, slope-intercept form, and standard form.  Their second quiz for this unit was on Friday.  Next week, students will learn and apply point-slope form and practice with all forms.  Quiz 3 will be on Thursday, November 3rd.
Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we wrapped up GUSTAR and are now adding QUERER to our toolkit! We will use QUERER and GUSTAR together to help us make plans with others. Next week, we will pause our lesson and celebrate Día de Los Muertos.

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French students have been learning numbers 0-39. Students have a daily LOTO game that is similar to Bingo. Another popular activity is recognizing numbers in French by swatting the number on the white board with a fly swatter. Students also put themselves in numerical order by only speaking their number in French. 

Health- Miss Fink 
This week  in health, students have begun the nutrition unit by learning more about the digestive system.  We will be covering material on how each of the organs involved with digestion actually work and what type of digestion is taking place.  Next week, we will be discussing the food plate and the six essential nutrients.  Have a great weekend.  

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead

The students are making excellent progress on their second engagements.  Now that the students are familiar with the process, they are more comfortable with their ability to problem solve and persist through challenges.  Students have the opportunity to travel to different stations to “check out” what other pairs are doing and share their successes and “ah ha” moments so far.  


Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students enjoyed studio time and they began their ceramics problem while they learned basic hand building techniques.  Next week students will work independently to solve their ceramic sphere problem to create their own unique sculpture. 

Band- Mr. Beese
We continue to work on songs for the Fall Concert. (Thursday, December 1). Please ask your child what they are working on in band and have them play some music for you. Help them to find 15-30 minutes to practice on days they do not have band. Even once or twice a week, outside of school, will help them greatly. 

Concert Attire Reminder: Black Polo, Khaki Pants, Black shoes, socks and belt. 

If you are in need of a black polo shirt, download the form here.




Athletics


To all the Boys and Girls who tried out for basketball, we were overwhelmed with your enthusiasm, hard work and abilities! Whether or not you make the team you tried out for, please know that your efforts did not go unnoticed. If you would like feedback from your specific coach please don't hesitate to reach out to them at school on Monday. 

Monday: 7BBB + 8BBB Practice 7AM
7GBB + 8GBB NONE
Tuesday: 7BBB 
Practice 7AM
7BBB 
Practice 3:45-5:15
7GBB + 8GBB 
Practice  5:15-6:45pm
Poms and Cheer Tryout 3:30-4:45pm
Wednesday: 8GBB + 8BBB 
Practice  3:45-5:15pm
7GBB + 7BBB 
Practice  5:15-6:45pm
Poms and Cheer Practice 3:30-4:45pm
Thursday: NONE 
Friday: NONE

Please make sure all forms and fees are submitted to the office ASAP!



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Weekly Update 10/28/16

PTO News

Yearbook

Three weeks left to receive the early bird discount for the middle school yearbook. Buy your book now for $28.00.  After November 18th, the price goes up to $35.00.  Questions? Contact Maureen Chamberlain:  mochamberlain@mac.com

Pumpkin Fest is this weekend!  

 The festivities begin tonight.  Please join us!

WHEN: Friday, October 28th from 5:30-8 and Saturday, October 29th from 9:00-12:00 

WHERE: the newly renovated middle school 

WHAT: Haunted Forest, carnival games, coffin grab, face painting, a pizza dinner, pumpkin decorating, bake sale & more!

More details:

www.lb65.org/parents/pto/2016_pumpkin_fest_pumpkin_chase/