6th Grade Weekly Update for 5-1-15

Announcements

PARCC: The 6th graders will be taking the second set of PARCC tests on Tuesday and Thursday of next week.  Here are some tips to remember.

  • Make sure that he/she is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast
  • Help him/her to arrive at school on time
  • Remind him/her to charge laptop and to bing charges to school
  • Encourage him/her to give his/her best effort on each assessment

Friendly Requests from the School Nurse

The state mandated Proof of Dental Examination form is due May 15th.  Thank you to those who have turned them in to the office.  I am still missing forms for 60 students, please submit them by 5/15.

If your student needs to take medication while on the Springfield trip, please submit it to me by 5/13.  Medications should be in original containers if possible.  An alternative is to send it in a clearly marked envelope with your student's name, the name of the medication, dosage, and the time to be given.
I will send along Tylenol & ibuprofen with the chaperones.  If there is anything else your student may need, please turn that in by 5/13 as well.

Feel free to call or e-mail me with questions.

Thank you for your time, Kathy Sullivan

Musical Announcement 5/1:Thank you to all parents who volunteered their time and continued support through the musical "The Little Mermaid Jr."  The fine arts team and all those involved would like to extend their gratitude to those who spent endless hours helping us make the production such a success. 

One Life, Live Well: Next week is our annual awareness week where we promote the topics of physical, mental, and emotional health.  Various theme days, lunch activities, and classroom discussions will occur throughout the week to promote healthy choices and happy living for all our students and staff.  We only have One Life, so we want to Live it Well!  Contact Mrs. Quick or Ms. Fink for more information. 

The Chorus Concert will be 
Wednesday, May 20th at 7PM!  

PowerSchool We will be including this link in future updates as a reminder and for easy access: PowerSchool.
Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 5/4: Weekly Goal Update; One Life, Live Well-Wear Sweats Day

Tuesday, 5/5: PARCC; 
One Life, Live Well-Wear Hats/Headbands Day
 

Wednesday, 5/6:
One Life, Live Well-Wear High/Fun Socks Day

Thursday, 5/7: PARCC; 
One Life, Live Well-Wear Neon/Bright Clothes Day
 
 

Friday, 5/8: Jazz Band Great America Field Trip; 
One Life, Live Well-Wear Sporty Clothes Day
 
Course Updates

Social Studies-Mr. Poukey

This week we examined the Persian Wars and Greece's consolidated effort to avoid being conquered by the massive Persian empire. We explored the fifty years of prosperity that Athens enjoyed during its "golden age." Unfortunately, the animosity between Sparta and Athens was too strong and peace was ultimately shattered when they went to war against each other once again. Enter Alexander the Great! We began looking at evidence in preparation to answer our Document Based Question: How "great" was Alexander the Great. We started the process by examining the word "great" and the traits that define greatness in a leader. We'll analyze six historical primary source documents and other resources as we prepare to write about this famous and controversial historical figure. 
Stop by to check out our original Greek antiquities on display. Artifacts include ceremonial clay mini masks and Greek currency. Next week we'll continue our tour of Alexander's empire. 

Science-Mrs. Bailey
This week the sixth graders continued observing their Wisconsin Fast Plants.  Most of the plants have developed their true leaves and a few flowers have bloomed.  The students also took an assessment over flower structures in which they designed their own flower and explained what role the placement, quantity, and length of the pistil and stamen play in reproduction.  We also started watching Wings of Life, by DisneyNature, to begin exploring the mutually beneficial relationships between plants and pollinators.

Language Arts-Mrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students concluded their reading of Okay for Now. The 6th graders have so impressed us with their insights and analyses during this unit!  Next week they will complete a few more end-of-the-novel activities and will share their Information Articles.  Please ask your child to share his or her research and article with you! Word Study and IR continue.
  
Math-Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Rote Kay
Solving equations symbolically has continued to keep the sixth graders busy. This week the emphasis was on solving equations with like terms. We have continued to reinforce computation skills as well as practiced strategies to solve equations. Next week, in addition to spring PARCC testing, we hope to introduce the distributive property and how it is used to solve equations.

Español - Srta. Horner
This week, Spanish speakers learned the verb "mirar" and we
had discussions about what we watch on TV and at the movies. We then practiced asking each other what we want to watch, what we like to watch, etc. As students learn more verbs and vocabulary, they are able to put old and new skills together to form more complex sentences. There is a quiz over mirar, hablar, and escuchar on Monday. 


Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students practiced communicating their opinions on various pastimes. As vocabulary increases, students are more able to talk about various topics and express their opinions on these topics. Also this week students learned how to make a sentence negative by saying what they don't do. This small grammar point is a huge advantage to speaking skills. Next week we will continue with practicing negatives and the lesson quiz will be next Friday.

Health-Ms. Fink 
This week in Health class, 6th graders have been learning about how to read food labels and the difference between a healthy food choice and an unhealthy food choice.  Next week, we will begin the Life Skills Training, which is the drug education prevention program that we started to use last year.  Have a great weekend.  

Intro to Drama-
Mrs. Olmstead
This week the students are getting ready to perform their original myths!  They have been working hard rehearsing with stage movement, props, and costumes.  The groups will be performing next week before moving on to a unit on solo storytelling, a preview of monologue performing.  Enjoy the nice weather this weekend!

Visual Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian 
6th grade art students have been enjoying open studio time. The fiber center was also opened, where students were taught to weave, hand sew, knit and crochet.  We will begin our clay unit next week.

Chorus-Ms C.
The Chorus Concert will be Wednesday, May 20th at 7PM!  


Athletics

Monday: Golf Practice @ LBGC 3:45pm
Track Practice 3:45 - 4:45pm
Tuesday: Golf Practice @ LBGC 3:45pm
Wednesday: Golf @ LBGC for Alpha JGT 4:15pm (6 Golfers)
Track @ LFHS 4:00pm
Thursday: Golf @ Heather Ridge GC 4:00pm (8 Golfers)
Track Practice 3:45-4:45pm
Friday: Track Practice 3:45-4:45pm
Saturday: Conference Track Meet @ North Chicago HS 9:00am

Please return any and all jerseys from sports throughout the year!



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