6th Grade Weekly Update for 5-18-18

MAP Testing: Next Week
6th Grade MAP testing will take place Tuesday, May 22nd and Wednesday, May 23rd.  Attendance during MAP testing is important.  Please avoid making appointments or checking your child out of school during the testing dates. Students tend to perform better when they take tests in their regular testing environment.  Below is a list of other tips to help your child do well on the MAP test: 
  • Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep.
  • Make sure your child eats a good breakfast.
  • Encourage your child to do his/her best. 
  • Make sure your child is at school on time. 
  • Ask about the test each day. Let your child know the test is important and that you care about the results. 

Lost and Found

The LBMS lost and found is overflowing and the end of the year is approaching.  Please be aware that any items currently in the lost and found will be donated to charity on Friday May 25th. Please encourage your student check the lost and found for anything items that may belong to him or her.

Spring Chorus and Band Concerts Reminder that the Spring Choral Concert is on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7 PM and the Band Concert is on Thursday, May 24th at 7 PM!

News from the Nurse

Seasonal allergies are making many students (and staff) miserable!  Symptoms for some are severe enough to cause an absence.  If your student needs to take allergy medicine to control their symptoms, please remind them to take it prior to coming to school. Early in the week, there were a few absences due to stomach upset; that seems to have subsided.
Dental Forms:  some of you received a letter this week reminding you to submit a dental form for your child.  These are required by the State. Thank you to those who responded!
I'm still missing a significant number of forms, PLEASE submit them by 5/21.
Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 5/21: Set up for Success/ELO

Tuesday, 5/22: MAP in L.A. or Math; 
Set up for Success/ELO

, 5/23: MAP in L.A. or Math; 
Set up for Success/ELO; Choral Concert and Art Show

, 5/24: 
Set up for Success/ELO
; Band Concert and Art Show

Friday, 5/25: Bluffer Assembly 
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students composed written statements connecting Civics Standard 1 to the influence Abraham Lincoln had on shaping citizens' lives. SS.CV.1.6-8: Describe the roles of political, civil and economic organizations in shaping people's lives. Individual views were shared in a dialogue circle as we explored the continued effects of Lincoln's actions on our lives today. We then transitioned our focus to Early Humans and the Rise of Civilization.  In this unit of study, we will examine History Standard 1: SS.H.1.6-8: Classify series of historical events and developments as examples of change and or continuity as we consider the evolution of humans and society.

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
This week in science students worked on a computer simulation predicting what grasses, rabbits, and foxes would do in an ecosystem. Students manipulated the amounts of these organisms to try to come up with a stable environment. Students also learned about competition in an ecosystem and how this can affect other organisms in an ecosystem. We are now learning about some of the organisms in Yellowstone National Park and what a stable ecosystem looks like in the Park. Next week we will an invasive organisms in the computer simulation and see how that changes the populations. 
MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week the 6th graders delved deeply into Okay for Now by analyzing the novel for point of view, symbolism, and character development.  Please ask your child about the protagonist, Doug, so far in the novel.  Next week students will continue reading, writing about, and discussing the novel along with completing their Spring MAP testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.  
Standards addressed this week include...
RL 6. 1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RL 6.3. Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves towards resolution.

RL6.6 Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or the speaker in the text.

Advanced Math- Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop
This week students practiced simplifying absolute value expressions along with expressions that contained positive and negative numbers.  They continued to build fluency in multiplying and dividing rational numbers along with using the correct order of operations.  Students also learned how to use properties of real numbers as a strategy to simplify expressions.  
Standards addressed this week:


Understand subtraction of rational numbers as adding the additive inverse, p - q = p + (-q). Show that the distance between two rational numbers on the number line is the absolute value of their difference, and apply this principle in real-world contexts.
 Understand that multiplication is extended from fractions to rational numbers by requiring that operations continue to satisfy the properties of operations, particularly the distributive property, leading to products such as (-1)(-1) = 1 and the rules for multiplying signed numbers. Interpret products of rational numbers by describing real-world contexts.

b.  Understand that integers can be divided, provided that the divisor is not zero, and every quotient of integers (with non-zero divisor) is a rational number. If p and q are integers, then -(p/q) = (-p)/q = p/(-q). Interpret quotients of rational numbers by describing real-world contexts

c. Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide rational numbers.

d. Convert a rational number to a decimal using long division; know that the decimal form of a rational number terminates in 0s or eventually repeats.

d. Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract rational numbers.

Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers.

Math- Mrs. Bishop

This week students continued to work on analyzing data and statistics.  Teams created a statistical question and then collected class data.  They then calculated
 the measures of central tendency along with measure of spread and variability.  They also used graphical representations of the data to help them analyze their results.  Teams then made conclusions to their questions based on their data analysis.  Students also learned how to write and solve multiplication equations.
Standards addressed this week:





 Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations
Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers. 
Understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution which can be described by its center, spread, and overall shape.
Recognize that a measure of center for a numerical data set summarizes all of its values with a single number, while a measure of variation describes how its values vary with a single number.
Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.
 Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean) and variability (interquartile range and/or mean absolute deviation), as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the overall pattern with reference to the context in which the data were gathered.
 Relating the choice of measures of center and variability to the shape of the data distribution and the context in which the data were gathered

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy

This week students continued exploring topics in chapter 11. Students practiced analyzing data sets using Google Sheets. We also reviewed several key topics that appear in classes skipped by our Algebra students. Students learned about the Pythagorean Theorem and the many angle relationships that exist with parallel lines. On Thursday & Friday, students completed Spring MAP Testing. Next week, students will explore standard deviation and complete challenges that integrate data analysis and algebraic strategies.

Standards Assessed in Chapter 11:

  • Standard 2: Analysis of Function Properties and Representations (F-IF.1, F-IF.2, F-IF.3, F-IF.5, F-IF.6, F-IF.9, F-LE.1b, F-LE.1c, F-LE.2, F-LE.3, F-LE.5)

  • Standard 3: Graph a variety of functions and apply/interpret those graphs in context (F-IF.4, F-IF.7a, F-IF.7b, F-IF.7e, F-IF.8b, F-LE.1a)

  • Standard 9: Represent data in various formats; create statistical models; interpret statistics in context and make predictions. (S-ID.1, S-ID.2, S-ID.3, S-ID.6a, S-ID.6b, S-ID.6c, S-ID.7, S-ID.8, S-ID.9)

Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we continued to practice party activities and asking for information. On Monday students did a walk-about of the invitations they created in class and received feedback. On Friday we started our presentational project for this unit, which is to explain your perfect party! Students will explain what supplies and food they need, what activities they have planned, what kind of clothing guests should wear, and more. Students will present these parties to the class in Spanish next week after some time to work in class. 
  • WL 1.1) The student can exchange information about familiar topics, using phrases and simple sentences.
  • WL 3.5) The student can present orally on familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases, and sentences.

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French was quite entertaining! In our last unit, we read about Jérémy who was interested in hanging out with Sophie and decided to give her a call. Students created this phone call between Jérémy and Sophie. Students were quite clever in creating the scenarios and used their French skills to create understandable and clever scripts. The Frenchies are also quite the acteurs/actrices because their presentations were hilarious! The French was easy for the audience to understand and the acting just took it to the next level! In class we also talked about connectors and how they can help make a sentence more interesting by adding more detail. To practice, students are writing funny sentences in French! Friends in class will add illustrations to the silliest of sentences. Next week, we start learning vocabulary for café foods! So much positive energy for May in the 6th grade classes!

Health- Miss Fink 

Lesson FOUR: Alcohol - Myths and Realities

Critical Thinking: Alcohol and Teen Drinking

Lesson FIVE: Marijuana - Myths and Realities

Critical Thinking: Marijuana and Emergency Room Admittance

Lesson SIX: Coping with Anxiety: Using meditation as a coping skill to address anxiety and how do we cope.

Standards Assessed:

  • Standard #1: Comprehend concepts and knowledge related to health promotion to enhance health.  

  • Standard #2: Analyze the influences on healthy behaviors.

  • Standard #5: Demonstrate and identify circumstances that can help or hinder healthy decision-making skills.

  • Standard #7: Practice health enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students continued to work on their open studio piece.  Next week we will prepare for the Art Show! Please come support our talented students on Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th for two nights celebrating the Fine Arts!

National Core Art Standards Assessed:

  • VA:Cr1.1: Artist applies methods to overcome creative blocks.

  • VA:Cr1.2: Ideas are original, unique, creative and show personally relevant content.

  • VA:Cr2.1a: Accurately show an understanding of specific techniques.

  • VA:Cr2.1b: Artist demonstrates willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms and meanings that emerge in the process of artmaking or designing.

  • VA:Cr2.3: Demonstrate a high level of attention to the finish and overall presentation of the artwork.

Band- Mr. Beese
Just a reminder that the Spring Band Concert is Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 pm in the gym. The call time is 6:45 pm.

BOBCAT CAMP will run Aug 6th-9th, and 13th-16th.  Summer camps include Volleyball, Basketball and Field Hockey.

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

8th Grade Service Project/Graduation T-shirts:

Last chance to order graduation t-shirts. The 8th grade class will be doing a service project for Fill a Heart 4 Kids as part of graduation week celebrations. The service project committee will be offering "Class of 2022" graduation shirts as a way to raise funds to purchase food for survival backpacks for homeless youth. Fill a Heart is specifically requesting food, as donations dip in the summer and the need for survival backpacks are ever-present. The webstore is ordering is https://lakebluffclassof2022.itemorder.com. The shirts are optional. But we think it would be special to see the students wearing their shirts on June 6th for the class picnic and service project. 

May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party

Come “Scramble” with us this Saturday. Tickets are still available at: tinyurl.com/LBPTOgolfparty. Can’t join us for golf or the after-party? Bring the kids out to the family-friendly Ball Drop. “Looking For Jane” will be playing and Canopy Trees will drop more than 2000 balls from a crane onto the green at 11:00am to see who will be the lucky $1000 prize winner. “Bushwood” will be rocking the golf tent later in the night at the 19th Hole After-Party. From the ball drop to the after-party, it’s shaping up to be a fun-filled day to celebrate and support our schools in Lake Bluff. Hope to see you on the greens.

Volunteer for the LBMS PTO 

Would you like to be more involved with the LBMS PTO? We are working on filling the LBMS PTO slate for next school year. If you are interested in chairing a committee, please contact Megan Michael at mmichael11@comcast.net. 

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