6th Grade Weekly Update for 9-8-17


Curriculum Night

Thank you to everyone who took time to come visit school on Thursday night to hear about our curriculum. We really enjoyed getting to see all of you in our rooms and we are happy that you enjoyed navigating your children's schedules as well. An email with information on conference sign-up will be emailed home on September 14th so be sure to watch for it and sign up for conferences on October 5th or 6th. Please visit this website to learn more about curriculum for grades 6-8.

Girls on the Run
LBMS will be hosting a Girls on the Run program called Heart and Sole.    
Heart & Sole is a middle school program that meets the unique needs of girls in 6th-8th grade. The program considers the whole girl in a positive space where girls can learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy and strengthen connections. Running is incorporated into each lesson to encourage physical wellness and teach life skills such as team building, creating a support system, standing up for themselves and others and decision making. The girls prepare for a celebratory Girls on the Run 5K event at the end of the program. This non-competitive event fosters goal setting and a sense of confidence through accomplishment to last a lifetime.
We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  Please see Mrs. Huddlestun or Ms. Turner for more information.  Register at: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/3R4EN43YD3SICSM?sid=10133d171bda42469d441da0ff05eded

News from the Nurse

Medications at school: No medication (not even Advil or Tylenol) can be administered at school without a Medication Authorization Form being completed and signed by a parent and a Healthcare provider.  If you would like your student to take any type of medication at school, please complete the appropriate form and submit it to the health office.  Here is the link to all of the available health forms  


I’m seeing the beginning of a sore throat/cough bug making its way through the building. Some students are also running low grade fevers. Several students have been tested for Strep, all results have been negative as of today.

6th Grade Physicals are due to the office by September 29th. This is required by the State of IL. Please contact me with any questions. A Huge Thank You to those that have submitted them!


6th Grade Chorus started this week! There is no cost to participate in chorus and there are no rehearsals outside the school day. If your child would still like to participate they can see Ms. Cvitkovic or come to rehearsal next week and add their name to the list. Hope to see you at our first Chorus Concert on November 15th at 7 PM.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 9/11: Set Up for Success/ELO Begins! 

Tuesday, 9/12: Set Up for Success/ELO

Wednesday, 9/13: 2:10 Dismissal

Thursday, 9/14: 
Set Up for Success/ELO

Friday, 9/15: Bluffer Lesson
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students continued their study of essential vocabulary, the continents and oceans in preparation for today's assessment over the material, moving through daily learning targets of related content, understanding and skills. They developed essential questions around the Pangaea Theory to engage in independent research and record findings in their Social Studies spirals. Ask your student to describe his or her personal position on the Pangaea Theory!! Next week, we will gain an understanding of how to assess credible sources, steps to analyze documents and the basic features of civilizations while we prepare to march into Ancient Rome!!!

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
This week students learned about the four conditions that need to be met in order for them to see an object. They worked with the light box that I created to see if they could see the objects in them. I also placed six objects around the room to see if students were able to see them from their seat. They realized that they would not be able to see all objects because of their position in the class. Students also learned about pixels and the art of pointillism. Next week we will create models of their interpretation on how the eye can see images. We will then start learning about the parts and function of the eye. 

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students completed their Reading MAP tests on Tuesday or Wednesday.  In addition, they continued to work on building up their independent reading stamina through mini-lessons and conferring. Next week they will begin the Lucy Calkins Narrative Writing Unit.  Throughout this unit, they will be working on writing pieces in class and at home.  6th graders will also continue to read and write about their IDR books in class and at home.

Math I-Mrs. Bishop/Mrs. Rote-Kay

This week our students completed their Math MAP Tests on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday and Friday we continued to focus on team building with students practicing their roles and responsibilities on their teams. As we continue to move through chapter 1 we explored different ways to organize and present data such as using tables and histograms. In addition, students had the opportunity to solve logic problems and to explain their thinking to their peers. Rounding numbers and recognizing patterns were also covered. Next week we will look at different ways to represent a quantity and compare quantities to each other. Have a nice weekend!!

Math - Mrs. Carney & Mrs. Bishop/Mrs. Rote-Kay
Students completed the MAP Math test this week in class.  We also did a quick introduction to Probability.  Next week we will focus on looking at multiple representations for algebraic expressions.  Thanks to all who came to curriculum night Thursday evening.  Below you will find the textbook links that were discussed.

Course 1 Parent Guide and Extra Practice:  https://ebooks.cpm.org/bookdb.php?title=cc1&name=reference.links&type=tlinks

Course 2 Parent Guide and Extra Practice:  https://ebooks.cpm.org/bookdb.php?title=cc2&name=reference.links&type=tlinks

Navigation Video for CPM eBook: https://vimeo.com/121402318

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
Students have continued learning about different types of functions and completed the MAP test. Next week we will wrap up our first chapter by looking at domain and range and how to solve various problems using functions. We will have our chapter 1 individual and team test on Thursday 9/14. The individual component is very brief and focuses on function notation.
Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we practiced how to greet a friend and how to greet an adult or in a more formal way. We also started discussing how we feel about different classes throughout the day, using a lot of our new vocabulary to form sentences and share our thoughts. Next week we will work on explaining activities that we do in and outside of school and how those specific activities make us feel. 

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French, students continued to greet one another in French and are able to ask for someone's name. With each lesson, we will have a Conversation Culturelle. This dialogue is a conversation using the vocabulary in the lesson in a practical context. Students practice reciting the dialogue to develop their French accents and sound. They will practice it in class with partners and also using an audio file with native speakers that is available in our Google Classroom. Hopefully you will start hearing some French around the house! Next up is learning the French alphabet (which builds a great foundation for sounding words out).

Health- Miss Fink 
As the week comes to a close, 6th grade Health students have been learning about overcoming hardships and how to overcome a difficult situation themselves.  Additionally, we have begun to talk about healthy versus unhealthy friendships and the difference between a balanced friendship or a one-sided friendship.  Have a great weekend.  

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead

This week the students’ first engagements are truly underway!  The first few days involve plenty of brainstorming and tweaking as the students discover each project’s potential and begin to work towards their SMART goal.

Music- Mrs. Cvitkovic
This week students continued to work on strengthening their vocal, aural (listening) and rhythmic skills. All students should be fluent in singing the major scale as well as the Kodaly hand signs. 

Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students finished decorating their sketchbook cover.  We also opened the collage and drawing centers so they could begin their first open studio piece.

Band- Mr. Beese

Just wanted to go over the schedule for the first trimester of band.
Monday - Flute/Oboe and Percussion have their group lessons
Tuesday - Full Band
Wednesday - Clarinets and Saxophones have their group lessons
Thursday - Full Band
Friday - Low Brass and Trumpets have their group lessons.

You should see the instruments come home over the weekend. Encourage them to play for you their band music and upcoming lesson assignments. 


Monday: GVB + SOC @ Neal Academy 4:15/5:15pm (location changed due to scheduling conflict!) 
Girl's FH Practice 3:45-5:15pm
Tuesday: GVB + SOC @ Northwood 4:15/5:15pm
Girls FH vs. Sears School 4:15/5:15pm
Wednesday: NONE
Thursday: GVB vs. Oak Grove 4:15/5:15pm
Girls FH @ Sears School
Soccer Practice 3:45-5:15pm
Friday: GVB Practice 3:45-5:15pm
Saturday: Girls FH Nightingale Tournament 6-9pm

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