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Team News 2016-17

  • First Quarter Grades 11/17
    1st Quarter Grade Reports will be sent home with your student on Thursday 11/17 in a brown envelope.  Details for each grade may be found by logging on to the Gradebook Portal.  Please sign (initial) the space for 1st report on the brown envelope and have our student return it to his advisory teacher.
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 11:58 AM by James Gleason
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Math 2016-17

    To get homework and more information visit:

    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 12:32 PM by Louise McMinn
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Language Arts 2016-17

  • Ms. Amelia Shwartz               ashwartz@stamfordct.gov
  • Tuesday, Dec.6
    Good afternoon,

    Today we wrote our first body paragraph of our informative essays. We also reviewed what goes into a good paragraph:
    * Topic sentence (what is the paragraph about?)
    * Details (Focus Question answers from research)

    Great work from everyone!

    * Read for 30 min.
    * Survival booklet due 12/16
    Posted by Amelia Shwartz
  • Monday, Dec.5
    Good afternoon,

    Today we wrote a Reader's Response based on chapter 18:
    * Does Sam miss his dad?

    We emphasized using text evidence, using the keywords "In the text..." (Hint hint!)

    Tomorrow, we are starting our Informative drafts next week - get ready!

    * Read for 30 min.
    * Read MSM chapters 19-20 (pgs. 131-160)
    * Notes on chapters 19-20
    * Survival booklet due 12/16
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 12:00 PM by Amelia Shwartz
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Technology 2016-17

  • Ms. L. McMinn                                lmcminn@stamfordct.gov
  • Hour of Code
    We will be starting the Hour of Code projects on September 21.   Students are to complete each section accurately.
       Here are the links to the program.  Students have been given their passwords.
          Green A-H  -  http://studio.code.org/sections/DPQQCX
          Green  I-O  -  http://studio.code.org/sections/RJMTYS
    Posted Oct 13, 2016, 7:00 AM by Louise McMinn
  • Technology will begin in October for the Turquoise Team

    Posted Sep 8, 2016, 12:44 PM by Louise McMinn
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Social Studies 2016-17

  • Go to Mr. Fallon's Google Classroom 
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    Posted Nov 15, 2016, 6:21 AM by Louise McMinn
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Science 2016-17

  • Mr. J. Gleason                          jgleason@stamfordct.gov
    Log-in for Science texts - www.lab-aids.com   Top right: Student
                                           User name: stamford678    Password: student
  • Tues. 12/6
    Today we:
      1. Got the venn diagrams back - (no corrections allowed) & prep-checks.
      2. Completed the lab - separating the mixture & cleaned up.
      3. Completed the Analysis (groupwork).
      4. Started on the Prep-check for the next lab (ID the liquids).
    H/W: None unless you did not complete the analysis.

    Posted by James Gleason
  • Mon. 12/5
    Today we:
       1. Looked at the mixture we will "separate" tomorrow.
       2. Named and discussed the tools we will use to separate the mixture.
       3. Chose a "strategy" for separating the mixture ( Top Down or Liquids vs. Solids).
       4. Developed a detailed plan for separating the mixture (step by step).
       5. Discussed safety precautions we will take to be safe.
    H/W: None!

    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 12:05 PM by James Gleason
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Art 2016-17

  • Ms. Brooker                                   kbrooker@stamfordct.gov
  • S.T.E.A.M. Based Art Curriculum

    S.T.E.A.M. Based Art Curriculum

    Turquoise Team and White Team                6th Grade Art with Ms. Brooker

    Art students in sixth grade will be working projects that both enrich and support topics and concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) as well as  language arts, math, social studies. First quarter, we are focusing on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design vocabulary, as well as practicing various mediums. The initial projects will focus on the Elements of Art – Form, Value and Color to create the illusion of 3 dimensional shapes. For the Principles of Design – we will examine Balance, Pattern, and Contrast.

    Essential Question: “How do life experiences influence the way you relate to art?”

    Students will be reflecting on previous art experiences, the techniques they find challenging, and what they would like to learn.  Week 1 in art will be an initial storyboard based on what the animation industry uses to show a sequence of events for producers. Week 2 students will do a brief study in type fonts creating a bold name tag for their finished nature based illustrations to be included in a final nature journal book in June.

        Art is always in the “service of science, math, language arts, and social studies”. Art supports each academic subject in some way by the inclusion of visual images. Science is very dependent on images for lab reports, charts, diagrams, and organizing data collection. Math often represents numbers by visual symbols, 3D manipulative objects, and 3D models. Language Arts is always enhanced by a strong ability to visualize while reading or writing. Picturing a scene in your mind or imagining while we construct meaning in language arts is critical for making sense of what is read.

        Quarter one projects will extend student understanding of tone and value by working with colored and watercolor pencils to create an initial page of a booklet. This booklet will be an ongoing project this year, focusing on Nature Journals as a reflective process. This assignment will allow students to choose an image of their choice, then illustrate it using geometric based forms that are hidden in the structure of your plant or animal. These forms are the basis of the skeleton or structure of most objects in nature. Time permitting; students may extend the information of their first page with facts or information gathered from the classroom sets of Field Guides.

    **A final note, most projects are graded using a rubric, there are clear expectations academically, for material use, and behavior. I look forward to a wonderful year of exploration with your students and hope to create a connection between art and all the academic classes throughout the year.

    Focus Vocabulary:

    ·    Art investigation Materials

    ·    Brainstorm Persistence

    ·    Context         Display

    ·    Creativity         Interpret

    ·    Engage         Image

    Below are 2 pages of great Zentangle Patterns for students to practice with for enriching their sense of textural patterning from Mrs. Cooks great blog.



    Posted Sep 9, 2016, 6:23 AM by Louise McMinn
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