Weekly Update 1-24-22

This is an early edition update about the week ahead:

Reading:  We are starting a new unit in reading on Monday.  The focus of instruction will be on understanding different perspectives and how point of view affects the way a reader understands the plot of a story.  After building background, we will move into our new novel entitled, Nothing But The Truth.  The point of view of this book is omniscient, in a documentary style. The author uses the exact words of characters through diary entries, letters, memos and conversations to present the facts of the story.

Writing:  Both classes had fun sharing their figurative language posters on Thursday.  This week we will move back to some grammar lessons.  The students will work on identifying the correct usage for commas in different sentence types.  They will also work with semicolons and colons.

Spelling:  Our class will move onto lesson 16.  Students will take a pretest on Monday and a posttest on Friday.  All students will work on completing some of the spelling packet in class.  We will also play a review game on Thursday.  It is beneficial for everyone to study his/her words for five to ten minutes each night of the week.

Social Studies:  Our class will begin our third content unit on Monday.  We will focus on immigration in the United States during the period of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  A fun little project will be introduced on Monday, and the project will be due Friday, February 4th.  Details of this shoebox project will be posted on Monday in the Social Studies Google Classroom.

Math:  Mr. Schettler is wrapping up a unit on algebra concepts.  The students completed some review work last week on the different properties, writing expressions, and solving equations.  They will continue work with these concepts this week.

Marticville Middle School Visit:  On Wednesday, March 16th, the sixth grade classes will have the opportunity to travel to the middle school.  During the day, both classes will visit Marticville where the students will watch the school play, take a tour of the building, speak to the principal and counselor, and learn about opportunities for fall sports. 

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me an email.  I look forward to a great week.  Take care.

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Roller Coaster Project

Good afternoon.  This note is just a friendly reminder that the science roller coaster project for Mr. Schettler is due tomorrow.

Students:  Please place your roller coaster in the Academic Commons in the morning before coming down to the classroom.  Thank you!

Mr. Mattern

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Weekly Update 1-17-22

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Below you will find information about the week ahead:

This is a short week as there is no school on Monday, January 17 or Friday, January 21st.  It is hard to believe, but the official end of the marking period is on Thursday.  This means that we are halfway through the school year!   

This week in reading students will finalize the TDA response for the unit 3 reading test they started last week.  They will also complete the mid-year CDT ELA assessment.  In writing, all students will have the opportunity to share their figurative language posters with the sixth graders.  The students did an excellent job on these posters.  In math class the students will continue to work with the different properties as well as write algebraic equations for word problems.  Please note there will be no spelling quiz this week.

A special message from Mr. Schettler: F.O.R. projects are due on Tuesday, January 18th!

  IMPORTANT DATES:

     1/13 – PTO meeting 6:45 pm in the Commons

     1/17 – no school – Martin Luther King Day

     1/20 – end of marking period 2 – end of semester 1

     1/21 – no school students K-12 – In-service

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me an email.  I look forward to a great week.  Take care.

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Weather Make Up Days

Please note that all schools will be in session on February 18 and March 25 due to weather-related closings. February 18 will be an early-dismissal day, with no PM Kindergarten. Snow makeup days on April 14 and 18 are available should schools be closed in the future.

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Weekly Update 1-10-22

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Below you will find information about the week ahead:

Reading:  Our class is working through many different skills in our spy unit.  Last week we focused on main idea, summarizing, and making a claim.  This week we will conclude the unit by reading several different articles and looking at bias in writing.  Students will also listen to a spy podcast and identify important elements of the discussion.  Everyone will take a unit test towards the end of the week on unit 3.

Writing:  Last week we worked on subject and verb agreement during our grammar lessons.  This week will be amazing as the students will be creating figurative language posters.  Since we are in the midst of a spy unit in reading, all students selected another student in class to observe.  Everyone will be creating a poster using learned figurative language concepts.  Included on the poster will be similes, metaphors, and hyperboles along with descriptive adjectives and colorful art designs.

Spelling:  Our class will move onto lesson 15.  This is a review list.  Students will take a pretest on Monday and a posttest on Friday.  All students will work on completing some of the spelling packet in class.  We will also play a review game on Thursday.  It is beneficial for everyone to study his/her words for five to ten minutes each night of the week.

Science:  Students just finished their web pages on Sir Isaac Newton and the laws of motion.  Please remember the F.O.R. project is due on January 18th!  The requirements for the project can be found in the Science Google Classroom.

Math:  All sixth grade students took a math benchmark assessment last week.  Students are learning about the different math properties including the commutative, associative, distributive, and identity property in the current unit.

IMPORTANT DATES:

1/13 – PTO meeting 6:45 pm in the Commons

1/17 – no school – Martin Luther King Day

1/20 – end of marking period 2 – end of semester 1

1/21 – no school students K-12 – In-service

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me an email.  I look forward to a great week.  Take care.

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