Sixth graders will have their first big English test on Thursday, February 5. I have posted the review sheet on the English page. The test is worth 50 points, and we have started the review assignments. Ask your student about the review assignment that is due on Monday, February 2. We have been working on the elements of good sentence structure with a goal to increase sentence variety in writing.
As I mentioned in my email today, the Outdoor School date has been set! Sixth graders will go from May 3 to May 8. Our site will be Camp Howard. The students will not want to miss this exciting week! I will provide more details as I get them. You can expect to get an invitation to hear the site supervisor when he comes to talk to the class. Thank you for your support!
It was wonderful meeting all of you at parent conferences. Thank you for taking the time to come. Your support for your child's education is so important. I am glad that you feel informed through the emailed grade sheets, and I heard how much you want your child to do even better by completing corrections. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time.
October was a busy month--from our class Mass to the Jogathon to Halloween to our first session at the Oregon Food Bank. (I have posted pictures from our work there under the Service Project tab.) November brings another session of Renaissance reading and math testing, and in December we will be responsible for planning the Immaculate Conception Mass with the third grade. We will also visit the Oregon Food Bank again on December 11.
Of course, students are keeping up with their studies and reading from the Battle of the Books list! Thanks again!
Sixth graders participated as readers and table setters for our Mother Marie Rose Mass on October 8. Our practices paid off, as the students did an excellent job.
We had fun at the Jogathon on Oct. 9 and ran with much enthusiasm. Thanks to those parents who could help out by marking the cards. Don't forget to collect your pledges!
We are looking forward to going to the Oregon Food Bank this week on Thursday. Students continue to work hard to improve their reading comprehension skills and writing skills.
The sixth-graders have begun studying the parts of the cell. They will soon begin their cell projects. We will be discussing how scientists use models to enhance their understanding of the world around them. This will include the creation of a cell project to share with their classmates.
We have completed the test over the first chapter. Please discuss with your son or daughter the experience of taking that first science test. Learning how to take tests is just as important as understanding the science material.
Taking notes, tests, and organization, are just as much an emphasis in science as understanding the science material for sixth graders. Through the process of learning about mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, and ribosomes we also learn about how to organize our learning.
As Mr. Matcovich mentioned in Friday's Ignatian Information, we are halfway through the first academic quarter. The first quarter grading period ends on October 31, and students will receive a report card at that time that can be discussed during parent conferences November 4-6. The junior high teachers will be sending home grade reports from our Gradekeeper computer program. Please discuss with your child any missing work or corrections that need to be completed. Please remember that the grade is just a snapshot of where your child is at this time. There is still plenty of time for improvement, and grades improve when work is turned in and corrections done.
We are still working on putting assignments and work to be corrected in the "To Do" side of the FROG folder, filing returned papers behind the dividers in the binder, and writing assignments down in the planner. Papers should never just be stuffed in the FROG folder, so please check your child's folder this week.
Please come to our school Mass on Wednesday, October 8 at 8:45 AM if you are available. We have a number of sixth graders participating with the second grade as banner carriers, readers, and table setters to celebrate the life of Mother Marie Rose. Students who did not get a reading part this time will have the opportunity to read in December when we help to prepare for the Immaculate Conception Mass.
Thanks to those of you who are available to drive to the Oregon Food Bank on October 16. I will have maps and more information for you as we get closer to that date.
Come and support our runners this Thursday at 1:45 PM. Sixth grade will be wearing green, our class color this year. We would love to see you if you are available.
Thank you again so much for your support!
We had a fun, busy week! Sixth graders continue to strengthen their language arts skills through weekly spelling lessons or challenge assignments. They will be working to produce the final draft of their opinion paragraph on whether the character June handled the bullying appropriately in the story "Tuesday of the Other June."
Jogathon packets should have come home on Wednesday. I hope that students are successful in getting sponsors. Thank you to family and friends for your support. We are excited to be running in green, our class color this year. The Jogathon theme is Super Heroes, and the date is October 9.
Students will be bringing home permission slips for our first visit to the Oregon Food Bank on October 16. If you are available to drive, your help would be much appreciated. We will be talking about our service during religion class this week. More information on the Oregon Food Bank can be found on the tab under "More. . ." on the website. Please call if you have questions.
Finally, I want to invite you to our second school Mass on October 8 at 8:45. We will be working with the second graders to plan the Mass. We will be honoring the tradition of Mother Marie Rose, since her feast day is October 6. I am sure we will have a few special guests!
Thank you again for all of your support!
The sixth graders are off to a great start this year! They have enthusiastically adapted to changing classes, and they have been pretty successful in taking what they need for each class.
Thank you so much for your support of their education. I was so happy to meet those of you who could make it to Back to School Night last week.
I sent home a detailed email on Friday about organizing papers that have been returned. It is very important that sixth graders do not just stuff them into the FROG folder. Please let me know if you have any questions.
The sixth graders completed our new Renaissance testing program in math and reading this past week. Teachers will have much good information to share with you and to plan lessons.
We finished off the week on Friday afternoon with popsicles from Sr. Chris! The students were excited! She was so pleased with their behavior and welcoming attitude when she sat with them at Mass on Wednesday.
We will have a great year! Thank you so much for your support!