Friday, May 6, 2011

WOW! Only two and a half weeks left!!!

Two more weeks of end of level testing ....please notify us if you know you will be absent, so the State End-of-Level CRT tests can be made up ahead of time.


DUE DATES:
Tuesdays--LA Homework Journal
Penmanship Quote: "The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong." - Thomas Carlyle

Fridays --UTIPS Test (Utips for my Language Arts/Math classes can be done at home for extra credit for the next two weeks, due to the computer lab being tied up with end of level testing.)

April 11- May 6........Complete "Me to We" Project
May 13......Written 5 paragraph paper (final draft) on "Me to We"
Project Experience. We will work on these 5 paragraph
papers some in class. If they can type them up at home that
will be most helpful.
May 16......Assemble Presentation boards including pictures etc. (at school)
May 17......Me to We Project Presentation boards due.
May 18-19...Present Me to We projects to classes.
May 20......Field Day- Check the Friday Notes for more information
May 23......Etiquette training - This day is packed full with 6 classes on:
1) Manners & Etiquette
2) Thank you Notes
3) Communication Skills
4) Personal Hygiene
5) Bullying/Peer relations
6) Internet safety
May 24......This day is BEST DRESS. Girls-dresses & Boys-shirt & tie.
8:30-9:30 5th & 6th grade Awards ceremony
9:30-10:15 Show "Me to We" projects to parents
10:30-1:30 Field trip for students to Mimi's Cafe(class captains are chaperones)
1:30-3:00 Jr. High orientation
May 25.....Last day of school - early out 1:00 p.m.

Language Arts:
Our novel study is "Shadow of a Bull". Students will answer Quiz Time questions in their booklets. We will also be working on our 5 paragraph "Me to We" project paper.

Math:We are reviewing until the end of levels and will have class work the next two weeks. There will only be homework if students did not complete the assignment in class.

Please check your students grades on-line soon. I try to keep them updated. Call or e-mail me if you have any questions.

This will probably be the last blog of the year, so I want to say thank you very much for letting me teach your young people. We have learned much together! I hope that they have had an enjoyable school year and feel good about what they have added to their education. See you at the Awards!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Staley

Sunday, April 24, 2011

"Music is the last true voice of the human spirit. It can go beyond language, beyond age, and beyond color, straight to the mind and heart of all people." --Ben Harper

We have sniffed, sneezed, snotted and blew our way through all the tissues in the 6th grade—If anyone has a box of tissues they could send to help get us through the rest of the year that would be awesome!
Good news is that we do have plenty of hand sanitizer to clean our hands after we blow our noses.

If anyone knows that they will be absent during end of level testing ....please notify us so they can take any tests you may miss ahead of time.

Good news! Mrs. Staley's homeroom class won 3rd place in the "Spirit Week Challenge"! Way to Go!!!!

DUE DATES:
Tuesdays--LA Homework Journal
Penmanship Quote: "Music is the last true voice of the human spirit. It can go beyond language, beyond age, and beyond color, straight to the mind and heart of all people." --Ben Harper

Fridays --UTIPS Test (Utips for my Language Arts/Math classes can be done at home for extra credit for the next few weeks, due to the computer lab being tied up with end of level testing.)

May 3......April Book Report(Newberry Award Book)
May 3 - 19....End of level testing.
May 5....Poetry Portfolio (200 points)
April 11- May 6........Complete "Me to We" Project
May 13......Written paper (final draft) on "Me to We" Project Experience
May 16........Assemble Presentation boards including pictures etc. (at school)
May 17.......Me to We Project Presentation boards due
May 18-20.......Present Me to We projects to classes
May 24......Mimi's Cafe/Awards ceremony & present Me to We projects to school/parents
May 25.......Last day of school - early out 1:00 p.m.

Please check your students grades on line. I try to keep them updated.

Thanks,
Mrs. Staley

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet." --Ancient Persian Saying

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring break! Now if we can get the weather to cooperate. On second thought.....maybe it is best for it to snow, this will keep the students from getting a premature case of Spring fever.

Art Auction: The following is a plea from our class captain about our class auction basket.
I realize that this is last minute, but If you are thinking about donating all items are due this Friday. If you are too busy to shop or just plain hate to shop you can also donate cash and I will go and purchase any items that we still need. Our theme is Night at the Museum. Some ideas are:

A large basket or container
Night at the Museum 1 and 2
Dinosaur toys, coloring books, etc
Art supplies, books, paintings etc.
Smithsonian institute type things
Native American costumes or things
Air and space type items

These are just ideas you are welcome to bring anything else that you
can think of that would relate to our theme. If everybody just donated
one item our basket could be fantastic! Help us make our class
basket fun and highly desireable. Please feel free to contact me if you
have any questions or suggestions.

Thank You!
Robin Johnson


Language Arts:
This week we started a unit on poetry. We will be learning much about poetry and writing a variety of poems in the next couple of weeks. We will spend a considerable amount of time in class working on our Poetry Portfolio, so students will have at home time to work on their "Me to We" projects. Students have received the Poetry Portfolio rubric. Their portfolio will be worth a total of 200 points. I am hoping students will keep up on the assignments in class, so they will not have much work to do at home. Due date for the completed Poetry portfolio is Thursday,May 5th.
We will continue having a spelling and vocabulary quiz on Fridays. Spelling words this week are tomatoes, truly, government, and knowledge.

Math:
In math we are still learning new things. Please remind your student to be sure to work on their homework. We will also be doing a lot of reviewing for the up-coming end of level testing.

"Me to We" Service Project: Project Proposals were due April 11th.
I have read many of the project proposals and am very excited to see how all these projects turn out. I have been very impressed with the thought and creativity that students have shown thus far with their project proposals. Good Luck in caring out your acts of service!!

April 11, 2011.....Project Proposal
April 11- May 6........Complete Project
May 13......Written paper (final draft) on Project Experience
May 16........Assemble Presentation boards including pictures etc. (at school)
May 17.......Project Presentation boards due
May 18-20.......Present to classes
May 24......present to school/parents

DUE DATES:
Tuesday--LA Homework Journal
Penmanship Quote: "I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet." Ancient Persian Saying
Friday -- UTIPS Test (Please make sure these are completed each week for Language Arts/Math)
April Book report -- Tuesday, May 3 (Newberry Award Book)
End of Level Testing ----will be during the first 3 weeks in May.
Poetry Portfolio--Thursday, May 5th
"Me to We" Paper on Project Experience due ---May 13th

Have a great week and thanks again for all you do to help us be great 6th (almost 7th) graders.

Mrs. Staley

Sunday, March 20, 2011

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Eleanor Roosevelt

I can't believe that March is half way gone...this year is really flying by.

We have been discussing some of the problems that are facing people in the world. This week we will be talking about environmental problems and then follow up with research on organizations that are currently helping. It is about this time in the unit that some students begin to feel like they should be solving all of these problems at once, so we will begin the conversation about how we can't do everything, but we can do something.

Algebra I Math Placement Testing: In order for a student to be considered for Algebra 1 as a 7th grader, they MUST participate in a Davis District administered test called the Orleans-Hanna. NDPA will be able to administer the test here at our school for anyone who needs to take it. We should have a date by next week.

Don't forget to sign up for PTC (information in previous blog) If you are not going to be able to attend PLEASE let us know so that we don't schedule you.

DUE DATES:
Tuesday--LA Homework Journal
Penmanship Quote: "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday -- UTIPS Test (March 18-25 Language Arts/Math)
March Book report -- March 31st -Literary Exhibit (see previous post for explaination)
Me to We Proposal -- April 11 (more information at PTC)
April Book report -- May 3 (Newberry Award Book)

Have a great weekend and thanks again for all you do to help us be great 6th (almost 7th) graders.

Mrs. Staley

Friday, March 11, 2011

"Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

We are feeling spring fever in 6th grade! It is so exciting to have the warm weather creep back into our days and it just makes my heart happy. We have been discussing in class problems that face the world--it is sometimes a tough subject, however I have been impressed with the level of compassion that your students have demonstrated. We have studied poverty and the impact that is has on people, children specifically. We have discussed child labor, lack of education and gender inequality. This week we will be learning about how poverty impacts the ability to recieve healthcare and what happens without proper basic health care. (Everyone should come home grateful to have a toothbrush:)

Students who are returning to NDPA next year will be bring home papers soon to register for classes next year, please watch for them and return them promptly. We have all had a chance to visit the band and orchestra classes and if you are interested in taking these classes in the 7th grade we have more information available.

The online scheduler will be available for parents to schedule their appointments beginning Saturday, March 12th at 12:01am and will close for parent scheduling on Tuesday, March 22nd at midnight. Directions are also available on the main page of the website www.northdavisprep.org just below the Online Scheduler icon. If you fail to schedule your own appointment, we will select an appointment for you based on remaining availability after March 22nd. If you are going to out of town and unable to attend, please let us know so we don't schedule an appointment.We encourage you to take early advantage to schedule your appointments. Be sure to allow at least a 10 minute time for movement between the buildings when scheduling more than one K-6 appointment close together.

Our final Parent Teacher Conferences for the 2010-11 School Year are scheduled for March 30th and 31st. On these days we will use our short day schedule with conferences being held between 2:00 and 7:30pm. There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, April 1.

Due Dates:
Tuesday--LA Homework Journal
Penmanship Quote:
"Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world."
-Nelson Mandela
Friday -- UTIPS Test (March 11-18 LA/Math)

March Bookreport -- March 31 -Literary Exhibit (see previous post for explaination)
Me to We Proposal -- April 11 (more information at PTC)
April Bookreport -- May 3 (Newberry Award Book)

Math: We will continue to work on Integers this week with the exception of Monday. Monday we will devote the the day to circles! Since it is 3/14 and 3.14 is Pi day!

Have a great weekend and thanks again for all you do to help us be great 6th (almost 7th) graders.

Mrs. Staley

Saturday, March 5, 2011

"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today." Elbert Hubbard

We are officially in the first full month of school for 2011. I say this because we have no vacation days in the month of March, but I know many have their eyes on the long spring break the first week of April. I want to send out a thanks to everyone who works so hard to make sure their student is to school on time. We start with math first thing in the morning and missing just a few minutes each morning adds up over time. I know that because we attend a charter school, sometimes the logistics can really be a sacrifice--so thanks!! I also want to encourage you to have your student check their grades each week on the gradebook system. There have been a few questions on missing assignments vs a zero for a score. If a due date has come and gone it will show up as a missing assignment. If a score has not been entered, however, that assignment is not figured into their grade. It usually means that I have not entered the grade yet. Only actual number points are used to calculate grades. I try to enter all weekly grades on Friday or sometime during the weekend. Larger projects take me about a week or two (reading 54 projects takes a little time). As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.


Due Dates:
Tuesday--LA Homework Journal
Penmanship Quote:
"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today." Elbert Hubbard

Friday's -- UTIPS Testing (March 4-11 LA/Math)

March Book report -- March 31 -Literary Exhibit and "Found" poem
"Me to We" Proposal -- April 12 (more information at PTC)
April Book report -- May 3 (Newberry Award Book)

Language Arts:

March Book report:
Literary Exhibit and "Found" poem due March 31st.
Students will choose a book (fiction or non-fiction) about a major event/conflict of the 20th century (WWI, WWII, Holocaust, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq etc...) When they are finished reading they must choose five items (they can have actual items or pictures with the only exception being weapons of any sort -- they would have to be pictures) that represent the most important moments/events from the book. They need to cite the passage of the book and explain the importance of the moment and why they chose it. They will also create a "found" poem by choosing a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 60 sentences, phrases or words from the book. When making a found poem it is helpful to have a theme such as courage, fear, family, happiness, sadness or narrative--they can be as creative as they would like when they choose their theme, however it must relate to the book. The second option is to write the poem in a chronological format. The key is ONLY sentences or phrases found in the book can be used, no adding their own words. When they turn the poem in they must include, on a separate piece of paper, the page numbers and original sentences from the book. I am excited to share with you the writing they produce.

New spelling words are: sheriffs and similar. Students are expected to practice these words in addition to any of the words on our list that they have not yet mastered. And be prepared to take the quiz on Friday.
Vocabulary quiz: For vocabulary, we have been studying clues to the orgin of the English language. Students are to study these clues and be prepared to take the quiz on Friday.

Math:
This week in math we will be working on Integers. This is chapter 11 in the Holt text book.

As always thanks for all you do to help us be great 6th (almost 7th) graders.

Mrs. Staley

Saturday, February 26, 2011

"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today." - Malcom X

The field trip was a success! I believe the students now have a greater understanding and appreciation for what happens next time they flush!

I know that things come up and our lives are busy--so I really do understand when a student occasionally misses or forgets an assignment. What I want to make sure we do not "understand" are habits that will hinder our students in the long run--such as continually choosing not to complete assigned work. We place a significant amount of thought into making sure that we do not assign busy work and are confident in the educational return of these assignments. This, however, must be a joint effort between parents, teachers and students--we all need to work together to help our students learn the habits and skills that will benefit them long after they are out of school. We are going into 3rd trimester and things will continue to push along at a steady pace as the distance between 6th and 7th grade narrows. I love the start of a new trimester because it gives everyone a chance to recommit and refocus--let's make 3rd trimester the best yet.

This trimester we will begin our social studies unit focusing on understanding global issues and the rights and responsibilities of the interconnected world. This is the fancy way of asking "what is happening in the world and how can I make a difference?". We will begin in March by looking at global issues and discussing possible solutions and how we can help. During April we will be looking at major world events of the 20th century and how they affect the world today. We will be bringing our unit to a close by each individual student choosing a place where they want to and where they can make a difference. They will plan, organize and complete a project of their personal choice. These "ME to WE" projects will be presented and displayed in May. This is an amazing way to end the year and is really a highlight of 6th grade.

3rd Trimester Dates:

March 1 -- Great Brain Journals (50 pts)
March 12 -- Online Scheduler opens for PTC
March 30&31 -- Parent Teacher Conferences
March31 -- World War I, World War II or Holocaust Book Report (50 pts)--format to be announced.
April 1 -- No school
May 3 -- Newberry Award Book (personal choice) Report (50 pts)--format to be announced.

Book Reports: (book reports are counted in the personal reading / novel study section of the grade book. If a student choses not to complete a book report it does have a significant impact on their grade)

Homework Journals: These are due EVERY Tuesday. They count for 10 percent of your grade and are scored as Responsibility Credit in the grade book. I am again troubled by the number of students who are not completing the homework journal. This week I had over 1/2 of the students not have a completed homework journal. I am hoping it is because we did not have school on Monday, however, 1/2 of the students did remember. The requirements for a complete homework journal are 1) the weekly quote written in cursive 5 times (we have time in class on Tuesdays to complete this portion) 2) a weekly log on the minutes and pages read during the week (minimum of 2 1/2 hours per week) 3) FIVE writing entries of a minimum 1 and 1/2 pages (this takes maybe 5-10 minutes). One entry will be thoughts on the quote and the remaining 4 are about anything they want to write. I do not grade these individually, they receive a complete or incomplete.

UTIPS Testing:
Every Friday I will be posting a practice UTIPS Language Arts and Math Test. Students have until the following Friday at 8am to take the test. These test are computer based and are intended to give students an opportunity to practice using the format and content of the end of year test. I give time in class to complete them, however if a student receives a score of less than 70% they must retake the test. Students may take the test as many times as they want and I will enter the highest score logged.

"Me To We" Project:
We will be working on this in class and will give information out to parents during Parent Teacher Conferences (March 30 &31). Students will need to choose a project and have a plan prepared by April 12th. This allows for 4 full weeks to implement, document and prepare for presentation during May. If a student procrastinates they will miss out on an amazing opportunity to share their strengths with the world.

Vocabulary: We are learning about the history of the English language. The vocabulary tests for the next few weeks will be from the notes we are taking on this. It's really interesting. Ask your student what they know about the orgin of our language.
Spelling: Scissors & Seize

MATH:
This week we will be working with interpreting quotients, and solving decimal and fraction equations. These are sections 3.8,3.9,5.5,5.10 in the Holt text book.
Math homework is given Monday-Thursday....always.

Thanks for all you do to help us be great 6th graders,

Mrs. Staley