We had a great Catholic Schools Week and a very well-attended Open House! Thank you to all our sixth grade families for your help and support with all the events of the last couple of weeks! This has been a busy time for us all, and I am extremely proud of our sixth graders. They created exceptional Science Fair display boards,with lots of enthusiastic research and experimentation. And their Wax Museum performances were incredible! Thank you to all the parents who were able to make it to our Visit to Mount Olympus the week before Open House, when our class had the opportunity to practice with the most loving audience of all: their families and their Little Buddies! Overall, our Greek gods unit has been a huge success, with our students knowing a vast amount about the gods and understanding many gods, thanks to the great performances of each student. Parents, you have been awesome in helping them get together beautiful costumes and props, as well as detailed and well-supported Science experiments. Our students are the great winners, and we are all so pleased!
Report cards went home on Friday, so be sure your child has shared his or her report card with you. In addition, our class determined our own awards of recognition and I determined my own categories. Those classroom awards went home on Thursday. They were very satisfying to the class and to me because each award was specific to the strengths of each student, as determined by peers and by their teacher. Everyone was recognized for their unique and beautiful strengths. On Friday, we had a much smaller than previously held junior high awards gathering, when honors were distributed. Please ask your child to see all awards he or she received!
This week, we will be getting back to normal rhythms of class work–thank heaven! We have one very special day planned for Friday, when St. Bonaventure High School has invited us to attend a full-day retreat workshop at their school to introduce younger junior high students to the high school experience. I will be sending home more information on Monday. In a nutshell, we ask that you drop off and pick up your child DIRECTLY at OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION CHURCH on Friday. I will be in front of the church there to greet students. The day promises to be exciting for our students because it will help them to think ahead to high school and begin to see how steps they take now can help them to have more choices for high school. More details will be forthcoming.
This week in sixth grade, we will be doing the following:
Religion–We will be continuing our study of Chapter 6 on the Eucharistic Supper and its significance to us as Catholics.
English–Our work will be on verb forms, including a review of helping verbs and the introduction of transitive and intransitive verbs, along with being and linking verbs. We will be having quizzes throughout the week on these verb forms.
Spelling–We are studying Unit 21 this week, which focuses on vowels with the r sound connected.
Literature–As we celebrate Black History Month in February, we will begin this week to read one of my favorite books: The Watsons Go to Birmngham, 1963, which tells the story of a very typical, easy-to-relate-to family from Michigan in the early 1960s. The story is humorous, realistic, and very enjoyable. It also handles the troubling topic of discrimination and the realities of an African American family who needs to travel to the deep South during a time of strong racial prejudice and laws. In addition, the book places the family in Birmingham during one of the great tragic acts of violence and hatred of the 1960s. To supplement and enrich our reading of this great novel for young people, we will be studying the Civil Rights Movement and the 1960s. I have ordered the novels and they should be available early this week at school.
Math–We are concluding our study of Whole Numbers and Decimals this week, with work on multi-step problems, a review of the unit, and our Unit Test on Thursday.
Social Studies–We are reviewing our study of Ancient Greece, with our Chapter 13 test on Tuesday. From there, we will continue to study Ancient Mediterranean culture.
Science–We are beginning our study of Earth’s minerals and rocks this week.
I know I am eager to get back to our usual rhythm of study in sixth grade! I hope you and your family have been enjoying the relaxing weekend and the Super Bowl. Let’s have a fabulous week!
Joy and blessings to you all,
Mrs. Nancy Cinney