CMS 6th Grade Newsletter
*October 2016 Vol. 1*

News From the Team!
Homework Help: Homework help will be offered two times a week. The times are after school (3:25 - 4:20) on Mondays and Tuesdays. This is a great opportunity for your child to work one-on-one with a teacher to complete his/her homework. Homework help will be in Ms. Land’s room on Mondays and Ms. Mutchler’s room on Tuesdays. Homework help is free and students who attend get a snack while they work. Please encourage your child to attend!

CARBONDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL Parent Advisory Committee
Please join a group of committed parents working together to make our kids' years at CMS as great as they can be. The meetings are open to all CMS parents (translation provided). We have 4 scheduled evenings beginning at 6:00pm.
December 14th: CMS Climate
February 15th: Developing a Sense of Belonging
April 12th: The Coming Year, Next Steps

School Website: Check out our website and our team’s page with information about each of your child’s teachers.

We need volunteers!!
Please help us run our CMS Wreath and Poinsettia Fundraiser or consider volunteering regularly in our Library!
Contact Lorri at 970-456-9948 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and she'll put you to work!

Highline Lake Trip: Thank you to all of the parents, guardians, grandparents, and family members who helped make this trip largely successful! We had a fantastic time camping, swimming in the refreshingly chilly waters of highline lake, facing our fears on a challenging high-ropes course, and spending valuable time with our CREWs. Ms. Mutchler, Mrs. Lasko, Ms. Land, Ms. Hayden, and Mr. Logan are really looking forward to spending some continued quality time with each of your children. Take a look below at some of our favorite moments from the trip:

Keep reading for information from each of your child’s teachers…

Language Arts News from Ms. Mutchler
Happy Fall families/parents/guardians! I hope the crisp air, beautiful golden glow of the Aspens, and chilly starry nights have you all excited for the change of the season. In Language Arts we have been working through our first unit (a narrative unit) in the SpringBoard curriculum. As 6th graders, this is your child’s first glimpse into this challenging, rigorous, college and career readiness program. SpringBoard helps students develop the knowledge and skills needed for Advanced Placement. This is the curriculum that our district has carefully selected for middle school and high school English Language Arts classes. The focus of unit one in 6th grade is to teach students the art of storytelling through the theme of change. Students will grasp the skill of storytelling by annotating mentor texts, reading, and writing their own personal narratives followed by an original short story.

Regular Language Arts requirements: Weekly homework is to be completed and turned in on Mondays. Homework for Language Arts is neon green, and my students are expected to read for a minimum of 80 minutes each week, and to complete 1 reading response. Students must finish a chapter book by Oct. 10th in order to deliver a book talk to their classmates.

I highly encourage you to engage your child in a conversation about the book he/she has been reading for the book talk presentation, the homeworks he/she has been completing, and the personal narratives that he/she has begun writing.

Please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns:
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Literacy Based ELD News from Mrs. Lasko
We started off the year getting to know each other through conversations, which helped us build a sense of community and write our first piece about what we like and who we are. Currently, in our unit on Change we are incorporating comprehension strategies as we read a variety of texts. Another aspect of our learning, is being able to write using descriptive details and sequence words; our awareness of synonyms and antonyms has helped us with this. Our end goal of this unit is to write a strong personal narrative; after we improve our oracy through repeated readings/writings and guided discussions with language structures to challenge our vocabulary.

Ask your child to compare the two immigrant stories we have worked with thus far, using the vocabulary of characters, conflict, and setting.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 384-5718.

Social Studies News from Ms. Hayden
We are finishing our study of geography with our model representation balloon globes. Our next unit is focused on Civics including Election 2016! Students will be using the election to work on objectives of rights, roles, and responsibilities of citizens.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about Social Studies:
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Science News from Ms. Land
Experiments! We are reviewing the scientific method and the parts of an experiment. In addition, we will jog our memories about measurements, units and tools of measurement. The first week of October we will be involved in a Pendulum experiment so ask your child about the variables that affect the period of the pendulum.
GOOD Questions to ask: 1. What are variable in an experiment? Independent and dependent variable.
2. What is the difference between the Experimental group and the Control group? 3. What are constants in an exp?
THanks for supporting your child in science class. The students are given HOMEWORK on Monday and it is due on THursday each week. I am here for HW help on Monday. Please feel free to email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Math News from Mr. Logan
In September, sixth grade math students dove into fractions. We learned that a fraction is actually a division problem and that a division problem is actually a fraction! We also learned how some of the rules that we learned about multiplication of whole numbers in Elementary school turn out to be untrue when we tried to apply them to fractions. The most important target in September was understanding how multiplying by a fraction can be modeled with pictures. Now, sixth graders are busy modeling division problems with fractions. By the end of the unit students should be able to solve difficult word problems involving fractions by recognizing the operation, applying a model, and by using a shortcut, also known as an algorithm. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at any time.
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News from Specials/Elective Classes!

Spanish News from Mrs. Lasko
We started off the year getting know each other, by using basic greetings and sentence structures in Spanish. Another aspect of learning a language is the cultural piece; where Spanish is spoken, the benefit of it and comparing and contrasting their holidays (Mexican Independence Day and later this month Día de los muertos) with ours. As we continue to explore all aspects of learning a language through reading, writing, speaking and listening, we have moved onto a brief overview of basic themes including classroom commands, numbers, telling time, and our body. Up-and-coming themes include school vocabulary, letters in Spanish, calendar information and weather.

Ask your child to introduce themselves in Spanish, tell you 3 countries where Spanish is spoken, and a number sequence or time ( 20, 30, 40, 50... or 10:30 son las diez y media).

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 384-5718.

Tech News from Mr. Kreiling
Tech class has started off with some emphasis on typing. 6th grade students need to be able to type at 30 WPM to be proficient. Ask your student to have a typing race. They know of several sites available for free practice.

The other big emphasis currently is CyberSafety and Digital Citizenship. We will be discussing what it means to be a responsible and respectful person when online. Also, how to stay safe when online and what to do if someone is Cyber bullying them or something unexpected happens. This will continue for about one more week.

STEAM News from Mrs. Currier
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
This trimester in STEAM we are learning how to build circuits and write code to drive those circuits. We also mix in design and build challenges and art along the way. I appreciate the perseverance and ingenuity I am seeing from students in class!

Art News from Mrs. Maes
Sixth Art: Artists are planning + designing + sketching 2-D Festive Fall Feathers and moving into mixed media (15 various art supplies} to add in color! This project keys in on exploration + experimentation + expression of each artist! Each feather captures the individual style of the amazing artist! Look for these to go on display!

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