6th Grade Team Newsletter May 2017

News From the Team!
Stepping Stones Summer Youth Program: Stepping Stones is launching a summer program for youth ages 10-13 at our drop-in center in Carbondale. Our drop-in center amenities include a basketball court, art room, and game room. We also offer diverse programming for youth including hiking, swimming, biking, dancing, and much more. All programs are free, and lunch is provided. Parents must complete registration prior to youth participation. There will also be a summer kick-off party on Wednesday, May 24th from 1:50-6 pm. They will have games, barbeque, and an ice cream bar.
Summer Program Hours:
Monday: 10:30 am - 2 pm
Tuesday: 10:30 am - 2 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 1 pm
Thursday: 10:30 am - 2 pm
Friday: 10:30 am - 2 pm
Contact information:
To register youth: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
For questions call: 720-324-4928.
Address: 1010 Garfield Ave, Carbondale

Fidgets in Class: As a 6th grade team, we understand that some students may need to use a fidget in class to help with focus. However, the use of these fidgets, specifically spinners, have become a problem causing distractions in class. If you feel that your child(ren) needs to use the spinners or other fidgets to maintain focused attention in classes, please contact your child’s CREW teacher and have a conversation. Otherwise, we suggest keeping the spinners at home. If they are out in class, it is up to the teacher’s discretion if the spinner is becoming a distraction, and it will be taken temporarily. It is not the teacher’s responsibility to keep track of these fidgets. We would hate it for some of our students’ prized possessions to be lost or stolen, so we do feel that the best solution is to keep the spinners at home.

Communities That Care Survey: Roaring Fork Schools is conducting the Communities That Care Survey on Monday, May 15th. An informational letter went home with your students on Monday, May 1st. The survey measures students’ thinking about school involvement, social and emotional factors, and alcohol, tobacco, and drug use that influence their learning and protect them from problem behaviors. Information from this survey will be used to assist in the development of school and district services. The survey is anonymous. Please read the letter that was sent home, and let the main office know by May 12th, 2017, in writing, only if you do not want your child to take this survey.

Summer Reading Skills Program: Regis University and the Institute of Reading Development are offering individualized, online programs for reading. The program for 6th-8th graders is focused on improving your child’s reading abilities. In these fun and effective summer programs, your child will become a skilled, enthusiastic reader. Students develop strong comprehension skills in both fiction and non-fiction and learn how to read and study textbooks. Programs are designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. Tuition varies by program level. Please ask about our family discount! Your child will gain confidence and develop a lifelong love of books and reading. For more information call 1.800.964.9974

Language Arts News from Ms. Mutchler
The end of the year is such a fun time in Language Arts! We are fully immersed in a Shakespeare unit. Your child(ren) has selected a project to complete at home which has him/her researching William Shakespeare and producing a creative element as a way to display what he/she has learned. This project is due Monday, May 15th. Students are preparing to read scenes from Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew. We are analyzing and deciphering Shakespeare’s language before we read the play. The end of the unit culminates with a production of scenes from the play. Your child(ren) will be acting and directing these performances. Performances will be on Monday, June 5th during your child’s Language Arts class. All parents/ family are welcome to attend. Please email me with your name if you plan on attending your child’s performance. On Friday, May 5th, I am taking each of my classes to the Carbondale Public Library. We will be riding our bikes to the library. Please send your child(ren) to school on Friday with his/her bike, helmet, and a Garfield Co Library Card!

Please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns:
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Literacy for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Mrs. Lasko
We just collected data on our ability to use technical words in our writing and overall we have have improved from using 0-3 words, to now using 2-6 technical words. We still need more practice with these words to incorporate them more automatically into our writing. Our current unit of study includes writing expository texts for the purpose of comparing and contrasting. As a part of this students are challenged to use transition words that show similarities and differences. Another focus in this unit includes using similes and metaphors to enhance our writing. We continue to have homework each week due on Fridays, homework help is Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays a great opportunity to get this and other homework done. Our final writing will be to write a compare/contrast essay between football and cheerleading, we will have the opportunity to plan, write, edit, revise and have a polished piece of writing. Thanks for any support you can give you child at home, this may come int he form of actual academic help, reminders about homework, conversations about themes of study and or providing them a time/place to get their homework done.

Social Studies News from Ms. Hayden
Social Studies - In our study of People of the Americas we are learning more about the Mayan people using a DBQ (Document Based Question). Students were analyzing non-fiction about the Mayans and choosing one of their many achievements as the "most remarkable" achievement. They are creating an essay and we're discussing their choices by having a Socratic Seminar. Students can stay after school most days with me to finish work and there is H/W help on Mondays and Tuesdays with Ms. Land and Ms. Mutchler. Please contact me if you have questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone- (970) 384-5715

Science News from Ms. Land
Students have gathered evidence for continental drift theory. Now it is time to reason through WHY the evidence supports the idea that the continental plates were once connected. Here are some GOOD QUESTIONS to ASK: 1. What evidence and reasoning are you adding to your CER? 2. Ask your child to share the MAP they made that shows the tectonic plates 3. What is plate tectonics? 4. Why do earthquakes and volcanoes happen at plate boundaries? Thanks for supporting your child in science class. The students are given HOMEWORK on Monday and it is due on THursday each week. ***THIS WEEK’s HW : CER for Continental Drift Theory. DUE ON FRIDAY 5/5/17. 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
Sixth grade math students are nearing the finish line! Students are busy finalizing their improved candy carton designs and writing arguments to the candy manufacturers about why their designs are better. I can't wait to see the responses we get after sending these letters to the candy companies! Our final unit will be data and statistics. This unit will include the following essential questions:
What is a statistical question?
What statistical questions can we ask about sixth grade students at CMS?
How can we use measures of center (mean, median and mode) to describe what is "typical" about our sixth grade class?
How can graphic representations make analysis of statistical questions more comprehensible?
I've really enjoyed working with this year's students, and I can't wait to see what stories unfold in this final unit. As always, please reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Spanish News from Mrs. Lasko:
Spanish-This week we will be making some cultural connections to those who celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We will do this by learning some important facts, as well as making ¨cascarones¨. As we finish up the year, our last unit will be focused on what we do with our free time. In this unit, we will familiarize ourselves with different places in the community, and we will continue using the verbs we have learned to talk about what we like to do in these places. For their last presentation, students we be asked to write/perform a skit including vocabulary and grammatical structures we have learned this year. Remember any extra practice you do at home will help your child progress with their language skills.

P.E.-- Bike Week!
Time for Bike Week again in PE. As always we are looking for a few volunteers to ride with us each day. Permission forms were sent home this past week, so hopefully there will be a plethora of willing parent volunteers. The more the merrier, especially for the younger grades.

Monday 5/15: 5th, 6th, and 8th boys
Tuesday 5/16: 5th, 7th, and 8th girls
Thursday 5/18: 5th, 6th, and 8th boys
Monday 5/22: 5th, 6th, and 8th boys
Tuesday 5/23: 5th, 7th, 8th girls
Thursday 5/25: 7th and 8th girls
Friday 5/26: 6th and 8th boys

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