Mrs. Ward’s August/September Newsletter
August 25,, 2018,
We are off to a great start in sixth grade! Everyone is learning the new routine, new teachers, administration, and schedules. Most will have mastered their locker combinations before you know it, and I really feel the 3-inch binders will be a great organizational tool for them as they get used to new classes with different expectations. They should have a sheet in their binder on how to organize it and label the tabs.
Your children are doing a great job following Big Hollow Middle School’s expectations - Safety, Respect and Responsibility. All core teachers have been going expectations for our students to show “Warrior Pride.”
Briefly summarizing our objectives, this month we will be getting to know each other as we have collaborative discussions. We will begin with reading strategies – before, during, and after to focus on being a strategic reader. We will be using our new district-wide curriculum resource – Schoolwide – following the workshop model. We will use a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature and enjoy certain short stories and magazine articles from Scope and/or Action Magazine. We will discuss various strategies and techniques of writing and the writing process and incorporate that with our reading. Our curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards. Students will also review Chrome book expectations, and we will enjoy learning through technology.
Your child will be expected to always bring a book to class and read at least twenty minutes a day at home. They can find a book at home, at a library, or in my classroom library. I love seeing students reading and discussing their books! I do not usually assign a lot of homework nightly because your child should be reading the book. However, I will check in with them every Thursday and they will have to explain something different every week that is going on in their book – Write About It Thursday. However, at least twice a week, please ask your child to share with you something he/she learned when reading the book.
Upcoming events include Sixth grade Curriculum Night on Monday, September 27th at 7:00pm, no school on Monday September 3rd for Labor Day, Early Release Days on September 7th and 21st and Scholastic Book orders due on the 7th. Picture Day is September 19th.
Have a great month! I look forward to seeing you on Curriculum Night.