It’s been a great first two days in Room 414. Starting next week, homework will be posted for our class on Google Classroom and synced with their Google Calendar. However, for tonight posting to the blog will do. Students also received a paper calendar sheet today as a substitute.
Math – finish gluing math notebook Table of Contents sheets. If students forgot theirs, please have a notebook ready for tomorrow’s first math lesson.
Finish “What In My Name?” writing (picture is not due yet)
Me Bag- choose up to 3 items to share with the class, decorate the outside of the bag with a favorite emoji
Other – parents need to fill out any school & teacher paperwork and return by tomorrow!
Hello, 6th Grade Parents & Students! I am so happy to welcome you back to Camarena for our 2016-2017 year! If were not able to make it to our 6th Grade Orientation on Monday, July 18th, we will have an archived video link on our Camarena News channel before the first day of school. A link to the Powerpoint presentation is also available here: Sixth_orientation_16_17.ppt. In the meantime, please download my student supply list here: Hughes Supply List. Each sixth grade classroom’s list is different. I look forward to connecting with you soon. See you bright, and early on Wednesday, July 20th. *Reminder: the first day is a minimum day, with dismissal at 1:15pm.
Camarena will be hosting its annual Pasta-for-Pennies Drive through April 29th. Money collected will go towards the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to research cancer prevention. Your child will be sent home with a cardboard box to collect coins. We encourage them to do what they can to help fight the terrible diseases of cancer, particularly in young children.
The class with the most raised will receive a pasta party sponsored by Olive Garden! Individuals will also be awarded milestone prizes by the organization.
As we continue to practice narrative writing, let’s use our imagination to come up with a story or “Slice of Life” from this photo! Many of you had great first drafts. This week, you need to revise the story you started. Remember what are the features that make a strong narrative: (1) clear characters, (2) descriptive language, (3) a problem& solution (4) dialogue. You are allowed to use this photo on your post.
Once you post your narrative, we will have some time to give each other some feedback!
Thank you to all the families for taking the time to listen to your child’s student-led conference these last two weeks! I hope their presentations were able to give you some insight into what they’ve learned as a 6th grader. It should also give you an idea of what areas they need to improve upon before the end of the school year. Here is what’s ahead in the last quarter at Camarena…
Math – Statistics & Probability, Geometry & Area These will be the last two units to cover. We anticipate finishing by the beginning of May with time to reteach any other difficult areas before standardized testing.
Language – We will be integrating social studies with language and teaching content. We will also be reviewing all the writing genres we have tackled this year. Finally, we will be having reading groups to reinforce literature standards covered already.
Science – Students will be applying their knowledge from life & earth sciences, then focus on an action research project connecting it to conservation. More details will be given when the students return from the break.
CAASP (California Assessments) – Our designated testing week for 6th grade will be May 16-20. Student performance on the math and language tests will determine their 8th grade courses. More information will be sent home as the date approaches.
End of the Year Activities – While the grade level is generally doing well, we have had some small incidents of poor behavior on the playground and/or distractions during class. We will be reminding that all students are required to follow the Camarena rules if they want to be considered for any “reward” activities. Teachers will be making criteria for behavior as well as homework habits for students to qualify for field trips and parties!
Today, your child will be receiving a paper copy for you to sign up for Spring Conferences. These start March 10-17th, and all of these will be minimum days. Unlike the Fall conferences, these will be “student-led” conferences. So, your child will be making a brief presentation to you of his/her learning for the quarter. Our room will have up to three families presenting simultaneously in our room (not to each other- just their respective parents).
Below is a Google form to sign up. Families need only sign up online OR have your child return the paper copy. Please indicate your first, second, and third choices in case time slots fill up. If you have any questions, just let me know!
Happy Presidents’ & Valentine’s Day! Please take a moment to review some important details about Camp, Eastlake Middle School, and Parent Conferences.
6th Grade Camp > Feb. 22-26 …. One week to go!
Camp Store money deposits – The last day I’ll accept any cash towards your child’s Camp Store purchases will be Friday, Feb. 19th. Students are not limited to how much they deposit. Any leftover money will be returned to the child at the end of camp. I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCEPT MONEY THE MORNING OF CAMP!
Camp Equipment & Clothes – Please review the list of appropriate items to pack and NOT pack. The weather has been unusual since January. Layers are recommended. No electronics of any kind – phones, iPads, digital cameras. Disposable cameras are ok. Students are expected to carry their own luggage. Pack what is necessary, not just what they want!
Medications – All medications need to be in sealed containers with the prescription label. If your child gets sick the weekend before camp, any over-the-counter medication needs to be in the original packaging and appropriate for their age. Students may not even have cough drops in their possession. All meds will be collected by our school nurse and kept at the Camp Marston Health Office.
Parent Letters – You will be able to turn in as many sealed letters to your child as you’d like, with me on the morning we leave. Some parents write on each envelope, the day of the week they’d like their child to read the letter (ie. Jane Smith-Monday, Jane Smith-Tuesday..etc). This is a great way for younger siblings to say “hi” to their brothers or sisters. If you forget, another mail delivery may be collected at Camarena in the middle of the week, and our principals may bring these up during their visit. Please DO NOT directly mail to Camp Marston, because it will not get there in time. No care packages please- letters only.
Eastlake Middle School course registration
6th Grade had an hour-long orientation of Eastlake Middle School onFeb.11th. Your child has an important packet to share with you about selecting his/her 7th grade elective. All the details are in the packet. A minor mistake: please DISREGARD any stapled orange slip regarding Dual Immersion. This was a mistake on the middle school’s part. For parents interested in learning more or visiting the campus,a separate parent orientation will be held at Eastlake Middle on March 3rd for Camarena. All registration packets can be turned in to Mrs. Hughes by March 9th.
Student-Led Parent Conferences
Please save the dates of March 10-18. These will be Parent Conference days. This time, your child will be in charge, making a presentation of their learning. A separate Google Form will be emailed soon, for you to choose your conference day & time.
Welcome back, and Happy New Year! I hope 2016 brings you and your family great joy and blessings. I also hope you had a wonderful, restful Winter Break. I am excited to see your children back in class. I’m not sure if it was something in their stockings, but they all seem to be a whole lot TALLER! Here are highlights of things to come…
Math > Module 4 Expressions and Equations – Students are practicing modeling and writing algebraic expressions. They will have had some indirect experience with this through coding and word problems. We will be using both the Eureka & GoMath workbook sheets to help with this concept.
Language > We are starting a new book called Flush by Carl Hiaasen. The premise of the book is set in Florida, about a boy who wants to vindicate his father’s imprisonment related to environmental issues. This topic will go along well with our science unit for the quarter: Earth Science. Students will also continue adding to their blogs. These will serve as student work portfolios later in the quarter for conferences.
Science > Earth Science & climate will be our next focus. We will be specifically discussing weather patterns and how the Earth’s water is related to weather and climate. As we go to 6th Grade Camp, many of these concepts will be strengthened through the YMCA program activities.
6th Grade Camp > We will be having a Camp Marston Parent Informational Meeting on Wednesday Jan. 20th at 3:00 in the Camarena Library.This will be the one time for parents to meet all the teachers in person to discuss any concerns for your child attending camp. If your family still needs to turn in your child’s Medical Health History form or money, we need it NOW. January 29th is the deadline for Camarena to make our deposit. If your child will not be attending camp, please also let me know so that I can make accommodations for their instruction. **Room 414 only has 4 families paid in full. Without ¾ of the total student attendance, we may need to cancel Camp!**
Quarter 3 will prove to be a very FAST quarter. Please remind your children to keep up with their regular homework responsibilities and attendance. I’m excited to see where we are going in 2016!
Dates to Remember
Jan 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
Jan 20 – Camp Marston Informational Meeting in Library @ 3pm
Jan. 29 – Camp Marston full payment due – $275 (payable to Camarena Elementary)
Our classroom has been so fortunate to have been nominated this year in the Student Edublog Challenge- Best Class Blog category. I am extremely excited and honored, since this is the second year our class has received any kind of nomination. There are so many great blogs out there, so this is a real treat! It’s also so encouraging, as a teacher, to know others like me are promoting writing for the 21st century in fun and creative ways. I often feel guilty for not having more time to read through as many blogs I can. I know I need to work more as a better blog mentor. However, just learning a bit from other countries is an inspiration! Whoever is out there…I speak for my class that we thank you for your vote. Keep reading and writing, and communicate with the world! You can vote for us until December 16th: mrshughesclass.info under the Best Class Blog downdrop menu.