We began practicing our typing skills recently, and many students are showing significant progress. This is a very important skill, and typing practice should increase in importance in all middle-school households. Starting this year, your child will be required to type answers on state tests- a process that can take hours and hours and hours. Students will also begin to type up essays more and more frequently. Your student should aim for a typing speed of 50 words a minute with an accuracy of 95%. Please encourage your child to practice typing every night!
Handwriting- Italic Cursive
On Monday, January 5th, students will be receiving a large white envelope to bring home. This envelope contains a small introductory kit of Getty-Dubay's Italic Cursive program. This will serve as a reference for writing done at home. Students who have attended Cascade Heights in previous years have been taught how to write in italic cursive. In 6th grade we transition into requiring all students write all assignments in italic cursive. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Beginning this month, this includes:
- Rough Drafts
- Final Drafts
- Written responses on quizzes and tests
- Riggs sentences
- Riggs corrections
- Riggs homework
- Does not include Riggs tests
- Not required for science or math assignments.
The kit includes:
- Information about the program
- A list of tips
- A catalog for ordering additional resources (for the overbearing parent :) )
- A sample practice packet
- An example of how to form all the letters <- Put this somewhere it can be used as a reference sheet for homework.
Quality Work- "Do it right or do it twice... or three times... I actually don't care how many times you have to redo it, you'll do it the right way eventually."
As we move into more independent and writing-intensive school years, students must grow accustomed to putting their best effort forth every time they turn something in.This means:
- Legible writing
- Writing between assigned lines on college-ruled paper
- Completing an assignment in full by the assigned due date
- Turning in an assignment on time
- Work is done neatly
If a student's work does not meet the expectations for any given assignment, it will be returned to them for corrections or re-dos. It will be considered late if the work is blatantly poor
This e-mail may come across somewhat harshly. I apologize if this is the case. Please remember that my goal is to train 6th graders to be diligent, hard-working students who are capable of meeting the challenges ahead.
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you all again soon!