Please take a few minutes to update yourself on what is happening with 6th grade!
Please remember that you have signed up for conferences! I have several scheduled after school this week, and a majority are set for next week. If you've forgotten your appointment, please go here to check the schedule: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445aea62ca1fb6-conferences
Jog-A-Thon Pledge Money
Please submit Jog-A-Thon pledge money by Thursday! Students can turn this in to me.
October Field Trip- This Friday
This Friday we will head out on our first field trip. We are visiting three locations, focusing on Greek art and architecture. Please send your student with a cold lunch and a couple of snacks on this day. There will be no opportunities to stop and get food- we are very busy! Here is our itinerary:
8:00 a.m. - Arrive CHPCS
8:00 to 8:45 - Review of Greek/Roman art and architecture forms; field trip expectations and plan; easter eggs relate to future units of study
8:45 a.m. - Depart CHPCS
9:15 a.m. Arrive Portland Art Museum [ 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205, http://www.portlandartmuseum.org/ ]
9:20 to 9:40 - Visit Greek plaster casts in Mark Building next door
9:45 to 10:45 - Docent guided tour of European Art exhibit with focus on Greek and Roman influences
10:45 to 11:00 - Bathroom Break
11:00 to 11:15 - Walk to Historic US Bank
11:20 to 11:40 - Private tour of Historic US Bank [ 309 SW 6th Ave #210 Portland, OR 97204, about: http://www.pdxhistory.com/html/portland_banks.html ]
11:40 to 12:30 - Walk back to Museum, eat lunch
12:30 p.m. - Depart downtown Portland
12:50 p.m. - Arrive at Hellenic American Cultural Center and Museum [ 3131 NE Glisan Street, Portland, Oregon, 97232, http://www.hellenicamericancc.org/ ]
1:00 to 2:30 - Tour Hellenic Museum / Activities
2:30 p.m. - Depart Hellenic Museum
3:00 p.m. - Arrive CHPCS; review of day; assign homework
3:30 p.m. - Class dismissed
November Field Trip- Thursday, November 20th (Half Day)
In November we will be going on a field trip to Reed College. This will tie into our study of energy and heat. Here is a rough itinerary:
8:00 a.m. - Depart CHPCS
8:30 a.m. Arrive at Reed, meet for tour in Chemistry Lobby
8:30 to 9:30 - Tour of nuclear reactor
9:30 to 10:30 - First Science Lab
10:30 to 11:00 - Snack Break / Debrief
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon - Second Science Lab
12:00 to 12:30 - Lunch
12:30 p.m. - Depart Reed College
1:00 p.m. - Arrive CHPCS / End Field Trip
1:00 to 3:30 - Regular School Schedule; assign homework
3:30 p.m. - Class dismissed
End of MAPs
We are finishing MAP testing this week- just in time for conferences! Please remember to encourage good sleeping and eating habits over the next three days. We want students to demonstrate their full abilities when testing!
Summative Assessments- Final Exams
Last week I informed students that they will have some end-of-unit tests coming up. These tests will cover many of the units of study that we have finished, including Plate Tectonics, Tale of Troy, etc. Students will be provided with details about what will be covered and when tests will be scheduled. This information will also be sent out and added to the blog!
Many of our photos and projects have been added to the website. Go here to see them: http://chpcs6thgrade.weebly.com/2014-2015-projects.html
"The Tale of Troy" Production- Our Next Big Project
Each child has been assigned a chapter from "The Tale of Troy" novel that we recently finished reading. They are responsible for turning that chapter into a workable script. Scripts will be combined to form a longer play that students will perform sometime before winter break. Please check in with your child and make sure you know what they are working on. I'm sure many of them could use some thoughtful suggestion and guidance!
Thank-You Cards and Donations
We have many people to thank for all of their hard work and donations! Students are in the process of writing thank-you notes to every person involved in our Greek project. If you have extra stacks of blank thank-you cards at home, we could put them to good use!
We will be kicking off the science fair this week with an upper-grade assembly. Your students will receive detailed information and directions. These will be sent out in a future update and placed on my blog. Their first assignment will be to acquire a science fair notebook by the end of the month. More details to follow soon!
Optional Writing Contests- Win for your school, teacher, and self!
Barnes and Noble Favorite Teacher Contest: Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5" x 11" white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Each entry should be submitted with the entry form and a parent or legal guardian must sign the entry form acknowledging that they have read the Official Contest Rules. Turn it in to the school. We will collect the essays and send them to our local Barnes & Noble. Deadline for entries is March 1, 2015.
The students who author the winning essays, poems, or thank-you letters will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at their local store during a ceremony for the winning teachers from their schools.
The winning teachers will be recognized at a special event at their local Barnes & Noble store and will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement and additional recognition and praise from their community. The five regional winners will each receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the "Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year" award will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 as well.
Playwright Contest: Oregon Children’s Theatre’s playwriting contest for middle school students, formerly known as The Bully Project, is back! 6th to 8th graders are invited to submit original, 10-minute plays. Six finalists will be chosen to work with local playwrights to revise and refine their writing. All six plays will then be featured in a staged reading at the Winningstad Theatre on April 25th, 2015. One lucky student could win a trip to Washington, DC! One winning play will be submitted to the national Young Playwrights for Change competition, hosted by Theatre for Young Audiences USA and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. and have your play read at the Kennedy Center! Visit their website for more information: http://octc.org/schoolservices/ypc
Thank you for reading!