Sixth Grade & Science

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SIXTH GRADESCIENCE, ACADEMIC DECATHLON

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May the Fourth – and we are heading into the last stretch of school year 2017-2018. Time just seems to fly by so quickly. Sixth grade is embracing Christ’s teachings in all our activities. We’re enjoying our activities while we do this, which I think is the best way to learn. Level 6 Math has discovered that once we understand how to work algebra problems, getting the right answer is like solving little mysteries, which can be fun. We’re polishing our recorder skills and we plan to flash mob Wednesday’s assembly with our interpretation of When the Saints Go Marching In. The students are thrilled that we will start a new tradition with this. I was so proud of them this morning, presenting the school Mass and filling in for the unexpected absences. These young  people are just wonderful. God is good. 

Sixth grade is studying the rock cycle with lots of lab work discovering crystalline shapes, differentiating among light-colored rocks to identify them, and comparing parent igneous and sedimentary rocks with their metamorphic counterparts. We’ll explore weather then animal behavior. We will also dissect owl pellets, building prey skeletons.

Seventh grade is finishing the human body unit and will take that knowledge into the rat dissection that culminates this year’s Life Science.

Eighth grade is researching major earthquakes both near and far, recent and historic. My hope is that what they learn will encourage them to prepare ahead of time for our own big one, when it happens. Are you prepared? There is lots of information on line about this.

Our school celebrated Earth Day by planting succulents, including flowering plants, in our north planting strip and some of the classroom pots. Everything looks so nice around our school, and the students are enjoying their part in this. I find that students like planting and watering. I know I do! Bless all of you. God is good. May His force be with you.

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April

God is with us! Always! Sixth grade is having an awesome spring. We released 48 trout fingerlings into Lytle Creek. These were two inch fish, raised in a tiny tank and carefully cared for by sixth & seventh graders. We were able to learn about animals and plants in the San Gabriel Mountains, as we hiked near the ranger’s station.  Last week we visited the 66ers ball team for a fun science day. This week we will explore the Indian Canyons near Palm Springs, which is part of the Agua Caliente band’s reservation, with our seventh and eighth grades. We’ve built landforms out of salt dough and created topographical maps of these. Right now we are exploring disabilities while we read Betsy Byars’ The Summer of the Swans. We are also learning to read music while we practice “When the Saints Go Marching In” on the recorders. We plan to wow the audience at the Talent Show. In between all the fun things we do, we are learning a lot, too. God is with us, all the time!  

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 March

We are very busy in the 6th grade now.  The trout eggs arrived in January (just after the STEM Fair); 50 of them, loaned to us by the Department of Fish and Game, under the supervision of  the Arrowhead Fly Fishers Assn. I was pleased to learn that we are considered experts at raising trout. That, of course, is thanks to the students. Our students are in charge of the trout care. Each day’s new leader checks the water temperature, feeds the fish, does a health visual and checks the water chems.  If water needs to be changed, the leader handles that, too. It’s great fun watching the progression from egg to alevyn to fingerling. Some have names, as our other classes are keeping an eye on the fish.  We release them in Lytle Creek on 7 March. There will be tears, but there will be praise for God’s creation as we watch our charges return to the wild. Our project will be featured in the Diocese’ March’s edition of Byte.

Our STEM Fair winners are preparing to attend the tri-county fair (SIM Fair) on 3 April. They will join winning students from San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono counties. Our students are registering now. They will put finishing touches on their project boards; some are continuing research to improve their already excellent projects. Wish them well!  I will be working at the fair as a judge.  

 Academic Decathlon is progressing at a fast rate. Our competition is in a couple of weeks, and we are doubling up our Logic meetings to two per week. Logic is a  team event. We have after-school programs for Super Quiz, which is also a team event. Individual subject teachers are coaching every chance they get. I think we’ll do well, and I hope each student is enjoying learning beyond St. Adelaide’s excellent curricula. They certainly seem to be having a good time!

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 December

6th grade has been working for a month on our part of the Nativity presentation. We have learned Silent Night on the recorder, and will present this at St. Adelaide’s Christmas program. One of our students, a burgeoning pianist, will accompany the audience for a Silent Night sing-a-long. They are nervous, of course, but they are well-practiced, and they’ll do just fine.

Science – STEM – Fair, as well as Christmas vacation, is approaching. The fair is January 18th, so many student break hours need to be devoted to finalizing the investigations and preparing the display board.

Academic Decathlon is another of St. Adelaide Academy’s higher level thinking programs. Students meet with coaches weekly, and will meet after school for study sessions on 11th & 25th January. These are highly recommended. Since this year’s decathlon theme is the United States space exploration, any experience involving these aspects will be useful. In conjunction with 8th grade science, some decathletes were able to speak via short-wave radio to a former NASA design engineer who was also involved with Space Medicine.  

As always, we wish you many blessings this Christmas season and the New Year to come.   

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4th, 5th, 6th grade parents: Please attend the 6:00 pm meeting on 2 November, on campus. A possible field trip to SACRAMENTO in May will be discussed. 

25 October

Sixth Grade rocks! This past month, each student participated in Liturgical presentation and performed their parts well. Our bake sale was last week. Our terrific parents oversaw the students doing nearly all the selling and change-making (a first experience for them). They had a wonderful time, giving up both recess and lunch for this opportunity. Later in the year, we’ll have a fine field trip with those funds. We just finished reading and analyzing Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse.  The students learned a lot about horses and World War I. More importantly, they learned why Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 (weekends excluded). Each year, my hope is that they remember the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and that they remember to say thank you to our veterans.

Science labs are getting quite interesting. The 7th grade investigated the newest geologic time scale using my and Sean’s fossils. The 6th grade tested the properties of Hydrogen in various household chemicals. They’ve all learned the correct way of writing pH, too. 🙂 Eighth grade had fun determining endo- and exothermic chemical reactions. They also got to use basic chemical equipment, which is always interesting. The STEM Fair requirements now are for the investigation plan and Religious Values. The Research Report polished draft is due 8 Nov. I will proofread those that have been prepared using MLA format.

Academic Decathon is starting to take shape. We have the books, most students have signed up for their subjects, and we are trying to get copies of the super quiz study guides. Soon we will begin the afternoon sessions. I’m excited about this year’s focus on Space.

Blessings to all!

25 September

Sixth Grade is looking forward to setting up for the Saint Adelaide Church and School Carnival. They are also looking forward to helping with various booths, riding on the attractions and helping with cleanup. With God beside us, sixth grade rocks!

STEM (Science) Fair project proposals are due WEDNESDAY, 27 September. Parents, please check the sheet. Your approval in necessary. The sheet is in the folder pocket, and the sheet, with the research and folder, get turned in together.

Academic Decathletes have been working Logic puzzles on Tuesdays in my classroom at lunch time. More information, including the permission slips, will go home soon. Students can sign up for their preferred subjects when they bring in the signed permission slip and the fee. We have a good time learning, teaching each other, and snacking. Decathlon is open to middle school students. I and Ms. Marquez are co-coordinators.

Please contact me if you have any questions. I hope to see all of you at Carnival!

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STEM (Science) Fair folders are going home with Middle Schoolers on Friday, 8 September. The dates are closer together this year. The project review initials are due on 13 Sept. Parents, please check the dates on the front sheet. The school fair is Thurs, 18 January, and the finished research report is due on 13 December.  Younger grades: Mrs. Kluge is my co-coordinator for the STEM Fair. She will have copies of the regulations & ideas for you. Start now! The STEM fair is just four months away. Here’s a website with great links:  www.CSSF.USC.edu  This is the CA State Science Fair site, and there are wonderful Help for your Science Projects links here.

7  September

Stop by the classroom bulletin board next to the 5th grade classroom. We put this together, researching fun calendar dates for the month. Today, the 6th grade had a great science lab, where we measured items for length, weight and volume using cool science equipment and SI (metric) units. Then we learned how to find the conversion formulas to put everything in standard measurements. This was a challenge, but it was also fun. We used calipers, triple beam balances, beakers, flasks, graduated cylinders and other cool things. Science really rocks, and we’re not even in the geology unit yet!

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Welcome to Sixth Grade! We are ready to begin this exciting new year in Middle School. Students should have all their supplies with them on the first day, 21 August, which is a half day, with noon dismissal. Please remember to bring all those completed forms your parents received in their packet. Remember the Earthquake Bag, too, with the contact information form completed and enclosed. 

Readers: Do you have your summer reading bingo form completed? You’ll be fastening it to your personal display clipboard. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of books you enjoy reading. I read a lot this summer, too.

I’ll also distribute the information and the poster board for the All About Me posters, which are due 29 August. 

Science – Our first day back is the primo solar event. We will try to project the eclipse’s changes from an internet site. This way we can safely view the crescent shape change as the moon moves between the Earth and our sun. (Parents, students are not allowed outside for the duration of the eclipse, per Diocesan guidelines.) I’m looking forward to this waaay cool event.

With God beside us, we will have a wonderful school year!  

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St. Adelaide School Supplies for Sixth Grade 2017-18

  1. 1 – (12ct) #2 pencils
  2. 1 – (12 ct) blue or black pens – Erasable only
  3. 1 – highlighter
  4. 1 – (.21oz) glue sticks
  5. 1 – (12”) flexible ruler
  6. 1 – (8ct) long colored pencils
  7. 1 – (8ct) broad washable classic markers
  8. 1 – (200 pg) college lined filler paper (buy more and keep the extra at home)
  9. 6 – pocket folders, misc. colors
  10. 1 – (7”) pair of scissors
  11. 1 – (80 pg) 4×4 graph paper
  12. 2 – boxes Kleenex (large boxes)
  13. 2 – large containers of Lysol or Clorox disinfecting wipes
  14. 8 – (70 pg) 1 subject spiral notebook (wide) (buy more and keep the extra at home)
  15. 1 – white board pen, wide tip
  16. 1 – white board eraser
  17. 1 – composition book
  18. 1 – pocket dictionary
  19. simple calculator
  20. Binder with dividers
  21. 1 – (8-12oz) pump bottle of hand sanitizer
  22. Flash drive, low capacity

Please ensure that your child replenishes his/her supplies throughout the school year.

Please be sure your child’s name is on all of the supplies.

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