Quote of the Week: I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.
And just like that, we’re back at it! I hope everyone enjoyed the vacation with your families. This next stretch until April break is a long one, and 6th graders will be learning a lot! To help you help your child, I will continue to send you copies of notes and resources. I also encourage you to visit jrubera.wordpress.com for videos, websites, and other resources that you can use to help your child learn. You can also visit Classlink (on the launchpad) to get to resources that HPS offers to 6th graders.
The Ecology School Field Trip
Payment #2 of $150 was due on February 5th for The Ecology School trip. Attached is the payment slip if you haven’t sent it in yet. Please make checks payable to JG Whittier Middle School. The third and final payment is due on April 8th, and I will be able to give you final cost of the trip after our Music Bingo fundraiser that is happening on Saturday. If there are any students who did not sign up for the trip but are now interested in going, please contact me so I can get them signed up.
The math homework for the week is attached. Please remember that math homework is assigned Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights and is due in class the next day. It is important for students to complete all of the problems and show their work for all of them. If you need to use scrap paper, please do! By 6th grade, it is important for students to be able to compute using the standard algorithms. This is just a fancy way of saying that students need to be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using the ways we were taught as kids. Many parents ask how they can help their child in math, and checking homework and having students correct the ones they got wrong at home will help them improve. This week in math, students will begin learning about percents and their connection to fractions and decimals.
Students will begin experimenting with thermal reactions. We will learn about exothermic and endothermic reactions. I have attached some notes that you will find helpful. To help your child at home, I recommend that you read through the notes for 5-10 minutes a night. Daily, consistent review will help your children retain the information.
Please contact me if you have any questions. I hope you enjoy the last beautiful day of vacation, and I look forward to seeing your children tomorrow!