6th Grade Newsletter

Week of May 8th    

Math:

Language Arts:

After STAAR testing on Monday and Tuesday, we will be in the library learning about how to find good sources for research and brainstorming for our biography research project.    

Science: 

Social Studies: 

STAAR test is next Monday and Tuesday.  The rest of the week will be spent preparing the students for and end of the year project and end of year test in this content area.  

Electives:

Art- Fine Arts Night May15, (Monday) 6:00 p.m. Many beautiful works of art on display. We also look forward to presenting  a special tribute featuring our Garden Club. Our students and sponsor(Mrs. Philpot) have dedicated many  countless hours and relentless determination  into cultivating a inspiring courtyard.  Come see the MAGNIFICENT MAY FLOWERS and MARVELOUS VEGETABLES

Parents come on over and enjoy.

Band- Fine Arts Night   May 15, (Monday) 6:00p.m. -Band performance outdoors, bring your favorite lawn chair and your cool shades  :)

P.E.-  Field Day   May 25...loads of FUN

Music - Fine Arts Night  May 15 (Monday) 6:00 p.m. - Choir to perform many beautiful musical selections.

Study Skills-

Computer Science-  Students will learn how to use computer aided drafting software.

General Notes-

Week of May 1st    

Math: Continuation of STAAR Camp. Gettin’ ready to ROCK the STAAR!!!

Language Arts:     

This week we are focusing on fiction and reviewing through our “Fiction Cruise”.  

Science:

 

Social Studies:  We are continuing our focus on ELA objectives this week.  

Electives:

Art-

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science- We will explore how to use computer aided drafting software.

General Notes-

Week of April 24th    

Math:

Language Arts:     

This week we will be going on our “Non-Fiction Cruise” and practicing our skills with informational texts.

Science:

 

Social Studies:   We are continuing our support work with students for ELA.  

Electives:

Art- 6th graders are finished with their ”It Takes a Village” structures which are on display in the school library.  This week students are working on creating a realistic animal drawing by using a grid.  Fine Arts Night has been rescheduled for Monday,May15--5:30-7pm

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-

General Notes-

A Cinco de Mayo dance will be held on May 5th at the school from 5-7pm.  Tickets go on sale Monday for the event.  

Week of April 17th    

Math:  The regular Math classes will be continuing their unit on Data and Statistics. Students will take a unit test on Friday.

Language Arts:     

This week we will be completing our connections between genres unit and also taking a vocabulary quiz.

Science:

TEK 6 10:C id major tectonic plates including Eurasian, African, Indo-Australian, Pacific, North American, and South American plates

TEK 6 10:D Describe how plate tectonics causes major geological events such as ocean basins, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building.

Monday 4/17/17 - teacher workday

Tuesday 4/18/17 - warm-up double bubble thinking map convergent divergent boundary. Students review knowledge of tectonic plate boundary movement and events that take place at the boundaries with boundary/event match  and plate location match to name of plate. Fault activity follows: students discover that plates move on the illustrated fault line to demonstrate transform boundary/ earthquakes. Then if time Why plates move teacher shoebox demo with exit ticket.

Wednesday 4/19/17- 6th grade field trip to the ball diamond.

Thursday 4/20/17- warm-up Stem scope concept builder of the tectonic plates/summary chart then Milky way plate activity for students that have completed all necessary work.

Friday 4/21/17- Students take Tectonic Plates/Earth layers unit test

Social Studies:  This is another short week.  Our studies will take us to Southern and Eastern Africa today. In addition to this content, we will also focus on some ELA skills,too.  

Electives:

Art-

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-

General Notes- No School on Monday, April 17th (student holiday).

It’s time to sign up outside Room 408 (Mrs. Miller’s room) for the 2nd Annual BIS Chess Tournament to be held Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12.  ALL level of players are welcome!!!

Week of April 10th    

Math:  The regular math classes will begin our unit on data and statistics. The students will be learning about measures of central tendency and how to make and interpret different data representations, such as dot plots, stem-and-leaf plots, box plots, histograms, and frequency tables.

Language Arts:     

This week we will be working on making connections between genres, as well as starting a new vocabulary unit, and continuing our practice with context clues and dictionary skills.  

Science:

TEK 6 10:C id major tectonic plates including Eurasian, African, Indo-Australian, Pacific, North American, and South American plates

TEK 6 10:D Describe how plate tectonics causes major geological events such as ocean basins, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building.

4/10/17 Monday- Identifying the tectonic plate locations on map warm-up. Then Ring of Fire puzzle students color, cut, and glue into their lab book with required plate locations they must know. Then students make tectonic plate cootie catcher to study from and practice vocab. and concepts with others.

4/11/17 Tuesday- Stem Scope plate tectonic diagram movement card match then"How Plates Create" activity model in lab book.                                                    

4/12/17 Wednesday- Types of plate boundaries information chart student fill out. Oreo cookie plate tectonic lab activity with lab sheet.

4/13/17 Thursday- Stem scope background, mapping activity, and Reflections and Conclusions then Milky Way tectonic plate lab.

4/14/17  Friday- No school

Social Studies: 

The final week of Africa.  Our students have experienced some up close footage of Africa and the geography in these final days.  They viewed the elegance of some of the most dangerous animals in the world.  We also focus on current events.  

 

Electives: The outdoor concert may be rescheduled due to inclement weather on Tuesday evening.  

Art- 6th graders have been making a city business come to life by using different sized boxes.  Students are working in groups of 2-3, naming their business and making it look realistic!  If you would like to donate mini- glue sticks, black sharpies, doo-dads that you no longer use or any miniature items..we would sooo appreciate that!

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-  We will begin a technology software trial using a product called Learning.com

General Notes-Fine Arts night will be April 12th from 5:00-6:30. No school Friday, April 14th (Holiday).  UIL students that placed in their event will be honored at the April 18th school board meeting at 5:30. The meeting will be held at Cedar Creek HS.


Week of March 27th    

Math:    Mock Staar MATH Test Monday April 3 - TAKE IT SERIOUSLY GET YOUR WORK DONE!

                               Homework given nightly and collected each day

              Saturday school is assigned to students with missing work

Language Arts:    This week we are continuing with new Greek and Latin root words, reviewing literary terms, and working on our reading comprehension strategies.  

Science:

TEK 6.10A Students will make a model of the structural layers of the Earth.

3/27/17 Monday- Demonstration of a sliced apple as a representation of the structural layers of the Earth. Students draw sliced apple in their lab book labeling the apple skin=crust, apple flesh=mantle (upper mantle=Lithosphere, lower mantle =Asthenosphere),apple core outer core, apple seeds=inner core that accompanies the Science Fusion book (page 389) students read pages and complete pages 388-395 in Science Fusion book.  Earth layer Frayer model follows if not finished becomes homework.

3/28/17 Tuesday-  Earth layers match sheet warm-up (attached). Students then watch Earth layers video/powerpoint and write notes on video. Earth layer activity (Dr. Bailer) with exit ticket.

3/29/17 Wednesday- Earth layers double bubble map on crust and mantle.Students create a structural model of the Earth. (attached) Earth layer information sheet given and powerpoint/video with information about each Earth layer that should be included on the model.  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fbsIcHp_BsCB5Uxd23VIOIIZ3lOsdH5EM6dvTl6q-Zw/edit           

3/30/17 Thursday- Earth layers double bubble thinking map on inner core and outer core. Continue creating structural model of Earth layers then do question sheet that uses the Earth layer model students created for answers. (attached).

3/31/17 Friday- quiz over the Layers of the Earth. Students finish Earth layer activities.

 

Social Studies:   We are completing South Asia. A test will be given over that information on Wednesday. We are off to Africa on Thursday.  

Electives:  Save the Date for Fine Arts Night at BIS!! 

April 11, Tuesday

in the BIS courtyard!  The Band will play, The Choir will sing, and Art will have something fun for adults/kids to participate in.  Our Master Gardeners will be here to talk about our BEAUTIFUL garden that we have been installing since November 2016.

Bring your blanket or lawn chair! 

Art- students are adding color to their Escher-inspired tessellations this week. Work is due Friday, and will hang in the hallway by the Cafe.

Band- preparing for a Magnificent 7 Concert..lots of cool tunes 

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-  We will begin working with Google Earth and Mapquest.

 

General Notes- 5th grade STAAR testing will take place next Tuesday, March 28th and Wednesday, March 29th. Our campus will be closed on these 2 days. Please encourage your child to focus and do the best they can.


Week of March 20th    

Math:  The regular classes will be continuing our unit on Measurement and Geometry, with Common Assessment #5 covering Measurement on Friday.

Language Arts:       

This week we will be concentrating on dictionary skills and context clues, as well as reviewing how to write a summary.

Science:

TEK 6.12 E- describe abiotic (nonliving) and Biotic (living or once alive) parts of an ecosystem (all living and nonliving things together)

TEK 6.12 F-Know the levels of organization from smallest to largest level: organism, population, community, ecosystem

3/20/17- Monday: Ecosystem video introduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIfpKL0brwQ             

Ecosystem organization continues /students participate in an Ecosystem Organization activity .

3/21/17-Tuesday: 1) Brain pop food chain with quiz https://www.brainpop.com/science/ecologyandbehavior/foodchains/#  2) Food chain activity

3/22/17-Wednesday: Food web activity

3/23/17-Thursday: Students create a 2-sided group poster from magazine clippings for the levels of organization (organism, population, community,ecosystem) on the opposite side of the poster the students create an energy pyramid. Producers(plants) Herbivores (primary consumer) Carnivores (secondary consumer)Carnivores (tertiary consumer)

3/24/17-Friday: Ecosystem unit test today over all unit material.

 

 

Social Studies:  

We are on our way to India this week. We will examine some artifacts from India, too.

Electives:  Save the Date for “Fine Arts Night in the Garden at BIS”, on Tuesday, April 11, 6-7:30 pm.  The Band will play, the Choir will sing, Art will have something fun for the family, and you may see our new, BEAUTIFUL garden!!

Art- Students are studying and replicating MC Escher’s tessellation work.  

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science-  We will begin a section over editing images.

 

General Notes- 5th grade will be STAAR testing next week Tuesday, March 28th and Wednesday March 29th. The campus will be closed on these 2 days. Thank you for your understanding.


Week of March 6th    

Math

The regular classes will finish up their unit on Relationships in Two Variables, and will begin the Geometry / Measurement unit.

Language Arts:       

This week we’ll be finishing up our persuasive unit with a class debate.

Science:

TEK 6.12 E- describe abiotic (nonliving) and Biotic (living or once alive) parts of an ecosystem (all living and nonliving things together)

TEK 6.12 F-Know the levels of organization from smallest to largest level: organism, population, community, ecosystem

Monday 3/6/17- Students take Taxonomy test if not taken last Friday. Class goes over test and discuss questions missed on test. Following test student begin unit on organism’s interaction with the environment. Students introduced to the required vocabulary word biotic (living) and abiotic(nonliving) factors. Students given 5 minutes to write down as many abiotic and biotic factors in the classroom. Class goes over lists when finished. Students then given a Frayer model (attached) to complete with book and study guide for remaining class time then it becomes homework.

Tuesday 3/7/17- Students begin STEM scope activity with student guide. Following activity students create a pyramid folding a square piece of paper cut on one side and folded to make a pyramid shape. On one side they make the levels of organization, the other side the definitions of the 4 levels, and the third side a picture of an ecosystem labeling 5 things with a  for B for biotic and 5 things with a A for abiotic.

Wednesday 3/8/17- Mock STAAR test in the morning 1st -4th period classes. Afternoon classes go outside for environment STEM scope activity then Armadillo card activity follows.

Thursday 3/9/17- Students create a 2 sided poster with the levels of organization on one side and the energy pyramid on the other with magazine cuttings to illustrate the levels of organization and energy.

Friday 3/10/17- Students watch video on organisms interactions in various ecosystems "Biodiversity" and discuss as class how the organisms would be affected by environmental changes that occur. worksheet accompanies video. https://youtu.be/-Sybgof-X2k

  

Social Studies:  

The students are completing their presentations on the country in Asia.

Electives:

Art- Students are taking notes and illustrating the Principles of Art, Balance, Contrast, Movement, Pattern,Emphasis, Rhythm and Unity.

Band-  

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science- We will start a two week section on digital animation using pivot animator.  

 

General Notes- 6th grade MOCK reading test on Wednesday.  


Week of February 27th    

PRE-ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE PRE-ORDER DEADLINE TO 2/28!!

 

BIS 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale! Only a limited number will be printed, so place your order today to reserve your copy. Order online at jostensyearbooks.com or bring your money and order form to Mrs. Schneider NO LATER THAN FEB. 28TH.

 

The BIS yearbook will cover the highlights of 2016-2017 with hundreds of photos memories of academic accomplishments, club activities, special events and student and staff portraits. A yearbook is always special because it captures the life and times of the school, the class and the achievements of the students.

 

This may be your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook, so place your order now!

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Math

The regular Math classes will begin our unit on Relationships in Two Variables. This unit will include graphing on the coordinate plane, working with independent and dependent variables, writing equations from tables, and representing algebraic relationships.

Language Arts:       

This week we will be concentrating on strengthening our grammar skills as well as beginning our persuasive techniques project, which will be a debate.

Science:  

Biology Objective (life science/ taxonomic classification) TEKS: 12A-12D Students understand that all living things (organisms) are made of one cell, unicellular (Prokaryote) or many cells, multicellular (Eukaryote), the presence of a Nucleus determines if it is a Prokaryote (no nucleus) or Eukaryote (has Nucleus), the organism's mode of reproduction (asexual or sexual),how organisms get food Autotrophic (make their own food) or Heterotrophic (eat food), and (organism classification) The Taxonomic level DOMAIN is the largest and highest Taxonomy level.

There are 3 DOMAINS:  1)Archaea (ancient bacteria that live in extreme conditions) 2)Bacteria 3)Eukarya (Plants, Animals, Protists, Fungi). The second highest and largest taxonomy level is KINGDOM. The 6 KINGDOMS are 1) Animalia, 2) Plantae, 3)Fungi, and 4)Protista under the domain EUKARYA and 5)Archaea and 6)Bacteria (the same as the domain)

📝 Unit test over all this material will be Friday 3/3/17.

Monday 2/27/17= Classification Review powerpoint /Guess Who organism characteristic sort and organize this cards with classification sheet

Tuesday 2/28 and Wednesday 3/1/17 = Look at Prokaryote, Eukaryote, plants, Protista, and animal cells under the microscope.

Thursday 3/2/17= Taxonomy test review and Domain/ kingdom picture card activity with lab sheet and group poster.

Friday 3/3/17= Taxonomic classification unit test. Following test students work on any missing work or given activity sheet

 

Social Studies:  

We are continuing to work on our project for this nine weeks.  The project topics are geography, government, people, history, economics and culture of their country.  Each student is reporting on a different country.  The oral presentations will begin on Wednesday of this week.

Electives:

Art- 6th graders will create an Arcimboldo style  collage from either food pictures or flower pictures from  magazines.

Band-  OUTDOOR CONCERT for Kodiak Band  (APRIL 13)details to follow,parents bring your favorite lawn chair sit back and let us entertain you.

Super blessed to have the support of all our band family.

P.E.-  

Music -

Study Skills-

Computer Science- We are learning how to splice images and audio files with Windows Movie Maker.

 

General Notes-


Week of February 20th    

PRE-ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE PRE-ORDER DEADLINE TO 2/28!!

 

BIS 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale! Only a limited number will be printed, so place your order today to reserve your copy. Order online at jostensyearbooks.com or bring your money and order form to Mrs. Schneider NO LATER THAN FEB. 28TH.

 

The BIS yearbook will cover the highlights of 2016-2017 with hundreds of photos memories of academic accomplishments, club activities, special events and student and staff portraits. A yearbook is always special because it captures the life and times of the school, the class and the achievements of the students.

 

This may be your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook, so place your order now!

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Math

We will begin our unit on Inequalities.

Language Arts:       

This week we are continuing our persuasive techniques unit and learning a new set of Greek/Latin root vocabulary words.

Science:  

Biology Objective: TEKS: 12A-12D Students understand that all living things (organisms) are made of one cell, unicellular (Prokaryote) or many cells, multicellular (Eukaryote), the presence of a Nucleus determines if it is a Prokaryote (no nucleus) or Eukaryote (has Nucleus), the organism's mode of reproduction (asexual or sexual),how organisms get food Autotrophic (make their own food) or Heterotrophic (eat food), and the broadest organism classification is Domain, the 3 under Domain are:

1)Archaea (ancient bacteria that live in extreme conditions)

 2)Bacteria, and  3)Eukarya (Plants, Animals, Protists, Fungi)

📝 Unit test over all this material will be 3/3/17.

Tuesday 2/21/17- Eukaryote Prokaryote quiz graded together or taken if not taken already. Students begin studying how organisms get food, reproduce, and what Domain and kingdoms they fall under. Students given student guide & begin Frayer model over organism classification. Students work on organism Frayer model in class, if not finished in class becomes homework. NO CURRENT EVENT DUE THIS WEEK. Please encourage your child to complete any missing work.

Wednesday 2/22/17- Students begin (STEM scope) organism classification project.

Thursday 2/23/17- Continuation and completion of the organism classification project then Organize this classification cards that go with graphic tree organizer.

Friday 2/24/17- Short quiz covering the 3 domains, Autotrophic, Heterotrophic, and mode of reproduction, and prokaryote and Eukaryote cells. Following quiz students finish unfinished projects.

 

Social Studies:

Next week 6th grade Social Studies class will begin a project for their final major grade this 9 weeks.  They will research a country of the middle east and demonstrate their research on a poster board. The students will also make an oral presentation of their country.  Topics to research will be centered around geography, religion, languae, celebrations, foods, arts, music, museums, and history of the country.  

Electives:

Art-  students will continue to work on creating Value with their rose drawings.

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science- We start a new section this week working with Windows Movie Maker.

 

General Notes- No School Monday the 20th.


Week of February 13th    

PRE-ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

 

BIS 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale! Only a limited number will be printed, so place your order today to reserve your copy. Order online at jostensyearbooks.com or bring your money and order form to Mrs. Schneider BEFORE FEB. 17TH.  

 

The BIS yearbook will cover the highlights of 2016-2017 with hundreds of photos memories of academic accomplishments, club activities, special events and student and staff portraits. A yearbook is always special because it captures the life and times of the school, the class and the achievements of the students.

 

This may be your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook, so place your order now!

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Math: We will be completing our lessons on properties of operations and will begin writing and solving one-step, one-variable equations.

Language Arts:

This week we will be completing our own expository texts and beginning delving further into our persuasive techniques unit.

Science:

Monday 2/13/17 - STEM scope progress monitoring warm-up then Fusion science book pages 592-599 discussion over the 2 types of cells and  cell structure biology video with worksheet if not watched last week. Homework Cell read with questions.

Tuesday 2/14/17- Warm-up prokaryote/Eukaryote double bubble thinking map. Students then begin to construct a STEM scope cell booklet.

Wednesday 2/15/17- Students continue and complete cell booklet and STEM scopes student journal that comes after cell book.

Thursday 2/16/17-Science fair winners leave school at 10:30 on bus to Austin to have projects judged. approx. arrival time back to school is 7:00pm.  Warm-up VENN diagram over Prokaryote/ Eukaryote cells. Bill Nye video on cells with adjoining worksheet. Go over when finished.

Friday 2/17/17- Quiz over Prokaryote and Eukaryote cells with scantron. Following the test students match terms to vocabulary and illustrate in lab book. When everyone is finished student quizzes are graded by students (scantrons kept by teacher and scanned).

Social Studies:    We are still studying Southwest Asia and Northern Africa.  We will be focusing on the history of this area.    

Electives:

Art- 

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills-

Computer Science- We continue working with the ozobots and programing through coding.  

General Notes:

 

Week of February 6th    

PRE-ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

 

BIS 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale! Only a limited number will be printed, so place your order today to reserve your copy. Order online at jostensyearbooks.com or bring your money and order form to Mrs. Schneider BEFORE FEB. 17TH.  

 

The BIS yearbook will cover the highlights of 2016-2017 with hundreds of photos memories of academic accomplishments, club activities, special events and student and staff portraits. A yearbook is always special because it captures the life and times of the school, the class and the achievements of the students.

 

This may be your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook, so place your order now!

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Math:

This week we will continue our work on evaluating expressions, and then the students will learn about the Properties of Operations and how to use those properties to identify equivalent expressions. We will finish the week solving one-variable, one-step equations. Expect your child to have homework Monday thru Thursday.

Language Arts:

This week we will be finishing our own expository essays and beginning our persuasive techniques unit.

Science:

2/6/17  Monday- (Homework tonight is STEM scope reading passage with questions and science current event due Friday)

 Continue Pulley investigation and STEM scope lab investigations  writing data from both the inclined planes and pulley investigation in their student journals.

2/7/17  Tuesday- Review for the force and motion test with STEM scope progress monitoring test questions and post assessment questions. (teacher does demos.for misunderstood questions to increase student's understanding)

2/8/17 Wednesday- Force and Motion test given. Students complete and do assigned activity if they complete early.

2/9/17 Thursday- Go over the Force and Motion test given yesterday. teacher reteaches material as needed.

2/10/17 Friday - Introduction to Taxonomy Teacher introduces the 2 types of cells Prokaryote and Eukaryote cells. Video on the 2 types of cells shown/ students take notes on given sheet. (science current event due today) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URUJD5NEXC8&feature=em-share_video_user 

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?ideoID=2315&CategoryID=2738

Social Studies:      

A test will be given on Tuesday, February 7th on Central Asia and the Caucasus.  

Electives:

Art- 6th grade chalk landscapes have been selected to go to the Salinas Art Contest on Feb. 12.  Eight student works were selected from this genre.  Two pieces were selected from the Abstract painting genre.  This coming week, we will be working on curved lines, the heart shape,  intricate design and lettering.

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science- We will start a two week section of coding using a classroom set of Ozobots.

 

General Notes:  


Week of January 30th    

PRE-ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

 

BIS 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale! Only a limited number will be printed, so place your order today to reserve your copy. Order online at jostensyearbooks.com or bring your money and order form to Mrs. Schneider BEFORE FEB. 17TH.  

 

The BIS yearbook will cover the highlights of 2016-2017 with hundreds of photos memories of academic accomplishments, club activities, special events and student and staff portraits. A yearbook is always special because it captures the life and times of the school, the class and the achievements of the students.

 

This may be your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook, so place your order now!

 

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Math

This week we are finishing up prime factorization, learning about exponents, simplifying expressions using the Order of Operations, and writing algebraic expressions. Expect your child to have homework Monday thru Thursday.

Language Arts:       

This week we are writing our own expository texts and learning a new set of vocabulary words.  

Science:

Objective: Students discover that inclined planes and pulleys can be used to change the amount of force needed to move and object and make a job easier.

Monday 1/30/17 - Students investigate which type of inclined plane short (steep) or long (less steep) will require the least amount of force (Newtons) needed to pull their shoe up the inclined plane with a spring scale measuring the Newton force.

Tuesday 1/31/17- Students continue inclined plane lab investigation

Wednesday 2/1/17- Students create a fixed and moveable pulley system to investigate the Newton force needed to pull up 600 g of sand in a cup from the floor. Students discover which pulley system requires the least amount of Newton force.

Thursday 2/2/17 - Continuation of pulley system investigation.

Friday 2/3/17- Students design a pulley system between to tables/desks with pole and rope. They will investigate how more rope/pulleys requires less force needed to pull up a jug of water from the floor.

 

  Social Studies:  We will continue through Central Asia this week.  We will focus on the Silk Road and its value in this region.  

Electives:

Art- 6th graders are working with torn paper and chalk to create landscapes in honor of Porfirio Salinas.

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science- Week two of block coding with www.code.org

 

General Notes- 6th grade parent meeting for transition to Bastrop Middle School will be held on Feb. 9th at 5:30 in the BIS cafeteria.

We will have a closed campus on Feb 7th and 9th for STAAR mock testing. The testing will last from 8:30 to 1:00. Please make appointments in the afternoons if at all possible.

6th graders that qualified for the regional science fair will be competing on Feb. 16th at the Palmer Event Center. We will leave campus at 10:30 and should return around 6:30. The awards ceremony begins at 7:00 pm. Students may stay for the ceremony if parents are attending the awards ceremony.

Report cards will go out on February 2nd.

Valentine’s dance February 10th from 5-7pm. There will be a $1 entry fee.

If you haven’t ordered a yearbook, please do so before your time is up.



Week of January 23th    

Math

This week, 6th grade Math will be finishing up our work on writing and solving proportion problems, and we will begin learning about exponents, prime factorization, and simplifying expressions using the Order of Operations. Friday we will have a major quiz on our proportions unit.

Language Arts:       

This week we are finishing our study of the different types of non-fiction text structures and will be beginning to work on our own expository texts.

Science:  

Monday 1/23/17- Students learn motion can be graphed. Students demonstrate constant slow pace, constant pace, speeding up,  slowing down, and standing still and graph in the walking lab investigation/ STEM  scopes lab.

Tuesday 1/24/17- Continuation of the walking lab investigation.

Wednesday 1/25/17 -STEM scopes motion scenario graphs to interpret and graph.

Thursday 1/26/17- Motion graphing activities continued (last day for students to register for the science fair)

Friday 1/27/17- Motion graphing activities continued short quiz over calculating speed and motion graphs.

 

Social Studies:  We are completing our journey through Russia.  Our test over this content will be Wednesday of this week.  

Electives:

Art- 6th grade students will be finishing their abstract, geometric, painted designs, then outlining them with silver/gold/or black.  Some of these designs will be submitted to the “Salinas Art Contest” by February 12, 2017.  The theme for the Salinas art contest this year is, “Color of Texas”. 

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science- We will begin coding with www.code.org

General Notes- Our 6th grade UIL team finished 3rd in the UIL Academic Contest held January 20. Congrats to all the students and coaches.

We will have a cyberbullying presentation on Wednesday for 6th grade beginning at 10:00 am.

Teacher will begin adding grades in for your child’s intervention class. We want to make sure you are aware of your student’s performance in this specific area.


Week of January 16th    

Math

Language Arts:       

Science:

Tuesday 1/17/17

* Warm-up bubble thinking map of balanced/unbalanced forces

* Writing prompt STEM scopes potential/kinetic energy

* Bill Nye Force and Motion video students answer questions

Wednesday 1/18/17

* warm-up determine direction of net force pictures

*  Introduction to speed Distance divided by Time=Speed (study guide given last week)

*  Racecar investigation performed to determine the speed of their racecar with different heights (distance divided by time = speed)

Thursday 1/19/17

* warm-up distance divided by time calculations

* Racecar investigation completed/ lab data reviewed

*  Walking lab investigation outside students discover motion can be graphed (constant pace, speeding up. slowing down, and standing still)

*  Students match motion scenarios with graphs

Friday 1/20/17

* Science current event due for Pre Ap

* short quiz over speed calculations and interpreting motion graphs

* Students finish walking lab questions and matching scenarios

Social Studies: We are still studying Russia.  The afternoon classes will have the experience of writing their names in Russian by a guest speaker.

Electives:

Art-  UIL Picture Memory will take place at BMS at 9:15 am for the competition,(please have your child there by 8:30 am--in the cafeteria). T-shirts are $5 each, students should bring $$ for the snack bar (or bring their own food)...students may leave after their event or stay until 3pm for the awards presentation.

6th grade students are working on an abstract piece of art, using one color of paint per day until the work is finished.   After learning about 2 different artists, students are recreating their work in these artists’ styles.

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science-We will explore the autofill option in Microsoft Excel plus our weekly keyboarding.

 

General Notes- No School on Monday.  UIL competition will get underway this week. All of the oral events will be held at Bastrop Intermediate School on Tuesday, January 17 from 4:30 to 8:00. On Saturday, January 21 events will be held at Bastrop Middle School. The event will begin at 8:00 am and awards are scheduled for 3:00 pm.

Congratulations goes out to Courtney Adams for advancing to State competition for her poem, Where I am from… Only 3% of the 60,000 entries advanced to State. We wish her the best of luck.

Week of January 9th    

Math

Language Arts:       

This week we are starting our study of the different non-fiction text structures.  We will also be learning how to draft an informal letter.

Science:

Monday 1/917 Stem scope part 2 students perform pendulum activity in groups and record information . Science fair boards judged today.

Tuesday 1/10/17 Stem scope part 3 pendulum continuation then answer questions in journals. Class goes over group discoveries/answers/data. Science fair boards judged today.

Wednesday 1/11/17  Introduce balanced and unbalanced forces Stem scope engage Students demo tug of war and discuss force is a push or pull and how the net force is determined. Dr. Bailer hands-on activity follows determining net force changing direction and speed of an object with arrows in journals. This is the last day science fair boards will be judged.

Thursday 1/12/17  Winners of the science fair announced today. Students determine the direction of force (net force) continuing hand-on activity deciding if movement is balanced or unbalanced. If time permits introduce how to determine speed by dividing distance by time. Teacher demos race car investigation.

Friday 1/13/17 Students  investigate the speed of a given race car's speed by dividing the car's distance by the time then record data and conclusions and share with class. Quiz over potential and kinetic energy.

Social Studies: We are continuing our journey through Russia with a tour by Lucy Worley. We also have a guest teacher coming in to share a experiences of her stay in Russia as well as showing the classes how to write their name in Russian( morning classes only).  

Electives:

Art- 

Band-  

P.E.-  all students still go to PE everyday.

Music -move to study skills

Study Skills- kids move to art

Computer Science- We will be working on keyboarding and Microsoft Power point.

 

General Notes-We would like to welcome Brooke Bush to Bastrop Intermediate School. Mrs. Bush will be serving as our new music and choir teacher. After school choir practice will begin as soon as Mrs. Bush can set her schedule.

It is truly an exciting week with the 5th and 6th grade science fair underway. The judging will take place Monday-Wednesday.

UIL competition will get underway next week. All of the oral events will be held at Bastrop Intermediate School on Tuesday, January 17 from 4:30 to 8:00. On Saturday, January 21 events will be held at Bastrop Middle School. The event will begin at 8:00 am and awards are scheduled for 3:00 pm.


Week of January 4th

Math

Language Arts:       

Science

Wednesday 1/4/17 *Pre AP Students(regular science students optional) bring in science fair boards and present to class this week. reminders for students to bring in science board completed or Saturday school or morning or after school tutorials will be required.

Science Objective: Compare and contrast potential and kinetic energy. Student demonstrates how potential energy is affected by position with a tennis ball at 2 meters dropped releases more kinetic moving energy than at 1 meter. Potential and kinetic foldable follows with Venn diagram all placed in lab book.

Thursday 1/5/17 *Science fair boards collected and presented.

Roller coaster ride animation on teacher domain. Students predict and determine where most potential and kinetic energy occur in animation on adjoining worksheet. Students use ruler, books, and marble to investigate potential and kinetic energy of a marble in their group.

Friday 1/6/17 *Science fair boards collected and presented. Stem scope part 1 activity performed and placed in lab book. Teacher Demos pendulum investigation students will be performing in their groups. Students perform investigation if time permits. Student's science fair boards placed on stage after school for judging next week Monday 1/9/17-1/11/1.

Monday 1/917 Stem scope part 2 students perform pendulum activity in groups and record information . Science fair boards judged today.

Tuesday 1/10/17 Stem scope part 3 pendulum continuation then answer questions in journals. Class goes over group discoveries/answers/data. Science fair boards judged today.

Wednesday 1/11/17  Introduce balanced and unbalanced forces Stem scope engage Students demo tug of war and discuss force is a push or pull and how the net force is determined. Dr. Bailer hands-on activity follows determining net force changing direction and speed of an object with arrows in journals. This is the last day science fair boards will be judged.

Thursday 1/12/17 Students determine the direction of force (net force) continuing hand-on activity deciding if movement is balanced or unbalanced. If time permits introduce how to determine speed by dividing distance by time. Teacher demos race car investigation.

Friday 1/13/17 Students  investigate the speed of a given race car's speed by dividing the car's distance by the time then record data and conclusions and share with class.

Social Studies: We are beginning a new unit this week.  We will be in Russia. Our travels have taken us from the US, to South America, Europe ,and now Africa.

Art- We will compare and contrast the 2 artists that students saw videos about last week.  Then, we will move into an abstract painting assignment.

UIL practice is ON for Tuesday--4-5pm

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Study Skills-

Computer Science- This week we will work with Microsoft Word to write an essay about how we spent our winter break and begin a new section in www.typing.com

General Notes- 


Week of December 12th    

Math

Language Arts:  This week we will continue learning about non-fiction text structures and turn in our book reports.

 

Social Studies:

We are completing the continent of Europe.  Our major project is due Tuesday, December 13, 2016.  It is a tourist pamphlet of a country of their choice.  They have received a rubric to help guide them on the expectations of the project.  

Science

Monday- Continue Heat transfer labs ( Convection Chimney and water convection labs, Chocolate  chip conduction labs, and radiation lab)

Tuesday- Continuation of any unfinished labs/work on science fair project abstract and board.

Wednesday- BIS common assessment over energy resources, forms of energy, and heat transfer. Students work on science fair projects and any missing work following test.

Thursday- Students go over test taken yesterday and then work on science fair project.

Friday- ½ day 3rd period social students work on science fair projects and any missing work. This is the last day of the grading period for the second report card.

Electives:

Art- Students may still purchase art from the fundraiser this week!  Gift ideas for ART room:  anything art related, yarn, Hobby Lobby or Walmart card...sharpies, pencils, hot glue guns ands sticks….

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Study Skills-

Computer Science- This is our last week of Microsoft Word.  We will cover Microsoft Power Point when we return from Christmas break.  If your child is in Mr. Franklin’s class and you  are not receiving the parent e-mails on Monday morning then check with the front office and make sure your e-mail is up to date in Skyward.

 

General Notes- This is the end of the grading period for the second nine weeks.  Report cards will go out the first week of January, 2017.  


Week of December 5th    

Math

Social Studies- Studying Europe is our focus for this month.  Instead of a major test for this grading period, we will have a project of making a brochure of a country in Europe of the student’s choice.  This project will be due on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.  

Language Arts:  

 This week we will be starting our non-fiction unit.  We will be learning about all the different kinds of non-fiction articles and stories and how to identify them.  We will also be having our Reading Academic Target exam on December 8th.    

Science

Monday 12/5

Conduction, convection, radiation /Conservation of energy study guide intro. /study jams heat transfer /you tube song "3 ways that heat  

1)Study jams short information video students takes notes from

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/energy-light-sound/heat.htm 

2) Radiation convection conduction song  https://youtu.be/7Y3mfAGVn1c 

3) Radiation, conduction, convection popcorn class demo investigation with lab sheet.(this may continue to Tuesday).

Tuesday 12/6

Water convection demo investigation with lab sheet using an aquarium of water (cold blue water sinks, Hot red water rises)

Air convection demo. with lab sheet aquarium with 2 holes at top. Incense placed in one hole, lit candle on other side, smoke travels from one side of aquarium to the other opening on other side the same way a chimney works.

Wednesday 12/7

Chocolate chip conduction lab with lab sheet. Choc. chips sit on a strip of aluminum foil heated by a lit candle. Students  record melt time and graph results.

Thursday 12/8

Radiation investigation with lab sheet. Students record radiation from lamp transfered  to thermometer on table each minute. Students record data and graph.

Friday 12/9

Quiz covering energy types, sources, energy transformations, and conservation of energy (heat transfer/radiation, convection, conduction)

Electives:

Art- PLEASE COME BUY YOUR CHILD’S ARTWORK, (weaving, painting, ceramics), AT THE PAC, ON THURSDAY EVENING 6-8PM.  SWEETS AND TREATS ARE NEEDED TO SELL ALSO!  All proceeds go to ART account for more supplies!!!!

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Study Skills-

Computer Science- We will continue working with Microsoft Word using different formatting options.

 

General Notes- Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-8pm is the Winter concert and  student art show and sale !! Be there at the PAC.


Week of November 28th    

Math

Language Arts:  After we get back from Thanksgiving break, we will be finishing up our fiction unit with a major book report and exam.  

Science

6th grade science agenda for 11/28-12/2

Monday  review/do Energy resources test if missed from 11/18

1) Begin introduction on the different types of energy flip sheet/book with definition and illustration to be taped /glued into lab book

2) Energy transformation study jams video (attached) with test/quiz following video is connected to the video  

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/energy-and-matter

3) (MRS. CENT/ booklet) mechanical, radiant(light), sound, chemical, electrical, nuclear, and thermal. Students create a MRS. CENT booklet.

Tuesday  Students explore energy transformations at stations around the room (energy cannot be created or destroyed it just changes into another energy type). flashlight, wires connected to light and battery, hair dryer, plasma light, wind-up flashlight, radio, solar toys, and radiometer.

Wednesday  Continuation of energy transformations stations investigation/lab documentation and class discussion of discoveries.

Thursday Stemscopes activity/investigation students explore thermal energy with snake paper plate over heat source, volt meter in potato /citrus, battery operated fan, baking soda and vinegar, and hand generator. Lab sheet and student journal follows.

Friday Quiz covering the types of energy and transformations of the types of energies. Students complete any investigations or lab documentation they have not completed.

Social Studies:

We are crossing the Atlantic Ocean from South America to Europe. We will be working for the next three weeks travelling the continent of Europe.  Our first exploration will be Western Europe.  

Electives:

Art- be sure to put dec.8, 6-8pm on your calendar!!! Big art night!  We will be selling your child’s artwork to the parent/guardian of each art student.  Paintings and ceramics as well as treats will b for sale for a small cost-- this is a major fundraiser for our great art program!

Band- Big Day Coming SOON...Winter Concert (Dec 8)...check your charms email for details. Please contact eramirez@bisdtx.org  for any of your families needs, we look forward to celebrating our musical gifts with all.

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science- This week we will begin to explore the Microsoft suite of products.  Monday we will go over the difference between “Save” and “Save As” and some of the differences between Microsoft and Google and then we will attempt a fun lesson using Wordart in Microsoft Word.  We will also bring some keyboarding practice back.

 

General Notes- Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-8pm is the Winter concert and  student art show and sale !! Be there at the PAC.


Week of November 14th    

Math

Language Arts:  This week we will be continuing our drama unit and finishing our class novels.

Social Studies 

The school year is really going by quickly.  We will have a unit test covering South America on Wednesday.  

Science

Monday-Warm-up : The advantages of solar energy are..... The disadvantages of solar are..... The advantages of water (hydroelectricity) are.....

The disadvantages of hydroelectricity are....

*Students continue and finish their group energy resource poster with advantages and disadvantages of that energy.

Tuesday- warm-up /The advantages of nuclear power are.... The disadvantages of nuclear power are..... The advantages of wind power are...

The disadvantages of wind power are....

* Student groups present their energy resource poster to class for debate.

Wednesday- Warm-up  Advantages of using fossil fuels are.. Disadvantages of using fossil fuels are..

*Student groups continue their energy debates.

Thursday- Students decide which of the energy resources would be best for the world if all the fossil fuels disappeared. Students must defend their choice and design their energy resource for the school, community, and home. Class then discusses how they can conserve energy resources in their home, community , and school to help save the environment.

Friday- Quiz given over energy resources. Following quiz. Following quiz students match disadvantages and advantages to corresponding energy resources in their lab book.

Electives:

Art- Students have been making glue relief, oil pastel, pumpkins-- look for them

by the end of the week. Also, students are working with slab rolled clay and glazing wheel thrown bowls this week--very busy getting ready for the student  art show/sale on Thurs., Dec.8, 6-8pm .

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science- This week our focus will be on learning Google Presentations.  This is Google’s version of Microsoft’s Power Point.

 

General Notes- Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-8pm is the Winter concert and  student art show and sale !! Be there at the PAC.


Week of November 7th    

Math

Language Arts:

This week we will be finishing up our class novels and beginning our Drama unit.

Social Studies 

This week we will be moving deeper into South America. Some of the additional countries we will investigate are Brazil, Uraguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile.  

Science

Energy Resources unit

Monday 11/7- Power point with fill-in blank worksheet

Tuesday 11/8- Foldable on alternative energy solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear,hydroelectric, and biomass/biofuel and fossil fuels (oil coal and natural gas).

Wednesday 11/9-  Start energy resource poster   (each group assigned an energy resource to create a poster identifying the advantages and disadvantages of each resource ,students use the study guide, cell phones and computers for tech. (wind, hydroelectric, solar, nuclear, geothermal,biomass/bio fuel, coal, oil, and natural gas)

Thursday 11/10- Energy debate to be used with the poster they create in their groups, each group stands up to defend their energy resource.  

Friday 10/11 give energy quiz following hand students Energy sheet what would happen if all the fossil fuel disappeared what energy would be the best to replace it with and why.

Electives:

Art- Students will glaze their bisque bowls that were thrown on the pottery wheel!  Also, some still life with a pumpkin drawings with color and value.

Band-  Parents expect an email from Band Department by Nov 8. Hopeful to connect to ALL, through our Charms Database. Super Excited to announce our Winter Concert date- Dec 8, 2016

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science-  We wrap up our section on Google Forms this week by creating a popular sports survey.  We will take a break from new keyboarding lessons and cover some additional technology topics using BrainPop.

 

General Notes- SAVE THE DATE !!, DEC.3, SATURDAY, 9am-3pm, GARDEMN PARTY WORKDAY!  See/ask Mr. Henry or Mrs. Philpot for more info!

Come check out our choir sing the national anthem for the Austin Spurs home opener at the Cedar Park Center on Nov. 13th at 3 pm.


Week of October 27th

Math: 6th grade math continues with the skill of dividing fractions as well as dividing mixed numbers by mixed numbers. This is to ensure the students have a fluid understanding of numbers and their operations. We will also begin to address multiplication of decimals. Keep those calculators handy around the house because they are a great way to check your students work once they have shown all of their steps!

Parents : your students already know how to multiply and divide by a fraction.  New: mixed numbers🤓

What you can do: keep handy kitchen  recipes by showing them that making a double batch means multiplying three fourths tbs sugar by two. Your student will be able to do that but will greatly benefit from knowing how it's used in your kitchen.

Coming up: multiplying by decimals and dividing decimals. Again, look into your pantry and you can find recipes or packages of candy that you can double and triple and have your child show you the number of ounces onced doubled.You can also ask your child to divide a package 3 ways equally and see how much each person gets in the family. Keeping up in the household is a great way to extend and solidify your student's learning.

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Language Arts:  This week we will be continuing our novel unit, further familiarizing ourselves with the elements of fiction.

Social Studies 

We are in South America.  Our first task is to identify the landmarks and the boundaries of the countries on that continent.  

Science

TEK 6.5 differentiate between elements and compounds using models to represent how elements combine together to form compounds and create chemical reactions.

Monday-Students continue doing chemical change experiments involving the following changes: Color change, gas forms, light created, Temperature change, and precipitate.

Tuesday-Students create chemical change booklet and finish creating compounds in their lab notebooks.

Wednesday-Element Compound school common assessment

Thursday -Class goes over the test taken wednesday and make corrections where needed.

Friday- Students begin new unit on energy resources (renewable and

non- renewable)

Electives:

Art- 

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science-  We finished up with our week on Google Drawing and next week we will explore Google Forms.

 

General Notes-



Week of October 24th

Math

Language Arts:  This week we will start our class novel and delve more deeply into our study of fiction and its elements.  

Social Studies 

We are moving into South America this week.  We will begin identifying the physical features on the continent.  

Science

TEK 6.5 differentiate between elements and compounds using models to represent how elements combine together to form compounds.

Monday    building blocks of matter 1 =We will begin combining elements to form compounds using connecting blocks. The compounds we will create will be H2O, C02, CH4, NaCl.

Tuesday    Building blocks of matter 2= second part of combining elements to form compounds.

Wednesday When a new substance is created from elements combining chemical change/reaction occurs (chemical change indicators: color change, temperature change, gas forms, or precipitate is produced) a variety of experiments will be performed to demonstrate the chemical change indicators.

Thursday  Experiments performed to show color, temp., gas, and precipitate

Friday   short quiz to assess student’s knowledge of the difference between compounds or elements.  Following test students create compounds cutting out elements and connecting and labeling them CO2, H2O, CH4,H2O2

Electives:

Art- 6th grade is currently wrapping up its weaving unit, and some students are beginning to make bowls on the pottery wheel.  Stop by Super Donuts and check out the 6th graders’ donut artwork.  

Band-  

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science-  students will be learning how to format a document in Google Docs.

 

General Notes- Save the DATE!  Thursday, December 8 is Fine Arts Night at the Performing Arts Center!!


Week of October 17th

Math

Language Arts

This week students will be starting the new grading period by continuing our fiction unit with the analyzation of a couple of short stories.  We will also be visiting the book fair this week and having our pirate-themed “Literacy Night” on Tuesday the 18th.  

Social Studies 

We have moved into Central America and the Caribbean.  We will be studing this part of the world for the next couple of weeks.  Some of the vocabulary words for this unit are:  isthmus, deforestation, biodiversity, Volcan de Fuego.  We will begin with the geographic features of the area.  

Science

         Friday 10/14/16

Schedule for  10/17/16-10/21/16

Monday - Element naming powerpoint and short periodic table video followed by coloring coding periodic table with where elements are found.

Tuesday and Wednesday- Where elements are found circle graphs

Thursday and Friday- Element research cards

Electives

Art-   Check-out the variety of framed,  donut compositions at either the original location or the one next to the BYSo soccer fields/across from Buc-ces .  6th graders profit from the sale.  

Please send YARN or $2 to cover the cost for yarn.  Our upcoming weaving work takes about twice as yarn as I currently have.

Band-  

P.E.

Choir - We have our first performance October 18th at 5:30pm in the cafeteria for literacy night.  All choir students are required to be here for the performance.

Computer Science-  students will be learning how to format a document in Google Docs.

 

General Notes-Literacy Night is Tuesday October 18th from 5:30-8:30.  Join us for a wonderful performance from our choir and then participate in various literacy activities from a Book Walk to A Pirate’s Log.  BBQ will be available for $5 a plate and we will have face painting and temporary tattoos.  

Monday October 17th is fundraiser delivery day. Items will be ready for pickup at 2:00 pm.

Thursday October 20th is our monthly dinner night. This night will be held at Chick-Fil-A. We look forward to a great turnout.



Week of October 10th

Math

Language Arts:

This week students will delve more deeply into fiction through short stories.  We will also be having our third vocabulary quiz and wrapping up our first grading period.  

Social Studies 

Although Monday is a holiday for students, we will begin our journey into Mexico.  We will conclude the week with a test over North America.  That will include all the countries of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  A review will take place before the test.  

Science

TEK 6.A, 6.B and 6.C

Oct. 3rd-13th Testing the physical properties of minerals ( hardness, streak, luster, density, and color). We will begin with a powerpoint describing all the physical properties of minerals they will record in a powerpoint note taking sheet they will need to use for their mineral lab investigation. The major test will take place next week over all this information when all activities are completed. Major test over the physical properties of matter (density, metals, nonmetals, metalloids and mineral tests). The major school test will take place Thursday 10/13/16. Please have them study!! This will be a challenging test. All grades end 10/14/16. Please have all missing work in.

 

Electives

Art- Twelve students’ work has been framed and installed in both Super Donut locations. Go have a peek!! They are so well done and colorful.  This week we continue One Point Perspective by drawing sides and tops of buildings.

Band- Parents we are sending home a form “CHARMS” it is to help us establish a complete database of all our Band Members. With this information, we hope to establish great communication.  Please be sure to empower us with the latest valid email address. Many thanks !!! 

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science-  students will be learning how to format spreadsheets using Google Sheets.  

 

General Notes-No school on Monday October 10th


Week of October 3rd

Math

Language Arts:

This week, we are starting our fiction unit and finishing up our own personal narratives.    

Social Studies 

We have completed the study of the US.  We are moving into the studying Canada.  We will focus on the geography, the history and present day  Canada.  

Science

 Physical properties of matter:

TEK 6.B

Sept.5-16th We calculated the volume of regular solids, irregular solids, determined the mass of a variety of irregular and regular solids we then divided the mass by the volume to discover the density of each object.

TEK 6.A

Sept. 19th - 23rd  Comparing metals, nonmetals, and metalloids physical properties (conductivity, malleability, ductility, luster) and color coding a periodic table with the metals, nonmetals and metalloids. We then tested the the  elements Aluminum, Copper, Lead, Iron, Sulfur, and Carbon in a station lab to discover if they had conductivity, luster, ductility, and malleability.

TEK 6.C

Oct. 3rd-7th Testing the physical properties of minerals ( hardness, streak, luster, density, and color). We will begin with a powerpoint describing all the physical properties of minerals they will record in a powerpoint note taking sheet they will need to use for their mineral lab investigation. Quiz this Friday over Mineral tests, metals, nonmetals, metalloids, and density. The major test will take place next week over all this information when all activities are completed.

   

Electives

Art- Twelve student’s work was selected to hang in both of the  SUPER DONUT locations in Bastrop!  We still need to frame them, so it will be another week or so until they are installed.  This week we begin One Point Perspective by drawing sides and tops of buildings.

Band-  Exciting Times ahead...Have your child show you their latest “new notes” 

P.E.

Choir -

Computer Science- Monday we will review our learning objectives from the previous week.  Tuesday we will explore a new spreadsheets lesson where we will insert a graph into our work product.  Wed and Thursday we will cover our next two keyboarding lessons (7 & 8).  Friday will be a finish anything not already finished and turn it in for points day.

 

General Notes-


BIS Literacy Night -October 18th-Join us at 5:30 in the cafeteria for a performance from the BIS choir and our annual Title 1 meeting. Then parents and students are invited to participate in activities that promote literacy. BBQ will be available for $5 a plate.

Week of September 26th

Math

Science

This week Science is learning about the properties of metals, nonmetals, and metalloids.  There will be a quiz on Friday.

ELA:

This week students will begin to construct their own personal narratives.  They will also be having their second vocabulary quiz on Friday.  

Social Studies:  

I am excited to say, I think we are ready to move into our first continent.  North America is where we will start.  This week we will cover the United States, followed by Canada, and Mexico.  

   

Electives

Art- Currently working on our “Donut” paintings...shade, value, color, shape and painting everyday!  If you want to send an old shirt for your student to wear next week, please do so.  Currently, I don’t have a class set of aprons for student use.Thanks to Ms. Gurka for supplying donuts to the entire 2nd period last week!!! YUM!  In need of YARN for an upcoming project.

 Band-  On our way!! Ask your child to perform the Fantastic “5” 

P.E.

Choir - Choir will be performing at Lit. Night on October 18 and the Star Spangled Banner at the Austin Spurs opening night game on November13.

Computer Science-

 

General Notes-  A student newsletter has been created by the 6th grade GT students.  This paper will be published six times this school year.  The first edition went on sale this week.  The proceeds will go to offset a field trip for these students.  


Week of September 19th

Math

Language Arts

This week we are starting our Memoir/Personal Narrative unit.  After reviewing our Poetry tests and starting our new vocabulary unit, we will be introducing personal narratives and working toward writing our own.  

Science

Social Studies

We are studying the seven elements of CULTURE.  We will conclude the week with a test on Friday.

         

Electives

Art- Students’ Totem Poles are currently on display in the BIS Library.  Students are working on the PTA Reflections Contest Theme, “What is Your Story”?  Some are cartooning, some are writing their stories.  Due date for the contest is October 31. We currently need YARN for upcoming projects, if you can spare a skein of yarn to donate, it will be most appreciated!!!

Band-  On our way!! Ask your child to perform the Fantastic “5” 

P.E.

Choir 

Computer Science-We will cover the next two keyboarding lessons (4 & 5).  We will also look at a block of instruction about digital citizenship.  Lastly, we will finish a Google Doc formatting lesson.

 

General Notes-BIS will have family dinner night September 22nd at Schlotzsky’s from 6 to 9 pm. Let the cashier know you are from BIS when you check out.



Week of September 12th

Math

This week your student is learning how to convert fractions into decimal using the REDS methods.  There are 4 methods:  “Read it” “Equivalents””Divide it””Simplify it” Have your student look through their interactive notebook and memorize some of the benchmark fractions (ones they will see regularly in math from here on out.  Examples are ½ = 0.5  , ¾ = 0.75  etc.  They now have 26 of these.  It is a GREAT time saver to have these memorized and ready to go!  A quiz will be taken on Friday to assess their progress.

Language Arts

This week we are finishing up our Poetry unit, reviewing, and taking our first test.  We are also completing our first vocabulary unit and using some fun, new technology to review.  

Science

Social Studies

This week we will be focusing on “Freedom Week.”  It is a time when we talk about how America was established, through song, a writing experience and of course, information.  

Electives

Art-We have 2 winners for the shoe drawing contest. Congratulations to Emily Pascoe and Stephanie Morales,each received a small token of appreciation for their efforts!  This week we travel to Alaska In our minds to learn about the significance of totem poles, as well as create a replica of a smaller one (drawn, not carved). Donations of yarn are badly needed for future weaving projects~~ thanks in advance !!

P.E.- Parent make sure your child is staying hydrated with the heat and humidity. We will continue to do outside activities as much as possible.

Choir- Ukulele and Choir will start this week after school.  Ukulele on Mondays from 4-5pm and Choir on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm.  Please pick up your children in the front of the school on each of those days.

Band-  Beginning in our Band Books ! Fantastic 5 Notes to be Mastered and Performed.

Parents we are asking our band students to practice daily for 15-20 minutes. Thank you for your support.

Computer Science-We will review graded work from the previous week, Learn how to use the computers snipping tool, master the next two keyboarding lessons, and explore a new Google Doc lesson where we will learn to insert images into documents.

 

General Notes- Fundraiser money and order forms are due Wednesday, September 14.


Week of September 5th

Math

What your student should already know:  How to compare and order decimals (5th grade)  

What they are learning this week:  How to compare and order negative and positive decimals.  

This is complex because they are using several rules that they have learned ( comparing decimals AND comparing integers - negatives and positives)

Where they are going:  They will need this skill in solving equations, knowing math fluency and number values.  In 7th grade they are expected to understand all relationship between numbers fluently.

Language Arts

This week we are continuing with Poetry and figurative language. Students will also be setting up their interactive class journals, vocabulary folders, and homework folders.

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Social Studies

We are continuing to study the Five Themes of Geography next week.  They are Location, Place, Movement, Human Environment Interaction, and Region.  A mini-project will happen on Thursday and Friday of this week. The students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge on the topics.  

Electives

Art-

Students have been learning to draw on the right side of the brain!  Encourage your art student to find ways to : 1. Draw a photograph upside down.  2. Draw something (anything) without looking at their paper.  These activities force the left, (logical, factual, sequential),brain to turn off its judgement and habit of creating art with symbols.  The goal for learning to draw on the right side of the brain is to see things in a new way and to draw more realistically.  

P.E.-

Choir- Ukulele and Choir will continue this week after school.  Ukulele on Mondays from 4-5pm and Choir on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm.  Please pick up your children in the front of the school on each of those days.

Band- Super week ahead, learning how to master Posture, Breath,Tapping Foot and measuring the basic meter of 4/4 time. All student are required to practice 15-20min daily.  Parents have your child demonstrate their latest discoveries.

Computer Science--We will focus on keyboarding skills for one day and the other three days, we will work with two separate lessons developing our word processing skills.  

 

General Notes

Don’t forget that Monday September 5th is Labor Day and it is a student holiday.

Picture Day will be September 8th. No need to bring money. Proofs will arrive in a couple of weeks.



Week of August 29th

Math

Talk to your student about opposite numbers (negatives and positives)They will learn to compare and order integers on a numberline and also be asked to find the absolute value of any given integer.(the distance a value is from zero) Math students will have interactive notebooks and are expected to bring them daily.  This INB will be a great resource throughout the year.  

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Social Studies

We are studying the five themes of geography.  These will be topics that they use throughout the year in social studies as we study various cultures.  

Electives

Art

P.E.

Choir

Band- Welcome all new Kodiak Band Members!!! Super Excited to start the week with instruments.

As a courtesy we have asked Music Companies to come Aug 31  5-7 Band  Hall to help you with all your needs. It’s going to be a FABULOUS YEAR.

Computer Science--We will begin formatting drills with word processing using Google Documents and establish our keyboarding words per minute baseline.

 

General Notes

We have had some internet feed problems at the school and AT&T is working on the issue and we look forward to having the problem resolved soon.

We are doing a book drive for Denham Junior High in Louisana. Their school was flooded. As a district and campus we are looking to collect age appropriate books and school supplies. Books and supplies can be dropped off at school or at Lost Pines Toyota. Thank you in advance for your help.

BIS Public Calendar

BISD 2015-16 Calendar

 

STAAR Vocabulary review links:  Reading, Science, Math

        

 Table of Contents

February 1 - February 5

January 25 - January 29

January 18-January 22

January 5 - January 8

December 14 - December 18

December 7 - December 11

November 30 - December 4

Week of  November 16 - November 20

Week of  November 9 - November 13

Week of  November 2 - November 6

Week of  October 26 - October 30

Week of  October 19- October 23

Week of  October 12-October 16

Week of  October 5 - October 9

Week of  September 28-October 2

Week of  September 21 - September 25

Week of  September 14 - September 18

Week of  September 7 - September 11

Week of  August 31 - September 4

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Math

Talk to your student about opposite numbers (negatives and positives)They will learn to compare and order integers on a numberline and also be asked to find the absolute value of any given integer.(the distance a value is from zero) Math students will have interactive notebooks and are expected to bring them daily.  This INB will be a great resource throughout the year.  

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Week of May 23 - 26

SCIENCE

Our last test of the year covering the solar system and space travel will be this Tuesday, May 24.

Grades are due on May 26, so this is the last week to turn in missing assignments!  Field day is on Wednesday and the Memorial Day holiday starts on Friday.  Our academic awards ceremony will be on Thursday.

Week of  May 16 - 20

Social Studies

We are still working on our ABC book of our country.  The completion date is May 26th.  is the  last major grade of the year in social studies.  We have a district writing assignment on May 16-17 of this week.  It will be the final grade in writing.  Our field day is Wednesday, May 18th. The sixth graders will be participating in the morning session.  

Week of May 9 - 13

Social Studies

We have Staar testing the first two days of this week.  Our sixth grade field trip is Wednesday.  We are going to Dell Diamond.  Due to the short week of classes, I have reduced the number of letter due in their ABC Book of their country to 8 due on Friday.  Students will be allowed to take the book home to catch up on their work.  

SCIENCE

Just a reminder that the Pre-AP Science projects will be due May 18-20 so you need to get started ASAP!  We will have a Science Academic Target exam on Tuesday, May 17 and Field Day is on Wednesday, May 18.  See any of the 6th grade Science teachers for information on the project.

Week of May  2 - 6

Social Studies

We have completed the world including Antarctica.  Each student has been assigned a country to research using a booklet of the alphabet.   This week they must complete the cover and six letters.  Each letter must have six facts recorded and an illustration.  The first grade will be taken on Friday.  

SCIENCE

This week we continue with celestial objects.  Make sure you understand the difference  between asteroids, meteoroids, meteors, meteorites, and comets!  Sixth grade field trip is next Wednesday, May 11, make sure you get your permission slips turned in.

Week of April 25 - 29

SCIENCE

We will be studying the physical properties of celestial objects such as the sun, planets, Gallilean moons, meteors, asteroids and comets.

Social Studies

We made it.  We are starting our last continent, Australia.  We will spend the next week or so in the “down under.”  The last month of school will be dedicated to their final project.  More to come next week.  

Week of April 19-April 22

Social Studies

This is our final week in Africa.  Some of our vocabulary words are apartheid, asylum, persecution, Nelson Mandela.  We have travelled from the Northern part of Africa through Central Africa and now in the Southern Africa.

Science

Our next unit test will be on Friday, April 22, covering plate tectonics.  Make sure that you understand the different plate boundaries including divergent, convergent, transform and subduction zones, and all the geologic features associated such as earthquakes, mountains, volcanoes, trenches, ridges and rifts.  You also need to identify the major tectonic plates on a map: North American, South American, Eurasian, Indo-Australian,  African, Pacific, Antarctic, and Nazca.  Mr. Stark and Ms. Fox have study guides available on request.

Week of  April 11 - April 15

Science

We are continuing with plate tectonics and identifying the major plates and events associated with them.  Our next Unit Test will be next week, April 22.  No School on Monday!

Social Studies

Sixth graders will be entering the Western and Central part of Africa.  Each unit explores the geography, history, and how things are today.

  Something exciting is happening in our district. BIS is on the cutting edge of this technology.    We are in the process of making digital writing portfolios.  Students will have their writing samples travel with them from grade to grade digitally.  Students make their own folder and will add writing samples as they move throughout BISD,  

Week of  April 4 - April 8

Science

We are continuing with plate tectonics this week.  Students will continue to learn about the major plates of the Earth and how different plate boundaries can cause major Earth events.

Electives

Band : Smart Music Campaign - Big Step in Technology, implementing and testing.

New Music that will Map OUT new playing GOALS.

ART Club will begin meeting again, this Tuesday, April 5, 4-4:45pm .  We will be decorating the stage for the EAFK ceremony.  6th graders are currently creating Tessellations, after studying about artist, MC Escher.

P.E.  continues with its Sports Unit.

Social Studies - We are moving into the Sub-Saharan part of Africa.  We are going to explore the geography as well as the history and how this part of Africa lives today.  

Week of March 28 - April 1

SCIENCE

This week we are learning about plate tectonics and understanding how they cause major events such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building.  We are also learning about the different plate boundaries: convergent, divergent, transform and subduction.  No homework due to the STAAR testing schedule.

Social Studies

We are moving into North Africa this week.  We will be studying related vocabulary.  Students have written letters of support to the 5th graders and will be sending them to the classes on Monday. The 5th grade will be taking their STAAR test.  

Electives

Band : Smart Music Campaign - Big Step in Technology, implementing and testing.

Week of March 21- March 25

Science: This week we will review the layers of Earth and the Rock Cycle.  Our next unit exam will be on Thursday covering these subjects.  No school this Friday.

Social Studies:This is a short week.  We are going to focus on Thinking Maps this week.  It will help us become more organized in our thoughts and planning for future works.  Friday is a holiday.  

Electives

Art Club is cancelled until Mrs. Philpot has achieved more recovery from her foot surgery.  

Art Class-Eighteen pieces of 5/6th art were chosen for the Salinas Youth Art Contest. As of this posting ,3/21/16,  results have not yet been revealed.

Music/Choir will present the musical, “Hats!” and Band will perform at the BIS cafe at 5:30pm

PE continues to work on it’s sports unit each day!

Band : Smart Music Campaign - Big Step in Technology

   

Musical Extravaganza Performance  March 24  5:30- 7:00 BIS Cafeteria

Week of March 7 - March 11

Social Studies  

We begin our studies of Japan this week.  We have a vocabulary test on Wednesday.  

We look forward to a restful spring break.  See everyone back on March 21, 2016.  

Week of February 29- March 4

Electives

Art Club is cancelled until after Spring Break.  Eighteen pieces of 5/6th art were chosen for the Salinas Youth Art Contest. Results will be in after Spring Break.

Music/Choir will present the musical, “Hats!” and Band will perform at the BIS cafe at 5:30pm

PE continues to work on it’s sports unit each day!

Band : Charms Data Base 

(all students are submitting homework on icloud, using FREE Charms APP)    

Performance  March 24  5:30- 7:00 BIS Cafeteria

Social Studies

We are starting a new unit on China. Discussing the different dynasties and doing a timeline of events.    It will be a very exciting week as we are taking a survey/predictions on the candidates running for President as well.  

Week of February 22 - Feb. 26

Social Studies

Our project work took a little longer than anticipated.  We are completing the poster projects this week with a presentation to the class.  This is a graded effort by the student.  They will be taking notes on each country as it is presented.  

Science

Tuesday night, Feb. 23 is MATH and SCIENCE NIGHT!  Join us from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. at BIS for the display of all Science Fair projects and announcement of winners, a choir presentation, and loads of fun Science and Math activities.  This is a PTA fundraiser with food available for purchase.

Electives

Band : Charms Data Base 

(all students are submitting homework on icloud,  

using FREE Charms APP)     Performance  March 24  5:30- 7:00 BIS Cafeteria

ART: Students have been working on art to submit to the Salinas Art Contest, the theme this year is “Fiesta!” deadline for submission is March 1.

Art Club is postponing meetings until after spring break. Donations of art/craft/supplies accepted!!! (fabric, yarn, glue, hot glue sticks, magazines).

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir:

Save the date for the musical, “Hats”, to be performed on March 24, 2016 in the BIS cafeteria.

Week of  February 15 - February 19

Social Studies/Writing

We are completing our unit on Asia.  Oral presentations are being given for each country.  

A poster presentation goes along with the oral presentation.  This is a major grade replacing the test for this unit.  

During this week, we will be completing our posters, a writing assignment about our country of study and an oral presentation.  The oral presentation will be a poster and a three minute conversation in front of the class about a specific country in EAST ASIA.

Science

We will continue learning about ecosystems including biotic and abiotic factors and the different levels of organization.  Our next unit test is this Friday, Feb. 19.  Math and Science Night will be next Tuesday, Feb. 23.  Science Fair winners will be going to Austin this Thursday.  All of the projects will be on display at Math and Science Night.

Electives

Band : Charms Data Base with Recordings and Accompaniments 

(all students are submitting homework on icloud,  

using FREE Charms APP) Assignment  DUE Feb 15

ART: Students have been working on art to submit to the Salinas Art Contest, the theme this year is “Fiesta!” deadline for submission is March 1.

Art Club is postponing meetings until after spring break.  Mrs. Philpot is going to be out for foot surgery.   Donations of art/craft/supplies accepted!!! (fabric, yarn, glue, hot glue sticks, magazines).

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir:

Save the date for the musical, “Hats”, to be performed on March 24, 2016 in the BIS cafeteria.

 

Week of February 8- February 12

Social Studies/Writing \

In social studies this week, we have been working on our projects.  This is a three week process.  We are completing our research this week.  They are working on an independent report about a specific country in ASIA.  

Science

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Math

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Electives

Band : Charms Data Base with Recordings and Accompaniments 

(all students are submitting homework on icloud,  

using FREE Charms APP) Assignment  DUE Feb 15

ART: Students have been working on art to submit to the Salinas Art Contest, the theme this year is “Fiesta!” deadline for submission is March 1.

Art Club meets on Tuesdays, 4-4:45pm  Donations of supplies accepted!!! (fabric, yarn, glue, hot glue sticks, magazines).

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir:

Save the date for the musical, “Hats”, to be performed on March 24, 2016 in the BIS cafeteria.

February 1 - February 5

Social Studies 

We are beginning a three week project exploring the countries of Asia.  Students will be using technology to find the facts necessary to complete each phase of the project about a selected country.

Science

This week we are continuing with Classification of Organisms and will be learning how to use the microscope to observe and identify Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cells.  The Unit 8 Taxonomy Test will be this Friday, Feb. 5 covering Domains, Kingdoms, Prokaryotic, and Eukaryotic cells.  Math and Science night will be Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Electives

Band : Charms Data Base with Recordings and Accompaniments 

(all students are submitting homework on icloud,  

using FREE Charms APP) Assignment  DUE Feb 15

Art Club will resume meeting on Tuesdays, beginning, Janurary 26, 4-4:45pm

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir:

Save the date for the musical, “Hats”, to be performed on March 24, 2016 in the BIS cafeteria.

 

January 25 - January 29

Social Studies

We will start studying Arabia, the Arabian, and Iraq.  In looking at this area, we will learn about the climate, settlement patterns and the different regions of the area.  

ELA

We are starting to dive deeper into our Non-Fiction text structure unit. The students will identify each type of text structure using different example texts. We will then compare all types of text structure and identify the author’s stated and implied purpose of each. Pre-AP Projects are due March 4th.

Electives

Band : Charms Data Base with Recordings and Accompaniments 

(all students are submitting homework on icloud,  

using FREE Charms APP)

Art Club will resume meeting on Tuesdays, beginning, Janurary 26, 4-4:45pm

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir: a new season of Music has begun!  Choir and Ukulele groups have already formed and

January 18-January 22

Social Studies

Monday is a holiday.  We will resume school Tuesday with a continuation of Eurasia.  We will have a quiz on Friday to complete this part of the world.  We are still working on our personal narrative.

Science

This week we will start a new unit on taxonomy and the classification of organisms.  Science Fair projects are due on Tuesday and the first round of  judging will take place on Wednesday.

Electives

Art Memory meets EVERY Thursday afternoon from 4-5pm. Members of the UIL team should be studying on their own as well.  The UIL event will be held in Elgin on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir:  Choir and Ukulele groups are meeting in Dr. Tedeschi’s Choir room.

Save the date for the musical, “Hats”, to be performed on March 23, 2016 in the BIS cafeteria.

Social Studies

We are continuing our study of Russia. On Wednesday we will have a unit test.  We will begin to expand our study into Eurasia and the Middle East.  In writing, our focus is on a personal narrative.  They will reflect on a time during their winter break to use for a topic.   We will take this piece through the five steps of writing.  This paper should last about two weeks.  

Science:

This week we are learning about cells!  Remember eukaryotic (You-karyotic) cells have a nucleus and organelles, while prokaryotic cells are very small and simple without a nucleus.  Pre-AP Science fair abstract drafts are due now. Science fair judging will take place on Weds. January 20, so the projects MUST BE COMPLETED and turned in by TUESDAY, JANUARY 19!  Stark’s homework due wednesday.  Have a great week!

Electives

Art Club will not meet for the next two Tuesdays due to UIL practice.  Art Club will resume meeting on Janurary 26, 4-4:45pm

Art Memory meets EVERY Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 4-5pm until the meet in Elgin on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir: a new season of Music has begun!  Choir and Ukulele groups have already formed and are practicing for the musical, “Hats”, on March 23, in the BIS cafeteria.

Band : Charms Recordings, (all students are submitting homework on icloud,  

using FREE Charms APP)

General Notes

Awards ceremony will be Jan. 14: 5th grade at 8:45, 6th grade at 9:55.

UIL competition will be held January 23 at Elgin Middle School.

January 5 - January 8

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Language Arts

With our first week back we are reviewing persuasive techniques in writing. We will also dive into different genres and identify the author’s viewpoint and claim while picking out supporting evidence that the author includes.

Science

Social Studies

This week we are travelling to Russia.  We are exploring the geography, as well as the history of this vast country.  We are preparing for a short unit and will have a test next Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

We also will be writing a personal narrative from a memory over our Winter Break.  It will be a paper that will encompass the components of mapping out thoughts, writing a rough draft, editing, revising, and final copy for print.    

 

Electives

Art Club continues to meet on Tuesday afternoons from 4-4:45 pm.  

Art Memory meets EVERY Thursday afternoon from 4-5pm. Members of the UIL team should be studying on their own as well.  The UIL event will be held in Elgin on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

PE: continues to sponsor Sports Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm

Music/Choir: Monday, January 11, at 4pm Dr. Tedeschi will begin a new Ukulele class.

Tuesday, January, 12, at 4pm, Choir practice/try-outs for those that want to join, please see Dr. Tedeschi for a form.

General Notes

Student report cards will go out on Thursday as well as BIS’s school report card.

December 14 - December 18

Social Studies

This week we will focus on writing again.  We will have a holiday celebration on Friday along with a holiday dance.  Hope your child can make it to school this one last week before we go on break.  

Electives

6th graders are still buying their ceramic and woven pieces from the art show and sale last week. Please send a few dollars to buy your students’ artwork.  The money will be used to buy art supplies for the upcoming semester.

Art Club will meet on Tuesday, from  4-5pm  to help decorate the stage for EAFK.

Art Memory will meet on Thursday, 4-5pm , in order to prepare for UIL event in Elgin, on January 23, 2016.

P.E.-Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  P.E. continues to work on its Sports Unit.

Computer continues to work on 21st century computer skills.

Choir and Ukulele continues to practice for future performances.

December 7 - December 11

Social Studies:   This week is a bit unusual.  We will have three days of benchmark testing in math, reading and science.  Our focus for the next two weeks will be on writing.  We will have a holiday story that will have some cultural traits that should tie it to our content in social studies.  

November 30 - December 4

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Language Arts

This week in ELA we are working on what it means to be a great reader and what strategies to use when you are reading and answering questions. We also have introduced a new Words Their Way list, the test will take place on Friday, December 11th. Pre AP students should be working on their Book Project at home to turn in on Thursday, December 10th.

Science

This week we are working on calculating speed and force and motion.  Pre AP students need to get their science fair awareness forms completed.  First Annual Speed Trial Derbys this week!

Social Studies

 This week we are concluding our unit on Europe.  We will have a test over the unit on Friday of this week.  We will be reviewing for the test and they will have some study notes to review as well.

 

Electives

 “ WINTER CONCERT and ART SALE”--plan to attend!

 Monday, Dec 7, at the Performing Arts Center (across from BHS),

The BIS Band, Choir, and Ukulele Groups will perform at 7pm.

6th grade student ART SALE begins at 6pm and ends at 7:30pm.  Students will be selling their artwork (to their own family) and working the concession stand selling goodies for the event.  Artwork and goodies  will be reasonably priced.

***We need donations of hot chocolate mix, as well as  baked goods: cookies, brownies, or cupcakes from as many 6th grade art students as possible.  A few parent volunteers are also needed. .  Email or call  Mrs. Philpot for more information or to volunteer, (lphilpot@bisdtx.org), or 512-321-6023. The money made from this event will be used to replenish consumables in the art program.

Art Club continues to meet on Tuesdays, 4-4:45pm and the Art Memory (UIL) teams meets on Thursdays from 4-5pm, both in the Art Room

P.E.-Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  P.E. continues to work on its Sports Unit.

General Notes

December 8,9, and 10 will be shutdown testing days for our campus. Please don’t plan to eat with your student on these days. Our lunch schedules will be very different.

Looking ahead: December 17 will be our 2nd Early Act First Knight ceremony. December 18 will be a short day. We will have our Christmas social for the students that qualify and classroom Christmas parties. Details will be posted in the near future.

Week of  November 16 - November 20

Electives

BAND-  “ WINTER CONCERT” ,Monday,  Dec 7,  at the Performing Arts Center, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Super Excited ! The evening will be filled with student work from Art, (6-7pm), Band, and Choir, (7-8pm). The elective department is thrilled to be working together and hope to share the evening with YOU!

MUSIC- The Concert Choir and Ukulele group will perform at the PAC on Monday, December 7, at 7pm

ART-.  SAVE THE DATE !! Monday, December 7,  6-7pm, at the Performing Art Center. We need donations of hot chocolate mix, as well as  baked goods: cookies, brownies, or cupcakes from as many 6th grade art students as possible.   Students will be selling their artwork (to their own family) and working the concession stand selling goodies for the event.   A few parent volunteers are also needed. .  Email or call  Mrs. Philpot for more information or to volunteer, (lphilpot@bisdtx.org), or 512-321-6023. The money made from this event will be used to replenish consumables in the art program.

Currently art students are working on weaving and working on  the pottery wheel.

P.E.-Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  P.E. continues to work on its Sports Unit.

Social Studies

We are writing a paper about Western Europe as we travel through this continent.  We will have a short quiz on Friday, too. Have  a restful Thanksgiving.  

Week of  November 9 - November 13

Math

This week we will be reviewing proportions for one final day before moving into exponents.  We will start by showing the students how to do prime factorization, and then move into what exponents are and reteach order of operations with exponents.  Our 5th common assessment will be Friday.

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Science

Our next unit test is this Wednesday covering energy transformations and thermal energy.  Remember MRS CENT: mechanical, radiant, sound, chemical, electrical, nuclear, and thermal.  Thermal energy: conduction, convection, and radiation.  Don’t forget about the formula for density!  D= mass/volume.  Homework due on Wednesday.

Social Studies

We are beginning our new unit - Western & Eastern  Europe.  We will cover the geography of this continent first.  We are developing a vocabulary that is being used in each unit such as barriers, land lock countries, latitude and longitude.  

 

Electives

BAND- BIG NEWS “ WINTER CONCERT”  Dec 7,  at the Performing Arts Center,

beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Super Excited ! The evening will be filled with student work from Art, Band, and Choir. The elective department is thrilled to be working together and hope to share the evening with YOU.

MUSIC- The Concert Choir and Ukelele group will perform at the PAC on Monday, December 7, at 7pm

P.E.-Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  P.E. continues to work on its Sports Unit.

ART- Continuing Clay unit from last week.   Slab rolled  pieces are being fired this week.  Hopefully, we will begin’ throwing pots’ on the pottery wheel this week.  These items as well as other student artwork  may be purchased on Monday, December 7,  6-7pm...prices will range from $3-$5 per piece.  The money made from this event will be used to replenish consumables in the art program.

Art Club meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45pm, currently there are 20 members and a waiting list

Recycle More Art Contest- October 26-Nov.20--Students and parents together can create a holiday tree ornament of of recycled paper/cardboard, plastic or metal at home and Mrs. Philpot will  enter into contest! (or download entry form from http://keepbastropcountybeautiful.org

Computer-Students are learning 21st century skills and working on Project Based Learning.

General Notes

Upcoming events: November 17 Schlotsky’s fundraiser from 4-close. We hope that you can stop by.

November 19 EAFK ceremonies.

Week of  November 2 - November 6

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Language Arts

We are beginning our new unit this week: Exploring Literary Non-Fiction and Poetry. This week students will be looking at autobiographies, biographies, memoirs and personal narratives. Students will be able to identify each type and identify why they are different.

Science

Thermal energy week including Conduction, Convection, and Radiation.  Unit Test will be next Wednesday, November 11.

Social Studies

We are concluding our study of South America and the Caribbean .  We will have a unit test on Wednesday.  The students have received a study guide that should help them with the necessary information.  Next week we will travel to Europe.

Electives

BAND- BIG NEWS “ WINTER CONCERT”  Dec 7,  at the Performing Arts Center,

beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Super Excited ! The evening will be filled with student work from Art, Band, and Choir. The elective department is thrilled to be working together and hope to share the evening with YOU.

MUSIC- The Concert Choir performed Wed.,October 21, at BIS---the performance was incredible!  Go Kodiak Concert Choir!

P.E.-Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  P.E. continues to work on its Sports Unit.

ART- This week begins our Clay unit.  Slab rolled and wheel thrown pieces will take 2-3 weeks to complete, (creation, drying, firing, glazing and re-firing).  Look forward to attend the big STUDENT ART SALE as well as Band and Choir Concert on Dec. 7, 6-8pm at the PAC.   You may purchase many of your art students’ pieces at this event!

Recycle More Art Contest- October 26-Nov.20--Students and parents together can create a holiday tree ornament of of recycled paper/cardboard, plastic or metal at home and Mrs. Philpot will  enter into contest! (or download entry form from http://keepbastropcountybeautiful.org

Art Club meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45pm, currently there are 25 members and a waiting list

General Notes

Upcoming fundraiser will be held at Schlotsky’s November 17th from 4-close. We would love to have everyone stop by.

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Week of  October 26 - October 30

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Language Arts

This week in ELA we are finishing up Unit Two dealing with Non Fiction and Drama. We will be reviewing the use of metacognitive skills and vocabulary that goes along with this unit. We will also dive deeper into the author’s use of setting and theme in literature works.

Science

This week we will learn about energy transformations.  Remember MRS. CENT: Mechanical, Radiant, Sound, Chemical, Electrical, Nuclear, and Thermal (heat).

Social Studies

This week we are studying South America.  Some of the words that are in our vocabulary are tropical wet, semiarid, maritime, ecosystem.  We are going to experience the first district writing sample for this school year.  Our students are prepared to take the editing test that will be given this week also.  

Electives

BAND- Parents help fill out  “Charms Form” for our Kodiak Band data base. This database will keep our students instruments  safe and generate a source for communication throughout the school year.

MUSIC- The Concert Choir performed Wed.,October 21, at BIS---the performance was incredible!  Go Kodiak Concert Choir!

P.E.-Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  P.E. continues to work on its Sports Unit.

ART- This week begins our Clay unit.  Slab rolled and wheel thrown pieces will take 2-3 weeks to complete, (creation, drying, firing, glazing and re-firing).  Look forward to attend the big STUDENT ART SALE as well as Band and Choir Concert on Dec. 7, 6-8pm at the PAC.   You may purchase many of your art students’ pieces at this event!

Recycle More Art Contest- October 26-Nov.20--Students and parents together can create a holiday tree ornament of of recycled paper/cardboard, plastic or metal at home and Mrs. Philpot will  enter into contest! (or download entry form from http://keepbastropcountybeautiful.org

Art Club meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45pm, currently there are 25 members and a waiting list.

General Notes

 Tuesday we will be having vision and hearing screening for 5th graders and new 6th graders.

Wednesday will be picture retakes.

Thursday will be the first 9 weeks awards.

Friday will be our first social for students not receiving referrals leading to out of class placements.

All week is Red Ribbon Week:

        Monday--crazy socks

        Tuesday--superhero day

        Wednesday--twin day

        Thursday--boot and crazy hat day

        Friday--sport jersey or costume; all costumes must be in dress code, no blood, no weapons, no         gore, no face paints, or mask. Let’s make it a fun day.

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Week of  October 19- October 23

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Language Arts

This week we will be continuing our in-class book study with the books Pink and Say and Harvesting Hope. When reading these books the students are reviewing and mastering metacognitive skills that we have been looking at since the beginning of the year in preparation for our next unit.

Science

This week is the beginning of the new grading period.  We will be looking at the advantages and disadvantages of different energy resources including renewable and nonrenewable sources such as oil, coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind, hydropower, solar, geothermal, and biomass.

Social Studies

We have completed the continent of North America.  We are going to be exploring Central America and the Caribbean this week.  The students will be writing a friendly letter to another student in this part of the world.  We will mail their letters in hopes of getting a response.  

Don’t forget Literacy Night on Wednesday.  

Electives

BAND- Parents help fill out  “Charms Form” for our Kodiak Band data base. This database will keep our students instruments  safe and generate a source for communication throughout the school year.

MUSIC- The Concert Choir performed Wed.,October 21, at BIS---the performance was incredible!  Go Kodiak Concert Choir!

P.E.-Sports Club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  P.E. continues to work on its Sports Unit.

ART- 3-D, Paper Masks were finished up last week and are proudly displayed in the halls at BIS. Some are so well done that Mrs. Philpot may enter them into the UIL Fine Art Production competition in February!  

Recycle More Art Contest- October 26-Nov.20--Students and parents together can create a holiday tree ornament of of recycled paper/cardboard, plastic or metal at home and Mrs. Philpot will  enter into contest! (or download entry form from http://keepbastropcountybeautiful.org

Art Club meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45pm, currently there are 25 members and a waiting list.

General Notes 

We also have our clubs and academic UIL practices in full swing. Please encourage your child to get involved.

Week of  October 12-October 16

Math

This week we will be learning to add and subtract integers (positive and negative numbers).  We will be using a few different techniques in the classroom to try and help the students understand this difficult concept.  On Thursday and Friday we will be taking our academic target for math so we can see where the students are on our quest to master the STAAR exam.

Language Arts

This week in ELA we will be introducing context clues and how to use them when reading a text and answering questions. Students will be tested on Unit 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students will be able to make corrections to this test and return it by Friday.

Science

This is the last week of the 1st nine weeks, so be sure to get make-up work turned in.  We will continue observing evidence of a chemical change including color change, temperature change, formation of a gas,and formation of a precipitate.  We have our next major UNIT TEST this FRIDAY, October 16.  This test will cover elements, compounds and chemical changes. Pre AP brochure project is due this week!

Social Studies

We are concluding our study of North America this week.  We have a test on Wednesday, October 14.    This will include knowledge of the vocabulary they have been studying as well as concepts about each of the three countries, Canada, United States and Mexico.  

Electives

BAND- Parents help fill out  “Charms Form” for our Kodiak Band data base. This database will keep our students instruments  safe and generate a source for communication throughout the school year.

MUSIC- The Concert Choir will perform at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 21, at BIS.

P.E.-Sports Club will begin meeting this week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45pm.  P.E. continues to work on its Sports Unit.

ART- 6th grade artists have been working on turning paper bags into Twisty Trees that are now on display in the BIS library--some are pretty spooky!  This week we are working on creating 3-D, Paper Masks.  Art Club meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45pm, currently there are 30 members and a waiting list. This week we are creatively decorating rocks...because Art Club Rocks!!

General Notes

Please scroll down to access UIL practice schedule

Big Kahuna fundraiser delivery will be Friday, October 16th. Items can be picked up between the hours of 12 and 5pm.

55 students qualified for the Big Kahuna party bus lunch. These students need to return their permission slips by Thursday, October 15th.

Week of  October 5 - October 9

Math

This week we will be working on operations with decimals.  We will concentrate on working with the students on word problems dealing with primarily adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.  We will be having our 3rd unit exam (common assessment) on Friday.

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Science

This week we will continue exploring the elements of the Periodic Table and understand that compounds are pure substances made of different combinations of elements.  We will use models to represent that different elements attach together to form compounds.  The next Unit Exam will be on Friday, October 16 covering elements, compounds, and chemical changes.  Mr. Stark will be available for tutorials on Monday and Wednesday in the morning and Tuesday and Thursday in the evening.

Social Studies

We are studying Canada and Mexico  this next week.  This unit will continue until the 16th of October.  Some words of importance for your child to know are:  unlimited and limited government, monotheism, republic, dictatorship, primary and secondary source, 

 

Electives

ART- students have been learning about the French artist, Matisse and his famous paper cuts.  Studemts learned about positive and negative shapes on various color combinations. This work is displayed outside of the cafeteria area.   Also, students have been learning about the element of Form, (3-D), by creating twisty trees out of paper bags!  This work will be displayed in the library and in the offices of our administration in the front office. Typically, student work is displayed for 2-3 weeks and then returned to the student to take  home.  Thank you for loaning us your incredible art so that it can be enjoyed by our wonderful  BIS learning community.

This week week we will be constructing paper masks.

COMPUTER- students continue to work on learning about cyber safety.

MUSIC- Ukelele classes and Concert choir are forming and students are practicing for upcoming concerts and events.

General Notes

We will hold student council election Oct. 8 for 6th grade and Oct. 9 for 5th grade.

Our new clubs are getting ready to kick off. We will have the following clubs:

Pokeman--Tuesday 4:00-4:45

Minecraft--Monday 4:00-5:00

Art--Tuesday 4:00-4:45

Running--Wednesday 4:00-5:00

Fellowship of Christian Athletes--Friday 7:30-8:00

Chess/Checkers--Thursday 4:00-4:30

Newspaper--Wednesday and Thursday 8:00-8:30

Book club--Friday 4:00-4:30

Yearbook--TBD

Sports--Monday and Wednesday 4:00-4:45

UIL tryouts are just around the corner also. More information to come.

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Week of  September 28-October 2

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This week in ELA we will working on the different elements of drama. Students will be able to identify each part of a drama such as scene, act, stage directions and props. The Pre-AP classes will continue to work on their independent book project during independent work in class and for homework.

Tutorials:

Brayton- Tuesday and Thursday from 7:40am to 8:25am and 3:50pm to 4:30pm

Heintz- Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:40am to 8:30 and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

        Tuesday and Thursday: 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Science

This week we will begin learning about atoms, elements and compounds.  Students will understand that an element is a pure substance represented on the Periodic Table of Elements by a chemical symbol.  We will look at the elements that make up the world including hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, silicon, calcium, sodium, carbon, and sulfur.

Social Studies

No school on Monday.  We will continue our focus on North America.  We have twelve vocabulary words that will be on a test Wednesday, September 30, 2015.  The test will consist of matching and writing appropriate sentences that illustrate the knowledge of the word.  

We have started a unit in writing that focuses on historical fiction.  

 

Electives

Band - Weekly playing exams taking place, hope students are sharing their musical learning with all family members. Idea, send a “recording of “ to a loved one.

Music:  Ukulele class meets every Monday, 4-5pm.  Concert Choir meets every Tuesday. 4-5:30pm

Concert Choir students need to turn in their concert choir contacts and shirt order forms with $10 for the shirts which will be worn as their uniforms at performances.

Students must provide their own transportation home at the end of practice.

Art Club is starting Tuesday, October 6, 4:00-4:45 .  Students can sign up on sheets outside Mrs. Philpot’s art room until next Monday,October 5..  Art Club participants will be notified and their may be a waiting list for those that don’t get in the first time around.

6th grade students in my classes may be given 2nd consideration to someone who does not have Art for an elective.--of course their will be exceptions.

Students must have transportation provided for this after school activity.

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Week of  September 21 - September 25

Math
This week we will start operations with fractions.  Monday and Tuesday we will be learning to add fractions and mixed numbers.  Wednesday and Thursday we will learn to subtract fractions and mixed numbers.  Friday we will have another Spiraled Quiz.  

Language Arts

As we near the one month mark of school we are continuing to focus on strategies of good readers: questioning, making connections, inferencing and this week we will add visualizing. These strategies will make our students the best readers and are preparing them for the STAAR Test every day. We will also introduce the idea of imagery as well as the parts of a plot mountain.

Tutorials:

Brayton: Tuesday and Thursday: 7:40am to 8:30 am and 3:50 pm  to 4:30 pm

Heintz: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:40am to 8:30 and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

        Tuesday and Thursday: 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Science

This week we start on minerals and continue to review the physical properties of metals, nonmetals and metalloids.  Don’t forget about the formula for density!  Density= Mass/Volume.  All of these concepts will be covered on our FIRST MAJOR UNIT TEST this Friday, September 25!  Vocabulary for this week:  Mass, Volume, Density, Conductivity, Malleability, Ductile, Brittle, Luster, Streak, Moh’s Scale of Hardness.  Have a great week!

Social Studies

Our fifth week of school is going to focus on the economics and government structure of the United States.  We want to know where people live and why.  Some new vocabulary for this unit will be free enterprise, temperate climate, and population density.  

We will conclude the week with writing a fictional story with  in the United States.  

 

Electives

Band  -  Reminder to set aside an average of 60 min of practice per week.

 All students must use their “Premier Performance Book 1” for homework assignments.

Art Students have been learning new techniques in drawing.  Ask your child to demonstrate or teach you  one of them! This week, we are creating a still life with sunflowers and then painting it.

General Notes

Beyond the Bell is an after school program that helps students with classwork. Register now at www.bisdtx.feepay.com.  Enrollment is limited so apply now!

 We are in the process of developing clubs for our campus. More info will come later.

Parents and guardians are always welcome on campus. Thank you for your support.

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Week of  September 14 - September 18

Math

This week we will be learning about the different classifications of numbers.  Students will be able to identify whole numbers, integers, and rational numbers and what the similarities and differences are.  We will also teach students how to convert between Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions and what the differences are between the two.  We will have a common assessment (unit test) at the end of the week on Friday.

Language Arts

This week we will continue to review our metacognitive skills that we have learned since the start of school. The students will also begin to have rich discussions concerning their book club book. The students will be taught how to have an academic conversation with their peers while being respectful and on task. Homework continues to be their reading log that requires a summary and a parent signature, this assignment is graded.

Science

This week we will complete the density cube lab and begin learning about the Periodic Table of Elements focusing on metals, non-metals and metalloids.  The next unit exam is scheduled for Friday, September 25.  

Social Studies

We have completed our introduction to Geography and Map Skills.  Our new topic is Freedom Week.  This is a brief unit focusing on America.  We will talk about the flag, our national anthem, our nation’s capitol and the Bill of Rights.    Some vocabulary words your child will have this week are:  limited and unlimited government, civic responsibility, Washington state, and Washington, D.C.

 

Electives

Band -  Our musical alphabet will unwrap look and listen for the magical musical sounds.

Art- Students are learning about Renaissance artist Arcimboldo and finishing  a collage portrait in his style. This work will be displayed in the cafeteria when completed.

Computer- Students are learning social media etiquette and safety on the internet.

Music- Dr. T is offering free Ukulele lessons beginning on Monday, Sept. 14, 4-5pm, you must purchase a Ukulele to participate.  Concert Choir begins on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4-5:30pm

General Notes

Big Kahuna fundraiser ends this weekend. All order forms and money will be due Monday September 14th.

We will begin holding Saturday school. Teachers will be in contact if your student is missing work that puts them in danger of failing.

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Week of  September 7 - September 11

Math

This week we will be continuing our work with fractions, decimals, and percents.  We will be using a 64 grid (8x8) to visually demonstrate equal forms.  We will also be using a foldable tool that will have each conversion as well as an example of how to work it for the student to keep and use with their assignments.  

Language Arts

This week we will be continuing to work with our metacognitive skills. The skills we will be working are making connections while reading, questioning our thinking while reading,making inferences while we read and reviewing the components of summary. The students will start their in-class book club work. For homework students are expected to read 20 minutes in a book of their choosing, write a brief summary and have the parents sign their reading log. The reading logs will be graded.

Science

Monday is LABOR DAY! No School.

Tuesday through Friday we will be continuing with density, including using density to find the identity of an unknown substance. Homework will be assigned on Tuesday; density quiz on Friday.

Social Studies

We are continuing our exploration of the five themes of geography and map skills. We will be having a test on Friday of this week. This will be their major grade of the 1st nine weeks.

 

Electives

Band -  Instruments GO HOME for “Show and Tell”.

Big Thank You to all parents for supporting the Kodiak Beginning BEAR Band.

Art- Students are learning about Renaissance artist Arcimboldo and beginning a collage portrait in his style.

Computer- Students are learning social media etiquette and safety on the internet.

Music- Dr. T is offering free Ukulele lessons beginning on Monday, Sept. 14, 4-5pm, you must purchase a Ukulele to participate.  Concert Choir begins on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4-5:30pm

General Notes

Student attendance for the week was 97.3%. Great job. Our goal for the year is to stay above 97%.

Picture day will be September 10th.

The Big Kahuna fundraiser is in full swing. Please help support BIS. The fundraiser will end September 14th, please help us to have all payments turned in by the end date.

Yellow folders will be sent out each Thursday to inform parents and guardians about student progress.

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Week of  August 31 - September 4

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Science

Welcome back Kodiak Scientists!  Homework will be assigned on Monday. Our first test of the year will be on Tuesday, Sept. 1 covering lab safety and equipment.  After the safety test, we will review properties of matter and begin calculating density.  Vocabulary will include the following: mass, volume, density, and displacement.

Social Studies

For the next ten days, we will be introducing geography and map skills to the students.  The new vocabulary words for Unit 1 are: location, human-environment interaction, movement, place, region, and scale.

Electives

6th grade students will have the same elective, (ART, MUSIC,COMPUTER OR BAND), all year either before or after PE.  

Band students are super excited to learn their first band note!  Let’s Go 2015-16 Kodiak Bear Band!

Music- Dr. T will offer Ukulele classes on Monday, Sept 14, 4-5pm for any 5th/6th  grade student and Faculty/Staff in the music room.  You must purchase a wooden ukulele to participate.

Concert Choir will begin meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4-5:30pm in the music room.

ART is accepting donations of markers, colored pencils, rulers, scissors and glue sticks.  Call or email Mrs. Philpot  if you have large quantities of anything to donate. ((512) 321-6023, lphilpot@bisdtx.org).

Computer Literacy is learning about internet safety, digital citizenship and an acronym to consider before posting anything on social media-- T.H.I.N.K. , (T-is it True? H-is it helpful? I-is it inspiring? N- is it necessary?  K-is it kind?).

General Notes

Attendance for the week was 98.7%. Thank you for getting your students to school.

The PTA fundraiser is in full swing. Please support our PTA with a purchase.

We are looking for mentors and volunteers to help support the needs of our campus.

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