Team 6 Red 1/8/18 – 1/12/18

Upcoming Events

1/15: NO SCHOOL!

1/24: Tentative Incentive Party to K-State Women’s basketball game. More info to come.

2/15: Spring Open House at Fort Riley Middle School 3:20-6:00

Agendas for next week:

Ms. Waugh and Mr. Voth Math

Students will be learning about the coordinate plane and points on the coordinate plane. Quiz will be Thursday.

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Mr. James Science

Students will begin their Geology Unit by explaining how weathering and erosion affect Earth’s surface.

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Mr. Little Social Studies

Students will begin to dive into the Mesoamerica unit with the Mayans and the Aztecs.


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Mrs. Meeks & Mrs. James Language Arts

Mrs. Meeks

Students will work on elaboration for the third write prompt for the Unit 2 essay. Unit 2 essay will be due Thursday, January 11. After completion of the third prompt students will have the opportunity to revise and add to their unit 2 essay. Completed Unit 2 essay will be due the following the week.

Essential Question: How can we deal with forces beyond our control?

Please be sure your students have sticky notes!!

Students need 6 sticky-notes per chapter to help with the essay at the end of book.

They will be using the signposts to help understand the text. We learned the signposts at the beginning of the year.


Aha Moment: Sudden realization

Again and Again: Repeated words or phrases

Contrast and Contradiction: Acting out of character (not as expected)

Words of the Wiser: Getting advice from someone older and wiser.

Memory Moment: Bringing up a memory from the past.

Tough Questions: Asking questions that do not have an easy answer.

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Ms. James Language Arts:

MONDAY: Work on Hatchet and The Great Fire essay

TUESDAY: Continue Hatchet and The Great Fire essay

WEDNESDAY: Continue Hatchet and The Great Fire essay

THURSDAY: Peer edit essay

FRIDAY: Final copy of essay due at end of class.

Daily: Journal, Calendar, Spell/Vocab

Homework: Assignments not completed during class will be homework and must be completed by the start of the next class unless otherwise stated.


Students are expected to come to class prepared by bringing sharpened pencils, assigned reading, journals, binders, and charged computer.

Students are responsible for taking any quiz/test or turn in assignments when they are absent. They are to talk to their teachers and set up a date and time.

Students may come in on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays before school to get help. The library is also available in the mornings for students wanting to work before school.

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School-Wide Information

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education

Don’t forget to send in your box tops! Mr. James has sheets for the students to tape 10 box tops on and turn in. If you send your box tops in, we will get them on the sheets for you!

Fort Riley Middle School Student Handbook

Click on the link above for information regarding student responsibilities and rules for Fort Riley Middle School.

Previous Parent Newsletters

If you missed last weeks Parent Newsletter, the link is below.

Additional Information

What your student will learn this year in 6th Grade:


In Grade 6, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking. Students will be using EngageNY, which should be familiar to returning USD 475 students.


Students will be utilizing Pearson online materials for their “textbook” as well as using the Schoology learning management system in their class. The curriculum begins with biology, focusing on studying the diversity of life. Unit two focuses on water and the atmosphere. Unit three includes study of the Earth’s surface, followed by a study of Chemistry. All grade levels end the year with a focus on Health and Human Sexuality. Throughout the year we will develop needed skills that are building blocks to the study of science.

Language Arts: Students will be focusing on a number of texts – determining meaning and finding evidence to support claims. Most of the year will be spent on the novels Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, and Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. Students will demonstrate their skills and understanding in argumentative essays at the end of each unit.

Social Studies: Social Studies will focus on Ancient World History. Students will study ancient civilizations from around the world beginning with the first hunter-gatherers and ending with life during the Middle Ages (Egypt, China, Rome, Greece, etc.). Students will demonstrate their skills and understanding through writing, projects, and collaborative discussions.

Additional Courses

Trooper Time: Trooper Time is a 30 minute class all students will have on Friday mornings. It is basically a student’s “homeroom”. Classes are typically smaller, between 12-15 students, which allows teachers to connect with students on a more personal level. In Trooper Time, students will participate in our anti-bullying program. This is also where they will plan for conferences. When you come for Student-Led Conferences in October and March, it is your student’s Trooper Time teacher who will meet with you first. If you have any questions about anything going on a school, or are not sure which teacher to contact, your student’s Trooper Time teacher is a great person with whom to communicate.Academic Strategies: Academic Strategies is a regular 54 minute class students will have everyday. On Fridays, students will have time to check their grades online and email you, their parents, with an update on grades and any missing work. On Fridays, students will also learn skills such as organization and spend time learning about and practicing our Trooper PRIDE values.

Beginning a few weeks into the school year, students will be placed into a Monday – Thursday Academic Strategies class based on their academic needs. Students will receive extra practice in math, reading or writing, or be challenged through extension classes. These placements are based on testing done at the beginning of the year, as well as studnet performance from the previous year. You will receive more information about these placements during October conferences.

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