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Welcome to Sixth Grade!!!

I am now on my 3rd year of teaching in Tomball, and can't wait to meet all my new students. I was born in Houston, TX and have lived here most of my life. I graduated from the University of Houston and have my Masters from the American Graduate School of International Management. I have taught in Klein and CyFair ISD and joined the Northpointe team in 2014. I am so happy working in Tomball ISD!!

I have 2 children (Matthew-15 and Maddie - 11) who both attend Tomball schools. I love to read, ski, camp and support my children in all of their extra-curricular activities.

Here at Northpointe we believe that you should always give "Nothing Less Than Your Highest and Best!"
Go Wildcats!!!
 

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Last Nine Weeks of Sixth Grade

I hope you all enjoyed your Spring Break!!  We are now in the last quarter of the school year and it is very important for all students to stay focused on what needs to be done to finish off the school year on a strong note.
 
Today, we are starting The Outsiders to apply those skills we learned at the beginning of the year when we studied fiction text.  This is a book that the kids ALWAYS enjoy reading and it will be important for them to pay attention in class when we read aloud.  We will be taking assessments on the book; therefore, if they miss any chapters due to absences, it will be their responsibility to get caught up.  I have a couple of extra books in class; however, each student will not have their own book to take home because other classes are also reading this book so we do not have enough copies for everyone to check out.
 
Also, every student will need to complete a weekly reading log starting today.  They can complete it on paper that they put at the back of the brads in their ELA folder; OR, I have a Google Form in Google Classroom again for them to complete.  Once they have 15 AR points (minimum to qualify for AR recess) AND they have a 100 on their reading log grade, they will no longer need to complete a reading log.
 
I have enjoyed having your children in my class this year and thank you for all your support from home to help them be successful!!

Reading Logs

I informed my students yesterday that I will not be grading reading logs each week anymore because it is my expectation that they are reading every night; however, I will be monitoring their AR points and will re-instate reading logs if they are not taking AR tests by the first progress report (end of January).  Last semester, they did a great job at getting AR recess and my homeroom class even earned donuts because the entire class had at least 10 AR points.
For the 3rd and 4th nine weeks, they will need 15 AR points to qualify for AR recess; therefore it is important that they continue to read every night in order to get those AR points.  I do confer with students each week and will be checking in with them on the books they are reading.  Please continue to encourage your children to read at home every night in order to build up their stamina.

Non-Fiction Book Project

This week I explained the non-fiction book project that your children will be working on this 9 weeks that will count as a major grade.  I have setup a "Non Fiction Book Project" Page on this site that details all of the requirements for this project.  The purpose of this project is to develop their knowledge on any current event issue that will lead into our major research paper that we will work on later this semester. The rubric details exactly how to get a 100 on the assignment and I have covered that in detail with my students.  
For this project, I have asked students to choose a current event issue that interests them, then they are to choose a book that will build up some background knowledge on that issue.  For example, several students are interested in the alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. elections.  While they will not find a book specifically on that issue, they can find a book on cyber-hacking, Vladimir Putin, or any other topic that will help to build background knowledge on the issue. Students are not limited to books in the library; but, they may borrow a book from me, the Harris County library, purchase from Amazon, etc...  Our only condition on books not borrowed from the school library is that it must be in class EVERY DAY.
Please feel free to contact me with any specific questions or concerns on your student's project.

Poetry Project

Today I will be giving your children the major writing assignment for this 9 weeks.  It is a poetry project that will be due November 17th (next Thursday).  The details of this assignment is listed under Poetry Project tab on this page.  I will also be posting this assignment in Google Classroom for them to submit the assignment online before that date.  This project will be completed at home - if we have class time to work on it, I will give them time; however, the majority of the assignment will need to be completed at home.

Weekly homework

Please make sure that your students are completing 4 reading log entries each week.  They may read over the weekend and get their logs started early, but they must have 4 entries each Friday.  I have asked them to do a variety of responses (not to do the same type of response each week).

Schedule for this week - 9/12

Last week was the first week that students needed to complete their reading logs. Many students did not even though it is listed on my board and on my Google Calendar.  Please make sure that your child reads 30 minutes at least 4 days a week and logs their reading.  Reading logs are due each Friday.
 
We will have our Knowsys Group 2 test this Friday after we go to the library.