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As we head into the final stretch of sixth grade, students will engage in many special end-of-the-year activities while continuing their academic work after camp. There is much to do!

The teachers and students are busily planning the promotion ceremony itself, and the students have selected the decorating theme for this year. The theme is the Wizard of Oz. The slogan is “Success accompanies our journey along the Yellow Brick Road of life.” The decorating colors are purple and gold.

Here are some important upcoming dates:

Monday, May 8 – Friday, May 26, has been designated as the sixth grade testing window for SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing. The testing will begin first thing in the morning and continue till lunchtime each of those days.  It is possible that testing may extend to the following week.

Friday, May 12, is a minimum day for staff appreciation. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m.

Tuesday, May 16, is Eastside Relays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The students will ride a bus to Casa Grande, but students must either be picked up at Casa or given written permission to walk home from there.

Wednesday, May 24, is Old Adobe’s Open House and pasta dinner. The pasta dinner will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and classrooms will be open from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 26, is a minimum day for volunteer appreciation. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m.

Monday, May 29, is a holiday in celebration of Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30, is the district-wide pool party from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Petaluma Swim Center.  Each student should bring a lunch.  A morning snack and bus transportation will be provided.

Wednesday, May 31, is promotion. The ceremony will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. with a short reception following the ceremony. Students should dress up a bit for this event.

Thursday, June 1, is a regular school day, and sixth graders are expected to be in class.

Friday, June 2, is field day. It is also the last day of school for the year, and the student dismissal time is 11:50 a.m. Each sixth grade class will need three parent volunteers to help with Field Day.

This Week’s News

For camp, all luggage must be delivered to La Tercera school between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday of next week.  On Saturday, students should meet before 2:00 p.m. at La Tercera, wearing their camp t-shirts and their tree cookies.  Once students have arrived at La Tercera, they may view the posted information stating which students are assigned to which buses.  Cabin groupings will not be announced till the students arrive at camp.  Students will leave for camp sometime shortly after 2:00 p.m.  They will return to the Petaluma Community Center at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5.  Have fun, campers!

Below is all of the information in list format:

Thursday, 4/27, Luggage Loading—La Tercera  3:00 – 6:00 pm

Friday, 4/28, Counselor Bus Loading—La Tercera 3:30-4:00 pm

Saturday 4/29, Student Bus Loading—La Tercera  2:00 pm

4/29—5/5, Camp Navarro Program Dates

Friday 5/5,  Student Bus Return—Petaluma Community Center 2:00 pm

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At last we have finished both our informational essays and our sixth grade math books!  Wow on both counts.  In writing we are now turning our attention to a little poetry writing before we embark upon our Argument essays.  Students are working on some personal poems that help them reflect on their identity as well as some of their hopes, fears, and dreams.  It is a refreshing change from the challenges of MLA format and thesis statements.

For math, we will be doing all manner of review and it is now important for each student to be honest with his or herself and really “brush up” on the skills that still seem challenging for them. Student responsibility in this area is critical as the expectation is that they will be able to work with algebraic expressions and equations, distance, rate and time, graphing coordinates, areas of triangles, rectangles, parallelograms and trapezoids, volume and surface area, percents, decimals and fractions.  Seventh grade is part 2 of this year’s math.

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