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Ms. Chow - Language Arts, Gifted Enrichment - 6th Grade
6th Grade GE LA   (03/21/2019)
Hello!  As you may already know, I returned from maternity leave last Wednesday, March 6th, and had the opportunity for a "transition day" with Mr. Buzard, who caught me up on the units and projects your children have worked on in my absence.  Moving forward, we have started a nonfiction unit: so far, students have learned how to identify different nonfiction text structures.  They have also become more aware of different text features and how those features help organize, emphasize, and enhance information.  This week in writing, students presented "book talks" to the class, teaching their peers about a novel of their choice by providing a brief summary of the book and analyzing characters, conflicts, quotes, and themes.  As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you for your kindness, patience, and ongoing support of student learning! 
P.S.  Baby Desmond turned four months old last Friday!
6th Grade GE LA March 4, 2019, Mr. Buzard   (03/03/2019)
I was pleased to be able to conference last week with parents and share the successes of the past trimester.  Mrs. Chow will be returning on Wednesday, March 6, and I know her students are looking forward to seeing her!  Last week we read a pair of short writing pieces, Saki’s story “The Interlopers” and George Orwell’s personal account “Shooting an Elephant.”   Each provided engaging examples of conflict, cause and effect, and evolving plot lines. We also have connected with the Civil War unit in social studies by comparing and contrasting songs of the Union and Confederacy, translating Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address into “modern language”, and considering the message of his Second Inaugural Address, delivered just a month before his death as the war was ending.  A final writing activity this week is asking students to assume a soldier's role and then write and answer letters across the lines to a childhood friend in the opposing army.  Our last class periods together we will enjoy and critique one of the greatest movies ever made, Buster Keaton’s 1927 classic silent film, “The General.”  Both dramatic and comedic, it is based on an actual event in the Civil War.  With “talkies” on the horizon, this movie that Keaton wrote, directed, and starred in was considered the apex of silent film making, containing some of the most expensive and elaborate scenes ever filmed up to that time.  Watching it together will provide an enjoyable end to the second trimester.  The students know how much Mrs. Buzard and I have enjoyed working with them and how proud we are of their progress in reading and writing.  It has been a privilege to be their teacher for the past twelve weeks and I know they have ‘great things” ahead of them.
Sixth Grade GE LA February 15, 2019, Mr. Buzard   (02/20/2019)
Our study of The Miracle Worker  focused most recently on Helen’s life after “The Miracle” and is concluding next week with a trio of summative  tests.  Students will write an in-class essay on a dynamic character of their choice, with access to the play and their notes.  An objective summative test on the entire unit will take place at the end of the week and another objective summative test on the vocabulary used in the play will follow early in the week of February 25.  The essay test will be a “writing grade” and the other two will be part of “reading.”  Next we are going to dovetail with social studies by examining the songs and poems of the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War.  Students will analyze similarities and differences of popular camps songs from both sides.  We also hope to spend some time with the speeches of Abraham Lincoln, attempting to "translate" them into modern words.  We will then move next to a pair of short stories with a focus on the four types of conflict found in literature.  Saki’s “The Interlopers” is a fictional work and George Orwell’s “Shooting An Elephant” is a nonfiction piece from his own experience.  Mrs. Buzard has begun a long-term position in seventh grade language arts at Springman and we miss having her in class.  Mrs. Chow will be returning to teach during the first week of March.  I will be available for parent conferences on March 1 and also responsible for the Trimester Two report card grades.  Spending time with the students continues to be a pleasure and privilege for me, and a few weeks from now I will certainly miss all of them.
Sixth Grade GE LA February 1, 2019   (02/01/2019)
Reading: We are continuing our reading and analysis of William Gibson’s play The Miracle Worker. This past week ended midway through Act Two.  Next week we will continue with Acts Two and Three and along with the theme of the story will focus on literary devices including dynamic and static characters, symbolism, dialect, and the roles of protagonist and antagonist. In addition to the reading and analyzing, students will continue studying about sixty vocabulary words from the text that have been identified as words or derivatives of words that frequently appear on the SAT tests.
Writing: The school cancellations pushed back the start of our applied grammar activities, as we were focused on a strong start to The Miracle Worker in our two days of classes the last week of January.  In November we applied the usage of active verbs and participles in describing “The Storm.”  In December Where The Red Fern Grows was rich in description – adjectives, adverbs, and vivid verbs – and we slowed down our reading to appreciate how the author continually created “pictures” in our minds.  Now we are examining how prepositions and prepositional phrases are used to create relationships in a sentence, describing but without incorporating verbs or subjects in their phrases. By reading and creating “prepositional poems” we will see the power of what Mrs. Buzard terms “the humble little fellows that help phrases within a sentence hook up properly without drawing much attention to their selves.”  Each prepositional poem consists of a series of prepositional phrases, leading up to a single independent clause that completes the poem.  At first, using photos for inspiration, students will compose their poems using a common starting point, and then eventually branch out creatively where their own imagination leads them.  The second preposition activity will be a “bedroom description” piece of writing.  Students will identify the “theme” for their bedroom and then create a “video view” of the room using prepositions to move the reader’s eye throughout the scene, maintaining the theme and depicting the physical relationship of the contents of the room.
Sixth Grade GE LA January 18, 2019   (01/17/2019)

From Mrs. Buzard: As students complete their Mythology Newspaper articles, I am saddened to think that our mythology unit has come to an end. Your children are just absolutely fabulous, and their enthusiasm and energy has made our mythology study full of entertainment and joy.  As we do move on, however, I am equally excited about our next unit of study that will focus on nonfiction literature. We will read and analyze William Gibson’s play The Miracle Worker. In addition to reading the play, students will read two chapters from Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy by Joseph Lash. Both chapters give an intimate look into the lives of two such remarkable and lovable women whose lives become so entwined that Helen said upon Annie Sullivan’s death that half of her soul went with her. In the first reading students will learn about Annie’s early journey in and out of the Tewksbury almshouse which profoundly influenced her for the rest of her life. In addition to reading and analyzing, students will also be studying about sixty vocabulary words from the text that have been identified as words or derivatives of words that frequently appear on the SAT tests. It is a great delight getting to teach your children!

From Mr. Buzard: This past week we completed our study of the classic novel Where The Red Fern Grows with a final test featuring open ended questions whose answers demanded supports. We also spent a couple of days with the short story The Lady or the Tiger.  As a writing activity, students were asked to provide their own ending to the question the author, Frank Stockton, left open when he wrote the story in 1882. “Which door did he open?”  Students did a great job of continuing in the author’s voice and each brought the tale to a close in their own unique fashion. We shared the endings in a “pass and react” activity and each of our authors collected written comments from the entire class.  Next week we plan to slide into a quick study of the application of prepositions. Students will be writing “preposition poems” and also complete an assignment describing their bedroom through the correct use of many prepositions. The continuing teamwork and effort by the students in class is a pleasure to observe every day.

Mr. Glassner - Middle School Math Teacher
Math Updates   (09/07/2017)
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Ms. Dina Grammas - English Language Arts 6th Grade
Welcome Voracious Readers of the Omni Team!   (08/22/2018)
I am excited that you are in my reading class, and I look forward to getting to know each of you. Every student has the opportunity to succeed and have fun in this class. Please put in your best effort on a daily basis and do the necessary work to MAKE IT HAPPEN! YOU are responsible for YOUR success in this class.
Mrs. Moon - Math Teacher
Welcome to Omni Math   (09/18/2018)
We have had a great start to the year! I am so excited to get to know you all and look forward to many exciting assignments and projects as we explore the world of mathematics. 
Mrs. Musslewhite - Science
Science   (09/28/2018)

Students concluded their review of describing and measuring matter by completing the Rainbow Lab; a lab that reinforces students skills in measuring liquid volume with a graduated cylinder. Ask your child to describe the lab to you. Next week, students will start exploring atoms and elements.

Mr. Rich - 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher on the Omni Team
Chapter 15 Richcast   (09/29/2018)
Hey's the link and file for the chapter 15 TCI Manifest Destiny and the Growing Nation Richcast!

You can stream it by following this link
or you can download the file and listen on any device!
Supply List   (08/27/2018)
Box of Kleenex (120 PIECES) 3
Earbuds or headphones TO BE KEPT AT SCHOOL 2
Stylus for iPads TO BE KEPT AT SCHOOL 1
Pencil case (ANY TYPE) - with three grommets 2
Pack of EXPO dry erase markers (ANY COLOR) - 1
Set of 12 colored pencils (CRAYOLA brand) 1
Set of 8 Markers (CRAYOLA BRAND-thick) 1
Set of 12 crayons (ANY COLOR, CRAYOLA) 1
3x3 Post-its Individual pads (ANY COLOR) 5
Pack of Flags (ANY COLOR) 1
#2 Pencils with eraser (Ticonderoga) 60
Pair of scissors (STANDARD SIZE) 1
Glue stick (LARGE) - Elmers 3
Roll of tape (DISPENSERED ROLL) 6
3 x 5 notecards (LINED on one side/Blank on the other) 4
Case-it Large Capacity 3-Inch Zipper Binder 1
Pack of 12 blue or black pens 1
Pack of 12 assorted colored pens 1
Pack of 4 assorted color highlighters 1
Clorox Wipes (ANY SIZE) 1
100 ct. lined loose leaf paper-wide ruled 1
Two pocket folder (NO PRONGS) - plastic 1
White Pearl Eraser (Or Comparable) 1
Chapter 15 Richcast is here!   (01/19/2018)
Here is the Chapter 15 Richcast.  Good luck on the test!

Blocks 1-4 will have the test on Tuesday, January 23
Block 5 will have the test on Wednesday, January 24
Link to post/send your Selfie   (08/25/2017)
Here is the link to the shared folder to put your selfies.  Please make sure you rename the pic with your name.  Put your whole name, last name first, then first name without a comma!  
Link to post/send your Selfie   (08/25/2017)
Here is the link to the shared folder to put your selfies.  Please make sure you rename the pic with your name.  Put your whole name, last name first, then first name without a comma!  
Mr. Wilson - Student Services Teacher
iReady   (09/20/2018)
We have started using iReady in Math class this year. Students have taken their Diagnostic test to see where they are at and talked about their goals for growth this year. Students have started their Online Lessons, which gives them individualized instruction at their level. We also have been learning about Number Sense, foundational skills that they can build on to improve their overall Math skills.
Digits   (09/05/2017)
We are currently learning about using the Digits program. We will be starting Topic 1 on Expressions and Equations soon.