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Grade 6 - Mrs. Emond

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I have been teaching at St. Christopher School for over 10 years. I started teaching as a 5th grade homeroom teacher, where I taught science to 5th and 6th grade. Then I became a 6th grade homeroom teacher, where I currently teach math to the 5th and 6th grade.

I grew up in various cities throughout the US and Germany, until my father was stationed in Massachusetts, settling in Nashua, NH. This was a fortunate turn of events, because it brought me to St. Christopher’s, first as a member of the parish and second as a teacher. I graduated from Keene State College, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.

6E News

It is hard to believe that vacation is already here.  February was gone in a blink of an eye.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and we will have our weekly Stations of the Cross over in the Church on Fridays.  We will be discussing Lent and Easter in Religion Classes.

This month we will be studying Lessons 23, 24, 25, and 26 in Spelling.  Spelling words can be found in the class text and at www.spellingcity.com.

In Literature we are completing a Computer/Literature project.  Poetry books were read as the February book report book.  Students will write poems in class with me, and then Mrs. Tassoni will assist them in setting their poems to music and pictures in the computer lab.  The genre for March’s book report is Classic literature.

The annual Math League Contest will be held on February 22nd.  Students in fifth and sixth grade take part in the contest every year.  Results will be posted shortly.  The sixth grade has finished their fraction unit and completed our former student teacher, Miss Cooper’s, Recipe Project.  They had to find a recipe, double it with addition, subtract it by ½, and double it using multiplication.  It is a great way to prove how well they know their fractions.  They are starting their graph unit and then will move on to geometry.  Fifth grade will be completing their geometry unit and beginning a unit on measurement.

 

January News

As we welcome the New Year, we realize that the class of 2012 has finally reached their year.  It won’t be long before they are promoted.  Keep the tissues handy!

massJanuary is filled with many activities that will keep us busy all month long.  We have our Open House mass on Sunday, January 8th to help us start our month off on the right foot.  We will close the month with our Catholic School’s Week (CSW) mass on January 30th.  6E will prepare the CSW mass with our buddy class, 1M.  6E has the important role of guiding 1M through the presentation of the mass.  This will be their very first mass.  We are also collecting items for Corpus Christi as a service project for CSW.

Weekly Spelling Lessons this month include 15, 16, 17 and 18.    They are all on www.spellingcity.com except for 18, which consists of lessons 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17.  Along with our weekly spelling lessons, students will participate in mini-spelling bees to earn a spot in the school spelling bee, which will be held on the Monday, January 30th.

In Religion we look forward to another visit from Sr. Marilyn, our adopted sister, on the 4th.  During her last visit, she shared pictures of her trip to World Youth Day which took place over the summer in Spain.  We have also started the annual Catholic Daughter’s Contest.  Every year students from grades 4 through 6th participate in a contest and create works of art, poems or essays.  The students in 6E are creating illustrations.  We usually have several local winners from St. Chris.  All work for the contest must be done in school.  We continue to study the Israelites and their early leaders.

In Math Miss Cooper, our student teacher, is wrapping up her last few days with us.  The fifth grade is doing a unit onmath various graphs, statistics, and data.  Then they will start their decimal unit.  They will begin the unit with decimal sense and place value and finish it with adding and subtracting decimals.

The sixth grade is finishing their first of three fraction units.  They have been working on fraction sense, greatest common factors, least common multiples, simplifying, and divisibility rules.  They will be comparing, ordering, and relating fractions to decimals.  Their second fraction unit involves adding and subtracting fractions and mixed fractions.

Our January book report genre is Historical Fiction.  We will have a “story quilt” book report at the end of the month.  The book is read at home, but the report is completed in school.  We continue reading our weekly stories from our literature series.  Lob’s Girl, Amitabh, The Ch’i-lin Purse, and Thunder Butter are our selections this month.  We read the stories in class, have class discussions throughout the week, and take a test every Friday.  I highly encourage the students to reread the selection Thursday night just to keep it fresh in their minds.

Skiing starts this month for those who signed up.  Here’s hoping for a mountain covered with snow!

Happy New Year!  Let’s hope 2012 is as great as 2011!

 

Sr. Marilyn Visits

Sr_MarilynSr. Marilyn, our adopted Religious, came by for a visit today! She brought with her slides of her trip over the summer to World Youth Day in Spain. What an amazing trip it was...and we are so happy that she shared it with us!

 
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