6th Grade Life

Vikan Middle School

Archive for February, 2015


The End of Mixtures and Solutions

Pancake mixing!

Pancake mixing!

We have officially ended our Mixtures and Solutions unit with our pancake breakfast. I now can say that I have flipped 174 pancakes! Throughout our unit we learned many interesting concepts about mixtures, solutions, chemical and physical changes and chemical reactions. The experiments we had in class were created to leave a lasting impression.

We have a couple more standards to cover before the end of the year. Renewable and Non Renewable energy is a big one and will be the last concept we cover in 5th grade. I will also do a quick recall on animal adaptations. This is not a 5th grade standard, but it is usually covered by our state assessments, so it is always good to review.

In the weeks to come before Spring Break, we will cover some of the Animal Adaptations review as well as testing for PARCC (our new state assessment for literacy and math) and preparing for conferences. We will be busy. Please check your child’s Friday Folders so that you stay up-to-date on office information.

One last thing we will do before conferences is a big writing project. We started looking at memoirs last week, and will actively work on this during this coming week. All students were asked to think about a “seed moment” (if you are wondering what this is, ask your child!!!!). This seed moment will be the subject of their memoir writing. The published piece will be shared at conferences. Please do a quick check with your child and make sure he/she¬†has an idea to share tomorrow!

Please make sure you pick your time for conferences by going to the sign up genius link. Spaces are filling up quickly! Please let me know if you need more clarification on how to sign up.

Thank you to all parents who so kindly contributed to our pancakes. I have posted some pictures of the kids having fun. Make sure to check them out.

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt


Valentine’s Day and more…

Finally back!

Healthy Hearts T-Shirts!

Healthy Hearts T-Shirts!

I am finally able to post again. Boy, we sure get used to being connected and take it for granted… until we can’t connect anymore. But here we are again!

This week’s post brings you just a few news:

1. Pictures are this Thursday at 11:45 am. We will have class and spring pictures this time. Remind your child to dress appropriately!

2. We will have PARCC testing practice this Wednesday. We are hoping to have a smooth practice time. This time will allow our students an opportunity to practice the math test we will be taking soon. Our practice time will be from 10:30 am to 12:20 pm.

3. Please sign up to contribute to our pancake breakfast this Friday. This is the way we will end our Mixtures and Solutions unit. The sign up genius link is on the reminder email. I will not include it here because last time I tried that, it didn’t work. A huge thank you to Susan Neef for creating the links for all 3 classes!

4. Please check out a few fun pictures of the kids!!

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt