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A Peek at This Week

Welcome to Mrs. Barragree's middle school website!

 We will be Studying:

*Note: There are tabs for each subject at the top of each webpage. These link to resources for you to use!*

Science: Explore the world of nature with your family this summer!

  • Take a nature hike. Go camping or visit a state park and explore their trails! Wyandotte County Park and Shawnee Park are nearby, but don't offer camping. For camping and nature trails, Hillsdale Lake, Weston Bend State Park (in Missouri, but nearby), and Elk City State Park are great ones to try! Reserve a campsite in advance online.
  • Go into the country, far from city lights, & look at the stars - turn off all lights & let your eyes adjust for 10-15 minutes. You will be AMAZED! Bring a paper star guide & red-light headlamp or flashlight to identify constellations without ruining your night-vision.
  • Make or plant something that will improve your yard/local park's habitat for the animals that live there. (There's lots of information online about helping bees and butterflies thrive!)
  • Start a collection of things found in nature: leaves, rocks, or photos of animal tracks or a certain type of animal - such as birds or insects. Research to learn about your items. Display and label them!

English: Express yourself!

  • Write letters to distant relatives or friends - and send them through the mail! Learn to correctly address an envelope.
  • Keep a daily journal. You can include events from the day, prayers/petitions, details about your emotions throughout the day, interesting things you learned, anything that interests you!
  • Start writing your own short story or novel. Write by hand in a spiral notebook (maybe one that has extra blank pages at the end of class notes - just tear out the class notes and use the rest of the notebook), or use Google Docs or any other computer program to type your work. Share it with friends to collaborate or get their feedback on making improvements.
  • Illustrate! Try making comic strips, illustrating a children's story that you write, creating a collection of your sketches in a sketchbook, learning a new drawing technique or skill (online videos or library books on drawing are really helpful!), drawing cheerful messages or images in sidewalk chalk on the sidewalk near your home or at a park. Send your work (or a photo of it) to someone who might be feeling isolated or down.
  • Learn to use a video-recording software (such as ScreenCastOMatic or Screencastify) and make your own videos! They could be entertaining, teach a skill, track your improvement over time on something new that you are practicing, or just be a video message that you can send to friends & family members that you aren't able to see in person very often.
  • Use Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or another video-conferencing software to visit with people you haven't seen in a while.

Extra Math Practice Recommendations:

  • Big Ideas green math textbook online!
  • for your weekly practice once we have set this up at school
  • Khan Academy is available for extra practice, and also allows you to view teaching videos that explain how to do various types of math problems. Sign up and choose the grade level that you have just completed in school for a review of things you know and to learn a few skills you may have skipped!
  • XtraMath is great practice for anyone who wants to improve their memorization of their basic facts. In just 7-10 minutes a day, you will improve your skills and increase your speed on math computations! 

Summer Vacation!  See you in August!

Here are some activities you can do with your child during the summer to keep his or her academic skills sharp:

  • Read to your child at a higher level than the child is able to read for herself.  This will help her learn new vocabulary, and be exposed to more complex language.  (My mom read the Adventures of Dr. Dolittle to me when I was this age and my sisters and I loved it!)
  • Have your child read for himself, even if it is just from a cereal box, menu, or roadside billboard.
  • Visit the library on a regular basis!  Participate in your local summer reading program.  Often, there is an adult program, too.  Showing your child that reading is something you can do together (even when you are reading different books) can be an excellent motivator.
  • Talk with your child about your favorite childhood stories or books; it's a great way to get her interested in books, and helps her connect with you more.
  • Practice math skills by cooking with your child.  Have him read the recipe and decide what to do next, how much of each ingredient is needed, etc.  This is wonderful fraction practice, especially if you double or halve a recipe.
  • Begin using a word of the day with the whole family.  In the morning, discuss the word's meaning, spelling, and usage.  Challenge your child to use it several times during the day.  In the evening, reward your child with additional time for a favorite activity if she can remember the definition, use the word correctly in a sentence, or spell it correctly. Pick one of your own, or go online to Word of the Day.
  • Problem solving opportunities abound, from "What route should we take to get to the park?" to "How should we schedule our time so that supper is ready by 6:30?"  Even that tired old phrase, "I'm bored!" can become a challenge to be creative when you ask your child, "Well, what can you do to change that?" (Hint: "Play video games" is not a good answer.)
  • Don't forget those math facts!  At least once a week, do speed drills on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.  Practice mental math as you drive down the road.  One great exercise is to know the exit you want to get to your destination, have your child watch the highway mile-markers, and mentally subtract to find the distance between your present location and your destination.
  • Explore the great outdoors with a scientific focus. Observe, and even sketch, a variety of plants and animal life.  If your child cannot identify them, find a book at the library that will help him identify them.  This is also great practice in research and non-fiction reading skills! 
  • Observe the night sky, especially if you vacation outside of a town and can get a good view of the sky without "city glow".  Can you name constellations?  Do you see the band of the Milky Way?  How does the moon change throughout the month?  Try looking through a telescope! 

 Saint-of-the-Day & morning prayer:

For the Middle School daily assignments see Google Classroom. If you encounter difficulties in any class, be sure to email the teacher or visit through Zoom during Study Hall times. Study Hall times and directions for accessing your teachers' Zoom meetings are posted on Google Classroom.

For 6th grade Social Studies with Mrs. O'Dowd, follow this link to Mrs. O'Dowd's Website.

For previous years' 6th grade Reading and Writing with Mrs. Kelly, follow this link to Mrs. Kelly's Website.

Technology: Click this link for the Typing Club website used at school.

Tests & Major Projects This Week:

  • see Google Classroom

Materials We Will Need:

  • Each student needs to have a set of headphones or ear-buds with a regular audio-jack (not BluTooth) that can stay at school to be used often.
  • Each student should have their own Texas Instruments TI-30XS Multiview calculator.
  • These two items are NOT provided in the pre-ordered boxed school supplies - you may need to order online.

Notices for Parents:

Students NEED to have their basic 0-20 addition & subtraction facts and 0-12 multiplication and division facts WELL memorized. Please practice by using daily at home until mastered. This only takes 7-10 minutes each day.

Please accept invitations to your child's Google Classes and help them check their assignments (posted Monday mornings). This is the best way for us to communicate what your child needs to be completing for class. Your child will need some help planning how to manage time to complete their work.

Please be sure that your child is wearing the appropriate school shirt (uniform, Be the Light, or House shirt) when participating in Zoom Study Hall.

If your child is ill and cannot do their schoolwork, please email his or her teachers so that we are aware of the reason your child is not participating fully in distance learning.

Upcoming Events:

Check your family email for the school newsletter! There will be information about picking up yearbooks in July and back-to-school updates.

Thanks! to:

  • All of our WONDERFUL families for your support and help throughout the year!

Birthdays this month:

Click here for birthday treat guidelines.

Website Wonders of the Week:

Link to Math Resources and Games Lists for summer fun and practice!

Hey! A Chigger Bit Me! a website for kids about itchy summertime pests and how to prevent or treat chigger bites.

Family Education is a site dedicated to helping parents take an active role in their kids' education.  Homework help, parenting tips, and more!

Celebrating Black History - Influential Black Catholics' biographies

Pacer Kids Anti-bullying site

Growth Mindset resources to explore

StudyJams for explanations of math and science concepts

Warren Buffet's "Secret Millionaires Club" for activities, games, and videos related to financial skills

Khan Academy "mappers" to practice math at your individualized skill level (remember to "Log In" to your account we set up at school)

SMART Goal-setting Strategy explanation

Learn about Internet safety with a wide variety of information & videos

LearnZillion for lots of explanations for math and English/Language Arts topics.

Dance Mat Typing - fun and practical typing games online

Try Arcadamics for great online games for math, English, reading, and geography! You can compete against the computer, or other online players. Set up a "private game" and invite your SHOJ friends to join you in a cyber-space race.

Here's a video about how to cover your textbooks to keep them in good shape!

Incoming 6th graders should be able to:

Look up a passage in the Bible when given the book, chapter number, and verse numbers

Recite these prayers: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Act of Contrition, Grace Before Meals, Grace After Meals, Angel of God, & pray the Rosary (may use a guide, but should have the prayers memorized)

Have all basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts memorized through 12's

Know whole-number and decimal place values

Add and subtract decimal numbers and fractions

Multiply and divide decimals by whole numbers

Multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers

Multiply and divide with multi-digit whole numbers, expressing remainders as fractions or decimals

Measure length to the nearest 1/8 inch and nearest millimeter (PRACTICE this at home!)

Read and write fluently in cursive with correct letter formation

Read a map using the compass rose, legend, and scale

Copy accurately from a textbook or the board to their own paper

Write complete, gramatically correct sentences

Write stories and reports of at least 5-7 paragraphs

Look up words in a dictionary using the guidewords at the top of the page

Spell their complete legal name

Write their home address accurately, as it should appear on an envelope

Use online search engines and key words

Type using correct "home row" keyboarding skills (Use Technology link for online keyboarding practice.)