Sixth Grade
2017-18

Please review SuppliesSummer Reading, Outdoor Education, & Service Learning


Supplies

  • Backpack to travel between home and school
  • 2 Pencil/pen pouch with zipper (sturdy)
  • 12 #2 sharpened pencils
  • 1 package classic color makers
  • 1 set colored pencils: 12-16 sharpened
  • 3 Dark blue or black erasable pens
  • 1 red ballpoint correcting pen
  • 6 Dark blue or black ballpoint or roller ball pens
  • 4 Highlighter pens (no metallic or permanent pens)
  • 4-6 Book covers (non sticky) for all hard cover books
  • 6 1inch binders each with dividers
  • 3 packages binder paper – white, college ruled 8 ½” x 11”
  • 1 Spiral bound notebook 8 1/2” x 11”
  • 2 large Erasers
  • 1 Package Graph Paper
  • For home use: protractor, compass, metric/standard ruler

Special Classes:                                                          

Instrumental Music Book

* MTS is pre-registered in the Office Depot Give-Back Program. When parents, teachers and students purchase school supplies at any Office Depot, 5% of all qualifying items will be tallied toward a merchandise credit for MTS. Our school ID# is: 70010829.

In an effort to reduce the weight of supplies to be carried by our students, we request that no large binders be brought to school.

* Please label all supplies with student’s name or initials. If you have any questions about school supplies, please contact the front office.


SUMMER READING

Dear MTS Families,

Summer is upon us. What a great year it has been! I have loved getting to know your children and following their reading adventures. With that said, reading is an important part of everyday life. Just because it is summer, students should not put their books away! The more students read, the better readers they will be. I am strongly encouraging all students to sign up at their local public libraries and participate in the summer reading programs. I might even give prizes to those students who bring in their summer reading lists to me when we resume school in August. The summer reading programs are loads of fun, with some great prizes and fabulous programming. The teen programs are also wonderful opportunities.

Attached is my list by grade levels, and for the middle school grades it is based on content. I always like to tell parents that if you are unsure about a book, check Amazon for the School Library Journal review. They are usually very spot on for very age appropriate material. 

While this list is not complete, I put many of my favorites that I recommend and I have also included new books for 2017 as well. I will be busy myself, reading and keeping up with your children this summer with my own reading list. 

Many Public libraries will also have reading lists. I will be happy to help with personalized reading lists over the summer and will be available by email July 1st. I’m always happy to hear from my readers. 

Here are the links to the public libraries. I’m encouraging all students to get their own library cards. 
Marin Country Public Free Library : http://www.marinlibrary.org/
San Francisco Public Library: https://sfpl.org/

If you are going to purchase books, Book Passage is a wonderful bookstore to support and please don’t forget to mention MTS, our school code is 30, and we will receive a rebate for all purchases towards new purchases in the fall. Books, Inc in the city is also a great bookstore with wonderful book clubs and events for students in the intermediate grades. 

I hope you find this list helpful. We hope you and your family will read many stories this summer and reap all of the wonderful benefits that reading has to offer! Have a wonderful and restful summer!


Lisa Levin
MTS Librarian
llevin@mttam.org

6-7 summer reading list

Summer Reading: 6th Grade English
 
The purpose of summer reading is to continue to build students’ reading stamina, fluency, and literacy. To support these goals, we require that all rising 6th graders read at least three books they have not already read (The Odyssey is required). 
 
Required Reading:
 
The Odyssey by Gillian Cross (author) and Neil Packer (illustrator) [ISBN 0763647918]
Note: There are many versions of The Odyssey, including the ancient Greek original, but we will be reading and discussing this specific edition.
 
Two free choice novels from the MTS Summer Reading List
Note: These books must be by different authors (which means you cannot count more than one book from a series).
 
Please bring your copy of The Odyssey to school; we will be studying it in our first unit. In addition, know the titles and authors of the two free choice books that you read. You will not be expected to know the fine-grained plot details of your free choice books, but you should know the major characters and general storylines. 
 


Outdoor Education

Students will participate in a five-day outdoor education program at Westminster Woods located in Occidental, California from September 11-15, 2017.  The program includes activities designed to develop academic and social skills, and students will have hands-on experience in a variety of habitats, including forest, ocean, grassland, and stream.  Heavy emphasis is placed on ecology, geography, natural history, and team building


Service Learning

Dear Middle-School Families,

As part of our effort to encourage our students to be aware and responsive to the needs of others, sixth to eighth-grade students will take part in a middle school service learning program.  In addition to assisting others, working with and for people who are less fortunate than ourselves will help our students develop a greater sense of understanding, empathy and compassion.  Furthermore, we hope service learning will empower our students to realize their ability to make a positive difference in our community and the world.

To that end, each middle school student is expected to fulfill a certain amount of hours with a non-profit organization.  A supervisor involved with that group must provide the supervision and sign a certificate designating the hours of completion.

  • Sixth grade: 12 hours of service
  • Seventh grade: 16 hours of service (half of which should be face to face with people in need)
  • Eighth grade: 20 hours of service (half of which should be face to face with people in need)

Next May, all students will share their service experiences by creating a brief presentation for the lower grades.

Students are encouraged to start over the summer months.  Service opportunities and forms are available on the service learning webpage on the community portal.  We will continue to update the website regularly throughout the year. We will also provide further clarification to the students in the fall. 

Please direct completed forms and any questions to us.

Sincerely,
Barbara Guarriello (bguarriello@mttam.org)
Rob Potter (rpotter@mttam.org)