Thursday, August 27, 2015

Week 3 August 24 - 28

Hello parents,

I will be out of town and away from my email for the weekend. I will respond to emails when I return Sunday evening or on Monday.

Therefore, I am trying to get ahead this week!

Grades are updated for the week. Continue to explore Sycamore and send any questions our way. Here is a reminder of 6M's teachers for the different subjects.

Murray: Religion, Memory, Art (half the projects), Science

Riemenschneider: Math, Social Studies, Art (half the projects)

Dersch: English

Cluck: Literature

Important Schedule Dates:

Wednesday, Sept. 2 : Noon dismissal
Monday, Sept 7 : Labor Day, no school 

I am having a great time with the 6th graders this year. Memory is going SO well. I appreciate the work that goes in to helping your child and managing time with them. They are rocking it! Keep it up. Maybe it's the age that I am not used to, but they are so engaged in discussions and questioning. It's fun!

Enjoy some pictures below...

Great kids. I know you are thinking - yes, the apple does not fall far from the tree....

And then I say, yes - the apple surely does not fall from from the tree! I have so much fun with them.

The Story bible study was packed. Great turnout.

Working collaboratively in literature. Thanks Mrs. C for the pictures!

In my house last weekend, we adopted two new kittens! Blue and Billie Jean. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Week 2 Aug 12 - 21

Hello Parents,

Thank you for visiting us on Back to School night this week. If you were unable to make it, I gave a small packet of information to your child. There is one form that needs to be returned. It is a permission form for the kids to use computers. 

The sixth graders are doing very well with their new routine. Continue to talk with them about their homework load, how they manage their time at school, and what is going on with their friends. A good question for them - "Who did you sit with at lunch today?" and "How did Mrs. Murray make you laugh today?" They may have some stories for you.

Be sure to look at our new sycamore website. An email was sent with a NEW login and password. I do not have any of that information. Please contact the office if you do not have one.

Sycamore grades: I am making progress with the new system. Memory is up to date, and I will continue to input scores over the weekend. When you login to your account...

- Click on your child's name
- A window opens that has a lot of information to take in. 
- "Current assignments" area. These are assignment titles we have added to the grade book, but have NOT scored a grade for yet. I input future memory assignments already.
 - To see your child's grade - click on the tab in this information window called GRADES. Then you will see your child's overall grade for each class. 
- Click on the BLUE LETTER GRADE in order to see the list of assignments.
- If you click on the class name it will take you to the class page - you won't see any grades.

I will try to answer any questions you have. Mr. Marolf is our specialist right now, but we will all get better as the quarter moves forward. Thank you for your patience!

Notes from Mrs. Dersch
Good morning,
In English this week we have focused on the following:

1. Our first spelling pre-test, activities, and post-test (given on Friday.)
2. In Writer’s Workshop we completed a journal entry in response to a quote about happiness and humor.
3. We revised and edited our Bio Poem for the last time. Final poems will be graded and placed on the classroom walls.
4. We completed our first grammar packet on prepositions, and students blessed me (and other new students) with the 5th grade “Preposition Song.” It was great!

Next week students will start the next unit for spelling
, discuss how to use a dictionary, and learn and recall the forms of sentences.

Thank you for your children! They are wonderful!
Rebecca Dersch

A few pictures below from art class.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Week 1: Aug 12 - 14

"We praise you Lord, we bless your name, we glorify you, we give you thanks."
- Above are lyrics from a chapel song today. I got a little choked up hearing my Zion kids sing this song today. If you ever have the chance, join us for chapel. It's pretty cool. Thank you for entrusting us with your greatest blessings. -Mrs. M

Hello parents,

I see Mrs. R beat me to blog posting, so I won't repeat too much information. As a team we decided to send all parents in the 6th grade both of our blogs in order to cover our bases.

The can't miss items:

1.) Mrs. Dersch introduced herself below in red.

2.) Back to School Night: Tuesday, August 18th @ 6:30 - 8:00pm

3.) The banner is posted on our new website. Mrs. Schmidt sent an email with your login. This will be how you access the banner, school information, and your child's grades.

4.) Science: Getting their feet wet with new procedures and expectations. Expect vocabulary quizzes to start next week.

5.) Memory: Talk with your child about memory expectations. It is important they establish a memory routine quickly.

6.) According to all 6th graders polled - these kids LOVE the junior high! Changing classes is the best!

Mrs. Murray

  My name is Rebecca Dersch and I am so incredibly blessed to teach English to your children this year! This week we have been focusing on interpersonal relationships, speaking and listening skills, and writing. We are currently presenting our Bio Bags, and those presentations will last until Monday.  Each day we have a focus area for class and those areas are listed here below. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail at

Monday: spelling
Tuesday: writer's workshop and journals 
Wednesday: spelling reinforcement, grammar, language skills 
Thursday: the writing process (writer's workshop)
Friday: spelling unit tests, revising and editing, language skills

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

First Day 6th grade 8/12/2015

Dear Parents,

The first day of school is complete! Enjoy the photos below. We have so much more to learn and figure out. Your kids may come home with more questions than answers, but we will all get there together.

I really enjoyed working with your kids today. We had a lot of orientation information, some do's and don'ts, and we shuffled them from class to class. Tomorrow, we start school.

Have a great night.

Mrs. Murray