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Write it on your heart that everyday is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Middle School Parents,

Welcome back and best wishes for a wonderful new year. I hope 2015 brings you nothing but good things. We have some exciting things planned for January!

Our fifth graders have been studying the scientific method in class. All students have received information about our first fifth grade Science Fair. Students should be working throughout the month to complete their Science Fair project. The Science Fair will be on February 11, 2015. Please refer to your timeline of due dates to help ensure your project is complete and done in a timely manner.

There are many schools of thought on the Internet and its impact on teenagers. J.K. Rowling has said, “The internet has been a boom and a curse for teenagers.” Conversely, Noam Chomsky states, “The internet could be a very positive step toward education, organization and participation in a meaningful society”. Either way, our kids are using the Internet. We have recognized the importance of monitoring their usage and guiding them to use it in positive ways. On January 13, 2015, at 2:20 pm, Ms. Forkowitz is hosting a Parents as Partners meeting on Internet Safety, we encourage you to attend.

Our sixth, seventh and eighth graders will be visiting St. John’s University in Queens on January 16, 2015 to participate in their Field Trip Day. Permission slips have been distributed and should be returned to Ms. Patricia Harrigan or myself. I have attached an extra copy of the permission slip if you have not already sent it in.

It has been such a pleasure for the teachers, children and myself to include parents in our classroom activities. We will continue to do so in January. On January 20th, the parents of fifth graders are invited to be lab partners with their child during a Science lesson. On January 29th, the parents of seventh graders are invited to be lab partners with their child. Please see the following schedule for times:


January 20


January 29

Class 520 at 9:00 am

Class 720 at 9:45 am

Class 521 at 9:50 am

Class 721 at 12:45 pm

Class 522 at 1:30 pm

Class 722 at 9:00 am

The New York Public Library is coming in to do a presentation for sixth, seventh and eighth graders about an after school activity they are offering on January 21, 2015 at 12:30pm.

Our school’s middle school after school center has expanded to offer many exciting clubs. We have flag football, basketball, floor hockey, spin, martial arts, dance, art, robotics, photography, and cooking! We are also offering at least one hour per day of tutoring in Math and ELA by our licensed middle school teachers and one hour of homework help each day by our licensed middle school teachers. I strongly encourage all families to join PAL after school and take advantage of this free service provided. Please contact me directly to arrange the tutoring or homework help to meet your child’s needs.

The end of the second marking period is Friday, January 30, 2015. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at anytime at (718)815-0186 extension 22717 or BSouffrin@schools.nyc.gov.


Ms. BettyAnn Souffrin

Assistant Principal

The Michael J. Petrides School

Middle School Newsletter Grade 6

January 2015


Read 30 minutes every night and log on a bookmark. Students must have completed reading 30 titles of varying genres by June 2015.

For each Math test there is a review sheet at Pearsonsuccessnet.com

Remember to take notes in class and study notes and review sheets for all Science exams.

We encourage you all to research Ancient Egypt and rent books from the library. Check out movies on this topic such as The Mummy (PG13) or The Prince of Egypt (PG). Continue to study and keep all work organized.

End of 2nd marking period-January 30th.

Test/Projects Dates

Jan 6th & 7th – ELA Performance Task: Spinelli

Jan 8th – Math exam: Ch. 12

Jan 9th – ELA Book Review: Spinelli/Claaswork

Jan 13th & 14th – ELA Performance Task: Cleopatra

Jan 15th – Math exam: Ch. 13

Jan 21st – Science notebook quiz (Class 620)

Jan 22nd – Social Studies exam: Ancient Egypt (Class 620 & 622)

Jan 23rd – ELA Published Portfolio Party

Jan 26th – Science exam: Ch. 7

Jan 27th – Math exam: Ch. 14

Jan 28th – SS exam: Ancient Egypt (Class 621)

What topics will the students learn today?

ELA – Students are completing a comprehensive analysis of literature and will then springboard into Non Fiction research and informative writing. Complimenting their Social Studies units of study, we will research the early civilization of Ancient Egypt.

Math – Sixth grades will be working on Chapters 12, 13 and 14 during January. They will be working on the following skills: graphing equal ratios, unit rates, percents, decimals, and rate distance and time.

Science –Weather refers to the state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place. Students will learn how solar heating and water vapor in the atmosphere affect weather and discuss how clouds are formed. Weather changes affect daily activities and air masses, pressure systems and fronts cause weather to change. Students will be able to describe how rain, snow, hail and sleet develop and discuss the dangers of severe weather. They will learn how hurricanes and tornados form and how to best prepare for extreme weather.

Social Studies – Our 6th grade social studies scholars will be learning about ancient Egypt this month. We will be exploring Ancient Egypt’s geography, leadership/government, economy/ trade, religion, writing system, social class system and achievements. We will be making many comparisons to the ancient Mesopotamian culture. Finally, students will be introduced to the world religions. They will be studying how religions impact people as well as, the concept of religious tolerance.

Required Reading

ELA-Students are encouraged to research their assigned topics through the use of Internet sites, books, television programs, museums and other relevant sources.

Math-Textbook pages 299-369

Science-Chapter 7-Weather; In-class: scholastic article – Burned by the Sun

Social Studies-Ancient Egypt activity packet; The Egypt Game by Z. K. Snyder

School Closing
January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Social Studies Scholars of the Month

Gracie Morawek - Class 620

Samantha Spector – Class 621

Amy Mohamed – Class 622








School Closed


School Closed






ELA Performance Task: Spinelli



ELA Performance Task: Spinelli



Math exam: Chapter 12


ELA Book Review: Spinellli/ Classwork





ELA Performance Task: Cleopatra

(Non Fiction)
Parents as Partners

(Internet Safety)



ELA Performance Task: Cleopatra

(Non Fiction)


Math exam: Chapter 13


Trip to St. John’s Storm game




Schools Closed

Martin Luther

King Jr. Day


Graphic Design Class



Science Notebook quiz

Class 620
Library Assembly 12:30pm
School Uniform

Policy Forum

PTA Meeting 7:00pm


SS exam: Ancient Egypt

(Class 620 & 622)


ELA In-class Published Portfolio Party




Science exam: Chapter 7-Weather

(All classes)


Math exam: Chapter 14


SS exam: Ancient Egypt

(Class 621)



End of 2nd

Marking Period


Grade 6


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