Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Drumroll, please! (That's an imperative sentence.)
At last, here are the results from all the various review games we have been playing. These results include in-class points as well as those collected from some of you who were absent, as well as the results from Block 7 that were completed over last weekend. I believe that the review sessions were helpful for everyone! I could tell who had been studying, and who had not.

Groups are listed in order of point rankings, and have been adjusted to account for the number of students in each group. Winning team members receive a Bonus Pass and first choice from the Prize Box.

1st Place Team: Ian/Isaac/Zack/Micah
2nd Place Team: Sarah/Gal

1st Place Team: Ethan/Alex
2nd Place Team: Sarah Szabo/Audra

1st Place Team: Tristan/Arie/Gabi H.
2nd Place Team: Lauren/Spencyr

1st Place Team: Madi/Gabi/Lindy
2nd Place Team: Max/Rip/Collin

Students on teams who placed second will receive a Bonus Point and a prize from the Prize Box.

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Big Week...

The schedule for this week is as follows:
MONDAY: regular Monday schedule
We continue review of the rules for mechanics.

TUESDAY: "A" schedule
We will review prepositions, irregular verbs, literary elements, verbs.

WEDNESDAY: "A" schedule
Pre-writing and organizing for the written portion of the Midterm

THURSDAY: "A" schedule
Final draft of written portion of the Midterm

FRIDAY" 1/2 Day Midterms L.A. and Math

For studying, you should be reviewing the rules in the Easy Grammar book, the pages listed in the study guide, the handouts on literary elements, and root words. Review some of the information on EACH topic every day. If you have specific questions about any of the content, do not hesitate to ask.

The gaming sites we use in class are excellent practice for proofreading and applying mechanics rules. Note at the top of the blog the tab for Grammar practice.

To my knowledge, there is no practice site associated with Easy Grammar.
Get lots of rest, drink water, and practice relaxing breathing.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Week of 12/9 - 12/13

Alright, which one of you has secretly invented a time machine? How we got to the week before Midterms is unfathomable to me. (Don't know what "unfathomable" means? Take the roots apart, and look up the word fathom.) We will begin the week by completing the section on irregular verbs. Then, we will tackle the Unit 8 V & R test. Beginning with Day 3, all the way through next Tuesday, we will be reviewing for the Midterm.

PLEASE NOTE: You should have obtained a mystery novel by this point. If you still need suggestions, see the link on the right of the blog ------>

The Midterm will consist of two parts: a written portion, and a comprehensive content portion. You will hear more about this in class. If you have a difficult time with tests in general, you may wish to consider an alternative project which I will also explain in class.

The written portion is required for all students, and will occur in class on 12/18 and 12/19. Again, you will hear more about this next week.

TUTORIAL/STUDY SESSION for the Unit 8 test will be TUESDAY MORNING before school.

Monday 12/9: Irregular verbs
Day 2 Blocks: Vocab & Roots Test Unit 8, Edmodo "Journal" Entry, review root words
Day 3 Blocks: Mystery Novel/literary elements review
Day 4: Review for midterm - mechanics rules (punctuation, capitalization)

On Monday, due Day 2: Review the Study Guide, make a list of questions you have about any of the material that will be covered.
On Day 2, due Day 3: Make sure you have begun reading a mystery novel, review prepositions and adverbs.
On Day 3, due Day 4: Review all literary elements (including conflict)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Second Trimester Already!

Weeks of 11/25 - 12/6
We will continue working on the expository essay about an item of interest from the Field Trip, then will begin a unit on inference and foreshadowing that includes reading a mystery novel of your choice. The novel must be at least 200 pages. I have several to choose from in the classroom. Mr. Williamson has choices in the Media Center as well. If none of the books interests you, feel free to go to your public library and check one out. Follow this link to see a list of options: Mystery Novels

11/25, 11/26: Continue working on the Tellus Essay
I AM HAPPY TO PROOFREAD A DRAFT FOR YOU...I will need it by Monday night.
NOTE - 11/27 is an "A" schedule day.
11/27: Special Programming "Jews in Sports" Be there or be square!
12/2: NOTE - "A" schedule day - Introduction to the mystery genre
Day 2: Identifying suspects and using clues to solve a murder mystery
Day 3: Grammar - Helping and Irregular verbs E.G. pp. 42 - 53
Day 4: NOTE - "B" schedule day - Punctuation E.G. pp. 301-303
We have an all school Kabbalat Shabbat on this day.

11/25: Have someone at home read your essay to you ALOUD!
12/2: Begin looking for a mystery novel
Unit 8 - vocabulary and roots sentences due Day 3
Day 3: Continue working on learning Unit 8 words/roots.
Complete E.G. through page 53, if not completed in class.
Complete the Edmodo Reflective Writing Assignment
Study for Unit 8 test which will be on Day 2, the week of 12/9.

You may have seen the Gratitude Journal on a music stand outside the classroom. Feel free to share your thoughts. In the Davis Academy community, we have much for which we are thankful.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Week of 11/18

As I will be telling your parents, I can already see the development in your writing, comprehension, and vocabulary! I am so pleased with your individual efforts in class and with the challenging homework, essays, tests, and assignments that I give you. A new reading assignment will occur after Thanksgiving Break. Until then, choose a book to read! Mr. Williamson probably has MANY excellent suggestions.

Next week we complete writing letters and work on an integrated essay that will combine research skills, an inverted funnel style, and SCIENCE! I am looking forward to enjoying the Tellus Field Trip with you.

The Unit 7 vocab and roots test will be MONDAY, tutorial for this unit is MONDAY morning 11/18, before school.

Be working on securing an interview for your newspaper article. Look for someone out in the community who is demonstrating one or more of our Davis Academy values. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about this project!

Day 1: Unit 7 Vocabulary and Roots Test
Receive Tellus Essay instructions and rubric

Day 2: Revise friendly letter, if needed. Review Business Letter Format.
Understanding citations/sites/parenthetical annotation

Day 3: Tellus Field Trip

Day 4: Work on Essay

Day 1: Finish your Friendly Letter, make sure you have a business address.
Day 2: Finish your Business Letter
Day 3: Brainstorm/Web ideas for the science topic on which you will write your essay.
Day 4: No homework, unless letters are incomplete.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Week of 11/11

This is a short week, with a regular Monday schedule, and an "A" schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday. This week we will cover Point of View, how it applies to different types of writing, continuation with grammar and mechanics, and writing formal and informal letters.

You will learn about a long-term project and a change in how I will be checking homework for vocabulary and root words as we begin second trimester.

Day 1: Types of writing, Point of View
You will learn about your long term assignment - a newspaper article
Unit 7 vocabulary and root words

Day 2: Easy Grammar pp. 299-300 (semi-colons) and 35-39 (verbs)

Day 3: Writing letters - formal and informal, digital and paper

Day 1 - Due DAY 3 Vocabulary and roots - 10 sentences
Day 2 - Due Day 3 Vocabulary and roots - 10 sentences
Day 3 - Study for the Unit 7 test on Monday, 11/18

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Week of 11/4

The discussions about The Giver have been phenomenal! Yes, there is a sequel, titled Son. Please do not read it until AFTER the test on this book, which is Wednesday 11/6 for blocks 1,3,7 and 11/7 for Block 4. You will complete the descriptive paragraph this week, and prepare for the cumulative test over vocabulary units 4-6. Lastly, we continue with the rules for punctuation, covering the ever-confusing commas.

Morning tutorial for The Giver test will be Tuesday, 11/5
Morning tutorial for the cumulative V&R test will be Friday, 11/8

Some of you have been asking what we will be reading next. That's music to my ears!! I won't be assigning the next novel until December, and am keeping it a secret.

Day 1 - E.G. pp. 293-295 NOTE: Block 4 will go over 32-34, 290-292 as well.
Work on your descriptive paragraph(s).

Day 2 - E.G. pp. 296 - 298
Review for The Giver, make sure your K-W-I chart is ready.
Continue working on descriptive paragraph.

Day 3 - The Giver test Open Note, Open Book

Day 4 - Cumulative Vocabulary and Roots test units 4-6.

On Day 1, due Day 2 - HIGHLIGHT the punctuation rules you have learned thus far. Study units 4-6 vocabulary and roots, make sure your K-W-I chart is complete.

On Day 2, due Day 3 - Study units 4-6 vocabulary and roots, make sure your K-W-I chart is complete.

On Day 3, due Day 4 - Study units 4-6 vocabulary and roots.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Regarding the V&R Test...

Yes, I am aware that the next vocabulary test falls on November 1st. By Friday you should have the words and roots well in hand, so that a simple review the prior evening is all that is necessary. I have given you a longer amount of time for studying this unit to accommodate those concerned about the Friday test. Plan wisely, and study EACH DAY!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Week of 10/28 - 11/1

I promised that The Giver would be an amazing book, didn't I? I am so glad you are enjoying it! We will continue studying the Elements of Literature through this novel. Additionally, we will complete the review of Direct Objects and one more review of periods and apostrophes. Finally, you will work on the descriptive paragraph and will finish unit 6 of vocabulary words and roots.

Day 1:
Transfer your notations (sticky notes with topics) to a K-W-I chart which I will explain in class.
Types of conflict (handout and discussion)
Leave your E.G. book with me. It will be in the room for you to use on Tuesday.

Day 2:
Grammar - Direct Objects, Apostrophes, periods

Day 3: Work on the writing process using the descriptive writing piece you have begun.

Day 4: Unit 6 Vocabulary and Roots Test

Day 1:
Continue reading The Giver, making notations and filling in the chart.
Sign on to Edmodo and complete the prompt. Reply due DAY 3.
Study Unit 6 V&R
Day 2:
Continue reading The Giver, making notations and filling in the chart.
- Begin color-coding your notes on the K-W-I chart.
Sign on to Edmodo and complete the prompt. Reply due DAY 3.
Study Unit 6 V&R

Day 3:
Study for Unit 6 V & R.
Complete final draft of writing if not already.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Week of 10/21 - 10/25

The class begins discussion of The Giver, including literary elements of conflict and setting. Students will learn about euphemisms, and why this concept is critical to understanding the book. In grammar studies we move on to direct objects, while punctuation will move forward with apostrophes. Practice with the writing process continues as we explore WebspirationClassroom using the details gathered from last week's snack experience.

Day 1 - We will spend our time in the Media Center, sharing Parts of Speech projects.

Day 2 - Vocab and Roots Test Unit 5
Discussion of The Giver, taking notes in a novel

Day 3 - Grammar and Mechanics: direct objects and apostrophes

Day 4 - Writing process on Webspiration Classroom

Day 1 (due Day 2) - Study for V&R Unit 5, Read The Giver
Day 2 (due Day 3) - Notate The Giver to answer questions assigned
Day 3 (due Day 4) - Unit 6, 2 sections of vocab, roots cards
Complete pp. 32, 33 in E.G.
Day 4 (due MONDAY 10/28) - Unit 6, 2 sections of vocab, 3 root example definitions

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Week of 10/14

We complete the unit on prepositions this week, and begin reading The Giver, by Lois Lowry as well as work on making writing more descriptive. The pacing chart for this novel will be posted outside the classroom door, as well as via the blog link located on the left side of the blog.

Day 1: Students requested that the Unit 4 Test be moved to Monday, 10/14. STUDY SESSION for this test is Monday morning in Room 110.
Turn in the OOMM Take Home Exam.

Day 2: Descriptive writing. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SNACK for this class. You will be writing about the snack you bring - FRUITS and VEGETABLES are best.

Day 3: Preposition Test

Day 4: "C" day. Complete your Visual Response from OOMM if you have not done so. If your response is completed, go onto Edmodo, and reply to the prompt.

Day 1 -> Due day 2: BRING A SNACK TO CLASS!
Complete p. 30 in the E.G. workbook.
Begin reading The Giver

Day 2 -> Due day 3: Unit 5 roots cards, 2 vocabulary sections
Read The Giver according to the pacing chart.

Day 3 -> Due day 4: 2 sections of vocabulary, 3 words defined using root definitions from this week's root words

For those interest in seeing more from the wonderful Victor Borge, follow this link: Borge on YouTube

Friday, October 4, 2013

Week of 10/7 - 10/11


This week we will be reviewing the unit on prepositions, then focusing on review of capitalization and punctuation rules. Additionally, we move ahead to Unit 4 of vocabulary and roots. Each day, I will be asking if you have any questions about the expectations for the Out of My Mind Take Home Exam. I am happy to clarify anything for you, but you must ASK. For this exam, be sure you provide EVIDENCE FROM THE BOOK for your answers, just as you did for your Watsons essay.

Parts of Speech projects are due on Thursday for Blocks 4 & 7 and on Friday for Blocks 1 & 3.

Unit 4 Vocab test will be Friday, 10/11.

OOMM Take Home Exam is also due 10/11, but you may turn it in early if you wish. If you need additional time, you may turn the exam in on Monday 10/13.


In class:
Day 1: EG preposition review pp. 23, 24
Capitalization pp. 265-266
Punctuation pp. 287-289

Day 2: EG preposition review pp. 25, 26
Capitalization p. 267
Punctuation pp. 290-291

Day 3: EG preposition review p. 28
Capitalization pp. 268-269
"Verbal Punctuation"

Day 4: Unit 4 V&R test

For homework:
Day 1, due Day 2: Unit 4 vocab 2 sections, roots cards
Complete at least one of the OOMM exam questions

Day 2, due Day 3: Choose words containing the roots. Write the word's definition using the root word definition (as we practiced in class.)
EG finish pp. 25, 26 if not completed in class
EG p. 27
Complete at least one of the OOMM exam questions

Day 3, due Day 4: Complete OOMM Take home exam.

NOTE: Students, you should be utilizing your study hall time EFFECTIVELY. If you need assistance with breaking down assignments over this week, I would be happy to assist you. Please ask!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Week of 9/31-10/4

Our joyful month of Chagim is coming to a close. We will be back to a regular schedule for a while. You need to complete reading Out of My Mind this week. We will have a number of activities related to the book this week, along with WRaP testing, and diagramming review.

CP stands for Cerebral Palsy.

Day 1: Cumulative vocabulary and roots test. This is a review of the words you learned previously.

Day 2: Literary response to Out of My Mind. This will be an art project that I will explain in class. While you are working on the literary response, I will be meeting with you individually to return your essay and provide feedback on your writing.

Day 3: Completion of projects and conferences from Day 2. I will also be explaining your Out of My Mind exam. This is a take-home exam - open note, open book, open computer. You may use any resource you wish to complete it, including the responses on Edmodo, but your exam answers must be YOUR thoughts and ideas.

Day 4: Return and review cumulative vocab and roots test. Diagramming review.


Please remember that "EVIDENCE OF WORK" for your P.O.S. project, in what ever form you wish to show me, is due Day 2. You may send me an email, a photo, drop off a written document, show me game parts - as long as you prove that you are working on your project. I am happy to answer any of your questions and offer suggestions. Just ask!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Week of 9/23

I have "pushed back" to this week the lesson on Literary Elements that we were unable to cover. We will also continue with Grammar studies, working next on identifying whether a word is an adverb or a preposition. Be sure to look ahead on the class calendar. We have a major cumulative vocabulary and roots test over units 1-3 on September 30, and a major test on prepositions October 7.

To study for vocab and roots, use your online resources, your workbook as well as prior tests. The cumulative test will be a different format than what you have had so far. You must be able to recognize the appropriate word by the context in which it is placed. We'll practice this in class.

To study for the preposition test, MEMORIZE the prepositions, and be able to identify the parts of the sentence as we have been doing both in class and for homework. We will have several days of review before the test.

Keep up with your Parts of Speech due dates. The rubric is on the left side of the blog if you have misplaced your hard copy. Also keep up with your reading of OOMM. Your understanding of Literary Terms requires that you be far enough into the story to understand our discussion.

Monday 9/23: Learning about the Elements of Literature - review of setting, introduction to plot, character change, and symbolism.

DESIGN NOTES for POS project due today. You may sketch, outline, bullet point - whatever works for you to show me your plan for your project.

If we have time, I will ask you to sign on to Edmodo again to reply to an OOMM prompt. IF we run out of time, this will be for homework. Check Edmodo to read the prompt.

Tuesday 9/24: Grammar - adverbs/prepositions
Review of units 1-3 words in context


Wednesday 9/25: "B" Day - Please drop off your backpack/lunch at the Middle School, then have your carpool drive you to the Lower School. Report to the LS gym. PLEASE WEAR WHITE TOPS/NAVY BOTTOMS.

In class we will be reviewing diagramming sentences (YAY!).

Monday, September 16, 2013


If you have been back on Edmodo since class time, you may have noticed I took down the OOMM assignment. It is more important that we cover our other items. I'll make the OOMM post a homework assignment one day NEXT week. If you haven't yet completed the Pre-writing reflection on Edmodo, please do so NO LATER THAN Monday.

Tutorial for the Unit 3 words will be 7:25 am on Wednesday.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Week of 9/16 - 9/18 Sukkot

This week we reflect on the writing process and what writers can do to make their product an effective tool for communicating complex ideas. We will continue with grammar studies, reviewing types of sentences, types of writing, and compounds (subjects, verbs and objects.) We also continue our literary study of Out of My Mind, with analysis of basic literary elements.

DAY 1: Reflective discussion on the writing process. Peer review and group analysis.
You will also write a reflective prompt on our new Edmodo blog.
NOTE:you will need to follow this link EDMODO to join.

Understanding the value of banning words from your writing (and speech!)
Review types of sentences, types of writing

Day 2: "A" Day
Daily Gram 2
EG p. 15 (compounds)
Literary Elements table/chart
Journal Entry online
THIS ASSIGNMENT IS ON EDMODO. Follow the link above if you have not already done so!

Day 3: "A" Day
Unit 3 vocabulary and roots test ALL BLOCKS


Day 1 DUE ON DAY 2: study vocab and roots
EG. p. 215
Find an example of each type of writing, identify the qualities

Day 2 DUE ON DAY 3: study vocab and roots
EG complete pp. 16, 17, 18 (we will begin these in class)


Tuesday, September 10, 2013


The essay due date has been extended for those who need a little extra time. I am looking to receive the essay, the worksheets used to prepare writing, and the rubric by Monday,9/16. Please be respectful of our holiest day and do not work on the essay from Friday sundown through Saturday sundown.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Week of 9/9 -9/13

This week we are wrapping up our unit on the summer reading, continuing to focus on prepositions, learning to identify different types of writing, and discussing Out of My Mind.The Compare and Contrast essay is due for most students on 9/11. Block 3's essays will be due on the 12th.
Remember: ORGANIZE your sentences into a logical sequence.
PROOFREAD your essay.
ATTACH YOUR RUBRIC when you turn it in!

There are no formatting requirements for this assignment. I will collect your pre-writing sheets when you turn in your paper.

Day 1: Vocabulary and Roots test Unit 2
Day 2: EG/prepositions continued, distribution of the Parts of Speech assignment, discussion of OOMM
Day 3: EG/prepositions continued, types of writing
Day 4: 1/2 day - transfer your symbol to your classroom folders

Day 1: Work on your essay at home, if possible. Continue to read OOMM
Day 2: Unit 3 - vocabulary, 2 sections and roots cards
Day 3: Unit 3 - 2 additional sections of vocabulary, EG pp. 13, 14
Day 4: Study for Unit 3 test on 18/19 (depending on your block)

Want to earn a bonus point? Here's another way: go see "The Butler," currently playing in theaters. Tell me what the movie has to do with The Watsons, and you'll have yourself a bonus point!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Week of 9/2

The short week is a nice break from all the effort you have put into school thus far! Continue to study Unit 2 vocabulary and roots as you prepare for the test on 9/9. In class you will begin wrapping up/typing your essay.

Tuesday 9/3: "A" Day - refer to the "A" schedule you have on the back of your regular class schedule printout. You will be typing your essay, and I will give you the grading

Wednesday 9/4: "C" Day - refer to the "C" schedule you have on the back of your regular class schedule printout. I will be distributing an editing packet you will need to keep all year, and will teach you a highly effective method of proofreading.

Keep up with your reading of Out of My Mind and study for the test on 9/9. No other homework at this time.

A sweet, healthy, happy New Year to you and your family!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Week of 8/26 - 8/30

For those of you who have not yet looked up the word flautist, it is someone who plays the flute. Congratulations to Audra, Isabelle M., Gabriella K., Jonah, Austin, and Rip (otherwise known as Max) for earning a bonus point!

We will continue our examination of the main characters in The Watsons by preparing a Compare/Contrast essay developed from evidence in the book. In the V&R world, we move forward to Unit 2: 20 new words and five root meanings this week. On Friday, you will receive Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. If you have read this book before, please DO NOT share the plot (what happens in the book) with the other students. Additionally, you will receive your Easy Grammar workbook, and will begin using it. I will return the V&R Unit 1 test on Friday as well.

Day 1 Vocab/Roots Test Unit 1
Day 2 Continue working on gathering evidence for your essay, and completing pre-
writing activities
Day 3 You will take an ungraded assessment on grammar. This is for me to see what you remember from last year.
Continue writing the compare/contrast essay
Day 4 Prepositions - you will receive your Easy Grammar workbook
You'll receive Out of My Mind and a pacing chart. This book should
be read outside of class time.
I will return and go over the Unit 1 test.

Day 1: Read for 20-30 minutes
Day 2, DUE ON DAY 3: Make your roots cards and complete two vocabulary sections.
Day 3, DUE ON DAY 4: Two additional sections of vocabulary.

Many students have asked when the Video Projects will be graded. It will take me quite a while to complete those, as the uploading is causing delays. I will let you know when I have a target date.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Week of 8/19- 8/23

***UPDATE!!!*** Tutorial for the Unit 1 Vocab & Roots test will be held both Friday and Monday mornings (8/23 and 8/26) beginning at 7:25 in Room 110. Come on by!

I don't know about you, but I had a FABULOUS start to the year! Thank you. What an incredibly polite, fun, and excited group of students you are! We began with understanding why we study language. Miscommunication causes a variety of issues, so the more descriptive and clear you can be in both your speech and your writing, the more success you will have making your thoughts known to others.

Over the weekend, be thinking about a symbol that represents you. It can include your initials, but should not be, for example, a stick figure holding a ball (baseball, volleyball, lacrosse stick, etc.) This is for fun, not a homework grade. You'll be drawing your symbol on the folder of work we will keep in class.

Day 1 Complete your Watsons video. When you finish, transfer the symbol you
thought about (see above) onto your classroom folders.
Day 2 You will receive your Sadlier-Oxford vocabulary workbook and roots packet.
I will explain your homework, and how to make roots cards.
I will return, with comments, the short essay you turned in on 8/16.
We will discuss The Watsons go to Birmingham. BRING YOUR BOOK TO CLASS.

Day 3 We continue our discussion of The Watsons.
We discuss language as broken down into its smallest units, then use those
units to build upon.

Day 4 We will walk through the pre-writing process, then will write a
short essay comparing/contrasting the two Watson brothers.

On Day 1 Read any book for at least twenty minutes.
On Day 2, DUE DAY 3 Complete your roots cards
Complete two of the S-O (Sadlier-Oxford) sections
On Day 3, DUE DAY 4 Complete two additional S-O sections

Your first vocabulary and roots test will be on MONDAY, AUGUST 26.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

LA Week of 8/12 - 8/19

Your teachers are all so VERY glad you are here! I am ready to spend the year learning, reading, writing, HAVING FUN! This blog will be a fabulous resource for you as the year progresses. Check back often as I am always adding new gadgets and information. On Monday in class I will explain how to read the lessons for the week.

Day 1: How does LA "work" in 6th grade?
ANOTHER syllabus...
What exactly IS language, anyway?

Day 2: The Watsons go to Birmingham
You will be creating a video response to the book. I will hand out the rubric
for this project, and will explain what is required. We'll be using the iPads.

Day 3: Keep working on your video.

Day 4: Your video should be complete by the end of the class period.


Due on Friday, 8/16
1. Signed syllabus (tear-off portion)
2. At least two well-written paragraphs (you may write OR type) telling me about yourself. These paragraphs are about you, not your siblings or pets.

That's it for now! Shabbat Shalom, see you next week!

Saturday, August 3, 2013


Wow! What a quick but wonderful summer I had. I am looking forward to meeting the sixth graders, and hearing about your summer adventures. We will be jumping right in to Watsons go to Birmingham. Even if you have heard the story before, you should read the book for class. As you will hear from your advisory teacher next week, you will need your binder, backpack, and lunch (if you bring from home) for the first day of school. You won't need to bring Watsons on the first day. I look forward to meeting you!