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Hello 6th Grade! Please meet your new teachers, Mrs Siminski (Language Arts/ Ancient Civilizations), Ms. Mintz (Lang Arts/Anc Civ), Ms....

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6th Grade Zuma Beach Meet Up!

Hello 6th Grade!

Please meet your new teachers, Mrs Siminski (Language Arts/ Ancient Civilizations), Ms. Mintz (Lang Arts/Anc Civ), Ms. Holbrook (Math/Science), and Ms. Mansfield (Math/Science) at Zuma Beach in Malibu on Saturday, Aug 8th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, for swimming, lunch and socializing with your soon to be classmates/ families from the Humanities Academy. Be sure to pack beach chairs, sunscreen, lunch, towel, bathing suit, and any toys/games to help entertain the kids.

Look for the Humanities sign at lifeguard station number 3. Beach parking rates are $3 – $10, depending on length of stay. Lastly, please be advised this is not a drop off event; each student must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

We look forward to getting to know you!

-The 6th Grade Humanities Teamzuma-beach-food

Incoming 6th graders – Welcome!!

Greetings Humanities Academy students and families,

Your adventures in middle school are about to begin! We’re thrilled to have you as a part of our academy. We’ll be your two core academic teachers. You’ll have Ms. Siminski or Ms. Mintz for English Language Arts and History, and you’ll have Ms. Holbrook or Ms. Mansfield for Math and Science. You can expect homework regularly and a year of hard work, creative projects, and thought-provoking discussions.

In addition to the letter you are writing for us, please pick at least two books from Reed’s 2015-2016 Battle of the Books list to read and come to school ready to discuss your books. This list encompasses a wide variety of genres and reading levels. Battle of the Books is a reading incentive competition where teams answer questions in a family feud type competition. Students consistently rave about the fun they have during this event. Summer is a great time to get a head start on the competition, which takes place in Spring 2016. The Humanities Academy always does very well at this competition! Also, don’t forget to look for the math in everyday life!

We’ve also posted our required supply list for those of you who want to shop early, directions for the letter, requested supplies, and the new Battle of the Books list. Whew!

We look forward to getting to know each of you next year. Here are some fun tidbits about us!

Guess who’s who?

  • One of us is going camping at the beach; one of us is going across the country
  • One person sang in a New Wave band; one person was a theater actress
  • Three of us drive less than 5 miles to school; one of us drives 45 miles to school
  • One of us has a fashion design degree; one in theater and two in psychology
  • We all love to dance!

Hope to see you at the beach meet-up or orientation,

Ms. Siminski , Ms. Mintz, Ms. Holbrook, and Ms. Mansfield

Supply List 2015-2016

These are the supplies you will need to have this school year in the Humanities Academy. Teacher-specific supplies may be requested the first day of school.

Two composition books- English

One 3-ring binder with dividers for English, History, Math and Science

Loose leaf lined paper

One spiral 3-subject notebook- History, Science notes

Pencils (if mechanical, bring extra lead)

Pencil sharpener with case for shavings

Blue or Black pens (colored pens for correcting)

Index cards

Post Its

Glue sticks

Tape

Colored Pencils

Markers

Highlighters

Ruler-metric system included

Carry a book to read at all times!

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Stapler

Staples

Summer Assignment for incoming 6th Graders

A Letter to Ms. Siminski and Ms. Mintz

Over the summer, please write us a letter introducing yourself. This will be a way for us to get to know you and give us a writing sample.

A friendly letter contains:

  • The date
  • A salutation, i.e. Dear Ms. Mintz and Ms. Siminski,
  • The body of the letter written in first person, paragraphs with appropriate spacing and indentions
  • A conclusion
  • A closing, i.e. Sincerely, Your name

In the body of the letter, please address some of the following topics:

  • Family
  • Pets
  • Hobbies
  • Goals for the future
  • Favorite/Least favorite subjects and why
  • Friends
  • Books
  • Movies/TV shows
  • Sports/Activities you participate in
  • Music
  • What you’re looking forward to

You may type or handwrite your letter. Please make it neat. Remember you are writing this to your teacher, so make sure your spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct.

Battle of the Books Reading List 2016

Battle of the Books is an exciting reading competition for all students. Students form teams who, as a group, read all twenty titles in the Battle of the Books list over the next 6 months. The team competes in a Family Feud type competition, where two teams face off answering questions of the type: “In which book did one of the characters suddenly see the color red?” Answer: The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Reed will be having a school competition in early March 2016, with a firm date to be announced later. Click here for Battle of the Books reading list.

 

Battle-of-the-Books

$3,301 raised by Ms. Holbrook’s math/science classes for earthquake victims

Kudos to Ms. Holbrook’s 6th grade science and math classes who raised money to buy a well in Africa but then donated instead to children affected by the earthquakes in Nepal.  The kids ran a small classroom store, did inventory, counted money, and were responsible for the entire project.  They were able to send over $3,000 to Nepal!  Well done!

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FOHA Year End and Welcome Mixer

Friday, May 15th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Leah and John Altschuler’s home
11311 Valley Spring Lane , Studio City, CA

It’s a great opportunity to socialize with other Humanities parents and teachers. Hear about what’s happening in the academy and share ideas for moving forward. Appetizers, drinks and dessert will be served. If you’d like to bring something, 6th grade parents – appetizers, 7th grade parents – drinks, 8th grade parents – dessert. This is an adults-only event.