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Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

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...

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7th Grade

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We are winding down a great year, and it’s all because of you!  We all know that middle school isn’t the smoothest time in a child’s life (Did you love middle...

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2016

Summer 2016   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 are...

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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 futureWritingImage
  • 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.

Hope to see you at the beach or orientation,

Ms. Siminski & Ms. Mintz

 

2016 – 2017 Supply List

 

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

Loose leaf lined paper in 1” binder

3 spiral 1-subject notebooks- Math, Science

Pencils (if mechanical, bring extra lead)

Pencil sharpener with case for shavings

Blue or Black pens (colored pens for correcting)

Index cards

Glue sticks

Corrective Tape (Not White Out Liquid!!)

Colored Pencils

Markers

Highlighters

Ruler-metric system included

Carry a book to read at all times!

 

Recommended supplies but not necessary:

Blunt end scissors

Flash drive

 

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Incoming 6th Grade Events

Summer 2016
 
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 are the Humanities Academy teachers: Mrs. Siminski, Ms. Mintz, Mrs. Holbrook, and Ms. Mansfield. You can expect homework regularly and a year of hard work, creative projects, and thought-provoking discussions.
Please pick at least two books from Reed’s 2016-2017 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 2017. 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!
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 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 or orientation,
Ms. Siminski, Ms. Mintz, Ms. Holbrook, and Ms. Mansfield
New Student Orientation Wednesday, August 10th
 
Meet with other students, parents, teachers and staff at Reed before school officially begins on August 16th. Your child will be given a draft of his/her class schedule, and you will be able to tour the campus to locate each of your child’s classrooms. You will also be able to purchase P.E. uniforms and school clothes conforming to our Reed dress code policy. Please come at the times designated below:
9 – 11:30 AM:      Last names starting A – L
3 – 5:30 PM:        Last names starting M – Z
 
 
SLC Welcome Picnic Saturday, August 13th
 
Get to know the students, parents, and teachers in the Humanities Academy! We will have activities and a potluck picnic available for you to enjoy as well. If you are not able to come for the full two (2) hours, it would be best to join us at the beginning of the picnic for a brief “welcome”. The potluck picnic will follow in the grassy southwest corner of the campus known as “Schall Park”.
10 AM – 12 NOON:   Humanities Academy
Please bring the following items if your last name begins with:
A – F:     Salads or side dishes
G – L:     Main Dishes (pasta, vegetarian alternatives, sandwiches, quesadillas, etc.)
M – R:   Desserts
S –  Z:    Drinks
Parking: Please park in the Teachers Parking Lot next to the school’s auditorium and follow the signs to the Humanities Academy Welcome

Incoming 6th Grade Beach Meet Up!!

Incoming 6th Graders
Zuma Beach Meet Up!

Hello 6th Grade!
Please meet some of the Humanities teachers, Mrs Siminski (one of two Language Arts/ Ancient Civilizations), Ms. Holbrook (Math/Science), and Ms. Mansfield (Math/Science) and Parent Representatives from FOHA at Zuma Beach in Malibu on Saturday, July 30th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, for swimming, lunch and socializing with your soon to be classmates/ families from the Humanities Academy. This is a great way to meet other incoming Humanities students/parents. Be sure to pack beach chairs, sunscreen, lunch/snacks, 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 Team

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