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6th Grade

Hello parents of future 6th graders, My name is Mrs Siminski. I am a Language Arts/ Ancient Civilizations teacher in the Humanities...

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7th Grade

2014-15 Supply list for 7th and 8th grade math is spiral notebook 9 1/2 by 11.  no smaller!!  and a composition book. Glue sticks. I also...

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8th Grade

New York Trip Update: FOHA is working with our wonderful English teacher Ms. Federico to make the 2015 Humanities New York trip happen and...

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Events

Hello parents of future 6th graders, My name is Mrs Siminski. I am a Language Arts/ Ancient Civilizations teacher in the Humanities...

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Incoming 6th Grade Meet-up at Zuma Beach

Hello parents of future 6th graders,

My name is Mrs Siminski. I am a Language Arts/ Ancient Civilizations teacher in the Humanities Academy, and I am coordinating a beach meet-up this summer for the incoming 6th graders.

Please meet me and our FOHA (Friends of Humanities Academy) Vice President, Leah Altschuler at Zuma Beach in Malibu on Saturday, July 26,th 10:00am – 2:00pm, for swimming, lunch and socializing with your soon to be six grade classmates/families from the Humanities Academy. Please be sure to pack sunscreen, lunch, towel, bathing suit, and any toys/games to help entertain. We look forward to getting to know you!

Please 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.

RSVP to mrssiminski183@gmail.com zuma-beach-food

Thank you,

Mrs. Siminski

HUMANITIES ACADEMY HOMEWORK POLICY

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Being organized and diligent is an important trait in a student.  An organized student takes the time to use his/her agenda daily and write down assignments for each class.  A diligent student will also ask their teachers questions in class, go in at nutrition to seek help, &/or email their teachers when needed.It is important to keep up in class, that means doing the homework and turning it in ON TIME.  This helps build good study habits that will benefit you in high school and beyond.  Not doing homework on a consistent basis results in a lowered overall grade in class.  It is very difficult to catch up in class once you have fallen behind.
To help cultivate good study habits, and to be consistent, all Humanities teachers will enforce the following homework policy:

English & History:

  • Teachers will post the homework for all students (white board, document camera, &/or on-line, etc.)
  • Each student will write down the homework in his/her agenda.
  • Homework is completed BEFORE class starts and is turned in when the teacher collects it from the class.  Any work turned in after it is officially collected is considered late.
  • Students will have one calendar week to turn in late work. Each calendar day within that week that the work is late, will result in the product being reduced by 10%.
  • When a student is absent, he/she must request the work missed on the day he/she returns to class.  The student will have as many days to make up the work as he/she missed.  For example, if the student was absent for 2 days, he/she will have 2 days to complete the work.

 

Math & Science Homework Policy:   

  • Teachers will post the homework for all students (white board, document camera, &/or on-line, etc.)
  • Each student will write down the homework in his/her agenda.
  • The daily math & science homework is due at the beginning of class. LATE DAILY HOMEWORK IS NOT ACCEPTED. It must be done on time, as it relates to that day’s lesson & classwork.
  • Math & science PROJECTS are to be completed before class starts and is turned in when the teacher collects it.  Any work turned in after it is officially collected is considered late.
  • Students will have one calendar week to turn in late projects. Each calendar day within that week that the work is late will result in the product being reduced by 10%.
  • When a student is absent, he/she must request the work missed on the day he/she returns to class.  The student will have as many days to make up the work as he/she missed.  For example, if the student was absent for 2 days, he/she will have 2 days to complete the work.

 

 

 

Humanities Academy 6th Grade Welcome Letter

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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 for English language arts and History, and you’ll have Ms. Walker for math and science.   You can expect homework nightly 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 2015-2015 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 2015. Humanities Academy always does very well at this competition!

We’ve also posted our required supply list for those of you that want to shop early, directions for the letter, requested supplies, the homework policy, the new Battle of the Books list, and extra credit opportunities in math. Whew!

We look forward to getting to know each of you next year. Here’s some fun tidbits about us!  Guess which one of us it is!
One of us is going to Iowa;  Both of us are going camping at the beach.
One of us has a 1,000lb animal; one of us has two pets that weigh only 8 lbs together.
One of us drives 36 miles to school; one of us drives 69 miles to school.
We both love HGTV.

Hope to see you at the picnic or orientation,
Ms. Siminski and Ms. Walker

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A Letter To Ms. Walker and Ms. Siminski

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. Walker and Ms. Siminski
  • The body of the letter written in paragraphs with appropriate spacing and indentions
  • A closing
  • In the body of the letter, please address some of the following topics:
  • Family
  • Pets
  • Hobbies
  • Sports you play
  • Goals for the future
  • School
  • Friends
  • Books
  • Movies and tv shows
  • What you’re looking forward to
  • You may type or handwrite. Please make it neat. Remember you are writing this to your teachers, so make sure your spelling, grammar, and punctuation are correct.  Please make two copies for each of one of us.

Humanities Academy Mathematics Extra Credit Opportunities

 

  • Test corrections – correct your errors on the tests, showing your work, and explain your mistake and how it will be avoided in the future. You can earn up to half of your missed points back.
  • Create a poster of a famous mathematician. Consider including such information as birth/death, timeline, photos, schooling, area of expertise in math, mathematical findings, significance of work, etc.  This is 1o points and may be done once per semester.
  • Classroom Requested Item donations – 1 point for each item up to 5 per semester
  • Math in the news – submit an article from a newspaper or a magazine that relates to our current learning. Write a thoughtful commentary to the article. 5 points. 1 per semester.

Supply Requests

Every year, these are the supplies that run out/disappear. We’d greatly appreciate any of them that can be donated. So will your kids!

  • “Clorox” wipes
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Scotch tape
  • Acrylic paint especially blue, brown, green
  • Mini hot glue sticks
  • Construction paper
  • Wet “swiffer” wipes
  • Colored printer paper
  • Printer paper
  • Protractors
  • Student scissors
  • Graph paper
  • Index cards

Humanities Academy 6th Grade Supply List

Humanities Academy
6th grade supply list
We expect our students to bring their own supplies to class every day. Students should NOT expect to borrow paper, pencils, lead, etc. from their classmates. We expect our students to be responsible for themselves. Constant borrowing will adversely effect your grading marks.

Required supplies:
Loose leaf paper
Pencils (if mechanical, bring extra lead)
Blue and/or black pens, plus a red correcting pen
Pencil sharpener( with a case for the shavings)
Two composition books for English
1 three ring binder with dividers for math,science, English, history
1 Spiral 3-subject notebook for History, Science.
Book to read

Recommended supplies:  These are not required, but would be helpful for you to have on hand.
Stapler
Glue stick
Colored pencils
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scotch tape