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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

Ms. Fed’s List: •    3-Ring Binder (no spiral this year) with 5 dividers •    composition book •    paper •  ...

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8th Grade

Ms. Fed’s List: •    3-Ring Binder (no spiral this year) with 5 dividers •    composition book •    paper •  ...

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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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School Supplies List – Ms. Fed

Ms. Fed’s List:
•    3-Ring Binder (no spiral this year) with 5 dividers
•    composition book
•    paper
•    pencil w/eraser & sharpener
•    blue or black ink pen
•    glue stick
•    highlighters
•    art supplies for projects (not needed everyday)
•    flash drive is handy for bringing your work if your printer is out of ink

Shakespeare in the Park Meet up!

Join Ms. Federico and the Friends of Humanities at a Shakespeare in the Park Meet up!
The Independent Shakespeare Company will be performing Twelfth Night at their Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival on Sunday, August 17th at 7pm.  Pack a blanket and a picnic and meet us there!  Thesimagese are the same talented actors who brought Romeo and Juliet to Walter Reed last Spring.  For those of you who are theatrically inclined, come at 5 pm for their interactive Players in the Park pre-show workshops.
Here is a link to the website which has a map and parking information: http://www.iscla.org/
No need to rsvp, just meet us there. Yes, school starts too soon, but that doesn’t mean the summer fun has to stop!

SAVE THE DATE!!

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Please join Friends of Humanities for an all-grade Swim Party and BBQ, Sunday, August 24th 2:00pm – 6:00 pm at UCLA Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Invitation with more info to follow soon!

 

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.