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March 2 to March 6  

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

     We have a busy, busy week ahead. Our post test is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4. We will review Monday and Tuesday in order to prepare for the test. Please see "File Manager" and download the study guide/standards for the test (Homework-Study Guide document). 

     Wednesday also begins the Spring Bookfair at CMS. Students will visit to see what items are available to purchase. They will be allowed to return ONLY if they have money to purchase items. Also, March 5 at 6:00, CMS will host the annual Math and Technology night. The book fair will be open for purchases as well. Make plans to visit!

     Looking ahead to the following week, students will take a summative assessment on verb tense and Esperanza Rising. I encourage the students to complete their reading in order to be successful on the exam. 

     There are a few things I need to remind everyone regarding rules and procedures. At the beginning of the school year, we were instructed that no drink or food items were to be brought from the lunchroom. I intend to follow this rule and I expect my students to do so as well. Also, students are using clipboards instead of three ring binders. I am finding papers and assignments in the room and hallway due to the clipboards. I will continue to insist students use three ring binders. Please check to see if paper and pencils are needed. Chewing gum continues to be an issue. Please...no gum. I am responsible for sweeping and mopping my class. I am rather tired of scraping chewing gum off the floor. Last, but not least, students are not doing homework. Please check the "Assignments" page for daily assignments.

     As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

Sincerely,

Rachel Jones


F.Y.I February 23 to February 27  

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

     This week the 6th grade will learn more about argumentative characteristics from Mrs. Hughes. Students will take part in a practice debate as part of this lesson. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, students in small groups will review standard RI.6.3-- Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text with facts, examples or anecdotes. While this review is taking place, the remaining students will work on Esperanza Rising  assignments on chapters "Las Papas" ( pp 158-178) and "Los Aguacates"(pp 179-198). There will be daily instruction on verb tense as well. Looking ahead, the post test for this unit is scheduled for March 4th. Look for a study guide and practice questions as assignments next week. 

     If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

Sincerely,

Rachel Jones

6th ELA                                                                                                                                                                         


February 17 to February 20  

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

     This week will be a quiet, but busy week. We will visit the library on Tuesday where Mrs. Hughes and I will continue our lessons on argumentative writing. The remaining week will focus on the novel Esperanza Rising. See File Manager, Assignments or Calendar for detail assignments. ( Quizzes and tests are being given on reading assignments. Please make sure you are reading the daily assignments.) I would like to remind parents and guardians to check your student for school supplies. Many students come to class without paper and pencils.

    Wednesday, February 18 at 2:00, CMS students will have club meetings. If you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rachel S. Jones


February 9 to February 13 News to Know!  

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

     This week in 6th Grade ELA students will be introduced to argumentative writing. This lesson will be followed by daily chapter readings in Esperanza Rising. Formative assessments will follow watch of these chapters. Please see "File Manager", "Assignments" and "Calendar" for detailed assignments. There are some students who have completed the novel Esperanza Rising. These students will be given an opportunity to take a summative assessment Tuesday on the book. If the student scores 80 or higher, independent activities will be assigned instead of the daily chapter readings. 

     Spring pictures will be taken on Thursday. Announcements will be made regarding the type of dress. Also, Valentine Day is Saturday. There will be no Valentine parties in 6th grade unless announced otherwise. There will be no school Monday due to President Day's holiday.

     If you have any question, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us. 

 

Sincerely,

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


February 2 to February 6  

Dear Parents and Students,

     We have a busy week ahead of us. Please continue to read assigned pages of Esperanza Rising by Thursday. I will post questions in the class room to guide the reading. Also, Mr. Hubbert and Mrs. Forbus are encouraging students to be on their best behavior. Beginning February 2 and continuing throughout the month, students with no disciplinary referrals and unexcused absences will be treated to a BLAST in March. So, be sweet and be in school! Parents of students who are in danger of failing based on first semester averages will be notified in the coming weeks. Please contact the teacher if you receive a notice. Progress reports will be issues on February 5th.

     As always, if you have any questions, contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

 

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


January 26 to January 30  

Dear Parents and Students,

     We will review our first reflective narrative and begin a new one. The classes started reading Esperanza Rising.  The majority of the reading will be done at home. Please see File Manager or  Assignments for the weekly reading assignments. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us. 

 

Thanks!

Rachel Jones


January 20 to January 23  

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

     I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend with a "Day of Service" for your community, family or church in recognition of Dr. King's holiday. Tuesday we will examine Dr. King's writings and speeches as students practice standard RI6.3 (Analyzing key ideas in a text.) Wednesday students will take the midterm benchmark test in language. Students will receive the novel for this unit on Thursday. The novel, Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan centers on a young Hispanic girl as she immigrates to the United States in the 1940's and 1950's. Every student will be assigned a copy of the novel with daily reading assignments. (These assignments can be seen on File Manager or the Assignments page). I encourage you to sit and read this novel with someone in your family.

     Our fundraiser ends Wednesday, January 21st. Please try to sell at least one item as the money raised will pay for the necessities needed here at school. Friday afternoon, students will limited or no disciplinary referrals will be treated to a "Rewards Blast". More information to come later! Finally, please make sure your child is prepared each day with paper and pencil for classes. What was purchased in August is long gone! 

     As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us. 

 

Sincerely,

Rachel Jones

6th ELA

 

 

     


Homework Announcement  

The homework assignment for Thursday night, January 15th has been canceled.

 

Rachel Jones


January 12 to January 16  

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students, 

     Our second week of school for this semester promises to be very busy. Monday, we will visit the library to check out books. Mrs. Hughes will introduce students to the reading skill point of view. There will be an assembly program to recognize honor roll students and to provide information about a new fundraiser. Tuesday, all sixth grade students will be given the mid-year benchmark test for ELA. The "Critter Show" returns to CMS on Thursday. Admission is $3.00. Please do not forget we will not attend school on Monday, January 19 in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King holiday. This day has been designated as a "Day of Service". Encourage your child to perform a service for his or her community. This week's assignments may be viewed on Assignments, Calendar and File Manager. Included as an additional document on File Manager are directions for Tuesday's writing assignment.

     If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at 256=377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

 

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


Welcome to 2015  

Dear Parents and Students,

     Welcome to 2015! This week begins with our pretest on Tuesday for our new unit, Embracing Our Heritage. The remaining week will focus on writing reflective narratives. Next week instruction will begin on our new standards for this nine weeks. There will be no homework this week. You may view the standards on File Manager. ( Additional instruction on the parts of speech will continue as well.) Report cards for the first semester will be issued on Thursday. Please study your child's progress for the first semester. If you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us. Thanks for all you do as your child's first educator!

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


December 15 to December 19  

Dear Parents,

     Our last week of 2014 promises to be a busy one. Monday is our unit post test. Tuesday, students will have a summative test on verbs. On Wednesday, students will have a summative assessment on vocabulary. You may see more about these summative assessments on File Manager under this week's homework assignments.

     Thursday, students will attend a Christmas play. Admission is $3.00. Friday, students attend 1/2 day with dismissal at 11:45. Breakfast and lunch will be served. My homeroom will have a Christmas party before lunch. Parents, a letter was sent home Friday with my homeroom students. Please read carefully and return by Tuesday.

     Students will return to school on January 6. Here is hoping you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

 

Sincerely,

Rachel Jones


December 1 to December 5  

Dear Parents,

     This week we begin a review of verbs. There will be homework on this Tuesday and Wednesday followed with a test on Friday. Our new vocabulary words were defined in class today. The test will be December 10th. You can find these words as well as this week's assignments on File Manager, Assignments and Calendar. Our focus in reading is non-fiction passages and text structure.

     Mrs. Hughes , our librarian, is having a book fair this week. Students visited today to see the selection. Students may return only with money to purchase items. Also, students will nominate class representatives for the CMS Homecoming scheduled for next week. See the CMS website for more information.

     Parents, we have several students absent with flu. Please watch your child carefully for symptoms. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

Thank you,

Rachel Jones

6th ELA teacher


Happy Thanksgiving!  

Dear Parents,

     With the school week being only two days, there will only be the weekly vocabulary test on Tuesday. The words are as follows: 

Vocabulary: costly, valuable, inquisitive, snoop, unusual, bizarre, colorful, gaudy, flimsy, delicate, -mis, -ness, -or, re-, spec

Please encourage your child to prepare for this test. We are continuing to work on our Folklore Project. Partners have been assigned and cultures selected. A detailed instruction sheet with guidelines and deadlines will be posted soon.

     There will be no school Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. My wish for you and your family is to have safe travels, spending time with loved ones!

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


F.Y.I November 17 - November 21  

Dear Parents,

     We have a busy week ahead! Monday, we will review for our Unit 2 Post Test. You can view the standards on File Manager. The post test will be Tuesday. Also, progress reports will be issued on Tuesday. Wednesday is our pre-test as well as our vocabulary test. The vocabulary words can be found on last week's homework assignments in File Manager. Fifth and Sixth Grade Clubs are scheduled to meet on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be devoted to small group instruction on our new standards.

     Students will begin working on a performance assessment for Mr. Freeman and me. They will work with a partner researching cultures ( randomly assigned)  in the United States, specifically literature contributions and political or scientific contributions. Assignments will following involving identifying elements of plot in a folktale, legend or myth associated with that culture, identifying characters, summarization of folktale, legend or folktale and researching contributions of people associated with the culture. After the research and reporting is complete, students will present information on a tri-fold display board for presentation. This is an assignment that will take place over several weeks with most work being completed in class. Look for more information later this week.

     Our fruit sale continues. Please try to sell one item as this is our biggest fundraiser. Mrs. Hughes will have a book fair in the coming weeks as well.

     If you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

 

Sincerely,

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


F.Y. I. for November 12-14  

Dear Parents,

     This week we begin to prepare and review for our post test which is scheduled for November 18. We will continue to review plot and characters as we read myths, tall tales, legends, fables and pourquoi in class. This week will also see a return to vocabulary as students learn about the following affixes: bene-, dis-, -er, -est, -ly and figurative language terms. See file manager for these affixes and terms.

     Friday, I will share with students information on an upcoming performance assessment that will be a shared assignment between Mr. Freeman's social studies class and my ELA classes. Look for this information this Friday.

     Progress reports will be issued on November 18. Please try to sell fruit for our fundraiser. This is the only fundraiser and we need to raise as much money as possible.

     As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us..

Sincerely,

Rachel Jones


November 2 to November 7 Announcements  

Dear Parents,

    After a busy week recognizing "Red Ribbon Week", Halloween and Grandparents-Parents Day, this promises to be  quiet one. Dress code is back into effect daily. With Halloween, I am sure many students will want to bring candy to school. Please discourage your child from doing this. He or she is sweet enough as it is! The fruit sale continues. Please try and sell at least one box of fruit. This is our only fundraiser so naturally, we want it to be a successful one!

    There will be homework Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Please see File Manager Page, Assignments Page or Calendar for more information. Many students are coming to class without paper and pencil. Check with your child to see if they need these supplies.

As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

Sincerely,

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


No Homework  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dear Parents,

     There will be NO reading worksheet homework tonight!

 

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


Red Ribbon Week and More!  

Dear Parents and Students,

     Lots and lots of activities happening this week! Red Ribbon Week begins Monday. Please see and open the document CMS Red Ribbon Week on File Manager for more information.

     Homework this week includes completing the final draft of the " Confidence Essay" Monday night for Mr. Freeman, Mrs. Burke and my homeroom. Mrs. McGraw's class will complete their essay for homework Tuesday night. There will be a quiz on the writing process Wednesday and a worksheet on characterization Thursday night.

     Friday is tenatively schedules as "Grandparents and Parents Visit". A note was sent home this past Friday concerning this. If you did not receive one from your child, please call the office for more information. 

     Please check with your child about paper and pencils. Many students have none and are borrowing from classmates. Oh yes, regarding Halloween---NO COSTUMES AND NO CANDY

     For more information about homework assignments, check File Manager, Assignments or Calendar of my page of the CMS website.If you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

 

Sincerely,

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


Confidence Essay for R.U.S. H. for Literacy  

Dear Parents and Students,

     I hope everyone enjoyed the brief vacation! There is one item of interest I would like you to be know. Very few students attempted the prewriting and writing assignment of the Confidence Essay for the R.U.S.H. for Literacy sponsored by Justin and Lauren Tuck. Therefore, additional class time will be allowed for students to work on the essay. However, some work will need to be completed at home. (Due date for the final draft will be Tuesday, October 28.)  While participation in the contest is not mandatory, writing the essay is required. It is directly tied to the following standard: W.6.4.  Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.  I will expect each student to complete the essay to the best of his or her ability. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade. Please see your child has completed the assignment.

     If you have any question, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

Thank you,

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


This Week In 6th Grade ELA  

Dear Parents and Students,

     We begin Unit 2 "A Blast from the Past" in earnest this week. Look for standards to be posted on file manager. There will be a vocabulary test Thursday, October 16 on Greek and Latin Affixes. Also, on Wednesday and Thursday, students will begin working on the Tuck essay. This is a required writing assignment. Depending on what is accomplished in class, students may need to complete the class assignments at home on those nights. Club meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, October 15 at 2:00. Our first reports cards will be issued on Thursday, October 16. If you have any questions or concerns regarding grades, please schedule an appointment through the office at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us. Our fall break will be October 20, 21 and 22. Students will not attend school those days. Enjoy!

Thanks!

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


October 6 to October 10  

Dear Parents,

     I have moved the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory test to Tuesday, October 7. Students will begin lessons in vocabulary focusing on the meanings of Greek affixes and roots. If students do not complete the work in class, they will be expected to do so at home. Students who do not have access to dictionaries or internet will be able to check a dictionary out from the classroom on a day to day basis.

     If students are absent, please send a note upon their return to school. If a student has an unexcused absence, a grade of zero is entered into INOW untill the absence is excused. Also, many students do not have paper or pencils. Please ask your child if he or she needs these tools.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

Thank you

Rachel S. Jones


This Week In 6th Grade ELA  

Dear Parents and Students,

     This week begins with a pretest for our upcoming Unit 2: Folklore-A Blast from the Past. Also, each day in class, students will plan and create a lesson on subject, object and possessive pronouns as a performance assessment. Wednesday, students will take a summative assessment on inferencing followed by a summative assessment on subject, object and possessive pronouns on Thursday. Also on Wednesday, students will be introduce to 10 Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes and roots. The class will learn the meaning of these affixes and roots to better determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. The test will be the following Wednesday.

     This week is homecoming week at CHS. It has been decided our students WILL NOT participate in the daily dress-up sponsored by the high school. We will attend the pep rally and parade on Friday.

     As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

 

Thank you,

Rachel S. Jones


Very Important Information  

Dear Parents and Students,

     We will begin our review for our Unit One Test which is scheduled for Friday. Students will receive a study guide and review assignments in class and through homework daily. Please use the class and homework assignments as a means to study. Friday, students will receive instructions for a Pronoun Performance Assessment. The majority of the assignment will be completed in class though it may be necessary for the assignment to be completed at home. Look for summative assessment on pronouns and inferencing to assigned next week as well.

     We will begin monthly club meetings this Wednesday. We are excited at the clubs being offered! Dress code issues continue to be an issue. Please remind your child that jackets or hoodies that are not in dress code should be placed in locker. If your have any questions, refer to the Coosa County Code of Conduct Manual for more information.

     As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

Have a great week!

Rachel Jones

 

 

 


For Your Information!  

Dear Parents and Students,

     This week in Sixth Grade ELA, we will continue to study pronouns. There will be pronoun homework assignments on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Our vocabulary test is scheduled for Wednesday. You may view the vocabulary words in "File Manager" link of my page. Students are continuing to read in class Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with class assignments for the chapters. Our goal is to complete the novel by September 26.

     There is a Cougar JV Football game, Tuesday night at Cougar Stadium where we will play Nichols-Lawson. A pep rally for our first game is scheduled for 1:30 Tuesday. Sixth Grade students are ask to wear gray or silver to support the Cougars. Club meetings for fifth and sixth grade students will be September 24th. Due to this, our post-test will be September 26th. Stay tune for more information on this.

     As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us to schedule an appointment.

Have a great week!

 

Rachel Jones


Remind 101 Update!!!  

REMIND 101

Central Middle School will use a new tool, REMIND 101, to communicate with parents. It works much like “text messaging”. In order to receive messages, announcements, etc. from me, your child’s teacher, simply call the number below then enter the code. It will automatically establish a line of communication between you and me, your child’s English-Language Arts teacher. (You may also download this document at File Manager.

Rachel Jones


Homeroom and First Period ELA 

 To join, send a text to

(256)274-0946

With the message

@3839bb

 

Second Period ELA

To join, send a text to

(256)274-0946

With the message

@85732

 

Third Period ELA

 To join, send a text to

(256)274-0946

With the message

@1c40f

 

Fourth Period ELA

To join, send a text to

(256)274-0946

With the message

@b01a6


Things to Know This Week!  

Dear Parents and Students,

     Tomorrow is International Literacy Day. I can't wait to see who some of my students choose to be from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory! There will be homework on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night. (See Assignments, Calendar or File Manager for more information.) Progress reports will be issued on Tuesday. Picture proof money is due Friday. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us. Have a great week!

Rachel Jones


Lesson 2 Vocabulary  

Lesson 2 Vocabulary words are now posted on File Manager!


Things to Know for September 3 - September 6  

September 1, 2014

Dear Parents and Students,

     This week will be another busy week! There will regular homework assignments for Tuesday and Thursday night. (See file manager, calendar or assignments for more information.) Also, the new vocabulary words will be announced Wednesday, September 4. Hopefully, our vocabulary assignments will be completed in class each day. The next vocabulary test is scheduled for September 10th. We will continue to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in class. International Literacy Day is Monday, September 8. Students who wish to earn extra-credit may choose a character from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to impersonate. They must prepare a brief "speech" about his or hers chosen character. Questions will be assigned on Wednesday, September 8. (This activity is for extra-credit; those not participating will not receive the extra-credit.)

     Picture proofs were handed out last week. If you are interested in purchasing, please send proofs, completed order form and money to school as soon as possible. Also, school compact forms were handed out last week as well. These should be signed and returned as soon as possible as well. Our JV Football Team will play Horsebend at Horsebend Tuesday, September 3. Last, but not least, please make sure your child is following the dress code as stated in the Code of Conduct. Several students are wearing jackets, hoodies and blouses that do not follow the guidelines. Those breaking the dress code will be referred to the office.

     If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us.

Thank you for your support!

 

Rachel Jones

6th ELA

    


International Literacy Day  

Parents and Students,

     In recognition of INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY, Monday, September 8, the Sixth Grade students will select their favorite character from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and will dress like that character. The students will need to prepare a brief speech explaining why they selected that particular character. This should give you, as the parent, a week to help prepare your child. Hope this is a fun experience for all!

 

Rachel Jones


What Is Happening This Week!  

Dear Parents,

     This week we will continue to study inferences but in fictional writing (RL.6.1). On Tuesday we will take the Grammar Benchmark Test to see at what level your child remembers grammar, mechanics and punctuation. Wednesday will be the first vocabulary test. It will have test items on the definitions, synonyms and using the word correctly in a sentence. New vocabulary words will be assigned on Thursday. Don't forget that next Monday is Labor Day. There will be no school so enjoy the end of summer. If you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.k12.al.us. Thanks!

Rachel Jones


Homework Begins!  

Homework begins this week in 6th Grade ELA. Please view the Assignments page, File Manager page and the Calendar page for more information. I am implementing "Class Dojo" which is an app that tracks students positive as well as negative behavior. A letter with student and parent codes will be sent home on Monday, August 18. Please read carefully, copy the codes, sign and return! Students will take "Global Scholar Test" on Friday. This is one of many assessments we use to monitor a student's progress in reading. Please encourage your child to do his or hers best. Have a great week!

Sincerely,

 

Rachel S. Jones

6th Grade ELA


Welcome to CMS Sixth Grade ELA!  

Welcome to CMS Sixth Grade ELA 2014-2015! I am excited about the new school year as your child enters the 6th grade. In an attempt to keep parents and guardians more informed, I will be using this site to post important announcements, homework assignments, study guides, weekly vocabulary words, yearly and monthly standards. You can find these updates on the assignments links, calendar links, file manager and other links on my page. The "Other Class Info" links provides the monthly menu, yearly standards and unit standards.

Another tool of communication will be Remind 101. This will allow me to text students and parents important information regarding assignments, tests and events. Your child has been given a phone number (256-274-0946) and a code for each of my class periods to give you the opportunity to establish this contact. Please make use of the parent-teacher-student communication tool.

I also use INOW as a way of informing parents of homework assignments. Please check the homework tab for this information.

In the weeks to come, I will also implement DOJO as a way of monitoring, documenting and informing student's behavior in my class. Look for additional information in the days to come.

Last, but not least, there will not be homework assignments for the August 11 - 15. I would like to get to know my students before we tackle the responsibility of completing homework! I am sure the students will be thrilled to know this!

Thank you for your response to Remind 101 and the information you provided in the student letters. This will help me as I work with your child. Once again, I am looking forward to establishing a partnership with you and your child for a successful school year!

Rachel S. Jones

6th Grade ELA