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September 26-September 30  

Students, Parents and Guardians,

    We are fast approaching the end of the nine weeks. There are several important due dates for projects, summative assessments and posttest. Please see File Manager for this week's assigments and study guides for this information. Many students are not completing the assignments in vocabulary. Instead, the students are asking classmates to copy the definitions, waiting to see if I post them or simply not doing them. This behavior is not acceptable and will not benefit the student. If your child needs to check out a dictionary, he or she may for the night the assignment is made. I would like to encourage you to purchase a dictionary if you do not have one at home. I have ask Ms. Ivey and Mr. Stover to help in contacting parents who student is failing my class. If you are one of those parents, please contact the office (256-377-1490) for a conference.

     I am asking parents to review the Code of Conduct book ( especially parents of girls) to review the rules. Shirts ( long t-shirts) and leggings is becoming an issue. Also, review the policy regarding cell phones.

     There will be a JV Football Pep Rally Tuesday, 2:00 in the CMS gymnasium. All students will attend.  

     Wishing all a good week!

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


September 19-September 23  

Students, Parents and Guardians,

     This promises to be a very busy week. As I graded classwork on main idea and the subject, predicate and fragment summative assessment , quite a few students experienced difficulty with the standards. I will review the standards and reassign as classwork or assessment. Students who demonstrated mastery will complete online activities on the assignments. We will continue reading "Mother Fletcher's Gift" in class. Thursday, students will complete a study guide on the story with a summative assessment to follow on Friday.

     Students must continue to follow rules and procedures in dress code, cell phones, assignments and tardies. These rules and procedures will insure each student receives instruction with minimum distractions. Please discuss the importance of being responsible in all school matters.

     Tuesday is full of extra activities. There will be a Cougar Volleyball game at Central High School from 1:00 to 3:00. Admission is $5.00. Tuesday night, CMS will host the first home JV football game. The Cougars face Talladega County at 6:00. The Cougar Clothing (Fan Gear) has been extended. Please view the items found on file manager to select and purchase Cougar clothing.

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

 

Rachel S. Jones

6th ELA


September 12-September 16  

Students, Parents and Guardians,

     I would like to thank the parents who took time out of their busy lives to attend the CMS Open House. Being an involved parent in a child's education leads to a successful school year for your child. Thanks for being that parent!

     I do want to make parents and guardians aware of a few very important items regarding homework. Assignments are due on specified dates. The assignments may not be turned in late unless there is an excused absence. We have a very strict timeline in teaching the standards and extended due dates on assignments is simply not possible. Students are coming to class without books and assignments. Please discuss the importance of being prepared and responsible. Also, caution your student to read and follow directions very carefully. Many students are not doing well because directions are not followed (even after careful explanation and demonstration of assignments.) In addition to this problem, students are not capitalizing or punctuating their writing. (This is an elementary skill.) Points will be deducted for these errors.

     I will be contacting parents in the near future for conferences to discuss problems students ma be having in class. If I contact you, please make every effort to attend. If you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490  or  rjones@coosaschools.org.

Thank you,

Rachel Jones

6th ELA


September 6-September 9  

Students, Parents and Guardians,

    I hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day holiday with family and friends. This week begins our lessons on identifying central idea in informational text and themes in literature. We will continue our weekly vocabulary lessons with the Wednesday quiz and the introduction of new words following the quiz. Students are participating in lessons focusing on establishing good habits in writing. In reviewing sentence structure last week, many students were not ready for a unit summative assessment. Therefore, each day I will be teaching mini-lessons on specific skills will a weekly summative assessment. This week our focus will be the four types of sentences. I have sent home information regarding our first nine weeks book project. Please read this important notice!

     Progress reports will be issued Wednesday. If you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490  or  rjones@coosaschools.org to set up conferences. We will also host an open house on Thursday, September 8 from 5-6:30. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

     I hope all have a great week!

 

Rachel Jones

6th ELA

 


August 29-September 2  

Students, Parents, Guardians,

     This week will be all about reviews! Hopefully, we will complete the reading of the excerpt of Old Yeller in class. Students will also complete the unit on sentences ( four types of sentences, subject-predicates, fragments, simple, compound, complex sentences.) With the completion of these lessons, a summative assessment will be assigned. A study guide will be assigned as classwork and taken home to complete as a review. Students are encouraged to continue reading their outside reading books.

     There will be no school September 5 in recognition of Labor Day. Progress reports are scheduled for September 7. CMS will host an Open House on September 8. (There will be more details on this in the days to come.) 

     Don't forget the CMS Yearbook sale continues as well as CMS Fan Gear clothing sale ! Hope all have a great week!

 

Rachel S. Jones

6th ELA


August 22-August 26  

Students, Parents and Guardians,

     I hope everyone is adjusting to the new school year. I need to remind everyone of a few rules and procedures. Car riders are not allowed in the building until 7:10. Please review the county policy on dress code. Girls wearing jeggings and leggings should wear a top long enough to touch the fingertips. Also, blouses or shirts that are sheer in any way are not allowed. Please review applicable punishment for violation of the dress code. 

     We worked on Common Core Standard RL6.1/RL6.1 (inferencing) this week. After working as a group, then with a partner, students completed a inference worksheet independently. Many struggled so we will continue to work this week on the skill. If you see a low score on this skill in INOW, please understand we are still working on this. I hope to see improvement this week!

     If you are interested in ordering Coosa Fan Gear, please get your order in this week! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 256-377-1490   or   rjones@coosaschools.org.

 

Thanks!

 

Rachel Jones

6th ELA

 


August 15-August 19  

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

    We survived the first week of school! Students are learning to change classes in the two minutes between classes. It has been a learning experience, but we are getting better each day. Earlier this week, the students met in the first assembly. Mr. Stover reviewed the cell phone policy and dress code. Just a reminder that these policies will be enforced. You may view these in File Manager under 2016-2017 Information. Also, this week's homework assignments have been posted on File Manager. Please note the dates for assignments. Students have checked out and are to begin reading the two outside novel assignments for summative assessments due later this nine weeks (more on the directions later!) Classes will also receive language textbooks this week. I apologize for the condition; however, it will be used as a resource tool. Soft drinks and candy will be sold on Fridays as a fundraiser. (This is the only time these items are allowed for middle school students.) If you have not returned the enrollment packets please do quickly! Lastly, for our car riders....our doors will not be unlocked until 7:10 in the mornings. Please do not leave your child outside until the doors open. Should you have any questions, please contact me at 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools.org. (If you need to meet with me, Wednesdays have been set aside as days for conferences.) Have a great week!

 

Sincerely,

Rachel Jones

6th ELA

   


August 8 - August 12  

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

     Welcome to a new school year! We have a lot to do this week, so hang on! Our first week will be devoted to getting to know rules and procedures, knowledge of standards, but most importantly, each other.

     I will assign the first five vocabulary words on Wednesday of this week. Students will be tested on these words the following Wednesday. Not only do they need to know the meaning of the words, but the correct spelling as well. Please work nightly on these words. You will find these words plus a syllabus for the nine weeks on "File Manager".

     If you should need to contact me, please call 256-377-1490 or rjones@coosaschools. org. I am looking forward to a great year!

 

Rachel Jones

Sixth ELA


Welcome!  

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

     Welcome to Sixth Grade ELA! This site will provide you with current information for my class. Use "File Manager", "Assignments" and "Calendar" for homework assignments, class or school events, study guides and more! Using the "Forms" or "File Manager" links, you will find 2016-2017 class informational forms ( general information, discipline, Remind 101, supply list and yearly calendar). Please read these carefully. You may also see what is being served each day under the "Lunch Menu" link. Check back each week for updates. I am looking forward to a successful school year!.

Sincerely,

Rachel Jones