Ms. Kirk's 6th grade classes


My Academic Extensions class:  Here is the link that has some really useful information about e-cigarettes and vaping

Are you ready for the 2018-19 school year?  I hope so, because we're going to learn so much this year!

Follow this link to my 6th grade Social Studies page.

Follow this link to my 6th grade Science page.

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                             IMPORTANT DATES

Quarter 4

  • April 8th: First day of fourth quarter
  • April 29th - May 1st: Camp St. Croix camping trip
  • May 17th: 8th Grade Dance Competition
  • May 21st: 6th grade field trip - Journey to the Falls
  • May 27th:  Memorial Day HolidayNO SCHOOL
  • May 29th:  Field Day in the afternoon
  • June 3rd:  Triathalon
  • June 7th: Last student day/MS Valley Fair

                                                           TO ACCESS YOUR GRADES:

  • STUDENT PORTAL: CLICK HERE to access your grades. 
  • PARENT PORTAL: CLICK HERE to access the Parent Portal.

                                    Middle School Schedule


 9:40 am – 10:01 am     Advisory                                          

Period 1

10:04 am – 10:55 am       

Period 2

10:58 am – 11:49 am       

Period 3

11:52 am – 12:43 pm       


12:43 pm – 1:13 pm         Recess

1:13 pm - 1:28 pm           Lunch

Period 4

1:31 pm – 2:22 pm          

Period 5

2:25 pm – 3:16 pm           

Period 6     

3:19 pm -  4:10 pm                



Advisory is sometimes referred to as "Homeroom" in Middle School.  It is a 21 minutes class first thing in the morning.  Lessons and activities are built around "Engagement and Community Building".  

It is the place where students will get any communications from school.  If your child has me for their Advisory, I will be their "go to" teacher for any questions or concerns they have. 

I will also be the teacher that will be having parent conferences with my Advisory students and parents.  Even if I don't have your child for any of the academic subjects, I will still be the teacher doing the parent conference. 


As students transition into Middle School, this class helps them navigate the complexities of adolescence by helping increase their social skills.  It provides a foundation for creating a  safe, respectful learning environment. 

The lessons (built primarily around the Second Step curriculum) are designed to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors that safeguard youth.  Risk factors pose dangers that take away from student success.  Protective factors prevent the onset of or buffer the risks for harmful behaviors. 

These Risk and Protective Factors are based around these 5 Themes:

 Empathy and Communication

§  Working in Groups

§  Friends and Allies

§  Considering Perspectives

§  Disagreeing Respectfully

§  Being Assertive

  Bullying Prevention

§  Conflict Resolution

§  Assertiveness Skills

§  Responsible bystander behaviors

  Emotion Management and Coping

§  Self-calming techniques

§  Proactive Strategies to reduce impulsiveness

§  Meeting challenges

  Problem Solving, decision making and goal setting

§  Analyze the Situation

§  Brainstorm options

§  Consider each option

§  Decide on and do the best option

§  Evaluate if it works.  If necessary:

§  Figure out another way

  Substance abuse prevention

§  Tobacco & Marijuana

§  Alcohol & Inhalants

§  Identifying Hopes & Plans

§  Making a Commitment

All 6th graders will take Academic Extensions for one quarter.  The class meets every day for one class period.


We will begin the year with looking at the practice of science and engineering.  We will compare and contrast the problem-solving strategies of scientists and engineers.  We will also start using some of the science measuring equipment that we will need throughout middle school.  As we begin using those tools, we will also practice using the metric system.

The next unit explores the world of engineering by looking at the processes involved in designing and evaluating various products and systems.  We also are introduced to Newton’s three laws of motion, types of energy transfers, and various forces that affect our world.

The third unit delves into sound and light wave energy to help understand how we see and hear.  We will look at properties of sound and light waves, and learn how energy is transferred through those waves. We will also determine properties of lenses and how those properties apply to our own vision.  An introduction to the electromagnetic spectrum will conclude this unit.

The concluding unit is on Structure and the Function of living systems. We will determine characteristics of all living organisms and use microscopes to help explore the micro-world.  


  • 3" binder with paper
  • pockets that fit inside the binder
  • Agenda book
  • Pencil bag with pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, colored pencils, highlighter, red correcting pen
  • Loose leaf paper

Welcome to Sixth Grade Social Studies!  This year we will embark on an exploration of Minnesota, beginning with the early history of the Upper Mississippi region, to life in Minnesota through the post WWII years.  This year we will learn about the Ojibwe and Dakota who lived in this area, and the history of European settlment and figures such as Henry Sibley and Alexander Ramsey, who shaped our first state government.  In the spring, we will research and write reports on Minnesota historical sites.  

In addition to Minnesota history, in keeping with the new Minnesota Social Studies Standards, there will be an emphasis on economics and citizenship & government threaded throughout the curriculum.  Class work will involve historical research and analysis, technology tools, individual and group presentations, discussions, projects, current events, tests and quizzes.  Each unit will include a summative assessment or final project.  I look forward to a rich year of learning with you.


  • 3" binder and dividers with pockets
  • Bring pencils and a manual sharpener daily!
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Colored pencils for map work
  • a highlighter for note taking