Summer Reading for Incoming 6th Graders

To all next year’s 6th graders:

Hello and Happy Summer!
We hope you’re off to a relaxing and fun-filled summer.  You’ve earned a well-deserved break after working so hard this year.  We’ll have plenty of time to talk shop before next year, but I wanted to post the summer reading assignment just in case the sheet I gave you got “misplaced”

Remember, like Dr. Seuss told us:
The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. 

So when you feel like you’re not sure what to do, read. When you first wake up in the morning, read. Before you fall asleep at night,

Your assignment:
Summer Reading Program

Enjoy your summer!
Mr. Synnott


Weekend Writing Assignment For 6th Grade – Essential Habits Reflection

Essential Habits Reflection – Due – Monday, June 20, 2016

Essential Habits – Perseverance, Initiative, Problem Solving, and Leadership. Students will write about how they demonstrated, this year, the characteristics of each of these habits.

  1. This can be from one experience or demonstrated in several experiences.
  2. The length is not specific.
  3. Each Habit should take about a paragraph.
  4. The paragraph would give enough details to explain/prove the student’s point.
  5. The essay should take between 15 to 20 minutes to write and address all 4 Essential Habits.


I am responsible for my actions and the quality of my work. I demonstrate sustained effort despite challenges.

Are you ….

  • responsible for your actions?
  • doing quality work?
  • giving your best effort?


I identify a challenge or need, create a plan, and take action.

Do you ….

  • notice what needs to get done?
  • create a plan?
  • take action?


I listen to the ideas of others, make good choices, and lead by example.

Are you ….

  • listening to others?
  • making good choices?
  • leading by example?


I identify and understand a problem, consider the best strategy, apply it, and evaluate the solution.
Do you ….

  • recognize a problem?
  • look for solutions?
  • reflect on the result?

Incoming 6th Graders

To all incoming 6th grade students,

Attached to this post, please find the cover letter (instructions) to the summer Math assignment. This will be explained to all students in school and they will also be given a hard copy. In the event your child misplaces their work, they can access and print out another copy online.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Enjoy the summer!




Letter to Upcoming 6th graders

Please use the format below for the letter you will write to an incoming sixth grader:

Dear 6th Grader,
Welcome to another school year.  There’s going to be a lot going this year.  Here’s some things you should know about.
Paragraph #1: Something you enjoyed about this year
Paragraph #2: Something you found challenging this year.
Paragraph #3: Words of advice.

Good luck this year!
(your name)

The Battle of Bunker Hill


Using the link above, read the information about the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Based on your reading, answer the following questions.

  1. When did the Battle of Bunker Hill take place?
  2. What are possible reasons why the colonists set up on Breed’s Hill instead of Bunker Hill?
  3. How many Regulars fought in the battle? How many Colonials?
  4. What was the final number of casualties on both sides of the battle?
  5. In what ways did the colonists believe they had “won” this battle?

Tuesday Homework: Global Studies


Directions: Based on your reading and the notes you have taken on the First Continental Congress, the Second Continental Congress, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and the taking of Fort Ticonderoga, come up with at least 3 questions that can be used as part of a review for the upcoming test.

Your questions should be thoughtful and specific.
Share your questions with me no later than 9:00 tonight!