Summer Learning 2020

Hello Hornets!

You will need to complete Summer Learning for both math and ELA. Please read this post carefully. There is a lot of important information here.

For math, you will need to complete 480 minutes on Khan Academy.
For ELA, you will need to read 3 books and write a 1/2 page summary for each book. You will also need to prepare a book talk for ONE book that you read. Be prepared to present this book talk during the first week of 7th grade. It is your first grade in Student Connect for 7th grade- so this is a great way to make sure you start the year with a good grade.

Please carefully read the documents linked below for details about Summer Learning.
Woodworth ELA Summer Learning Requirements:

Summer Learning Parent Letter (in English and Arabic):

Summer Learning Presentation:

How Can You Find Books to Read This Summer?!

1. You can download books for free from the public library system. Start here:

2. If you have a Kindle, students can follow the link to download free books:

3. Both Overdrive and Hoopla can be downloaded to your phone, computer or tablet: or 

4. Open Book is another resource. You can sign in with your Google or Clever account:

5. You can sign up for where you can access two audio books per week for free.

6. You can order books online (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Audible, Kindle Readers, etc.), or check out from a local community library. 

Important Parent Survey

We are asking for your input. Please take a few moments to take this important survey.

School ReOpen Committee Parent Survey #1

Arabic Version School Reopen Committee Dearborn Public Schools  Parent Survey:
استطلاع رأي أولياء أمور مدارس ديربورن الرسمية الخاص بلجنة إعادة فتح المدارس 1 حزيران \يونيو 2020بدأت الولاية و قطاعنا التعليمي المناقشة المعقدة والمفصلة حول إمكانية إعادة فتح المدارس للسنة الدراسية 2020-2021. يجري هذه المناقشات خبراء في التعليم والعمليات والصحة العامة والنقل والخدمات الغذائية والرياضة والعديد من المجالات الأخرى التي تعد جزءًا من عمل أيرقطاع مدرسي. يرجى العلم أن أي خطط وضعتها / تضعها مدارس ديربورن الرسمية ستحتاج إلى الالتزام بالتوجيهات والأوامر التنفيذية الصادرة عن الحاكمة.

لتبني هذه الخطط على مستوى القطاع نحن بحاجة إلى أرائكم القيمة. يرجى الرد على الاستطلاع بحلول 7 حزيران/ يونيو 2020.استطلاع أولياء الأمور الخاص بلجنة إعادة فتح المدارس 2020 

Week of June 1

Hi Hornets! This announcement has a lot of important information, so please read the entire post carefully.

We have decided that we will NOT be giving any more new assignments this year. We have a little over 1 week of school left, and we would like to give you this time to catch up in all of your classes and make sure you are happy with your grades for Card Marking 4.

First, you need to check your grades in Student Connect. Make sure you know what grade you have in each class, and that you know what assignments you want to finish or improve.

If you ever missed part of a City of Ember assignment, you will see a comment in Student Connect and on the assignment in Google Classroom explaining what part you lost points on. Please use this week to go back and finish any assignments that have missing parts, or any assignments that you are not happy with your grade on.

Use this week to make sure you are completely happy and confident with your Card Marking 4 grades! We hope to see a lot of A+s 🙂 We are here to help you, so please email, call or text us if you would like help. We are happy to help you with any subject, not only Language Arts.

Ms. Skrbina’s Office Hours: 10am-1pm Call or text 248-667-8607
Ms. Irbash’s Office Hours: 3pm-5pm Call or text 313-358-3511

ALSO: 6th graders can come to Woodworth tomorrow (June 1st) to pick up belongings. Please refer to this schedule to see when to come:

We know that online learning has been a huge challenge for everyone- and we are so proud of all the hard work you guys have put in. Your hard work has truly inspired and motivated us. You are almost officially 7th graders!!

PS. The decision to not give any new assignments means that we are not posting any more City of Ember work. However, we hope that you finish the book for fun! I am attaching links to the audio for the rest of the book, as well as the PDF of the text. Email us when you finish reading or listening- we would love to hear what you think of the ending! 🙂

Audio Chapter 16:
Audio Chapter 17:
Audio Chapter 18:
Audio Chapter 19:
Audio Chapter 20:

Thursday, May 28

Good morning!

A few reminders:

  1. City of Ember Week 7 is due Sunday, May 31st. This includes pre-reading, reading chapters 14 and 15 and answering questions, and post-reading.
  2. We will be having a Big Blue Button session to discuss this week’s reading at 4pm today. Remember- you can only attend this if you have FINISHED reading chapters 14 and 15.
  3. 6th graders will have the opportunity to come and pick up personal belongings from Woodworth on Monday, June 1st. Please view and follow this schedule:

Let us know if you have any questions!

Thursday, May 21

Good morning!!

A few reminders:
-City of Ember Week 6 is due Sunday, May 24th.
-Grades in Student Connect are updated. Please check yours!
-We are having a video meet through Big Blue Button today at 4pm. We will discuss this week’s reading. You MUST have read chapters 11, 12 and 13 before attending.
-No school Friday or Monday for the holiday weekend. I will still post City of Ember Week 7 on Monday, but you do not need to work on it that day 🙂

Have a wonderful, safe, happy, relaxing long weekend! You are so loved and missed by us!

Monday, May 18

Good morning! This week we are reading City of Ember chapters 11, 12 and 13!

Due to the Memorial Day holiday this weekend, you will find only a few questions per chapter and shorter pre and post reading activities. We suggest you follow the below schedule and complete Week 6 by Thursday in order to enjoy your long weekend! However, the assignment will not be due on Google Classroom until Sunday, May 24th.

Optional Schedule for the Week:
Monday: Watch recap videos and complete pre-reading (prediction)
Tuesday/Wednesday: Read chapters 11, 12 and 13. Answer questions
Thursday: Complete post-reading activity (write a letter to the mayor)

Email, or call/text during Office Hours if you need help! We are here to help! Phone numbers are posted on Google Classroom.
Ms. Skrbina’s Office Hours: 10am-1pm Call or text
Ms. Irbash’s Office Hours: 3pm-5pm Call or text

Friday, May 15

Happy Friday!!

City of Ember Week 5 is due Sunday, May 17th.

It is really important that you are checking your grades and making sure you have no missing work. The end of the school year and final grades will be here before we know it. (Only 4 more weeks after this week!!) You can always email, text or call us if you have any concerns or worries about work for ELA or another class. We are here to help you.

Finally, here are some more spectacular student examples! If we were in school, I would be hanging these up and down the halls 🙂

Wednesday, May 13

Good morning!

A few ELA updates:

  1. We will be using Big Blue Button as a way to have live video meetings again! The Big Blue Button meetings for ELA will be at 4pm on Mondays and Thursdays. This means we will be using iLearn, but ONLY for these video meetings. All of our assignments and announcements will still be o Google Classroom. Please see Google Classroom for detailed directions about how to join our class on Big Blue Button.
  2. We are posting an optional assignment on Google Classroom today. It is called 6A ELA Virtual Check In. To participate in this assignment, students will add a slide onto a slideshow that we have posted. On their slide, students can share their thinking about being quarantine and updates about how they have been keeping busy at home. This assignment is meant to be a way for us to share what we are feeling and doing during this time away from school. It is completely OPTIONAL. If completed, the student will earn extra credit on their lowest grade in Language Arts. It is not required- but we hope you all participate!
  3. City of Ember Week 5 is due on Sunday, May 17!

Tuesday, May 12

Good morning!!

Reminder about this week’s assignments:
1. Watch recap videos and complete pre-reading (Compare/Contrast Writing)
2. Read Chapters 8, 9 and 10 and answer questions
3. Complete post-reading (Idioms Activity)

I am attaching some spectacular student examples!!! One is an excellent example of thoughtful and detailed compare and contrast writing.The other examples are Idiom Collages that students have made this week. Your hard work is what keeps me going- so proud of your great thinking!