Mrs. Rees

Mrs. Rees

6th Grade Team
donnarees@mckeelschools.com


Welcome Wildcats!  I am a graduate of Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.  I am certified in Elementary Education grades K-6th and ESOL.  I have been a teacher at McKeel since 2004.  My love for teaching was fostered in my early twenties when I began teaching Pre-School.  I knew then that I wanted to be a teacher.  Prior to coming to McKeel Academy Central, I taught Pre-School for almost 15 years (most of which were at The Publix Child Development Center), I served in the Polk County School System as a Library Paraprofessional, taught 1st and 3rd grades at a local elementary school, and I have also worked at Florida Southern College in the Music Department as an Administrative Assistant. Through all my educational adventures, I have learned so much along the way that makes me the teacher I am today. Since being at McKeel, I have now taught all elementary grades K-5th.  I am also thrilled to say that I enjoy teaching the middle schoolers in 6th grade at MAC.  In 2012, I was honored to be named Teacher of the Year at McKeel Central.  

This year we will focus on how students can improve their reading comprehension strategies and I will help them enhance their writing skills.  With a little hard work  from them,  and their dedication to the process, they can achieve so very much!   I am very thankful for the gift of being able to help others learn!  

I want my students to feel welcome and involved  in our classroom.  I encourage problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and responsibility.  I incorporate many different teaching strategies and tools.  One of my favorite teaching tools is the use of technology.  I feel students can best relate to technology since it is already such a big part of their world.  There are times the students teach the teacher!  I want my students to feel empowered by their education and find the things they learn will always be useful and purposeful to them in the years to come.  I want them to know that it is ok to make a mistake.  Things that challenge us, tend to make us grow and stronger with time.  I am looking forward to another great year at our school.  




Highlights from Parent Night  

Reminders:

All field trip dues and t-shirt money is due by Sept. 13th.  You may pay online. 

We all use Canvas in different ways in our classes.  

Just because and assignment is on Canvas, doesn't mean that you have to "submit" the assignment, it may just be there for use in our class. 

The website to access Canvas without a school issued iPad is~~~~~~~~> CANVAS LINK.

Please be aware CAREER DAY (STUDENTS WILL NOT BE IN SCHOOL, BUT SHADOWING SOMEONE IN A CAREER OF THEIR CHOICE) is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 2019.  PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE PACKET FOR INFORMATION.  Forms are due September 30th.  

If you did not attend Parent Night, your student will have the packet with them today (8.27.19) in the agenda.  

Please note, the Career Day Liability Form has the WRONG DATE on the form.  Mrs. Rees will generate a new form and SEND THOSE AS THE DATE GETS CLOSER.  :) You DO NOT TURN THAT PAPER IN, THE STUDENT TAKES IT TO THE JOB SITE.  

YOU CAN SEE THE ENTIRE POWERPOINT IN "IMPORTANT FILES" ON THIS WEBPAGE IN THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER.  

Questions?  Email your child's homeroom teacher.  




Upcoming Dates!  

Tuesday, October 15th: Deadline for iPad contracts/payment/must be notarized/can pay online

Wednesday, October 16th: Fall Picture Retakes

Friday, October 18th: AR Reward/Incentive Day

Thursday, October 24th: PTO Skate Night

Friday, October 25th: 6th Grade Fall Social

Friday, October 25th: Report Cards 

Sunday, November 3rd: Daylight Savings-Fall Back

Monday, November 4th – Friday, November 8th: Red Ribbon Week

Saturday, November 9th: Red Ribbon Run



LESSONS FOR: Oct. 14-18, 2019 

Reading: Citing text evidence to make inferences

RL.1.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Language: Pronoun Shifts  6.L.1.1c

Writing:  Argument Writing  LAFS.W.1.1 - Focus this week is on "INTRODUCTIONS" to an Argument.  

(Click the blue writing to view a video!) 

How to Write and Argument Essay:  PBS: How to Write an Argument Video 

Click the blue writing to do a tutorial!)

Argument Writing Tutorial:  State Your Claim - Learn How to Write an Argument

Students may practice their reading and language skills using the following links:  

READING: ~~~~>   Standing Tall: Using Evidence to Support Your Answers

LANGUAGE:  ~~~> Pronouns Practice 

                                       Pronouns Tutorial - Going Pro!

Please note:  Homework is not given unless extra practice is needed.  Students will have a plethora of activities to do in my classes for practice on each skill.  I will only send work home unless class work is not getting done in a timely manner or the student needs extra work on a specific skill. 

Also, please note that your student will have an AR Goal for each quarter.  It will be on a label in the agenda,  once assessed.  It is up to the individual student to read their library book each day (20 minutes is recommended) and take AR tests on the books they have read to obtain their individual goal by the deadline and receive the school-wide AR reward.  



MRS. REES' SCHEDULE 2019-2020  

Welcome Back to a new school year!  I look forward to teaching a new group of students for the 19-20 school year.  

My daily schedule will be:  

Homeroom 8:00-8:25

PE 8:30-9:20

Block 1 9:25-10:25

Block 2/Lunch 10:28-12:00 (Lunch time will be:  11:11-11:36)

Elective 12:05-12:35

Block 3 12:40-1:40

Block 4 1:43-2:43

Homeroom 2:45-3:05


Be sure to sign up for the REMIND messaging if you have not done so.  

Contact your homeroom teacher for the info if you haven't done so already.  :)


Something to think about... 

You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 

 ~A.A. Milne


Supplies/Agendas 

Students always need their earbuds, scissors, glue and all other supplies each week.  

iPads need to be fully charged each day for classes.  

Parents ~ Please be sure you are signing your student's agenda each day.  

Often times, there may be a reminder, note from teacher, or other in the agenda for your information.


Send me a Message