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1 Welcome to Sixth Grade Curriculum Night August 23, 2011 By

2 Attendance Our school day begins at 7:45; however, students are permitted to the classroom at 7:15. Once students are unpacked, they are expected to start working on morning work which consists of Math Review problems, Daily Oral Language questions, and a set of Daily Geography questions. We need students here and on time each day. We can only give students the best instruction and education when they are present and on time.

3 Please know that if your child is absent, he/she is missing instruction and work in five different classes. He/she will need to get any missed work when he/she returns. Students have three days from the date of absence to return the school work back to the teachers. We need a written excuse for an absence. We ask that you not email the excuse or write the excuse in his/her agenda as we keep the excuse in your child’s file if questions arise. Students with chronic tardiness or absenteeism can and will be turned over the to truancy officer for investigation. Absenteeism

4 We have several ways to keep you updated on what’s happening in the classroom. We use: Daily agenda – Please sign at the bottom of the column each night. Homework should be circled. Weekly Newsletters – These come home every Friday, and it is noted with what we’ll be covering and the major events for the next week. Websites – Each teacher offers a website with different information about what we are doing and curriculum that is being taught in the classroom. Email – This is probably the most effective and quickest way of communicating with us. We do check our email daily; however, please do not send urgent messages, as we do not always get time during the school day to check it. Phone calls – You may call the school and leave a message. Often time we have meetings during our planning or after school, but we should return your call within a day from your phone call. Parent/Teacher Communication

5 Our theme is “Going for the Gold,” and each homeroom is a team competing as a country that will be studied during sixth grade. If a student goes the entire day with no red mark for behavior or responsibility issues and gets his/her agenda completely filled out and signed, he/she earns a token for that day. Students earning a token for each day receive a reward for the week. A tally is kept for tokens earned and attendance, and weekly medals are earned for gold, silver, and bronze team winners. Teams with the highest number of gold, silver, and bronze awards will win recess time at the end of each grading period. Discipline Policies

6 We are in need of parents to volunteer to coordinate our: Two parties (Before winter break and end of the year) Community Service Projects Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive Spaghetti Dinner for Holly Springs Police and Firemen Sixth Grade Dance If you are interested, please let one of the teachers know! Parent Volunteers and Helpers


8 In Language Arts we focus on writing skills and Grammar skills. We will be writing in the following genres: Narrative Expository Persuasive Technical Journals (count 25 points total) Mrs. Hicks Language Arts

9 Many of the students’ writing assignments will be typed into the computer using the Online Essay Scorer. This program grades each paper on the Six Traits of Writing (ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, and conventions.) Because of this program, I will be able to give my students more opportunities to write and get feedback on their writing than I could if I had to grade all 150 papers by hand. I read and comment on every journal entry before I hand it back. Mrs. Hicks Language Arts

10 In Grammar, we will use the Shurley method of classifying sentences, and we will be diagramming sentences. We will also use other materials to practice various Grammar skills. Students will have a Unit Test at the end of each Shurley Unit. This test will be in two parts, and each part will be administered on a different day. We will review each part the day before each test. Mrs. Hicks Language Arts

11 Each Monday students receive a Language Arts morning worksheet. We discuss the answers to each day’s section in class, and on Friday we have a quiz over several of the questions on the page. Students need to study these sheets each evening to prepare for the quiz. Mrs. Hicks Language Arts

12 Will be covering the history, geography, governments, economies, and cultures of: Europe Latin America Canada Australia Please know that grades are weighted for my classes: Daily grades (class work) = 25% Participation grades = 25% Quizzes = 25% Tests & Projects = 25% Social Studies

13 SOCIAL STUDIES al/leighann_cantrell/site/default.aspx


15 Curriculum – Unit 1 – Problem Solving Unit 2 – Data Analysis Unit 3 – Number Theory Unit 4 – Equations Unit 5 - Fractions, Decimals, Ratios, Percents Unit 6 – Symmetry Unit 7 – Scale Factor Unit 8 – Direct Proportions Unit 9 – Solid Figures Unit 10 – Probablity/ Games of Chance Math – Mrs. Wallace

16 Grades are weighted using the following percentages: Daily Grades – 20 % Homework – 20% Quizzes – 20% Project/Tasks – 20% Tests – 20% Grading: Math - Continued

17 * Distributed in homeroom on Mondays * Due on Fridays * NO WORK, NO CREDIT * Parents are encouraged to check the work before it is collected on Fridays * Counts as a homework grade REDO Opportunities * Students are allowed to redo failing daily grades and homework by following the redo expectations posted in my classroom. The corrected assignment will be recorded as a 70. Cumulative Review Math - Continued

18 Check my website often for important dates, objectives, documents, links, and our daily agenda. Mrs. Wallace’s website /default.aspx /default.aspx Math - continued

19 READING : MRS. NORTON Read 30 minutes each evening. Vocabulary Quiz on Fridays. Students receive the Vocabulary with definitions on Mondays. Reading Counts Tests are ready. Students will need to have read 25 books or a million words by the end of the year. We will cover the standards using a variety on materials, including novels, short stories and guided reading books.

20 Unit of Study Time Introduction and Lab Safety1 week Earth’s Interior, Rocks, Weathering, Erosion 12 - 16 weeks Water – Oceans, water cycle 4-6 weeks Weather and Climate 3 weeks Earth, Moon, and Sun 4 weeks Solar System 4 weeks Universe 4 weeks Life Science Previewing 2-3 weeks ***The allotted times are subject to change depending on students’ needs. Mrs. Naliwajka Science

21 Grading Scale Grading Allocation A = 100-90Tests and Projects B = 89-80Quizzes C =79-71 Labs/Daily Work D = 70 Notebook Checks F = 69-0Participation Grades are based on total points. All work with holes should remain in the Science section of the binder until I remove them for a notebook check. Students should study the notes and vocabulary for 5-10 minutes each night. Mrs. Naliwajka Science

22 Failing papers may be corrected within a week of posting to receive a 70. Students should attach a paper with corrections that include the question, corrected answer, and page number or support for the new answer. Please use ASPEN to stay on top of your child’s progress. Mrs. Naliwajka Science

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