The Director of Operations My 23 rd year of teaching HIS G.A.T.E. coordinator B.A. in PE (1986), M.A.in Teaching (2006) Married with two sons, Andrew-15 and Alex-11 I am a life-long learner!
And let’s not forget… Otto and the Tortoises-Ready & Set
The Three B’s Be Respectful: Be Respectful: in your words/actions, with adults, students, and property. Be Responsible: Be Responsible: in your school work, homework, life at home/school/class, for yourself and with your behavior. Be Safe: Be Safe: Conduct yourself in a safe manner wherever you are, if you have to ask…it probably isn’t safe.
Signs of Success Verbal Praise / “Whoosh” Positive Note/Email Home-ClassDojo.com Positive Phone Call Home Good Grades End of Trimester Reward: Renaissance, Movie/Game Day
Consequences 1-Verbal/written warning. 2-Communication home, Consequence Essay, and/or detention. 3-Classroom Referral, detention, and/or possible loss of privileges. 4-Conference with parents, student, and teacher(s), office referral, class restricted list, possible in-house or formal suspension. Severe Incident-Violations of Ed Code 48900 may result in suspension or expulsion. Incidents are documented and may affect citizenship marks.
Homework Policy Work is turned in on time, neat, and complete. Follow the criteria reviewed in class. Your own work, not copied or “borrowed” from a friend. See BINDER REMINDER for Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism. Proper heading on each page. Keep organized, use the Binder Reminder!
Homework Policy Absent work is made up and returned based on number of day(s) absent Your BEST effort is reflected on each assignment PARENTS! If you have extenuating circumstances at home, please send a note with your child. I will then allow them to make up the assignment within reason. Homework website
What about EXTRA CREDIT? It is my belief that a student’s assigned work is the main evaluative measure that is relevant to the course material. Students should strive to make each assignment reflect his/her BEST effort and work. Therefore, I don’t offer ‘extra credit’ to bring up grades. Occasionally, I do put ‘BONUS’ questions on math/science tests. Students may earn extra points on a test, but are not penalized for wrong answers. Online Tests may also earn extra credit. 90-100% = 5%, 80-89%=4%, 70-79%=3%, 60-69%= 2%, <60%=1%. This is optional and offers students practice tests to prepare for exams. EVERY student is encouraged to do all BONUS problems and to take the Online Practice Tests.
Grade Notification Work will come home weekly, please review and sign acknowledgment and return with folder by Tuesday of following week. DO NOT throw any assignments away until end of each trimester. Verify grades, catch mistakes, etc. ESPRI online grade book is “OPEN” for all students. Updated weekly. I will not be sending home weekly grades! (ESPRI demo) A campus-wide goal to have all parents using online gradebook to monitor student progress.
Tools for Success Pencils (at least 2 sharpened)- mechanical pencils preferred Erasers dark blue blackredPens (dark blue, black, red) Notebook (2” capacity) with 5- dividers Notebook Paper (wide ruled) Highlighters (at least two different colors) Colored pencils/Non-permanent markers Dry Erase marker for mini- whiteboards Teacher WebTeacher
Donations Appreciated Items for the Classroom- KLEENEX/Facial Tissue-Need plenty throughout the school year. Hand Soap in dispenser Notebook paper Pencils Glue Sticks Colored Pencils Red Red ink pens Dry erase markers (low odor, please)
CA Common Core Standards CA adoption of standards that address college and career readiness. depth application interdisciplinary activitiesThe new standards focus on depth of understanding, the application of knowledge and skills, and interdisciplinary activities.
CA Common Core Standards This year we fully implement the Common Core State Standards and will be taking the online test in the spring. Practice Test available at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp Open-ended types of questions will be integrated into subjects to give students ‘practice’ in thinking more divergently.
Focus on CCCS for 2014-2015 District-wide implementation of the CCSS through Standards of Mathematical Practice. Students will -make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. -construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. -model with mathematics. Students will also be integrating more writing into their math/science assignments.
Rigorous Curriculum Through math/science, I will be working to increase your child’s critical thinking, writing, and social skills. NOT just for G.A.T.E. students, but ALL students!!! Cornell Notes/Costa’s Levels of Questions Increases understanding and application of information Study Skills and Active Note-Taking You can refer to resources on Teacherweb Challenge/Extension Activities May include more challenging worksheets and involve class activities where students will be required to think at a higher level than just recalling facts.
Rigorous Curriculum As we progress through the year, tests may include short answer/essay questions to develop critical thinking skills. Socratic Seminars/Discussions/Argumentation: Students will learn how to read critically and using information from the text or research, support their position on the topic. Social Skills: Through discussions, group work, partners, and peer teaching, students will be expected to work collaboratively and learn how to navigate group dynamics in a respectful way.
Science By focusing on the universal themes of: Exploration, Structure, Force, Power, Adaptation, and Conflict, students will develop an understanding of the following units of study: (1)Scientific Methods, 2)Earth’s systems and cycles, (3) Earth’s structure- plate tectonics, and (4) the interactions of living things to their environment.
Science Thermal (Heat) Energy Energy in the Earth System Ecology/Ecosystems (CAMP) Family Life (Adolescence/Puberty) Scientific Method- Science Fair (optional)
Science Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Structure- November 19, 2014: California Science Center, LA “Pompeii” exhibit from the 79 AD eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, IMAX Movie – to be determined, and if time allows…. Quick visit to view the Space Shuttle Endeavor Estimated cost $20-25, NOT including lunch
Science Camp February 2-4, 2015 $260 tuition (candle fundraiser to help with cost). Can make payments on www.ezschoolpay.comwww.ezschoolpay.com LOTS OF FUN!!! Science-based activities, hiking, ROPES course, good food!! Time away from home to be with friends and teachers!!
Technology Projects Technical Document: Cornell Notes and Research Report Excel Spreadsheet: Plate Tectonics PowerPoint-Earth Science Research or Biome Research
Math Common Core State Standards Domain: Ratios & Proportional Relationships-ratios, rates, fractions, decimals, and percents Domain: The Number System- multi-digit number computations, multiply/divide fractions, integers and coordinate plane.
Math Domain: Expressions & Equations-expressions, equations, functions and inequalities Domain: Geometry-Area, Volume, and Surface Area Domain: Statistics & Probability-Statistical Measures, Statistical Displays
CCCS Integration Journal/Reflection on Student Learning & Concepts- Essential Questions, binder for each chapter (KEEP for end of year review) Projects/Open-Ended Tasks-Inquiry Labs, Problem Solving Investigations « Real World » Application of concepts – 21st Century Careers
Math Help Online Resources-form coming home with the following: – Connected.mcgraw-hill.com with username and password. Has online textbook, extra practice, lesson outlines (for when absent), and video/tutorials. Connected.mcgraw-hill.com – Khan Academy-tutorials for many subjects, not just math. FREE
Electives Hawk Academy-two (2) weeks for BAND students, six (6) weeks for all others. Split between HR/SW. Topics covered: time management, organization, goal setting, class/team building, character education/anti-bullying/Rachel’s Challenge, differentiated activities- remediation, practice, enrichment.
Electives Students will be integrated with other classes and participate in a variety of electives. Six (6) weeks with Pass/Fail grades, except for Band. Electives will also focus on integrating elements of CCSS through complexity of thinking, integrating writing, etc.
Communication Critical that you are checking: Your child’s Binder Reminder Teacherweb.com Mrs. CalongeMrs. Calonge NEWSFLASH-email updates Email (easiest) or Phone In-Class Visitation (call to make arrangements) ESPRI- create account go to link to sign up to check grades/assessements onlinecreate account A “hands-on” approach is needed to monitor your child’s success in 6th grade.
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