Welcome to our new school year together. I look forward to helping your children as they adjust to the challenges that sixth grade presents. The following are outlines, texts and supplemental activities we will use in class as we move our students forward in meeting the school’s Student Learning Expectations. Teachers and staff will work to help students become spiritually grounded, self-aware, and academically responsible.
RELIGION: Ms. Middleton
Each unit is divided into chapters that reflect the three areas of emphasis. Activities in each chapter provide both students and their families with a chance to reflect on what has been learned.
Further Study: Mass, formal and informal prayer, sacraments, saints, Ten Commandments, formation of conscience, respect for others (our world), the Church, vocations, scripture, special seasonal and liturgical celebrations.
Experiences: classroom prayer, class and school prayer services, mass, reconciliation, and outreach.
FAMILY LIFE: Ms. Middleton
SCIENCE: Mrs. Wahl
MATH: Mrs. Twomey
Students will explore the wonder of mathematics while studying topics such as equations, decimals, fractions, number theory ratios, proportions, percent, geometry, & measurement. Every day students will problem solve while working on “The Problem of the Day.”
Mathematical thinking skills and mental math will be as important to student learning as will drill and practice. As parents, you can help your child with both thinking skills and practice if they do not understand homework assignments. Homework will be assigned daily. Each week will end with a quiz. We will have a chapter test at the end of each chapter.
Individual needs of students will concretely addressed. Team and group work will also be used to explore different strategies for problem solving.
LITERATURE: Mrs. Cummings
LANGUAGE ARTS: Ms. Middleton (Writing & Grammar) / (Spelling)
In the study of grammar, students will work toward mastery of sentence structure and an understanding of the parts of speech. Practical use of grammar will be emphasized in order to enhance student writing.
Methods from the Bay Area Writing Project and the 6+1 Traits of Writing Program will be incorporated with the English text.
HANDWRITING: All Teachers
Teachers will give special attention to the students’ handwriting needs as written class assignments are turned in for review and correction. All students will be required to complete classroom assignments in
cursive handwriting. However, final papers and projects will be typed.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Ms. Middleton
The text will also be supplemented with outside resources. Areas covered include: history, geography, map reading, charts,and interpretation of original documents.
OTHER ACADEMIC AREAS
The focus of homework is review in order to increase understanding. The benefits of homework also include: better retention and knowledge of material, critical thinking, and information processing.
Homework will be required each week night (Monday-Thursday). Each teacher of the sixth, seventh and eighth grade team calculates homework times and assignments so as not to overburden students. Because of variations in ability levels and motivation, students may take more or less time to complete these assignments.
*Students are expected to turn in assignments on time. If an assignment is late, the teacher may lower its final grade or keep the student in during recess to complete it.
PLEASE notify me immediately if you notice your child having any difficulty in any area of his/her homework study. I will likewise do the same.
Class work, quizzes, and tests will be graded by each subject area teacher. Work will be sent home for parental and student review/correction at the end of each week. Graded work should be reviewed by both students and parent(s). SIGNATURES WILL NOT BE REQUIRED ON CORRECTED PAPERS UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. Parents should ask their child frequently to see corrected papers. Papers are often left in desks, folders or backpacks and never reviewed by parents.
When a child is absent from school, a student will be responsible for writing down missing assignments and collecting handouts for him/her. It will be the responsibility of the absentee student to make up all missing assignments in the time agreed upon with each teacher. It is
necessary to contact the school office before 10:00 AM to have a student’s assignments available if you wish to pick them up in the school office at the end of the day.
It is important to remember that absence adversely affects your child’s performance in school.
Students that miss school due to vacation plans are responsible for completing any work that they miss. Students must meet witheach of their instructors upon returning to school to find out what they have missed.
Enrichment activities will be planned and scheduled throughout the school year. Field trips will be planned and announced well in advance. I will ask for parent helpers on both field trip days and special in-school enrichment projects. Guest speakers and other forms of enrichment will enhance our curriculum this school year.
In order for students to fulfill their potential, they must have a classroom environment in which they can learn and we can teach. I emphasize four general rules in sixth grade to guide student behavior:
A weekly class newsletter will be uploaded onto our class website Friday afternoons informing parents of sixth grade news including academics, class projects and upcoming events.