6th Grade Parent Letter
August 3, 2017
The sixth grade teachers are excited to be a part of your child’s life for the 2017-2018 school year at Luverne School! We are passionate about what we teach, have LOTS of school pride and spirit, and hope to instill that in our students.
Mrs. Albritton teaches math to all 6th grade students while Ms. McDaniel teaches science and history and Mrs. Walden teaches reading and English. Our grading policies for each subject, classroom management plan, make-up work policy, weekly folder information and supply list are outlined on the pages that follow.
For Your Information:
- Important Times: Student are not to arrive at school before 7:15 a.m. There will be no supervision prior to 7:15 a.m. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria from 7:15 - 7:40 daily. The first bell will ring at 7:40 and the tardy bell at 7:45. Dismissal time each afternoon will be at 3:00 and the buses will be released at 3:15.
- Arrangements for alternate transportation MUST be made prior to 1:00 p.m. for that day. Only written requests will be honored.
- Cafeteria Information: Lunch applications do not need to be completed this year.
Menus made be found at www.crenshaw-schools.org
Breakfast and lunch is provided at no cost to anyone this year. Additional plates may be purchased at normal school lunch prices.
- Cell Phone Use: Students are allowed to bring their cell phones to school; however, they are not permitted to use them during the school day. All cell phones should be turned off and given to the homeroom teacher each morning. They will be returned before the dismissal bell rings.
- If you would like to contribute supplies to our classes, some needed items are waterless soap, Lysol or a similar disinfectant spray, Kleenex tissues, band aids, cleaning spray such as 409 or Fabuloso or paper towels. Thanks in advance for your contribution.
Please read with your child the items on the following pages, complete and sign in the appropriate places on the last page. The signature page should be returned no later than Friday, August 11, 2017.
Should you need to contact one of us, our email addresses are as follows:
Mrs. Albritton email@example.com
Ms. McDaniel firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Walden email@example.com
Thanks in advance for your support. We look forward to a terrific year!
Go Big Red!
Sixth Grade Teachers
Math Grading Policy (Mrs. Albritton)
The math concepts developed through our coursework involve thinking, planning, reasoning, computing, connecting, proving and evaluating. After completing the lessons with problems solved in groups or as a class, students will complete Practice Sets. Unfinished problems assigned in class are to be completed for homework and will be kept in a 3-ring binder. We will organize our math work in a 3-ring binder which will be graded each nine weeks. It will be composed of 3 sections:
- The Interactive Notebook will cover the standards. In addition to the interactive notebook, we will use the New York Engage workbooks. The website is accessible at home for study purposes. https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-6-mathematics
- Bell Ringers (7-10 review problems completed daily with a mini assessment given each Friday on those same skills.)
- Vocabulary Glossary - We will add to this glossary with each lesson and it will be a part of the grade at the end of the nine weeks.
Nine week math averages are determined in the following manner:
Daily Grades – 40% (mini assessments, vocabulary tests, notebook grades, projects, quizzes)
Tests – 60%
Science Grading Policy (Ms. McDaniel)
AMSTI science is used in the 6th grade. During one semester oceans and catastrophic events (weather, volcanoes, and earthquakes) will be covered and Earth in space will be covered in the other semester. We will do weekly activities/inquiries, read text, and learn to perform experiments.
All students should have a non-spiral composition notebook for each semester. All assignments should be kept in the notebook which will be graded each nine weeks . Other grades in science will include lab activities, tests, and daily grades. Homework is any classwork that is not finished, as well as studying for tests.
History Grading Policy (Ms. McDaniel)
American History (post Civil War to present) will be taught in the sixth grade. We will also cover current events that pertain to history. Geography skills will also be taught and tested. All text is read together in class. Powerpoint presentations and video clips will also be used to cover topics. All activity sheets will be three-hole punched and students should keep these in their three-ring binders. Study guides will be given before chapter tests.
Grades in history will be daily grades, tests and special projects. Some tests may include open-notebook tests in which students will be able to use any notes, activity sheets, and/or vocabulary words to help them. For this reason, students need to be responsible and keep their work in their three-ring binders, not stuffed in their backpacks or books. As we finish each chapter I will tell the students to dispose of the chapter’s papers. I hope this will help in their organiztion skills.
Reading Grading Policy (Mrs. Walden)
Each student will have a reading book that he/she may take home nightly. However, during each nine week period we will be doing a novel study and students will not need their textbooks during this time. He/she will also have a workbook that include reading, language, and writing skills. Students will have homework in reading every night except Friday. Generally, these assignments will consist of assignments that were not completed during the school day. All reading tests will be given on Thursday unless a change is necessary at which time students will be notified in advance. Nine week reading averages will be determined as follows:
Daily Grades – 40% (vocabulary tests, notebooks, writing assignments, graphic organizers, projects, quizzes, etc.
Weekly Tests – 60%
Language Grade Policy (Mrs. Walden)
Nine weeks language grades will consist of weekly language skills tests and quizzes. These will be counted equally. (100%)
- Be polite and respectful of others and their property. 1. Verbal warning.
- Follow directions. 2. 15 minutes away from group
- Bring supplies to class and be prepared. 3. 30 minutes away from group.
- Keep hands, feet and objects to oneself. 4. Notify parents (phone, email, letter)
- Obey all school rules. 5. Office referral
Students with an excused absence will be allowed three days to bring in an excuse and complete graded work missed. Students with an unexcused absence will not be given full credit for work missed. Please refer to the Code of Conduct booklet for answers to questions regarding excused and unexcused absences.
Graded papers will be kept in a folder for each student, stapled, and sent home for parent/guardian review each Tuesday. Any test that your child scores below 60 must be signed. All graded papers must be returned and kept on file by the homeroom teacher. There will be a page in the folder with a behavior grade, teacher comments and a place for parents/guardians to sign each week.
Supply ListThe following supplies will be needed for each sixth grade student: 1 3-ring binder, pencils, paper, 2 non-spiral composition books (1 for each semester in science), 4 glue sticks, colored pencils, crayons, markers, dictionary, zip-lock bags (quart size – boy, gallon size – girl) 2 pocket folders with prongs, 1 package of pocket divider pages and 1 package of index cards