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Eisenhower Elementary School
Parent Curriculum Guide
Sixth Grade Room 601 2014/2015
Philosophy – It is my belief that every student has the ability to learn and that my role as a teacher is to provide a safe and caring environment for that learning to take place. In order to make and continue a safe and caring environment, the following rules will be followed in the classroom: · No bullying
· Hands, feet, objects to yourself
· Use proper language
· Keep room clean and take care of materials
Consequences · Warning (student will be told not to repeat the behavior).
· Documentation of incident and filling in “Behavior Reflections” sheet.
· Sent down to either Mrs. Kelley or Mr. Metty.
In summary, poor behavior will not be tolerated in the classroom and in and around school. Your child is now a 6th grader and they will be held to a higher standard. I want them to know that they are the leaders and role models of Eisenhower Elementary.
Throughout the year, the 6th grade teachers will be reminding, practicing, and reinforcing these concepts to the students. Rewards can be earned through the use of the Fish Philosophy.
Communication Weekly evaluations will be sent home every Friday and must be signed by a parent/guardian. Evaluations include assessment of behavior, assignments and daily planner (Students will be keeping their own digital daily planner and be held responsible to have it filled out each day). Test grades, quiz grades, and assignments can be found in the Parent Portal. Phone calls and meetings will be held with parents as needed. Please feel free to contact me at school (7:30 – 8:30 AM and 3:30 – 4:00). You can also E-mail me at Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Progress reports will be sent home to students earning a “D” grade or lower.
Also, please visit our classroom Weebly at http://dib601.weebly.com.
The school day starts at 8:35 and ends at 3:30. Excessive tardies and/or absences will be reported to the office. Students will enter the building at 8:35 with the tardy bell at 8:40. Lunch is from 11:50 – 12:30.
Students may only bring in fruits, vegetables, and/or water for the day. They are allowed to eat their snack at any time during the school day and are responsible for the disposal of them when finished.
There will be a short recess attached to lunch and a 20-minute recess in the afternoon.
Homework is due the next day unless otherwise noted. Homework missed due to absence can be made up. Missed homework is reflected on the evaluation. Homework will be used as a means to finish class assignments and to supplement the curriculum. Students are expected to maintain their Daily Planners.
Student Code of Conduct:
Special Classroom/School Activities
Camp in September
DARE Program and Graduation
District Wide 6th Grade Field Day (May)
6th Grade Picnic (June)
6th Grade Graduation (June)
Indoor & Outdoor Safety Patrol
Behavior reward trips/activities
Whole class instruction. The Cay, Ella Enchanted & Jason’s Gold are the novels students will read this year. Each novel is part of an overall ELA Program that incorporates writing prompts, comprehension, grammar, punctuation, and other comprehension skills. Students will also be tested on their comprehension levels and placed in smaller reading groups for more individualized help. Students will be taking the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) three times this school year. Students will have weekly pre/post spelling tests and a spelling packet.
Writing Required writings (these may change)
· Argument Essay
· Complaint Letter
· Cause & Effect
· Close & Critical
· Current Events
Handwriting Must be legible and a word processor may be used for certain writings/projects.
Math Text: Everyday Mathematics.
Students are scheduled for math every day for approximately one hour. Students will be given a consumable workbook and a hard covered reference book. Both books may be taken home. Math tutoring will be offered twice a week before school starting in October. It is imperative that students know their multiplication facts. Also, students must complete their assigned math journal pages. During the school year, students in all the sixth grades will be placed into three Tier-Groups based on assessments.
Social Studies Text: Exploring Our World
Emphasis is given on map skills, people, history, and cultures of the Western Hemisphere, Europe, and Russia. Evaluation is based on chapter tests, projects and classroom assignments. There will be an online component to Social Studies this school year with more details to come.
Science The program is essentially hands- on using a variety of visual and auditory sources. The themes covered during the year include Energetic Connections, The Planet Rock, Earth: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, and Energy in the Ecosystem.
Students will be receiving their Ipads in about 2 – 3 weeks. Please make sure that you have set up your child’s Apple ID. Ipads will not be distributed until the Apple ID process is complete. The Ipad is part of our daily instruction. It is very important that the Ipad is brought to school everyday and is FULLY charged. Students who keep their Ipads at school will be able to use the grade level charger for overnight charging.
Specials (Mrs. Babcock, Mr. McDonough, Mrs. Paradowski, Mrs. Asoklis, and Mrs. Sorrow)
Specials include Art, Gym, Vocal Music, Heart, and 21st Century Learners. Students attend specials once a day for 40 minutes. Specials Teachers will be giving out grades for report cards.
Band (Mr. Santamaria)
Band will take place on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students not attending band will use that time for academics. No new materials will be presented during this time.
Library (Mrs. Kuras)
Students attend Library once a week for 40 minutes. Students can check out up to two books a week.
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