6th Grade Math, Course Guidelines

South Park Middle School

2500 Stewart Road

South Park, PA 15129

www.sparksd.org


Course Guidelines


6th Grade Math


2018-2019


Miss Ulishney, Special Education Teacher


jessica.ulishney@sparksd.org

412-655-3111 x3110



Parents/Guardians:


I am pleased that your child is in my class this year.  With your encouragement, your child will participate in and enjoy many new and rewarding experiences this academic year. Please feel free to call or email anytime to ask questions or express concerns that you may have.  I want to work with you to provide your child with the best possible educational and social experiences at South Park Middle School. Thank you for your support.


Please review with your child the course guidelines and discipline plan  below.  A signature slip has been stapled to your child’s tracker. Please, sign the slip and return to school by Wednesday, August 29, 2018 to receive credit. All students who complete this before the 29th will earn a bonus ticket for our classroom reward incentive.


Thank you in advance for your support this year. Together we will have a great year!














Course Description:

Students taking this course will learn and practice math concepts and skills, problem-solving strategies and applications, and participate in mathematical reasoning. There will be a large focus on improving foundational skills such as number sense, computation, operations with fractions and decimals, and measurement. Learners will be actively involved and encouraged to take ownership of their learning. All of the materials covered in class will inspire the learner to think critically about math, inquire, create, and respond to given mathematical problems. Emphasis will be placed on skills necessary for proficient results on the PSSA Math tests. All expectations are in correlation with the Common Core State Standards in Math.


Grading Policy:

The student’s grade will be calculated in the following way from the categories below:


Tests – 30%

Quizzes - 25%

Projects - 20%

Classwork – 15%

Homework – 10%


All assignments are due on the given due dates.  Students will be assigned academic detentions during lunch or after school to complete any missing assignments.  If not completed during that time period, points will be deducted.


Grades are available online for parents/guardians on the Home Access Center (HAC). Please contact the school office for login information. Student grades will be monitored by the teacher. Students will be notified if grades are below the minimum standard of achievement. Periodically, progress reports of the student’s current grade will be sent home for parent review and signature.


The students will follow the district wide grading scale as seen below:


  1. Outstanding Achievement

  1.      Achievement is Consistently Above Standard

  1.      Standard Achievement

  1.      Below Standard of Achievement

  1.      Fails to Meet Minimum Standard of Achievement


Homework Policy:

All homework is dependent upon the materials covered in class and will be given frequently. Check and sign off on your child’s tracker each evening to ensure he/she is completing his/her assignments and preparing for upcoming tests. Checking the tracker each evening will help you and your child stay informed in regards to upcoming or incomplete assignments, projects, and tests.


Completed assignments must meet the expectations that are stated on the assignment or written in the tracker. All homework assignments will be checked and reviewed in class on the day the assignment is due. It is expected that the student will complete the assignment neatly and to the best of his/her ability.   Homework is 10% of the overall grade for Math. The following point scale value will be used for homework assignments unless otherwise stated:


  • Full credit - 100% complete

  • Half credit - 50% or more complete

  • No credit - not turned in at all


Projects and long-term assignments will be graded on a rubric or by other means.  


Absent Policy:

Class attendance is extremely important.  If a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to make up the work missed in an orderly and timely fashion.  Adhere to the following guidelines to complete missed work:


  • It is the student’s responsibility to retrieve the missed assignments and handouts from the designated missed work clips hanging in the classroom.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to write down missed assignments from the designated homework calendar in the classroom and seek help if needed.

  • Students are given one day to make up any missed graded assignment, test, or quiz for each legal absence.

    • For example, if a student is absent on Tuesday when he returns on Wednesday he will need to retrieve and complete his assignments to be turned in on Thursday.

    • If a student was absent the day of a scheduled quiz, he will be expected to take the quiz on the day of his return.

  • A prolonged absence will allow a student an extension and will be handled on an individual basis.

  • If a student has a scheduled absence, he/she will be expected to make up the work upon his/her return (i.e. athletic events, vacation, field trips, etc.).

  • Students will be given a zero for assignments missed due to an illegal absence.


Materials:

Please have all materials by Wednesday, August 29, 2018. The students taking this course are expected to come prepared daily with the following items:

  • 2 pencils with erasers

  • Homework Folder with completed assignments

  • Tracker

  • Chromebook AND earbuds/headphones

  • At least 1 book (novel or nonfiction) that can be read independently in which the students are expected to have at all times in school

  • Workbooks will be distributed- it is the student’s responsibility to take care of his/her workbook

  • Additionally, I am asking that each student contribute at least 1 box of tissues to our classroom.




Chromebook Policy:

Chromebooks are to be charged each evening and brought to class everyday. The chromebooks are to be used for academics. Throughout the year we will be incorporating the chromebooks into class activities and assignments.


Cell Phone and Electronics Policy

As stated in the student handbook, cell phones and electronic devices that are brought to school and present problems to the orderly operations of the school will be impounded and only returned to parents/guardians. I will strictly enforce this policy in my classroom. Students are to keep all cell phones and electronic devices turned off and in their lockers.


Fire Drills/Assemblies:

Students are to line up quietly inside the room and will be led out the doors by the teacher.  Students must remain in line and quiet while the teacher is taking attendance.  Those students who talk, get out of line, or act inappropriately in any other way during a fire drill or assembly will be disciplined according to school policy.


Substitute Teacher Policy:

Students are expected to follow all classroom expectations when the teacher is absent from the classroom. If a student chooses not to abide by the classroom expectations and misbehaves for a substitute teacher, he/she will warrant a 3 hour detention.


Discipline Plan:

Students taking this course will be expected to:


  1. Be Prepared with a pencil, completed homework assignment, workbook, tracker, and chromebook.

  2. Be Prompt by attending class regularly and arriving on time.

  3. Be Polite by respecting everyone in the class, participating, and paying attention.

  4. Be Positive EVERY DAY!


  • In addition, students are expected to follow all school rules that are outlined in the student tracker.


Positive Recognition:

To encourage students to follow these classroom rules, I will recognize appropriate behavior in the following ways: verbal praise; positive notes, emails, and phone calls home;  free homework passes; and other rewards that spark the students’ interest and are approved by administration.


This year students will be working toward earning tickets which can be cashed in each month and at the end of the marking period for various treats and rewards. Students will need to earn a set number of tickets in order to participate in the 6th grade incentive at the end of each marking period. Students will earn tickets daily by meeting all  expectations, completing homework assignments, performing well on assessments, etc. Tickets may be taken away for inappropriate or disruptive behavior.



Consequences:

If a student chooses to break a rule, the following steps will be taken:


1st Offense: Verbal Warning

2nd Offense: Loss of ticket

3rd Offense: Student completes “Stop and Think” Sheet and conferences with

teacher. Sixth grade students will be issued a “Quick Slip.”

4th Offense: Phone call/email home, or note in tracker

5th Offense: Office Referral


*In the event of a recurring behavior issue or a severe disruption the teacher has the right to bypass the first three steps and jump to the fourth or fifth step.

Severe Disruption:

If a student chooses to display behaviors that are a severe disruption to the learning environment, they will be immediately sent to the principal/assistant principal and receive a phone call home. These behaviors would include but are not limited to:

  • The use of abusive, obscene, or disrespectful language in writing or gesture and inappropriate spoken or written language

  • Stealing or destruction of school, teacher, or other student’s property

  • Fighting or acting dangerously toward themselves or others

  • Threatening, harassing, or intimidating others

  • Inappropriate touching of others

  • Obscene conduct towards school personnel or other students

  • Possession/use/transfer of dangerous weapons

  • Transfer/possession of unauthorized substances



***Note: Any/all of the information is subject to change. Students will be made aware or informed of any changes. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.