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University School

Lisa Reis

 Welcome to 6th grade Math and Science!

 In Math, we will be focusing on the following topics:

  • The Number System
    Ratios and Proportional Relationships
    Expressions and Equations
    Statistics and Probability
    More details can be found on the Tennessee State Department of Education website

 In Science, we will be focusing on the following topics:

  • Embedded Inquiry
    Embedded Technology and Engineering
    Life Science – Interdependence
    The Universe
    The Atmosphere
    Forces of Nature
    More details can be found on the Tennessee State Department of Education website

 Students will also conduct a Science Fair project which will be split up over the first, second, and third quarters.


Classroom Expectations:

Listen and follow instructions

Enter and exit prepared

Always try your best

Respect yourself and others

No excuses

There are consequences for breaking these rules, and these have been developed with my colleagues.

 An effort mark will be given if a student is: unprepared for class, has an unsigned planner, does not have homework, or is off task. Three of these effort marks will result in a conduct slip. In 7th and 8th grade, students will automatically receive conduct slips for these infractions, so we are expecting them to understand these consequences now.

 Students will be given a conduct slip for disruption, disrespect, being out of area, or as deemed necessary by the teacher. These must be returned with a parent/guardian signature within two days.  If the conduct slip has not been returned after two days, another conduct slip will be assigned. Once a student has received six conduct slips, that student will not be eligible for the nine weeks’ field trip.  After six conduct slips, the student will be referred to the office for each additional infraction and a consequence will be determined by administration.

 Academic Planner:

In order to help students improve study skills and organization, signed Academic Planners are mandatory in sixth grade. Students are responsible for bringing their academic planner to each class every day. Planners must be signed by a parent/guardian each night to be checked by their 2nd period teacher. If a student does not have a signed planner, an effort mark will be given.

 Daily Materials:

  • Academic Planner
  • Textbooks
  • 2 composition notebooks for each subject
  • Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS Scientific Calculator (preferred)
    2-inch Binder with dividers
    Notebook paper
  • Zippered pouch for supplies
    Pencils and erasers
  • Glue sticks
    Pencil sharpener
    Colored Pencils
  • Ruler

Grading Policy:

Each quarter, grades will be calculated by the total number of points accumulated out of the total number of possible points for all assessed activities.

 A = 93-100

B = 86-92

C = 75-85

D = 70-74

F = 69 or below

 Grades will be calculated as follows in 6th grade:

 Daily work, labs, and skills practice will be calculated into a class participation grade which is 40% of the overall grade.  Assessments and projects contribute 60% of the overall grade.  

 Assignments that are one day late, will be accepted for a maximum grade of 70%. Assignments that are turned in two days late, will be accepted for a maximum grade of 50%. After two days, the assignment will not be accepted and will be scored with a grade of 0%.

 Absences and Make-up Work:

Homework requests for absent students must be submitted via e-mail to teachers no later than 11:00am.  All work will be sent to the office at 3:00pm.  If work was not requested during an absence, students may pick up copies of their assignments on the ‘While You Were Out’ board in our class hall.  It is the student’s responsibility to pick up work after an absence. Work is due in accordance with the school handbook policy on make-up work.

One additional copy of homework may be requested, but will result in an effort mark.

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