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University School 6th Grade Syllabus 
Jennifer Ledbetter, ELA and Social Studies Instructor 
Lisa Reis, Math and Science Instructor 
Welcome to 6th grade! This is going to be a new and exciting year. Middle School can be a difficult transition, but we believe you are up for the challenge. We want you to learn new things and challenge your mindset. Instead of saying you are not good at something, say that you haven’t mastered it yet, but you are willing to learn. The 2019-2020 school year is going to be fabulous. Please let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns.  
Class Descriptions:
Sixth grade English Language Arts utilizes The TNReady standards, available at, to provide a focus for instruction to ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts from a variety of genres both fiction and nonfiction. Students are expected to meet the 6th grade standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.  
Sixth grade Mathematics will follow the TN Standards, which are available at These standards fall into five domains: the number system, ratios and proportional relationships, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics. The major work of the grade falls within the first three domains: number system, ratios/proportional relationships, and expressions and equations. 
Sixth grade Science will follow the TN standards, which are available at The theme for sixth grade science is energy, which drives ecosystems, Earth’s natural resources and Earth’s processes. There is an additional focus on science literacy throughout the science and engineering practices, as well as using reliable sources of information to construct evidence-based arguments. 
Sixth grade Social Studies will be following the TN Standards for Social Studies, available at These standards focus on Ancient World History. We will cover units from early man, early Africa, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Ancient Israel, Inia, China, Greece, and Rome. 
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 teacher. Our goal will be to do spot checks only by the end of the year, if students are able to successfully stay on top of their schedules. 
 Daily Materials: 
Academic Planner 
Vertical file folder 
ELA Spiral 
Composition notebooks (Math, Social Studies, Science) 
1-inch Binder with pocket dividers 
Notebook paper 
Supply pouch with pencils, pens, etc. 
Book to read 
Students will be notified when to bring their calculator to class. This will not be a daily material. 
Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS Scientific Calculator 
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 
Assignments that are one day late, not due to absence, 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%*.  
*The only exception is if students attend the next available after school Study Club and complete the work there for 50% credit.  
Absences and Make-up Work:  
Students may pick up copies of their assignments from the While You Were Out board in the hallway between the two classrooms. 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. 
Classroom Expectations: 
Listen and follow instructions 
Enter and exit prepared 
Always try your best 
Respect yourself and others 
No excuses 
  **Please read the Student Academic and Conduct Policy and the University School Student Handbook for information on academic/conduct expectations and consequences. 
Directions: Tear off this page and return the next school day. Put this syllabus in your binder. 
I understand the learning expectations and classroom rules for all academic subjects in 6th grade.  I have read and agree to the University School Student Handbook and the Middle School conduct and academic policy.  I will do all that I can to meet the learning expectations and follow the classroom rules. 
Student Name (Print) ______________________________________________________________________ 
Student Signature  ________________________________________________________________________ 
Date ______________________ 
I understand the learning expectations and classroom rules for my child for all academic subjects in 6th grade at University School.  I have read and agree to the University School Student Handbook and the Middle School conduct and academic policies.  I will do all that I can to support my child in meeting the learning and behavioral expectations. 
Parent Signature  _________________________________________________________________________  
Date ______________________ 

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