## Classroom Expectations

Welcome to 6th grade Math at HK Middle School! I am so excited to be teaching math again this year and look forward to an exciting year of math exploration!

Every day, students will be responsible for having the items listed below during class.

Weekly homework is expected to be completed in a timely manner and turned in on the designated due date. If a student consistently misses homework, parents will be contacted to discuss strategies for consistent homework completion. If a student is absent, I expect that student to check in with me the next time he or she attends class or check on my webpage calendar. I expect that any homework missed will be completed in a timely manner agreed upon by teacher and student. If homework is consistently not completed, this will be reflected on the student’s academic responsibility strand on the report card. If the homework is a graded homework assignment and is never turned in, a failing grade will be entered into PowerSchool. My goal is to teach independence and responsibility, so I will not continuously ask students for missing assignments.

Any graded classroom or homework assignments that are turned in more than three days after the due date, or agreed upon due date if the student was absent, may receive only partial credit and any assignments not turned in by the end of the marking period will receive a failing grade in PowerSchool.

During each unit, students will work at their own pace independently and with a small group through a series of tasks that allow them to practice and think deeply about a concept in a variety of different ways. Students will always complete a review before taking any assessment during a unit as well as conference with me individually or with their group to determine their readiness to complete a particular assessment. More specific grading guidelines and due date timelines will be given for special projects, investigations, word problems or assignments as each marking period progresses. Such guidelines will be communicated in class to each student as well as posted on my web page. At times, re-takes may be offered, but only to those students with assessment scores

This year, the sixth grade is using a program called

In addition to

Direct link to my website: http://jcoogan.rsd17.org/

I hope to make this a fun and exciting year in math. I strongly encourage all students to speak up when they do not understand something and to

Thank you for your support and time to help make math a wonderful experience for your 6th grader. Feel free to contact me at any time via email or phone.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Coogan

**: Each marking period, grades will be determined as follows:**__Grading policy__**Summative Assessments (end of unit tests/projects/investigations) will be weighted as 60% of the final trimester grade.**

**Interim Summative Assessments (quizzes/challenge problems/graded homework assignments) will be weighted as 40% of the final trimester grade.**

Every day, students will be responsible for having the items listed below during class.

**Math Binder**– will be provided__by me__during the first week of school. We will set up the binder together and students will use it to store lesson packets and notes. Students will store it in their locker or bag and will need to make sure it is in class every day!

**Student Agenda Book –**this must come to every class every day and be used for writing down homework assignments and to use your student passport.

**Dry erase board marker –**Students will use dry erase boards almost every day and will be responsible for making sure to have their own marker in class every day. I suggest storing your marker in your bag, binder or classroom mailbox. I will have some extras in class in case you forget and will also have a bin of erasers available at every table.

**Sharpened pencils –**I run out of extra pencils very quickly, so please make sure you have enough in your binder or bag!

**Pens for correcting -**I run out of extra pens very quickly, so please make sure you have enough in your binder or bag!

**Math Homework, if due! –**Please make sure you have a designated place to store the weekly homework packets that I will send home. You can store them in your binder or in a separate folder, but please use a method that works best for you to ensure homework completion on time.

**Positive attitude and a GROWTH MINDSET – if we say it is too hard and we can’t do math, then we create a fixed mindset and we won’t grow and learn. Open your mind to new learning!**

__What you will study this year:__understanding ratio concepts and using ratio reasoning__Ratios and Proportional Relationships__(RP unit) –computing fluently with multi-digit numbers and decimals, understanding rational numbers; all operations with fractions – adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, but will mostly focus on multiplying and dividing fractions.__The Number System (NS unit)__–variables, solving equations and inequalities; dependent and independent variables.__Expressions and Equations (EE unit) -__area, surface area, and volume__Geometry__(G unit) –understanding statistical variability; landmarks of data; distributions__Statistics and Probability (SP Unit)__–

__Homework Completion__Weekly homework is expected to be completed in a timely manner and turned in on the designated due date. If a student consistently misses homework, parents will be contacted to discuss strategies for consistent homework completion. If a student is absent, I expect that student to check in with me the next time he or she attends class or check on my webpage calendar. I expect that any homework missed will be completed in a timely manner agreed upon by teacher and student. If homework is consistently not completed, this will be reflected on the student’s academic responsibility strand on the report card. If the homework is a graded homework assignment and is never turned in, a failing grade will be entered into PowerSchool. My goal is to teach independence and responsibility, so I will not continuously ask students for missing assignments.

__Late Work__Any graded classroom or homework assignments that are turned in more than three days after the due date, or agreed upon due date if the student was absent, may receive only partial credit and any assignments not turned in by the end of the marking period will receive a failing grade in PowerSchool.

__Unit tasks, assessments and retakes__During each unit, students will work at their own pace independently and with a small group through a series of tasks that allow them to practice and think deeply about a concept in a variety of different ways. Students will always complete a review before taking any assessment during a unit as well as conference with me individually or with their group to determine their readiness to complete a particular assessment. More specific grading guidelines and due date timelines will be given for special projects, investigations, word problems or assignments as each marking period progresses. Such guidelines will be communicated in class to each student as well as posted on my web page. At times, re-takes may be offered, but only to those students with assessment scores

**Students that are offered a retake opportunity will be expected to attend scheduled review sessions as well as complete review work prior to the retake. If a student completes the review work and is allowed to complete a retake, the new grade will be calculated by averaging the retake grade with the original grade.**__below 70%.__**http://jcoogan.rsd17.org/**__Math Resources and my website__This year, the sixth grade is using a program called

*Ready Mathematics*. I will use this online resource during mini lesson time where the students will interact with video tutorials as well as receive direct instruction from me. We will work through some challenging problems together and then students will work during independent time on various packets that include “Must Do” practice tasks and challenges. During this independent time, students will also be able to choose from a variety of “Choice Tasks” to continue to practice their skills and enrich their practice. During class, students will be given lesson packets and any additional resources that will be stored in their classroom binder. Students are expected to have their binder in class each day and are responsible for keeping it in good condition. Any homework practice review packets will be handed out as assigned and students will need to store these in a designated homework folder or binder.In addition to

*Ready Mathematics*, I have accumulated many other resources over the years that I will use throughout each unit. Some of the websites that I have found that are very useful for both parents and students are listed below as well as on my website under*Classroom Resources*. Students can use them for extra practice, games or tutorial videos.- Khan Academy - search for a video on a specific math topic. https://www.khanacademy.org/
- Math Antics - some fun videos on several math topics. http://www.mathantics.com/
- Learn Zillion - fabulous videos on a huge range of math topics across all grade levels! https://learnzillion.com/
- Math Playground - a wonderful place with math videos and problems solving games. http://www.mathplayground.com/
- AdaptedMind Math - great lessons and fun games. www.adaptedmind.com/Sixth-Grade-Math-Worksheets-And-Exercises.html
- IXL Math - great practice skills. www.ixl.com/math/grade-6
- Math Games - practice skills using games. www.mathgames.com/grade6
- Hooda Math - games to practice skills. www.hoodamath.com/games/sixth-grade.html
- Math Facts – fact fluency worksheets www.math-drills.com/
- Math Facts – fact fluency worksheets www.mathfactcafe.com/

Direct link to my website: http://jcoogan.rsd17.org/

I hope to make this a fun and exciting year in math. I strongly encourage all students to speak up when they do not understand something and to

__actively__seek me out in class or outside of class for extra help. If a student does not feel comfortable seeing me during class, he or she can also see me during flex, send me an email or write me a note! I hope to help all students become more confident, independent and responsible learners!Thank you for your support and time to help make math a wonderful experience for your 6th grader. Feel free to contact me at any time via email or phone.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Coogan