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!
Grading policy: Each marking period, grades will be determined as follows:
- 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.
- Student Glencoe Math – Course 1 Common Core Edition
- Student Agenda Book (for writing down homework assignments)
- Student Calculator, as needed (use your own or borrow one from me if needed)
- Sharpened pencils
- Pens for correcting
- Math notebook (spiral or composition notebook)
- Math Tasks folder – the colored one that I handed out during class!
- Positive attitude!
What you will study this year: There will be five math modules that we will explore this year and they will be broken up into various units. The modules are as follows:
- Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP unit) – understanding ratio concepts and using ratio reasoning
- The Number System (NS units) – 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.
- Expressions and Equations (EE units) - variables, solving equations and inequalities; dependent and independent variables.
- Geometry (G unit) – area, surface area, and volume
- Statistics and Probability (SP Unit) – understanding statistical variability; landmarks of data; distributions
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 him or her 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.
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 below 70%. 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 is allowed to complete a retake, the new grade will be calculated by averaging the retake grade with the original grade.
The sixth grade is using Glencoe Math, Course 1 - Common Core Edition workbooks this year. We will use this resource in class and students will not need to take this workbook home. They will store it in the classroom or in their locker. Any additional resources or homework practice packets will be handed out as assigned. Students are expected to have this workbook in class each day and are responsible for keeping it in good condition.
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!