Course Expectations

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Course Expectations



Science Materials

This year, all students will use a notebook/journal, chromebook, science book, and earbuds/headphones.

  • Notebooks

    • You will be given a small composition notebook, or you may bring your own notebook. The notebook will become a science journal used to answer daily science questions (warmups) and to draw diagrams or take notes. The warm-ups are graded each quarter. Please bring this journal/notebook to class EVERY day.

  • Science Book

    • You will bring a science textbook home if you missed a class or need to complete an assignment.  Sign out a book using our sign-out sheet, and return it the following day.

  • Chromebook

    • You will use your chromebook each day for recording explorations. Take care of your chromebook and use it appropriately in class. You may NOT explore other sites, play games, or search the internet for answers while working on science material. If you use your Chromebook inappropriately during my class,  you will be required to complete alternate pencil and paper assignments, instead of using the computer.


WISH LIST: If you would like to donate items to our science class, we can always use the following:

Pencils, regular markers, hand sanitizer, tissues, highlighters

Science Units

Sixth grade science focuses on life science. The units are organized by quarter. Each quarter, students will receive an outline of the specific unit content, vocabulary and state standards.

Quarter 1

Health and Human Body Systems

Quarter 2

Cells and Heredity

Quarter 3

Kingdoms of Life

Quarter 4

Ecosystems and Biomes

Graded Work

You will be given every opportunity to show what you know.

Work hard, show respect, and be kind, and you will do well.

  1. Quarter Assessment- You will complete a test at the end of each quarter to determine information learned. This may be on the computer or on paper.

  2. Lesson Quizzes- At the end of each unit within a quarter, you will complete short quizzes to show what you’ve learned. These will help me make decisions about our future lessons.

  3. Explorations- All students in my class will participate in many explorations in the form of projects, mini-experiments, partner labs, and student presentations. These will be submitted in Google Classroom during class and will be graded after completing each unit. Late work may receive a point deduction if the reason for delay in submitting the work  is unrelated to an excused absence.

  4. Warm-Ups/Science Notebook-  You will complete “warmups” in your science notebook during class.  Each quarter you will be graded 1 point per warm-up. This is an easy way to increase your science average.  Your science notebook will receive a grade for organization and quality.


  • The amount of homework that you will have in science class is actually up to you. If you work hard to complete quality work during class, and you do not waste time, you will not have homework most nights.


What happens if I am absent?

  • As soon as you return to school, you must check GOOGLE CLASSROOM. If papers or other materials were used during class, you will need to check the “ABSENT?” bin when you return.

  • You must complete and return the assignments within the same number of days that you were absent. It is your responsibility to turn in missed assignments promptly.

  • If you miss a day when an assignment is due, you are required to turn in this work on the day that you return to school.


This year you will be assigned a Chromebook to use during the school day. You will be given passwords that you may not share with other students. You must use your Chromebook only when your teacher directs you to use it.  You may not use your Chromebook to play games, visit unapproved sites, or look up images during the school day. If you chose to do this, you will lose Chromebook privileges in my class, and you will complete paper and pencil activities. It will be your job to keep track of your Chromebook, keep it clean and undamaged, and return it to homeroom daily. Please bring headphones or earbuds to use in class!


     ALL SMS STUDENTS must follow all rules found in the student handbook/rule matrix.

In addition to the handbook rules, students in my class will be expected to show “PAX” at all times. PAX is a Latin word that means “peace, productivity, healthiness, and happiness”.  PAX behavior is expected at all times. Classes that show PAX behaviors consistently will receive additional privileges at certain times throughout the year. PAX students are kind, focused, ready to learn and involved.


In our classroom, I expect “Peace, Productivity, Healthiness, and Happiness” to be the focus.   However, if these rules are not followed, the following consequences will occur, in the order that they are listed.

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  1. Verbal Warning

  2. Behavior Reflection (during school)

  3. Consultation (after school)

  4. Referral to the principal’s office




*I keep a record of the behavior with a

fresh start each quarter. Behavior will affect

your ability to attend activities/trips. The office

will keep a record of behavior referrals as well.

Kindness Club

I am a co-advisor, along with Mrs. Bobinis, of the SMS Kindness Club. Our goal is to bring kindness to the school building each and every day with the help of willing student members. See me for more information if you are interested in joining our quest to spread kindness at Shikellamy Middle School. Kindness Club will meet during period 1 on certain Fridays. Listen to the announcements for dates of our meetings. Whether you join or not, CHOOSE KIND.




Entering Class

  • Line up outside the classroom until you are told to enter. Begin the warm-up.


  • Drinks and restroom breaks are given at the discretion of the teacher.

  • You MUST get your pass signed and use the sign-out sheet in order to leave the room.

Daily Schedule

  • Each day we will follow this four-part schedule (times may vary slightly):

  1. (5 minutes) Warm-Up - As soon as you enter class, begin your warm-up. This will be completed in your warm-up journal. It’s like a workout for your brain. Write the warm-up number beside your detailed answer. If you finish before time is up, check your work.  Then, you must have a book to read for AR points. Failure to read results in behavior consequences. You may bring your own, or borrow one of mine.

  2. (5 minutes) Focus-This is when I will introduce our focus for the day, show a quick BrainPop or Flocabulary video clip, distribute materials, and share some directions for the activities.

  3. (30 minutes) Explore – This is our hands-on portion of the class. You will work with your lab partner or your lab team to discover something science-y and awesome.

  4. (5 minutes) Meeting – This is when we come together to share what we’ve learned, take notes, watch short video clips, discuss science topics, and make connections to our lives. Come to our meeting ready to share what you’ve learned in the class that day.  If you have homework that night, you will write your assignment in your agenda after our meeting. It is your responsibility to write your homework assignments or reminders in your agenda.


  • There will be assigned seats, which will change at the teacher’s discretion - usually monthly.

  • Students will be assigned lab partners and lab groups.  You are expected to be an active, kind, hard-working partner and an active participant in your group.


  • If you need specific materials that are not in your team bucket, please ask by raising your hand.

  • Some science tools require careful use for safety. Please respect the materials and rules.  

  • All materials will have a location and must be returned at the end of every class.  If you leave your lab tables or materials disorganized, you will be asked to come back to clean it.

Leaving the Room at the End of Class

  • Permission must be given at ALL times, in order to leave the classroom.

  • Your lab table, science books, and team bucket must be organized before you leave.

  • Students are to remain in their seats, until the teacher dismisses them.  The bell doesn’t dismiss students, the teacher does. Upon exiting the room, push in your stool..

  • Remember to make sure that you have all of your materials (including your Chromebook) as you leave the classroom.


I have a REMIND class just for 6th grade science. Your parents may have joined the SMS remind group already. Your parents may also join my class! Text @scifess to 81010. I will use this app to remind you of projects, tests, and more!

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