Course Expectations

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Course Expectations 2017-2018

PEACE - PRODUCTIVITY- HEALTHINESS -HAPPINESS

SCIENCE IS LIFE. WELCOME TO AN IMPORTANT AND EXCITING CLASS!

Science Materials

This year, all students will use a notebook/journal, folder, agenda, and science book in class.

  • Notebooks

    • You will be given a small composition notebook. The notebook will become a science journal used to answer daily science questions (warmups). The warm-ups are graded each quarter.

    • Please bring this journal to class EVERY day.

  • Folder

    • You will be given a folder if you do not have one. The folder is used to keep all lab work and class work organized. Your folder will be graded each quarter.

    • Please bring the folder to class EVERY day.

  • Agenda

    • Each student in the school is given an agenda to keep track of homework.

    • Please bring this agenda to class EVERY day.

  • Science Book

    • You will bring a science textbook home for assigned reading on some nights. Return the science textbook to class the following day.


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

Pencils, dry erase markers, regular markers, hand sanitizer, tissues, ziplock bags

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. All work will be kept in your science folder. Some explorations will be collected and graded.

  4. Warm-Ups/Science Folder- You will complete “warmups” in your science notebook.  Each quarter you will have a folder grade, so keep all of your assignments for the quarter in your folder.

  5. Homework- You will have a quarterly homework grade. All assignments will be added together for a total homework score.  Homework is a small part of your grade, but it can boost your overall average.


Homework

  • Homework in science class may consist of  unfinished classwork, a take-home quiz, studying for a test, an occasional project, reading a section of the science book, or work that needs redone because of poor quality/effort.  If you work hard, do your absolute best,  and stay engaged you will have very little science homework.  Homework is graded each quarter.

  • On occasion, students will be given an optional assignment for extra credit.



                                   Absences

What happens if I am absent?

  • As soon as you return to school, you must check the “ABSENT?” bin in my classroom to find missed assignments.

  • You must complete and return the assignments within the same number of days that you were absent.

  • 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.  


Discipline/Behavior

In our classroom, there are 3 simple rules to be followed:

  1. Be kind and respectful to EVERYONE

  2. Be prepared

  3. Be safe

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


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. Macintosh HD:private:var:folders:j9:wxsjww1d23gfr7385l91_cyw0000gn:T:TemporaryItems:images.jpg


  1. Verbal Warning

  2. Behavior Reflection (during school)

  3. Consultation (after school)

  4. Referral to the principal’s office

Note: *IF THE BEHAVIOR IS SEVERE,  YOU WILL

BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE 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 us in our quest to spread kindness at Shikellamy Middle School.

CHOOSE KIND.


HOW OUR CLASSROOM WORKS:


MUST KNOW: HAVE A QUESTION OR SOMETHING TO SHARE?YOU MUST RAISE YOUR HAND!

ELECTRONICS NOTE: CELL PHONES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN MY CLASSROOM.


Entering Class

  • Enter the room only when the teacher gives permission to do so. Begin the warm-up.


Restroom/Drink

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

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


Daily Schedule

  • Each day we will follow this four-part schedule:


  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 date 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. Most warm-ups require a full 5 minutes to answer.

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

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

  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 in your agenda each night.


Seating

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

  • Students will be assigned lab partners and lab groups.  You are expected to be an active, kind, hard-working partner. Lab partners and lab groups will change at the teacher’s discretion.


Materials

  • 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.


PAX

  • Students will be expected to show “PAX” at all times. PAX is a Latin word that means peace, productivity, healthiness, and happiness”. Showing PAX will earn your class PAX prizes.


Leaving the Room at the End of Class

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

  • Your lab table and team bucket must be organized.

  • 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 and quickly and safely move to the next class.


JOIN OUR REMIND!

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


HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL (inspired by Dr. MK)
BE KIND TO EVERYONE, EVERYDAY
WORK HARD AT EVERYTHING YOU DO
GET INVOLVED IN SOMETHING YOU ARE EXCITED ABOUT




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