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Back to School Night 2011. Mrs. Atkinson 6 th grade Math and Science. Contact and Communication. Thank you for sharing your children with me each day. I appreciate being able to partner with you.

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Back to school night 2011

Back to School Night 2011

Mrs. Atkinson

6th grade Math and Science

Contact and communication
Contact and Communication

  • Thank you for sharing your children with me each day. I appreciate being able to partner with you.

  • I try to communicate regularly (usually a mass email each Monday or Tuesday and individual emails specific to assignments or individual needs.)

  • If email is not an option for you, please let me know.

  • I will also post the weekly communication on our class website.

  • If I do not get back to you within 2 school days, please contact me again by phone or email.

  • You can reach me via email (best) or by calling the school office.

Homework and academics
Homework and Academics

  • There is Math homework every night (Mon – Thurs), because this is an honors class with a quick pace occasional Friday homework may be given, but only as needed.

  • All work must be shown for each math problem & the original problem or equation written out.

  • We have a Math test or quiz most Fridays, other tests are announced early

  • No name = no credit & no late work accepted

  • Grading: 40% tests, 30% quizzes, 20% homework, 10% projects and participation

  • Being prepared for class is part of the participation grade

Supplies and organization
Supplies and Organization

  • There is a direct correlation between organized and prepared students and higher scores. Please check your child’s agenda and backpack regularly.

  • The supplies that your child started the year with will not last for the entire year, be sure to keep them replenished.

  • Encourage your child to have all homework, PE clothes, supplies (and often cell phone) in his/her backpack each evening.

  • Ask to see papers as they are completed and/or when they come home. All assignments should be neat, complete, and accurate for full credit.

Helping your child with homework
Helping your Child with homework

  • Please do not do the homework for your child – it is cheating and puts them further behind academically.

  • Please provide time and space for your child to do his/her homework (treat school as his/her “job”)

  • If homework seems to take too long (and the child is actively working on it) – please contact me right away.

  • Use the textbook, student notes from class, our class website, and curriculum videos to assist your child.

  • Check that homework is complete and neat each evening.

Homework scores
Homework scores

  • Math homework is typically 5 points per assignment, 20 points per week.

  • Homework is scored based on the number correct, neatness (including heading and the condition of the paper), and work shown.

  • Credit can only be given for problems with work shown.

  • We review homework in class, it is kept for help & reference, then turned in each Friday and entered into the grade system.

  • Students who review their homework and ask questions do better on tests and quizzes.

Homework scoring rubric
Homework Scoring Rubric

  • 90% accuracy and neat, with work shown = 5 points

  • 80% accuracy and neat, with work shown = 4 points

  • 60 – 70% accuracy and neat, with work shown = 3 points

  • Strong effort in neatness and following the steps, but lack of accuracy = 2 points

  • Points are deducted for lack of neatness, not showing all steps (as modeled in class examples), incorrect heading, no score, etc.

  • No name = zero 

Science homework
Science homework

  • There will be vocabulary words to study almost every night.

  • Vocabulary quizzes are typically on Thursdays -- I would announce if there was a change.

  • Many homework “assignments” are just finishing what was not finished in class or continuing something we started in class.

  • Larger projects are often given 5 – 7 days to complete in order to teach time management and balance between school, family, sports and other commitments.

Science grades
Science grades

  • 40 % Tests and Quizzes, 40% Projects, and 20% participation (being prepared for class is part of participation).

  • Vocabulary quizzes work out to be a large portion of the science grade, it is important to study.

  • Class work, drawings and diagrams, worksheets, etc. are all graded. Most items are 10 to 20 points, but they all add up.

  • Good effort, Complete work, Neatness and Quality participation = Good science grade

When will i need this
When will I need this??

  • This is the most common question I hear in school, here is a wonderful explanation I found and give to the students:

    Only some of the content of this (or any) school course may be applicable later in life depending upon career choices; but the problem solving skills, the ability to struggle through without giving up, and the ability to communicate needs and solutions do transfer to other areas of study and work.


  • Outdoor Learning Environment

  • This a week to concentrate on scientific learning and appreciation of the area around us through hands on activities.

  • Much more information to come.

  • Fun, Fun, Fun!!

Dress code and rules
Dress Code and Rules

  • Please buy and encourage clothing that fits in the dress code – I will communicate if your child is wearing something inappropriate in my class.

  • No gum – ever.

  • No cell phone usage during school hours – please don’t call or text your child during school hours.

  • Class rules: Do your job, Allow others to do their jobs , Be respectful, Be safe(this applies to all and works out very fairly)

In case of absence
In case of absence

  • If your child is sick, or absent for another important reason, please call the office.

  • Check our class website for assignments (daily assignments are usually up by noon, definitely by 3pm).

  • If the absence is 3 days or more, contact me or the office and we can have a packet of work ready for you to pick up.

  • Each student has the number of days he/she was absent to make up work. Tests must be made up within a week of absence.