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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.