• How can you help your child succeed in my class?
     
    Welcome to 6th grade!  I know parents have many concerns and questions as their kids move on to this exciting (and worrying) phase of their education. 
     
    • All students should read every day.  A good rule is to read at least 20 minutes a night.  These readings should be things that interest the student.  I have a 25-book goal for my students for the year, and 20 minutes a night will help your child meet his/her goal.  We will go to the media center every other week to check out books.  Students may also read books from home, online books via Sora or Overdrive, or books from the public library.  Students should bring their books with them to class every day.
    • Each student will have a reading log to record the books they read.  They may count any books we read in class.  Students will have the opportunity to earn rewards for meeting reading milestones throughout the year. 
    • All students should check Google Classroom every day.  Everything for my class is in Google Classroom.  I post instructional materials and videos under our daily "What are We Doing Today" post, so students who are absent can complete the work from home.
    • Parents, get your kids to show you Google Classroom to see what we are doing.  This will help keep you abreast of what's happening in our class. 
    • We have a weekly assignment that is assigned on Monday and due on Friday every week that is for a practice grade.  We will work on this assignment in class, but students may need to work on it at home as well.
    • Membean is our vocabulary program.  Students should do a minimum of THREE 10-minute sessions per week.  These have to be done on different days and all in one sitting, so students cannot do 2 five-minute sessions or 1 30-minute session.  We will do Membean in class, but students who do not will need to do it for homework.
    • We have biweekly county benchmarks every other week covering the current standards we are working on.  Students will get a preview of the texts from these tests on their weekly assignments.  
    • Unit tests come at the end of each unit.  These are also created by the county over all of the standards for a unit.  Unit test grades can replace the biweekly assessment grades.
    • At the end of each semester, we will have semester exams that count 20% of the student's final grade.  Exam grades can replace unit test grades.