Course Syllabus
The Force

May the math be with you, always!

 

Math Course Description:

Sixth grade mathematics focuses on teaching various math topics from the North Carolina Standard Course of Study with an emphasis on collaborative learning and problem-solving. Major topics include, but are not limited to:

1-   Ratios and proportional relationships

2-   Statistics

3-   Integers and rational numbers

4-   The number system

5-   Expressions and Equations

6-   Geometry

 


Grading

Students are graded on a 10 point scale: A is 90-100; B is 80-89; C is 70-79; D is 60-79; and F is 59 or below.  Grades can be monitored using the Parent Portal.  Please visit the Koontz webpage for more information.

 

Grades are all averaged equally and include:

 

  • Assessments
    • Pre:  are not calculated in the grades (these are only used to guide instruction).
    • Mid:  are included in grades.
    • Post: are included in grades.
    • Students are given the opportunity to correct assessments for an average of the two grades.                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Home Opportunities (formerly known as homework)
    • 10 to 15 practice problems each week that pertain to what we are currently learning
    • Students may have periodic projects that pertain to our current skill

       

  • Notebook (composition/digital)
    • Problem solving process is expected to be shown (identify the problem, show your strategy, illustrate/explain your solution, and check reasonable response.
    • NEAT note taking (messy, unorganized notes do not benefit anyone!)
    • Warm-ups
    • Activity sheets and handouts that are inserted
    • Journals will be checked periodically and included in grade average

       

  • Participation/Classwork

       O  During math workshop, students complete exit slips to make sure they are completing each activity

    • Being prepared to discuss homework questions (this means students have attempted all homework problems prior to the due date and have come ready to ask questions and share strategies)

 

Homework

Homework is recorded for each week on the white board and on Website/Canvas Calendar almost every  Monday. All homework will be checked daily and must submitted/turned in every Friday to receive credit.  This allows students to make changes based on class discussions.  Homework is not based on its correctness, but rather that the student demonstrated effort on every problem and showed their strategy.  Parental support is encouraged for accountability but students should be working as independently as possible.

 Please do not spend more than 20 minutes WORKing on math a night. If the work is taking longer than that, then please stop and ask for help or clarification the next day. 

Classroom Policies and Procedures

 

Each day, students need their math notebooks, sharpened pencils with erasers (NO PENS!), homework, calculator, and any other projects or activities that are due. 

If a student is absent, anything that they missed will be located in the designated absent work area.  Students are responsible to check this area, complete their missed work, and copy notes.  If a student needs extra time to complete this, they need to ask me. 

 

Snacks and water bottles are permitted.  As young adults, I expect 6th graders to recognize when these might be distracting to their or other’s learning.

 

School Wide Expectations

 

PBIS, L.E.A.D, and The 7 Habits

The staff at Koontz encourages and expects all students to be leaders.  We use a system called PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention Support), which is based on the ideas of encouraging leadership skills and positive work habits, as well as consistently enforcing ground rules and expectations throughout the entire school day.  

 

Our school uses the acronym L.E.A.D, which stands for Leadership, Empathy, Accountability, and Determination.  These four ideals lay the groundwork for our PBIS system.  In each area of the school building there are L.E.A.D expectations.  Failure to comply with these expectations will result in a fair consequence, which will be assigned by the staff member in charge at that time.  I will strictly and consistently adhere to our school’s plan. For more information, see the PBIS section of the Koontz website, or see the Koontz Handbook.

 

Part of the mission at Koontz is to prepare each student for the 21st century.  We have adopted Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as a guide to help us ripen our students for the obstacles and challenges that lie ahead of them.  

 

 

The 7 Habits                                                                                       The key is taking responsibility and

1. Be proactive                                                                                    initiative, deciding what your life

2. Begin with the End in Mind                                                         is about, and prioritizing your life          3. Put First things First                                                                 around important things.

  1. Think Win-Win                                                                                                -Sean Covey
  2. Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood
  3. Synergize
  4. Sharpen the Saw

For more information on the 7 Habits, please visit http://www.theleaderinme.org/.

 

For other school policies and procedures please refer to the school student handbook link on the Koontz homepage.

 

Communication From Teacher:

Early, regular, and on-going communication between home and school is the backbone of a student’s healthy academic, social, emotional, mental, and physical development.  Families can expect a classroom newsletters that outlines upcoming events.   Additionally, my webpage is an excellent “go-to” source.    Here, you can find a class schedule, syllabus, pacing guide, homework assignments, helpful web links, wish list, field trip information, grading policy, student candid pictures, student projects, and our weekly newsletter.  Individual student feedback will also be forthcoming on a regular basis. 

 

 

To Teacher:

I have an open door policy.  I encourage family members to come and observe ANY TIME.  However, I ask that if a family member needs to speak with me, he or she contacts me in advance.  This way, critical instruction and student learning will not be interrupted.  Also, if a family member wishes to volunteer to participate in our classroom, please let me know so we may coordinate details.

 

Students and their family members may contact me ANY TIME via email.  I will also be creating an online Canvas classroom that will enable communication between students that allows me to monitor, provide feedback, answer questions, and post assignments/assessments.  I provide my cell phone number to guardians on record, but not students.  You can text or call anytime.  Family members have always respected and appreciated this outlet, and I have only had POSITIVE AND PRODUCTIVE results!   You may also call the school and leave a message.  I will always try to get back with you within 24 hours.  If for some reason you have not heard from me, please send another text, message, or email.  When pertaining to student success, I believe there can NEVER be too much communication!