Syllabus 2016-17

           CHARLES T. KOONTZ
                                  INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

305 Overlook Road
Asheville, NC 28803

828.684.1295

ctkis.buncombeschools.org

Social Studies Syllabus 2016-2017

Ms. Sheri Coules

Room 613

Email: sheri.coules@bcsemail.org

Website: http://ctkis.buncombeschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=96900&pageId=566342


Social Studies Curriculum Overview

The focus of the Social Studies curriculum for 6th grade is Ancient Civilizations.  The time frame that is covered is the beginning of time to around 1450.  Students continue from 1450 to current times as 7th graders.  Social Studies examines the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia,

Egypt, China, India, Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages. Students also study the ancient civilizations of South America such as the Mayans and Incas. Social Studies supports the ELA curriculum through non-fiction text, research-based writing, and whole class discussions. Social Studies - Public Schools of North Carolina


Grading

Students are graded on a 10 point scale:

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

60-69 = D

<60 = F


Grades are all averaged equally and include:

  • Tests

  • Classwork

  • Homework as assigned

  • Projects


Classroom Policies and Procedures

Students are expected to be in their seats and ready for class by 7:45 a.m.  

Each day, students need their three-ring binder, social studies notebook, sharpened pencils with erasers (NO PENS!),  and any other projects or activities that are due.  If a student is absent, he/she is responsible to check with me, a fellow student, or check on Canvas to see what he/she has missed.  See the Buncombe County Absence Policy.


The use of devices is ONLY for student learning and is entirely at the  teacher’s discretion.  It is essential that students learn to use their devices to their academic advantage.  Students will have many regular opportunities to explore and utilize technology that is provided and monitored by Koontz.  For more information on the school policy on devices, visit the Koontz website.


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.


Classroom and School 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.   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

  1. Be proactive

  2. Begin with the End in Mind

  3. Put First things First

  4. Think Win-Win

  5. Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood

  6. Synergize

  7. Sharpen the Saw

For more information on the 7 Habits go to the following website:

http://www.theleaderinme.org/the-7-habits-for-kids


Communication

From me:

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 regular classroom newsletters.   Additionally, my webpage is an excellent “go-to” source.    Here, you can find a class schedule, syllabus, pacing guide, homework assignments, helpful web links, a wish list, field trip information, etc.
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To me:

Students and their family members may contact me ANY TIME via email.  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 email.