Syllabus

           CHARLES T. KOONTZ INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

305 Overlook Road

Asheville, NC 28803

828.684.1295

http://www.buncombeschools.org/


Social Studies Syllabus 2016-2017

Mrs. Karen Hough

Room 621

Email: karen.hough@bcsemail.org

Website:

My Philosophy

I fully expect every child to be successful in my classroom.  I have high expectations of myself and hold my students to a high standard.  Students today are competing in a global world and need global skills to be successful.  Communication is a strong basis for learning these skills and then applying the skills in a variety of circumstances.  Students need to be creative and develop the ability to think BEYOND.  All students think differently and I plan to foster this differentiation in my classroom.  Students need to see that sometimes there is no right or wrong answer.   

I also believe in a student’s healthy academic, social, emotional, mental, and physical development.  Boys and girls at this age are changing rapidly and every day is a new day.  My goal is that everyday is also a successful day.

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:

A is 90-100

B is 80-89

C is 70-79

D is 60-69

F is below 60


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.  

Each day, students need their three-ring binder, sharpened pencils with erasers (NO PENS!), Social Studies composition book, and any other projects or activities that are due.  

If a student is absent, they are responsible to check with me, a fellow student, or check on Canvas, to see what he/she 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.   We reward positive behavior through bracelets, which earn quarterly rewards, and a quarterly celebration at the end of each nine weeks.  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

  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 a weekly classroom newsletter 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 me:

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 always try to get back with you within 24 hours.  If for some reason you have not heard from me, please send another email.  When pertaining to student success, I believe there can NEVER be too much communication!  


Our school uses the acronym L.E.A.D, which stands for Leadership, Empathy and Respect, Attitude, and Discipline of Self.  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.