Course Syllabus
The Force

May the math/Science 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.  Below is a general pacing guide (subject to change) of the curriculum:

First Nine Weeks

Second Nine Weeks

Third Nine Weeks

Fourth Nine Weeks

*Factors and Multiples

*Geometry

*Ratios


*Ratios and Percents

*Operations with Fractions

*Operations with Whole Numbers

*Operations with Decimals

*Expressions and Equations

*Integers


*More Integers

*Data and Statistics

*Review

Science Course Description:

Sixth Grade Science uses lots of inquiry and investigation for learning.  Technology is also a vital tool.

Science topics include:

1- Matter and Thermal Energy  (approximately 4 weeks)

2.    Energy Waves (approximately 4 weeks)

3- Earth (approximately 3 weeks)

4- Plants/ Ecosystems (approximately 4 weeks)

5- Space (approximately 2 weeks)


Grades: (assignment categories are weighted)

  * Tests 40%      * Quizzes/Projects 30%      * Classwork 20% * Homework/Participation 10%


Parents will be able to check their child's grades on our Parent Portal at http://www.buncombe.k12.nc.us/Page/41066.  Students have access to their grade in Powerschool at any time; be sure to have your child share this with you.


Classwork/Homework:

Math is a subject that requires students to retain prior and current knowledge. Completion of daily classwork and homework is essential in order to learn the material and be prepared for assessments. Students will be expected to participate in all lessons and group/partner work.  Each child will also be expected to keep an organized math notebook and it will be checked periodically. It should be taken home each day for homework help and to review.  Students will have homework Monday through Thursday nights.  It will usually consist of review problems and problems that reinforce and extend what was learned in class that day.   These will be on a handout that students will receive on Monday each week.

Science is a subject that requires students to retain prior and current knowledge. Students learn a lot in sixth grade Science.  Completion of daily class work and studying every night is essential in order acquire science skills and to be prepared for assessments. Students will be expected to participate in all lessons and group/partner work.


Laptops

Each student will receive a laptop to use for educational purposes.  Please be sure the computer is charged every day, and bring your charger to school.  Be sure to have earbuds, a stylus, and a cleaning cloth. Protective sleeves are available for purchase.  The laptop is an important tool in your math and science education.


Canvas

Students will have a daily agenda on Canvas.  It has the activities we are doing and links to web sites and documents that are used in class.  There are also links to materials for review and enrichment. You can have your sixth grader pull up agendas on Canvas to show you what they have been working on.  It is also a useful tool when students are absent; there are links to notes and assignments. Just go to the agenda for the date of absence.


Behavior expectations:

Koontz expectations: Koontz is a Leader in Me School, (The 7 Habits).  Students are expected to take responsibility for their education and actions. This is interwoven  with the Positive Behavioral model (PBIS) to reward students for good behavior.


Classroom expectations: Teacher expectations:

  1. Be respectful of others with actions and words. *Have integrity

  2. Be prepared with all needed materials. *Treat others well

  3. Listen to and follow directions the first time given. *Work to the best of your ability!

  4. Keep noise level appropriate for the learning environment.

  5. Take responsibility for your actions



Poor Choices lead to:

Good Choices lead to:

conferences, Better Choices Sheet, seat change, time out, loss of privileges, restitution, BOUNCED to another class, referral

praise, pride, DOJO points and rewards, LEAD tickets and rewards, LEAD Social, extra recess, happy teachers


 

 

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  

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, 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 periodic 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 newsletter.  Individual student feedback will also be forthcoming on a regular basis.  I also utilize Remind to communicate regularly.


To Teacher:

I have an open door policy.  I encourage family members to come and observe ANY TIME with an appointment.  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. Send me Remind messages as needed. 


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.  Upon request, 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.  I also check ClassDojo throughout the day where parents can message me directly.  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!