• Fallon Middle School Sixth Grade Common Core Mathematics Miss Karell Room J-1 Phone: (925) 875-9376 ext.6458 Email: karellnancy@dublinusd.org Welcome Intro: Welcome. This is my 27th year of teaching Middle School Math. I had the privilege of meeting many of you during your 5th grade camp last year and I am excited to spend the year with you. There will be fun days, easy lessons, hard concepts and we will make many mistakes, but by the end of the year we will be better mathematicians. Back to School Night: I would love to meet you at Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 24th here I will give you background about myself, my website, and advice as to how to help your child succeed in 6th grade math. Materials: Being prepared at the start of class every day is essential to your child’s success. 2 or more sharpened pencils with erasers or mechanical pencils with a supply of lead Notebook (composition book recommended) which will not be used to tear out for paper Red pen (for correcting assignments) Folder for corrected math homework, handouts etc. College ruled binder paper (NOT ripped from a notebook) Minder Binder Textbook consumable (to be distributed in class) Whiteboard markers OPTIONAL: highlighters, colored pencils or other pens to use on notes Grading: As mandated by the Math department, 6th grade common core will be graded on the following percentages. 65% Tests/Quizzes: Tests, quizzes and vocabulary tests are in each unit (Students will be notified in advance of all tests/quizzes either verbally and/or on my website. Some may be electronic.) 10% Homework: This includes nightly independent practice and test corrections of previous exams. 25% Classwork/Notes check/Projects: Any work turned in during class will go in this category. Periodically I will check notes from students in their notebooks/textbooks (they will be given advance notice). Participation in group activities or discussions is expected. Homework Norms: Assigned nightly, including Friday night, for typically less than 45 minutes on average. Homework should be done in pencil on separate binder paper (unless otherwise specified). Homework should be written in your child’s Minder Binder daily. I recommend you check this to verify homework completion. Common Core Mathematical Practice #1 is to “make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.” Please allow your child to struggle for 20 minutes prior to intervening. Students should always refer to their notes and textbook when doing homework. Answers to odd numbered problems are in the back of the textbook. Students should be using these as reference. (This is not cheating if it is used as a tool to check understanding!) If homework takes longer than 45 minutes on a regular basis, contact me via email. This could be an indicator to seek extra assistance or to evaluate homework practices (eliminate distractions: cell phones, electronics, etc.). Late Work Policy Since homework is a valuable practice to reinforce the day’s lesson, timely completion of the assignment is of utmost importance. If a student does not have an assignment on the date due, students will have until the end of the current chapter to receive partial credit on a late assignment. All late assignments are DUE by the relevant UNIT TEST. NOTE: Grades for late assignments are not the teacher’s top priority and may not be reflected in their grades until further in the quarter. Homework Grading: Grading reflects when assignments are turned in on time. Other scores between 0 and 5 may be given at the teacher’s discretion. Late work may earn a maximum of 3 points only. Score All (5) Most (4) Some (3) None (0) Description All assigned problems complete All required explanations/ justifications complete* All formal work is shown Organized and numbered Most assigned problems complete Most required explanations/ justifications complete* Some formal work is missing May be organized and numbered 50%+ of the assigned problems complete Many required explanations/ justifications complete* Mostly scratch work only Not likely organized and numbered Max Score for LATE work Less than half of the problems have been done No work shown at all (lists of answers) Work has been done in pen * Not all problems require explanations. Extra Credit: There is no extra credit. Students should keep up with the assigned coursework. Absence Policies: It is your child’s responsibility to follow up after absences on all work missed. It is 100% their responsibility to obtain all assignments and notes from their absence from either my classroom website or a friend from class. NOTE: Teacher will not be providing students these items. Students will have as many days as they are absent to complete all work for full credit, including tests, quizzes, homework, notes and projects. If work is turned in after that grace period, it will be considered late and earn a score of 0 (INCLUDING TESTS). I have read and understood the above information. My child and I are clear about Miss Karell’s classroom policies.