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6th Grade Homeroom Expectations

Assumption School

 



Mr. Jason Poon

Sixth Grade

Welcome to Sixth Grade!

2020 – 2021


CURRICULUM

 

RELIGION (Mr. Jason Poon, jpoon@csdo.org)

Text #1: We Are God’s People, Sadlier

Subject Matter: Students will become familiar with the history of our Catholic

faith so that they will learn to think critically and are better prepared to proclaim

and live their faith as active Christians.

Text #2: Benziger Family Life

Subject Matter: Family life curriculum is studied during the third trimester and

stresses a number of concepts about the human person that have been identified

by Education in Human Sexuality for Christians, United States Catholic

Conference, 1981, such as:

  • Relationships and Communication (with family, friends, and adults)
  • Pregnancy and Birth

Expectations: Each student is expected to give appropriate attention to the

subject matter in the texts and to participate in classroom discussions. A test or

other form of assessment is given at the end of each chapter. Prior to working

with the “Benziger Family Life” text, parents will need to look it over with their

child, then sign and return the text the following school day. Assumption School

is currently reassessing our Service Learning Projects. Service is fundamental

element of who we are. The faculty is working on forming a service Learning

Project that provides students the intrinsic value of being an Active Christian.

Grading:

  • test and quiz scores
  • project-based activities

READING (Mr. Jason Poon, jpoon@csdo.org

Text: Rather than a textbook, we will read three novels during the school year, as

well as study poetry and some short stories. Students will be expected to read

both in the classroom and at home. Discussion questions, quizzes, group

projects, and a test will also be part of each novel’s unit.

Subject Matter: Students will have the opportunity, both whole class and in

small groups, to work on fundamental reading comprehension skills such as

finding facts, making inferences, locating sequences, developing vocabulary

through the use of context clues, identifying main ideas, and drawing

conclusions. They will also develop their ability to respond thoughtfully to

literature by comparing and contrasting, finding themes, analyzing characters,

making connections, and finding supporting evidence. Students will also have the

opportunity to explore literature through cooperative learning groups.


Expectations: Students will be expected to read, comprehend, and practice

critical thinking skills for the assigned selections. It will be anticipated that

students put forth the effort needed to complete assignments neatly, accurately,

and on time. When we work in cooperative learning groups, it is expected that

students complete their reading assignments and tasks at home. They will then

share their findings with their group members.

Grading:

  • test and quiz scores
  • scores on long-term projects and/or in-class assignments
  • depth of responses in assignments

SOCIAL STUDIES (Mr. Zachary Loverro, zloverro@csdo.org)

Text: The Ancient World, Teachers Curriculum Institute

The social studies program we will be using this year is from TCI and is designed

to reach learners of all abilities using multiple intelligences teaching strategies

and theory and research-based active instruction. You can learn more about TCI

at http://www.teachtci.com. An important part of the program is an online Student

Subscription. The subscription is our online textbook, and students will need it to

complete assignments and study for tests. The TCI Student Subscription

includes: Student text, End-of-lesson Reading Challenges, Reading tools such as

highlighting, inline vocabulary definitions, and a main idea viewer. Students will

need Internet access daily for their homework and review. Many assignments will

be electronically submitted in class as well as at home.

The study of Ancient Civilizations, early middle Eastern civilizations

(Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt), early Asian civilizations (Ancient India and

Ancient China), the foundation of Western ideas (Ancient Israelites, Ancient

Greeks, and Classical Greece) and Rome (the rise of Rome, the Roman Empire,

and Christianity and the fall of Rome) and world geography.

Expectations: Students are expected to be responsible, organized, respectful,

and use good communication skills. Work assigned to students should be neat,

complete and with full effort. Students should participate in class discussions or

on assignments with complete sentences. A big part of their success depends on

the Interactive Student Notebook, which will become a major resource for them

for quizzes and tests. Notebook checks will be done regularly. History class will

be an interactive, cooperative, and hands-on learning experience. Tests are

given about every three weeks. Students are tested on material from the text as

well as activities or discussions from class and note taking. All assignments must

be completed on time. Absent make up work and tests must be completed within

a week of students' absence. Students are responsible for making necessary

arrangements.

Grading: The student’s grade is based on class work, the student Interactive

Student Notebook, open-notebook quizzes, unit tests, projects and class

participation. Homework assignments involving reading and note taking will be

evaluated according to the quality and completeness of each assignment and will

be reflected in the student’s effort grade on Progress Reports and Report Cards.


MATH (Mr. Jason Poon, jpoon@csdo.org, Mr. Dennis Wong dwong@csdo.org

Text: Envision Math, Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley

Subject Matter: The math curriculum in sixth grade requires students to

understand how to work with decimals and fractions, different types of graphs,

data sets, base-ten operations, place value, order of operations, measurements,

angles, and shapes.

Expectations: Students will be expected to put forth their best effort in

completing assignments based on previously taught lessons, as well as

preparing for periodic tests and quizzes. Additionally, students will be expected

to correct missed problems on homework, quizzes, and tests. Occasional

projects may be assigned but can be completed in class.

Grading:

  • test and quiz scores
  • completion of all assignments (with work shown)

ENGLISH (Mr. Zachary Loverro, zloverro@csdo.org

Text: Writing Pathways, Lucy Calkins, First Hand Heinemann

Expectations: Students are required to bring a journal to class, in which they will

write reflections, take notes, record their ideas, work on their writing

assignments, and complete homework. Journals will be collected periodically and

the quality of work assessed. At the start of class, students are expected to

complete a grammar check and during the week a specific Language Arts,

Vocabulary, and/or Grammar lesson will be taught.

Subject Matter: It is increasingly important for all children to be given an

education that enables them to synthesize, organize, reflect on, and respond to

the data in their world. Assumption School has adopted Writing Pathways, the

TCRWP Writing Workshop program, across all grade levels. These learning units

are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and will assist our knowledge

of the teaching of writing. In the Units of Study, students will be able to

synthesize, analyze, compare and contrast information and ideas in a workshop

environment. This program will give the students the skills to write narrative,

argument and expository texts.

Grading: Grades will be based on tests, quizzes, classroom activities,

interactive student notebook assignments, writing assignments, and projects.

Homework assignments involving writing, language arts practice, and note taking

will be evaluated according the quality and completeness of each assignment

and will be reflected on the student’s effort grade on Progress Reports and

Report Cards.


6th Grade:

SCIENCE: Ms. Isabel Gregorio (igregorio@csdo.org)

 

Text: Weather and Water, Diversity of Life, Human Systems Interactions, FOSS Kits by Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley

 

Subject Matter: Throughout the year, we will be going over topics relating Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. More specifically, Weather and Water, Diversity of Life, and Human Systems Interactions,

 

Expectations: Students will be expected to complete daily tasks, quizzes, exit tickets, tests, investigations, demonstrations and presentations. Students are required to complete assignments listed in the weekly agenda sent to them via packet or the Google Classroom page. Students are also required to attend Zoom calls and watch assigned videos. Students are expected to come to class ready to engage in class discussions, prepared by completing assigned tasks, and with an open mind to learn deeply.

 

Grading: Grades will be based on daily class participation, science notebook entries, tests, quizzes, projects, and completion of homework. Homework must be turned in on time.


ART- Mrs. Karen Barbera - kbarbera@csdo.org

Subject Matter: The Assumption School Art program is a comprehensive arts program which encompasses the subjects of Visual Arts (Art History, Art Appreciation, Studio Art) and Performing Arts. Students are introduced to various mediums through direct instruction as well as lecture and discussion. Visual Arts subject matter includes various movements in art history and the artists responsible for those movements. Direct instruction demonstrates the elements of art and the use of varied supplies, tools, and mediums. Performing Arts subject matter introduces  acting techniques to improve imagination, attention, memory, improvisation, and projection. Students in grades 4 through 8  receive letter grades for art based on diocesan guidelines. Students' work is assessed based on the following factors:

Visual Arts:

  1. Complete and return of work in a timely manner. Late work is accepted but assessed at 50% of its original value. This encourages the return of student art work on time. Incomplete work will be returned to the student for completion. Absent students must contact Mrs. Barbera to plan and schedule make-up work.
  2. Completion of work according to instruction.Students must turn in a finished work completed according to instruction using the correct materials. Work must be neat and  done to the best of a student's ability. Unfinished work done with inappropriate materials will not be accepted. 
  3. Students' work must be clearly marked with their name.Unlabeled work cannot be graded. Work which is later identified will receive a grade of 75%.
  4. All work must be the student's own work. Art is a subject which requires experimentation and practice. Neither is accomplished if the work is not done by the students themselves. This is very important. A student's best copied work is never as good as the worst work they can create on their own.

Every child is an artist.

 

Performing Arts:

  1. Preparation. Each student is expected to be ready with the correct materials for class. Memorization and practice may be required.
  2. Participation. Students should be actively engaged in class and willing to accept and to give constructive criticism.  It is recognized that students may be new to performing arts but there is an expectation for an increased level of comfort and improvement in technique.

3. Respect.  Drama class is a safe place for self-expression. Students should respect and encourage the work of others.  Teasing will not be tolerated.  Students will be expected to politely ask questions for clarification and to raise their hand when appropriate.




PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Mr. Darren Deonigi, ddeonigi@csdo.org

Subject Matter: Physical games, group play and teamwork will all be

emphasized in this subject area.

Expectations: Students will be expected to participate fully and exhibit proper

sports behavior and self-discipline.

Grading: Students will be graded on their achievement of the specified

Expectations.


COMPUTER SCIENCE (Mr. Jason Poon, jpoon@csdo.org

Text: An array of educational software and the internet, e.g. Code.org and

Google applications

Subject Matter: Learning basic coding and other digital tools like Google Docs,

Google Sheets and Google Slides, integrating multimedia technology through

age appropriate projects into the curriculum, using educational software and

internet access.

Expectations: 100% hands-on participation by all students resulting in

completed projects.


MUSIC (Mr. Bill Vaughan, bvaughan@csdo.org

Subject Matter: Students will have two music classes each week. One class is

music theory, music history and liturgy, when they learn how to read music, study

composers of the past and present, and study the parts of the Mass. The other

class is a practicum, spent singing, using their God-given instrument, the voice,

to get ready for the various parish/school Masses and concerts throughout the

year. The goal of music class is not only to study music also perform it.

Expectations: Active participation through singing in class is primary. Positive

behavior in the classroom and church is an absolute. Attendance with an

animated spirit at all school-sponsored Masses, Fall Festival, Christmas and

Spring Concerts is mandatory.

Grading: Grading will be based on behavior in the classroom and church, active

participation, attendance at mandatory liturgies/concerts.

It has been such a great pleasure teaching your children music these past few

years. In return, they are teaching me to be a better pastoral musician!! Let’s get

Started!!


Exceptional Needs Program

Assumption School is committed to effectively meeting the needs of our diverse

learning population by differentiating instruction and making curriculum

accessible to all students. The learning support staff consists of two part time

teachers available to assist the classroom teacher by providing small group

instruction for students with accommodations. They are:


Learning Support Coordinator - Mrs. Sue Mart smart@csdo.org

Resource Reading Teacher - Mrs. Krista Imrie kimrie@csdo.org

We are on campus Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8-3 and can be reached via

the above e-mail addresses or by phone at 510 357-8772. 


To ensure that the needs of all learners are met, Assumption School has two part time teachers who support both students and their teachers. Student services include both individual and small group pullout or push in instruction. If you believe your student has special needs please discuss your concerns with their teacher and/or the Learning Support Coordinator, Sue Mart smart@csdo.org or Reading Resource Teacher, Krista Imrie. kimrie@csdo.org


The duties of the learning support coordinator are to assist families of students

with special needs by holding SST meetings, providing academic assessments,

direct services to students in 4th through 8th grades both inside and outside the

classroom, collaborate with classroom teachers and the school counselor and

meet regularly with the administration.

The duties of the resource reading teacher are to provide small group reading

instruction to students in TK through 3rd grade. She leads small group

instruction both inside and outside the classroom, collaborates with the

classroom teachers and coordinates the Lexia program with teachers.

Some definitions that might be helpful to you are:

  1. SST - Student Success Team. A team made up of the parents, student,

learning support coordinator, the classroom teacher, instructional assistant

when available, the resource reading teacher (for TK-3), the administrator,

and the school counselor who meet to create a plan to insure curriculum is

accessible to the student insuring that they are able to excel in their

education.

  1. Differentiation- A wide variety of teaching techniques used to meet the

learning needs of student and/or learning environment.

  1. Support Staff - A staff member that provides specialized instruction to a

student helping them access all curricula.

TECHNOLOGY:

Google Chromebooks: At the start of the first trimester, all Junior High families

who read, discuss, sign, and return their Technology Acceptable Use Policy and

Device Permission Slip will be issued an Asus Chromebook to be used for all

classes and taken home. Please read the policies carefully as students are

expected to care for these learning devices and use them respectfully. The ability

to use them at home can be revoked if at any time a student is not following the

policies and guidelines set out in the policy and permission documents. All

teachers expect students to have their Chromebooks fully charged at the start of

each day. No charging will be allowed at school.

Google Classroom: Students will have access to Google Classroom, an online

learning management system used to engage students safely and effectively in

their learning. Students will use their school Google accounts for all school

communication and assignments. Many Junior High teachers have a Google


Classroom that students use to take online quizzes, work on and submit

assignments, get feedback on assignments, and ask class-related questions.

Please note that this will not include any Powerschool grade updates or provide

you will an official cumulative grade. The parent portal for PowerSchool will be

available for you to view your students’ comments, graded work, and schedule of

Assignments.


CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:

Teachers and staff continue to use a school-wide social and emotional program,

“Positive Discipline.” The focus is creating a positive learning environment where

students understand the importance of self evaluation, group problem solving,

empathy and self worth.

This student-centered process was started on the second day of school during

the Junior High “Vision Day” Orientation. Junior High students and teachers

joined together the second day of school to focus on being the leaders of our

school during a day long orientation. During this time, students discussed

successful learning environments, student behaviors that support learning, and

student/teacher agreed-upon logical consequences/solutions.

They created 3 guidelines, each of which have various associated behaviors:

  1. Respect yourself and others:

  • Wait to speak until after the teacher has called on you.
  • Listen quietly when others are speaking.
  • Keep your hands to yourself.
  • Be quiet when in line and in breezeways.
  • Come to class prepared with all supplies and completed

assignments.


  1. Contribute to the learning environment:

  • Actively participate in class discussions and activities
  • Follow instructions
  • Complete and submit assignments on time
  • Have a positive attitude

  1. Follow school and classroom procedures:

  • Keep work organized in its appropriate folder and/or binder
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Take responsibility for your own academic and behavioral

performance

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT:

The foundation of the managing of the classroom is built upon the school’s

Student Learning Expectations (SLE’s). Students will practice skills to help them

move forward toward becoming citizens who can better manage themselves by

becoming more proficient at self-discipline.


Grades

An explanation of percentages in determining letter grades can be found in the

Parent Handbook. Please note that PowerSchool (not me) calculates those

percentages based on a weighted scale. 80% of each subject’s grades are based

on summative assessments, and 20% is based on formative assessments.

Homework Policy

  1. Generally, homework is assigned Monday through Thursday nights. It is

should be completed in one evening and returned the following day. Long-

term assignments will be due according to specified dates provided by the


teacher. The average time to be spent on homework each night at the sixth

grade level is 90 to 120 minutes, but this may vary from student to student.

  1. Please note that specified written assignments should be completed in blue

or black ink. Math is always done in pencil. Using white-out on any

assignments is unacceptable.

  1. Homework must be neat and legible along with the proper heading. Late or

incomplete homework will lower the effort grade on report cards.

  1. Late homework will not be accepted once that unit has ended.
  2. When an assignment has been left at home, students will not be allowed to

call home during class. They can try to do so during lunch or recess, but it’s

extremely important that they be held accountable for their assignments.

  1. Students who are absent are still responsible for completing ALL class work

and homework assignments. This is particularly applicable to math

homework. Math is cumulative and success in this subject depends upon

consistent practice so students can continue to build a solid foundation while,

simultaneously, learning new concepts.

  1. Assignments (both in-class and homework) must be completed in a

timely fashion. A general rule of thumb is as follows: For every day

a student is absent, due to an illness, she or he has that many

days to make up work.

  1. Per the handbook, we cannot guarantee that students will be given

work prior to leaving. They are welcome to bring their books with

them and check the website or with classmates for daily work. A

student is given 1 day to make up work for each day that

he/she was absent (up to 3 days).


Absences/Tardies

A note needs to accompany a student the first day upon returning to school. A

student absent from school for three or more days for reasons other than illness

or a family emergency has three days to make up all tests and assignments.

Students are considered tardy if they are not in their assigned place in line when

the second bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Students who are tardy need to go to the office

and get a tardy slip from the school secretary before being admitted into the

classroom. Refer to the Parent Handbook if a tardy involves a medical excuse.


Plagiarism/Cheating

Plagiarism (such as, but not limited to, copying or sharing the work of another

author or internet source and submitting it as one’s own), are all serious forms of

academic dishonesty.

Consequences of plagiarism

  • 6th grade - in school suspension
  • 7th grade - 1 day at home suspension
  • 8th grade - 2 day at home suspension
  • For plagiarized assignments, consequences will be escalating based on age,

frequency, and severity of the plagiarism at the discretion of the principal in

consultation with the teacher.

  • Plagiarized assignments must be redone with a 30% decrease in grade. (A

perfectly done assignment would only be eligible for a C-)

Conferences

Communication is essential to our working in partnership to educate your child. If

you have any questions, comments, or concerns please call to schedule an

appointment to meet with me either before or after school. Moreover, I will be

asking for each family’s email address; this will be another vehicle of

communication.


Birthdays

Each student’s birthday is recognized in class, and students are welcome to

celebrate the occasion by donating a game or book to the class. Students can

write their name and date inside their donated item(s). Treats last only a day, but

a game or book will be forever remembered!