6th Grade Newsletter (Week of December 17)
The last week before Christmas break...We're almost there! Please read on to see what's going on this week:
Tuesday, December 18: Dad's Club meeting at 7:30
Wednesday, December 19: "Christmas" themed free dress
Friday, December 21: Noon Dismissal (NO EXTENDED CARE)
Monday, December 24 - Friday, January 4: Christmas Break
Monday, January 7: Classes Resume
Instructional Content This Week
Reading: Students will be finishing their essays on "A Christmas Carol" this week, which marks the first time that they have written introductory and concluding paragraphs as part of an essay. Final drafts are due on Friday, but students are highly encouraged to submit drafts ASAP to allow time for revisions to be made.
Religion: Students will attend Reconciliation on Tuesday and do their last "Advent Calendar Update," where they will discuss their progress in executing different acts of kindness and praying for different people/groups.
Math: We finished Topic 6 this past week, so we are testing on Thursday. I will also begin testing out a new policy for my Math classes, which will hopefully incentivize students to use IXL more. Students who have a SmartScore of at least 80% in all skills related to that topic and have submitted all relevant homework will be guaranteed at least C (75%) on the test. Students who complete all of the above requirements but receive a SmartScore of at least 90 on all related skills will get at least a B (85%) on the test. Upon returning the test with a parent signature and the test corrections, students can fill out another form that indicates their completion of these requirements. In order to get this grade, students must complete the IXL progress, homework, and Test Corrections before next test is given.
My logic in this policy is that students who are practicing the skills enough to get these SmartScores are more likely to receive higher test scores anyway. If he or she understands the material but got confused by directions or has test anxiety, I don't want the student to be feel completely discouraged. However, I still want the tests to have value and thus decided that IXL progress cannot guarantee an A.
If you have any questions or concerns about this new policy or anything else, please don't hesitate to ask.