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Welcome to 6th Grade!!
 
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Supplies:  Each student will need to have the following:  


Sixth Grade Supply List   

The following are supplies that ALL sixth graders will need to start the school year.  Your child will be provided with a red or silver folder that will come home each night.  Please review this folder. It will contain unfinished work and graded papers from the day. 

 
  • NO LARGE Trapper Keepers (the kind with zippers).  They are too large to fit in the lockers and we find individual folders work better (and are more cost effective :)
 
  • One Pencil Pouch*** 
 
  • One Pair of in-ear Earbuds ***(These will be used for various computer work).  We prefer students have a pair that they can keep in their pencil pouch the entire year.
 
  •  MANY, MANY pencils!***  Pencils go quickly, so you will want extras! Mechanical Pencils with extra lead are also an option. Tip: Ticonderoga pencils sharpen the best and last the longest.
 
  • Small personal pencil sharpener***
 
  • Colored Pencils***
 
  • Highlighters***
 
  • One  Single Subject Spiral Notebooks
 
  • Students will need an independent reading book  to take to all classes. The school library is not open at the beginning of the year, it is helpful if students have a book from home or the public library to start the year.


6th Grade Social Studies:  World Geography 

Mrs. Mares -  [email protected] / 810-591-1756


Dear Parents,


The following is some important information that will help ensure the success of each student in our social studies class this year.  


Parent/Student/Teacher Communication:  I encourage you to contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns about daily assignments that are being completed at home.  I can quickly respond to email.


Online Options to Stay on Top of your Child’s Assignments 


  1. We use The Swartz Creek Edlio Blog to post daily assignments.  You can sign up for the push notifications on the 6th grade teacher page Swartz Creek Middle School Website. 
  2. We use Google Classroom to keep informed of your child’s parent notes, worksheets needed, and extra study tools.  Students have a Google Classroom account through the school - some may have used it in previous years. You and your child can log into the site using your child’s login information to see parent notes, daily assignments, and any worksheets needed to complete assignments.  You will also be able to sign up to your child’s Google Classroom as a Guardian; this allows you to keep track of your student’s classroom assignments through guardian email summaries. You can choose the frequency of the emails—daily or weekly—and you can unsubscribe or remove yourself from Classroom at any time. You will find a link to Classroom on the Edlio site on the Swartz Creek Middle School Website.  

Online Options to Stay on Top of your Child’s Grades 

PowerParent is the grading program for your child.  You are able to create an account and keep track of grades.  Here is a link to access Parent Portal. Parent Portal Instructions

Grading:  Report Card Grades are determined from Summative Assessments, (such as weekly quizzes, tests, and performance tasks).  Students complete Daily Practice Assignments and Formative Assessments which are specific to the State Standards and the Summative Assessment.  All Daily Practice Assignments and Formative Assessments are expected to be completed. Students are not able to take the Summative Assessment until all Daily Practice Assignments and Formative Assessments are completed.  An Incomplete will show on the student’s Report Card until all work is completed and learning is assessed.


  • Whenever possible, it is advised that students make-up a test or quiz before or after school or during Dragon Time to avoid missing any additional classroom learning activities.

  • Students may have the option of retaking a test.  Students will submit a plan of relearning and provide evidence of that relearning before assessment can be retaken.  

Guest Teachers:  In the event that I am unable to be in class, I expect students to exhibit their best behavior.  This includes doing all that they can to accommodate a guest in our classroom in the same manner that they would a guest in their home.  If a student chooses to be uncooperative or disrespectful to a guest teacher, the consequences will range from a parent contact, assigned detention(s), or an office referral.

Student Expectations:  


  • To be on time & prepared for class each day students should 
  • have the above supplies with them at the start of class each day.
  • be in their assigned seat, and ready to begin and participate BEFORE the bells rings.
  • All assignments to be completed with quality and on time.  If a student has two missing or incomplete assignments, then the student will complete the assignments during lunch or after school.

Cheating:  It is not acceptable for students who turn in work that is not an authentic product of their own effort.  Please note:


  • Once a student lets his/her paper leave their possession they are accountable for providing answers to another student.  
  • It is not acceptable for students who are “working together” or “helping each other” to turn in identical answers.  Each student should be able to articulate a response to a question that reflects their own understanding of and/or application of the concepts covered in an assignment.  

Supplies:  Each student will need to have the following:  


Sixth Grade Supply List   

The following are supplies that ALL sixth graders will need to start the school year.  Your child will be provided with a red or silver folder that will come home each night.  Please review this folder. It will contain unfinished work and graded papers from the day. 


  • NO LARGE Trapper Keepers (the kind with zippers).  They are too large to fit in the lockers and we find individual folders work better (and are more cost effective :)

  • One Pencil Pouch

  • One Pair of in-ear Earbuds  (These will be used for various computer work).  We prefer students have a pair that they can keep in their pencil pouch the entire year.

  •  MANY, MANY pencils!  Pencils go quickly, so you will want extras! Mechanical Pencils with extra lead are also an option. Tip: Ticonderoga pencils sharpen the best and last the longest.

  • Small personal pencil sharpener

  • Colored Pencils

  • Highlighters

  • Single Subject Spiral Notebooks 

  • Students will need an independent reading book  to take to all classes. The school library is not open at the beginning of the year, it is helpful if students have a book from home or the public library to start the year.

If you have any concerns regarding your ability to obtain the above list of supplies, please contact me, or your student’s counselor, as soon as possible.  




Welcome Dragons!  2019-2020 will be a great year of learning!  Please, let me know if I can answer any questions or concerns that you have!  


Sincerely,


Sheila Mares

6th Grade Social Studies

World Geography

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The Ancient World

 

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6th Grade World Geography

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3) Complete the Preview in Student Work Packet.

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