Syllabus

6th Grade Mathematics

University Academy Middle School

2019-2020


Mrs. Chelsea Stiles

Room A207

816-412-5900 ext. 5908

stilesc@universityacademy.org


Course Description

In this mathematics course students will deepen their understanding of topics previously touched on in Lower School as well as be introduced to new topics in mathematics. Students will cover decimal operations, negative integers, the Cartesian coordinate system, expressions and equations, variables, ratios and proportions, statistics and probability, as well as area and volume geometry. For completion of each unit, students can expect to complete a unit assessment which will be graded using standards based grading. 

Power Standards

Understand a ratio as a comparison of two quantities and represent these comparisons.

Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.

Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.

Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.

Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.

Solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume.

Develop understanding of statistical variability.

Materials

Students are expected to have the following supplies every day:

*Pencil

*A pocket folder dedicated to Math

*Loose-leaf paper

*Student Planner


Being unprepared will directly affect student success. Citizenship grades will also reflect student responsibility.


Unit Assessment Requirements

In order to take each unit’s assessment, ALL work from that unit must be completed and turned in. Students who have missing assignments will NOT be able to take the unit assessment until the work is turned in. Students will have 7 days after the assessment is returned to the rest of the class to turn in the missing work and complete the assessment. Missing assignments can be tracked on PowerSchool. 


Standards Based Grading

The breakdown for 6th grade grading is as follows:

Benchmark 50%

Assessments 30%

Practice Assignments 20%


Assessment Scale:

4- Advanced (100%)

3- Proficient (80% or above)

2- Basic (60% or above)

1- Below Basic (59% or lower)


The 6th grade team believes that standards-based grading is an effective way to provide a clear picture of what a student knows at any given point.  We believe that students need to be able to demonstrate their learning in a number of ways.

*Mastery: Students will work towards mastery of skills and standards through practice.

*Effort/Responsibility: Every day students should come to school ready to  learn. This includes having the necessary tools for learning.

*Positive Attitude: Attitudes play a huge part in being successful. Not only do you have to believe that you CAN succeed, you need to contribute to others succeeding by having a positive attitude toward others. 

*Citizenship: This includes being able to take care of yourself, and take care of others. Citizenship means being able to be okay even when others are not okay. 

Classroom Expectations


*Be prepared with proper uniform, student planner, and materials daily before the bell rings.

*Follow directions the first time they are given, respectfully. Use an appropriate and respectful tone in all communication.

*Treat classmates, classroom supplies  and all members of the UA community with respect.

*No food, drinks, gum, candy or electronic devices are allowed in the classroom.


In the event that a student is not able to meet classroom expectations there will be a multi-step intervention in place to help the student be successful in the classroom.

1. Warning

2. Lose Dojo Points

3. Safe Seat

4. Buddy Room Safe Seat located in another 6th grade classroom

5. If none of these steps are effective, or the student continues to be disruptive in the Buddy Room, Administrative intervention will be requested


These steps refer to minor to moderate classroom disruptions. If the behavior is more severe Administrative intervention will be requested immediately.


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