6th Grade Mathematics

University Academy Middle School


Mrs. Chelsea Stiles

Room A207

816-412-5900 ext. 5908

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 traditional assessment (test) in addition to a performance task (project); both 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.


Students are expected to have the following supplies:

  • Pencil

  • Red or blue pen

  • 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.

Performance Requirements

Classwork, class notes and assignments provide practice for the mastery of skills. Therefore, it is an expectation that students complete these items in a timely manner, as they have a direct impact on academic success. Late work will be accepted, as long as it is submitted BEFORE the specific skill is assessed.  Any work submitted AFTER the skill is assessed will still be accounted for, as the teacher will need to provide feedback on the specific learning target, but will be noted in Powerschool as collected LATE and may impact your Citizenship grade as well.  Even if you miss a deadline, do the assignment so that you can get the practice, show your teacher what you know and master the current skill(s).

Standards Based Grading

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 and retention in a number of ways.

*Mastery: Students will work towards mastery of grade-level skills and standards through practice and hard work.

*Effort/Responsibility: Every day students should come to school ready to  learn. This includes having the necessary tools for learning--pencils, pens, notebooks, Agenda, planner and classwork/homework/practice.

*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 towards school, teachers, and 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.  Each month, as a school, we concentrate on a citizenship trait that is the emphasis for that month.

Assessment of skills will be represented on a scale of 1 (Below Basic) to 4 (Advanced).

Classroom Expectations

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

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

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

  4. 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.

  • Student will receive a warning

  • If expectations are still not met, student will move to the Safe Seat

  • If the student cannot correct their behavior they will be moved to a Buddy Room Safe Seat located in another 6th grade classroom

  • 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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