Welcome to 6th grade! There is a lot to look forward to this year, and every student in this class is capable of great success. My goal as your teacher is to make your think deeper, dream bigger, and work to your highest potential. Let’s have a great year!

Student expectations: be positive, participate regularly, and strive for your personal best!

Policies to Know and Follow:


  • Your work and a make up memo will be waiting for you in the class when you return to school. Check Canvas to see what was assigned for homework, and complete anything you can if you are feeling up to it.

  • Under special circumstances, a packet of work can be made for you and can be picked up at school to work on at home.

  • You have as many days to complete your make up work as days you were gone from school.

  • YOU are responsible for turning in and making up work, quizzes, and tests from when you were absent.

Late Work:

  • Late work with a late pass - Each student will receive 1 late homework pass per month. The pass grants you 1 extra day to turn in an assignment without any penalty. Place the late assignment stapled to the late pass in the late bin.

  • Late work without a pass - you may turn in an assignment you forgot the following day only for 70% credit. Absolutely no late work will be accepted past the one day window.

Tuesday and Thursday Lunch Club:

  • Every Tuesday with Miss Abhari and every Thursday with Mrs. Tomberlin, you may stay in at lunch to get help with homework, ask questions, study, etc.

  • This is also a time period that students should use if they need to make up quizzes. I will not track students down to make up a vocab quiz, for example. It is the studentś responsibility to come to Tuesday/Thursday Lunch club to make up any missed tests.


  • Restrooms are to be used during your out of class free time (before school, at recess, at lunch, etc.)

  • Each student will receive 2 restroom passes per month. Unused restroom passes can be turned in at the end of the trimester for extra credit. Each pass is worth .5% toward any final report card grade.



  • Homework 20% - graded based on completion and following of directions/format.

  • In class projects 20% - graded based on participation, completion, and overall understanding of concepts.

  • Tests/Quizzes 60% - graded based on understanding of concepts.

    • Test corrections - missed answers on tests and quizzes can be self-corrected for half credit toward the problem(s) missed. Test corrections must be turned in on time, have a written explanation that goes with the corrected problem, and be accurately redone in order to earn credit back.

ELA: your language arts grades (1 final grade for Language, 1 final grade for Reading, 1 final grade for Writing, and 1 final grade for Speaking and Listening) will be a combination of class work, homework, and quizzes.

  • Language

    • Weekly 5-a-day (homework)

    • Root words

    • Vocabulary definitions and quizzes

  • Reading

    • Nonfiction articles

    • Literature responses

    • Comprehension quizzes

  • Writing

    • Short writing pieces and formal essays

  • Speaking and Listening

    • Presentations

    • Debates

Social Studies: Our focus this year is on Ancient Civilizations. We look at how and why civilizations developed, and the relationship between the past, the present, and the future. The main civilizations we study are:

*Mesopotamia * Egypt *China *India *Ancient Israelites/Early Christians *Greece *Rome

Grades will be based on the following:

  • Reading Study guides (homework)

  • Interactive Notebooks

  • Participation in classroom/experiential activities

  • Individual and group projects

  • Writing assignments

  • Research reports

  • Presentations

  • Chapter Tests/Quizzes

Science: Our focus this year is on Earth Science. Our main topics of discussion are:

*Plate Boundaries * Earthquakes *Volcanoes *Oceans *Weather *Resources

Grades will be based on the following:

  • Reading Essentials workbook (homework)

  • Participation in classroom activities

  • Note taking

  • Writing assignments

  • Research reports

  • Presentations

Chapter Tests/Quizzes