Sixth Grade New Year Smore!

January 8, 2016

Happy Holidays

We hope you had a joyful and restful Holiday! We're ready for a great start to a new year! This Smore recaps some of our expectations for the sixth graders and gives you an idea of what is coming up in the new year!


At the beginning of each week (normally Mondays) students receive a scorecard that keeps track of their bases and strikes. This is used as an accountability tool for students. They earn bases for turning in assignments on time, being to school on time, getting their assignment notebook signed, role-model behavior, etc. To earn a strike, students may have had missing assignments, their assignment notebook wasn't signed, they made poor choices behaviorally, etc. We use the scorecards to tally how many "Baseball Bucks" they earn to spend at the end of each quarter and if they can participate in our All Star break every Tuesday for the last 20 minutes of the day.

For homework, students are expected to read 30 minutes, at least 5 days a week, and record it on their reading log. During that time, they are also required to stop-and-jot while they're reading. The purpose of them stopping to jot down their thinking is so they can monitor their comprehension as they're reading. Any other homework is usually an in-class assignment that has not been finished.

Students were receiving an assignment check-list each week where they could keep track of their assignments and easily see if they had any missing work. When we return from break, we will have students write each assignment (bell work, homework, in-class tasks, reading logs/stop-and-jot pages, etc) right in their assignment notebook. If they have a check-mark next to the assignment that means they have turned it in. You can check their progress each night when you sign their assignment notebook.

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