# Syllabus

Syllabus/Expectations 2015-16

Wright Middle School STEAM MAGNET

Room 9

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Math Course Description:

Math 6A and 6B will prepare students for the formal study of algebra, geometry, and advanced mathematical concepts.  Students will become proficient in basic operations and problem-solving strategies, including fractions, decimals, statistics and probability.

Math Overview

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

• Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.

The Number System

• Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions.

• Multiply and divide multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.

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

Expressions and Equations

• 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.

Geometry

• Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.

Statistics and Probability

• Develop understanding of statistical variability.

• Summarize and describe distributions.

Mathematical Practices

1.      Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2.      Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3.      Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4.      Model with mathematics.

5.      Use appropriate tools strategically.

6.      Attend to precision.

7.      Look for and make use of structure.

8.      Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Science Course Description:

This inquiry based science program will guide and facilitate learning and establish connections between the various disciplines of Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Engineering.

Science Overview

MS-LS1   From Molecules to Organisms

MS-LS3   Heredity

MS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems

MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

MS-PS3   Energy

MS-ETS1 Engineering Design

Daily Classroom Procedures/Expectations

Before the bell:  Students will line up outside of the classroom.

As the bell rings:  Students will demonstrate they are ready to enter the room by standing in line quietly.

Beginning of class:  Students will take out all necessary supplies/assignments due and immediately begin bell work.

During class:  Students will participate in classroom activities and complete all given assignments.

End of class:  Students will clean up their desk area and write down homework assignments/reminders (if any) in their agenda book/planner.

Majority of the science projects will be in class, so when your child brings a list of materials that are needed to complete the project PLEASE fulfill the list OR the project will have to be complete at home.

Necessary Supplies

The supplies listed below are necessary for this class and will need to be replenished as needed throughout the school year:

• Black and/or blue pens (several)

• #2 pencils (several)

• Erasers

• Highlighters

• 2 - single subject spiral notebooks (one for each of my classes)

• 2 – composition books (one for each of my classes)

• Loose leaf lined ruled paper (continuous supply)

• Three ring binder (2 inches)

• Post-It Notes – size 3x3 – any color (continuous supply)

• White Ruled Index Cards – size 4x6 (one package of 100 should be enough)

• 1 Gallon sized Ziploc Bag

• Agenda book/planner (for writing down homework assignments, due dates, and reminders)

***ALL supplies MUST be brought to class DAILY***

Class Policies

In order to foster a cooperative learning environment, all students are expected to follow the school wide Essential Expectations & Be REAL:

Essential Expectations

• Arrive to school in FULL DRESS CODE every single day. Students are asked to wear a solid blue or white collared shirt; solid blue, black, or khaki uniform style pants, shorts, or skirts (at least knee length); solid blue, white, or gray sweatshirts/jackets.  No denim, no logos, no prints.)

• The dress code will help us maintain respectful behavior and attitude towards ALL members of our school community.  Remember, it’s all about USS! Unity, Safety, & Status!

Be REAL

• Respect (be respectful at all times)

• Empathy (show empathy towards the members of our community)

• Ambition (exhibit ambition daily)

• Leadership (be a good example – a leader – each and every day)

Should behavior such as talking, become a problem, it will be handled in the following manner:

• 1st incident - Verbal Redirect

• 2nd incident - Verbal Redirect – may briefly speak with student outside the classroom to gain understanding of behavior or the circumstances that may be causing the behavior

• 3rd incident - Timeout and Refocus Form Reflection

• 4th incident – Removal/Phone Call home or Email sent to Parent

• 5th incident - Referral to Dean & Teacher/Parent Conference will be requested

*Fighting, stealing, bullying, and other serious behaviors will result in an immediate referral to the Dean.  I will most likely request that the student be sent home for the day depending on the circumstances.

Positive reinforcement/praise will be given consistently and will result in various rewards/privileges throughout the school year.  You and I will decide as we go through the year what those rewards/privileges will be J.  I will give out treats, prizes, and have lunch parties with those who earn the privilege.

A          90 – 100                                                         Homework     25%

B          80 – 89                                                           Classwork      25%

C          70 – 79                                                           Projects          25%

D         60 – 69                                                           Assessments    25%

Anything below 60 will constitute a no pass/fail.

Work Habits and Cooperation

E = Excellent

S = Satisfactory

U = Unsatisfactory

Electronics

Electronic devices must be shut off and put away during class time.  If a device is seen or heard it will be confiscated immediately and will not be given back until a parent/teacher conference is arranged.  No warnings will be given.  DO NOT bring portable gaming devices, tablets, or MP3 players to school.

Absences & Tardies

Regular attendance is essential to success in my courses.  No make-up work will be given for unexcused/uncleared absences and/or tardies.  Should a student have an excused absence, he/she will receive one day for each day absent from my class to submit any missed work.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any missed assignments and must do so outside of class time.

Tutoring & Meetings

Tutoring and assistance is offered before school, after school, and at lunch.  Please see me beforehand to ensure my availability.  Meetings with parents are offered by appointment only.  Please contact me via email: ljw6222@lausd.net to schedule a time to discuss your child’s progress.

Quality of Work, Assignments/Quizzes/Exams

On-time completion of all assignments is essential to success in my courses.  Homework is due at the beginning of class.  If it is not submitted at the beginning of class it is late.  Late assignments automatically receive a 50% deduction and will not be accepted more than one day late. Quizzes can be given in any one of the following manners: weekly, at the end of a unit, at the end of a quarter, with notice, and randomly (without notice).  Exams/Tests will be given with prior notice.  Complete sentences, capitalization, punctuation, and grade-level appropriate vocabulary and grammar must be present in each assignment.  All assignments must be completed NEATLY in either black/blue ink, pencil, and/or typed when required.  Assignments completed in marker, crayon, colored pencil, etc., will not be accepted.  Handwriting must be neat and legible, if the teacher is unable to read responses they will be marked incorrect which will most likely result in a low score on the assignment.

*For MATH assignments, I require that you use PENCIL ONLY; no ink please

Class Website

Homework, test and quiz info, assignments, etc., can be found on our class website which can be reached through www.wrightms.org. The website will be updated several times a week and should be used as a resource to help increase student success both in and out of the classroom.  ALL STUDENTS AND/OR PARENTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBSCRIBE TO MY PAGE ON THE WEBSITE.  Once you subscribe to my web page, you will receive email notifications of when I post new information on my page.  Be careful that you select/send emails to the correct name.  I am listed as LaDeirdre Wilson.

WISH LIST

My students and I would truly appreciate and accept any donations of the following items throughout this school year:

• Tissue, tissue, and more tissue! ;)

• Baby wipes

• Cleaning wipes

• Paper towels

• Post-It Notes

I look forward to a fun and rewarding school year with all of you!!!

** PLEASE NOTE – Ms. Wilson reserves the right to make changes, additions, and/or deletions to this syllabus at any time.

Please complete each section below and return this portion during the next class meeting for homework credit.

I have read, reviewed, and understand the 2014-15 course information and expectations for

6th Grade Math/Science with Ms. Wilson.

Student Name (printed) ____________________________

Student Signature _______________________________

Student Email____________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Name (printed) __________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature _________________________

Parent/Guardian Email_________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Phone #___________________________

# SUPPLIES

Parents, if you have any empty glass bottles or empty food cans(cleaned), can you please send them to school with your child for our upcoming in-class experiments.  It would be highly appreciated.

# CHRISTMAS VACATION

Hello Parents
Room 9 is going on vacation again!!! We will be on vacation until January 11, 2016.  Throughout this first semester, I tried my hardest to respond to my parents in a timely fashion.  However, during these three weeks, I will not be able to respond to any e-mail or text messages from parents or students.  Communication will cease at 4:00p.m. December 18, 2015 and will resume at 8:00a.m. January 11, 2016.  In addition, there is no ASSIGNED homework.  Here are a few recommendations if needed:  Read a novel, Science current events(we will be doing these next semester), design a roller coaster for upcoming PBL, OR crossword puzzles.
Have a safe and happy holidays

# Project Based Learning Activity

The 6th grade classes will begin their PBL entry event on Monday.  In order to prepare for the event, please have your child complete Task 1 and 2 from the file posted.
1st Period Math, you did an awesome job constructing 3 bridges, The Statue of Liberty, and a Ferris wheel.  GREAT JOB!!