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6th Grade Info...

Key Info. For 6th Graders  
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Visit the 6th Grade Website to view updated school and grade level events and each teacher's link to classroom activities, assignments, and homework.

School Planners

*School Planners are given to all students (free of charge) on the first day of school.

*School Planners are used as a "hall pass" for restroom breaks.

*School Planners are used to record daily assignments, homework, and school news.

Each teacher has a "Homework/Assignment Board." for assignments, reminders and

homework to be displayed.    As a routine, students are directed to take out their

planners before class begins and record what is written on the class "Assignment

Board".  Parents are asked to look over planners each night to stay informed of

the class assignments and school news.

*Teachers do not check student planners.  It is assumed

that when students are instructed to complete a task, such as writing down

assignments in planners, that they will carry out those instructions. Additionally,

students are reminded before leaving class to make sure their planners are completed.

**  Parents are asked to sign the planners when a behavior mark has been


*If a student's planner is blank, he/she is not following directions.

*A student's School Planner will be reviewed and discussed during parent-teacher


*There is a $5.00 fee to replace lost or damaged planners.

Parent-Teacher Communications

When on-going concerns regarding students can't be resolved at school,  

parents will be contacted.  6th grade teachers  provide extra opportunities

for students to be successful. We like to tell our students, "You will have

to work very hard to fail."  

If your child is making failing grades:

1.  Look at his/her planner.  Are assignments being written down daily?

Are homework assignments being completed?

2. Ask your child if he/she is turning in class work on time.  

3. Check iNow to monitor your child's progress/grades.

4.  Check the school/teacher websites and watch for weekly emails to stay

informed about what is going on in class.

Throughout the 6th grade year, students are expected to take on more of

their own responsibilities and be accountable for their work ethic and

decision making regarding class behaviors. Students are held accountable

for listening to and following teacher directives, completing and turning in

class work on time, and recording assignments and class information in

their planners as a daily habit.

Students will be included in Parent-Teacher conferences.  Together, we will

address the student's planner entries, work samples and behavior history.


 Misc. Information:

 Morning Drop Off of Students

Students who are dropped off the in the car line may enter the building 

through the car line doors by the gym at 7:05 a.m.   Please do not drop your car riders off in the front parking lot.  The 6th graders report to the lunchroom. 

6th Grade students who are transported by bus will report to the lunchroom.

(K-5 students report to the gym.)




If your child will be eating a school breakfast or lunch,  PLEASE check weekly with

your child to make sure he/she has money in his/her account.   Reminder slips are

provided, but you can't imagine how many of those I find on the floor or stuffed in

desks after students are dismissed for the day! 

Make sure that you and your child know what he/she is allowed to purchase  in

the lunchroom.  Last year, there were a few students who got extra breakfast,

extra drinks, ice cream, and extra portions and they were out lunch money by

Tuesday!!!  Also, I had some students who brough their lunch, but wanted a school

lunch, so they ended up with a "lunch charge"!    Discuss this and make it clear. 

Place the responsibility with your child for keeping up with what they are allowed

to purchase.

Please send lunch money, Book Club Money, Book Fair Money, Field Trip Money or






Classroom Donations  
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Donations are Appreciated!!!!

Parents often ask, "What do you need for your classroom?"  Here's a list of items that are always a welcome donation at any time throughout the school year.


Ziploc type bags (sandwich and gallon size), plastic spoons, white board spray cleaner, white board erasers, white board markers (any sizes and colors), Renuzit Air Fresheners, page protecters, pencils, erasers, index cards, new or gently used crayons or magic markers (any kind), black Sharpie markers, self-stick name tags, ink pens (any kind or color), Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, hand-held pencil sharpeners, packs of paper (looseleaf, colored, drawing, construction, etc), baby wipe refills, Swiffer duster refills, band-aids, new or gently used chapter books, new or gently used board games (Boggle, Scrabble, Checkers,etc.), new or gently used 100 piece puzzles, deck of cards, UNO cards, Puffs (we are given tissues, but they are a bit rough), packing tape refills, felt squares (any colors), etc.


Note: I purchase an electric pencil sharpener at the beginnning of each school year.  However, with so many students using the pencil sharpener each day, the life span of an average electric pencil sharpener in my classroom is usually 2 months! A sweet parent donated a Heavy Duty Electric Pencil Sharpener last year and it lasted for an entire semester!)  We can always use a new electric pencil sharpener throughout the school year. (Note:  I tried a manual, hand-cranked pencil sharpener last lasted until December!) 

If you can help out by donating any of these items, feel free to send them in at any time throughout the year! Thank you for any donations!!!!!

Student Log-In Information  
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Student Log-In Information

Here is a list of resources your child may use at home and a guide for connecting.


MCS Network Log-in:

a.     Username - first name, middle initial, last initial

b.    Password – first initial, last initial, lunch number

c.    Example – Walter Elias Disney   Username:  waltered

                 lunch number - 12501     Password: wd12501


Renplace (A.R., Math Facts in a Flash)



RenPlace Home Connect has a Parent Email feature. When your child is logged in, look at the top of the page for the "email set-up" link.  You may sign up for A.R. notifications so you will know when your child is taking A.R. tests and what they are scoring on their tests.




b.    Use STUDENT network log-in

c.     Applications (top right of page)

d.    Choose SuccessMaker

e.     SAME USERNAME AND PASSWORD students use to log in to the computer at school.


Other hints:

·       Parents, you may create an account at that would enable you to check your child's grades via INOW. Please refer to the INOW pin slip previously sent home for more information.

How to Keep Up With Your Child's A.R. Reading Progress  
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Your child is using a computer software program called Renaissance Place at school. This program has a feature called Renaissance Home Connect. Renaissance Home Connect is a fun, easy-to-use, easy-to-understand web-based interface that allows your child, you, and the teacher to share in the educational experience by viewing progress in certain Renaissance Place programs while outside of school.

 You can view Renaissance Home Connect from any computer with an Internet connection using these browsers:

  • Internet Explorer®6.02 or later

  • Firefox®1.5 or later

  • SafariTM2.03 or later

 Password: student lunch number

 To log in to Renaissance Home Connect


 In Renaissance Home Connect you can also:

  • Click Email Setup to sign up to receive emails showing your student's quiz or test results

  • Click Help to get answers to your questions about Renaissance Home Connect

Reading Textbook Home Log-In Information  
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We now have access to the online textbooks for our Wonders reading curriculum!  The students can use this website to review their stories. 


Username: mcs+ first name+ middle initial=last initial   Example: mcschelseypc

Password: first initial+ last initial+ lunch number           (Example:jc77777)                                                                                                                                            

Additionally you can now download the McGraw-Hill Connected App to your child’s device. I am told this will work on any Android or tablet. Unfortunately, this app is not available for the iPhone, yet.  The students can now take AR tests on the stories in the Literature Anthology book.  No more heavy textbooks or Wi-Fi requirements! Simply have your child log in the system, and they can download the book. If you have any questions, please ask!

Scholastic Book Club Orders  
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Now it's easier than ever to find the right books for your child - and help us earn FREE books for our classroom library at the same time!

With new online ordering from Scholastic Book Clubs, you can choose from a much wider selection of books than in the printed flyer. Plus, you can send your orders directly to me online and use your credit card.

Best of all, our class earns a FREE book every time a parent places their order online.

It's so simple! Here's how it works:

  • SIGN UP at On the parent page, click the "Don't have a User Name and Password?" link, then register for your own username and password. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code shown above. This code ensures that your order is sent to me.
  • Class Activation Code: GKWZQ
  • SELECT the books you'd like to order from over 500 titles available online...and take advantage of online-only specials and discounts.
  • SEND your order to me online by the due date. Books will be delivered directly to our classroom, as always.

Ordering online is fast, easy, and secure. Plus our whole class benefits thanks to the FREE books we'll earn with every parent online order.

The deadline for ordering books from the flyers is the last day of each month.

Of course, you can still order using the form from the printed flyer.
Make checks out to: Scholastic Book Clubs

Changing Your Child's Afternoon Transportation Plan  
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Change of Afternoon Transportation


To download a "Change of Transportation" form:

Please visit the Columbia School Website

On the left side of the page, you will see a listing of links. Click on the link "Forms".

Locate the link "Change of Transportation Form" download.

Print the form from this download, fill out completely, and return this to your child's homeroom teacher as soon as a change will be needed.    NOTE:  Students who check out before 2:40 will require an excuse for the check-out.

Student Absences - School Procedure  
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Student Absences

If your child is absent from school, please send a written note to school.  An email to teachers will not excuse the absence since a parent signature is required.  Thank you!

Explanation of Grading Procedures  
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Students will have plenty of opportunities to practice the reading strategies and skills that are taught in class before showing their independent application of these strategies and skills using a new text.  The best way to "study" for any assessment in Language Arts class is to regularly read, choosing from a variety of genres, using the strategies we learn in class to comprehend the text. 

I use assessments/tests to plan my lessons in order for my students to master all objectives.  The methods I choose, the materials needed, and a projected time frame for a topic depends on student mastery.  If any student struggles, I will help them!!!!


Progress Reports will be sent home every 3 weeks and Report Cards every 9 weeks.  However, if you see a low grade (below 70) recorded and you want to know what happened, you are certainly welcome to contact me and I'll get that information to you! 

"Extra Credit Work"  or "Extra Work"  is not  given to improve a student's grade (example: If a child has a "B" and the parent wants extra credit work in order for their child to have an "A".)


Here are some tips to keep in mind when setting expectations for your child's grades.

A   100-90 - EXCELLENT - Grades above average

* Work is neat and legible.

* Always reads and follows directions.

* Excellent listening skills.

* Always on task.

* Always completes work carefully and never rushes through.

* Always completes tasks in the time allowed.

B   89-80 - GOOD - Grades some above average

*Work is mostly neat and legible.

*Reads and follows directions most of the time.

*Good listening skills.

* Mostly on task.

* Almost always completes work carefully and rarely rushes through.

*Mostly completes tasks in the time allotted.

C   79-70 - AVERAGE - Grade typical of an average 6th   Grader

*Average effort

*Average listening skills

*Reads and follows directions some of the time.

* Sometimes off task

*Not always careful in completing work and sometimes rushes through.

D  69-65 - NEEDS IMPROVEMENT - grades slightly below average

*Work may not be neat.

 *Failure to follow directions and poor listening may be factors.

*Many times doesn't read and follow directions.

*Rarely careful completing work and often rushes through.

 *May need additional time to complete assignment.

F  64 & below - FAILURE - Grades below that expected from average 6th Grader

*Poor listening skills.

*Doesn't follow directions.

*Rarely reads and follows directions.

*Often off task.

*Not careful completing work and mostly rushes through.

*Does not finish assignments with additional time allotment and may turn in assignments incomplete.           

Home and School Communications  
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My favorite saying of all time is:  "I won't believe everything your child tells me about your home if you don't believe everything your child tells you about our class!"  Open, friendly lines of communication between home and school are essential for our partnership this year!  I will be contacting you as needed with any information that I feel is necessary for us to help your child with his/her educational needs.  In turn, please do not hesitate to contact me (email or school phone) with questions or concerns you may have!  I will get back with you as soon as possible to address your child's needs.

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