6th Grade Team

"The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8

Steps for a Successful Sixth Grade Year

Welcome to sixth grade! We are very excited about our new school year. This year, there is a team of teachers, working together to continue educating your child. You can contact us at team6@phoenixchristianschool.org, and we will all receive your email.

Mrs. J. Voss – Health, PE

Mrs. Peltzer – Reading, Science

Mrs. Begeman – History

Mrs. Hache – Geography

Ms. N Voss – Bible, Spelling, English, Math

Classroom Expectations

1. Respect yourself, your peers, your teachers, and your surroundings.

2. Raise your hand silently to speak.

3. Follow all directions quickly the first time they are given.

4. Please see the school handbook for specific consequences.


If your child is ill, please keep them home. If your child is tired, or just tired of school, please send them anyway. New information is taught daily, and it can be difficult to learn when a student is not present for the lesson. Assignments need to be completed regardless of an absence. Students will have the same number of days to make up the work as they were absent.

Assignments and Homework

Daily assignments will be written and displayed on the white board. Each student is responsible to record these assignments in his/her school Planner/Agenda, every day. Most of the time, they will also be visible on Jupiter Grades on the date that they are due. Parents/guardians ~ in order to support and encourage your child’s success it is important that you check the Planner/Agenda each night and review the assignments with your child, signing their agenda each night, making sure that all assignments have been written down, homework has been completed, and there has been sufficient preparation for tests. Any class work that has not been finished in class is homework that night. Please see “Academic Assignments and Homework” section, attached, and in the Parent handbook.

  • All work assigned must be completed neatly and in the correct form.

  • Name, date, and assignment description should head every page. Points will be deducted for missing name and date.

  • Work of poor quality, may be required to be redone in order to receive credit. It is essential to reinforce the value of quality in everything we do. Quality of work is a fundamental component of success throughout life.

  • Remember that only 50% credit is awarded for late assignments (this is PCS’s school policy for upper elementary). At the end of each week, late assignments from that week will be given zero credit.

  • Students must turn in homework for all classes at the beginning of the day it is due. This policy keeps students from rushing to complete homework during other class periods.


Grades are based on tests, quizzes, homework, in-class work, writing assignments, group and class participation, and projects. The grading scale is as follows:

98-100 = A Specials:

95-97 = A-

92-94 = B+ Spanish – Monday, Wednesday

89-91 = B Music – Tuesday, Thursday

86-88 = B- Library – Tuesday

83-85 = C+ P.E. – Tuesday, Thursday

80-82 = C Band –Wednesday, Friday

77-79 = C- Keyboarding – Friday

74-76 = D+

70-73 = D

60-69 = D-

0-59 = F


A = Superior

B = Above Average

C = Average

D = Below Average

F = Failure


  • The House of Israel (Christian Schools International) and various supplementary materials.

    • Creation through King Solomon’s reign

  • Bible (NIV)

  • Sermon notes will be due each quarter. All entries must be dated.

    • Sermon notes are notes are notes taken, by the students, during the sermon, and must be written on the outline provided.

    • Reflections are a thoughtful description including at least 3-5 well written sentences about “How you saw Jesus at work this week.”

    • 6 sermon notes and reflections are due each quarter. Additional notes can be tuned in for extra credit.

  • Tests and Memory Verses


  • Spelling assignments will come from BJU Press Spelling 6. There will also be vocabulary words which will be added to the spelling list.

  • There will be assignments each day and a test on Fridays. Weekly spelling words will be located in the 6th Grade Weekly Newsletter.

  • Parents are encouraged to give a practice test during the week. The practice test will be a guide for students to use in deciding on which words to concentrate their time learning.

  • Any spelling words missed on Friday’s test must be written 10 times and handed in by the following Monday.


  • The ACSI 6th grade math course and a variety of resources will be used.

  • Math Scaffolding

This will be a daily warm-up of 5 problems that will continually review math concepts learned throughout the year and a weekly quiz on Friday.

  • IXL -Many concepts and skills will be reinforced through assignments on the IXL program.

  • All incorrect problems on homework and tests are required to be solved correctly next to the original problem so that mistakes are understood and concepts are mastered. Students will earn points back for corrected problems.


  • Heritage Studies: Ancient Civilizations by BJU Press

  • Assignments, projects, quizzes and test will be given over each unit.

  • Students will learn from creation through the Reformation.

  • Each unit or chapter will culminate with a test.


  • Maps, Globes, and Graphs by Steck Vaughn

  • Supplementary material


  • Lessons and tests come from BJU English 6,

  • This subject is divided into unit studies. There will be an assignment each day. At the end of the unit a comprehensive test will be given. At the end of the year, a comprehensive test over the book will be given.


  • The reading book is Pages in My Head, published by Bob Jones University Press. We will also be reading novels.

  • A Reading Log will start in September. The students will be assigned to read 20 minutes 5 times a week, for a total of 100 minutes per week. There will be a new log for each month.


  • The science book is published by Christian Schools International.

  • We will be doing various experiments and hands-on activities during science. There will be also home and in-class projects, such as posters demonstrating what was learned in the unit. Students will take unit tests or complete projects to show what they have learned once a unit is completed.

Growth and Development/Health

  • Mrs. J. Voss will be teaching the students once a week in health. 6th graders will have health the first semester.

  • Preparing for Adolescence by Dr. James Dobson

  • Class will be taught by both Mrs. J. Voss and Mr. Groen the second quarter (more details to follow).

Book Reports:

The hope of book reports is to enrich the students' understanding of different types of genres in literature, and hopefully spark their interest in reading! There will be one book report due per quarter. Each one will be different in style and genre. Students will get to choose the book for the book report, but it must go along with the genre assigned and be approved by parents and myself to make sure they are reading an appropriate book. Students will be reminded of the dates before the book reports are due.

Book Report #1- Fiction Book—1st quarter

Book Report #2-Mystery Book-2nd quarter

Book Report #3- Autobiography/Biography- 3rd quarter

Book Report#4-Fantasy Book-4th quarter

Accelerated Reader (AR):

Students will be required to earn 16 AR points.. The points do not carry over into the next quarter if a student reads more than the required amount that is great, but each student will start over each quarter. However, there will be a prize for the student who earns the most AR points over the course of the year. So please encourage your students to read more than the required amount. The first quarter is the only time students can count their book report book for AR points. The other 3 quarters book report books will not count toward AR points.