Mr. Pollard

[Jesus said], "...No one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11: 27b-30

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. Irvine English/Spelling

Mrs. Ervin Art, Science

Miss. Heeringa – History, Geography

Mr. Pollard – Bible, Reading, 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.

Absences

If your child is ill, please keep them home. If your child is tired (or just tired of school), please send them anyway. Students will have a commensurate number of days to make up the work as they were absent. I will do my best to get homework to your child at home if that is a good option, otherwise I'll be gracious about make-up assignments and tests.

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 before 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, making sure that all assignments have been written down, homework has been completed, and they are able to sufficiently prepare 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. I may require work of excessively poor quality 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.

  • Name, date, and assignment description should head every page. Points will be deducted (or assignments/tests will not be graded) for missing name and date. I expect middle school students to take ownership and responsibility for their work.

  • 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:

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 – Mon, Wed, Thursday

89-91 = B Music – Thursday

86-88 = B- Library – Tuesday

83-85 = C+ P.E. – Mon, Wed, Friday

80-82 = C Study Hall - Tuesday

77-79 = C- Keyboarding – Friday

74-76 = D+

70-73 = D

60-69 = D-

0-59 = F

CHECK JUPITER GRADES DAILY.

A = Superior

B = Above Average

C = Average

D = Below Average

F = Failure

Bible:

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

    • Scope: Creation through King Solomon’s reign

  • Bible (NIV, 1984 edition)

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

    • Sermon notes are handwritten by the students during or immediately after the sermon, and should follow the outline provided.

    • At least 8 sermon notes and reflections are due each quarter. Additional sermon notes will be extra credit!

    • I don't grade students' spelling, grammar, punctuation, or the theology recorded on these sermon notes. I expect middle school students to be able to participate meaningfully in worship by listening to the Word of God expounded to them by faithful ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • Tests and Memory Verses

    • Tests are open-note, and often open-Bible. This means 6th grade students will begin to practice note-taking by filling out the responsive worksheets for each lesson.

    • Memory verses will be either orally presented or hand-written. These passages will be assigned every 1-2 weeks. Don't cram these verses. I grade memory verses as homework because I hope Bible memory would be an activity to share with your siblings and parents!

Spelling:

  • 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.

Math:

  • We'll use the McGraw-Hill math curriculum. You can find the entire textbook online with the log-in credentials shared in class.

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

  • I suggest you correct all incorrect problems on tests, either beside the original problem (or on scratch paper if test is online, or if you run out of room on the paper test sheet) so that you can show you understand mistakes and have mastered the concepts. Students will earn some (at least 50%) points back for corrections!

    1. NOTE: Test corrections are MANDATORY if you scored less than a 60% on the test, or if you have less than a C- as your overall class grade.

History:

  • 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.

Geography:

  • Maps, Globes, and Graphs by Steck Vaughn

  • Supplementary material

English/Grammar:

  • 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.

Reading:

  • The reading anthology textbook 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 a total of 120 minutes per week (25min/school day). There will be a new log for each month. These reading logs are due on the last school day of the month.

    • 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. There will be a prize for the student who earns the most AR points over the course of the year. (Ask Mrs. Robin Irvine about the school-wide contest!). Additionally, I'll allow AR points to spill over from the 1st to 2nd quarters, as well as from the 3rd to 4th quarters (but NOT from the 2nd to 3rd quarters). 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 shall not count toward AR points.


Science

  • 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 2nd semester.

  • Preparing for Adolescence by Dr. James Dobson

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