•                                                                                                     Mrs. Laird
    Social Studies 
        Class Overview

    Welcome to a new and exciting year at SHMS. I am thrilled to be a part of the Strath Haven family and community, and I hope to come to know each of you very well.  This is a special year for your children.  It is the beginning of their career at SHMS, meeting new friends, and developing life long skills to help prepare them for the future.

    Purpose of the Class – The sixth grade social studies program focuses on World Geography and Ancient Civilizations.  We will learn how and why civilizations developed and their contributions to society.  As with any social studies course, the ultimate goal is to help students learn about their past so they can become knowledgeable and active citizens.

    Units of Study – The sixth grade curriculum is ancient civilizations and world geography.  We will explore ancient cultures and the lasting impact of these early civilizations on our world today.

    Homework – Homework will be assigned two to three times per week.  It consists of written and/or reading work.  There will also be several long-term assignments.  All homework is posted on my website.  Go to the school district website (www.wssd.org) and click on the link to my website.  

    Grading – My grading policy is based on a point system that roughly breaks down to the following percentages:
    1. Sixty percent of the grade is based on tests, essays, quizzes, and long-term projects. All tests will be announced at least a week in advance. Grading guidelines will accompany the long term projects.
    2. Forty percent of the grade is based on homework, presentations, short term projects, classroom participation, and effort.

    All graded work is posted on the Parent/Student Portal. Please check the grade portal regularly.

    Homework Policy

    Daily assignments turned in during class on the due date may earn full credit.  Students will be permitted to hand in a missed assignment for partial credit up to one week late.  Projects are expected to be turned in during class on the due date for full credit.  If a project is turned in late, points will be deducted from the total score.  

    Absent students will not be penalized unless the assigned work is not turned in at all.  Please contact me via email or written note if there are circumstances that prevent your child from completing his/her assignment.

    Class Rules – My class rules are simple. Respect yourself.  Respect your peers and teachers.  Respect your school, family, and community.  Be responsible for yourself and take responsibility for your actions.  Use your common sense.  Be on time or have a pass. Be prepared for class and always do your best.     

    Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or problems.  With your help we can make sixth grade an exciting and rewarding experience.


    Wendy Laird