•     Class Overview

    Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at SHMS! I am very excited to begin working with, and getting to know all of my students. 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.  While Ancient history is the class' primary focus, we will also incorporate some work with current events to keep students socially aware and engaged. 

    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.  the grade is based on tests, essays, quizzes, and long-term projects, homework completion, presentations, short term projecs, classroom participation, and effort. All tests will be announced at least a week in advance. Grading guidelines will accompany the long term projects.

    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 – Be respectful of teachers, peers, other people's belongings, or classroom and school materials. Be prepared with your materials, you are ready to learn, and you have any work that is due. Remember, Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance! Be on time; if you are late you must have a pass. Be attentive; listen to, and follow directions, and take notes. Finally, be positive! Encourage yourself and your peers to try their best and have fun! 

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

    Bernadette Smith, M.Ed.