6th Grade Math/Science 2017-2018 Syllabus 

Instructor: Mrs. Rebecca Pate

Principal: Mr. Ryan Nelson

Phone #: Office-(919) 751-7100

E-mail address: 

Conferences by appointment

County Website


Course Description and Standards for:


·         Ratios and Proportional Relationships

o       Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems

·         The Number System

o       Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions.

o       Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples

o       Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers

·         Expressions and Equations

o       Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions

o       Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities

o       Represent analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.

·         Geometry       

o       Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.

·         Statistics and Probability

o       Develop understanding of statistical variability

  • Summarize and describe distributions.







    Course Description and Standards for:



  • 6.P.1 Understand the properties of waves and the wavelike property of energy in earthquakes, light and sound.
  • 6.P.2 Understand the structure, classifications and physical properties of matter.
  • 6.P.3 Understand characteristics of energy transfer and interactions of matter and energy.
  • 6.E.1 Understand the earth/moon/sun system, and the properties, structures, and predictable motions of celestial bodies in the Universe
  • 6.E.2 Understand the structure of the earth and how interactions of constructive and destructive forces have resulted in changes in the surface of the Earth over time and the effects of the lithosphere on humans.
  • 6.L.1 Understand the structures, processes and behaviors of plants that enable them to survive and reproduce.
  • 6.L.2 Understand the flow of energy through ecosystems and the responses of populations to the biotic and abiotic factors in their environment.


 Materials for Math/Science

(1) 5 subject notebook for Math with pockets for reading (Casemate, or Mead. Casemate is cheaper and better!)


(1) 3 subject notebook for Science with pockets for reading (Casemate, or Mead. Casemate is cheaper and better!)

Graph paper - loose leaf or in a notebook



Supplies for all classes

Wooden pencils with individual pencil sharpener with cover or mechanical pencils with extra lead

Multicolored gel pens (for taking notes)

Loose leaf notebook paper

Colored pencils

3x5 index cards (the larger ones are hard to fit in ziplock baggies)

Zippered pencil pouch (no plastic pencil boxes)


Antibacterial Wipes



Assignments & Exams: Math grades will be determined via percentages based on the following requirements:

  • Tests/Projects (40%)
  • Homework (15%)
  • Classwork (15%)
  • Quizzes (30%)

Grading Scale:

100 - 90%    = A

80 - 89%    = B

70 - 79%    = C

60 - 69%      = D

59 and below = F 


 Late work and make-up exams: 

Progress Reports and Graded Assignments: Students will receive a progress report at about 4½  weeks of each grading period. Parents can view grades on line as well. 

Attendance and Tardies: The school day begins at 7:30 am.  Students are responsible for finding their way to class on time. Much of the material found on exams and quizzes will come directly from class lectures and discussions. For this reason, attendance and timelines are very valuable – you cannot make up missed discussions, explanations, or lectures, so please consider this when scheduling appointments.  The school day ends at 2:45. 

            Should you need to check your child out of school for any reason, please stop by the office to sign them out?  Whenever visiting the school you must stop by the office to receive a visitor’s pass. 

            When your child is absent for any reason, please send a note the next day.  If your child does not have a note, it will be counted as an unexcused absence.


Ways of Communications


Conferences:  Conferences need to be scheduled ahead of time.  Conferences can be scheduled for my planning times or right after school.   Normally, conferences are not held before school.  Only in special circumstances will I schedule a conference before school. Please do not come before class or during class to have a conference without it being scheduled.  You will only have to go to the office and schedule a conference at a planned time. 

            When I need to schedule a conference with you I may contact you by a note sent home, phone, or email.  Remind is a way of receiving messages from your child’s teachers and for you to send messages to the teachers by text or by email.  A paper how to sign up is attached to this syllabus. 


Emails Please feel free to contact me through email.  I usually check it during the day, afterschool, and even after I have left school for the day.  It is a great way for us to communicate.  Contact me at


Phone calls Normally I do not answer phone calls during class.  However, when you call please ask for my voice mail and you can leave a message.  Please leave your name, number you can be reached at, and a brief message.  I will return your call as soon as possible. 

Notes  If you send a note to me through your child, please tell your child to give it to me first thing in the morning.  That way there is less chance of your child forgetting or losing the note.



Classroom Rules:

  1. Respect of self and others at all times.
  2. Come to class prepared to learn everyday.
  3. Be on time and on task.
  4. Obey all school rules.
  5. Do not leave your seat without permission.
  6. Follow the Sea Turtle’s Be – Attitudes 

Sea Turtle "Be-Attitudes"

To make certain that our classroom is a safe, learning environment, all students are expected to follow these simple guidelines:

1. Be prompt: Arrive on time; use the restroom and utilize your locker privileges at the prescribed times.

2. Be prepared: Have your books, supplies and materials in class and ready to use. Come in and be seated in your assigned seats IMMEDIATELY. Do not “hang out” at the classroom door, in the hallway, etc. Remember to bring ALLof your books for the entire day with you.

3. Be polite: Understand and accept that we are all WONDERFULLY made and may not always agree or share the same opinions. Respect yourself and others. Please raise your hands when you need to speak. Never interrupt the speaker. USE YOUR QUESTION LOGS!

4. Be positive: Negativity causes a poor learning environment and conflict. Do not blurt out any comments; especially rude ones. Believe in yourselves. It has been well-documented that people who are constantly rude and disrespectful to others do not feel good about themselves. Think the best of yourselves and you will see the best in others.

5. Be a participant: Learning cannot occur without questions, ideas, and various forms of positive, interactive participation. Stay focused and involved.

6. Be pro-active: Take the initiative to look on the board and start your work. If you have a substitute or no work is on the board do the following class work:

A) Review math problems you need extra practice on, B) Read a Book, C) Work on assignments you need to finish D) Select an extra activity to do.

7. Be planted: Do NOT leave your seat without the permission of the teacher.

8. Be a “Persevering Pupil”: In seventh grade you will be learning new material while using prior knowledge. If you do not get the concept after allowing the teacher to fully present the new material, ask for help. Also, by doing your homework, class work and following directions, you will increase your chance of understanding a new lesson.





 Consequences: The following consequences will occur if school and classroom rules are deviated from:

  1. Visual Cue
  2. Guideline Infraction Notice/or verbal cue. (point deduction)
  3. Removal from classroom to another class or chill out
  4. Contacting parent
  5. Parent Conference
  6. Referral to the Office

 Students may receive chill-out or office referral without proceeding through “steps” if their behavior is deemed by the teacher to be a severe disruption or to endanger themselves or others.  Once a student receives a chill out or office referral all school discipline policy steps will be in effect and punishments are determined by the administration.



Behavior Before Class

  • Bring books, paper, pencils and assignments to class – If left in the locker it is considered not having materials.
  • All bookbags, purses or phones should be kept in the locker.  Hairbrushes, cosmetics, lotions, should also stay in the locker.
  • Check locker area to make sure there are no items left in the hallway.
  • Pencils should be sharpened before class or at desk with only covered pencil sharpeners. If students use mechanical pencils are used students need to have extra lead.
  • Do Not Be Tardy To Class!

Behavior During Class      

  • Keep your desk area neat.
  • Do not write on the desks.  Notify teacher of any writing on your desk when you arrive to class.
  • Keep floor picked up around your area. 
  • Keep hands, feet, body parts and body fluids to yourself.
  • Respect others by not creating disturbing noises (beating on desk, tapping pencils, popping knuckles, etc)
  • If you have a question/comment raise you hand, and wait to be recognized.
  • Respect others.  Help others, say “Thank you,” be supportive.
  • Always give your very best effort.  Do not use the excuse “I don’t understand” when in reality, you did not try!
  • Have a positive attitude.  Do not argue, whine, or complain when your choices result in consequences.
  • Copy your assignments down in your agenda book when you come into class.
  • Leave the gum at home.  School and county rules state no gum chewing in school.
  • When class dismisses, gather your things and exit the room quietly.



Behavior Outside of Class                            

  • When walking to a new location (lunchroom, computer lab, etc) walk in a straight line on the right side of the hall.  No gaps in the line.
  • The last person in line always closes the door.
  • Quiet in the halls.  Your voices carry down the hallway.
  • Do not yell out to others in the hall.
  • Climb the steps quietly.







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