Welcome and Course Expectations

Ms. Lee’s 6th Grade Science Letter

Dear Students and Families:

Welcome to the 6th Grade!  I hope that you have had a pleasant summer and you’re ready to practice some hands-on science this school year.  The purpose of this syllabus is to help you be successful in my class by explaining classroom rules, grading policies, expectations and other information about the class.  

Classroom procedures and expectations

The following expectations will allow us to start our class quickly so that we may accomplish many things this year:

  1. Arrive on time – move quickly to your assigned seat, check the board for daily information and listen for explanations

  2. Come to class with a positive attitude

  3. Be prepared with materials and completed assignments at the beginning of class – do not ask to use the telephone because you forgot to bring something.

  4. Your behavior should show respect for the rights of others to learn and the teacher to teach

  5. All  team and EWMS rules apply in class

  6. Personal errands are not allowed during class time unless it is an emergency – bathroom breaks are provided throughout the daily schedule.  You must know and be able to demonstrate safe use of any materials and equipment before using them in class – safe and appropriate behavior is required at all times.

Assignments and Grades

I use school emails and Remind all during the year to let families know what we are studying and how parents can help us.  Please be sure to keep your email current with me.  

If you are present in class, assignments must be turned in on time to receive full credit.  Late work is not acceptable on real-world jobs so it is not acceptable in this class.  EWMS policy states that a student may have up to 5 days to make up work when absent.

Grades will be weighted in science class using the following scale:

Tests/Projects - 35%

Homework - 15%

Classwork/Participation - 25%

Labs/Quizzes - 25%

No extra credit is available.  If you complete assignments as requested and to the best of your ability, no extra credit will be needed.

Wayne County policy requires a 10-points grading scale.  This scale is as follows:

A 90 – 100

B 80 –  89

C 70 – 79

D 60 – 69

F Below 60

Parents may expect one progress report during each 9-weeks grading period from this class.  You may also check grades using the Home Base log-in at http://www.waynecountyschools.org/ online at anytime.  I encourage all students to keep all graded assignments returned until after the 9-weeks grade is posted.

Plagiarism and cheating are not acceptable.  Listening to recent news about “cheating” athletes and valedictorians, I want to be sure that all my students understand the severity of these offenses.  This includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. Allowing other students to copy work.

  2. Having a parent (or other relative) complete an assignment.

  3. Copying another student’s work

  4. Cheating of any kind

  5. Copying material from any resource including the Internet without properly citing the source.  Do not “cut and paste” without citing your source.

  6. Working on an assignment with other students when the assignment has not been designated as a group project.

  7. Not doing your share of the work on assigned group projects.

Contact Information

The best ways to contact me is by Remind or email - donnalee@wcps.org.  Please type your student’s full name in the subject line so I know whom we are discussing.  You may also use the school voice mail system at 751-7110 extension 2462 and I will get back to you within 48 hours.  I usually leave my telephone set for voicemail so that instruction time is not interrupted.  If you choose to leave a message, please be specific in your message so I may have the information that you need when I return your call.  Please do not call to ask me to tell your student that they are a car rider or bus rider “today”.  I usually do not check my voicemail while the students are in the classroom.

You will also find my website by going to www.waynecountyschools.org, then clicking on “Eastern Wayne Middle School” under the Schools tab.  Look for D. Lee under 6th grade and you will be directed to my webpage.

Conference times are by appointment only.  You may schedule a conference for Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday by leaving a message on email or voicemail.

I look forward to working with your family this year.  Please keep this syllabus for your records.

Ms. D. Lee, Science

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