Olympian Team


Mission

The Olympians are committed to providing and securing the first step on the bridge from elementary school to high school by meeting the unique needs of each incoming sixth grader in addition to fostering a close partnership between home and school. In an academically and physically safe environment, students will be challenged by a standards-based, integrated curriculum that will promote the development of a confident, respectful, responsible, community of learners who will uncover and strengthen their particular talents and abilities.

Team Expectations

1. Be prepared for class.

2. Listen to others' answers without prejudice.

3. Be respectful to others' ideas.

4. Strive to produce you "Personal Best" at all times.

5. Bring and put to use your skills from one classroom to the next.

6. Follow directions the first time given.

7. Use and maintain your agenda.

Team Rules

1. RESPECT: yourself, your school, and other people's property and rights.

2. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.

3. Use appropriate language.

4. Do not disrupt the class.

5. Follow ALL school rules.

Rewards

In addition to individual and group praise, students will be working towards quarterly team rewards. A quarterly celebration will occur if the team earns five hundred Olympic rings before the quarter ends. The team will be rewarded with rings for positive behavior we feel should be recognized, modeled, practiced, and in time internalized by all team members. These rings will be documented on a chart in one of the team classrooms.

Consequences

The first time a team rule is broken by a student within a class period, he/she will receive a verbal warning.

The second time a team rule is broken by that same student within a class period, he/she will be sent to the middle school office to complete a behavior reflection sheet. The student will then return to class. A copy of the completed reflection sheet will be mailed home.

If that same student breaks a team rule a third time within a class period, the student will return to the middle school office with a school discipline referral for the principal.

SEVERE CLAUSE: If a student exhibits severe misbehavior such as fighting, open defiance, or vulgar language, the student will be sent immediately to the principal’s office with a note documenting the behavior to be addressed.

Any student who has completed a significant number of team behavior reflection sheets during the quarter will be excluded from the team celebration. Students who demonstrate difficulty following the Olympian Discipline Plan will meet with the team teachers and parents when necessary to develop individual plans to ensure future classroom success. In addition, any student who receives any detention, suspension or ALC (Alternative Learning Center) consequence will be excluded from the quarterly celebration.

Homework Policy

We believe that there is a direct connection between student achievement and homework completion. We assign homework because it is useful in the reinforcement of concepts and skills being taught in the class as well as teaching responsibility and helping foster the development of positive study and work habits. Homework may also be used to help provide the necessary background for an upcoming topic or lesson to be discussed.

We expect students to do their best job on homework. Homework should be neat. We expect students to do the work on their own and ask for help only after they have given it their best effort, unless it is a cooperative group or family activity. We will check all homework. We strongly believe in the value positive support plays in motivating children to develop good study habits. We will give students praise and other incentives when they do their homework.

We will assign homework Monday through Friday nights. Students should spend 60-90 minutes on school related activities. There may be days when there is no homework or the assignment is minimal. On such days, students should be reading, writing, studying, practicing math facts, or working on long-range projects. Daily homework that has not been completed by its due date cannot accomplish these objectives. Late homework will not be accepted and a zero grade will be recorded for that assignment. Long term graded assignments will lose 10 points each day it is late. No assignment will be accepted five days after its due date.

This year your child will be using an agenda. It is a daily record of work for which your child is responsible. Please check this agenda on a regular basis. The agenda will help you to know when homework or long-term projects are due. It should also indicate the dates of tests. Your child should write NH (no homework) in the blocks where there is no specific assignment given on that day.

Class Information

Social Studies

This year students will expand their skills and knowledge in the following areas: civics, citizenship, government, historical thinking, historical analysis, culture, geography, and economics. Students will explore ancient civilizations and investigate current events as they work toward community, political, and historical literacy.

Sixth Grade Highlights:

Science

The science curriculum in the middle school is driven by the state mandated Grade Span Expectations (GSE). Using scientific investigation and logical reasoning the students will prepare and conduct science experiments demonstrating their knowledge of key concepts. The students will demonstrate competence with the tools and technologies of science and will strengthen skills in the following areas:

The approach of the sixth grade science curriculum is hands-on and inquirycentered. The kit-based integrated system enhances learning in writing, reading, computing, and other basic skills. The focus is on life science at this level, concentrating on Human Body Systems and Diversity of Life.

Students will be permitted to retake up to two failing test grades. The maximum score allowed on a make up test is 70.

Quarterly grades will be determined by the following:

Language Arts

The grade earned in language arts depends entirely on the effort extended by the student. All work is graded using a point system. Points vary depending on the writing assignment, class activity, homework assignment, test, quiz or project.

Quarterly Work:

Reading

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a student re-take an Accelerated Reader test if they fail it?

A: Students may re-take an AR test ONLY at the teacher’s discretion during a department night.

Q: What happens if a student doesn't read four books a quarter?

A: Their grade will be affected.

Q: Do the books students read over the summer count towards their first quarter grade?

A: YES!! Although students must still read four books for their first quarter, I will take the four highest scores of their AR tests and drop their lowest grades.

Q: Where can my child find a book on the Accelerated Reader List?

A: The school library, local libraries and in my classroom.

Special Education

Special education services on the Olympian team are provided to those students who have been previously identified as needing an Individual Education Plan (IEP) designed to address their specific learning needs in order to maximize their learning potential.

A self-contained classroom is in place for Reading, Writing, and Math to provide more of a structured environment for students who need the extra support based on their IEP's. In addition, an inclusion/co teaching model is also implemented in the schedule for those same students as well. In an inclusion classroom there are two teachers present: a team subject teacher and the team special education teacher. Students may also receive resource services to provide them with additional support that they may need in order for them to be successful.

Additional support services in the areas of Speech and Language, Occupational and Physical Therapy and Social Skills groups are also provided as appropriate.

Department Nights

Monday-Special Education- Miss Still

Tuesday- Language Arts/Social Studies- Mrs. Hall

Wednesday- Science/Social Studies- Ms. Keough

Thursday- Math/Social Studies- Ms. McCarthy

Communication

School Web Page www.scituateri3.net/sms

Team email address: Olympians1@hotmail.com

Assignments and Events:School Notes