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Back to School Night on 9/6/18

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Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year

Hello all 6th Grade Parents,

 

My name is John Sugrue and I teach 6th grade Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies on the Olympian team here at Cabrillo. Below you'll find my schedule:

 

Schedule: 

 

Period 1 = Social Science/Studies (Yellow)

Period 2 = Reading (Yellow)

Period 3= Language Arts (Yellow)

 

Lunch (Yummy)

 

Period 4 = Social Studies (Blue)

Period 5 = PREP PERIOD

Period 6 = Social Studies (Red) 

 

Teachers: 

So you have a big picture: 6th grade is divided into the Olympian Team and the Cyclist Team. I teach on the Olympian team. The Olympian teachers are: Ms. Formigli (Science), Ms. Bratt (Core), Ms. Valveris (Core), Mr. Sugrue (Core), Mr. Feldman (Math & PE) and Mr. Walker (Math & PE). Your child will have a Core teacher, they will have Science with Ms. Formigli, and then either Mr. Feldman or Mr. Walker for Math & P.E. There are some exceptions to that general format, but that format applies more often than not. 

 

Big Picture on Academics

 

Here is where you can find the Common Core standards for 6th grade English Language Arts:

 

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/

 

Social Studies: 

 

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RH/6-8/

 

 

Points and Grading

How do the points work? What's everything worth? Oh boy, A, B, C, D, F grades...Yikes!!

 

Okay, relax. Everything is cool. You'll be fine. Here are some guides on how this all works:

 

 

Letter Grades:

 

A+= 96% and up

A  = 93 to 95%

A- = 90 to 92%

 

B+ = 86 to 89%

B   = 83 to 85%

B-  = 80 to 82%

 

C+ = 76 to 79%

C   = 73 to 75%

C-  = 70 to 72%

 

D+ = 66 to 69%

D   = 63 to 65%

D-  = 60 to 62%

 

Great! So now you know what percentages equal what letter grade. Next question is how do you get the letter grades? Well, there are points. If I assign something that has "points" attached to it, it will be in SchoolLoop. Students will be assigned: Homework, Quizzes, Projects, Writing assignments (both short and long writing assignments), and just plain "assignments." That could be so many different things, hence the catchall designation of "assignment." 

 

 

What's everything worth? 

  • Homework: 1-3 points
  • Quizzes: 10-15 points (lowest grade will be dropped for this category each quarter.) 
  • Projects: Will vary between 20 to 100 points
  • Writing assignments: Vary between 20 to 100 points. 
  • Miscellaneous assignments: This could be anything. It could also be an in class project/assignment we worked on and was completed and turned in there. I usually just use the designation of "assignment." Most of the time I'll put an explanation in SchoolLoop of what the assignment is, however, it's the student's responsibility to know what to do based on the in class explanation. SchoolLoop will not provide a detailed step-by-step explanation of every single assignment/project. 

 

How is the total grade calculated? 

 

  • The math just works on a fraction basis: total points earned divided by total points possible gets you a percentage. 
  • Plug in the percentage to the above grid, and you have your grade. 
  • Example: Juliana earns 290 points out of a possible 315 points. Divide 290 by 315 and you get: 92%, which is an A-
  • Example 2: Nick earns 312 points out of 324 points. Divide 312 by 324 and you get: 96%, which is an A+ 
  • There's no way ahead of time to tell you how many points there's going to be each quarter. Too many variables. Pace of the class, curriculum changes, district requirements, etc. Typically in Social Science it's around 300 or so points and in the humanities it's in the 200's. That could all change, so don't quote me on that. :) 
  • After I grade it, the computer itself does the calculation, I don't have to do much after entering the grade and programming the web site. 

 

Zeros, Z's, X's, and other things on SchoolLoop. 

 

A couple of really important things to know regarding how SchoolLoop and the grading works:

 

  1. If a student has a "Z" next to their assignment, it means they did not hand anything in. An actual 0 means they handed something in, but received no credit for it (this is very rare in my room). 
  2. With the exception of homework (abbreviated as HW hereafter), all assignments can be made up or turned in late. If they are turned in late, they are subject to a deduction from full credit. 
  3. At the beginning of any quarter, because the grades reset, if a student misses the first graded assignment, it will show up as an "F" on SchoolLoop. It's been my experience that parents tend to "freak out" (and I understand that!) when they see an "F" for their child's grade. Remember, unless it is HW, they can make it up. 
  4. On that note, remember that when a quarter is early, the numbers tend to be extreme. So if a student does their first assignment and gets full credit, they will have an "A+" grade. However, if hey don't do poorly on a test, their grade might swing negatively in the other direction.

 

 

 

 

 

-Mr. Sugrue

 

 

John Sugrue

Social Science/Studies for Periods 1, 4, and 6: Week of 3/11/19

We are now working on Ancient Chinese Society this week. We'll study people, culture, crafts, etc. 

 

 

*Some notes to remember about this site: 

1) I update these every two weeks or so. 

2) The intent of this site is to give you, the parent, an idea of the subject matter we are covering. This is broad, not specific. 

3) Pacing is not an exact science. There are times where I may need to go back, re-teach things, or activities might run longer than expected. Therefore what you are getting is a rather BROAD overview of what we are doing in class. 

4) If you do want specifics, your child should be able to give you an exact account of what we are doing in class. 

5) For all of the above reasons, what we do in class is subject to change without notice as we have to adjust to many different variables. 

Reading, Period 2: Week of 3/11/19

We continue to read The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, we also have started our poetry unit. This unit will be about three weeks in length (give or take a few days) and we'll study a wide variety of poetry and techniques. We study rhyme scheme, figurative and literal language, symbolism, enjambment, mood, tone, etc. 

 

 

*Some notes to remember about this site: 

1) I update this once every two weeks or so. This is general, not specific. 

2) The intent of this site is to give you, the parent, an idea of the subject matter we are covering. 

3) Pacing is not an exact science. There are times where I may need to go back, re-teach things, or activities might run longer than expected. Therefore what you are getting is a rather BROAD overview of what we are doing in class. 

4) If you do want specifics, your child should be able to give you an exact account of what we are doing in class. 

5) For all of the above reasons, what we do in class is subject to change without notice as we have to adjust to many different variables. 

LANGUAGE ARTS: Period 3: Week of 3/11/19

Using this period block to also work on parts of poems and the writing that goes with it in terms of responses and extensions. Students now have a "poetry notebook" in which they do their work. Ask your child if you can take a look at what they've done so far! See what you think. 

 

*Some notes to remember about this site: 

1) I update this once every two weeks or so. This is general, not specific.  

2) The intent of this site is to give you, the parent, an idea of the subject matter we are covering. 

3) Pacing is not an exact science. There are times where I may need to go back, re-teach things, or activities might run longer than expected. Therefore what you are getting is a rather BROAD overview of what we are doing in class. 

4) If you do want specifics, your child should be able to give you an exact account of what we are doing in class. 

5) For all of the above reasons, what we do in class is subject to change without notice as we have to adjust to many different variables. 

 

Calendar

Assignments with no name on them

If a student turns in an assignment to me with no name, I will grade it, then reduce it by one grade level. Obviously, I cannot enter it into the gradebook because I do not know who they are and sometimes it's not as simple as "whoever doesn't have a grade" because there are issues like absences, and multiple classes.

 

I will then post the paper in the front of the room. After a couple days, if the student does not claim it, then they will receive no credit (a ZERO!) and they I will recycle the paper.

 

PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON THINGS YOU TURN IN!!! SIMPLE AS THAT!! :)

 

 

 

Policy for all classes on LATE assignments

Late assignments are accepted but at a reduced grade. That grade is one grade level lower than what they earned. So if they are a day late with no legitimate excuse and they get an A- on the assignment, then it will be entered as a B-.

 

Homework assignments will NOT be accepted as late. They are either done when assigned or not, but no make-ups are accepted. 

Please keep graded assignments

I ask that students keep all graded materials (quizzes, tests, projects, essays, etc, anything with a grade) for that quarter. You can get rid of them AFTER the quarter is over. This is because there are times where I may make a clerical error and give a grade that was off. If you want me to change the grade, you have to have proof. So please keep all of the graded materials for that quarter. 

 

Thanks!! 

 

 

End of quarter dates 2018-2019

End of grading period dates for each quarter. Please note that this does not mean this is when the report cards come out. This means the official grading period has ended. Usually it's a week or so later that you will receive the report card. 

 

1st quarter ends:   October 12, 2018

2nd quarter ends:  Dec. 21, 2018

3rd quarter ends:   March 22, 2018

4th quarter ends:   June 5, 2018

 

 

 

Chromebook Keyboard popping up

https://msbsconnect.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/231941848-Chromebook-How-To-Disable-Keyboard-

 

We've been having issues where students using Chromebooks have had issues with a digital keyboard popping up and it being incredibly annoying. (It is!!) So the above link shows you how to disable that feature if it's driving you loco!!