•   sixth
    We have a lot to do and there is much to learn. 
    In order to accomplish everything, sixth grade students are expected to: 

    ð   Come to school on time and ready to learn.

    ð   Be prepared.

    ð   Turn in all homework and class work.

    ð   Do a quality and neat job on all work.

    ð   Label all papers with a proper heading.

    ð   Have a positive attitude.


    This handbook is going to help you do all of those things.


    We will go over this handbook in class, you will review it, and you will then take it home to review with your parents. You will keep a copy in your notebook all year. It will be at your fingertips at all times to assure your understanding of classroom expectations for school success.


    We expect you to be responsible—EXPECT THAT OF YOURSELF! Everyone has a part in your success: your teacher, your parents, and most of all YOU! If one member does not do its part, then you will struggle to be successful.


    The best method to stay successful at school is to have someone to help you when you need it. Please gather the names of 3 other students in your class you can call for help, get assignments from, collect or bring materials with, or offer support:



    Name of Friend


    Phone numbers

    Email address











    Eisenhower Elementary Sixth Grade

    Homework and Grading Policy


    Success in school requires practice and deep understanding of content material.  Homework provides students an opportunity to work independently on concepts taught, develops responsibility as a scholar, and creates independent problem solving opportunities.  It is imperative that you and your child read, discuss, and understand the homework policies for sixth grade.


    Homework is given every night.  The Corona-Norco School District’s policy on homework suggests that a time allotment of 45 minutes to 1 hour a night be given to sixth grade students (this does not include time for breaks, so expect to spend a longer amount of time if your child gets off task or is constantly taking breaks).  Homework is the responsibility of the student.  Homework may take the form of short and long-term projects, instructional reinforcement, and unfinished or incomplete class work.  If homework is incomplete or not completed, the student will work on unfinished assignments during the “Improve Your Learning” club.  All papers not turned in on time will receive a grade of “0” (unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher, and/or missing work is due to illness or other serious circumstances).  If there is a serious family problem, please email or send a note explaining the situation, so that extensions may be given.  Absent students are responsible for gathering and making up all of the work and assignments they missed.  They have as many days as their absence to turn in make-up work.


    The following is the grading scale used to correct projects, quizzes, and tests:

    100 – 90%       A

    89 – 80%         B

                                        79 – 70%         C

    69 – 60%         D

    59 and below   F


    Homework and daily assignments are graded in one of the following ways:

    Grade               Meaning                                                           

      O                   Excellent

      S                    Average

      N                   Below average, incomplete, extremely sloppy


    Writing assignments may have Rubric scores

    4          Excellent (A)

    3          Average (B)

    2          Passing (C)

    1          Missing key components, off topic, incomplete (D)

    0          No Work, did not follow directions, incomplete (F) (Student must redo work)

    Students earn the grades they are given.  Quality work that is to the best of their ability is expected at all times.  If a grade of D or F is received on a quiz or test (with the exception of spelling or reading tests) your child will be given the opportunity to retake or correct the test. This must be done outside of the school day.


    All students should arrive at school by 7:30; the bell rings at 7:45.  Late students must go directly to the office for a tardy slip.  Students who miss any part of the instructional day are missing the valuable grade-level specific concepts being taught.  If you have any questions or needs, it is appreciated if appointments are scheduled after school hours, when possible.  You cooperation in all of these matters is greatly valued.


    Homework and Grading Policy


    Each subject area may consist of the following graded assignments:


    Reading Narrative:

                    Accelerated Reader Program — Goal

                    Accelerated Reader Program — % Correct on reading tests

                    Accelerated Reader Log—weekly home reading log

                    Fiction Reading Packets and Worksheets

    Summary of story, discussion questions, skill pages, vocabulary, comprehension

                    Reading Tests, Skill Tests

                                    Tests cover comprehension, vocabulary, and skills

                    Literature Circles: summaries, activities, tests


    Reading Information:

                    Nonfiction Reading Packets and Worksheets

    Summary of story, discussion questions, skill pages, vocabulary, comprehension

                    Reading Tests, Skill Tests

                                    Tests cover comprehension, vocabulary, and skills

                    Reading and discussions from science and social studies

    Expository assignments (may be current event, non-fiction

    reading assignments, etc.)



                    Step Up to Writing Assignments:  Pre-writes, Essays,

    Reports, etc.

                    Grammar Assignments and Tests

                    Vocabulary Assignments and Tests

                    Cursive assignments


    Oral Language:

                    Presentations                           Reader’s Theater

                    Class discussions                      Plays

                    Group Discussions                   Poems

                    Reading Fluency


                    Spelling Tests

                    Spelling Packet or Folder

                    Spelling in Writing Assignments


    Math:     (NO WORK = NO CREDIT,

    all math completed in pencil)

                    Excel Assignments

                    Excel Tests

                    Math Homework

                    Math Tests

                    Math Notes

                    Math Quizzes

                    Timed Math tests



                    Science Notes

                    Science Questions


                    Science Labs

                    Science Activities

                    Science Fair Project


    History and Social Science:

                    History and Social Science Activities

                    History and Social Science Notes

                    History and Social Science Questions

                    History and Social Science Projects






    Primary communication is sent home through the Communication Folder.  Parents must check this folder every Tuesday night.

    Students must keep the Communication Folder and Homework Planner up to date, organized, and signed.

    Credit or no-credit will be given when both are checked, and it will go towards Homework and Behavior Grades.





    The following receive an effort grade:


    PE                                          O             Outstanding effort at all times (including working at home)

                                                    S              Good effort

                                                    N             Lack of positive attitude & effort



    Handwriting                        O             Outstanding printing and cursive on almost all assignments.  This includes proper headers, putting

                                                                    name on paper, labeling assignments, etc.

                                                    S              Good printing and cursive; most assignments labeled correctly

                                                    N             Needs to improve cursive, printing, and/or labeling assignments.  Too many papers without name.


    Computers                            O             Outstanding effort and behavior at all times

    Fine Arts                               S              Good effort

    Homework                           N             Lack of positive attitude & effort



    Homework Philosophy


    We believe that a child's successful learning is continuous throughout their life and takes advantage of every possible learning situation. We believe it is essential that the school extends learning opportunities beyond the walls of the school. We believe that learning activities initiated at school should be continued and encouraged at home. We believe homework is a means to build life-long learning skills such as self-discipline, task commitment, time management, responsibility, independence, initiative, and problem solving. We believe homework helps build habits, attitudes, and values that lead to student satisfaction and success.



    Ensuring Success

    Cooperation and communication between parents, teachers and students promote student growth and learning. Partnerships between the home and the school build mutual understanding and are critical to the success of a homework policy. When parents support homework, when teachers emphasize its usefulness and when students see it as an extension of their learning experiences, you strengthen the school's programs and ultimately the students' chances for success.



    Homework Activities for Grade 6
    Students should devote approximately 60 minutes on homework each school night.

    • reading independently each night
    • specific subject assignments
    • sharing newsletters, forms, notices or daily assignments with parents
    • organizing and studying notes
    • practicing and reviewing concepts presented at school
    • reviewing and learning mathematics skills
    • conducting research and preparing presentations for projects, speeches, or science experiments
    • developing study skills for tests or assignments
    • using a personal homework record book
    • assuming personal responsibility for completeness and quality of schoolwork
    • asking for and completing work that is missed due to an absence from school


    Quality of Homework

    The quality of homework for students will vary considerably according to their learning styles, interests, and abilities; however, at the sixth grade level children need to develop a more positive attitude towards learning. Parents need to provide very supportive and concrete stimulation. Next year while at the intermediate level, students will assume greater responsibilities so that a parent becomes more of a consultant or mentor. It is imperative to know the learning style of a child. Do they learn best by listening, seeing, doing or a combination? Children learn new concepts best by working in short time periods with regular reviews. Since homework is a valuable activity, students (with parental and teacher assistance) should set high standards for themselves. Quality should mean a student's best effort.


    Student Responsibilities

    We trust that each student understands the value of homework and that it is in their best interest to undertake activities at home in order to further their learning and growth through:

    • expecting to do some sort of homework activity each day
    • organizing their materials, to know what is to be done, to complete homework on time and to promptly return work to school, if there are problems with an assignment then help should be requested.
    • trying to do their "best" and not just "getting an assignment finished".
    • setting personal goals and accepting responsibility for their progress.



    Parent Responsibilities

    We anticipate that parents will accept their responsibility to help "make it easier" for their children to do homework by:

    • expecting their child to have homework each day.
    • providing a quiet, uninterrupted study place.
    • encouraging a scheduled, expected time to complete their daily tasks.
    • supervising and encouraging their child's independent efforts.
    • providing the materials required to complete tasks.
    • rewarding reliable, consistent efforts by the child.
    • communicating with the school about circumstances that have interfered with homework/schoolwork completion.
    • Attendance is important. According to research, students who attend school 93% of the time score, on average, between the 85th and 100th Percentile on standardized tests. If your child’s attendance drops to less than 85% of the time, they, more than likely, will score below the 54th Percentile. If your child misses Friday afternoons only twice a month, they will have missed 3 ½ % of the year. What this means is that your child's success depends upon good attendance. Please have your child on time, prepared to learn everyday.


    Teacher Responsibilities

    Teachers are key to an effective homework policy. Teachers promote homework activities which are meaningful and rewarding learning opportunities for students by:

    • promoting homework as an important daily learning extension activity.
    • providing balance in the homework assignments so that there are a variety of skills practiced and so that there is an appropriate amount for the individual child.
    • posting homework expectations on the whiteboard in the classroom.
    • including homework as part of student evaluation.
    • implementing a system to communicate to parent(s) if incomplete homework/schoolwork becomes a concern.


    Home and School

    When parents are aware, involved and supportive of school activities, children are more interested and successful. Teachers and parents need to support, guide and encourage children so that they believe homework is a positive learning experience. Communication between teachers, parents and students is a key to a successful homework policy. We endeavor to create an atmosphere where parents feel comfortable about coming to school to talk about their child's education. A student's full learning potential can best be realized when everyone agrees about how to work together.


    Parents, please email the teacher if ever there is an issue.  Positive parent and teacher communication is vital in the success of the student.




    Discipline Policy


    We can all look forward to a very exciting and rewarding school year. In order to provide the whole class with the positive educational climate all students deserve, we have developed the following Classroom Discipline Plan that will be in effect for the students at all times.  Students who behave appropriately may be positively rewarded with praise, self pride, points toward fun activities, and other goodies. However, proper behavior is expected at all time.




    1)      Respect others: Respect others’ things, feelings, and learning process

    2)     Responsibility: Be responsible for your own learning and support the learning of others

    3)     Scholarliness: Be a scholar at all times. Be prepared for learning

    4)     Safety: Keep yourself and others safe at all times


    However, if a student chooses to break a rule, these are some of the consequences:

              Missed recess

              Note home

              Sent to office with a referral

              Missed ‘fun’ activities

     Eisenhower 6th Grade Classroom Materials




    These materials should last all year long…



    £      3 Ring Binder (at least 2 inches wide)

    £      1 Pencil Pouch

    £      6 Folders to put in your 3 Ring Binder (in the following colors)

    o        Royal Blue, Yellow, Red, Purple, Green, Pink

    £      Lined, 3 Hole Punched, Wide Rule, Notebook Paper to last all year long

    £      Post-it Notes (enough to last all year)

    £      3 Spiral Notebooks (at least 100 pages)

    £      Whiteboard Markers

    o        Preferably Black, Blue, or Green… Not in Yellow or Light Blue

    £      Whiteboard Eraser (or a clean, old sock)

    £      Highlighters (Green, Yellow, Pink)

    £      Pencils

    £      Black or Blue Pens

    £      Red Pens

    £      Colored Pencils

    £      Colored Markers

    £      Black Marker

    £      Small hand sanitizer

    £      USB Flashdrive (512 MB or 1 GB is enough)

    £      Glue

    £      Tape

    £      Mini-Staplers


    ***As we are trying to prepare our 6th grade students for junior high, they will not have a pencil box at their seat.  Please keep the extra supplies at home.  Try to bring only what will fit in their Pencil Pouch.



    Items for Class Donations


    £      Clorox disinfectant wipes (Generic works fine too!)

    £      Plain white copy paper (in a ream)

    £      Colored copy paper (in a ream)

    £      Set of Glue Sticks

    £      Kleenex

    £      Large Hand Sanitizer in a pump container

    £      Rubber Bouncy Balls (in all sizes), Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls, Basket Balls

    £      Pedometers (for 100 mile club)

    £      Dictionaries (with word origins/etymology)

    FIELDTRIPS:  Attention 6th Grade Parents!


    There are many exciting activities planned for your student this year.  Parents, students, and chaperones for our fieldtrips need to know the following:



    • All students must be at school prior to the designated departure time or else they will be left behind.
    • All students must check-in immediately upon arrival with their own teacher.
    • All school and classroom rules apply to the student while on this trip.
    • Any improper behavior while on the fieldtrip may result in serious consequences, such as no promotion or end of the year activities.
    • Please arrange transportation for your child to and from school PRIOR to the day of the fieldtrip. 
    • Please be on time to pick up your child.  Do not ask your child to call you when they get to school to arrange pickup.
    • Walking home is NOT allowed, unless the students return to school before the end of the school day.
    • Rides for pick-up must be arranged prior to the fieldtrip.
    • Students are responsible for their own belongings.  Please do not bring large sums of money and make sure that all money is carried in some type of wallet, purse, or backpack. 
    • Do not bring any portable music devices.
    • Students may bring a cell phone, but the teachers are not liable if it is lost or stolen.


    Parent chaperones are drawn from a lottery.  If you would like to be a chaperone, you must…

      • be fingerprinted through the district office.
      • be assigned a group to supervise during the field trip.  Teachers are not assigned a group, so that they can attend to any situation that may arise.
      • ride the bus with the children to and from the fieldtrip.
      • NOT bring any other children.  Fieldtrips are strictly for 6th Grade students ONLY.


      • Your child must also ride the bus. 
      • Periodically throughout the day, the teachers will meet with you at a specific location, so that if any problems arise, they can be taken care of.
      • All chaperones will receive a group list and will exchange cell phone numbers with their student’s teacher.


    Additional Volunteers who are not chaperones:

    • On certain trips, other parents will be welcome to attend.  Those parents attending that are not designated as a chaperone will need to pay their own admission and for parking as well, if applicable.
    • Only the chaperones will be able to lead a group of students, students will NOT be allowed to go with any other adult than their assigned
    • You may not drive your child to the fieldtrip.
    • Please plan on following the bus in your own car.
    • You may NOT bring any other children.  Fieldtrips are strictly for 6th Grade students ONLY.





    If you would prefer to just make a flat donation at the beginning of the year for fundraising, it will help to lessen the amount of fundraising necessary to participate in our fieldtrips for the year.  The Jingle Jar is a quick and easy way to fund our fieldtrips and end of the year activities.


    Sixth Grade Student Handbook Agreement


    I have read, discussed with my child, and agree with all of the policies and procedures for the sixth grade classroom as outlined in the Eisenhower Sixth Grade Student Handbook. 


    Classroom Rules:

    1)      Respect others: Respect others’ things, feelings, and learning process

    2)      Responsibility: Be responsible for your own learning and support the learning of others.

    3)      Scholarliness: Be a scholar at all times. Be prepared for learning.

    4)      Safety: Keep yourself and others safe at all times.


    Consequences for breaking the rules:

    ®    If your child’s behavior disrupts or prevents another’s opportunity to learn, after a verbal warning, their color card will change.

    ®    If the behavior continues, the child will be asked to complete the Discipline Essay.

    ®    If the behavior persists after writing the Discipline Essay, a conference with parents, a call home to parents, and/or a visit with the Principal may be necessary.


    Student Pledge:

    I am responsible for my own behavior and decisions.

    I will come to school on time, prepared, and ready to learn.

    I will complete all of my homework to the best of my abilities.

    I will always do my personal best!


    We understand and agree with the rules in the Eisenhower Sixth Grade Student Handbook, and will encourage our child to follow them throughout the course of the school year.



    Parent Signature: ______________________________________ Print Parent Name: _____________________________________



    Parent Signature: ______________________________________ Print Parent Name: _____________________________________



    I understand and agree with the rules in the Eisenhower Sixth Grade Student Handbook, and I will follow them throughout the course of the school year.



    Student Signature:  ____________________________________ Print Student Name: _____________________________________






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Last Modified on September 18, 2015