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Mrs. Veiss-Language Arts
Mrs. Stermer-Language Arts
Mrs. Koons-Math & Social Studies
Mr. Verno-Math & Science
School Wide Behavior Expectations:
Succeed through positive effort
Essentially, DAIS expects you to be responsible for
you and your actions. You alone CHOOSE!
"Make it a great day or not...the choice is ALWAYS
There are people here to help if you need it so don't
be afraid to ask!
Taking the Initiative to be
• Punch Cards/Tickets:
– System which teaches the students the
value of credits and debits
– Supports DAIS expectations, rewarding
students as they demonstrate behaviors
above and beyond the routine
– Students can use their credits to purchase
Team Initiative Expectations
Homework: It is completed each night without exception. This is
PRACTICE and should not take more than an hour.
Lunch Money/Absences: Students should deposit money upon arrival or
use online credit card system; Makeup work can be sent home or picked
up in the office. Work can be arranged for extended absences if you
send a request. There is no substitute for being in class.
Make-up Work: Following an absence, students must see teachers upon
return. They may work during recess and at home to complete work.
One week is allowed for the completion of missed work.
Agenda: We expect all to USE IT! Place to record homework, important
dates such as tests/quizzes, spirit days, project deadlines.
Lockers: Students may visit quickly - in and out; 3 times a day: upon
arrival, before lunch, at the end of the day.
Cheating: No tolerance policy! Immediate call home. Grades will be
Snacks/Water Bottles: Both are permitted. Please keep snacks
HEALTHY! Do not freeze water as it will "sweat" all over.
Shorts, longer than mid-thigh, may be worn
all year BUT remember that we do go out for
recess and may have fire drills. Be cognizant
of the temperature!
No spaghetti straps or muscle shirts.
Shorts/skirts must fall below your fingertips
when standing up straight. You will be sent to
the nurse for an alternative.
If your clothing has wording or images, please
make sure they are school appropriate (this
may be different from home!)
2 three subject notebooks (Language Arts)
1 composition book
5 pocket folders (Homework, Science, Social
Studies, Music, Health)
1 two-inch binder with 5 dividers (Math)
PENCILS, PENCILS, PENCILS
Post-it Notes , lined paper, glue sticks, dry
erase markers, colored pencils, pencil
case/box Please donate
supplies to help all
Initiative Group Red, Orange
Day 1 & 3
9:30-11:45 Language Arts-Mrs. Stermer
11:50-12:20 I/E Homeroom
2:20-3:15 Science-Mr. Verno
9:30-10:15 Language Arts
10:20-11:05 IE or ENCORE
11:10-11:45 Language Arts
1:35-2:20 Science-Mr. Verno
2:25-3:10 IE ar ENCORE
Day 2, 4, 6
9:30-11:45 Language Arts-Mrs. Stermer
11:50-12:20 I/E Homeroom
2:20-3:15 Social Studies-Mrs. Koons
• Sixth grade Language Arts is an intensive
study of Reading, Writing, and Word
Work. We write about reading, read about
writing, and study words that impact both.
Naturally, it makes sense to report this as
– Language Arts will appear as one course on your
child’s report card. This is replacing “reading” and
“writing”. Students will receive ONE grade that will
encompass Reading, Writing, Word Work, and Word
of the Day.
First Quarter Curriculum -READING
*Review Reading Strategies &Complete DRA ‘s
*Tag Expansions-reflect upon your personal
thinking about a character, plot
*Literary Essay-develop response that is
supported with reader opinion and text evidence
*Independent Reading @ 20 minutes each day
to begin class. Students must have a book to
*Discussion Groups-first theme is overcoming
obstacles & social issues. Two books in Q1.
First Quarter Curriculum -WRITING
*Review Writing Process
*2 published writing pieces:
*Quick Writes-short response to a prompt that
relates to class discussion topics; focus on writing
style, structure, use of Word of the Day words
*BONE book-daily independent writing
Word Work & Grammar
Word Work will be incorporated into Language
Arts and is a big part of the writing grade.
Students will have a quiz on DAY 4 of each cycle.
There will be 10 words and 1 grammar focused
each cycle week, introduced on Day 5 and
reviewed every day.
Students will study Latin /Greek roots, learning how
these pieces contribute to the larger meaning of
words. Students will also learn 2 commonly confused
words (ie Affect & Effect), 3 high frequency words.
In addition, there will be a grammar focus each
The beginning of the year is a review of common
grammar (nouns, verbs…) and then we will focus on
the various types of pronouns.
Word of the Day
We will also have a “Word of the Day”
three times per cycle. These are
challenging words that we expect the
students to use in their writing and within
conversation. Every 9 words, the students
will have an assessment in the form of a
quick write, which will require them to use
at least 3 words correctly within their
Language Arts Homework
We expect that each student will spend approximately 20
minutes of total time reading and/or writing EVERY NIGHT.
What does that mean?
If a student has reading to do for Science/Social Studies,
this should be their reading HW. No need to double up reading
UNLESS content reading was short! Writing can be a reflection
on their reading, writing in their notebook, journaling, emailing
their LA teacher…anything that gets them into meaningful
written work! Students may use their BONE Books or
independent writing books.
Just as with any sport or instrument, practice
improves skill and these are life skills!
1. Instruction will be guided using a new series.
2. Glencoe math incorporates a consumable text, as
well as an online version.
3. Glencoe aligns with our new district curriculum
4. Students are grouped with like-abilities for
instruction. They are managed flexibly by
5. Students must maintain a separate binder with 5
divided sections for class. This IS the math book
for the year.
Daily Homework: Study by reviewing all unit materials from class.
We will be using MyBigCampus, similar “social style” to facebook,
throughout the school year. It will be used in Library class.
It is a “walled garden”: only can communicate with Dallastown
Let’s Support Each Other …we
are a TEAM
Please contact at anytime
if you have a question or a concern.