BTSN September 10, 2019 Notes




Language Arts and Math - every day.

P.E. – Monday, alternate Tuesdays, and Friday

Science Lab – Wednesday

Computer Lab – Friday

Library – Monday

Social Studies and Science – daily in class; alternating

Art - embedded in language arts, social studies, math, and science; sometimes in conjunction with 3rd. Grade Buddy Class


Language Arts

  • Benchmark Advance
  • This curriculum aligns with Common Core standards and teaches reading standards concurrently with writing standards.
  • Core Literature: 5 books (from 6th Grade REading List) during the school year - 1 per Book Club
    • Phantom Tollbooth, A Wrinkle in Time, Hoot, Hatchet, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Lions of Little Rock
  • Learn and apply Common Core reading and writing standards
  • Vocabulary
  • Greek and Latin roots




Adopted Program: Springboard Mathematics Course 1


  1. Consumable textbook (aligns with Common Core)
  2. Concepts & Content:

Number Concepts         


Expressions & Equations


Geometric Concepts      

Data Analysis    

Personal Financial Literacy





World History Ancient Civilizations textbook

  • Early Man
  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt
  • Kush
  • Ancient India
  • Ancient China
  • Hebrews & Judaism
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome




Adopted Program:  STEMscopes

Concepts & Content:

Systems & Subsystems in Earth and Life Science

Earth System Interactions Cause Weather

Cause and Effects of Regional Climates

Effects of Global Warming on Living Systems


This program correlates with student work in Science Lab with Ms. Dhillon


Homework Policy


  1. Students are expected to bring in their homework fully completed and on time each day. Late work is accepted, but affects a student's grade in the "Traits of Successful Learners" category;  I will not mark late work as such if a prior request has been made by student, for a valid reason.
  2. Excused absences enable students to complete missed homework "late", by the number of days absent.
  3. Name must appear on work for full credit - credit is used to determine the grade for "Traits of a successful Learner"; students have been instructed on the "Proper Paper Heading" format for my class.
  4. Weekly Reflection, written by student, will be sent home in Panther Folders.
  5. If a student is unable to complete assignments after 45-60 minutes, a note from the parent will help me understand how to assist. 



  1. Students will be notified of tests in advance.
  2. Quizzes and Exit Tickets can be scheduled or given as “pop” quizzes, when needed.
  3. Students talking or cheating during a quiz or test receive a consequence, as per school rules.




1. This year we are adopting a standards based grading policy.

6. Progress reports will be sent out 3 times throughout the year, or as needed.

7. Teacher uses a variety of assessment techniques: teacher observation, student self assessment, rubrics, tests, quizzes, writing (formal and informal), standards' checklist


Google Classroom & Google Drive


All projects & assignments that are due online will be posted on Google Classroom. Students will be able to find all such information In our Google Classroom. Students will work on the assignments online, storing their work in their Google Drives, to share/submit to me.



Field Trip


6th Grade Science Camp

         May 26-29, 2020







Good choices

Problem solving

Growth Mindset: encouraging others and oneself

Staying organized


  • Students may be given a partial loss of recess for any misbehaviors.
  • Students may be sent to the office for major misbehaviors.
  • School rules apply.

Parent-Teacher Communication

If you have any concerns or questions about your child or about anything that is happening in the classroom, please email me to talk, or to schedule an appointment. I will not pick up external 'phone calls during the school day, as I will be teaching. If you call, please do so between 3pm and 4pm.

If I have overlooked the specific learning needs of your child, I would like to know, so that I can help him/her achieve the most he/she can this year. I am always keen to maintain open communications with my students and their families. My main objective is that all my students should achieve success in social skills and academics, and have met or exceeded standards. This can only happen with a three-way partnership of student, parent, and teacher.

My Contact Details

  • Room P14
  •  (510) 793-7942 Ext. 66054