Class Handbook

Rules, Rewards, and Consequences

  1. Everyone deserves respect.
  2. Come to class prepared.
  3. Do your best.
  4. Have a winning attitude.
  5. Have fun and learn!

Rewards

Super Happy Fun Time will be offered weekly for students who return their weekly reports signed on Monday.

Monthly rewards will be provided for students who remain ticket-free during the month.

Consequences

Consequences will be documented using the Sixth Grade ticket system. When a student violates the expectations for behavior, planner signatures, or assignments, the student will complete a ticket and return it to the teacher. The teacher will assign a consequence based on the student’s prior tickets for the quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the consequence. In the event that student neglects to complete the consequence, that student will be required to serve double the consequence.

  • Warning
  • Detention (Lunch Recess)
  • Community Service
  • Parent Conference

Office referrals will be issued immediately for serious offenses as prescribed in the school policies.


Class Communication

Many ideas and requests can be expressed using American Sign Language:

  • Emergency
  • Restroom
  • Tissue
  • Try
  • Question
  • Talk
  • Sharpen pencil
  • Agree
  • Disagree

During class presentation activities:

  • Hold questions and comments until the presenter invites class participation.
  • Use an appropriate sign, or raise your hand.
  • Wait for the presenter to respond before proceding.
  • Volume must be presentation-level (red for audience, green for speaker).

During small group activities:

  • Choose a facilitator who can guide discussion.
  • One classmate speaks at a time.
  • Each classmate gets a chance to share.
  • Discussion must relate to the lesson or activity.
  • Volume must be conversation-level (yellow).

During independent activities:

  • Discussion must stay within the group.
  • Discussion must be related to class lessons and activities.
  • Volume must be whisper-level (red, yellow for questions in groups).

Procedures and Routines

Begin the day

  1. Enter through the door one person at a time.
  2. Greet the teacher with a handshake, high five, or fist pound.
  3. Put all materials necessary for class on your desk (leave recess items and other items in your backpack).
  4. Place your backpack on a hook.
  5. Return to your desk and sit down.
  6. Prepare all homework for inspection.
  7. Complete morning work and listen for further directions or the announcements.

Maintain appropriate volume and communication according to the directions.

End the day

  • Pick up all items and trash off the floor.
  • Clear all items off desktops.
  • File all loose papers.
  • Pack backpacks.
  • Pick up band and orchestra instruments.
  • Line up at the door when dismissed.
  • Say “Thank you for teaching me today” to the teacher.

Take it home
These tasks should be completed every school night.

  1. A parent or guardian should read the planner for the day and sign or initial in the appropriate section.
  2. All items in the Take home – Bring back folder pocket should be read and filled out completely, then placed back in the folder pocket.
  3. All items should be taken out of the Take home – Never bring back folder pocket.
  4. All homework assignments should be completed to the best of your ability.

Finished with all assignments?

  • Read a chapter book silently.
  • Complete a project.
  • Work at your desk unless the teacher gives permission to work elsewhere. Check with the teacher before working with students outside your group.

Leave the class
Whether you’re running an errand for the teacher or using your weekly emergency restroom pass, here is what you need to do to exit the class and move through the school successfully.

  1. Sign out by writing your name and destination on the whiteboard.
  2. Stay on school walkways at all times.
  3. Walk directly to your destination.
  4. When you return to class, erase your name from the whiteboard.

Use the restroom
The class will take daily scheduled restroom breaks in the morning and afternoon. Students should also use the restroom at recess. If necessary, follow these steps for using the restroom during class:

  1. Wait for an independent work time.
  2. Raise your hand and show the sign for restroom.
  3. When the teacher allows it, get up quietly from your seat and turn in your restroom slip.
  4. Sign out and leave the class.

Walk through the campus as a class

  • Walk in one single-file line. No clumps.
  • Stay on school walkways at all times. Stay to the right side.
  • Listen for directions from the teacher.
  • Maintain whisper-level volume.

If a student is absent:
In class:

  • A classmate from the group should complete the absence form with the absent student’s name, the date, and daily dashboard information.
  • The classmates from the group should collect papers and assignments during the day and put them in the folder.
  • If the student is absent for more than one day, classmates from the group can use paper clips to separate the documents for each day the student is absent.

At home:

  • A parent or guardian must call the school office to report the absence. You can request assignments and materials be sent to the office for pickup or sent with a classmate in the same neighborhood for delivery.
  • Assignments for the day can be viewed on the class website: www.zixthgrade.edublogs.org
  • The student should pick up an absence folder the next day back to class.
  • The student has one day for every day absent to complete assignments that were missed.

Tips and Strategies for Success

Strategies for organization
Our brains are really good at solving problems, asking questions and dreaming up creative ideas. Our brains are not good at remember lots of little details (we can remember about 7 things at a time). Here are a few tips for keeping it all together:

Set up daily rituals

  • Pick a time and a place to get things done (homework check, signature)
  • Load up your backpack for the next morning with everything signed and filed
  • Pick a home for your backpack

Work the binder

  • Include a homework folder, a take-home folder, and sections for each subject.
  • File every paper as soon as you get it. Ask: what does this mean to me?
  • Review the binder once a week and make sure each paper makes sense in it’s pocket.

First thing, last thing

  • Open your binder first thing when you get to your desk.
  • Open your binder and check the sections and folders before you leave at the end of the day.

Get an ES on an assignment

  1. Write your first and last name and the due date at the top of the paper.
  2. Read the directions and highlight or underline the key words and action verbs.
  3. Look at all the items on the page – do they make sense with the directions? If not, review the directions and ask for help from a classmate or the teacher.
  4. Complete all the assigned items. Don’t forget to use complete sentences or show work where necessary.
  5. Review each answer to make sure it’s accurate.
  6. Place the assignment in the correct inbox or place the assignment in the “Bring back to school” pocket in your binder

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