Hello and welcome to Pod 61 6th grade science! I will be your children’s science teacher. My name is Meghan Moriarty-Hudson and this is my 5th wonderful year at KVMS. I am really excited to be apart of your children’s educational growth. I am a graduate of Purdue, I hold a Bachelors in teaching and a minor in biology. This will be my 7th year teaching. I am very excited for our science adventures, we will be discovering as a class. I am happily married with 5 children total. They love to keep me busy at home and in sports. My hobbies at home are long distance running, fishing, and hiking.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION Students who have 10 or more total missing assignments for ALL of their classes, will be serving a Friday school to complete all those missing assignments.
As your children’s 6th grade teacher, I will maintain a civilized curriculum that is enriched through parental and community participation to the highest academic standards, extending to multiple learners, evolvement of good character, and nurturing of culture. In preparation for a diversified society, my students will be supported academically, physically, and mentally. Developing shared responsibility, proper engagement, problem-solving skills and positive values for contributing members of society.
Chromebook? Chromebook is a laptop that uses the new Chrome OS (operating system). It is a web browser system that automatically updates itself. Students have immediate access to the GoogleApps productivity suite and Chrome Store Apps. All programs on the Chromebook actually live on the web so there is no installation of traditional computer programs or danger from computer viruses! Please view the videos in the lower right column. They do a great job explaining these unique devices.
Chromebooks for Education Our Chromebooks are different than the consumer version available to the public. As a GoogleApps for Education school, we are able to set-up and control the Chromebooks through a web-based "management" page. This means we can apply specific policies to groups of students such as allowing only certain apps to be installed or differentiating apps based on individual student needs!
Daily Check in Procedures: Within the first 5 minutes: 1. Begin daily bell ringer 2. Homework out. 3. Respond to the introductory activity within the first 10 minutes. This will vary from day to day, based on the bell ringer. 4. After instructions, begin the lesson.
With the transition into 6th grade, I am sure there are many concerns. I am here for any questions that you may have. Please feel free to contact me anytime. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and the phone number is 219-987-8810 ext. 3601
For a prompt response, email is the best tool to reach me. I check it multiple times a day.Please check this site frequently for updates on chapters, homework, projects, and other important information. I look forward to this school year. It is going to be a fantastic year.
Ms. M's favorite quote
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." Mr. Einstein
Yes Ma'am writing rubric is attached below, Points vary depending on assignment. However, the rubric is how I grade.
1. Respect others 2. Be helpful 3. NO put-downs 4. Clean your mess up 5. Listen
Students sign a behavior contracts honoring these. When students are not meeting the classroom expectations, the first strike is a warning, the second strike is a phone call home, and the last strike is a detention during lunch. If the behavior persists, detention after school and/or a visit with the principal will be decided.
I strongly honor the ZAP program for missing/late homework. The most common reason for students in middle school not fulfilling their academic potential is Late or Missing Homework. The ZAP Program emphasizes the belief that homework assignments/projects are important and must be completed I also believe in rewarding positive behavior, students can earn signed papers. They may earn these papers by helping a friend, being on task, and performing above the expectations. Students may save them up and turn them in on Fridays for a shot per ticket. They can win candy and extra credit.
Extra credit can be earned as I assign it. Students will have multiple opportunities to obtain points that will improve their grades. Please keep check regular on the calendar and in their agendas.
Why I believe homework is important! It improves your child's thinking and memory. It helps your child develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. Homework encourages your child to use time wisely. ...Homework teaches your child to take responsibility for his or her work. Regular accomplishments like finishing homework build self-esteem, which aids students' mental and physical health. Responsibility and time management are highly desirable qualities that benefit students long after they graduate. Ideally, the purpose of homework is to help reinforce what was taught in class. Sometimes its purpose is to gather extra information beyond what was taught in class.
Why I believe writing is important! Writing is the primary basis upon which one's work, learning, and intellect will be judged—in college, in the work place and in the community. Writing equips us with communication and thinking skills. Writing expresses who we are as people. Writing makes our thinking and learning visible and permanent.
Why is vocabulary skills important? Comprehension improves when you know what the words mean. Since comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading, you cannot overestimate the importance of vocabulary development. Words are the currency of communication. A robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication — listening, speaking, reading and writing.