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Kalispell Public Schools
Kalispell, Montana

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Team? ?Avalanche? ?Syllabus? ?2017-2018
Team? ?and? ?Contact? ?Information:? ?KMS? ?School? ?Phone? ?–? ?751-3800
Mr. Dean– Room 343 email: deant@sd5.k12.mt.us
Mrs. Fleming– Room 342 email: fleminga@sd5.k12.mt.us
Mrs. Lyngholm – Room 344 email: lyngholmj@sd5.k12.mt.us
Ms. Huerta – Room 345 email: huertas@sd5.k12.mt.us
Mr. Ogden- Boys’ locker room email:ogdend@sd5.k12.mt.us
Mrs. Strong- Room 202 email:strongk@sd5.k12.mt.us
Ms. Silvey - POD email:silveyl@sd5.k12.mt.us


Welcome to Team Avalanche! We are excited about this school year at Kalispell Middle
School. We have created common procedures for students to follow in all classrooms to
enable a smoother transition.

General? ?Information:

Students are? ?required? to purchase a daily planner from KMS for the cost of $4.00. It
contains the KMS Handbook and spaces to enter daily assignments. This planner is a
valuable tool that is our main communication between home and school. Students are
required to bring their planner to every class, fill it out and bring it home daily. Be sure to
check your child’s planner frequently.


? Grades are posted on PowerSchool, which you will be able to access with an ID and
PIN number by the end of September. It is found on the School District 5 home page
under "PowerSchool". The URL address is http://www.sd5.k12.mt.us. Your student will
also be checking their grades on PowerSchool every Monday during home base and
will record their work ethic grade for each class in their planner on this day.

? Work? ?Ethic:? KMS feels that the “work ethic” grade earned in each class reflects how
your child is doing overall and should be the focus of attention. A proficient grade (3)
in work ethic is a combination of student practice, work completion, understanding of
concepts and participation. Quality and timely work completion is a lifelong skill that is
valued and needed for success! When looking at grades, this is the best indicator of
how your child is performing.

? Grading? ?Scale:
4 Advanced Exceeds? ?expectations
3 Proficient Meets? ?grade? ?level? ?expectations
2 Nearing? ?Proficient Approaches? ?grade? ?level? ?expectations
1 Novice Does? ?not? ?meet? ?expectations
0 No? ?Evidence Work? ?is? ?missing
? KMS is on a trimester system:
Trimester 1 is Aug. 30– Nov. 29
Trimester 2 is Nov. 30 – March 7
Trimester 3 is March 8 – June 8

Team? ?Avalanche? ?Syllabus? ?2017-2018

? Homework is an important part of a child’s learning and supports the learning of
content standards in the classroom. Homework needs to be completed on time. Late
homework will negatively affect a student’s work ethic grade. A student can do
homework in the library, cafetorium, or team pod area before or after school. The
library opens at 7:30 am and closes at 3:30 pm.

? In the case of absences, students are responsible to ask for make-up work and record
it in their planner. Assignments are posted in each classroom so that it is easy to see
what was missed. Also see the KMS Attendance Policy in the Planner/Handbook.

? This year KMS is offering and encouraging the Pride voluntary after school program
on two afternoons per week (TBA) in the library from 3:15-4:30. This program will be
staffed by teachers, and students can attend to receive tutoring in all subjects.

Field? ?Trips:

Students who have followed the KMS Guidelines of being Respectful, Responsible and Safe will be invited on field trips. Students who are not proficient in work ethic, have multiple entries in the behavior log and/or have difficulty following the guidelines will be asked to stay at school with a teacher on these days.

We will be using textbooks in three of the main content areas. If a textbook is checked out to a student, he or she is responsible for the care of their books. Math and Social Studies books must be covered in a brown paper grocery bag. We will issue fines for lost or damaged books.

We will follow the Guidelines to Success within our classrooms:
Choose to Be: Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.

1- Verbal Warning
2- Refocus Form
3- Problem-Solving Plan – filled out by student, student takes it home and it must be
signed by a parent, teacher, and administrator.
4- Office Referral

Guidelines for discipline will also follow the chart of Leveled Behaviors found in the KMS
Planner /Handbook section.

Core? ?Subjects:

Social? ?Studies
In social studies our 6th grade curriculum focuses on world history through the study of early humans, ancient civilizations, and the Middle Ages. We will study people and places around the world using the strands of social studies: government, history, geography, culture, economics, and technology. We are looking forward to an exciting year of ancient and modern global perspectives in history!

Health? ?Enhancement

This class focuses on improving overall health and well-being. Class is everyday and
includes fitness activities and health lessons. PE uniforms are required for class.

This is a mix of written and hands-on activities. Students are required to have a 5 subject notebook. This Interactive Science Notebook will contain all the information taught throughout the year. We will be studying Earth and Space science while focusing on the scientific inquiry process. Many of our lessons are in-class so students who are absent may have to make arrangements to complete the activity before school, during lunch, or after school.

The reading class will align with the Montana Common Core Standards for 6th grade
reading. Students will be reading and analyzing literary and informative texts. They will
engage in various speaking and listening tasks and continue to develop their reading fluency and vocabulary. During class, students will use authentic texts of their choice and the Collections reading curriculum.

In 6 th grade, we use Envision 2.0. Each student will receive a textbook and have access to the online textbook for additional practice and support. The students will be using Chromebooks in class as well and have certain protocols to follow with the devices. Math students should expect homework 2-3 times per week. If time is used wisely during class, most assignments can be completed during class.

Language? ?Arts
In language arts, we will use resources including the Lucy Caulkins Writing Workshop,
Step-Up to Writing, Twisting Arms, and Teach Writing with the Traits to align the curriculum with the Montana Common Core Standards for writing and language. We will utilize our writing center and library resources to research and find evidence to examine and support our paper topics. We will collaborate with the other content areas and to write narrative,
explanatory and argumentative papers covering a myriad of topics.

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