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School Rules & Policies

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Mabry Middle School has many easy rules to follow so you can stay out of trouble.

Make-up Work: If you are absent from school, you may call a friend to get missed assignments, or get them from your teachers when you are able to return to school. Every student is responsible for being sure that all their individual work is made up. If a student misses a test because of an unexpected absence , they will be responsible to make up the test on the day he/she returns to class. Missed class work may be picked up for students who will be out three or more days. Upon return from an absence, the student will be give one day for each day he/she was absent to complete make-up work. The assignments should be completed within the number of days equal to the number of days the student was absent. Missed class work for extensive five or more days will be taken up with the counselors and teachers.

Drugs: Of course, no drugs will be tolerated. Even if you are joking around saying that something is a drug, it can result in a minimum of ten days OSS.

Locker checks: If the administrators feel the need to check your lockers, they may do so without your permission. You do not own your lockers, the school does.

Dress Code: The administrators reserve the right to make individual judgements on the appropriateness of a student's attire. The extent of the punishment for breaking the dress code also is determined by the administration. check the mabry dress code!

Conferences: At the end of the first nine weeks, parents will be scheduled to appear at a 20 minute parent-teacher conference informing the parents on their childs academic progress and behavior.

Transitional learning Center: The TLC helps students to catch up on work missed while serving OSS.
Students may attend the TLC on the 6th day of suspension for a maximum of 20 days at one time.

posted on: March 16, 2006

Do's and Don'ts

Make sure you have clean, organized notes.
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Make sure you pay attention in class!
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Do not watch TV when you could be studying!
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*Here are some tips to pass a test:
1. STUDY!!! Alone or in a group, it does not matter.
2. Take notes. Give yourself something to study with. ; )
3. Eat well. Feed your brain. : )
4. Sleep even better! Don't fall asleep during a test.
5. Don't let yourself get distracted.
6. Stay organized. You'll be less confused.
7. Ask questions if you need them.
8. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!! It's good practice!

posted on: March 16, 2006

Interviews

Teacher Interviews

Questions:
a) How often do you give tests?
b) What do you recommend students do to prepare for tests?
c) How can you make up a test?
d) Do you allow students to re-take tests if they made a bad grade? Why/why not?

Answers:
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Ms. Miceli
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a) At the end of each chapter, so about every two to three weeks. Map tests are given two to three per unit.
b) Start reviewing their quizzes and assignments; about four to five days before, spend about ten-fifteen minutes reviewing.
c) Students need to see me when they get back and we will set up a time before or after school.
d) Usually only once, at the beginning of the year when they take their first map test. Map tests are usually the hardest, and they don't realize how much they need to study.

We would like to thank the other 6th grade teachers who kindly answered our interview questions. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and space. Thank you Mrs. Lippincott, Mrs. Cushman, Mrs. Brown-Curry!!!!

posted on: March 15, 2006

HOMEWORK

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HOMEWORK IS ONE OF THE MANY KEYS TO "SIXCEEDING!"

Homework is one of the most important parts of school and can be rewarding if you do it well.

Agendas
Agendas help you keep organized. You write down all your homework assignments and when you have tests or quizzes in your classes. Your agenda should be kept neat so that you can read it.

Example of Neat Agenda

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Example of Messy Agenda

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Questions to Teachers
1. What is your consequence for students not having their homework?
2. What percent of a grade is homework?
3. How many hours/minutes of homework do you give during a weekly basis?
4. How does doing your homework help students?

Mrs. Cushman- Language Arts
1. Students have one night to make up the work with a grade of a fifty. If not completed that one night, grade becomes a zero.
2. Homework is 10%.
3. At least two hours weekly
4. Students review, practice, and learn material. Students become more responsible for their learning.
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Ms. Mitchell- Math
1. Math homework is based on completion, not accuracy. If a student does not do their homework, or does not complete the homework according to directions, then the student receives a zero.
2. Homework is 10% of the math grade.
3. Math has homework every day, except for Friday's, because we are usually doing Accelerated Math and DEAR. We don't usually have homework on test days.
4. Students need to practice math on a daily basis. Homework is a chance for students to independently practice the skills and concepts that they have learned in class that day. It is used as reinforcement.
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Ms. Brown-Curry- Science .
1. The consequence for failure to do homework usually ends in a zero if the student fails to show for study hall the next day.
2. It is 10%; it's a small chunk, but every little piece counts.
3. On average Ms. Brown-Curry assigns between two to three assignments per week. Some of the assignments are spread over a couple of days. This provides students with the flexibility of beginning sooner or later.
4. Homework is used for two purposes: introduction or practice. If done properly, it helps the students learn concepts and to be prepared for class discussion
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DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND YOU WILL "SIXCEED!"

posted on: March 15, 2006

Different Tests

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Performance Series Online Testing:

CRCT's Class Tests

posted on: March 13, 2006

Grades

Grades, grades everywhere...
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Don't Fail...
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Prevail
Getting good grades throughout middle school and high school will drastically help you when applying for a college. Most colleges will not want a failing student but an A-B student.

Interviews:
Mrs Cushman: Language Arts
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Q:1) Do you accept latework?
A:1) I accept late work one day later for a 50.

Q:2) What is your policy on absent work?
A:2) When students are absent, I give them as many days as they were absent to make it up.

Q:3) Do you give extra credit to students who are falling behind?
A:3) I do not give extra credit; however, I frequently give bonus incentives for 5 points.

Q:4) What are the keys to success in your class?
A:4) You are able to make good grades by listening in class, following directions, studying, applying him or herself to tasks, completing assignments, accepting responsibility, and going beyond the minimum requirements.
Click here to visit her blog.

Mr. Vernie: Math
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Mrs. Sneed: Science
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I-Parent
Are you always curious about what grades you are getting and what work you haven't turned in? Get registered with I-Parent and find out! Click here to get registered!

GRADING SCALE
A= 100-90%
B= 89-80%
C=79-74%
D=73-70%
F=69 and below

HONOR ROLL
To achieve Mabry's honor roll you need to have 4 A's and 3 B's. To achieve the principal's honor roll you need to have all A's. You also need to have all S's in conduct grades. The conduct grades are S, N, and U.

If you achieve honor roll, there are special parties in the morning.

GRADING PERIODS
August 19- October 17 First nine weeks
October 17- January 13 Second nine weeeks
January 13- March 27 Third nine weeks
March 27- June 6 Fourth nine weeks

HIGH SCHOOL IMPLICATION
Your grades in sixth grade immediately start affecting what classes you will be taking in high school. For example, if you get excellent grades in sixth grade, and get placed in advanced classes for 7th and 8th grade, you will probably be recommended for honors classes in high school. Taking honors level classes in high school, will help you get ready for AP (advanced placement) classes, and those will help your GPA (grade point average) credits.

LATE WORK
In elementary school you are probably used to being able to turn in late work. In middle school, it all depends on the teacher and grade level. In sixth grade the teachers may be easy on you and let you turn in a few things late. As you get older, most teachers will just give you a 0. So, make sure your work is turned in on time!!

PROJECTS
Projects are normally a huge part of your grade. They vary in difficulty. Teachers will usually give you a long period of time to do them; so, make sure you keep on track.

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Completing your homework, scoring high on tests, and keeping up with your grades are the keys to success when it comes to school. GOOD LUCK RISING SIXTH GRADERS!!!
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posted on: March 13, 2006

Foreign Language

Hola! Bonjour!
When you rise to 8th grade you can take a FOREIGN LANGUAGE!!

Try new things in your life, and learn a new language at Mabry!
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Mrs. Rivera's blog
Q: What Spanish foods do you like the best?.
A: The Spanish foods I like the most are from Puerto Rico. Rice & Beans , Chicken Fricase & Mofongo

Q: Where is your class in the school?
A: My class is located in the East wing of our school. "The new part".

Q: Does any of your family live outside from the U.S?
A: Yes, I still have relatives who live in Puerto Rico , and I have a close cousin that lives with her husband in Germany.

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Mrs. Israel-Hiles

Q: What French food do you like the best?
A: I love crepes, coq duvin (a chicken dish), mousse au chocolate(chocolate mousse),and souffles.

Q: Where is your class in the school?
A: 8th grade, new classroom 8E2

Q: Does any of your family live outside the U.S?
A: Yes, my sister and her family live in England. My uncle and his family live in Nigeria. I have cousins who live in France.

A foreign language student shared why he thought it was beneficial to take a foreign language:
"I would want to take a foreign language because it would get me ahead in life and I could go to certain countries and know how to talk in their language. Also, to get into most colleges, you would have to earn 2 or more credits, and a foreign language could help you get some of those needed college credits."

posted on: March 13, 2006

Organization and Study Habits

Studying and organization are things that will make your 6th grade year much easier and prepare you for seventh and eighth grades.

Organization
If your locker isn't organized you might lose your work! A good thing to use to stay organized is an agenda.

Unorganized agenda

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Organized agenda
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DON'T BE A ZERO- BE ORGANIZED!!!

Study Habits
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Interview with Mrs. Miceli:
Questions-
1. Why do you think that good study habits are important for 6th graders?
2. Will good study habits help students in the future?
3. How long do you think that students should study for tests?
4. Do you think that students should come in early for study sessions?
5. Do you think that being organized will help students maintain good grades?

Answers-
1. This is the first time sixth graders will have six different teachers with six different expectations, and if students don't have good study habits, they will have a difficult time being successful in their first year in middle school. .
2. Of course! If you have good study habits it will take you all the way through college.
3. I would suggest four to five days before the test. If you take ten to fifteen minutes each night to study, the night before the test won't be so overwhelming. The night before the test you should spend at least thirty minutes to an hour.
4. Yes. If a teacher is offering her own time to help you study, you should take advantage of the help. If you don't understand a concept, this is where you will be able to ask for clarification.
5.Yes. Being organized is extremely helpful. This is another skill that will help you throughout your entire life.

Why good study habits are important:
-If you don't have good study habits, then you might fail your tests.
-Bad test grades can pull down your average a lot.
-Good study habits will also help you in the long run.

Links to the 6th grade teachers' blogs
Mr. Vernie
Mrs. Brown-Curry
Mrs. Burke
Mrs. Cushman
Mrs. Davis
Sixth Grade Counselors
Mrs. Lippincott
Mrs. Miceli
Mrs. Ridlehoover
Mrs. Sneed's Science Blog
Mrs. Sneed's Social Studies Blog

posted on: March 10, 2006

Scribes, Blogs, and Projects.

Welcome!
Scribes are students who take notes about what is going on in class that day. Dr. Tyson has trained the scribers to be attentive. Scribes are very helpful tools when you are absent or don’t pay attention in class.

Blogs are very important at Mabry Middle School. They give you assignments that you have missed and they inform you about upcoming tests or quizzes. Sometimes teachers have extra credit work that you can print out and show to the teacher. Studying is the real key to success in Mabry Middle School.

Projects are usually fun to do. Projects are normally a big part of your grade. Projects can either raise your grade a significant amount or it can bring it down. They are weighted more than tests, quizzes, and homework.

posted on: March 8, 2006

Field Trips at Mabry Middle School

Going into 6th grade isn't the only thing you don't want to miss this year...

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Field Trip

Name of field trip: "A Christmas Carol"
Description: Students take a trip to The Alliance Theatre to see the famous holiday story, "A Christmas Carol."
Rating from Mrs.Davis: 5 stars

Interviews
The people who plan 6th grade field trips: Mrs. Davis & Mrs.Burke

Interview with Mrs.Davis:
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Interview with two sixth grade students:
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Q: What was your favorite part of the show?
Maddi: I really liked all the characters & how they were dressed in their costumes.
Kimberly: I thought it was a lot of fun and it made me laugh.
Q: What did you see and learn?
Maddi:Never be a mean person or it may come back to haunt you.
Kimberly: I saw a lot of colorful costumes & learned not to be a grouch.

Instructions:
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First: Fill out the form that your homeroom teacher provides for you.
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Second: Put your money in a white envelope and fill out everything correctly.
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Third: Find the black box in your commons and drop your envelope in it.

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Mabry field trips are fun and educational!!!

posted on: March 8, 2006

Reading at Mabry

" The greatest gift of all is the passion for reading."
-Elizabeth Hardwick

This blog is to teach rising 6th graders about the requirements of reading during the school year and how to use electronic books on the computer.

Electronic Books

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Reading 25 Books

Reading Tips

Rewards

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- So remember, if you read, you will
SUCCEED!

posted on: March 8, 2006

Testing: "What ya' gotta' do!"

Hey there! In middle school, tests are a major stress, but they can be easy if you know what to do. Here are some facts and pointers to help you "get in the know" about testing.

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Interviews
*Teachers

*Testing do's and don'ts

Don't stress, don't worry, you'll do fine if you study! Remember, do your best to pass a test.
GOOD LUCK! :)

posted on: March 6, 2006

Competitions!

If you're competitive... Mabry will be great for you! At Mabry we have many competitions; some are academic and some are physical.

Academic:

-Geography Bee: You are asked questions about geography and other social studies questions.

- Spelling Bee: Someone says a word, and you have to spell it. You can ask to repeat the word, have the word used in a sentence, be given the definition and the origin.

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- Future City An interview with 8th grader Danny D.
Q: What is future city?
A: A competition between different schools in the South.
Q: What do you do?
A: You create a Future City model on a computer.
Q: Who can participate?
A: Anyone, but it is mainly offered to 8th graders.
Q: When during the year do you create it?
A: It starts in the beginning of September and ends in the beginning of February.
Q: What is the point?
A: To learn how to build a city(through a process).
Q: Is it mandatory?
A: It is an extra curricular activity.

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- Oscar Night: Groups, led by a teacher, make movies, and then on a certain date, they share their movies with other groups/people and are then judged. The winners get a trophy and other prizes.

Physical:

- Presidential Fitness Award: Students have to perform a certain amount of sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, etc.

- National Fitness Award: The same as presidential fitness, but you have to perform more sit-ups, push-ups, etc.

- Field Day: When two homerooms are partnered together for a fun-filled day of sports. It takes place for a whole school day, outside, at the end of the year.

-Intramurals: In the mornings before school, you play different games or sports. There are handball, flag football, and some other teams that compete against each other.
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Click here to go to PE and Intramurals Blog!

Don't worry! A little competition now and then will help you "Sixceed"!

posted on: March 2, 2006

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