Innovators

You can reach us by email or by leaving a message at Indian River Middle School office (578-7030). We will return your call as soon as possible. You may also communicate through the agenda/planner. Please check and sign the agenda each night!

Teachers on the Team

Rachel Meads – English/Science

Sandy Barrett – Math/Science

Kim Shepard – Civics/Science

Innovators Team News

The Innovators have successfully mastered the routine and schedules of a sixth grader! Special events have taken place such as Socratic seminars, discussing political cartoons, and science experiments outside (while the weather holds). We hope to have mastery of Cornell note taking and interactive notebooks before the holiday break. All content classes are focusing on writing skills as well. Students need to be proactive daily reviewing math skills, writing, and civics. We hope to have a productive grading period. Happy holidays to all!

English:
The English students have been hard at work! We have completed units covering story elements, nonfiction reading, grammar, and writing. Students have read short stories, nonfiction articles, and infographic texts. They have analyzed story elements such as setting, characters, plot, conflict, and theme. They have identified and analyzed nonfiction text features including bold/italic/colored text, headings and subheadings, photographs and illustrations, captions, charts/graphs/diagrams. We have also worked on context clues, fact and opinion, finding main idea, and making inferences and drawing conclusions.

In addition to reading, we have begun tackling the writing of academic essays. Students have learned to identify hooks, transition sentences, and thesis statements in introductions. They used the information presented in the thesis to formulate body paragraphs that “show” rather than “tell” their readers their arguments related to the topic. Grammar lessons have included review of capitalization rules, proper punctuation, commonly confused words (to, too, or two) and work on sentence and paragraph structures. We see our 6th graders growing every day, and cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for them!

Math:
We have completed our units reviewing decimals and multiplying and dividing fractions, and learning about the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents. It is important that students continually review these topics throughout the year. We are currently studying integers and will next study order of operations. Please make sure students have a pencil pouch and they always store their calculator in it. Calculators need to be brought to class every day? The cost for a replacement, lost, or damaged calculator is $15. Students receive homework nightly that reinforces skills taught in class. As students complete their homework, please have them refer to their book of knowledge (BOK) for examples. Another great strategy for success is having your child teach you the material they have learned in class. If you have not yet signed up for ParentVue, please do so. ParentVue allows you to view your child’s grades on a regular basis. We appreciate your continued support.

Science:
The challenge for the next nine weeks is for the students to be able to forecast the weather based on given facts, and interpret weather maps. The students will also understand how their behavior affects global warming and the greenhouse effect. Lastly, the students will investigate the role of solar energy which drives most natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding. Interactive fun learning will be had by all!

The third nine weeks is on the horizon. Students are waiting with excitement to learn new and intriguing facts and information in their 6th grade science classes. Today, students engage in multi-diversified learning styles. Students are actively engaged in the anticipatory set, guided practice, independent practice, and lastly but not least good ole homework. In one, 50 minute time frame, a student would have a demonstration, take Cornell notes, view a movie accompanied by a learning log and then create a foldable on a particular subject matter. The success of each student depends largely on the partnership between the parent and the teacher.

Civics:
We will learn the structures and powers of the national, state and local government. They will also learn how the lawmaking process works, the principles of separation of powers, and the operation of checks and balances. The relationship between the national and state government will continue to be discussed. Make sure your students reviews notes nightly!
Weekly DRE’s/Snapshots and quizzes, foldable projects, vocabulary, and study guides that require parent signature will continue throughout the year.

Parent Information:
Please continue to check and sign agendas daily and help your child complete homework and study. Please talk to your child and find out what types of supplies he/she needs.

Classroom Expectations

  • Be prepared for class before instruction begins. Be in your seat, have all necessary materials ready, and make sure that your pencils are sharpened.
  • Raise your hand and wait to be recognized before you speak or move about in the classroom.
  • Stay on task, do quality work, and seek assistance when you need it.
  • Show respect for yourself, your teachers, and fellow classmates.
  • Leave your work area neat and clean. Return all materials to their proper places and place (do not toss) your trash in the wastebasket.
  • Remain seated in class until the teacher dismisses you.
  • Conduct yourself in an orderly fashion as you enter and leave the classroom and move through the hallways and cafeteria. NO horseplay!
  • There will be no eating, drinking, or chewing gum in class. Food and drinks are to be consumed in the cafeteria. Likewise, perform personal grooming in the restroom.
  • Coats and book bags are to be left in your locker.

Demerit System

IRMS uses a demerit system to deal with inappropriate behavior that we believe obstructs the educational process. Failure to meet the expectations listed will result in the student receiving a demerit with the following consequences:

Demerit System Procedures
1st Demerit Warning issued to the student
2nd Demerit Phone call to parent and conduct notice issued
3rd Demerit Lunch detention
4th Demerit After-school detention
5th Demerit Parent/teacher conference
6th Demerit Referral – ISS (1 day)
7th Demerit Referral – ISS (2 days)
8th Demerit Referral – OSS (1 day)

Please Note: Continuous failure to bring required materials to class and/or return signed papers after parent contact will result in disciplinary action. Students are responsible for carrying their agenda throughout the day. This will serve as their hall pass when needing to go to the bathroom, etc. If students do not have their agenda, they will still be granted permission to leave the classroom, however, lack of required materials will result in a demerit.

Homework Policy

We believe homework is important because it reinforces what has been taught in class; prepares students for upcoming lessons; and helps students develop self-discipline, responsibility, and organizational skills. Students are required to write down their homework nightly in their agenda in all classes. Homework is due the following day, unless otherwise stated. Please expect students to have homework nightly in all four core classes. Students will not be given time during the school day to complete their homework.

Grading Policy

Work should be completed on time. If work is not completed on time, consequences will result. It is important that all assignments be completed on time.Homework-10%

Tests-40%

Quizzes-30%

Classwork/Other-20%

Parent Conferences

  • Our team is available to meet with parents Tuesday and Thursday between 2 and 3:00 p.m.
  • If you would like a conference, please email or call one of the team teachers to set up a conference.

Makeup Work & Tests

  • Indian River Middle School requires a written excuse from parent/guardian for absences.
  • Students are responsible for completing any missed work.
  • If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to pick up all make-up work/class notes upon return to school. Students are expected to make-up all missed work.
  • If a student is present the day before a test, please make sure they are prepared to test upon returning to school.