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
Amy Wood – English
Pat Leathrum – Math
Alissa Solomon – Civics/AVID
Stacie Simbeck – Science
Team Integrity News
Teachers have enjoyed getting to know our students! Please be on the lookout for a letter detailing our Winter Break Celebration to be held Dec. 20th. The holidays are a great time to check in with your child about school supplies. Glue sticks, pencils, colored pencils, loose leaf paper and spiral notebooks and even possibly a new binder all make great holiday gifts!
In English class, students have been hard at work! We have completed lessons covering text features, organizational patterns, main idea and supporting details, and more. We have read about prehistoric crocodiles, kangaroos, and how YouTube revolutionized entertainment. We will soon transition to fiction skills such as setting, characters, plot, conflict, and theme.
In addition to reading, we have been working on parts of speech on Writing Wednesdays. We have studied nouns, pronouns, pronoun-antecedent agreement, verbs, and subject-verb agreement. Future grammar lessons will include adjectives, adverbs, 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!
We have been learning about the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents. It is important that students continually review these topics throughout the year. We will be studying multiplying fractions and mixed numbers, integers and order of operations. 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.
It has been a great start to 6th grade science! Students have been busy learning to use the metric system and science tools to make accurate measurements. Students have formed hypotheses, investigated problems, collected data, and written conclusions based on their data. In the coming weeks, students will be investigating matter, the solar system, and visiting our local planetarium.
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.
Please continue to check agendas daily and help your child to complete homework and study. Please talk to your child and find out what types of supplies he/she still needs. We are finding that the students are missing supplies such as glue sticks, pencils, highlighters, scissors and paper. These supplies are critical in all classes and must be brought every day. Please do not allow siblings to borrow these supplies because they are needed every day. Please recheck these supplies throughout the school year.
If you have not yet verified your contact information in ParentVue, please do so. ParentVue allows you to view your child’s grades on a regular basis. We appreciate your continued support.
- 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. Students will keep their hands to themselves as all times.
- Food and drinks are to be consumed in the cafeteria. Likewise, perform personal grooming in the restroom.
- Coats, book bags and cell phones that are turned off are to be left in your locker.
IRMS uses a Reward system for positive behaviors. Students may earn rewards when they go above and beyond the basic expectations for students throughout the school day.
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:
|1st Demerit||Warning issued to the student|
|2nd Demerit||Phone call to parent and conduct notice issued|
|3rd Demerit||Guidance referral|
|4th Demerit||After-school detention|
|5th Demerit||Parent/teacher conference and referral|
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.
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.
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.
- 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.