Trailblazers

Trailblazers

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

T. Macina – English

N. Hansen – Math

O. Darden – Civics

T. Hilbert – Science

Trailblazers Team News

Welcome to the sixth grade! We are delighted to have you back in the building and ready to learn. We started this year really strong and we are looking forward to working with your child. Students are working hard creating their interactive notebooks in each of their bells, and we kindly ask that you regularly replenish their school supplies so that they are prepared to be successful. Additionally, you can help your child succeed in class by checking their agenda nightly for homework, notes, and scheduled testing and projects. We have now entered the second half of the first quarter, so please make sure that you are checking ParentVue regularly for grades and missing assignments. If you would like to schedule a conference, please contact Ms. Macina.

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 Demerit slip to be sent home and returned signed
2nd Demerit Demerit slip to be sent home and returned signed
3rd Demerit The parent will be contacted by phone
4th Demerit After-school detention
5th Demerit Referral will be sent to 6th grade administrator
6th + Demerit Any Demerits assigned beyond 5 will result in a referral to the grade level administrator
All demerits earned will reset to zero at the end of each 9-week marking period

4 Merits will cancel out 1 demerit to be signed off by 6th grade administrator

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.

Tests-40%

Quizzes-30%

Practice-30%

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.