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

K. Pearce – Math

O. Darden – Civics

A. Mckee – Science

Trailblazers Team News

Would first like to thank the parents and guardians for all the support and encouragement you have given your student this year.  For the New Year, please provide your student with more pencils, notebook paper, glue sticks, and spiral notebooks.

English
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!

Civics and Economics
Learning about citizenship and our government has always been interesting, but for 6th graders this year, its’ going to be intriguing. From mnemonics to DRE’s and snapshots, vocabulary, projects and escape rooms, we will be learning about our government and how it works.  We will discuss political views and opinions and the economics of different societies.

Science
Units include matter, chemistry, water, water sheds, atmosphere, weather, astronomy, and energy.

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 multiplying and dividing fractions.

Students receive homework nightly to reinforces skills taught in class. As students complete their homework, please have them refer to their book of knowledge (BOK) for examples.

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.

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.