• 6th Grade Math Course Syllabus

    Remsen Central School 


    Mrs. Mary Hollenbeck

    School Phone Number: (315) 831 - 3797  

    District Email Address: mhollenbeck@remsencsd.org

    Room: 15


    Course Description: 

    In this course students expand their ability to work with the numbers by using operations with multi-digit numbers, working with fractions, including dividing two fractions, working with decimals, and an introduction to negative numbers. Students work extensively with ratios including equivalent ratios, unit rates, and percentages. Work with algebra includes variables, equivalent expressions, one-step equations, and simple inequalities. Students use area, surface area, and volume to model real world problems with geometry.

    Statistics has students concentrate on understanding how to answer statistical questions by using data distributions, measures of center, and simple measures of variation, such as the range. Probability work connects the measurement of chance with previous fraction and percent work. This course is aligned to the New York State Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards.Because we are a community of learners, please also expect to work periodically in cooperative learning situations and to present information to your peers in collaborative teams as well as individually.                                                                                                                                                                            


    • Ratios and Unit Rate
    • Arithmetic Operations Including Division of Fractions
    • Rational Numbers
    • Expressions and Equations
    • Area, Surface Area, and Volume 
    • Statistics

    ***This list is tentative and subject to change as needed based on the prior knowledge and readiness levels of each child. Curriculum will be in direct correspondence to the 6th Grade Math Common Core State Standards.




    All students will be prompt, prepared, polite and productive.

    1. Be Prompt: You are expected to be in your chosen seat and ready to work at the start of class. Make sure you complete the “Daily Preview”/“Welcome Work” activity as soon as you enter the classroom!
    2. Be Prepared: You must bring the requested supplies to class everyday unless specified otherwise: Binders will be stored in my classroom. Students will remove necessary sections for homework, and return daily.
    •  1  1 1/2 inch 3 – Ring Binder
    •  1 Package of Tab Dividers for the Binder (At Least Five Tabs) üü Highlighters 
    •  Pencils and erasers                       
    1. Be Polite: You will be respectful, considerate, and polite to all people and property.
    2. Be Productive: You will come to class and use all of the resources available to learn and explore new and exciting ways to apply mathmatical concepts.


    Homework will be given on a regular basis. It is intended to support the learning done in the classroom. Homework should be completed fully and on time to allow continuity with class activities. 

    •  Assignments must be legible in order to receive credit. I cannot grade what I cannot read.
    •  Always make sure that you are clear about the homework assignment and that you have recorded it in your agenda BEFORE LEAVING CLASS. As soon as you know you are stuck, contact your teacher or another classmate for clarification.
    •  All assignments are due on the assigned due date and are to be submitted at the beginning of the class period unless stated otherwise in the directions.
    •  Homework is due the following class day unless stated otherwise. 
    • Any assignments not received on or before the due date are considered late. In order to receive credit for any missed assignments, students must have an excusable absence, tardy, or early dismissal.
    • When a child has an excused absence, the child has the same number of days he/she was absent to make up the missing work.
    • All students who do not have their homework at the time in which it is due will be required to fill out a Missing Assignment Notice to explain their reason as to why the assignment was not completed on time. This notice will need to be turned in with the assignment and signed by a parent or guardian if it is not made up by the end of the day in which it was due.
    • A note from a parent or guardian with an incomplete assignment will be considered. Repeated behavior of missed assignments will not be excused.
    • Students may attend OTI Zone (Opportunity to Improve) during recess, or lunch to complete the assignments due that day, without penalty.
    • If the assignment is not turned in by the end of the day it is due, it will not be accepted and the student will receive zero credit.
    • If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to see me to find out what notes or activities you missed.




    Tests will always be announced. Quizzes may or may not be announced. Tests and quizzes will vary in structure (multiple choice, short answer, fill – in – the – blank, true/false, essay questions, etc.)


    Trimester performance is determined by adding all points earned in a marking period, and divided by the total possible points.  Scores will consist of homework, quizzes, projects, class participation, and tests. Scores will be available on www.remsencsd.org, Parent Portal throughout the duration of each trimester.



    Math averages will consist of two categories:

    30% collaborative work and 70% independent

    Below are examples of each component:

    Collaborative                                  Independent

    Daily questions                                Tests

    Classwork                                       Quizzes

    Exit/Entrance Tickets                        Interim

    Homework                                       Running Records/STAR

    Participation                                     Exit Tickets                                                                                   


    Academic Performance level Key

    4.0 – Exceeding New York State and District Grade Level Standards

    3.5 – In addition to score 3.0, sometimes exceeds Standards

    3.0 – Meeting New York State and District Grade Level Standards

    2.5 – In addition to score 2.0, meeting some Standards

    2.0 – Progressing towards New York State and District Grade Level Standards

    1.5 – Performing below standards, demonstrating some progress

    1.0 Performing below New York State and District Grade Level Standards




    Establishing good classroom expectations is essential to each child’s success, confidence, and well – being. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure, free from all threats of physical or emotional harm. In addition, it is important that each child learns to develop self-discipline and good work habits, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently.  My classroom is based off of providing students with the opportunity to engage in real – life problem – solving experiences while addressing content simultaneously in order to reinforce learning in an authentic, interactive, and engaging way. Students in my class will quickly realize “they get what they give.” Each situation is unique and will be handled as such.



    In order to maximize school success, it is imperative to establish a successful parent – teacher relationship early on in the school year. Therefore, throughout the year I will communicate with you through the contents of our classroom website, notes, telephone calls, report card comments, parent – teacher conferences, and email. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can call me at school (between the hours of 7:40 and 7:50am or 2:30 and 2:50 pm), send me a note, or communicate with me through, email (mhollenbeck@remsencsd.org). If you are interested in helping in the classroom, on field trips, or would like to assist in the planning of culminating learning celebrations, please do not hesitate to contact me so that I may work with you to obtain permission from the school. I will post volunteer opportunities as they arise on our classroom website, or flyers sent home in their blue home/school folders.