6th Grade Earth Science
Mr. McGurl

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Spring STEM Event
Wednesday 4/22 6:30-8:00
Paper Roller Coaster Contest
Click here for details and check out our event site. 
On Wednesday 4/22 BMMS will host its annual Spring STEM Event the Paper Roller Coaster Challenge.  Students are challenged to engineer a marble coaster to compete for prizes.  Download a sign up form from our event site or ask your science teacher for one today!
Students will need to use their HCPSS accounts to login to the site.

We Need Volunteers to help judge our Spring STEM Event!
Students are constructing paper roller coasters for our Spring STEM Event. We need judges to help score all of the coasters. Scoring will include timing, and recording measurements on the score sheets. We also need help tallying the results. If you are available, please consider signing up.

Quiz Friday 4/17
Stars: Pages 582-588; 590-595

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Dear Parent/Guardian and Student:


         Welcome to sixth grade science at Burleigh Manor.  The sixth grade science program focuses on Earth Science.  Major topics include:  lab safety and scientific measurement, weather, geology, ecology, and astronomy.  In addition students will also be developing skills necessary to be successful in not only this science class, but future classes as well.


NOTEBOOK:  Each student should use a small 3-ring binder as their science notebook. Students will be required to bring their notebook to class every day unless otherwise instructed. In general, students will not be able to use materials in their notebook during quizzes or tests, but should use notebook material to help review for tests or quizzes. Periodically I will have notebook checks or quizzes to check notebook organization. These will be worth points towards a student’s overall grade.


TEXTBOOK:   Students will be issued a science textbook.  It is very important to keep the textbook covered at all times.  There will be a lot of reading assigned from the textbook.  Students do not normally need to bring their textbook to class every day but should bring them if assigned.  A web–based edition of the textbook is available online.  Students will be given a login and a password to access the publishers website.  Damaged or lost textbooks will result in a fine being assessed to the student.


HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned.  All BMMS students are given a homework assignment book to be used for all classes. Students are required to copy their homework assignment from the board each day. Science homework will include: written assignments, finishing classwork, reading, and studying for tests and quizzes. I will check completed written assignments the day they are due. I will review the written assignments in class and students will have the opportunity to correct their work at that time. After being collected, homework will be graded for accuracy, being on time, and completeness. In general, written homework that was completed on time will receive full credit.  Homework completed late will earn ½ credit at most. Students are responsible for getting and making up any homework missed during absences. A reasonable amount of time will be allowed for students to make up missed homework.


TESTS AND QUIZZES: Each unit will end with a test or quest (small test).  There will also be quizzes and mini quizzes during units, some unannounced.  These will be designed to make sure students are keeping up on their science work and that they are learning the material.  Hopefully this will help students be better prepared for the end of quarter assessments.


LAB AND GROUP WORK: Labs and group activities are an important part of the science program. Safety is very important in science class and students will be expected to follow established safety rules and procedures. Each student will be required to sign a safety contract and pass a science safety test before participating in labs. Safety rules will be enforced. Violations may mean losing lab privileges for a determined period of time, and/or receiving partial credit or no credit for a lab. A student not following safety rules and procedures endangers not only him/herself but others in the class. Assignments missed because of improper safety practices cannot be made up and may result in the lowering of a student’s overall grade because of the missed points.


GRADING:  Grading will be based on a point system. Each assignment I grade will have a certain point value.  All assignments will be posted to Teacherease.   


                                            90-100% of possible points = A

                                            80-89%   of possible points = B

                                            70-79%   of possible points = C

                                            60-69%   of possible points = D

                                            less than 60% of possible points = E

LATE WORK: All work must be completed on time!

Homework that is one day late will lose 50% of the grade.  All other assignments will lose 10% for each school day after the assignment is due.  If you know that you will not be able to hand in an assignment in on time, please talk to me as soon as possible. Before the due date I can be very flexible. After the due date it is late.

I will not accept for credit any assignments more than 2 weeks past due or after the end of the quarter. Please see the school system calendar for these dates and please feel free to contact me regarding any special circumstances.


MAKE-UP WORK:  Students are responsible for making up all work missed when they are absent.  It is the student’s responsibility to check for missed assignments.  In general for every day missed the student has that many days to complete the assignments.

Parents, you may access my school web page through “yourclasspage.com”, and your child’s grade through Teacher Ease.  I update my school web page at least once a week so please check it weekly if possible for class updates and current homework assignments.  You may also sign up to be notified when my web page changes by clicking on the “Be notified” icon at the top of the page.  Feel free to contact me during the school year by note, phone call, or email if you have a question or concern.  The school phone number is 410-313-2507.  Email is the quickest way of reaching me.  My email address is “gmcgurl@hcpss.org”.  You may also email me directly from my school web page by clicking on the “email me” icon at the top of the page.   Thank you in advance for your attention and support.


Mr. McGurl and Miss Ristway

I'm so excited to start the year here at Burleigh Manor!  I keep hearing such great things about all of the students and staff.  I am looking forward to getting to know each of you as we have a great time learning about our Earth in Mr. McGurl's class!

-Miss Rstway


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