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  • Welcome to Mr. Costills Navigator Team Classroom

    Back to School Night2015-2016Garnet Valley Middle School

  • Education/Background

    Susquehanna University B.L.A.Wilmington University Masters Special Education (Expected 2016)Elementary Education Certification K-62nd year at GVMS; 1 year at Bethel Springs; 2 years at GVE(5th Grade)Community member Coach Football, Wrestling and Lacrosse at GVMS

  • Contact InformationPhone number: 610-579-5168Email: costilm@garnetvalley.orgBest times to reach me: 12:30-3:00 p.m (by phone)Email (anytime) Navigator Team parent meetings @ 1:45 p.m. T, W, ThFall parent conferences: November, 23,24 and 25, 2015 (usually by invitation in Middle School)

  • Key Words for 6th Grade:Responsibility/Accountability Homework, studying, planners, PowerSchoolTransition/FreedomGrowth Academic & Social Who am I as a student? As a person?Confidence!

  • Grading SystemPoint system

    See GVMS grading scale (letter grades; 8-point scale)Assignments weighted by points possibleStudents final grade is calculated by:

    Total points earned X 100Total points possible

  • Math Grades (letter grades)Students can earn points in the following ways: Homework (Help your child!) temporary zero in PowerSchool if missingClass workQuizzes & TestsBinder/Notebook Checks (organization)

    Extra credit is earned by bonus points on quizzes & tests.

  • Extra Help OpportunitiesI am available to offer extra help, clarification of assignments, and study help for quizzes/test to students:

    During Study Hall daily

  • Homework

    Check PowerSchool for your childs assignments & current grades; Review with your child once per week; Click on anything that is blue for more detail.Homework can be expected 4 nights a week (~25% of grade); Help your child. HW is self-checked in class.Students should be reviewing concepts discussed in class 15-20 minutes per night or in Study HallLate homework (one day) 1.5 points out of 2, 3 out of 4 (Depending on length of assignment) More than 1 day late-no creditLATE HOMEWORK IS BETTER THAN NO HOMEWORK!

  • Math OverviewMath classes in 6th grade are leveled.Accelerated (Pre-Algebra), Enrichment, Level 1 (on-level), Level 2The Math textbook complements the instruction in class.Math State testing window is April 19 through 21, 2016Homework counts!4 marking periods with letter gradesHonor Roll/Distinguished Honor Roll

  • Math OverviewNew curriculum based on PA Core State Standards Introduced in 5th grade 2013-14 school year Less focus on memorization More emphasis on understanding and problem solving Equal exposure to discovery and direct instruction8 Standards of Mathematical Practice

  • Major Units of Study

    The Number System fraction & decimal operations; rational numbers (numbers that can be written as a fraction)

    Expressions & Equations write, interpret & use expressions, equations & inequalities

    Ratios & Proportional Relationships understand ratio concepts; use ratio reasoning

    Geometry solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume

    Statistics & Probability summarize & describe distributions; understand variability

  • Resources

    Class notes

    Textbook: Big Ideas Learning: Big Ideas Math (Green book)

    Textbook website www.bigideasmath.com

    My teacher website http://www.garnetvalleyschools.com/gvms/costilm

    Me

    You!

  • Thank you very much for coming tonight. I am looking forward to a great school year! Feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.

  • Social Studies

  • Contact InformationPhone number: 610-579-5168

    Email: costilm@garnetvalley.org

    Best times to reach me: 12:30-3:00 p.m (by phone)Email (anytime)

  • Materials Needed (most students already have these materials)1 section in binder designated for social studiesColored pencilsPencils

  • Social StudiesFoundations of GeographyThemes of GeographyGeographic ToolsPhysical Characteristics of PlaceHuman Characteristics of PlacePatterns of World Settlement

  • Social StudiesWorld CulturesMesopotamiaAncient EgyptAncient GreeceAncient RomeMesoamerican Civilizations-Olmec, Aztec, Mayan CivilizationsSouth American Civilizations-The Incas

  • Social Studies TextbooksPrentice Hall: World Studies: Foundations of Geography Pearson: My World History: Early Ages (online also)

  • Homework

    Check PowerSchool for your childs assignments & current gradesHomework can be expected 2-3 nights a weekStudents should be reviewing concepts discussed in class 15-20 minutes per night/study hallLate homework (1 day) - 4 points out of 5More than 1 day late 10% deducted per dayLATE HOMEWORK IS BETTER THAN NO HOMEWORK!

  • Grading SystemPoint system

    Assignments weighted by points possibleStudents final grade is calculated by:

    Total points earned X 100Total points possible

  • Social Studies GradesStudents can earn points from the following assignments: HomeworkClassworkQuizzesTestsProjectsGroup Projects

  • Extra Help OpportunitiesI am available to offer extra help, clarification of assignments, and study help for quizzes/test to students:

    During Study Hall daily

  • Thank you very much for coming tonight. I am looking forward to a great school year! Feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions.

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