6th Grade Social Studies - Ms. Dill and Mrs. Zotos

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Frequently Asked Questions: This page contains answers to common questions of students and parents.
  1. What is the time schedule for the sixth grade, including locker times?
  2. How often do students have social studies homework?
  3. How is late work in Ms. Dill's class handled?
  4. When is the best time to call the teachers?
  5. What is the best way for parents to keep on top of homework?
  6. Besides calling, is there another way to communicate with teachers?
  7. What are some important ways that parents and guardians can help?

What is the time schedule for the sixth grade, including locker times?

Please go to Parent Information button of this webpage and open the document
called Grade 6 Schedule.
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How often do students have social studies homework?

On most Mondays a study sheet will be handed out for a geography map quiz to
be given on Friday. This involves labeling a blank map with either
continents, countries, states, or bodies of water. It is a memorization
activity and needs practice each night at home for a few minutes.
Each week students will complete the questions on the back of the Scholastic News magazine that is handed out.
Sometimes Scholastic News delivery is late and a week is skipped. Look on the website for details each week.
There is other social studies homework, also. It is not every night or even
every week. It is sporatic, as needed. It is important that students do
their homework, so that they can participate in class.
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How is late work in Ms. Dill's class handled?

Please send a note with your child if there is a family situation or illness
that prevents her/him from getting the work done. I will not reduce the
score if a note is sent and the work comes in the next day.

Doing homework on time is important for three reasons. One, it allows
students to practice skills and content learned in class, find information
that will be talked about the next day, and become prepared to get the most
out of their classtime. Two, and just as important, homework develops a
habit of responsibility. And, three, doing homework on time fosters positive
self-esteem. Students feel good about themselves and school when their work
is done on time.

A "Pink Slip" will be filled out by the student if a piece of work is not being handed in on time.
This slip has a place for an explanation of why the work was not done. Students will have a five point deduction
to their Homework On Time: Responsibility grade. Each student starts with 100 points and five points is taken off for
each late assignment. Students will then do the work and hand it in within one week for full credit. If it never comes in
a zero is recorded in the grade book.

There are some assignments that will receive a zero if they are not in on time.
Sometimes it is vital that a particular assignment is done on a particular
day. Students will be informed of the "all or nothing" assignments.

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When is the best time to call the teachers?

We are usually available for phone calls between 10:35 -11:10am and after school until 3:00.
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What is the best way for parents to keep on top of homework?

Look in the agenda! Students are asked by EVERY teacher, EVERYday, to write
their assignments in their agendas. If there is no homework, the
word "NONE" should appear. This way the student and the adult at home will
know if there is or is not any homework for EACH class. The assignments are
written on the board in every single class. They are also announced

Students should have a buddy in each class that they can call if they have
not written in the homework. Sometimes adults will bring students back
after school to get things they left in their classrooms. If the doors are
locked, knock loudly and someone will usually hear you to let you in. Mrs. Zotos'
windows are right near the entrance so peek and see if she is in there!

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Besides calling, is there another way to communicate with teachers?

Yes! A great way to communicate with teachers is through email. In fact, that is the BEST way to communicate
with us.

Alternatively, you can write a note in the agenda. Please have your child show us agenda notes and check to see if
teachers have left you an agenda note, too.
Adults can write us notes and we can respond right there in the agenda. You
will see a section at the bottom of each page for comments.

We count on parents to prompt us for checking in on your child specifically. Just jot a note.."Does my child
owe anything?"...and it will prompt the teacher to check the books. It is
hard to keep up with dozens of students each day, what they owe, how they did,
when they are absent, etc. We really appreciate your communications with us.

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What are some important ways that parents and guardians can help?

Set a reasonable bedtime for students. They get up early and work hard all
day long. They are growing and need rest. If they are up at 6:00, then a
9:00 bedtime is only 9 hours of sleep. Think of how late they sleep in the
summer! These kids need their rest in order to get the most out of school.

Check the agenda EACH day for homework assignments. Oversee that they are
done, looking at the completed work. "I did it at school" is probably true
in many cases, but it is still okay to ask your child to bring it home to
show you that it is done. Ask your child to answer in complete sentences
and to write as neatly as possible. Expect quality work every time.

Encourage your child to join an after school activity now and then.
Socializing with peers in a non-academic setting is important for adolescent
development and helps kids to feel more connected and successful in school.

Set aside a homework time. If there is no homework, ask your child to read,
rather than play video or computer games. There is 30 minutes of reading required
each day. This will improve many skills, including comprehension, abstract
thinking, writing, and creativity. Encourage some physical exercise in each
day, also.

Contact teachers frequently if your child is having trouble. Don't just
wait for the teachers to call you. Remember that we might have 20 or 30
students each day that don't hand in work! We can't call everyone,
everytime. We thank you for being in touch with us.

Look in your child's binder for graded work that has been passed back. Keep
informed on how well your child is performing on homework, tests, and
writing pieces by asking to see the papers. It does take awhile to get them
all graded, so be patient in waiting for the "big" things to get assessed.
Just imagine correcting and commenting on dozens of essays or tests, at 5-10+
minutes per paper. Yikes! We work hard to be timely. Thanks for your

Be supportive of respectful classroom behavior by your child. Everyone's
choices affect the learning environment.
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