• 6th Grade Syllabus

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  • Dreambox


    New River School has purchased DreamBox Learning’s Math Program, an online, Intelligent Adaptive Learning(™) program that helps all students achieve better, faster, math proficiency. You student can access DreamBox from any computer, at any time. To access the program, please sign in to the DVUSD Portal, select DreamBox, and start problem solving! Because students sign on through the portal, all their progress will be saved. Going through the direct website will not save their progress. 

    The students can earn coins, personalize avatars, and personalize their experience with music and other features. Mrs. Ellis will be recognizing the personal growth of each student throughout the year. Please do not assist your student in completing the games or missions as the data collected will be skewed and alter their personal growth pathway. We appreciate your support in helping the students grow at their pace, where they are in their journey. 


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  • Our Schedule

    Our Day

    8:45-9:30 Specials

    9:30-10:15 Writing or Science

    10:15-11:15 Reading or Math

    11:15-11:55 Social Studies or Intervention

    11:55-12:15 Lunch

    12:15-12:40 Recess

    12:40-2:00 Reading or Math

    2:00-2:45 Writing or Science

    2:45-3:30 Social Studies or Intervention


    Livingston Specials

    Monday P.E.

    Tuesday Music

    Wednesday P.E.

    Thursday Art

    Friday P.E.

    Ellis Specials

    Monday Music

    Tuesday P.E.

    Wednesday Art

    Thursday P.E.

    Friday Music



    Early Release Days (90 min. Early or 2:00 p.m.)

    Aug. 16


    Aug. 30

    Sept. 13

    Sept. 20

    Sept. 27

    Oct. 11

    Oct. 25

    Nov. 1

    Nov. 8

    Nov. 22

    Dec. 6

    Dec. 13

    Jan. 10

    Jan. 17

    Feb. 7

    Feb. 14

    Feb. 28

    Mar. 6

    Mar. 16

    Mar. 27

    May 8

    May 15

    Half Days (12:05)

    Oct. 17

    Oct. 18

    Dec. 20

    Feb. 20

    Feb. 21

    May 21

    No School Days

    Sept. 2 Labor Day

    Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Fall Break

    Oct. 14 Fall Break Day

    Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day

    Nov. 27-29 Thanksgiving Recess

    Dec. 23-Jan. 3 Winter Break

    Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Feb. 17 President’s Day

    Mar. 16-20 Spring Break

    Apr. 10 Spring Break Day


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  • Band Schedule

    Band for Group B is every Wednesday at 12:00-12:30, Thursday at 2:00-2:30, and Friday at 12:00-12:30.


    Band for Group C is every Wednesday at  2:00-2:30, Thursday at 12:00-12:30, and Friday at 12:00-12:30.



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  • Classroom Job Descriptions

    Job Descriptions

    Teacher’s Assistant-answers the phone when needed, watches the clock & turns off alarms, assists teacher during instruction, collects papers from the groups, arranges them in order, paper clips the papers, and puts them in the in-box.

    Secretary-helps with attendance, keeps an orderly agenda so students who are absent can use it as a reference to fill out their own, looks to see that handouts are being left for the absent student in the out-box, & assists students when they return from an absence. The secretary passes back all the papers in the out-box & changes the date on the calendar & the EQ signs.

    Messenger-delivers all correspondence between teachers & staff and carries the attendance to the office if necessary. The Messenger may also retrieve or return the radio to the office.

    Treasurer-keeps track of participation, helps pass out tickets, oversees the distribution of rewards, & reminds the teacher to pull tickets. The treasurer manages the agenda board, & checks/stamps agendas.

    Health Director-may assist in writing passes to the nurse & may escort other students to the nurse or various locations on campus, helps ensure cleanliness during parties along with the Dietician, & watches for safety concerns.

    Dietician-may read the daily lunch entrée to the class, takes the lunch count to the cafeteria, carries the lunch bucket to & from lunch, & assists the Health Director with class parties.

    Gatekeeper- has the position of second in line & holds open the door for the class, & collects trash from each student as a ticket out the door. Both trash cans are to be placed outside the door before the class leaves for the day. He or she ensures there is a liner in the trashcans. The Gatekeeper ensures the sign-out log is properly completed, & only one student is going to the restroom at a time.

    Line Leader-leads the class to & from outside class destinations quietly. He or she will stop the line in transit to yield to cross traffic, keep the line together, & maintain order. The Line Leader is in charge of leading the Pledge of Allegiance & initiating SmartBoard positions.

    Caboose-places the appropriate sign on the door, ensures the door is locked, & all the other students are out of the room each time the class leaves. He or she checks special areas before departure to ensure all items are accounted for. He or she may politely remind a classmate to be quiet or pay attention if needed.

    Materials Manager-monitors the materials log and ensures students are properly signing in/out materials and returning materials to the proper location, dates the Shame-No Name bin contents, & organizes the class library, & oversees ChromeBook care & storage.

    Cafeteria Helpers-assist the custodial staff clean the tables & floors & move the tables. Closed toe shoes must be worn to move tables.

    E.Q. Announcers-read the daily announcements as a team, clearly, & audibly.

    Classroom Representatives-represent our class all year in Student Council, lead class community meetings, & plan class parties as a team. This is a year-long position. Regular eligibility parameters apply..

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  • Supply List

    Sixth Grade

    1 – 2 inch or larger, 3–ring binder

    Personal headphones or earbuds


    Large scissors

    Binder dividers

    2 – 2–pocket heavy duty folders with prongs (any color or pattern)

    1 Composition Notebook

    Pencils, erasers, & hand–held pencil sharpener

    Dry erase markers and eraser (an old sock or scrap of fabric will do)

    Colored pens–used for grading, editing, and revising

    Crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils

    3–hole punched notebook paper

    Highlighters (several colors if possible)

    Ruler (inches and centimeters)

    Possible donation supply ideas for classroom use:

    Glue sticks and/or Elmer's glue


    Index cards

    Graph paper

    Wet erase markers (Vis-à-vis)

    Tape (scotch, painter’s,  or masking tape)

    Cups and paper plates

    Quart or gallon size ziploc bags

    Facial tissue

    Clorox or baby wipes

    Candy–piece candy for rewards

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  • Book Reports


    Book Report Details

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  • Student Google Accounts

    Student   Accounts


    Account Activation


    A student’s Google Account within the DVUSD Google Domain will be activated once the following steps have been completed.

    1. Internet Agreement has been returned and signed by parent/guardian approving access to the internet from the DVUSD network
    2. COPPA Agreement (students in grades K-8) has been returned and signed by parent/guardian providing consent
    3. Registrar has marked “Y” for Internet on the Other Information page in Power Schools
    4. The student’s account will be active the day after the registrar has marked the student’s Power School page


    Account Access


    Students can access their DVUSD Google Accounts by going to Google and logging in with their gmail and student ID.

    1. Go to Google (https://myaccount.google.com) or use the shortcut on the DVUSD Start Page (http://start.dvusd.org)
    2. Click Sign In
    3. Students will enter their DVUSD Google Gmail

    (first letter of first name, first letter of middle name, first 3 letters of last name, last 3 numbers of student ID number,  @learner.dvusd.org)

    SAMPLE:  Ivan Mark Smarte  ID Number 123456

    Email would be:   imsma456@learner.dvusd.org


    1. Students will enter their student ID as their password

    Account Storage (Drive)

    Students are encouraged to use there Google Drive storage in place of the district server storage.  Students have unlimited storage space in their Google drive.

    1. Students can click on the Apps Icon (looks like a grid or waffle) in the upper right corner.
    2. Click on the Drive icon (looks like a triangle)
    3. My Drive has the items created by the student.
    4. If a student clicks on “Shared With Me” in the left menu bar, they will see items shared with them by others.



    Account Email (Gmail)


    Students will have a gmail (email) account.  Students in 8th grade and lower will only be able to send and receive email from those within the DVUSD Google domain. 


    NOTE:  Teachers/Staff do not have Gmail with their DVUSD Google Domain accounts.  They will continue to use Groupwise.


    Training for Gmail:  http://learn.googleapps.com/products/gmail/#/list  



    Google Docs

    Students can create, share, and store documents with Google Docs.  When a document is shared, students can work together on the same document.


    Training for Google Docs:  http://learn.googleapps.com/products/docs/getstarted/  

    Google Sheets


    Students can create, share, and store spreadsheet documents with Google Sheets.


    Training for Google Sheets: http://learn.googleapps.com/products/sheets/get-started/  

    Google Slides

    Students can create, share, and store slide presentations (like PowerPoint) with Google Slides.


    Training for Google Slides: 




    More Training Resources can be found at:  http://learn.googleapps.com/




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