Please check our websites weekly for homework and information from teachers. 


    Mrs. Heather Duran          Language Arts 

    E-Mail:  heather.duran@dvusd.org

    Phone:  623-445-5371

    Website: http://dvusd.org/sh-duran


    Mrs. Ming         Social Studies

    Email:  Susie.ming@dvusd.org 

    Phone:  623-445-5370

    Website:  http://dvusd.org/sh-ming


    Mrs. Streetz           Math

    Email: cindy.streetz@dvusd.org

    Phone:  623-445-5372                           

    Website:  http://dvusd.org/sh-streetz


    Mrs. Russell          Science

    Email:  dana.russell@dvusd.org

    Phone:  623-445-5369                                    

    Website:  http://dvusd.org/sh-russell  

    Welcome to Sixth Grade,

                We are excited about teaching your sixth graders this year.  In sixth grade, your child will switch classes and use Planners.  It is important that you monitor your child's progress via Power Schools, teacher websites, newsletters, Planners and talking to your child.  In the pages that follow, we hope to answer all of your questions about sixth grade. 


    Parent-Teacher Conferences:

    Conferences will be held 1st and 3rd quarters.


    Standards-Based Grading Practices

    Math and Reading

    70% Tests

    25% Quizzes (no retakes available)

    5% Homework (Math and Reading worksheets):  All homework will be assigned a due date and completion of the homework will account for a 5% of the grade.   NO LATE HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER TWO WEEKS FROM THE DUE DATE


    Science and Social Studies

    70% Chapter /Unit Tests

    30% Worksheets, quizzes, projects, etc. (No Quiz retakes available)


    Recording Zeros:  Our school will not be recording 0's for a missing assignment.  Instead, we will record a 49% until the assignment is completed.  Assignments that ACTUALLY earned less than 50% are put into the grade book as a 50% until the assignment has been retaken, if applicable. 

    Test Corrections:  Test corrections are encouraged and expected on assessments for scores less than 70%.  Students may retake an assessment if students have completed the practice/homework and other assignments, and students must return a signed parent permission form. 

    Extra Credit: Extra credit and grading on a curve are not used; these practices are not an effective way to show mastery of standards.


    A = 90-100%   Proficient work on all content objectives and advanced work on some objectives.         

    B = 80-89%     Proficient work on all content objectives. 

    C = 70-79%     Proficient work on most content objectives, although not on all.

    D = 60-69%     Proficient work on at least ½ of the content objectives but missing  

                               objectives and is at significant risk of failing.

    F = 50-59%      Proficient work on fewer than ½ of the content objectives and is failing.

    F = 49%           No attempt made, missing work.


    PowerSchools:  Your grades are updated weekly on PowerSchool.  https://ps.dvusd.org

    To save paper, we do not send home written progress reports.  A student may print out his/her grades at school with teacher permission, if a computer is not available at home. Also, if your child loses the password, your child may retrieve it from the front office.  Lastly, if you would like PowerSchool to automatically send you weekly progress reports, you may sign up directly in your account. 

    Class Procedures:  Instruction/Classwork: Please listen carefully to your teacher to ensure your learning. Do not be a distraction to those around you.  If you have a question concerning the topic of learning, raise your hand to ask the teacher.  Please wait for the teacher to dismiss you from class.  Do not pack up your backpack early. Every minute of class time is important! 

    Rest Rooms:  All students will be required to sign in and out for bathroom breaks.  This will also be marked on the Planner.  Bathroom breaks do not count toward discipline or reward, it is only a procedure we follow to ensure your child's safety. 

    Classroom Rules:

    1. I will treat you with respect, so you will know how to treat me.
    2. Feel free to do anything that doesn't cause a problem for anyone else.
    3. If you cause a problem, I will ask you to solve it.
    4. If you can't solve the problem, or choose not to, I will do something.
    5. What I do, will depend on the special person, and the special situation.
    6. If you feel something is unfair, whisper to me, “I'm not sure that's fair,” and we will talk. 

    If you choose to break a rule:

    1. 1st time:  Verbal warning or eye contact
    2. 2nd time:  Written warning in Planner. One written warning in one week, will result in a parent signature.
    3. 3rd time:  Thre written warnings in one week, will result in a lunch or After-School Detention.


    Cell Phones at School:  When students are on campus, their cell phones must be powered off and in backpacks.  Once the final bell rings at 3:30, students may turn on their cell phones.  If you need to get a hold of your child, please leave a message with the front office.  The front office notifies the teachers when necessary.  If a student breaks this rule after a warning, the phone will be sent to the front office.  Students will have to get their phone back after school.  On subsequent offenses, parents must retrieve the phone from the front office.


    Fidget Spinners: Fidget spinners are not allowed at school without a letter from the child’s physician.