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Welcome to another exciting year at CMS! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and we are excited to offer project-based learning in this class with materials and curriculum from Project Lead the Way. https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-gateway
The first semester will be Design and Modeling, and the second semester will be Energy and the Environment.
During the RTI period I will also be assisting a small group of students with Language Arts. 
 
Parents, should you have any questions or concerns during the school year, you may contact me by email at cbaker@colliervilleschools.org or you may contact the school at (901) 853-3320. Additionally, feel free to schedule a conference any time that you feel one is needed. I look forward to a great year of learning! Go Dragons!
 
 
CLASSWORK AND HOMEWORK INFORMATION WILL BE E-MAILED TO STUDENTS REGULARLY, SO THERE IS NO NEED TO CHECK THIS WEBSITE EACH WEEK.
 
Please see additional information about the course below. Attached you will find a more detailed course syllabus and the school discipline plan. 
 
 

Collierville Middle School

Mrs. Baker’s 6thGrade STEM Class

Course Description: The STEM curriculum comes from Project Lead the Way, and students have online access to this website with materials, assignments, and resources. First semester is Design and Modeling. In this unit we will look at What is Engineering, Engineering Careers, What is Technology, Introduction to the Design Process, Modeling and Statistical Analysis, and a Design Challenge. The second semester is Energy and the Environment. In that unit we will cover Investigating Energy, Sustainable Energy, and Making an Impact.

Homework: Homework will rarely be assigned, but when it is students will be given at least 2 days to complete these assignments. Written homework assignments should usually take no more than 10 minutes each night to complete. Assessments are usually announced a few days in advance. Study guides will be provided for tests and students will be provided with notes, or handouts that will assist in studying for quizzes.

 

Classwork: We will incorporate a variety of learning activities throughout the year in order to fully engage all learners. We will do a number of hands-on projects to strengthen understanding. Each weekend the next week's agenda will be e-mailed to students via Schoology.

 

Binders/Quad-Ruled Notebook:  Students are expected to keep a binder with the handouts they are given. There is no textbook.  The quad-ruled notebook is the students’ official “Engineering Notebook” they will use to sketch designs and show their work. Also, using the binder allows students to essentially create their own textbook that they are allowed to write on, highlight, and add notes which assists them in being more active readers. The binder promotes organization skills that are so important during the transition to middle school. We will use fewer paper copies as we move through the year, and these items will then be placed on Schoology. Students will still need to keep their binder as certain items will still be used, and a binder check will be counted as a grade for each unit.

 

Tests/Quizzes:  Students will take occasional quizzes on vocabulary and content specific information. Quizzes assist us in understanding if students are grasping the ideas that are covered in class as we build knowledge. Projects will count as a test grade. There will be very few tests in this class.

 

Grade:

45%-Tests

30%-Quizzes

20%-Classwork

5%-Homework

 

Parents and students can check Powerschool to monitor grades and progress. However, this class will not have a grade printed on the report card. Instead, each quarter’s final average will count as a test grade in his or her science class.

 

Contact me at: cbaker@colliervilleschools.org

 

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Young Life's Clearwater Cove Camp

Wyldlife Club invites all middle schoolers to experience the best week of their lives at Young Life's beautiful camp in the Ozark Mountains near Table Rock Lake. We will help pay for the trip, but you must sign up first. Please contact brittany.younglife@gmail.com for more information. Only a few spots left, so sign up now!

Wildlife Camp Signups Now Open!!

 
 
 
IMPORTANT NEWS:
We will work with you to help fundraise money for camp if that is something you need. 
PLEASE, let us know! 
 CAMP DEPOSIT is DUE to secure your spot! 
CONSENT FORMS ARE DUE! 
 
 
 
 
Questions?
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Brittany regarding balance or consent form.
 
Camp Payment
Your camp balance will be emailed to you separately. Camp Deposit is due NOW! 
SPOTS ARE LIMITED!
 
 
Consent Form
Consent forms are
DUE BY 2/24
WE MUST HAVE THIS!
 

CAMP PROMO VIDEO BELOW

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PLTW

Students now have access to the Project Lead the Way website where all of the STEM curriculum is. Usernames and passwords will be given out in class this week. 

Clash of the Dragons

This year, CMS is reaching more donors with online donations. Go www.thegetmovincrew.com and look for the star that says "Get Registered Parent Login" to create your student's free fundraising page and to get more information.
ATTENTION MRS. BAKER'S HOMEROOM: If at least half of our homeroom registers by Thursday Sep. 13, we all get donuts!! YUM! :) 

End of Q1 Grading Period is Friday Oct. 6, 2017. Make sure you are logging on to Powerschool and checking your grades often!
 
                                      FALL BREAK OCT. 9 - 13!