Otelia Clarke

6th Grade

Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School #210




Teacher: Ms. O. Clark                                             Subjects: English & Social Studies

Room: 226                                                      Email: omclark@bcps.k12.md.us

Coach Class: Tuesday & Thursday 2:55-3:55pm or by appointment


Welcome to 6th grade Tuesday. I am so excited to be the English and Social Studies teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.  6th grade starts the beginning of the Middle School journey and I am looking forward to teaching the students new and exciting concepts and ideas. Please review this syllabus with your child. Sign and return the last page no later than Friday, September 14, 2018.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule a parent teacher conference, please feel free to contact me.



This year the 6th grade team will be using the Remind App regularly to send out text messages to keep parents or guardians current on events and assignments.  I will be sending out weekly text messages about homework assignments, reminders, due dates, and upcoming events.  If you would like to receive these updates, please check yes on the Student Information Sheet. We will also be using Class Dojo.


Required Materials

English Social Studies
1. Pencil(s) 1.  Pencil(s)
2. 2 Divided Sections in a 3 Ring


a. Classwork

b. Homework

2. 2 Divided Sections in a 3 Ring


a. Classwork

b. Homework

3. (3) Composition notebooks for vocabulary, writing, and




Grading Scale and Weights

The chart below is the grading scale for Baltimore City Public Schools.  All grades will be on a point system and converted to a letter grade for reporting purposes. I do not round grades up.  The grade you earn, is the grade that you get.

A+ = 97-100 A = 93-96 A- = 90-92 B+ = 87-89 B = 83-86 B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79 C = 73-76 C- = 70-72 D+ = 67-69 D = 63-66 D- = 60-62
F = 59 and below


The chart below is the grading weights for both Math and Science.

Description Weight Included in Weight
Homework 5% *Homework Assignments





*Classwork Assignments

*Do Nows


Participation 5% *Classroom and Group Participation
Assessments 70% *Tests


Total Weight 100%




Returned Work

All assignments should be turned in on time and signed by a parent or guardian.  Assignments will be graded as follows:

  • First day – able to receive up to full credit
  • Second day – able to receive up to half credit
  • Third day – no credit

*If a student is absent after receiving the assignment, that day will not be counted towards the due date. Ex.  If the student receives the assignment on Tuesday and it is due on Thursday and the student is absent on Thursday, then the due date for full credit is Friday.


Missed Assignments

It is the responsibility of the students to get all classwork and homework assignments as well as any journal notes due to absence as soon as possible.  The assignments will be graded according to the grading policy from the day the student receives the work.  Students will have to see the teacher for any missed tests or quizzes.


Extra Credit Assignments

Extra credit assignments will be made available throughout the school year.  The assignments will be located in the extra credit assignment drawer.



Just Don’t Do It!!  Cheating is a form of dishonesty and will not be tolerated at all!! Students caught cheating in anyway will receive a zero for that assignment, test or quiz and the assignment cannot be resubmitted for a different grade.


Classroom Norms

  1. Raise your hand to speak.
  2. Raise your hand to leave your seat.
  3. One mic, one voice.
  4. Cell phones off and away during class time.
  5. No eating or drinking in class without permission.


Classroom Expectations

  1. Learn from our mistakes.
  2. Complete and turn in all assignments on time.
  3. Do your best to strive for academic achievement of a C (70%) or better.
  4. Classroom participation is a must!!
  5. Be a positive respectful leader.



Students who fail to follow the classroom norms listed above will be faced with the following consequences:

1st occurrence – 1st Verbal warning

2nd occurrence – Final Verbal warning

3rd occurrence – Phone call home

4th occurrence – After school detention

5th occurrence – Office referral


Notes: ____________________________________________________________________________________




I have read the attached English syllabus with my child.  We understand the classroom expectations for the 6th grade for the 201-2020 school year.


Child’s Name: _______________________________________________ Section: 06-_____


Parent’s Name: ______________________________________________________


Parent’s Signature: ___________________________________________________


Date: ________________