Sixth Grade

Welcome to Sixth Grade!

I would like to thank you for coming to back to school night!  I am very excited for this school year and all the wonderful things I will be teaching.  I have put together some important information about our class that I feel will be helpful to you.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year.  I am always looking for volunteers in my classroom so please let me know if you are available to help out.  I hold high expectations for my students and set specific goals for the school year.  I look forward to a successful year with your child here at Farmington River Elementary!

Contact Information:


          School Phone: 269-4466 ext. 214


Daily Schedule:

8:30-8:50 – Preparing materials for the day and completing morning work (bell rings at 8:45 – students need to be here before then)

8:50-9:15 – Morning Meeting

9:15-10:00 – Special

10:00-11:50 – ELA/ Writing

11:50-12:13 – Lunch A/ Recess

12:13-12:35 – Recess/ Lunch B

12:35-2:05 – Math

2:05-2:50 – Science/ Social Studies

2:50-2:55 – Clean-up and Agenda Check

2:55-3:00 – Dismissal

Specials Schedule:

Monday – P.E.

Tuesday – Art

Wednesday – P.E./ Health

Thursday – Computer Lab

Friday – Music

Other Classes:

          Foreign Language: Tuesday 10:10 – 10:50

          Library: Thursday 2:05 – 2:50

          Chorus: Friday 2:05 – 2:50

Report Cards:

          Report cards will be the same as last year.  We will have trimester grading periods in which overall grades will be given as a percent and performance indicators will be given based on a scale of 1 to 4.  A score of 70% is the cutoff for passing.  Receiving a score of 4 as a performance indicator means that your child is exceeding the grade level standards in that skill area, a 3 means your child is meeting the grade level standards in that skill area, a 2 means your child is approaching or progressing toward the grade level standards in that skill area, and a score of 1 means your child is making limited progress toward the grade level standards in that skill area.  All graded assignments will be scored with this grading system.

Classroom Rules:

  1. Respect everyone and everything.
  2. Follow directions the first time they are given.
  3. Raise your hand to speak.
  4. Stay seated, unless told otherwise.
  5. Do your best!


  1. Warning
  2. Loss of privilege
  3. Phone call home
  4. Sent to principal’s office


          Here is a list of the topics we will be learning about over the next month.  Science and social studies will be alternated throughout the school year starting with science being taught for a few weeks and then switching to social studies and so on.

ELA: setting, characters, compare and contrast, and fact and opinion

Writing: focus and ideas

 Math: place value, and algebra

Science: the scientific method

Social Studies: geography and Africa


Please help make sure your son/daughter is prepared for school each morning and that he/she has completed homework assignments when assigned.  Homework assignments will always be written in your son/daughter’s agenda book.  I like to use the agenda as a form of communication, so please check for any notes written from me as well.  Please look at the agenda each night and sign.  Again, please feel free to contact me throughout the school year via e-mail or school telephone.  I look forward to working with you and having a great year with your son/daughter this school year!


Christine McArthur