Rising 6th Grade Registration Information:
Hello Future Walton Families:
This website has been designed to help support current 5th grade students and parents during the recommendation and registration process for the 2018/2019 school year.
Important Documents: (Please note that we will update documents as they are revised.)
Placement in course levels is determined by teacher recommendation using multiple criteria. Some examples of these criteria are teacher observations, grades, achievement test scores, Standards of Learning test results, and benchmark assessments. A description of each level follows:
Standard (Grades 6-8)
The standard level course provides a broad base of knowledge and allows for in-depth study. Language arts and mathematical skills are strengthened through daily 90-minute blocks of instruction in these areas. The pace of instruction allows for the completion of grade level or above curriculum content. Students are expected to grasp concepts quickly and apply them often as independent learners.
Advanced/Honors (Grades 6-8)
In the advanced/honors level course, content is presented at a faster pace and in greater depth. Students should have grade level or above reading skills. Students should also have the ability to progress independently on assignments at school and at home.
English/Language Arts 6 – Levels available: Standard & Advanced
Middle school students explore the language arts through five interdisciplinary concepts: systems, change and continuity, communication, aesthetics, and universality. Courses are designed to incorporate a balanced literacy diet that includes the components of fluency, word study, comprehension, and writing.
A focus on systems reinforces students’ developmental processes in fluency and word study, as well as their continued growth as readers and writers. Students in each middle school grade use a second interdisciplinary concept, change and continuity, as a focusing lens through which they gain deeper understanding of language and literary elements. Students further experience English/language arts through exploration of communication (a third interdisciplinary concept) and author’s craft (a correlating language arts concept). This emphasis allows sixth-grade students to study structures (systems) and styles (communication) that authors use to communicate ideas about the world. As such, students read extensively from a variety of genres, including fiction, narrative nonfiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and transfer what they learn about those genres to their own writing and speaking. Students write for a variety of audiences and purposes, using narrative and expository forms. Additional emphasis is placed on continuing to build comprehension strategies, understanding Latin roots for vocabulary development, and using correct punctuation and grammar.
Each middle school provides a highly-structured, research-based intervention for students who are reading below grade-level. This course offers an accelerated, sequential approach to literacy, while addressing the components of a balanced literacy diet. This course offers students who have experienced difficulty with reading skills opportunities to break apart the structures of language to gain deep understanding of how words, sentences and paragraphs work, and how authors use structures to create meaning. Students read and write extensively in nonfiction forms; other genres are experienced through read-alouds, literature circles, and independent reading. Based on extensive pre-assessments, students are placed in mixed-grade ability groups to accelerate mastery of specific skills.
Mathematics 6 – Levels available: Standard, Advanced, Honors
Our sixth-grade mathematics curriculum comprises five instructional strands: numeracy, geometry, measurement, algebra and patterns, and probability and statistics. We strongly encourage students to work toward taking Algebra I in middle school. Our goal is to prepare you for success, and learning algebra will open up greater possibilities for you in your study of mathematics and in your college and career pathway. Both the advanced and honors levels are designed to progress students through the middle school curriculum to include completing Algebra 1 for high school credit prior to the ninth grade.
Using real-life applications, student-centered inquiry, calculators, and computers, sixth-grade math students do the following:
Investigate, develop, and use ratios and proportions to compare data sets.
Measure and use standard and non-standard units for measurement, and make conversions within a measurement system.
Investigate applications of symmetry, parallel and perpendicular lines, and views of three-dimensional figures.
Develop, use and solve linear equations with one variable.
Describe, predict, analyze and represent various types of data.
Science 6 – Semester based
Sixth-grade students focus on data analysis and experimentation in their science classes. They learn precise methods for testing the validity of their predictions and conclusions. Students use an integrated approach to study the role of the sun’s energy on the Earth’s systems; water in the environment; air and atmosphere; and basic chemistry concepts. They also study the solar system and natural resource management, particularly as it relates to public policy.
U.S. History I – Semester based
The American Landscape: United States History I to 1877
Students use the skills of historical and geographical analysis to explore the early history of the United States from pre-Columbian times until 1877, to understand the ideas and events that have shaped our nation. Connections between geography and history help students understand how patterns emerge over time and place. Patterns emerge to help explain how the past influences the present and the future. Students deepen their understanding of social studies relationships, such as cause/effect, change/ continuity, and historical perspective. A major focus is on the “mental and cultural” landscapes that are foundational to the growth of our American democracy.