Mostly, this is our Grade 6 Social Studies website, with this one page about the team in general. Mr. Burne's Science website is also linked above.
Click on the red tabs at the top of this page and you will be directed to many resources for your success as a Grade 6 student or as a Grade 6 parent/guardian.
Thank you for visiting our site and exploring each page!
Ms. Dill and Mrs. Zotos - Co-Team Leaders and Social Studies Teachers
General Team Information
Here are some FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions:
Please go to Parent Information button of this webpage and open the document called Grade 6 Schedule. Students are allowed at their lockers between classes.
We are usually available for phone calls between 8:30 - 9:30am and after school until 3:00.
Look in the agenda! Students are asked by EVERY teacher, EVERYday, to write their assignments in their agendas. If there is no homework, the word "NONE" should appear. This way the student and the adult at home will know if there is or is not any homework for EACH class. The assignments are written on the board in every single class. They are also announced verbally.
Sign up for the Remind App to get a daily photo of the hallway homework board.
- Remind App - Click here for directions on how to sign up!
Students should have a buddy in each class that they can call if they have not written in the homework. Sometimes adults will bring students back after school to get things they left in their classrooms. If the doors are locked, knock loudly and someone will usually hear you to let you in. Mrs. Zotos' windows are right near the entrance so peek and see if she is in there!
Yes! A great way to communicate with teachers is through email. In fact, that is the BEST way to communicate with us. Alternatively, you can write a note in the agenda. Please have your child show us agenda notes and check to see if teachers have left you an agenda note, too. Adults can write us notes and we can respond right there in the agenda. You will see a section at the bottom of each page for comments.
We count on parents to prompt us for checking in on your child specifically. Just jot a note.."Does my child owe anything?"...and it will prompt the teacher to check the books. It is hard to keep up with dozens of students each day, what they owe, how they did, when they are absent, etc. We really appreciate your communications with us.
- Set a reasonable bedtime for students. They get up early and work hard all day long. They are growing and need rest. If they are up at 6:00, then a 9:00 bedtime is only 9 hours of sleep. Think of how late they sleep in the summer! These kids need their rest in order to get the most out of school.
- Check the agenda EACH day for homework assignments. Oversee that they are done, looking at the completed work. "I did it at school" is probably true in many cases, but it is still okay to ask your child to bring it home to show you that it is done. Ask your child to answer in complete sentences and to write as neatly as possible. Expect quality work every time.
- Encourage your child to join an after school activity now and then. Socializing with peers in a non-academic setting is important for adolescent development and helps kids to feel more connected and successful in school.
- Set aside a homework time. If there is no homework, ask your child to read, rather than play video or computer games. There is 20 - 30 minutes of reading required each day. This will improve many skills, including comprehension, abstract thinking, writing, and creativity. Encourage some physical exercise in each day, also.
- Contact teachers frequently if your child is having trouble. Don't just wait for the teachers to call you. Remember that we might have quite a few students each day that don't hand in work! We can't call everyone, everytime. We thank you for being in touch with us.
- Look in your child's team binder for graded work that has been passed back. Keep informed on how well your child is performing on homework, tests, and writing pieces by asking to see the papers. It does take awhile to get them all graded, so be patient in waiting for the "big" things to get assessed. Just imagine correcting and commenting on dozens of essays or tests, at 5-10+ minutes per paper. Yikes! We work hard to be timely. Thanks for your understanding.
Most importantly, be supportive of respectful classroom behavior by your child. Everyone's choices affect the learning environment.