• Syllabus

    Sixth Grade Reading (Mr. Musialczyk)

    This is a yearlong course in which the students will read a variety of classical and contemporary literature from may different genre. Emphasis will be on reading for understanding and pleasure.
    Open Court Reading, Level 6 by SRA a Division of McGraw-Hill
    We will also use a variety of novels. Some possible novels are:

    (Please do not read ahead.)

    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

    Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz

    Bad Beginnings by Lemony Snicket

    And others to be announced…

    Reading Counts:
    To strengthen reading skills and encourage children to become life long readers we participate in the Reading Counts program. In Mr. Musialczyk’s Reading class you will be asked to get at least 30 Reading Counts points every 9 weeks. After you reach 30 points every 6 points you get will get you one extra credit point on your final grade.
    Students will have a weekly spelling list that they will be tested on at the end of each week. The will have in assignments that go along with the list during the week in class and as homework.
    Homework will be assigned as needed and will be due the following day. I do not accept late homework for full credit. Any late homework will be knocked down 2 letter grades until the following Monday when the assignment will be a zero.
    Grading system:
    A+: 100%                C : 73% - 76%
    A : 94% - 99%         C-: 70% - 72%
    A- : 90% - 93%        D+: 67% - 69%

    B+: 87% - 89%        D : 63% - 66%

    B : 83% - 86%         D-: 60% - 62%

    B- : 80% - 82%        E : 0% - 59%

    C+: 77% - 79%


    Remain in your seats.
    Be prepared with pencil, planner, text, and homework.
    Respect everyone.
    Do not interrupt anyone speaking
    Do not disrupt the learning of others.

    Teacher Contact:
    We can most easily be reached by email. You may also send a note with your child. We will be sending home Weekly Reports at the end of each week, listing any missing assignments from that week. You may add a message on your signed and returned copy.
    Email address: mmusialczyk@gacs.org

    Science Syllabus

    6th Grade Physical Science Overview:
    Welcome to 6th grade science! This overview is a rundown of your science class and will help you and your parents understand the expectations and other important information that will help you be successful during this academic year.


    Physical science is a one-year course designed to teach a basic understanding of physics and chemistry. The course will focus on cooperative learning through labs and investigation that students will perform and document their observations throughout the year. The course is broken down into six parts:

    1. Measuring Matter

    2. Matter in Motion

    3. Matter and Energy

    4. Physical and Chemical Properties

    5. Changes in Matter

    6. Waves and Energy


    The textbook we will be using is called “Physical Science” by Holt Science and Technology. Although students will use the book in class due to budget constraints students will not be allowed to take any textbooks home at any time.


    Students will be graded in five different categories.

    1. Homework: Homework will be as needed, usually at least once a week, and due the following day. I do not accept late homework for full credit. Any late homework will be knocked down 3 letter grades until the following Monday when the assignment will be a zero.

    2. Lab / Lab Report: Student will perform lab investigations throughout the year. Cooperative groups will work together to complete labs in a timely manner during Lab days. Then each individual will write up a report detailing what the group discovered and how the information correlates with their understanding of the concept.

    3. In class work: This includes Textbook assignments, which are called Directed Reading worksheets, and other work that we might do in class. This also includes active participation with the daily discussions that we might be having in class.

    4. Test: Tests will be given at the end of each unit, which is usually about 1-2 weeks long. Students will be studying notes that they have been taking throughout the unit along with any other important documents. Students will also be given a pretest with test questions and test answers so that they have an understanding of what is on the test. These will be allowed to be taken home and used to study for the test.

    5. Bellringers: These are daily short questions that students will answers at the beginning of class and will be collected weekly.

    Grading Scale:

    100 A+          83-80 B-           66-64 D

    99-94 A         79-77 C+          63-60 D-

    93-90 A-        76-74 C            59-0 E

    89-87 B+       73-70 C-

    86-84 B         69-67 D+

    Student Planner:

    Students will be issued a planner that they will be expected to have in class daily. I will check that students fill in their planners on a daily bases. Parents are urged to check student planners to see what was done in school. If a student loses their planner they will be asked to purchase a new one from the office.


    Students will be expected to behave in a positive and respectful manner. Students who decide to misbehave will unfortunately be given a consequence. There is a ‘three strikes’ policy in the classroom. The first strike is a verbal warning. The second strike a write up will be given. The third strike is a removal from class along with a major write-up. Along with the rules outlined in the student handbook my classroom rules are:

    1. Respect everyone

    2. Remain seated

    3. Do not disrupt the learning of others

    4. Do not interrupt anyone speaking

    5. Do not touch equipment without permission

    Contact Information:

    My planning period is from 12:45-1:40 am, this is a great time to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to helping your student be successful this school year!

    School Phone: (269) 484-2020

    Email: mmusialczyk@gacsnet.org