Welcome to 6th Grade Social Studies!
Over the course of the year we will cover a variety of topics and learn how culture, history, economics, government, and geography help shape the world in which we live. Students and parents are encouraged to use this site to find out what we are learning about in class as well as to check if classwork/ homework assignments are due.
Daniels Middle School Grade Scale (NEW)
In January 2015, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved a standard 10-point grading scale to begin with the 2015-16 school year for all students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. This scale will be applied for coursework beginning with the 2015-16 school year; grades from prior years will not be altered to fit the new scale.
Local school districts are required to follow the new scale at the high school level (grades 9-12), and they may use it in lower grades, if desired. WCPSS will also apply the 10-point scale for all students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Under the new scale, grades and grade point average calculations (high school only) will be applied as follows:
A: 90-100 = 4.0
B: 80-89 = 3.0
C: 70-79 = 2.0
D: 60-69 = 1.0
F: < 59 = 0.0
These grades will be reported on the transcript as numeric grades, rather than letter grades as have been reported in prior years.
In addition to the grade scale change, new standards for quality points will take effect for students entering high school for the first time in the 2015-16 school year and thereafter. This change will not affect students who entered high school prior to the 2015-16 school year.
The new quality points standard will provide an additional .5 quality point to Honors courses and a 1.0 additional quality point to Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses, community colleges courses, or four year university or college courses taken in high school. This new standard provides the same additional quality point to all college-level coursework.
*You need to earn a D (60%) or above to pass. If your average is not at 60% or above you need to ask yourself the following questions:
Did I study?
If so....How long? How many days? What methods did I use?
Did I do my homework?
If so.....how thorough was I? If not...then you need to immediately go back and complete it so you can at least earn partial credit for it and it may still help you understand the concept.
Am I paying attention and actively participating in class?
If so... there is no way you have earned less than D in my class. If not... then you need see me so we can work on a strategy that will help you better succeed in my class.
Mr. Nichols 6th Grade Social Studies Grading System
Weekly Grade - Student's weekly grades are made up of Classwork, Participation, Homework and weekly quizzes. Students will record their weekly grade in their binder.
Unit Tests/Exams - A unit test will be given at the end of a unit. Typically, this will be every 3-4 weeks. Students will have plenty of time to prepare for an upcoming test. In addition to study guides, students should study notes, handouts, and quizzes before each test.
Projects - Projects will be assigned periodically for certain units. Students will be given a rubric as a guide for each individual project.
*Note: Each student's grade will be an average of the total amount of weekly grades, unit tests/exams, and projects given each quarter. For example, if a student has earned (9) weekly grades of 100, (1) unit test of 80, (1) unit test of 90, and (1) project grade of 70... the final grade for the quarter can be calculated like this...
900 points (weekly grades) 9 x 100
+ 170 points (unit tests) 80 + 90
+ 70 points (project grade)
1,140 (total points)
÷ 12 (total number of assignments)
95% average for the quarter