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Mr. Capshaw & Ms. McLernon  



Email:, (preferred)       Phone: 815-439-7092


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.




Classroom Agreements

These are the guidelines for how we conduct ourselves in class:

  • Make the most of every moment
  • Do what it takes
  • Remain open

We will try my hardest this year to make class interesting and fun. In return, I ask that you actively participate in class, give your best effort even when things becomes difficult, and remain open to the different possibilities that may arise so we may have a successful year!



Enter Procedure

  1. Sit in assigned seat
  2. Take out homework
  3. Fill out agenda book
  4. Listen for further instructions


Exit Procedure

  1. Clean your work area
  2. Return class materials
  3. “Seated and silent” to be dismissed
  4. The teacher(s) dismiss(es) students, not the bell


Classroom Rules

  • Come to class prepared with all necessary materials
  • Follow directions the first time they are given
  • Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak
  • Stay in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise
  • Show respect to all people and property in our class


Classroom Behavior

All Aux Sable and 6th Grade policies will be followed in class. Appropriate behavior is expected at all times, and students should display the 3Bs of Aux Sable:

Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Positively Involved.


To ensure we have a positive learning environment,

do not do anything that will prevent me from teaching you and your classmates, and

do not do anything that prevents others from learning.





Tardy/Unprepared Policy *The tardy/unprepared count resets every quarter.

  • 1st offense:  Verbal warning
  • 2nd offense: Verbal warning
  • 3rd offense: Detention and Parent Contact
  • 4th offense: Detention and Parent Contact
  • 5th or more offenses:  Referral



Grades are a reflection of the student’s work. Grades are weighted and follow the District 202 grading scale. Student grades may be viewed online via the Home Access Center.



ASMS Weighted Grade System

Content Mastery    65%

Skill Assessment    35%


District 202 Grading Scale

A        100 – 90%

B        89 – 80%

C        79 – 70%

D        69 – 60%

F          < 60%


Assignment Expectations

All assignments should meet the following standards:

  1. Work is to be turned in on time at the beginning of class.
  2. Work must be completed in PENCIL.
  3. Work must be legible and completed neatly to the best of your ability.

Take pride in your work; it is a reflection of you! Everyone works at different levels, however, it is expected that you to do your best on every assignment. If student work does not meet these expectations, it may be returned to the student for resubmission with “Redo & Return” written on the paper. Redo assignments must be completed on a separate sheet of paper, showing all work, and stapled to the original assignment.


Perfect Practice

Should you receive a grade on an assignment that you are not satisfied with, you have the opportunity to improve your grade by redoing the assignment. It is your responsibility to turn in the assignment. Corrections to an assignment must be done on a separate sheet of paper, showing all work, and stapled to the original assignment.



Students will have a different experience with math homework this year.  We will be following a “Flipped Classroom” model.  This will mean that your child will be responsible for watching a video, taking notes, and jotting down questions to ask the next class period.  More information on a flipped classroom will be below.


Absences and Make-Up Work

Students have one class day for each day absent to complete and turn in make-up work.

It is the student’s responsibility to pick up the make-up work, to complete it, and to turn it in by the due date.



Extra Assistance

If a student is having difficulty completing assignments (either homework or in-class) or needs extra assistance, the student can schedule extra help with us during study hall, attend Homework club on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s after school, or attend peer tutoring during study hall.


Our Promise to You

We look forward to working with each of you this year. We guarantee that if you put in your best effort, this will be a rewarding class. We will make this journey together, but it is up to you to put in the required amount of work and to keep up with in-class assignments, homework, and activities. We are here to help and support you. It is much easier for us to do this if you keep up with the work and communicate. We need to see your work and hear from you about any struggles you experience. If we work together, we will succeed together.



Daily Class Materials *Materials may have to be replenished throughout the school year.


  • Student agenda book
  • Pencils & erasers
  • Dry erase markers
  • Calculator
  • Home folder
  • Instruction Book
  • Practice and Problem-Solving Book
  • Loose-leaf paper or math notebook



6 Math Common Core Curriculum


  • Unit 1 – Ratios and Proportional Relationships (Lessons 1-5)
  • Unit 2A – Fraction and Decimal Relationships (Lessons 6-11)
  • Unit 2B – Integers & Rational Numbers (Lessons 12-14)
  • Unit 3A – Expressions (Lessons 15 – 17)
  • Unit 3B – Equations (Lessons 18-21)
  • Unit 4 – Geometry (Lessons 22 – 25)
  • Unit 5 – Statistics and Probability (Lessons 26-29)






















Flipped Classroom

As previously stated, we will be following a flipped classroom model this year.  This will require students to watch a video that is approximately 10 minutes in length and take notes in their instruction book as homework.  If there is an issue with accessing the internet at home, we will work with that student to complete the videos at school during study hall.


Since students will be taking notes at home, we will have an entire class period to answer any questions and practice.  The videos also stay posted so students can go back to them later if they need a refresher.  It will be extremely important that students complete these videos, otherwise they will need to spend time the following class watching the video, missing out on crucial practice.  I will be sending an email in the next few days that will include more information on a flipped classroom.
























By signing below, I confirm that I have read and understand the procedures and expectations for Mr. Capshaw and Ms. McLernon’s sixth grade math class. I will do my best to meet the expectations and know that I will be held accountable for my actions.


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Please complete and return to Mr. Capshaw by Monday, August 27th, 2018.