Mr. Spence   
    6TH GRADE  
    I am looking forward to a new year full of challenges and surprises.  I am super excited to use the new Amplify science program. This year will be successful if you come prepared with your materials, books, and a good attitude. 
     Mr. Spence- Room G-1 Supply List

    Students will be more successful if they come to school prepared with the needed academic supplies. Here are the supplies you'll need for this school year: (Stock up while they are on sale at the beginning of the year!)

    *2-inch binder or 2 1-inch binders

    *Paper- (8 and1/2 by 11 inch)

    *Earbuds or headphones (used nearly every day)

    *2 Composition books (1 for math  & 1 for science)

    *2 sharpened pencils and small sharpener with a container for shavings) and/or mechanical  (buy extra to have throughout the year).  We do NOT sharpen pencils in class.

    *=items used everyday.

    These items will be needed but not everyday. Keep them in your locker.

    Small pair of scissors

    Colored pencils and crayons

    2 blue or black ball point pens (no gel pens)

    A pencil pouch to hold supplies and bring to class every day.

    2 Glue stick (for gluing items into interactive notebooks)

    A box of tissue to donate to the class. For the cold and flu season.

    A box of pencils to donate to the class.


    A backpack to bring items to and from school (will be kept in a locker during the day)



    Teacher: Dave Spence           Room 8 

    Email: dspence@sanjuan.edu

    The best way to contact me is by e-mail.  I will return phone calls as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.     

    Math Course Overview:  In this course, we will follow the 6th-grade curriculum as outlined in the Common Core State Standards. This will be a rigorous course that will be taught using grade level standards. We will be using the Go Math consumable textbook aligned to the new Common Core state math standards.

    6th grade Math Common Core Standards.

    ·      Integers Factors, and Rational numbers

    ·      Operations with fractions and decimals

    ·      Proportionality and Ratios, percents, rates

    ·      Equivalent Expressions, Equations

    ·      Inequalities

    ·      Relationships in Geometry

    ·      Measurement and Data

    There is an electronic component of this math book. Students will have access to the curriculum through smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. The students will receive login information to access the my.hrw.com site.

    Math/Science Grading Policies: Students will be earning letter grades. You can view your child’s grades by signing up for the San Juan Parent Portal.

      Tests/Quizzes=90%    Classwork/assignments=10%

    Science Course Overview:  We will be using a new online curriculum Amplify Science.  Students will be using chromebooks to access the curriculum and complete assignments on line too.  It is important for them to be here everyday to receive the instruction.

     For more information regarding the Amplify Science go to https://www.sanjuan.edu/domain/807



     A Classroom of Learning and Service

    It Takes An Understanding of Earth Science to Be a Student Scientist!
    Disciplinary Core Ideas from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Earth and Space Sciences include: 
    ESS1   Earth's Place in the Universe
    MS-ESS1-1.  Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.
    MS-ESS1-2.  Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.[
    MS-ESS1-3.  Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
    MS-ESS1-4.  Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history.
    MS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems
    MS-ESS2-1.  Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
    MS-ESS2-2.  Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
    MS-ESS2-3.  Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.
    MS-ESS2-4.  Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
    MS-ESS2-5.  Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
    MS-ESS2-6.  Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
    MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
    MS-ESS3-1.  Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
    MS-ESS3-2.  Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
    MS-ESS3-4.  Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
    MS-ESS3-3.  Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.*
    MS-ESS3–5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
    MS-ETS1 Engineering Design

    MS-ETS1-1.  Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

    MS-ETS1-2.  Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

    MS-ETS1-3.  Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

    MS-ETS1-4.  Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.


    Expectations: Students come to class ready to learn and with the needed supplies.  They complete assignments and turn them into the appropriate spot.  Name and period numbers are to be written on all papers turned in for grades/credit/homework.


    Q Student Portal 

    All ‘default’ student passwords in the district’s directory system are being changed from their six-digit birthdate to a new, random eight-digit password.  Parents and students can now easily find the new default password through the district’s Q-SIS Portal (video and PDF tutorials listed below).


    All students will log into their network accounts using the new default password to access resources such as the new San Juan Portal (portal.sanjuan.edu), Schoology, Google Apps for Education, Read 180, Accelerated Reader, and online components of the new math adoptions.


    Parents both have access to find the default password through ‘QSIS’ and ‘Q Parent Connect’.  

    Q Parent Portal


    SJUSD Parent Portal provides parents and families with easy and timely access to student information. You can access the SJUSD Parent Portal in one of three ways:

    1. If you have a valid email address on file and are listed as the mother, father, or guardian for your student(s) without any directory restriction, click on the "Need Your Login Information?" link and email will be automatically sent to you with your PIN and Password. 
    2. If you are listed as the mother, father, or guardian for your student(s) and do not have any directory restriction, but are not able to access email, please visit your school site or the Technology Services SIS Help Desk, which is located at 5133 Engle Road, Carmichael, CA 95608 for assistance. 
    3. You may also request the information be sent to you by sending an email to helpdesksis@sanjuan.edu. Please indicate your name, school that your student(s) attend, and their name(s). This request will be passed along to your school and they will follow up with you.

    In order to protect student confidential information in accordance with Federal and State regulations, parents must provide student name, birth date, and school of enrollment, and present a valid ID in person.



Last Modified on June 21, 2020