MEET MR.

CURRY
MR. CURRY, A SAN FRANCISCO NATIVE, HAS BEEN TEACHING FOR A TOTAL OF 18 YEARS. BEFORE COMING TO PIEDMONT IN 05-06, HE HAD SPENT 6 YEARS AT VINCI PARK ELEMENTARY TEACHING 5TH GRADE. MR. CURRY IS THE PRODUCT OF PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS IN SAN FRANCISCO. HE GRADUATED WITH BA DEGREES IN HISTORY AND LIBERAL STUDIES AND A MULTIPLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL FROM SAN FRANCISCO STATE. MR. CURRY BELIEVES THAT AS AMERICANS, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BE INFORMED AND ACTIVE IN PARTICIPATING IN OUR DEMOCRACY. THAT IS WHY, EVEN IF WE STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH OUR LEADERS, WE MUST STILL PARTICIPATE IN BRINGING ABOUT THE CHANGE WE WANT. THAT IS JUST ONE REASON WHY MR. CURRY TRAVELS TO WASHINGTON D.C. SO OFTEN. President and Mrs. Bush with Mr. and Mrs. Curry at the White House.

MEET MR. CURRY
MR. CURRY IS A BIG GIANTS AND 49ER FAN AND HE IS A “TECHIE” He has led workshops at the district & County on the use of technology in education. He also likes playing with Photo Shop and editing photos.

Homeroom
Homeroom is the one place where students start the day everyday (except for Thursdays). Homeroom is designed to give the students a sense of stability, as the goal is to keep them in the same homeroom through the end of 8th grade. Homeroom is where notices are distributed and collected.

In Homeroom, students will put together their portfolio of representative work for all 3 years at Piedmont Middle School.

Located right along the information Highway. Technology is integrated throughout the Language Arts and History/Social Studies Curriculum

The TECH ZONE On-line grade book
Quiz Lab Research/ Presentations for Social Studies and Language Arts Word Processing

MR. CURRY HAS TAKEN ADVANCED COURSES AND WORKSHOPS IN TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IN EDUCATION. HE HOPES TO EARN HIS MASTER’S DEGREE IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS. HE PARTICIPATED IN AN INTERNSHIP AT LOCKHEED MARTIN’S SPACE SYSTEMS’ IT DEPARTMENT (SUMMER 2004). In 2007, he worked at National Semiconductor.

In July 2006, he was part of the Yahoo! Teachers of Merit program at Yahoo! Headquarters in Sunnyvale!

MR. CURRY’S CLASSES WILL BE USING COOPERATIVE LEARNING THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM. THIS STRUCTURE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO HELP IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, SOCIALIZATION AND SELFESTEEM STUDENTS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO 3-5 MEMBER LEARNING GROUPS. WE WILL CHANGE GROUPS EVERY 6-8 WEEKS. IN OUR COOPERATIVE LEARNING APPROACH, STUDENTS WILL HELP EACH OTHER TO STUDY AND TO DISCUSS TOPICS, BUT ALL GRADES WILL BE INDIVIDUAL AND NOT GROUP GRADES.

EVERY SUMMER IS SPENT IN TAKING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES AND EDUCATIONAL TRIPS.
IN 2007, HE SPENT INDEPENDENCE DAY IN PHILADELPHIA WHERE IT ALL BEGAN. HE ALSO WENT TO STUDY THE ARTIFACTS OF KING TUT. IN SUMMER 2005, HE STUDIED THE US CONSTITUTION AT GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON. IN OTHER RECENT YEARS HE TRAVELLED TO NEA CONVENTIONS IN NEW ORLEANS (before Katrina) WASHINGTON D.C., PHILADELPHIA AND ORLANDO. IN 2004 HE TOOK A COURSE ON SLAVERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND AND HELPED CREATE A NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION PROJECT ALSO IN DC.

Mr. Curry and his wife, who have been married for 11 years, love to travel. We have gone on trips to Mexico and Europe, the Football Hall of Fame in Ohio, Boston, New York, Washington DC, San Diego, LA and Seattle, as well as Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite.

To prevent this from happening, students have an “at home” set of books.

Grading
Students are expected to turn in all their work on time. Grades will be corrected and recorded on www.MyGradebook.com usually the same day.

Grading
-Report Cards sent out at the end of each trimester. -Progress reports sent home halfway through each trimester. -Through www.mygradebook.com , parents and students can access grades. Make sure your email is listed carefully and submit or resubmit it at Back to School Night. This is available ONLY in Mr. Curry’s classes. Mr. Curry will be only happy to schedule a conference or discuss your child’s progress, but NOT at Back To School Night.

Use of Technology in Class
-Appropriate use only -No Chat nor IM allowed unless assigned by class -QuizLab (www.quizlab.com) access in class or at home, though those with no home access are given preference in class. -E-mail pen pals project is possible if a partner class is found in another country. -Research for projects -Power Point presentations and possibly video “Movies” -Word Processing of assignments -Use of software and web-based educational programs -Weekly Assignment sheets

The focus of 6th Grade Social Studies/History is World History with a focus on the Ancient World.
We will study from Pre-History…

…to the Fall of Rome
We will cover the great World Civilizations and we will consider their contributions to our world. Students will do research projects and some creative group and individual projects. A major project will be to write a drama about being a time traveler going to those early civilizations and witnessing the ways of life and events firsthand. TIME TRAVEL

California State Content Standard for History/Social Sciences 6.1 Students describe what is known through archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of humankind from the Paleolithic era to the agricultural revolution.

California State Content Standard for History/Social Sciences 6.2 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush.

California State Content Standard for History/Social Sciences
6.3 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Ancient Hebrews.

California State Content Standard for History/Social Sciences 6.4 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Ancient Greece.

California State Content Standard for History/Social Sciences
6.5 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of India.

California State Content Standard for History/Social Sciences

6.6 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of China.

California State Content Standard for History/Social Sciences 6.7 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures during the development of Rome.

Real photo of Mr. and Mrs. Curry at Pompeii

Students will do research projects and some creative group and individual projects.

Since Mr. Curry has taught classes which have won awards for multimedia projects, we can look forward to an awesome experience!

The focus will be on continuing the development of phonemic awareness, reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. We will use the Holt Language Arts program. The Literature book has some outstanding stories and skills instruction. Students will be also challenged to read books at their instructional level but which also become more challenging as they progress during the year. Book reports will be done for each trimester.

The typical weekly expectation is that students will read the selection, answer the increasingly more difficult “Response” questions and write a minimum 1 paragraph (5 quality sentences) summary of the selection. That is followed by taking the QuizLab test for the selection and doing any skills practice work that is assigned. Students are to have a novel to read every day.

State Standards for English/language Arts
Reading

1.0 Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development
Phonics-based Spelling and weekly Vocabulary

2.0 Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials)
Social Studies Content / Current Events Activities

3.0 Literary Response and Analysis
Summary and Questions for each story, Book reports

State Standards for English/language Arts Writing 1.0 Writing Strategies 2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics) Students write narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive texts of at least 500 to 700 words in each genre. Student writing demonstrates a command of standard American English and the research, organizational, and drafting strategies outlined in Writing Standard 1.0. Writing Genres: Narrative Expository Research Response to Literature Persuasive Writing Workshop at the end of Many Chapters in Literature Book. Weekly Essays in Language Arts and/or Social Studies.

We use a very structured and basic step-by-step approach to the writing process, similar to the Step Up To Writing used in the district’s Elementary Schools.

Written and Oral English Language Conventions 1.0 Written and Oral English Language Conventions (grammar)

We use teacher developed rubrics for assessing student writing. The state will test student writing in 7th grade. 6+1 Trait Criterion 2. ideas 3. organization 4. voice 5. word choice 6. sentence fluency 7. conventions +1presentation

English/Language Arts Standards Listening and Speaking 1.0 Listening and Speaking Strategies 2.0 Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics) Students will give both small group and individual oral reports based on both language Arts and Social Studies Reports and Projects. They will be assessed for their presentations and the students listening will be accountable for listening skills.

We hope to be communicating and collaborating with classes in Uganda, Africa and in Thailand as part of
We have already set up exchanges with classes in Kampala, Uganda, (Africa) (see article)   and another school in  KraNuan Thailand (Visit their website--in Thai) Our Class website is at: www.sjteach.org/20.html

We will be learning about our world and developing literacy skills through participation in the Chronicle In Education program. We will get classroom sets of newspapers once each week.

Check student Binder Reminders regularly Check student progress on www.mygradebook.com or request for a printed copy (give Mr. Curry the response card) Contact Mr. Curry whenever you have a question or concern email: rdcurry@sjteach.org Voice Mail: 408-923-1800 ext 4420 Our Class website is at: www.sjteach.org/20.html

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