2021-2022 Syllabus



Dear Student, Parent(s)/Guardian(s),


            I would first like to welcome you to the 6th grade at Phillip A. Sharp Middle School.  As with every new school year I’m very excited and anxious to get started.  Below you will find information regarding my class, best time to reach me, information about grades/grading scale, textbook used, class materials needed & classroom rules. 


CLASS INFORMATION:  This year we will learn about the emergence and development of civilizations in River Valley Civilizations (Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, and Ancient China) and the Classical Empires around the world between 3500 BCE – 600 CE.  Students will examine the rise of social, cultural, and government structures that become the foundations of the modern world.  Students will evaluate how individuals and groups addressed local, regional and global problems throughout the development of civilizations.  Class lessons are coordinated with the Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies.


PLANNING PERIOD:  9:10 – 10:10 - If at any time you need to contact me this will be the best time as I don’t have students during this period.  If this time frame is not convenient, you can simply e-mail me or leave me a voicemail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.


GRADING:  Students are graded on a point system (total points divided by earned points equals overall grade).  The following grading scale is in effect a PSMS.


A 100-93     B 92-85     C 84-75     D 74-65     F 64-0


Grades will be based primarily on assessments (quizzes & unit tests), classwork & participation.  If you are absent from school it is YOUR responsibility to find out what work you missed and have it completed in a timely manner.  Report cards are given every nine weeks. A midterm report is given to each student 4 ½ weeks prior to each report card.  The midterm report is a way to notify each parent or guardian about the progress of their child.


TEXTBOOK: Students will be using the World History Early Ages textbook series by Pearson.


MATERIALS:  pencils, 1” three ring binder, loose leaf paper, earbuds


RULES:  In order to be successful in my class there are a few simple rules that must be followed.






In addition to my classroom rules you will be expected to follow “SHARP” expectations which are posted throughout the building.  To be a “SHARP” student you will need to exhibit the following characteristics:


#1 – Success – do your best, be courteous, be patient

#2 – Honor – represent your school with honor, do the right thing, accept responsibility for your actions

#3 – Attitude – help others, be supportive, show good sportsmanship

#4 – Respect – use appropriate language, respect space/property of others

#5 – Preparedness – follow directions, come prepared to school/class


            The transition to middle school can be very overwhelming and sometimes confusing.  Organization is something that is expected of each student in my classroom which is why I require EVERY student to utilize an assignment book/agenda/planner daily.  This will allow you to keep up with all assignments and upcoming assessments.  It also serves as a good communication tool between teachers and the parent(s)/guardians.  In order to ensure that this takes place on a daily basis it is important that I have FULL SUPPORT from parent(s)/guardians.  If the students are required to fill it out on a daily basis it is vital that it is checked at HOME on a DAILY BASIS as well.  Therefore all students should copy their assignments into their assignment books/agendas each day.  The agenda should travel to EVERY CLASS, EVERY DAY!!! 

I realize that assignments may sometimes be overlooked due to practices, games, appointments, etc..  With this in mind I utilize a texting service called REMIND.  Attached to this syllabus you will find an instruction sheet that explains how to sign up for this service on your mobile device and/or e-mail.  I do my absolute best to send out a message daily so that everyone knows what took place that day and when we will be having assessments.  This service may be utilized by both students and parents/guardians.  The quickest way to contact me if needed would be to utilize the phone number and/or e-mail information below.

            By approaching the school year with a team effort in mind we can ensure that we will have a very productive year for each and every student.  If at any time you have any questions concerning my class or anything else, please feel free to call or contact me via email. 


                                                                                                Looking forward to a great year,



Mr. J.B. Pollard

                                                                                                6th grade Social Studies

                                                                                                (859) 472-7000