6th Grade Math and Advanced Math 6

Mr. Houfek teaches both math 6 and Advanced Math 6.  With high expectations and cooperation all students will reach their goals in math this year.

Course Description :

This course reviews and extends the development of the number system carried on in the earlier elementary grades. Content includes work on the fundamental operations and using these operations with the various subsets of the real number system such as whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. This course also addresses unit conversions within a system of measurement, geometry, data analysis, two-set equations and problem solving.


Instructional Philosophy:

Math in 6th grade is a way of life.  We teach the basics and begin to explore the more complex world of mathematics.  By building the base of understanding for our students we are setting them up for success in the years to come. We will work on the mastery of the basics while stretching their understanding of the world of math

Major Units of Study

Number Sense, basic geometry concepts, pre-algebraic concepts, and probability

Course Expectations

·         Basic math facts memorized

·         Understanding of basic number sense

·         Basic knowledge of one step equations

·         Multiple methods of solving real world problems

·         Understanding of basic geometric principles

·         Understanding of probability and how it works

Class Rules and Expectations: 

·         Students should come to class prepared and ready to learn

·         Students should arrive on time to class

·         Students should be willing to participate in class activities

·         Students should take notes and complete homework on time

·         Students should give their best effort each day

Assessment (customized according to subject area – examples below)

·       Course grades will be determined by planned assessments such as tests, quizzes.

·       Unit tests will be given at the end of each unit.

State Testing

All students are required to complete the Nebraska State Test (NeSA-M). The NeSA-M is usually administered during the month of April.


District Testing

In order to prepare students for the NeSA-M test, OPS requires all Math 6 students to complete the MAP test which we will take in September and December.

OPS Secondary Grading Practices

All coursework and assessments are judged based on the level of student learning from “below basic” to “advanced.”  This course will provide multiple opportunities to achieve at the “proficient” to “advanced” levels.  Students are evaluated based on a proficiency scale or project rubric.  Proficiency scales for this course are available upon request (teacher will identify location such as portal, teacher website, attached, etc.)


There are three types of coursework

·         Practiceassignments are brief and done at the beginning of learning to gain initial content (e.g., student responses on white boards, a valid sampling of math problems, keyboarding exercises, and diagramming sentences, checking and recording resting heart rate).  Practice assignments are not generally graded for accuracy (descriptive feedback will be provided in class) and are not a part of the grade. Teachers may keep track of practice work to check for completion and students could also track their practice work. Practice work is at the student’s instructional level and may only include Basic (2) level questions.

·        Formative (35% of the final grade) – assessments/assignments occur during learning to inform and improve instruction.  They are minor assignments (e.g., a three paragraph essay, written responses to guiding questions over an assigned reading, completion of a comparison contrast matrix).   Formative assignments are graded for accuracy and descriptive feedback is provided.  Formative work may be at the student’s instructional level or at the level of the content standard.  Formative assessments/assignments will have all levels of learning – Basic (2), Proficient (3), and Advanced (4), which means that for every formative assessment/assignment, students will be able to earn an Advanced (4). Teachers will require students to redo work that is not of high quality to ensure rigor and high expectations. The students score on a formative assessment that was redone will be their final score.

·         Summative (65% of the final grade) – assessments/assignments are major end of learning unit tests or projects used to determine mastery of content or skill (e.g., a research paper, an oral report with a power point, major unit test, and science fair project).  Summative assignments are graded for accuracy.  Summative assignments assess the student’s progress on grade level standards and may not be written at the student’s instructional level.  Summative assessments/assignments will have all levels of learning – Basic (2), Proficient (3), and Advanced (4), which means that for every formative assessment/assignment students, will be able to earn an advanced (4).

To maintain alignment of coursework to content standards, which is a key best practice for standards-based grading, teachers will utilize a standardized naming convention for each of the standards within a course.  The content standard will be marked on each assignment entered into Infinite Campus (District Grading Program) using all capital letters followed by a colon.  After the colon will be the title of the coursework.


At the end of the grading period, scores are converted to a letter grade using this grading scale.


A = 3.51 – 4.00

A-= 3.01 – 3.50

B = 2.51 – 3.00

B-=2.01 – 2.50

C = 1.51 – 2.00

D = 0.76 - 1.50

F = 0.00 – 0.75


Redoing/Revising Student Coursework

  1. Students are responsible for completing all coursework and assessments as assigned.
  2. Students will be allowed redos and revisions of coursework for full credit as long as they are turned in during that unit of study while a student still has an opportunity to benefit from the learning. When time permits, teachers should allow the redoing or revising of summative assessments.
  3. Students are expected to complete assessments when given to the class, or if a student was justifiably absent, at a time designated by the teacher.
  4. Redoing, retaking or revising will be done at teacher discretion in consultation with the student and parent(s). Teachers may schedule students before, during, or after school to address needed areas of improvement if not convenient during class. The time and location for redoing, retaking or revising will be done at the teacher’s discretion in consultation with the student and parent(s).
  5. Scores for student work after retaking, revising or redoing will not be averaged with the first attempt at coursework but will replace the original score.

Clubs and Activities

I am the assistant boys basketball coach and the head girls basketball coach.  I also help run the drama club that is active during first and fourth quarters only.

Mr. Houfek

Contact Info

Email Address:



(402) 561-6130 ext.