• American History – Team Sirius


    Course Description: In 6th grade American History we will explore historical and events from Civil War Reconstruction through the Coldtime periods in American History. Geography skills are reinforced and used throughout the year and note taking and research skills are utilized in projects.  Governments and economic principles of our nation are studied and compared. Throughout the year, curricular areas integrate contributions of various cultures, and help foster students' appreciation for diversity.


    Course Objectives: Throughout the year, daily and unit learning objectives will be posted on the white erase board in the front of the room.  It is my goal that, each day in American History our work has purpose. Each learning activity that students engage in should be meaningful and lead you to a higher level of understanding of concepts being discussed in class.


    Course Materials: For each day of class, students are expected to bring the following:

    1. Pencil
    2. Pen (black or blue ink)
    3. Binder that includes:

    a.) American History Folder/tab with any handouts

    b.) Loose leaf paper


    Classroom Expectations:  The teacher and students are expected to come to class, ready to work hard each day.  Therefore, it is important that we:

    1. Be on time and prepared for class
    2. Actively participate in class
    3. Listen respectfully


    Classroom Management Plan:  Because school is a place for learning, the expectations listed above are of great importance.  Each of you has the right to be here and learn without interruption. If a student chooses to interrupt the learning (either his own or the entire class’s), there will be consequences that are aligned with our building-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system.


    1. First Offense – Verbal warning
    2. Second Offense – Relocation/Removal from class (student     re-enters when ready)
    3. Third Offense – Office Referral and Lunch/Recess Detention (student calls parent at home/work)


    Each day is a new opportunity for students to make the learning environment in American History a productive one.  So be here, be prepared, be active and enjoy the learning that takes place each day.

    Homework, Late Work & Missing Assignments:


    Homework is intended to provide students the opportunity to practice concepts learned in class and to lay a foundation for future class discussions.  Students are expected to have homework completed and ready to turn in by the assigned due date. If, for any reason, this is not possible it is the student’s responsibility is to contact Mr. Pingel regarding the tardiness of the assignment (see “communication”)


    In the event of an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain information regarding any missed assignments.  Students will have two days to turn in any missing assignments due to an absence. After that, the assignment is considered late.


    In addition to entries in your student planner, homework assignments and due dates are posted in the classroom and on the Sirius Team Homework website.


    Penalties for Late/Missing Assignments will vary depending on the type of assignment




    In American History, your grade is determined by the following:


    1) Homework    (5-10 pts. per assignment)

    2) Class Participation  (5-15 points depending on days assessed or project)

    3) Quizzes                 (15-20 points)

    4) Tests                           (30-40 points)

    5) Projects     (15-40 points)


    In the American History classroom each unit is taught through numerous learning goals.  Sometimes these learning goals could be a learning target for two days or sometimes a week depending on how extensiveness of the objective.  Students will be quizzed at the end of each learning goal to insure that they have understood the material being taught in class before moving on to the next learning goal.  After students finish their quizzes, or what I call a check-up, we will grade and correct them. We will always grade and review these quizzes together as a class. It is very important that students keep their graded and corrected quizzes in a safe place like their binder. Before each Unit test I will always provide a study guide. These quizzes will help them complete the study guide and prepare for their Unit Assessment.




    In addition to our weekly blog and our team website, students will utilize their assignment weekly planner papers to stay informed about assignments and other information regarding American History.  If there is ever any question or concern about a American History assignment, it is the student's responsibility to contact me.


    Mr. Pingel

    Email: pingel.nicholas@wgmail.org (or “Contact Mr. Pingel” link on website)

    Phone: (314) 963-6460


    I receive email on both my home and work computer.  If you do not receive an immediate response, I will answer your question(s) the following day.  If you leave a voice message on the answering system at school, I will respond within 24 hours.