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Hello! My name is Leila Lay. I am currently a 6th Grade Mathematics, Science, and General Art teacher here at Thomas Starr King Middle School.   

I was born in a faraway land called Vietnam, but grew up in Southern California. After high school, I attended California State University, Los Angeles, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.  I also participated in a student exchange program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After an exciting adventure, I eventually received my Master of Arts in Education and Teaching Credential at Pepperdine University. To strengthen my role as an educator, as well as to fulfill my desire to promote education, I recently earned another Master of Arts in Educational Administration at California State University, Northridge.

I am very excited about the upcoming school year and most of all, to meet all the incoming 6th grade students!

Math Rules! 
Have you ever wondered about your chance of winning the lottery? Probability is just one of the things you’ll learn in sixth grade Math. You’ll also learn how to calculate sales tax and discounts the next time you shop. You’ll learn how much money to leave for a tip at your next restaurant visit, baseball batting averages, two-dimensional and three- dimensional shapes, and more!

Science Rocks! 
Did you know that the world used to be one big piece of land with just one body of water? How do you think the Earth’s surface turned into seven continents and four oceans? In sixth grade Science, we will investigate the Earth’s surface below to discover how earthquakes, volcanoes, rivers, and mountains shape Earth, as we know it today. We will also learn why living things, like you and me, need to take care of the environment and ourselves to help keep the Earth going.

Grading Policy
Points are earned for Homework, Test/Quizzes, Class work, and  Performance/Presentations. Points can also be earned through Extra Credit.

Grades are determined by the following formula:       
Total points earned/Total points possible

EX:  38/50 = 38 ÷ 50 = 0.76 = 76 %        

Percents are converted into letter grades:         
90 % and above      =          A
80 – 89 %               =          B
70 – 79 %               =          C
60 – 69 %               =          D
59 % and below       =          F

Categories for grading:
Tests = 30%

In addition to your academic grade for each subject, you will receive a grade for your WORK HABITS & COOPERATION (E = Excellent, S = Satisfactory, U = Unsatisfactory). Therefore, it is extremely important that you actively participate in class, complete all assignments by the due date, and cooperate with me and your classmates.

There are four reporting periods in this semester and they are cumulative (i.e., the points earned in the first progress report will count towards the final semester grade.) It is the final semester grade that goes into your school records, but notice that what you do from day one will affect your final grades!

Students are expected to submit assignments by the due date. No late assignment will be accepted. Math assignments submitted with no work shown will receive no credit.

You have as many days as you were absent to make up assignments for full credit. However, you are strongly encouraged to call a classmate the day you are absent, so that you do not fall behind in class!

Please make sure to have ALL school supplies by Monday, August 24, 2015. Refer to the Class Brochure for a complete list of supplies.

Classroom Wish List
Please check out my Amazon Wish List if you wish to contribute some of the very necessary supplies to our classroom. Thank you so much! 

Please click on the classes below to  find the assignments and/or homework.