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Ms. Anderson

6th Grade Team

Welcome to 6th grade Wildcats! I am looking forward to another year at SMA teaching Science and Agriculture, as my elective class. I earned my B.S. in Animal Science from University of Florida. I also graduated from the EPI Teacher Certification Program through South Florida State College.  I am excited to be a part of the SMA family, and part of the Altruist house!


Please join our Facebook group (SMA 6th Grade: 2018-19) by clicking the image below.  This closed group is available only to parents/guardians of current 6th grade students at South McKeel Academy. It includes regular updates from teachers, photos of activities and events, special requests, etc.  

Contact Us 

The best way to contact us is by email.  If you have questions or concerns regarding a specific subject area, please direct the email to the appropriate teacher by clicking on their name below:

Language Arts:               Kassandra Gormally

Math:                              Amanda Downey

Science:                         Jody Anderson

Social Studies:              Jason Hagerman

Physical Education:       Ashlinn Rodgers

Electives:                     Agriculture                     Jody Anderson

                                     Intensive Math              Amanda Downey

                                     Intensive Reading        Kassandra Gormally

                                   Home Wreckonomics     Rob Beaudreault

                                      Intro to Spanish            Candice Tyler

                                      Intensive Reading         Tiffany Marrero

                                      Music                               Jency Meche

                                      Coding                            Suzanne Williams

                                    Life Hacks                        Jason Hagerman

                                   Sports Science                 Jeremy Bohnenstiel

General questions should be sent to your child's homeroom teacher.


Science goes digital!

All assignments, rubrics, due dates, and resources for Science class can be found on Canvas, an information management system used by The Schools of McKeel Academy.  Access Canvas under "suggested links" or simply click the image below:

Behavior Expectations 

 The Schools of McKeel Academy recognizes and values its role in developing employable adults. We strive to help students build a portfolio of skills essential to success in the workforce.  These "Behavior Expectations" encourage students to be responsible, accountable, respectful and empathetic to others.  Coaching is provided throughout the year by faculty and staff as well as peer "House Leaders".  

Behavior Expectations

1.  Follow instructions.

2.  Get along with others.

3.  Do assigned classwork and homework.

4.  Be prepared.  (Agenda completed and signed by parents, All communication signed and returned, necessary supplies and materials, etc.)

5.  Be on time.

6.  Be dressed in appropriate uniform clothes with belt, shirt tucked in, etc.

Students will receive an "Behavior Expectation Warning" for minor infractions. These are emailed. Please review these with your child and sign the agenda daily.

Classroom Procedures 

Classroom procedures help to ensure smooth transitions and flow.  They are essential to the learning environment. Please review the Science Classroom Procedures with your child by clicking on the image below:

Science Labs 

This school year your child will be involved in various hands-on science activities involving the use of laboratory equipment and other science-related materials. The Science Lab Safety Contract was created to protect students during laboratory investigations and experiments and to ensure equipment is handled with care. Students may not participate in laboratory activities without a signed contract. Click the image below to access the Science Lab Safety Contract

Career Shadowing 

The Schools of McKeel Academy is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that go beyond the traditional classroom. As a part of this commitment, students at South McKeel Academy participate in alternative activities such as Career Shadowing. Career curriculum and exploration is an integral part of the core philosophy shared by all of the McKeel schools. When students receive career information at an early age, school involvement and school performance improve. Students increase their social and interpersonal skills. Students' confidence, competence and motivation increase, and this leads to academic success. Providing students with this opportunity to expand their horizons and to gain perspective about their future is something we are proud of! 

Career Shadowing for 6th grade at SMA is on TBA. On that day, students will work side-by-side with a responsible adult, who works outside of his/her home and agrees to allow them to spend the day on the job with him or her.

About Career Shadowing:

1. All students in grades 6-12 are required to participate.

2. Students should select careers of interest to them. Parents/guardians should assist them in making their selection and in securing a location.

3. Students may NOT shadow teachers at a McKeel school.

4. HIPPA laws may prohibit shadowing at a healthcare facility.

5. Students should not report to school on Career Shadowing day, but should go directly to the Career Shadowing site.

6. Transportation to and from the selected location will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Stay tuned for additional information.

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