About Ms. Pickard
Ms. Pickard stopping for a drink on a trail ride with her horse Commander.


Augsburg College-BA-Elementary Education

Hamline University-MA-Curriculum and Instruction-Urban Education

University of Minnesota- Middle School Endorsements-Math, English, Social Studies

In 1999 I began teaching in the Minneapolis District as a math teacher at Olson Middle School.  After looping three cycles of teaching grades 6-8 math,  I moved to Anthony Middle School in the fall of 2008. 

My teaching philosophy asks students to give their best effort and show their work.  Use time at school for learning. School is their job and I expect them to be professional students.


Outside of school I spend time horseback riding, reading, painting with watercolor or acrylic and drinking coffee at the neighborhood establishments as I grade papers.  My husband, Tom, and I live in Plymouth.  Joe, my son is an engineering graduate from the University of MInnesota.  Much of my time is spent with my  sisters who all live in the area.  Family is at the top on my priority list.


Knowing that family is important to me, I am looking forward to meeting all of the parents/guardians/grandmas/grandpas/siblings that I can.  Please stop in when you are in the building so I can connect you to your student.  We are all a team in making education the greatest experience possible.  I love school and learning.  I want the same for our students. 

Please contact me at penelope.pickard@mpls.k12.mn.us or call the school at 612-668-3240.

Math in Room 105

Classroom Expectations
Ms. Pickard

The atmosphere in the classroom is one of the biggest elements that affects our learning at school.  As your teacher, I offer everyone my support. In return as learners I expect a willing attitude and your greatest effort.  We will encourage each other.  

I am available before and after school for assistance.  The number at school is 612-668-3240.  My home number is 763-473-1390 and my email is Penelope.Pickard@mpls.k12.mn.us. Email is the most effective way to reach me.


Sixth grade is a great time to polish organizational skills! Each day bring the following to class:

  • Math Notebook or Quad Pad
  • Pencils
  • Highlighter
  • Pen
  • Completed Assignment
  • Planner

I recommend students use graph of quarter inch “quad” paper for as much of their math work as possible.


Isn’t 6th grade a great time to practice leadership skills? An American school is a privileged place.   In order to learn students must listen to instruction, ask questions when you don’t understand and participate in the assignments and activities.  Every student has the right to a quality education.  No student has the right to interfere with the education of any other student.  In order for everyone to achieve their highest level I expect the following of all students:

1.    When the teacher is talking all students need to be quiet and listen.
2.    Bring proper materials to class everyday.
3.    Be in your seat ready to work when the final bell rings.
4.    Use time for quality math work.

Possible rewards:

Successful math learning
Tickets for the “Wheel of Fortune”
Practice cool high school skills
Positive call/email to parents
Possible nomination for "Student of the Month"

Possible consequences for students who disrupt learning in the classroom include:

Missing out on learning and assignments-big bummer
Appearing immature to you peers
Slowing our ability to learn together
Verbal warning
Classroom time-out
Writing a reflection
Call home
Referral to Dean


Isn’t sixth grade a wonderful time to buff up time-management skills?  Homework assignments are given daily and due the next day.  Completing all of your homework is key to learning in math.  The more you practice the better you become.  You can do it!  If a student is unable to complete the assignment due to family commitments a note can be brought signed by a parent to allow additional time for work completion.  

Understanding the problem is the first step in homework.  Contact a fellow student for information.  Read and re-read the problem. Write down what you don’t understand.  Example.  #4. I don’t know what simplify means.  #5. How do I solve an equation with both fractions and decimals in it? Bringing in a blank sheet of paper saying I didn’t get it is not acceptable.

Students will be given quizzes and tests on the material covered.  In addition, portion of the quarterly grade points will be given for “effort, respect, cooperation,   

  • 94-100%=A
  • 90 and up to=A-
  • 87 and up to=B+
  • 84 and up to =B      
  • 80 and up to =B-
  • 77 and up to  =C+
  • 74 and up to =C        
  • 70 and up to =C-
  • 67 and up to = D+
  • 64 and up to = D
  • 60 and up to = D-

Grades can be accessed on the parent portal through the Anthony website.