4What is Middle School?Middle schools serves as a transition between elementary & high school.Elementary is behind you…high school & your future awaits…It is normal for students and parents to feel nervous, excited, anxious, scared, etc.
5Registration Contact Mrs. King, BVM Registrar: 397-2220 Proof residency and online registration will be held in March/ April.More information will be provided when availableSpecific questions regarding:Proof of ResidencyJoint ResidencyEnrollment from private schoolContact Mrs. King,BVM Registrar:
6Transfer Zone Requests Dates to KnowApply at the SUHSD District OfficeCall for application period and more informationParents will receive notification from the SUHSD office.
7Course Selection Form (green) Required Courses:Completed by CounselorElective Options:Rank your top 5 selectionsParent signature
8Return to 6th grade teacher. Green FormThis form is used to identify the placement of your student and select elective classes.Please return the Green Course Selection Form by:Additional registration materials will be required before enrolling. More information to follow.February 7, 2011Return to 6th grade teacher.
97th Grade Curriculum English* 1 Year World Cultures* 1 Year Mathematics ** 1 YearPhysical Education 1 YearScience/ Health* 1 YearElective/ Support 1 Year*Accelerated courses offered to Gate & High Achiever students**Math 7 Accelerated and Algebra offered
10Support ClassesStudents who have been identified as needing extra support in Math and/ or English, will be scheduled in a support class as their elective.7th grade support classes include:Math 7 Support, English 7 Support, and Read 180
11Student PlacementStudents will be placed in classes utilizing district-wide placement guidelines.Counselors will use data (CST scores, CELDT scores, etc.) from elementary district.All GATE students will be placed in at least 1 accelerated class unless parent “Opts-out”.High achieving students are encouraged to enroll in at least 1 accelerated classes.For students with an IEP, articulation meetings will take place between the BVM & elementary school psychologists.Indicate any specific placement concerns/ questions on the green “course selection form”.
121 Year Electives Yearbook* Exploring Technology Arts & Crafts Guitar *High Achieving students with strong English Language Arts grades
13Band (Advanced and Beginning) Perform in Concerts!Travel to Competitions!March in Parades!Make New Friends!Advanced Auditions:Schedule an audition with Ms. Cruz.or
14Chorus (Advanced and Beginning) Advanced Auditions:Schedule an appointment with chorus teacher.Perform in Festivals & Concerts!Advanced Training for High School Choir!Make New Friends!
15Spanish 1/2 Meets the “A-G” college admissions requirement Responsible students who have strong language arts skills.3-year commitment (7th, 8th, and 9th grade).“C” or better grade earns High School graduation & A-G credit.No previous foreign language required.
16AVID Advancement Via Individual Determination What is AVIDPreparation for 4-year universityMotivational ActivitiesSchool Success StrategiesTutorialsField TripsGuest SpeakersWho should apply?Students with academic potential1st generation college studentGPAAverage to high test scoresCollege potential with supportDesire and DeterminationFACT: 95% of AVID Graduatesare enrolled in a college or university
17Early Planning for College Attend the Compact for Success field trip to SDSU (fall semester)Attend the College: Making It Happen informational night at BVM (spring semester)Consider taking accelerated courses, Algebra in 8th grade, AVID and/ or Spanish.Set a goal to earn A & B grades in middle & high school.
18The changes you can expect Middle School:The changes you can expectBig transition from elementary school.Some students have been in same school for 7 years!Making new friends & social changesMore teachers: 6-7 per dayLetter grading system (A-F Grades)Emotional changes/ Pre-teen developmentEstablishing identity, anxious for independence, etcPhysical Changes, puberty, hormonesIncreased academic & personal responsibilityToday’s choices affect tomorrowPlanning for high school, college & career choicesDaily/ increased homework
19The concerns of your children Middle School:The concerns of your childrenThe concerns of your childrenLockers & combination locksChanging in PE/ showeringGetting lostHomework & Teachers8th graders & bulliesMaking friendsFitting in with peers/ being popularNo playground? No recess?New routines: classrooms, teachers, bus, cafeteria, library, main office, counseling center, nurse, etc…Change is more difficult for some students
20Help your child make a smooth transition to middle school Reassure your child that it’s normal to feel excited and/ or nervous. Share your experiences.Highlight the positiveMore independenceNew opportunities: friends, sports, clubs, dances, field tripsOpportunity to learn new subjectsTake a tour of campus over the summerAttend orientation in July (date TBA)Attend “Back to School” night in AugustReassure your child that BVM is a safe campus with many caring students and adults.
21How to be SUCCESSFUL in middle school Daily RoutineOrganizedTime ManagementGood Study HabitsSeek HelpInvolved ParentsHave Fun!
22Parents are the most important teachers Even though your child is expressing their independence, they still want your support and guidanceTalk to your child about school and his/ her personal and school lifeKnow your children’s friendsHelp your child be their own advocate. Encourage them to discuss concerns directly with their teacher. Be prepared to help as needed.Praise your child’s effort and achievementAlways feel free to contact the school (teacher, counselor, administrator, etc) when concerns arise.
23Parent Involvement Opportunities Parents are always welcome at BVM School WebsiteBack-to-School NightCollege: Making It Happen!SDSU Compact for Success field tripParent Involvement DayParent/ Teacher ConferencesMeet your child’s counselorSchool Site CouncilGATE Parent ActivitiesEnglish Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA)Interested in Volunteering? Contact BVMVolunteer in class, library, club, coach a team…Your involvement matters more than ever as your child gets older.
24Student Activities Most activities announced in the morning bulletin Lunchtime ActivitiesIntramural SportsClubsAssembliesField TripsDancesASB (8th grade)East Coast Trip (8th Grade-Optional)The BVM ColorGuardmarching in a parade
25Summer Tours for student & parents Principal, Bernard Balanay, will be available during the summer for tours of the campus.Contact BVM in late May for the summer tour schedule.
26Campus Safety & Support Services Nurse Counselor Assistant Principal SchoolResourceOfficer ,Officer SherardNurseCounselorAssistant PrincipalTutoringSchool Resource Officer2 Campus Safety AssistantsCampusSafetyAssistant,Ms. Evans
27Meet your child’s counselor Counselors are available to assist with a variety of academic, behavior & social issuesSelecting the appropriate academic placementQuestions regarding planning for high school, college, and future.Ongoing academic, behavioral, and/ or emotional concernsOther questions/ resources on campus
28Be a Buddy, Not a Bully! Bullying is NOT accepted at BVM! If you witness bullying, talk to a counselor, teacher or parent.Help make BVM a friendly & safe place!
29Sample Daily Schedule 5 minutes between each class 1 English PERIODSUBJECTTEACHERROOMTIMEMINUTES1EnglishMr. Schroeder2028:05-9:05602ScienceMs. Cardenas6049:10-10:0252Nutrition10:02-10:12103PEMs. Sellers10:17-11:094MathMs. Caldwell50311:14-12:06Lunch12:11-12:4130AdvisoryMr. Kumabe60312:46-1:165World CulturesMr. Martinez3051:21-2:136Elective/ SupportMs. Pollard6102:18-3:105 minutes between each class
30ASB Student Store ASB Items Available PE Clothes (Shirt & Shorts) Spirit ShirtsCombination LocksYearbookASB Discount StickerMore information will be provided in late Spring/ early Summer.
31What to Expect the First Day of School School starts at 8:05amMinimum Day/ Special Schedule- Ends at 12:50Pick-up your schedule/ locator cardby your last nameMany adults availableto help studentsWhat to bringBackpackSmall NotebookPen & Pencil
32Dates to RememberFebruary 7th, 2010 Deadline to submit registration forms to your student’s 6th grade teacherLate July 2010 (TBA)7th Grade OrientationJuly 20th, 2010 (tentative)First Day of SchoolMid-AugustBack-to-School NightThe Main Office
33Some words of encouragement… Transitioning to middle school may feel a little scary. Remember all new experiences can be frightening at first. If you have a positive attitude and solid information about what to expect, you will be a middle school pro in no time!PBSkids.orgMany great resources on the internet.Search “transition to middle school”
34Questions???For more information, please contact the BVM counseling center:Visit our school website