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1 Welcome to Bonita Vista Middle Home of the Crusaders Incoming 7 th Grade Parent Orientation

2 Counseling Center Counselors Mr. Armas Ms. Murchison Mr. Taeatafa Mrs. King, Registrar Ms. Cosio, Secretary

3 Registration Packet 7 th Grade Curriculum Electives Adjusting to Middle School Support Services Q & A Presentation Highlights Mr. Balanay Principal

4 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. What is Middle School?

5 Registration Proof residency and online registration will be held in March/ April. More information will be provided when available Specific questions regarding: –Proof of Residency –Joint Residency –Enrollment from private school Contact Mrs. King, BVM Registrar:

6 Apply at the SUHSD District Office Call for application period and more information Parents will receive notification from the SUHSD office. Transfer Zone Requests Dates to Know

7 1.Required Courses: Completed by Counselor 2.Elective Options: –Rank your top 5 selections 3.Parent signature Course Selection Form (green)

8 This 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. Green Form February 7, 2011 Return to 6 th grade teacher.

9 1.English*1 Year 2.World Cultures*1 Year 3.Mathematics**1 Year 4.Physical Education1 Year 5.Science/ Health*1 Year 6.Elective/ Support1 Year 7 th Grade Curriculum *Accelerated courses offered to Gate & High Achiever students **Math 7 Accelerated and Algebra offered

10 Support Classes Students who have been identified as needing extra support in Math and/ or English, will be scheduled in a support class as their elective. 7 th grade support classes include: Math 7 Support, English 7 Support, and Read 180

11 Students 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. Student Placement

12 Yearbook* Exploring Technology Arts & Crafts Guitar *High Achieving students with strong English Language Arts grades 1 Year Electives

13 Advanced Auditions: Schedule an audition with Ms. Cruz or Perform in Concerts! Travel to Competitions! March in Parades! Make New Friends! Band (Advanced and Beginning)

14 Perform in Festivals & Concerts! Advanced Training for High School Choir! Make New Friends! Advanced Auditions: Schedule an appointment with chorus teacher Chorus (Advanced and Beginning)

15 Responsible students who have strong language arts skills. 3-year commitment (7 th, 8 th, and 9 th grade). C or better grade earns High School graduation & A-G credit. No previous foreign language required. Spanish 1/2 Meets the A-G college admissions requirement

16 What is AVID Preparation for 4-year university Motivational Activities School Success Strategies Tutorials Field Trips Guest Speakers Who should apply? Students with academic potential 1 st generation college student GPA Average to high test scores College potential with support Desire and Determination AVID Advancement Via Individual Determination FACT: 95% of AVID Graduates are enrolled in a college or university

17 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 8 th grade, AVID and/ or Spanish. Set a goal to earn A & B grades in middle & high school. Early Planning for College

18 Middle School: The changes you can expect Big transition from elementary school. –Some students have been in same school for 7 years! –Making new friends & social changes –More teachers: 6-7 per day –Letter grading system (A-F Grades) Emotional changes/ Pre-teen development –Establishing identity, anxious for independence, etc –Physical Changes, puberty, hormones Increased academic & personal responsibility –Todays choices affect tomorrow –Planning for high school, college & career choices –Daily/ increased homework

19 Lockers & combination locks Changing in PE/ showering Getting lost Homework & Teachers 8 th graders & bullies Making friends Fitting in with peers/ being popular No playground? No recess? New routines: classrooms, teachers, bus, cafeteria, library, main office, counseling center, nurse, etc… Change is more difficult for some students The concerns of your children Middle School: The concerns of your children

20 Reassure your child that its normal to feel excited and/ or nervous. Share your experiences. Highlight the positive –More independence –New opportunities: friends, sports, clubs, dances, field trips –Opportunity to learn new subjects Take a tour of campus over the summer Attend orientation in July (date TBA) Attend Back to School night in August Reassure your child that BVM is a safe campus with many caring students and adults. Help your child make a smooth transition to middle school

21 Daily Routine Organized Time Management Good Study Habits Seek Help Involved Parents Have Fun! How to be SUCCESSFUL in middle school

22 Even though your child is expressing their independence, they still want your support and guidance Talk to your child about school and his/ her personal and school life Know your childrens friends Help your child be their own advocate. Encourage them to discuss concerns directly with their teacher. Be prepared to help as needed. Praise your childs effort and achievement Always feel free to contact the school (teacher, counselor, administrator, etc) when concerns arise. Parents are the most important teachers

23 School Website Back-to-School Night College: Making It Happen! SDSU Compact for Success field trip Parent Involvement Day Parent/ Teacher Conferences Meet your childs counselor School Site Council GATE Parent Activities English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) –Interested in Volunteering? Contact BVM Volunteer in class, library, club, coach a team… Parent Involvement Opportunities Parents are always welcome at BVM Your involvement matters more than ever as your child gets older.

24 Lunchtime Activities Intramural Sports Clubs Assemblies Field Trips Dances ASB (8 th grade) East Coast Trip (8 th Grade- Optional) Student Activities The BVM ColorGuard marching in a parade Most activities announced in the morning bulletin

25 Principal, Bernard Balanay, will be available during the summer for tours of the campus. Contact BVM in late May for the summer tour schedule. Summer Tours for student & parents

26 Campus Safety & Support Services Nurse Counselor Assistant Principal Tutoring School Resource Officer 2 Campus Safety Assistants School Resource Officer, Officer Sherard Campus Safety Assistant, Ms. Evans

27 Counselors are available to assist with a variety of academic, behavior & social issues Selecting the appropriate academic placement Questions regarding planning for high school, college, and future. Ongoing academic, behavioral, and/ or emotional concerns Other questions/ resources on campus Meet your childs counselor

28 Be 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!

29 Sample Daily Schedule PERIODSUBJECTTEACHERROOMTIMEMINUTES 1EnglishMr. Schroeder2028:05-9:0560 2ScienceMs. Cardenas6049:10-10:0252 Nutrition10:02-10:1210 3PEMs. SellersPE10:17-11:0952 4MathMs. Caldwell50311:14-12:0652 Lunch12:11-12:4130 Advisory Mr. Kumabe60312:46-1:1630 5World CulturesMr. Martinez3051:21-2:1352 6Elective/ SupportMs. Pollard6102:18-3: minutes between each class

30 ASB Items Available –PE Clothes (Shirt & Shorts) –Spirit Shirts –Combination Locks –Yearbook –ASB Discount Sticker More information will be provided in late Spring/ early Summer. ASB Student Store

31 School starts at 8:05am Minimum Day/ Special Schedule- Ends at 12:50 Pick-up your schedule/ locator card by your last name Many adults available to help students What to bring –Backpack –Small Notebook –Pen & Pencil What to Expect the First Day of School

32 February 7 th, 2010 Deadline to submit registration forms to your students 6 th grade teacher Late July 2010 (TBA) 7 th Grade Orientation July 20 th, 2010 (tentative) First Day of School Mid-August Back-to-School Night Dates to Remember The Main Office

33 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! – –Many great resources on the internet. –Search transition to middle school Some words of encouragement…

34 For more information, please contact the BVM counseling center: Visit our school website Questions???

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