4 GRADE 6 2012-2013 Team Curiosity Team Imagination Team Discovery Math Science Social Studies Language Arts Student Support Services All three teams teach the same curriculum.
5 HOW IS MIDDLE SCHOOL DIFFERENT Transition Emerging adolescence Child seeks more independence from parents Friends/peers become more important Structure of school day and school visitations Storage of books and supplies Panther Cards & Red/Yellow Cards Grades
Technology Cell Phones, Facebook, and iPods…. Oh My! 6
7 6th GRADE COURSE OF STUDY Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Foreign Language Art General Music * Health Physical Education Technology Education Guidance/Research/Technology All students will have: *Students who elect chorus or instrumental lessons will not have general music.
8 INTEGRATED ARTS (IA) Three-Year Course of Study Art Health Physical Education Tech Education Music Guidance Research Technology
9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE Sixth graders will be taking a flex foreign language program. Students will have each language for one quarter of the year. French ~ Spanish ~ German ~ Latin The flex program allows your child to make an informed decision as they select a foreign language for their middle school years. Other options based on data from 5 th Grade: Reading For Success/Academic Coach (Transitional Skills)
10 INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS Boys/Girls Soccer Field Hockey* Cross Country* Boys/Girls Basketball Baseball Softball Outdoor Track* *Sixth graders are eligible to participate in Cross Country, Field Hockey and Outdoor Track. There is an athletic fee of $225 per sport.
11 AFTER- SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Computer Club German Club Math Team Chess Club Ski Club Newspaper Club Panther Sports Club Woodworking Science Club Student Council Yearbook Club Dance Dance Rev. AND MANY MORE A list of all possible clubs will be updated online in September.
12 LATE BUSES Available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ONLY General stops only -- not door-to-door
13 SCHOOL - PARENT COMMUNICATION FRIDAY EMAIL - SIGN UP ONLINE Newsletters - Online Notices will be posted online Team Communications Phone Calls to Parents Meeting with Teachers Progress Reports and Report Cards Homework on website Student-Led Conferences
14 SCHOOL SUPPLIES General supply lists will be posted online
15 Parent Information and Support Westford Middle School PTO –Supports many school programs with fundraising –Recognizes faculty/staff multiple times during the year –Provide enrichment opportunities for our students with fundraising dollars Westford Parent Connection –Provide noted speakers on current issues in child growth and development –Issues such as teens and depression, school adjustment, bullying and internet safety are planned for next year. WASA, Teen Center
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