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1 Welcome, Parents of incoming 7 th grade students!

2 CVMS Contacts Karen Infantino, Counselor Mg-Z Laurie Francis, Principal Adam Camacho, Asst. Principal Toni Zurcher, Counselor A-H Jeff Copeland, Asst. Principal Lisa Curry, Counselor I-Mf

3 Carmel Valley PTSA Rocks! Positions Open for : Recording Secretary VP Technology VP Volunteers EBlast If interested, contact: (858)

4 All Clubs Meet During Lunch CVMS Clubs Game Club Karaoke Club Art Club Card Club Math Counts Science Olympiad Club Live Chess Club And many more!

5 Orientation August 17 Student registration form (access on-line) 8 th grade WEB leaders give the tour and answer questions Fun, music and pizza! Parents will learn: about community issues and safety how to support your child’s social/emotional development how to access to school resources online how to support your child’s academic success Time will be provided to meet other Bobcat parents, purchase PE clothes, spirit wear, yearbooks, and join PTSA!

6 We are here to help! Personal issues: –Problems with friends – conflict resolution –Gossip and bullying –Divorce, illness, loss –Decision making –Communication with teachers –And advice on parenting for you!

7 We are here to help! Academic: –Improving grades –Organization –Study skills –High School and College questions –Career Exploration

8 For parents of students from private schools, etc… Read the Registration Instructions on the Registration Information page of the counseling website. Make an appointment with our registrar, Lee Ann Howe, x3005 ASAP You will need verification of residency, immunization records, etc. Once registered, make an appt. for math placement test

9 Important Registration forms Print and use the registration checklist to be certain you have all required forms Make sure you have thoroughly completed each required form If anything is missing, you will notified that your registration is not complete. If you need time to gather immunization records, turn in what you have for now. Don’t forget the new requirement for a Tdap booster shot. You do not need to sign the verification of residency form in our presence if you are enrolling from a feeder public school

10 Very Important Dates (see this info on reg. web page) March 31 – return registration packet to 6 th grade teacher with the CHECKLIST on top. April 1 – band & orchestra auditions April 18 – 29: math placement testing May 5 – 10: math placement test results with suggested math course MAILED home May 13 – Math Course Selection Form Due to 6 th grade teachers. 5/14, 5/17 or 5/19– Algebra Honors Readiness Test August 17- Orientation

11 Math Placement Test Ashley Falls April 21 st Carmel Del Mar April 19 th Del Mar Heights April 18 th Del Mar Hills April 26 th Ocean AirApril 29 th Sage Canyon April 25 th Solana Pacific April 20 th Sycamore Ridge April 26 th Torrey Hills April 27 th Private school students must arrange to take the math placement test with the CV Counseling Secretary. Contact LeeAnn Howe for an appointment at ext 3005.

12 School Hours and Period Schedule 8:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Monday (Single Periods) Period 1 (8:30-9:25) Period 2 (9:30-10:20) Period 3 (10:25-11:15) Period 4 (11:20-12:10) Lunch (12:10-12:45) PAW (12:50-1:15) Period 5 (1:15-2:05) Period 6 (2:10-3:05) Tuesday (1, 3, 5 Block) Wednesday (2, 4, 6 Block) Thursday (1, 3, 5 Block) Friday (2, 4, 6 Block) Period 1 (8:30-10:20) 10 MINUTE BREAK Period 2 Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 (10:30-12:15) Period 4 Period 3 Period 4 Lunch (12:15-12:50) Lunch PAW (12:55-1:20) PAW Period 5 (1:20-3:05) Period 6 Period 5 Period 6

13 7 th Grade Class Schedule # of Classes Subject 1 English 7 2 Mathematics 3 Life Science 4 World History 5 PE or Band 6 Elective

14 CV English Course Options Course CRITERIA TO CONSIDER WHEN MAKING YOUR DECISION English 7 Standard College Prep English English 7 Honors Designated GATE in English, “Advanced” on the CA Standards Test in 5 th or 6 th grade, 4.0 GPA in subject area, possess strong writing skills, be an avid reader of high-level books. English Language Learner Courses designed to develop reading, speaking, writing, and listening skills in English.

15 CV Math Course Selection Course CRITERIA GUIDELINES FOR SELECTING…… Pre-Algebra Essentials Below “Proficient” on the CA Standards Test in 5 th MDTP Score Range 19 or below A below grade level, individual remedial program. Pre-Algebra Grade Level Course “Advanced or Proficient” on the CA Standards Test in 5 th grade and MDTP Score Range Pre-Algebra Honors “Advanced” on the CA Standards Test in 5 th, B or better in 1 st semester/2 nd trimester in 6 th grade math, and math placement test score range Algebra Honors Students will have the opportunity to take the Algebra Honors Readiness Test, which could qualify them to skip Pre-Algebra and enroll in Algebra Honors.

16 SUPPORT CLASSES Before school support class – fills in identified skill gaps in math or English Pre Algebra Topics support class – replaces elective – gives additional instruction to support placement and success in pre-algebra.

17 All Placements are final… …after June 16 th We do not re-evaluate math and English placements or re-test in August. We do not accept “tutoring” to advance a level in math.

18 Electives: Time to Have Fun! Your child has space for one year long elective or two semester classes Please let your child choose We will be scheduling for the year, and we do make an effort to give your child their first or second choice, but 8 th graders have priority Number top 6 choices (in order of preference) BE sure to select your PE as well

19 Electives Semester Electives Year-Long Electives Drama Intro Leadership * Journalism Yearbook * Drama/Advanced Drama General Studio Art Intro to Multi Media Art/Advanced Art Multimedia/Video Production Academic SuccessHeroes* AVID * Band or Orchestra * Spanish 1 * Indicates elective options that require a supplemental form. ie. Intent form for Band or application

20 Drama INTRO TO DRAMA A variety of Drama Activities Pantomime Monologues Character Analysis Improvisation Scene Work The class focuses on building student self confidence, creative expression, and cooperative learning. ADVANCED DRAMA Builds on the basic acting skills developed in the Introduction to Drama course. Performance-based class Students will present scenes for classes Perform school-wide plays All aspects of theatre, such as: acting, directing, lighting and sound, costume/make-up, and publicity.

21 Art / Advanced Art Curriculum based on Elements and Principles of Design. Mediums Explored paint clay watercolor pen and ink paper mache oil pastels collage crayons markers colored pencils found object Advanced art builds off General Studio Art and is only offered second semester.

22 Multimedia & Video Production Year-long Basic Computer Literacy Internet Safety Keyboarding Web Design Photoshop Flash Animation Video Production

23 Journalism The CVMS Newspaper (The Lynx) The Literary Magazine (Bobbed Tales) Journalism staff members are : Strong independent workers Excellent writers Photographers & Interviewers Quick learners Willing to write editorials and news articles Journalism staff members use: Photoshop InDesign Digital Cameras

24 Yearbook Creates: The CVMS Yearbook Yearbook staff members are: Strong independent workers Able to edit page lay-outs Photographers Quick learners Willing to help classmates Able to meet deadlines Yearbook staff members use: Web-based yearbook software program Photoshop InDesign Digital Cameras



27 HEROES H Help better the school and community E Exemplify the qualities of an outstanding citizen R Reach out to peers and youngsters in need of friendship and advice O Optimize opportunities to be a positive role model E Educate peers and the community about leading a healthy, drug-free lifestyle S Seek solutions to problems facing our school and community

28  Photoshop  Basic Computer Technology  Microsoft Word  Google Docs  Social Media Safeguards  Internet Literacy  PowerPoint Introductory Semester Class

29 Academic Success Study Skills and Media Literacy Study Skills  Organization, time management, goal setting, memorization, test taking strategies. Media Literacy  Understanding and using the internet effectively  Using the computer for academic success New

30 What is AVID? AVID is an acronym for Advancement via Individual Determination. It is a college prep program designed to increase school wide learning and performance. WHAT AVID IS:  for students with college potential  for those who, given support, would succeed in a rigorous class (such as honors)  for those with motivation and desire to do better academically  for those with GPA or middle to high test scores  for those who are first generation in family to attend/graduate college  for those who might be under-represented in the college arena (minority, gender, disadvantaged, etc.) WHAT AVID IS NOT:  an at-risk program for unmotivated students  quick fix for student problems  a study hall class/homework club  a remedial program  for students already receiving academic support at school.  for students already successful in advanced courses

31 Typical Week in AVID Elective MONDAYTUESDAYTHURSDAY Binder Evaluations Media Center Study Island Guest Speakers Motivational Activities Team Building Tutorials with College students trained in AVID AVID Curriculum with AVID Teacher Tutorials with College students trained in AVID AVID Curriculum with AVID Teacher AVID Curriculum includes:AVID Tutorials include: Writing Curriculum College and Careers Strategies for Success Collaborative Study Groups Writing Groups Socratic Seminars

32 About World language requirements… Language is not a requirement for a high school diploma Two or more years of the same language taken consecutively are required for entrance to a 4 year university We recommend students begin a language no later than 9 th grade. If your child chooses to begin Spanish in grade 7, she/he will not have an opportunity to take any other electives during middle school.

33 More about Language options Students who begin Spanish in 7 th must go on to Spanish 2 in 8 th, Spanish 3 in 9 th … In 8 th grade, students may choose to begin Spanish or French Current course offerings in 9 th grade include Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, American Sign Language.

34 Music Program Band & Orchestra Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced No piano, harp, or guitar Beginning Band Percussion – 2-year minimum piano requirement/mini-audition Placement Auditions (unless a beginner) – online sign-up You must select Band or Orchestra on your plan sheet and complete the Band/Orchestra application (get form online) PE Credit Music Boosters

35 Physical Education Options General PE Band or Orchestra to replace PE Band/Orchestra students have the choice.. Band + PE Band/Orchestra (replace PE) + another elective ISPE (Application – highly competitive individual sport)

36 Independent Study P.E. Is this an option for my student? 1) Needs to be an individual sport/activity (no team sports) 2) Five possible criteria 3) Must be highly competitive/”exceptional athletes” (tournaments, meets, etc.) or “advanced level” for Criteria #2 students 4) Must have direct instruction by qualified individual with proper insurance (minimum of 400 instructional minutes bi-weekly/200 per week) Advantages vs. Disadvantages of ISPE Applications available online & hard copies available by May 1 st Applications DUE by August 6th to Mr. Camacho (look for summer hours/other directions on website by May 1 st ) Notes: ISPE is a pass/fail class; individual coach required; be sure students are at “advanced” or “exceptionally gifted” athletes before enrolling Contact Adam Camacho, Assistant Principal, if you have questions:

37 Athletics – Boys & Girls Club TEXT Flag Football Girls Volleyball Cross County Golf FALL SPORTS WINTER SPORTS SPRING SPORTS Girls Field Hockey Wrestling Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Track & Field Boys Volleyball

38 Academic Support Services CVMS Math Support: Before school math tutoring – schedule online Saturday Academic Support: 2 hours of academic support in Math, English, History and Science Academic Power Hour Tutors from the high schools earn community service credit for helping students Productive Academic Work (PAW): 25 minutes daily following lunch

39 Aeries Parent Portal Allows you to check schedule, grades, attendance

40 Organization and Supplies Students are issued textbooks which remain at home. A class set is available for use at school. Most students need a backpack, binders, pens, pencils, paper, dividers It helps to have a supply of markers and poster board Each teacher will provide a suggested list of supplies for their class during the first week.

41 How to help your child have an awesome year! Read the newsletter and know when report cards are issued and posted on AERIES parent portal Set a consistent structure for homework time Expect your child to use the agenda book to record assignments Have your child show you the assignments and repack their notebook before homework time is officially “over”. Expect your child to do 1 1/2 to 2 hours of homework a night – more with Honors classes or Spanish

42 Completing the Registration Materials Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Review options with your student. Complete the 7 th Grade registration materials. Submit 7 th Grade registration materials to sixth grade teachers by March 31, 2010

43 Your Counselor is…. ….Your support system! ….a Parenting resource ….someone you can share with confidentially Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have concerns!

44 Questions ? Carmel Valley Middle School (858) San Dieguito Union High School District

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