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1 Welcome to the Saucon Valley Middle School

2 Saucon Valley Middle School New-to-the-District Student Orientation Ms Bernardo and Mr. Halcisak

3 CHILD  We believe the CHILD is the center of the educational process. The educational process is designed to develop the CHILD’s ability to make positive choices. Each CHILD will be empowered to be a responsible and respectful citizen of the middle school and the community. HOME  We believe HOME provides the nurturing atmosphere that allows the child to develop towards his/her fullest potential and is supported by middle school cooperation and communication. The HOME, in concert with the educational process, will foster the desire for life-long learning. TEACHER TEAM  We believe the middle school TEACHER is a key influence to encourage active student participation, establish high expectations, enable student success, and foster life-long learning. The teacher is most effective when working as an integral member of a small, specialized, and focused TEAM of caring professionals. Saucon Valley Middle School Philosophy

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6 Middle School Advisory (Association of Middle Level Education recommended practice)  The Saucon Valley Middle School Student Advisory Program introduces a school-based adult advocate into the life of every student for the purpose of fostering academic success, personal growth, and citizenship.  The goals of the Saucon Valley Middle School Advisory Program are to ensure that each student has a staff advocate provide a forum for topics relevant to adolescents in today's world create a safe, friendly place to receive support and modeling for academic pursuits and social interaction promote coordination between home and school

7 Meet the Staff Middle School Counselors  Mrs. Farrell Grades 6 & 7 Career Education (grade 8) ANY questions with schedule or classes

8 Middle School Counselors  Mr. Baldo Grades 5 & 8 Career Education (grade 8) ANY questions with schedule or classes

9 Middle School Counselors  Their roles Assist with transition to grade 6 Peer relationships Student Assistance Program Liaison for academic concerns with grade level teaching teams (facilitates parent/teacher conferences) Assist with course assignments Assist in coordinating state/local testing initiatives Facilitate individual and small group school based counseling Assists with Special Education details

10 Coordinator of Academic Services Mrs. Schultz  Coordinates Child Find process  Oversees course assignments  Reviews and analyzes data for assignment of interventions (along with the Reading Specialist – Mrs. Elizabeth Babbin)  Member of the SAP Team  Provides support for Math related acceleration and remediation  Coordinates tutoring  Assist in coordinating state/local testing initiatives

11 Sixth Grade Teams (Respect and Responsibility)  3 Language Arts Teachers  2 Mathematics Teachers  2 Social Studies/Science Teachers  2.5 Learning Support Teachers

12 Seventh Grade Teams  Determination Team Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Language Arts Support (shared with Courage Team) Spanish French (shared with Courage and 8 th grade teams Learning Support (shared with Courage Team  Courage Team Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Language Arts Support (shared with Determination Team) Spanish French (shared with Determination and 8 th grade teams Learning Support (shared with Determination Team

13 Eighth Grade Teams  Fairness Team Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Language Arts Support (shared with Caring Team) Spanish French (shared with Caring and 7 th grade teams Learning Support (shared with Caring Team  Caring Team Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Language Arts Support (shared with Fairness Team) Spanish French (shared with Fairness and 7 th grade teams Learning Support (shared with Fairness Team

14 Related Arts Team  15 day cycles (12 per year) Physical Education – 4 Mr. Jost, Mrs. Wagner, Mr. Russell Health – 2 Mr. Russell, Mrs. Wagner, Mr. Jost Art – 1 Mrs. Parish Vocal Music – 1 Mrs. Brucker Technology Education – 2 Mr. Austin, Mr. McGlade Computer Competency – 1 (grades 6 & 7) Mr. Miller Research/Study Skills – 1 (grade 6) Ms Lesney Career Education – 1 (grade 8) Mr. Baldo/Mrs. Farrell TV Studio – (grade 7) Mr. Austin Family and Consumer Science – (grades 7 & 8) Mrs. Henley

15 Other Special Area Teachers  Librarian: Ms Lesney  Gifted Resource: Ms Brodt (6, 7, 8) Mrs. Lewis (5)  Band Groups: Mrs. Free  Chorus: Mrs. Brucker  Special Education Teachers not on specific teams Mrs. Kunkel Mrs. Gardner Mrs. Webber Ms Butler/Mrs. Alderfer Mr. Bortz Mrs. Pulli Mrs. Janis Ms Sawchuk

16 Middle School Activities  Student Council: Mrs. Daly/Mr. Stern Dances Student Store Farewell Dinner/Dance Quarterly Recognition Assemblies Whole school assemblies  Community Service Junior National Honor Society, Grades 7 to 8 ( ) Grade Level Team Service Projects

17 Middle School Activities  Intramural Sports (subject to change) Ski Club Rock Climbing Swimming Dance Club  Interscholastic Sports PIAA

18 Middle School PTG  Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Sydzlow, and Mrs. O’Donnell & YOU  Volunteers Needed-- sign-up sheets  Meetings: To Be Arranged (4 per school year)

19 Attendance  We believe that strong attendance is essential for success at school. Written Notes WILL be required within 3 days 2 Unexcused: Notice to District Justice 5 – 7 Excused: Phone call/letter of concern 10 Excused: 2 nd letter requiring Dr.’s excuse  Tardiness 5 Tardies: Letter of Concern 7 Tardies: Disciplinary consequences  Concurrent

20 Website, Power School, K-12 Alerts  Website –  Student Handbook has lots of IMPORTANT INFORMATION –  Power School Parent/Student access to schedule, grades, attendance, discipline data, etc. Check with the Middle School Main Office for details Electronic deposit of lunch money On the SV website -  K-12 Alerts– important electronic messages sent to all families Examples – school closings for weather related events Reminders of testing week Special Events BE sure to keep the office updated with your demographic information and changes

21 Saucon Valley Identification  ALL students and staff are to wear school issued IDs at all times while in school.  IDs are to be worn on the School District issued lanyards ONLY  IDs may not be defaced  Cost of replacement ID is $5.00  IDs are used to access to lunch account, entrance into school events, Remediation and Late buses, libraries resources, etc.  DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!!!!

22 Behavioral Expectations  Respect  Responsibility  Caring  Citizenship  Determination  Fairness  Courage  Choices  Safety (Self/Peers/Community)  Problem-Solving  Developing Character/Maturity

23 Behavioral Expectations  Classroom Disturbances  Lack of Preparedness  Loitering  Disrespect  Harassment  Inappropriate Language/Gestures  Horseplay  Safety Concerns

24 Behavioral Expectations  Gum  Cell Phones  Computer  Dress Code  ID at the Dance  Horseplay  Level I  Level II  Level III  Level IV Team/Administrative Detention Isolated Setting Overnight Suspension In-School Suspension Out-of School Suspension Involvement of Law Enforcement

25 Appropriate Dress  Standards set by members of Student Council NO flip-flops Too short “shorts” Inappropriate graphics Revealing shirts Chains Hats indoors Other as deemed disruptive to the learning community  Information communicated in the Student Handbook, which is embedded in the Student Assignment Book

26 Enjoy your visit! We look forward to you becoming a member of our learning community here at Saucon Valley Middle School! Things to remember:  Timeliness counts  Being prepared counts  Participation counts  Appropriate behavior counts  YOU COUNT!!!! Locker size: 10 ¾” deep, 9” wide Wheeled book bags DO NOT fit!

27 Tours  Please feel free to ask questions, show you the various locations of classes, teams, grade level hallways, etc.  Parents and families may join the tours OR remain in the Office Lobby  All tours return to the Office Lobby  Photo to be taken in the MS Office for IDs, see Ms Rieger  SV t shirts and shorts for gym classes available for $9.00 each, benefits SVMS Student Council

28 This presentation will be placed on the Middle School section of the Saucon Valley School District website for your future reference. 


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