2Welcome to Lincoln Middle School Let’s explore some topics that may help easy into a middle school atmosphere.FeelingsLockersClubs & activitiesHomework, getting organized, handling stress, and setting goalsSchool website and homework information
3What Are Your Feelings about Middle School? Students transitioning into a new school have many feelings…Nervous/scared, students sometimes worry about the unexpected. Will I get lost? What if I forget where I am suppose to be?Excited, students have a little more freedom and it’s a new beginning to start anew. Meeting new people. So take advantage of the fresh start with good habits.These feelings are normal, but if you feel you need help coping talk to a parent or your guidance counselor.
4Ups & Downs Of Middle School Not sure how you feel about Middle School? Stop and think about it and fill out the questionnaire.When I think about Middle School I am excited about ….How excited are you?________________________When I think about Middle School I am nervous about…________________________
5How Does My Locker Combination Work? Step 1: “Clear the lock by spinning the dial clockwise and stopping on “0”Step 2: Turning clockwise 3 times stop the dial on thefirst numberStep 3: Now spin the dial counter-clockwise and stop the dial on the second number. IMPORTANT NOTE: make sure to pass the second number once before stopping at it the second time.Step 4: Now spin the dial clock wise again stopping directly on the third number if you have past it you must startagain with step 1 .Step 5: Pull up on the lock!
6Important Locker Tips Never share your locker Never preset your lock DO write down your locker combination before long school breaksDon’t panic if you forgot your locker number or combination. The office has a master list and can assist you if needed.
7Clubs & Activities Student council Football Basketball Track Cross countryGolfVolleyballcheerleadingBandChoirChess clubSchool newspaperNational Junior Honor SocietyWrestling
8Getting Good Grades Tip #1- Get Organized Use you planner after each class put your book for homework to take home in your backpack.have a folder system set up for homework to do & bring back to school.Use a highlighter to highlight in your planner homework to do that night.Have supplies ready for class & home
9Tip #2- Be Successful In The Classroom Getting Good GradesTip #2- Be Successful In The ClassroomCome to school every dayTake notes in the classroomFollow directionsParticipate in classroom activitiesAsk for help when you need itMake sure you understand your assignment
10Tip #3- Know How To Read A Textbook Getting Good GradesTip #3- Know How To Read A TextbookScan- Read the title, subtitles, all bold and italic print, graphs, charts, summaries, and review questions.Read- Read with purpose. Try turning your subtitles into questions.Review- take a few extra minutes to go through the same process as when you scanned the material but this time think about the meaning and purpose.
11Getting Good Grades Tip #4- Study Smart Find a good place to study. Get started.Set a regular time each day to studyUse tricks to help you memorize informationKnow how to study for testTurn off the TV, cell phones and /message centersOrganize your finished homework totake to school
12Tip #5- Test Taking Strategies Getting Good GradesTip #5- Test Taking StrategiesMultiple Choice Questions- 1.)try to come up with the answer in your head first. 2.) Eliminate choices you know are wrong then make an educated guess. 3.) Read all answer choices before choosing.Mark the questions that you want to return toLook for Key words in True/ False questions- 1.) statements with always, never, every, all and none are usually true. 2.) statements with usually, often, sometimes, ,most, and many are usually truecontinued….
13Continued….Essay Questions- 1.) read each essay question and start with the easiest one. 2.) before you do any writing brainstorm, use outlines, webs. 3.)write legibly begin with an opening paragraph stating what the read can expect to learn. The following 3 paragraphs support your first paragraph and the last paragraph restates and draws conclusions. 4) if you don’t know the answer write what you do know about the subject (you may get partial credit).Improve Math Scores- 1.) estimate what the answer may be 2.) draw a diagram if needed.3.) show all your work. 4.)don’t spend too much time on one problem, skip it and come back to it laterCheck Your Answers!
14Handling Stress Get a good night sleep Eat right get plenty of exerciseListen to musicTake a deep breath, then slowly let it outStart a the top of your head, flexing and then relaxing each part of your bodyThink of a place where you feel relaxed then visualize that placeSpend time with family and friends
15Set GoalsSetting goals is important for people of all ages. Write your goals down. Get in the habit of setting both long-term (getting on the honor roll all four semesters) and short-term goals (getting a B on an exam) both goals should be specific, measurable and attainable. Also check out the link On The Road for a downloadable “Goal Worksheet”
16Still want more information about Lincoln Middle School? Check out our website. There is information about class rules, and homework listings. The counselor link has helpful information for parents, homework help, career information and interest inventories you can take. Plus Much More!Check us out at*How to get good grades, Woodburn Press, 1999*Getting the Most Out Of Middle School, Woodburn Press, 1999