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1Scott Johnson Middle School Parent Presentation March 16, 2015
2Administrative Team Principal – Mitchell Curry Assistant Principals – David Warren and Stewart HerringtonCounselors – Kathy Hjartberg and Steve GaffneyLibrary Media Specialist – Barbara KinastSpecial Education Lead – Becky FranklinEnglish as a Second Language – Wendy Burt504 Coordinators – Beth Davis and Nikie Jo
3Goals for the Evening Get information for academic decision making. Get information for elective decision making.Prepare for the transition to high school.Answer questions individually at the end.
4(Both English and Spanish are available) Materials ReviewRegistration Form7th Grade8th GradeCourse Description Guide (On Line)(Both English and Spanish are available)School Health Form (7th Grade only)
5Parent Information E mail Distribution List Web Site: Teacher web sites (i.e. edmodo, remind101, etc.)Progress Reports (Every 3 weeks)Report Cards (Every 9 weeks)Home Access Center
6Middle School Philosophy High Academic Standards for All StudentsStudents Introduced to Academic and Extra-Curricular OptionsStudents Begin to Determine Strengths and PreferencesPartnership with Students, Families and Community
7STAAR Testing at Middle School Sixth GradeSeventh GradeEighth GradeReadingWritingMathScienceSocial StudiesHigh School credit courses have moved to End of Course Exams.The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
8Core and Pre AP ClassesMcKinney ISD’s curriculum is common at all schools and the rest of the state.Curriculum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).Aligned with like grade levels and between grade levels.Both Core and Pre-AP courses are College Prep Courses.
9Every Student Takes: Core Courses Language Arts and Reading (ELAR)MathScienceSocial Studies
10Target ClassesPlacement into Target classes will be based upon a students MAP testing data and STAAR test results.This class takes the place of an elective course.Target courses are offered in Math, Science, and ELAR.
11Entrance Guidelines for Pre AP Entrance guidelines provide a profile of students who typically experience success in Pre AP courses.What Data Is Used?Map ScoresCurrent GradesTeacher Input
12Pre AP Academic Profile Consistently make high A’s in on-level mathematics in the prior grades.Is willing to work hard, complete all assignments on time, and a conscientious student.Is ready to commit to a course sequence leading to AP courses in High School.
13Pre AP Academic Profile Seeks help when needed.Is well organized.Teacher recommendation from previous grade.Internal motivation.
14Personal Guidelines for Pre AP Reading at or above grade level.Strong study skills.Able to handle a more rapid pace of instruction.Strong work ethic (self discipline to plan, organize, and complete tasks)Personal interest in subject.
15Other things to Consider Students can still take an AP course in high school even if they do not take Algebra 1 in middle school.A mathematics course in the 12th grade is crucial for bridging into college without a loss of skills. Students who take Algebra 1 in the 8th grade are strongly encouraged to take a math course in the 12th grade.
16Math Curriculum Sequence GradeCorePre AP6th6th Grade TEKS6th and 7th Grade TEKS7th7th Grade TEKS8th Grade TEKSStudents take the MAP Test at the end of 7th grade forrecommendation of 8th grade math course placement.8thPre AP MathAlgebra 19thAlgebra1Geometry10thAlgebra 211thPre Calculus12thAlgebra 3 orStatisticsCalculus or
17Other Levels of Courses ESL: None or Limited English speakers.Special Education: Continuum of services.Gifted and Talented: Identified GT students.
18Gifted and TalentedIf your child is GT, Karen Green will give us a spreadsheet letting us know which GT courses your child will be in.For now, you just check Pre AP.You can contact Mrs. Green at
19Typical 7th and 8th Grade Day Language Arts: Every day for 1 period.Math: Every day for 1 period.Science: Every day for 1 period.Social Studies: Every day for 1 period.Electives: 3 electives that meet every day.
20Physical Education Requirement Every student is required to complete 4 semesters of Physical Education while in Middle School.Every student took a full year in 6th Grade.Athletics does count as their P.E. credit.UIL rules do not allow for a student to be in Athletics and Physical Education at the same time.
21Electives All electives meet every day. Electives are for the entire year.Cheerleading and Drill Team are after school activities and students must have a physical.If a student participates in Athletics they must be in the Athletic period.
22Elective Choices Art 1 Art 2 Advanced Art Athletics AVID (Application) 7th Grade Athletics in the Morning8th Grade Athletics in the AfternoonAVID (Application)BandCheerleading (After School)Choir
23Elective Choices Drama Drama Advanced (Audition) Invention & Innovation (7th Grade)Teen LeadershipPALS (8th Grade/Application)Partner Leader (Application)Physical EducationOrchestraYearbook (Application)
248th Grade Electives For High School Credit Spanish 1Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2Principles of Arts, Audio Visual Technology & Communications/Principles of Information TechnologyConcepts of EngineeringHealth/Professional Communications (on-line only)
25AVID/PALS There is a process in place to qualify for these courses. Students fill out the application.An interview is held.The criteria is reviewed by the committee to see if the student qualifies.AVID: Valerie SchraplauPALS: Darla Sessom
26Need More Information?Band Directors – Paul Stephens and Stephanie PavlasekChoir Director – Sarah BaezOrchestra Director – Nicole PenningtonDrama – Angi BurnsAthletic Directors – Robert Jackson and Darla SessomCheer – Kalei BrinkerhoffAVID – Valerie Schraplau and LaTisha Johnson
27Decisions To MakeWhich Level of core academic class is most appropriate for my child?Which electives will benefit my child most in middle school and high school and beyond?
28MISD Physical Information McKinney Boyd H.S.*McKinney High SchoolMcKinney North H.S.April 18, 2015Registration from7:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.$20 Cash OnlyApril 25, 20159 A.M. – 12 P.M.May 27, 20132:30 P.M. – 5 P.M.Date of Exam Must be After April 1, 2013* EKG’s will be available at MHS and North for an additional charge of $15.
29We are so glad you are a Scott Johnson Tiger! Due Date: March 20, 2015Return to Science teacherRegistration Form OnlySchedule pick up will be August 18, 2015