Presentation on theme: "MIDDLE SCHOOL 101 Everything you wanted to know about Maple Creek Middle School but were afraid to ask."— Presentation transcript:
1 MIDDLE SCHOOL 101Everything you wanted to know about Maple Creek Middle School but were afraid to ask
2 GOALS OF MIDDLE SCHOOLProvide as safe and smooth a transition as possible from the small neighbourhood elementary school to the large world of the secondary schoolAssist students in becoming increasingly responsible through the three years at MS.We are not the same as a junior high!
4 Maple Creek Middle School 625 students in grades 6-815 international 120 FI44 teaching staff and 20 support staff6 Teams of approximately classes per team
5 What’s the Focus at Maple Creek? Becoming Respectful and Socially Responsible Citizens – locally and globallyMaking Positive Social ConnectionsStrong Focus on Academic Achievement and safety and belonging
10 What are Teams? School within a school Groups of 3-4 classes 3-4 core teachers + 1 student services teacherLocated in same area of the buildingStudents spend 5 of 7 blocks each in the team each day, mainly with one core teacherGrade 8 is a transition year
11 Teaming Works for Kids… Teachers plan curriculum and activities together for the teamTeachers within the team ‘share’ studentsGoal – every child has several adults to look after and care for them – including the homeroom teacherStudent Services Model for the team
12 What will the day look like? Seven blocks per day40 minutes each blockFive blocks – CORE time within the teamTwo blocks – EXPLORATIONS time
14 What subjects will my child take? CORE:Language ArtsMathSocial StudiesScienceFrench as a Second Language
15 Who teaches these subjects? The majority of core subjects will be taught by the homeroom teacherSometimes, another teacher on the team will trade subject areas with the homeroom teacher-Math Curriculum
16 Blended ClassesGrade six and seven students in all classes at this levelDifferentiated instruction, bell curve and A/B yearStudents usually spend two years with the same core teacher “looping”Students, teachers and families all get to know each otherGrade Seven students act as mentors to younger students each fall
17 What are Explorations? Not the same as electives Designed to give kids a ‘taste’ of what they might want to pursue in secondary school…Taught mainly by specialist teachers – Maple Creek has four specialist teachers who are all trained in their area
18 Explorations Subjects… PE – all year every second dayDrama and Art – half year every second dayMusic, Computers, Tech Ed, Home Ec (Cooking and Sewing), 8 full weeks each
24 It all looks like a lot of fun, but do they ever do any homework Students will be assigned homework on a regular basisOn average, around 45 minutes per nightDependent on how much work gets done in class, projects, etc.Homework will be recorded on the board each dayBeginning of the year – agendas signedSchool Website – class websites
25 What Support Services are Available? Full time student services teacher for each teamLearning AssistanceESLGifted ProgrammingResourceFull time counsellorFull time youth worker
26 Extra-Curricular GET INVOLVED in a least one activity Something for everyone – “niche”Bring a friend – you don’t have to know how to do something in order to join that activityBring your positive attitude…..”but, I’m not strong at…..”
27 Athletics Teacher volunteers, rely on parent support FALL – Volleyball, swimming, Mtn. Biking, Outdoor club (year round), cross country running, Field Hockey, football.WINTER – Basketball, Wrestling, Ski and SnowboardSPRING – Track and Field, Mtn. Biking, Badminton, RugbyNO CUT POLICY
37 GET INVOLVED Library, Green Team, Hawk Krew (numerous opportunities) Debate club, Games Club, Math Club, Yearbook, committees, me to we, …..there is something for everyone to meet new people and get connected with the school.
39 How Safe is Maple Creek?School Goal – continue to improve students’ sense of safety and belongingThis is a core value – this year we will be focusing on a strand of social responsibilityWe constantly try to work on improvingMinistry Satisfaction Surveys – we always score above the district and provincial averages on safety related questions
40 What about Bullying? We take it seriously We follow up on every incident that is reported to usWe educate our kids about bullying through our advisory program, schoolwide programming and teachable momentsWe ‘protect’ kids who report bullying to the best of our abilityBIGGEST CHALLENGE – kids who don’t report, “the code of silence”
41 Class PlacementsGoal – to create the most positive placement for every studentChallenges – 440 Grade 6/7 students to place in the puzzleGrade balance, gender balance, ability balance, matching learning and teaching styles, pre-existing social and relationship issues
42 Transition to Middle School… P and VP have met with all grade five students for initial orientation session twiceCurrently meeting with all grade five parentsOpen HouseFine Arts AfternoonMid-May – teacher meetings and second visit with studentsWorld wide band tourJune – Student tour of Maple CreekIndividual visits and arrangements
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