2Why a 1:1 Initiative? Preparing students for “the real world” Increased collaborationExpanded access to information and technology
3Why Chromebooks? “Instant” boot up and access to the internet. Full keyboardWorks seamlessly with Google Apps for EducationLight weightLong battery life
4What is a Chromebook? Laptop style device Cloud-based storage system No hard driveNo software requiredMust have access to a WiFi signal to be fully functional
5General Student Expectations Students will have a charged Chromebook everydayStudents will abide by the HPS Acceptable Use PolicyStudents will take care of their assigned device
6Distribution Schedule Students will receive their Chromebooks per the following distribution schedule: Students with last names Allen - Gillooly Monday, March 2 from 4:00 - 7:00 Students with last names Gilman - O’Brien Tuesday, March 3 from 4:00 - 7:00 Students with last names O’Connor - Zieper Wednesda, March 4 from 4:00 - 7:00Chromebooks will only be distributed if the Chromebook Loan Agreement has been signed and returned, and the family provides proof of insurance or an insurance waiver.
7Program of Studies For Students Entering Grades 7 and 8 Hingham Middle SchoolGrowthScholarshipHingham Middle SchoolProgram of StudiesFor Students EnteringGrades 7 and 8
8Why Are We Here?Hingham Middle SchoolGrowthScholarshipOur goal is to work together to design a schedule that will best meet your child’s academic needs. It should be . . .EngagingAppropriately challengingWell rounded
9TIMELINE FOR COURSE SELECTION PROCESS March 9 – 13 – Counselors visit classes and meet with studentsMarch 13 – Teachers Post RecommendationsMarch – Request Page Open to Students and FamiliesApril 27 – Due date for Parent Override Forms
10Your Resources: THE PROGRAM OF STUDIES GUIDE Hingham Middle SchoolGrowthScholarshipTHE PROGRAM OF STUDIES GUIDEPROVIDES INFORMATION ON EACH COURSE FOR GRADES 6-12AVAILABLE ON-LINE ATLink to HMS and click on Program of StudiesPASSWORDS AND INSTRUCTIONSIssued earlier this year. Contact your School Counselor or Assistant Principal if you need help.
11Who Can I Ask for Help? TEACHERS SCHOOL COUNSELORS ADMINISTRATORS Hingham Middle SchoolGrowthScholarshipTEACHERSSCHOOL COUNSELORSADMINISTRATORSDEPARTMENT DIRECTORS
12Your Child’s ScheduleREQUIRED COURSESENGLISH, MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, PHYSICAL EDUCATION,FOREIGN LANGUAGERECOMMENDED COURSESREADING LAB, MATH PREP, STRATEGIES FOR LEARNINGELECTIVE COURSESSOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
13ELECTIVE COURSES FOR GRADE 7 Hingham Middle SchoolGrowthScholarshipBased on the number of recommended courses, the number of electives yourchild can select may vary. Requests for changes in electives will not behonored after the end of the second week of schoolArt 7Drama 7Wood TechnologyFamily & Consumer Science 7Middle School Concert BandMiddle School ChorusMiddle School Strings Ensemble (Orchestra)Directed Study
14ELECTIVE COURSES FOR GRADE 8 Hingham Middle SchoolGrowthScholarshipBased on the number of recommended courses, the number of electives yourchild can select may vary. Requests for changes in electives will not behonored after the end of the second week of school.Art 8Drama 8Introduction to Television ProductionTechnology EducationFamily & Consumer Science 8Middle School Concert BandMiddle School ChorusMiddle School Strings Ensemble (Orchestra)Directed Study
15Course Selection Process Step 1 – Log-in at ma-hingham.myfollett.com
16The Course Selection Process Step 2 – After logging in, click on the “My Info” tab
23Academic Levels at HMSLevel 2 – Challenging coursework that will require a good deal of independence on the part of the student.Level 3 – Majority of students are recommended for this level. High academic standards and rigorous daily work.Level 4 – Recommended for students who require additional support within the classroom.
24Factors Used in Making Level Recommendations ReadingWritingCommunication Skills (Speaking and Listening)Critical Thinking SkillsStudent’s Level of Independence
25HMS English Department ReadingWritingSpeaking/ListeningLevel 2Excellent ability; demonstrates independence in the following areas:Critical reading and thinkingInferential reasoningPace, fluencyStructure, logic, and development of ideasMechanicsExpressionVerbal articulation of ideasAnalysis/synthesis of ideasLevel 3Above average to average ability; needs some support in the following areas:Level 4Average to below average ability; needs ongoing support in the following areas:
27More specific rubric on HMS website. HMS Math DepartmentGrade 6 to Grade 7:The following factors are considered in recommendations :Student IndependenceGrade 5 MCASlocal results on the CATterm 2 grade in 6th grade6th grade fraction/decimals benchmark test6th grade chapter 7 testMore specific rubric on HMS website.
29HMS Math Department Grade 7 to Grade 8: From L2 Pre-Algebra: Students with B averages or better are considered in conjunction with their math acuity and computational speed for L2 Algebra 1. Other students are recommended for Math 8 with Algebra.From Math 7 Students who have earned a B- or above in Math 7 typically take Math 8 with Algebra. Students who earn below a B- typically take Math 8. However, in both instances, teachers must take into account a student’s ability to work independently and whether the student’s grade reflects significant extra help with or revision of tests and quizzes.
34HMS Science Department Grade 7Life ScienceGrade 8I.P.S.
35Social Studies Read Purposefully Write Effectively Identifying and extrapolating significant material from a variety of printed sources.Recognizing arguments for and against and issue.Identifying and using knowledge from common graphic features (charts, maps, diagrams, graphs).Recognizing bias and point of view.Reading and analyzing primary source material.Writing multi-paragraph compositions that have clear topic development and organization.Documenting research using standard endnote and bibliographic format.Analyzing document based questions.Identifying definitions and explaining significance of term.Level 2The student independently demonstrates excellent ability in the above areas.Level 3The student, with moderate support, demonstrates above average to average ability in the above areas.Level 4The student, with support, demonstrates average to below average ability in the above areas.
36Social Studies (continued) Communicate EffectivelyIdentify, Analyze, and Solve ProblemsDelivering oral presentations and debates.Producing media presentations and projects.Interacting with peers in student-centered activities.Analyzing and expressing ideas in the arts in an historical context.Following directionsDeveloping effective note taking skills from lectures and discussions.Utilizing technology to express historical concepts.Evaluate primary and secondary sources.Utilize a wide range of resources to conduct research.Develop and use a wide range of critical thinking skills.Incorporate evaluation of sources, construction of casual relationships, balanced interpretations, and comparative analysis.Recognize and analyze biases and points of view from a wide range of print and media sources.Level 2The student independently demonstrates excellent ability in the above areas.Level 3The student, with moderate support, demonstrates above average to average ability in the above areas.Level 4The student, with support, demonstrates average to below average ability in the above areas.
37Foreign Language – Level 3 An upper standard foreign language student :- exhibits above average to average ability- needs more practice with speaking, listeningreading, writing- needs to reinforce skills to incorporate intoknowledge base- handles rigorous daily work in an appropriatelypaced class- meets high expectations for learning- is appropriately challenged
38Foreign Language – Level 2 An advanced foreign language student :- exhibits excellent ability in all 4 skills (speaking,listening, reading, writing)- integrates new vocabulary and grammar conceptsinto language base with ease- works quickly, identifies and corrects errors- participates actively, communicates easily both orallyand in writing- is self-directed, works independently- handles fast-paced, in-depth curriculum
39Seventh Grade Medical Requirements Hingham Middle SchoolGrowthScholarshipSeventh Grade Medical RequirementsIn accordance with Massachusetts state law, all students entering seventh grade are required tohave a physical. In addition, state regulations require written documentation that each childhas satisfied the following immunization requirements:1. A second Measles, Mumps, and Rubella shot (MMR#2)2. A series of #3 Hepatitis inoculations3. A Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td) inoculation, given within the last 5 years.4. One dose of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or a physician’s verification that the child has a reliable history of the disease.Failure to comply with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations will result inyour child’s exclusion from school. Exemptions are allowed only for the following two situations:1. A medical exemption, if a physician submits documentation that an immunization is medically unadvisable.2. A religious exemption, if a parent/guardian submits a written statement that immunizations conflict with their sincere religious beliefs.Philosophical exemptions are not allowed by Massachusetts state law.You will be receiving a letter from the school nurse regarding these requirements. Please complete andreturn all forms to the school nurse before the start of school in September so that yourchild can begin school with his/her class.