5 Materials Review Registration Form Course Description Guide (On Line) School Health Form (7th Grade only)Both English and Spanish are available.
6 Parent Information E mail Distribution List Web Site: www:mckinneyisd.net/evansTeacher web sitesProgress Reports (Every 3 weeks)Report Cards (Every 9 weeks)Home Access Center
7 Middle School Philosophy High Academic Standards for All StudentsStudents Introduced to Academic and Extra-Curricular OptionsStudents Begin to Determine Strengths and PreferencesPartnership with Students, Families & Community
8 What’s New For Students? Additional State testing (STAAR)More Academic Courses SelectionsAdditional Elective CoursesExtra curricular activities/Clubs
9 STAAR Testing at Middle School Sixth GradeSeventh GradeEighth GradeReadingWritingMathScienceSocial Studies
10 Academic and Pre AP Courses McKinney ISD’s curriculum is common to all MISD middle school campuses and aligns to state standards.Core Curriculum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)Curriculum is aligned within the grade level and vertically between grade levels.Both course offering are college preparatory courses.
11 Core Academic Courses Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) Math (Academic, Pre-AP, Algebra I(8th grade), or Geometry (8th grade by invitation only)Science (7th grade ELM Academic or Pre-AP, 8th grade Academic or Pre-AP)7th grade Texas History ( ELM Academic or Pre-AP)8th grade American History (Academic or Pre-AP)
12 Target/Select Courses Placement into Target classes will be based upon a student’s MAP testing data, STAAR test results, and overall academic record from the previous grade level.This class takes the place of an elective course.Target courses are offered in Math and ELAR.
13 Profile of a Pre AP Student Map scores indicate grade level proficiency or above in Reading and/or MathReading and/or Math STAAR scores are above met standard proficiencyPrevious year overall average grade was at an 80% or higherHigh interest in subject areaStudent is motivated to be successful: organizes materials for studying purposes, willingly completes assigned work, and attends tutorials when needed
14 Pre 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
15 Pre AP Academic Profile Seeks help when needed.Is well organized.Teacher recommendation from previous grade.
16 Personal 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.
17 Other 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.
18 Math 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.8thPer AP MathAlgebra 19thAlgebra1Geometry10thAlgebra 211thPre Calculus12thAlgebra 3 orStatisticsCalculus or
19 Other Levels of Courses ESL: None or Limited English speakers.Special Education: Continuum of services.Gifted and Talented: Identified GT students.
20 Gifted and TalentedIf your child is identified GT, Karen Green will provide us information about GT placement for academic classes.If you have questions about GT placement, please contact Karen Green at
21 Typical 7th and 8th Grade Day ELAR (Academic or Pre-AP): Every day for 1 period. Math(Academic or Pre-AP, Algebra I, or Geometry): Every day for 1 period. Science (Academic or Pre-AP): Every day for 1 period. History (Academic or Pre-AP): Every day for 1 period. Electives (3 Periods): Meet every day for 1 period each.
22 Physical Education Requirement Every student is required to complete 4 semesters of Physical Education while in Middle School.Athletics does count as 2 semesters of Physical Education.UIL rules do not allow for a student to be enrolled in Athletics and Physical Education concurrently.
23 MISD 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.
24 Electives All electives meet every day. Elective courses meet for the entire year.If a student participates in Athletics, they must enrolled in the Athletic period.
25 Elective Choices: 7th Grade PE, Athletics or CheerJournalismArt 1 or Art 2OrchestraBandTeen LeadershipChoirYearbook (application required)DramaInventions and Innovations
26 Elective Choices: 8th Grade PE, Athletics or CheerConcepts of EngineeringArt 2 or Art 3JournalismBandOrchestraChoirPALS (application required)DramaYearbook (application required)Principles of IT & Principles of AAVTC
27 8th Grade Electives for High School Credit Concepts of EngineeringHealth/ Communication ApplicationsPrincipals of Visual Arts, Audio Visual Tech. and Communications/ Principles of Informaion TechnologySpanish 1Spanish for Spanish Speakers
28 AVID/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: Wendy DuttonPALS: Tiffany Lowry
29 Need More Information? Band Directors – Brittney Williams, Matt McCann Choir Directors – Lindsay Barnes and John NurgeOrchestra Director – Christina Foster and Lindsay FerrellCoaches – Donnie Cain and Crissy McGrawCheer – Lonea Gilbert and Bonnie GoodwinDrill Team – Allison Pierron
30 Decisions To MakeWhich Level of core class is most appropriate for my child?Which electives will benefit my child most in middle school and potentially high school?
31 Communication is Key MISD GO App Home Access Center (HAC) Progress Reports & Report CardsDowell website:Teacher websites/ sMr. Arbabi weekly sDowell Facebook page and Twitter feed
32 Schedule pick up will be August 2015. Welcome to Dowell!Registration forms are due on March 20, 2015Return form to your child’s current Math TeacherSchedule pick up will be August 2015.