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Dowell Middle School 7 th and 8 th Grade Parent Presentation March 16, 2015
Administrative Team Principal – Alan Arbabi Alpha A-L Sara Kriesel-Hall, Assistant Principal Courtney Starnes, Counselor Pamela Coats, Secretary Alpha M-Z Holly Rogers, Assistant Principal Rayshana Adams, Counselor Kim Oberlander, Secretary
Goals for Tonight Information on selection of academic and elective courses. Questions well be answered individually at the end.
Materials Review Registration Form Course Description Guide (On Line) School Health Form (7 th Grade only) Both English and Spanish are available.
Parent Information E mail Distribution List Web Site: www:mckinneyisd.net/evans Teacher web sites Progress Reports (Every 3 weeks) Report Cards (Every 9 weeks) Home Access Center
Middle School Philosophy High Academic Standards for All Students Students Introduced to Academic and Extra-Curricular Options Students Begin to Determine Strengths and Preferences Partnership with Students, Families & Community
What’s New For Students? Additional State testing (STAAR) More Academic Courses Selections Additional Elective Courses Extra curricular activities/Clubs
STAAR Testing at Middle School Sixth GradeSeventh GradeEighth Grade Reading Writing Math Science Social Studies
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.
Core Academic Courses Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) Math (Academic, Pre-AP, Algebra I(8 th grade), or Geometry (8 th grade by invitation only) Science (7 th grade ELM Academic or Pre-AP, 8 th grade Academic or Pre-AP) 7 th grade Texas History ( ELM Academic or Pre-AP) 8 th grade American History (Academic or Pre-AP)
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.
Profile of a Pre AP Student Map scores indicate grade level proficiency or above in Reading and/or Math Reading and/or Math STAAR scores are above met standard proficiency Previous year overall average grade was at an 80% or higher High interest in subject area Student is motivated to be successful: organizes materials for studying purposes, willingly completes assigned work, and attends tutorials when needed
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
Pre AP Academic Profile Seeks help when needed. Is well organized. Teacher recommendation from previous grade.
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.
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 12 th grade is crucial for bridging into college without a loss of skills. Students who take Algebra 1 in the 8 th grade are strongly encouraged to take a math course in the 12 th grade.
Math Curriculum Sequence GradeCorePre AP 6 th 6 th Grade TEKS6 th and 7 th Grade TEKS 7 th 7 th Grade TEKS8 th Grade TEKS Students take the MAP Test at the end of 7 th grade for recommendation of 8 th grade math course placement. 8 th 8 th Grade TEKSPer AP MathAlgebra 1 9 th Algebra 1 Geometry 10 th Geometry Algebra 2 11 th Algebra 2 Pre Calculus 12 th Algebra 3 or Statistics Calculus or Statistics
Other Levels of Courses ESL: None or Limited English speakers. Special Education: Continuum of services. Gifted and Talented: Identified GT students.
Gifted and Talented If 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
Typical 7 th and 8 th 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.
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.
MISD Physical Information McKinney Boyd H.S.*McKinney High SchoolMcKinney North H.S. April 18, 2015 Registration from 7:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. $20 Cash Only April 25, 2015 Registration from 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. $20 Cash Only May 27, 2013 Registration from 2:30 P.M. – 5 P.M. $20 Cash Only Date of Exam Must be After April 1, 2013 * EKG’s will be available at MHS and North for an additional charge of $15.
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.
Elective Choices: 7 th Grade PE, Athletics or Cheer Art 1 or Art 2 Band Choir Drama Inventions and Innovations Journalism Orchestra Teen Leadership Yearbook (application required)
Elective Choices: 8 th Grade PE, Athletics or Cheer Art 2 or Art 3 Band Choir Drama Principles of IT & Principles of AAVTC Concepts of Engineering Journalism Orchestra PALS (application required) Yearbook (application required)
8 th Grade Electives for High School Credit Concepts of Engineering Health/ Communication Applications Principals of Visual Arts, Audio Visual Tech. and Communications/ Principles of Informaion Technology Spanish 1 Spanish for Spanish Speakers
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 Dutton PALS: Tiffany Lowry
Need More Information? Band Directors – Brittney Williams, Matt McCann Choir Directors – Lindsay Barnes and John Nurge Orchestra Director – Christina Foster and Lindsay Ferrell Coaches – Donnie Cain and Crissy McGraw Cheer – Lonea Gilbert and Bonnie Goodwin Drill Team – Allison Pierron
Decisions To Make Which Level of core class is most appropriate for my child? Which electives will benefit my child most in middle school and potentially high school?
Communication is Key MISD GO App Home Access Center (HAC) Progress Reports & Report Cards Dowell website: well/ well/ Teacher websites/ s Mr. Arbabi weekly s Dowell Facebook page and Twitter feed
Welcome to Dowell! Registration forms are due on March 20, 2015 Return form to your child’s current Math Teacher Schedule pick up will be August 2015.