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1 Back to School Night AACA Middle School September 14, 2011

2 Middle School Faculty Katie Key - 6 th HR, Math Katie Key - 6 th HR, Katie Mott - ELA Katie Mott - Susan Merten - Science Susan Merten - Chris Petersen - 7/8 th HR, SS Chris Petersen - 7/8 th HR, Lisa Herold - Spanish Lisa Herold - Elizabeth Pridgen - SST Elizabeth Pridgen - Scott Conklin - Counselor Scott Conklin - Cathy Brennan - HS Specialist Cathy Brennan - HS

3 Block Schedule More time to complete activities and labs from start to finish Increased time to dive deeper into content for longer periods of time Core academics in the AM

4 AM Procedure 1. Unpack personal belongings at your locker. 2. Gather books and binder for Period 1 and go to homeroom. 3. Get computer case in homeroom and get computer in Room Return to homeroom and complete bellwork or silent reading until bell rings at 8:00 AM. 5. Prayer and attendance 8:00-8:05 AM. 6. Period 1 begins at 8:05 AM.

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Want To Be Tardy... Loss of computer privileges for the day Loss of computer privileges for the day Must have computer prior to 8:00 AM bell. Must have computer prior to 8:00 AM bell. Rushed start to the morning Rushed start to the morning Student discombobulated! Student discombobulated! Missing important instructional time Missing important instructional time Disrupting student learning in progress AND impact of block schedule Disrupting student learning in progress AND impact of block schedule

6 PM Procedure 1. Write down HW in assignment notebook in your homeroom. 2. Teacher signs assignment notebook. ** 3. Put computer back in Room 305 and computer case back in homeroom. 4. Pack up personal belongings at your locker. 5. Bring backpack back to homeroom. 6. Wait quietly for prayer and dismissal.

7 Middle School Wiki You and your child’s best friend You and your child’s best friend Alphonsuswiki.wikispaces.com Alphonsuswiki.wikispaces.com Alphonsuswiki.wikispaces.com

8 Homework Expectations Homework is written down each day and posted DAILY by teachers on the middle school wiki. Homework is written down each day and posted DAILY by teachers on the middle school wiki. Assignments are expected to be completed prior to the beginning of class periods. Assignments are expected to be completed prior to the beginning of class periods. Students will not be allowed to go back to their locker to search for homework or books – EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING! Students will not be allowed to go back to their locker to search for homework or books – EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING! Missing or incomplete assignments will be communicated to parents via FYIs. Missing or incomplete assignments will be communicated to parents via FYIs. If a student receives 3 homework FYIs, a parent conference will be held to develop a plan of action to best support the student’s needs. If a student receives 3 homework FYIs, a parent conference will be held to develop a plan of action to best support the student’s needs.

9 MSSR Changes Middle School Skills & Readiness Middle School Skills & Readiness Problem Based Learning (PBL) Problem Based Learning (PBL) Authentic, life based problems where students create and collaborate to find solutions Authentic, life based problems where students create and collaborate to find solutions Teachers provide structure and support Teachers provide structure and support Projects rotate quarterly Projects rotate quarterly Cross-curricular Cross-curricular Quarter MSSR Missions 6th grade – Executive Function/Digital Storytelling 7 th grade – Project Gnilletyrots (Backwards storytelling) 8 th grade – Cycle Back (recycling initiative for AACA)

10 Goals Recognition Helping students set goals and develop a growth mindset Helping students set goals and develop a growth mindset Fostering mentality that mistakes are okay as long as you learn from them and work towards improvement Fostering mentality that mistakes are okay as long as you learn from them and work towards improvement Identifying individualized areas for improvement Identifying individualized areas for improvement Developing plans for articulating and monitoring goals, including how to track and measure progress Developing plans for articulating and monitoring goals, including how to track and measure progress Reflection conferences with teachers Reflection conferences with teachers Recognition of progress quarterly Recognition of progress quarterly

11 Student Led Conferences First Quarter Conferences – Nov First Quarter Conferences – Nov Third Quarter Conferences – Mar Third Quarter Conferences – Mar Notification via 3 weeks prior for sign-ups Notification via 3 weeks prior for sign-ups Student Led Conferences Student Led Conferences Student prep during class time Student prep during class time Parent questionnaire sent home and returned Parent questionnaire sent home and returned Students lead teachers and parents in discussion of digital portfolios, goals, and their learning thus far Students lead teachers and parents in discussion of digital portfolios, goals, and their learning thus far

12 MS Social Events Bowling at Diversey Rock & Bowl – Nov 3 4-6pm Bowling at Diversey Rock & Bowl – Nov 3 4-6pm Halloween Party – Oct 31, PM (school) Halloween Party – Oct 31, PM (school) Loyola Basketball Game – Dec TBD Loyola Basketball Game – Dec TBD Christmas Brunch – Dec 21 (in school) Christmas Brunch – Dec 21 (in school) Valentine’s Day Party – Feb 14 PM (in school) Valentine’s Day Party – Feb 14 PM (in school) Dave & Busters Night – Mar 5pm Dave & Busters Night – Mar 5pm Third Annual Deanery Dance – Apr pm Third Annual Deanery Dance – Apr pm


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