4Each student will be known, nurtured, and challenged. Our Mission:Eckstein Middle School, a diverse community of life long learners, will ensure the academic, social, and emotional growth and success of each student.Our VisionEach student will be known, nurtured, and challenged.Each student will be given opportunities to actively engage in achieving their full potential.The school environment will foster creative problem solving.The school will provide an atmosphere to guide each student in becoming a healthy, confident, resilient, and responsible world citizen, prepared for high school and beyond.When BLT drafted the M, V, SA, they worked with the following assumptions:1. Mission should encapsulate the vision, and inspire all stakeholdersVision is what we hope to become-where we see ourselves in 5-10 yearsWe have to prepare students for the 21st centuryOur M, V, SA have to align with the district’s Strategic Plan, M, V
5Student AssurancesYour academic and social well-being will be at the core of all staff decisions.Your teachers will empower you to become leaders in the learning process, value your perseverance and creativity, and provide you with quality feedback.Your teachers will integrate technology within the curriculum preparing you for the 21st Century.You will benefit from teachers who collaborate to create lessons that will positively impact your achievement.You will benefit from staff who works to ensure an inclusive, safe, and supportive learning environment that honors individuality and encourages self- advocacy.You will benefit from a staff that values family, diversity, and community partnerships. Eckstein will strive to increase parent/guardian involvement.You will benefit from a staff that will communicate with the elementary and high schools to create smooth transitions.New behavioral matrix21st century-in district too-kids said we have a lot of work to reach this-Purchase of 32 new laptops and many new iPads, new Mac minis in 134-however, we have to use these to enhance the learning of the students-Tech committee will talk later about PD they are offering this yearPD for the year is all about collaboration-this is an ongoing process-a journeyWe continue to spend our $$ to support SPED students in an inclusive environmentWe will continue to explore how to support diverse students and their families-we have partnered with the Y and Parks this year to help us with this outreach
6Grades at Eckstein represent learning, not behavior
7The fundamental purpose… Of grading is to compare student performance to established levels of proficiency in knowledge, understanding and skills. The intent is to evaluate student work in relation to pre- established standards.Thomas R. Guskey, Practical Solutions for Serious Problems in Standards-Based Grading
8Purpose of Academic Grades Primary purpose is to communicate with students and families about student ACADEMIC achievement of learning goals.Secondary purposes include:Instructional PlanningStudent PlacementBrookhart 2004This is a journey-not an all or none-growth mindset
9Effort Grade *In development Reflects the work and time that a student puts into learning.Might include:Completion of class workHomeworkConsistent preparation for classMaking up for learning missed due to absence.
10Reflects a students contribution to the Eckstein learning community. Citizenship GradeReflects a students contribution to the Eckstein learning community.Might include:treating oneself and others respectfullykindness toward othersrespectful use of materials
11What Do Grades MeanA=Exceeds Standard B=At Standard C=Approaching Standard D=Below Standard E=Far Below Standard/ Has Not Demonstrated
12Friendly Faces to Know Kristin Bailey 6th grade administrator Jolene Anderson Asst. Principal and 7th grade administratorRon Timmons Asst. Principal and 8th grade administratorReema Ziadeh 8th Grade Counselor, 7th grade L-ZLarry Christensen 6th Grade Counselor, 7th grade A-KAlisa ZemkeSherri Kokx, Principal
13Classroom information for families Source and FusionClassroom information for families
14URLs to know Source: Fusion: Both use the same user name and password. Fusion:Both use the same user name and password.Your student has an “eck…” username, so they can use both sitesParents/guardians should have received instructions on getting registered.Contact if you have problems.
15FusionEckstein’s main website runs on a system called “fusion” (http://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org)You’ll find many pages with information there, including:Recent news,school information,activities,volunteer opportunities,the library.At the top of the screen is a login and password field. Once logged in, you can access private class “fusion” pages.
18The Source (now PowerSchools) Homework assignments can be seen on class fusion pages.Assignment postings are more up-to-date on “the source”.(http://ps.seattleschools.org)Once logged in click anything blue! (Some links are hard to see.)The teacher names on the main page are addresses.Every other link takes you to more information about classes, categories, assignments, and grades.
21Guiding Good Choices Class Taught by Reema Ziadeh, and Prevention/Intervention Counselor, Kelly KerbyFocus on teaching parents/guardians of preteens and younger adolescents skills to help encourage positive decision making.Wednesday NightsOctober 22– November 195 weeks6:30-8:30Open to all parents/guardiansSign up online or with Ms. Kerby
22Eligible families will receive paperwork tonight Counselors are available until 9:00in the library for assistance with applicationsInformation about eligibility for the College Bound Scholarship Program is also available in the library