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1 GARNET VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL GARNET VALLEY ELEMENTARY BETHEL SPRINGS ELEMENTARY

2 GARNET VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL Welcome Welcome Introductions IntroductionsAdministration Dr. Kenneth L. Acker, Principal Mr. Adam Penning, Assistant Principal Ms. Dawn J. Papa, Assistant Principal Counselors Mrs. Christy Francart Mrs. Beth Kelly Ms. Wendy Xanthopoulos

3 Garnet Valley Middle School Mission The mission of Garnet Valley Middle School is to foster a positive and supportive culture, which appreciates the uniqueness of each individual in the learning process. To develop life-long learners, we will prepare students to be self-motivated, independent, reflective, and compassionate adolescents able to successfully evolve in the ever-changing world. The mission of Garnet Valley Middle School is to foster a positive and supportive culture, which appreciates the uniqueness of each individual in the learning process. To develop life-long learners, we will prepare students to be self-motivated, independent, reflective, and compassionate adolescents able to successfully evolve in the ever-changing world.

4 The Middle School Structure What is a team? What is a team? A team is a small learning community of students and teachers. A team is a small learning community of students and teachers. Developmentally appropriate for middle school age children. Developmentally appropriate for middle school age children. Each GVMS 6 th Grade team represents approximately 90 of the 360 projected students. Each GVMS 6 th Grade team represents approximately 90 of the 360 projected students. Each 6 th grade team provides instruction in all academic areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Each 6 th grade team provides instruction in all academic areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Teams are not leveled. Teams are not leveled.

5 The Truth about Teams Students are assigned randomly. Students are assigned randomly. Each team is equal in student ability. Each team is equal in student ability. All academic courses are offered on all teams. All academic courses are offered on all teams. Teams make it easier for students to manage the middle school! Teams make it easier for students to manage the middle school!

6 The Schedule Bell Schedule Homebase7:30 – 7:38 Per. 17:40 – 8:24 Per. 28:26 – 9:11 Per. 39:13 – 9:58 Per. 410:00 – 10:44 Per. 510:45 – 11:30 Per. 611:33 – 12:17 Lunch 12:19 – 12:49 Per. 7(UA/HPE)12:51 – 1:35 Per. 8(UA/HPE)1:36 – 2:21 Student Schedules are not provided in the summer mailing. HB/Team assignments will be provided in summer mailing

7 The Academic Program PA Core Curriculum PA Core Curriculum Language Arts Language Arts Math Math Science Science Social Studies Social Studies Students experience a full complement of specials. Students experience a full complement of specials. Unified Arts Unified Arts Health and Physical Education Health and Physical Education World Language Rotation* World Language Rotation*

8 Grading A through F grading system. A through F grading system. Online grade viewer. Online grade viewer. Power School Parent Portal Power School Parent Portal Final marking period grades will be available on Power School. Final marking period grades will be available on Power School.

9 Mathematics 4 Academic Levels 4 Academic Levels Accelerated Math* Accelerated Math* Enrichment Mathematics Enrichment Mathematics Level 1 Mathematics Level 1 Mathematics Level 2 Mathematics Level 2 Mathematics *For qualifying students. The Math curriculum is aligned to PA Standards The Math curriculum is aligned to PA Standards

10 Language Arts 3 Academic Levels: 3 Academic Levels: Enrichment Language Arts Enrichment Language Arts Language Arts, Level 1 Language Arts, Level 1 Language Arts, Level 2 Language Arts, Level 2 Meets daily for two periods. Meets daily for two periods. Curriculum aligned to PA Standards. Curriculum aligned to PA Standards.

11 Science & Social Studies SCIENCE Heterogeneously grouped Heterogeneously grouped Curriculum focuses on Earth Science/Catastrophic Events Curriculum focuses on Earth Science/Catastrophic Events Method of Instruction is Inquiry/Discovery Based Learning through laboratory investigations Method of Instruction is Inquiry/Discovery Based Learning through laboratory investigations SOCIAL STUDIES Heterogeneously grouped Curriculum focus on Geography and Ancient Civilizations.

12 3 rd Period 6-Day Cycle (A,B,C,D,E,F) World Language (1 day out of 6) World Language (1 day out of 6) Trimester of French, Spanish, German Trimester of French, Spanish, German Approximately 10 meetings Approximately 10 meetings ATP* for qualifying students ATP* for qualifying students Band/Chorus/Orchestra Band/Chorus/Orchestra Study Hall Study Hall Supported for Learning Support Supported for Learning Support Supported for Reading Techniques Supported for Reading Techniques Supported for Math Techniques Supported for Math Techniques Remediation Remediation Example: Example: A day: Band A day: Band B day: Chorus B day: Chorus C day: Team Study Hall C day: Team Study Hall D day: World Language D day: World Language E day: Math Techniques E day: Math Techniques F day: Team Study Hall F day: Team Study Hall

13 Unified Arts/Health & PE One period of Unified Arts: One period of Unified Arts: 5 Rotations (≈36 class meetings in each rotation) 5 Rotations (≈36 class meetings in each rotation) Art Art Family Consumer Science Family Consumer Science Computers/Keyboarding Computers/Keyboarding General Music General Music Technology Education Technology Education One Period of: One Period of: Health and Physical Education: Year Long Health and Physical Education: Year Long

14 Band, Chorus and Orchestra Band, Chorus and Orchestra are GRADED classes and are selected at course request time. Band, Chorus and Orchestra are GRADED classes and are selected at course request time. Chorus meets at a regularly schedule time Chorus meets at a regularly schedule time Band and Orchestra lessons are pull out lessons. Band and Orchestra lessons are pull out lessons. Students are pulled from academic classes to meet with the teacher or group. Students are pulled from academic classes to meet with the teacher or group.

15 Library Services Instruction: Instruction: Flexible schedule, allowing for optimum collaboration with classes and individuals. Guiding students through the research process as critical seekers and evaluators of information. Instruction in the ethical use of information: learning about plagiarism, note-taking, writing in one’s own words, and source citation. Developing Life-Long Readers: Developing Life-Long Readers: Curriculum-based library collection of >14,000 titles age-appropriate topics. Online resources: POWER Library databases and GVMS subscription databases. Online resources: POWER Library databases and GVMS subscription databases. Annual author visits by well-known young adult authors.

16 Student Services Special Education (IEP Services) Special Education (IEP Services) Available for students who qualify and are in need of specially designed instruction. Available for students who qualify and are in need of specially designed instruction. Itinerant Support in regular education classrooms for support. Itinerant Support in regular education classrooms for support. Resource Room for students in need of Math and Language Arts support. Resource Room for students in need of Math and Language Arts support. Resource Room for Emotional, Autistic, & Life Skills Support. Resource Room for Emotional, Autistic, & Life Skills Support. All students are fully Included for Social Studies, Science & Unified Arts. All students are fully Included for Social Studies, Science & Unified Arts. School Psychologist: Mr. Casper School Psychologist: Mr. Casper

17 Student Services Reading Techniques(in lieu of study hall) Reading Techniques(in lieu of study hall) Reading Specialist: Mrs. Cunningham Reading Specialist: Mrs. Cunningham Teacher Referral Teacher Referral Basic or Below Basic score in Reading on the PSSA Basic or Below Basic score in Reading on the PSSA Fully included in regular English classes. Fully included in regular English classes. Direct instruction with Reading Specialist during 3rd period. Direct instruction with Reading Specialist during 3rd period. Academically Talented Program (ATP) Academically Talented Program (ATP) ATP Teachers: Miss Fledderman and Mr. Shultz ATP Teachers: Miss Fledderman and Mr. Shultz For Qualified Students with GIEP. For Qualified Students with GIEP. Pull out during study hall period. Pull out during study hall period. Seminars based on selected topics. Seminars based on selected topics.

18 Student Services Math Techniques(in lieu of study hall) Math Techniques(in lieu of study hall) Title One Math Teacher-Mrs. Terkanian Title One Math Teacher-Mrs. Terkanian Basic or Below Basic score in Math on the PSSA Basic or Below Basic score in Math on the PSSA Fully included in regular Math classes. Fully included in regular Math classes. Direct instruction with Math Teacher during 3rd period. Direct instruction with Math Teacher during 3rd period.

19 Clubs A Club Fair will be held during the month of September Clubs and Activities Art Club Communications Club (GVMS-TV) Robotics Drama Club Board Games/Chess Club Library Club Math Club Outdoors Club Stage Crew Peer Mediation Film Club Science Olympiad Early Act Service Club Student Council Yearbook Club

20 Activities School- Based Activities Intramurals for 6 th Grade (Team Sports) Intramurals for 6 th Grade (Team Sports) Parent/Student Thanksgiving Luncheon (November) Parent/Student Thanksgiving Luncheon (November) Concerts (Winter and Spring) Concerts (Winter and Spring) Spelling Bee (February) Spelling Bee (February) Assembly Programs Assembly Programs Red Ribbon Red Ribbon Anti-Bullying Anti-Bullying Visiting Author Visiting Author

21 Guidance Services The Role of the Counselor The Role of the Counselor Point person for concerns or questions regarding: Point person for concerns or questions regarding: programming programming scheduling scheduling social/peers social/peers family family Counselors are case managers for students with 504 Service Agreements Counselors are case managers for students with 504 Service Agreements Counselors may serve as an LEA for an IEP meeting Counselors may serve as an LEA for an IEP meeting Coordinates Parent Conferences Coordinates Parent Conferences Occur on designated days during 8 th period (1:36 to 2:21) Occur on designated days during 8 th period (1:36 to 2:21) Member of Student Assistance Program (SAP) Member of Student Assistance Program (SAP)

22 Guidance Services Groups Groups Social Groups Social Groups Making Friends Making Friends Stress Management Stress Management Organization Organization Classroom Lessons Classroom Lessons Other Important Names in Guidance Other Important Names in Guidance Guidance Secretary: Mrs. Frattura Guidance Secretary: Mrs. Frattura Student Assistance Program Coordinator: Mrs. Falcone Student Assistance Program Coordinator: Mrs. Falcone School District Social Worker: Mrs. Smeins School District Social Worker: Mrs. Smeins

23 GVMS Home and School President: Tracey Gibley and Beth MacKinnon Vice President: Trish Young Secretary:Maria Sokalsky Treasurer: Elizabeth Stoddard HSA Meetings Sept, Nov, Jan, March, May, June HSA Involvement Flower Sales Flower Sales Market Day Market Day Pre-packaged School Supplies Pre-packaged School Supplies Spiritwear Spiritwear Winter Craft Fair Winter Craft Fair …and much more! …and much more! 6 th Grade Activities 6 th Grade Activities 7 th /8 th Grade Dances & Activities Night 7 th /8 th Grade Dances & Activities Night Career Day Career Day Fundraising Activities: Fundraising Activities: gift card program gift card program community cashback/fundraising nights community cashback/fundraising nights

24 Important Dates for Transition: Elementary to Middle March/April: March/April: Course Recommendations by 5 th Grade teachers Course Recommendations by 5 th Grade teachers May: May: Correspondence from the MS to 5 th Grade Parents Correspondence from the MS to 5 th Grade Parents Information regarding MS course recommendations Information regarding MS course recommendations Information regarding upcoming transition events Information regarding upcoming transition events 5 th Grade Visitation: May 7th 5 th Grade Visitation: May 7th May Counselor Lessons May Counselor Lessons “Yikes” I’m going to Garnet Valley Middle School Book. : “Yikes” I’m going to Garnet Valley Middle School Book. : May 22-Last day for changes to teacher recommendations. May 22-Last day for changes to teacher recommendations.

25 Transition Camp August 25 th and 26 th (2 days: Must attend both days) August 25 th and 26 th (2 days: Must attend both days) 8:30 to 11:30 am 8:30 to 11:30 am Team Building Team Building Scavenger Hunt Scavenger Hunt Learn the Building Learn the Building Locks and Lockers Locks and Lockers $25 Fee to cover the operating costs for the camp. $25 Fee to cover the operating costs for the camp. Registration forms will be mailed in May with your course recommendations. Registration forms will be mailed in May with your course recommendations. Over 300 students participated in the camp last year with huge success!! Over 300 students participated in the camp last year with huge success!!

26 In Closing …..

27 What we believe makes for a successful transition! Communication, Communication, Communication Communication, Communication, Communication E-Alerts E-Alerts Broadcast messaging Broadcast messaging Be involved! Be involved! Back to School Night Back to School Night Field Trip Chaperones Field Trip Chaperones Home and School participation Home and School participation For Students… For Students… Student Planners Student Planners Supportive Parents Supportive Parents

28 THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING!! Tonight’s presentation will be available on-line at on the MS homepage.


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