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1 HARVEST PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL Scheduling Information For Incoming 7 th Grade Parents

2 Administrators Principal Ken Rocha Vice-Principal Kathleen Rief

3 Counselors Counselor A-I: Monica Wharton/Jennifer Campbell Counselor J-Se: Linda Carey Counselor Sh-Z: Reine Anderson

4 Topics for Discussion 7 th Grade Program Overview 7 th Grade Program Overview Schedule Options Schedule Options Course Descriptions from Teachers Course Descriptions from Teachers Important Dates & Questions Important Dates & Questions

5 7 th graders-Where do they fit in? High school l 8 th grade Thinking ahead to high school. 7 th grade: In the middle. Transition: Social and peer acceptance. Goal: Keeping the 7 th grader motivated. 6 th graders New to middle school. Transition: Social, emotional and academic.

6 7 th Grade Program Overview 1. Language Arts 2. Language Arts BLOCK 3. History 4. Math 5. 7 th Grade Science 6. LUNCH (4 th or 5 th period) 7. P.E. 8. Elective

7 Option 1: Extended Exploration Year-long program. Year-long program. Students take 4 classes, rotating every 9 weeks (quarterly). Students take 4 classes, rotating every 9 weeks (quarterly).

8 Option 1: Extended Exploration  Art 7  Computers 7  Consumer/Family Studies 7  Speech/Drama 7  Art 7  Computers 7  Consumer/Family Studies 7  Speech/Drama 7

9 Option II: World Languages Year-long class. Year-long class. Requirement: “C+” or better in 6 th grade Language Arts. Requirement: “C+” or better in 6 th grade Language Arts. Teacher recommendation. Teacher recommendation. Students select either: Students select either:  Spanish 1A or French 1A

10 World Languages High School and College Info 2 years middle school =1 year high school 2 years middle school =1 year high school Note: Application to a 4-year college/ university requires a minimum of 2 years of the same world language. Competitive colleges recommend 3 or 4 years of the same world language. Note: Application to a 4-year college/ university requires a minimum of 2 years of the same world language. Competitive colleges recommend 3 or 4 years of the same world language.

11 Option III: Band (Band/Strings) Instrumental Band Instrumental Band Concert or Symphonic OR OR Strings II Strings II

12 Option IV: Chorus Chorus is a year- long elective Chorus is a year- long elective Performance requirement Performance requirement

13 Option V: Band/Strings AND World Languages Music Music AND AND World Languages: French 1A or Spanish 1A World Languages: French 1A or Spanish 1A This option requires the student to attend “A” period P.E. (this period meets 7:35 to 8:31 am, M, T, Th, F). A-Period is based upon availability of space and is a year-long commitment. This option requires the student to attend “A” period P.E. (this period meets 7:35 to 8:31 am, M, T, Th, F). A-Period is based upon availability of space and is a year-long commitment.

14 Laptop Program Current LAPTOP students must complete letter of intent to continue or exit LT program. Current LAPTOP students must complete letter of intent to continue or exit LT program. Due Friday Feb. 4 th. LAPTOP meeting (for students interested in joining LT) will be Tuesday, February 15 th, 2011 at 7PM in the MPR. LAPTOP meeting (for students interested in joining LT) will be Tuesday, February 15 th, 2011 at 7PM in the MPR.

15 Keys To A Successful Middle School Experience Homework: Complete all homework and turn it in on time. Homework: Complete all homework and turn it in on time. Organization: Use Student Planner to help with deadlines on projects/homework. Organization: Use Student Planner to help with deadlines on projects/homework. Time Management: Balance time between studies, activities and your social life. Time Management: Balance time between studies, activities and your social life. Attendance: Attend regularly. If absent check in with the teacher. Attendance: Attend regularly. If absent check in with the teacher.

16 New information A new California Law (AB 354) requires students entering 7th through 12th grade provide proof of pertussis booster shot to school in the coming Fall. Tdap Booster (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) Tdap Booster (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) (Pertussis is also called whooping cough). Students who do not meet the requirement will not be allowed to attend school beginning the first day of school year.

17 Booster - continued * We encourage families to review this information and begin the process to fulfill this new requirement now so that you can avoid any difficulty with your child’s entry into school in August. – –Check your child’s immunization record. The booster must have been given after the 10th birthday and may be called Tdap, Adacel, or Boostrix. – –Bring a copy or the original immunization record to the Health Office – –If your child has not received a Tdap booster, please schedule an appointment to see your health care provider soon. Submit updated immunization record to school by May 2nd.

18 A few words from the 7 th grade teachers AND NOW…

19 Seventh Grade Block Seventh Grade Block Language Arts: - Spiral curriculum - The Leap: Literature - State Writing Assessment World History: - Spiral curriculum - Many approaches to learning - Previews of 8 th Grade

20 Math Course 2 (Sequence 2) 6 TH GRADE Course 1 (Sequence 1) Algebra 1 (Sequence 2) 7 TH GRADE Course 2 (Sequence 1) H Geometry (Sequence 2) 8 TH GRADE Algebra 1 (Sequence 1) Most Students “Sequence 2” - Advanced Placement based on test score, performance in 5 th grade classroom and teacher’s assessment. Movement during 1 st semester at HP as appropriate. Advanced Algebra 1 (Readiness)

21 Spanish and French 1A Curriculum Curriculum Alphabet, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, weather, greetings and introductions, expressing likes and dislikes, school, food and healthy living, location of places in the community, activities after school and accepting and declining invitations. Focus Areas Focus Areas We practice daily developing our listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiencies in the present tense of the target language.

22 7 th Grade Science Life Science and Health 1st SEMESTER LIFE SCIENCE Focus: structure and functions of living things: Focus: structure and functions of living things: cell biology cell biology genetics, heredity, & evolution genetics, heredity, & evolution plants plants light’s effects on living systems light’s effects on living systems 2 nd SEMESTER HEALTH Focus: making healthy decisions Focus: making healthy decisions body systems body systems social and mental health social and mental health nutrition and fitness nutrition and fitness disease disease substance abuse prevention substance abuse prevention human growth and development human growth and development

23 7 grade science class work looks like Lecture Lecture Discussion Discussion Lab Lab Computer simulations Computer simulations Group work Group work Videos Videos Guest speakers Guest speakers

24 A common day in 7th grade science: Could be students taking Cornell notes from a teacher’s powerpoint, interspersed with student discussion. Could be students taking Cornell notes from a teacher’s powerpoint, interspersed with student discussion. Could be students dissecting a rat to view internal anatomy of an adult mammal. Could be students dissecting a rat to view internal anatomy of an adult mammal. Could be students using computers to investigate a simulation of photosynthesis. Could be students using computers to investigate a simulation of photosynthesis. Could be students watching a video and taking notes for later review. Could be students watching a video and taking notes for later review.

25 7th grade science homework Generally, reading support material from text and taking Cornell style notes. Generally, reading support material from text and taking Cornell style notes. Often, simply finishing work that was begun in class (labs). Often, simply finishing work that was begun in class (labs). Answering concluding questions from labs or class activities. Answering concluding questions from labs or class activities.

26 7 th grade PE DanceWrestling BasketballSoftball FootballHockey Ultimate Frisbee Badminton/ Paddle Tennis Lacrosse Track and Field TumblingVolleyball

27 Fitnessgram Requirements Push ups Curl ups Sit and Reach Trunk Lift Pacer Mile Run Girls Under 11 minutes Boys Under 9:30

28 1 Be there and be on time. Don’t miss class, don’t be tardy. Get along with your classmates 2 Be properly dressed. 3 Participate to the best of your ability. PE Requirements

29 These students are properly dressed for class

30 This student has put their uniform over their school clothes. This is not allowed. These students are wearing flip flops to class. This is not allowed.

31 Locker room Each student is issued their own small locker. Each student is issued their own small locker. Do not share lockers or combinations with other students Do not share lockers or combinations with other students

32 Locker room Each student may use the big locker during Physical Education class only.

33 Important Dates GATE information night GATE information night February 15 th, 2011 February 15 th, :00 – 8:00 p.m. in MPR 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in MPR LAPTOP information night LAPTOP information night February 15 th, 2011 at February 15 th, 2011 at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in MPR 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in MPR

34 Questions Any questions, feel free to ask now. Any questions, feel free to ask now. Or contact your child’s counselor at (925) Or contact your child’s counselor at (925) Student scheduling handbook and information are online at our website: Student scheduling handbook and information are online at our website:


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