4 DRESS CODE Students on Waivers: Please be sure to read pp. 30–31 in the Student Handbook! Students in Uniform: Please be sure to read p. 30 (top box) in the Student Handbook! Note consequences on bottom of p. 33 for Dress Code Violations #4–#7. Progressive Discipline
8 LANGUAGE ARTS *Reading of the books: Johnny Tremain, The Diary of Anne Frank, and more *Reading Counts! - one book every two weeks (roughly 41,187 words every 2 weeks to equal 1,051,044 words by the 1 st week in June). 20% of grade *Spelling, vocabulary, Section tests, portfolios *Essays (29 essays for honors classes), grammar study, etc.
9 READING COUNTS 1 Million Words = 1 Book EVERY 2 Weeks Honors classes will be 1 and ½ Million Words
10 U. S. HISTORY Study of American Revolution and U.S. Constitution Projects: Model Congress, Mock Presidential Election (Business Attire for Above) Constitution Test
11 RESEARCH PAPER 3–5 pages (5–7 for honors) of type-written research papers required for all 8 th graders!
12 SCIENCE *Density/Buoyancy, Structure of Matter, Atomic Structure, Physical & Chemical Changes/ Reactions, Motion, Forces *Study and Take Tests on above areas *Projects: Element Report, Periodic Table, Baby Project *Labs and Quizzes
13 SPANISH Spanish for English Speakers Project: Travel Dialogue (about a vacation) Spanish for Spanish Speakers:Narrative and Descriptive Writing Project: Autobiographical Narrative High School Test
14 CONSTITUTION TEST 8th grade Promotion Requirement
15 High School Visitation Day Students will be visiting their assigned High School for the 2011-–2012 school year on Friday, April 1 st Students will be on the High School campus from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with teachers from MacArthur Permission slips are due March 30 th Students will receive an orientation of the school and meet with a High School Counselor.
17 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Students are tested in Language Arts & Math ELA section covers State standards through grade 10 Math section covers State standards in grades 6, 7, and Algebra I. 220 Credits Language Arts–4 Years Math–3 Years (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II) Science–2 Years (3 years are recommended) Social Studies–3 Years Physical Education–2 Yrs Visual & Performing Arts–1 Year Foreign Language–2 Years
Library A quiet place to study Open mornings at 7:00 a.m., lunch, and nutrition on most days Computers are also available in the library After School Program Monday–Friday until 6:00 p.m. Computer Lab Open Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri. during lunch 12:30–12:50 p.m. and every day after school until 3:30 p.m. CJSF students & Mr. Frias will help students with typing, research, or subject help Academic Support
19 Now is the Time to Take Charge! Let’s Talk About the 8 th Grade Contract
20 Two Important Goals at MacArthur are: 1) To teach students to take responsibility for their actions 2) To encourage students to take pride in maintaining appropriate and acceptable behavior These goals are an integral part of our educational program. Now that preparations are underway for the promotion of all 8 th grade students, we are continuing to stress the importance of these goals through our qualifications for student participation in the 8 th grade end-of-the-year activities.
21 Beginning the first semester of the 8 th grade year, all students were repeatedly reminded by staff members and all administrators that, during the second semester, their record of attendance, behavior, and class work would affect their eligibility for participation in the end-of-the-year eighth grade activities.
22 On February 1 st, the second semester began. At that time, all students received new Assignment Cards and Tardy Cards for all classes. The only record of violations that will continue into the second semester will be Dress Code violations. Having new Assignment Cards and Tardy Cards means a fresh start for your student. We believe that this places all students at the same starting point and gives an equal opportunity for eligibility to each person.
23 Lost Privileges InfractionSlide ShowDanceKnott’s Trip 1st Friday Lost Privilege 2nd Friday Lost Privilege 3rd Friday Lost Privilege 4th Friday Lost Privilege Forging Signatures Lost Privilege Suspension Lost Privilege 1 F and below 2.0 GPA or 2 or more F’s 2 nd semester Lost Privilege
24 Students who receive three or four Friday Schools will lose all privileges. Students who forge signatures will lose all privileges. Students receiving one F and below a 2.0 GPA or 2 or more F’s in the 2 nd semester will lose all privileges. You can expect written notification to be sent home that will require your signature. By signing, you acknowledge that you have seen the discipline notification. Your student must then return the written notification to the discipline office, before school, the following day. We will provide written notification to you of each loss of privilege.
25 The promotion policy of the Santa Ana Unified School District states that students must pass 10 of their 14 eighth grade classes and also pass the Constitution test in order to be promoted to high school. *Any student who does not meet the promotion criteria will NOT be allowed to participate in ANY of the eighth grade activities. PLEASE NOTE: Language Arts classes are counted as 2 (two) classes, because it meets for two periods. All other classes count as 1 (one) each.
26 Please Sign & Return the Blue Copy We, (Parent or guardian and student), have read this information carefully. We are aware of the expectations and regulations in effect at MacArthur for the last grading period of this year and we understand the consequences if any attendance, behavior, or academic problems arise during the rest of the year. (Student Name, please print) (Student Signature) (Student ID#) (Parent Signature) (Date) (Social Studies Teacher) (Class Period) Please Retain the Green Copy for Your Reference
28 Following Spring Break, starting April 11 th, all 8th grade students will qualify for activities and privileges until they have reached the following consequences:
29 All students must follow the MacArthur Dress Code on the Knott’s Berry Farm trip. Students who are presently in uniform will be allowed to wear other clothing. This year, students will also be permitted to wear sunglasses and hats at Knott’s. Hats may be worn on the trip except Sport Team logos because of gang affiliations. Any student who misbehaves at Knott’s runs the risk of being eliminated from the slideshow. There may also be a delay in receiving the promotion certificate.
30 End Of Year Ceremony : The End of Year Ceremony will be on Monday, June 13th at Godinez Fundamental High School in the gym at 6:30 p.m. Immediate family members can attend this event. NO BALLOONS will be allowed in the gym.
31 BOYS’ CEREMONY ATTIRE: Dark full length slacks that are not blue jeans or denim jeans White shirt with a collar and tie, tuxedo shirts may not be worn Dark shoes and socks – Platform shoes or shoes with soles more than 1” high may not be worn.
32 GIRLS’ CEREMONY ATTIRE: Dress or skirt and blouse – Sundresses are permissible as long as the straps are at least two inches wide at the shoulders. Strapless, bare-back, or spaghetti straps are not permitted. Due to safety concerns it is strongly suggested that girls wear nylons and flat shoes or age appropriate heels. All heels should be two inches or less. Lightly-applied make-up and light fingernail polish, or French manicures are permissible for the EOY ceremony ONLY.
33 END-OF-THE-YEAR-DANCE: This year’s final MacArthur dance, on Friday, June 10 th will be for 8th grade students only. The dance is free and will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is not a Prom. Students are expected to wear dress clothes that are appropriate for their age group. If you would like to allow your child to attend the dance, please indicate so on the attached “Eighth Grade Information Sheet” (yellow page).
34 8th GRADE SLIDE SHOW: This activity will take place on Friday, June 17th. The slide presentation is for 8th grade students only.
35 Year-End Dance: My child has permission to attend the 8th grade dance on Friday, June 10th. I understand that my child must be picked up within 15 minutes after the end of the dance. Any student who misbehaves at the dance or is not picked up within the time allowed, runs the risk of being eliminated from the Knott’s Trip. Parent Signature:______________________ Date: __________
36 Lost Privilege: Parent Notification Attached is your copy of the infraction. This is your 1st 2nd 3rd 4th infraction. Privilege Lost: Slide Show Dance Knott’s Trip Reason for losing privilege:____________________________ Student Signature___________Parent Signature_________ RETURN THIS FORM TO THE DISCIPLINE OFFICE BEFORE SCHOOL THE FOLLOWING DAY AFTER RECEIVED. White Copy-Discipline Office Yellow Copy-Student/Parent Copy Blue Copy-Discipline Office
37 The End We, (parent and student), have read this information carefully. We are aware of the expectations and regulations in effect for the remainder of the year. We understand the consequences for any attendance, behavior, or academic problems that may arise during the rest of the year. 1.Student Name, please print______________________________ 2.Student ID number________________________________________ 3.Student Signature_________________________________________ 4.Date_____________ 5.Parent Signature__________________________________________ 6.Date_____________