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1 Welcome O’Bryant Families Parent/Guardian Information Session August 29, 2013

2 “Character, Knowledge, Power”

3 Mission Statement The John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science is a diverse, supportive community of learners that engages in a rigorous and comprehensive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program integrated with Humanities. Our college-preparatory exam school enables our students to reach their full potential and become leaders who will shape the direction of society.

4 Mr. Steven Sullivan Headmaster Welcome and Opening Remarks

5 “O’Bryant PRIDE” Mr. David S. MacLeod Assistant Headmaster

6 O’Bryant PRIDE O’Bryant PRIDE P erseverance R espect I ntegrity D iscipline E xcellence

7 “P” stands for P erseverance

8 Perseverance… O’Bryant students will keep going in spite of difficulties, asking for help if they need it.

9 “R” stands for R espect

10 Respect… O’Bryant students will demonstrate respect for themselves and others.

11 “I” stands for I ntegrity

12 Integrity… O’Bryant students will be young men and women of character adhering to a high code of values.

13 “D” stands for D iscipline

14 Discipline… O’Bryant students will be self-disciplined and accept personal responsibility for their words and actions.

15 “E” stands for E xcellence

16 Excellence… O’Bryant students will pursue excellence in all of their endeavors.

17 FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

18 What can you do around Family Involvement? Ask questions about the school Ask questions about the school Make sure your child does his/her homework Make sure your child does his/her homework Communicate with the teachers Communicate with the teachers Attend School Parent Council, School Site Council, and Parent/Teacher Conferences Attend School Parent Council, School Site Council, and Parent/Teacher Conferences Translate or Interpret Translate or Interpret

19 School Parent Council All parents/guardians are automatically voting members of the School Parent Council All parents/guardians are automatically voting members of the School Parent Council All families are encouraged to become active members All families are encouraged to become active members

20 School Site Council Parents/Guardians are elected to these voting member positions as part of the governing body of the school Parents/Guardians are elected to these voting member positions as part of the governing body of the school All families are invited to attend All families are invited to attend

21 What should you expect of teachers? Clear expectations for classwork and homework Clear expectations for classwork and homework Timely responses to phone calls, notes and s Timely responses to phone calls, notes and s Specific and clear ideas for how you can help your child at home Specific and clear ideas for how you can help your child at home

22 How to Find Out About What is Happening at School Mr. Michael Sullivan Chief Academic Officer and Program Director – Science and Technology

23 How to Find Out About What is Happening at School ASPEN –Student Information System sis.mybps.org If you need a Security Code or are having trouble logging into the ASPEN system, please contact Mr. M.Sullivan at

24 How to Find Out About What is Happening at School John D. O’Bryant School website obryant.us School Main Office:

25 Student Transportation and Safety Mr. David S. MacLeod Assistant Headmaster

26 School Bus Middle school students who live more than 1½ miles from school are eligible for free school bus transportation to & from school. Middle school students who live more than 1½ miles from school are eligible for free school bus transportation to & from school. Notices were recently sent out with the bus stop location, time of pick-up and drop-off, and bus number. Notices were recently sent out with the bus stop location, time of pick-up and drop-off, and bus number.

27 “OneCards” During the first week of the school year, all students will receive “OneCards” (MBTA, library, lunch, photo ID, and community center cards all printed on a Student Charlie Card) in homeroom.

28 Public Transportation High School students who live more than 2 miles from school are eligible for OneCards that allow them to ride the MBTA to & from school for free High School students who live more than 2 miles from school are eligible for OneCards that allow them to ride the MBTA to & from school for free

29 Public Transportation Students who do not qualify for free MBTA service (i.e., high school students who live less than two (2) miles from the school or middle school students regardless of their school bus status) will receive OneCards that allow them to ride the MBTA for 1/2 fare.

30 Student Transportation - Behavior The school bus and MBTA are considered “an extension of the classroom,” meaning that the same standards of behavior apply on the school bus or MBTA (going to and from school) as they do in school. Students who misbehave on the bus/MBTA may be disciplined, referred to the Bus Safety Program at the BPS Counseling & Intervention Center, and/or denied transportation.

31 Student Safety The O’Bryant is a safe school. We also want students to be safe as they travel to and from school. Students should be aware of their surroundings and use the “buddy-system” when possible.

32 Student Safety O’Bryant has a zero tolerance policy towards fighting, harassment, and bullying. If a student has a problem with another student, or feels unsafe in school or on the way to/from school, they should tell an adult (e.g., parent, teacher, guidance counselor, administrator) as soon as possible.

33 Getting Started at the O’Bryant Ms. Patricia Carr Program Director – Mathematics

34 Homeroom/Schedules On the first day of school, all students will report to the their homerooms where they will receive their schedules.

35 Student Lockers Students will be assigned lockers on the first or second day of school. Students must pay a $15.00 fee that will cover the cost of locks and agenda books

36 Student Lockers Students must not share their lockers, nor share their combinations.

37 Student Lockers Lockers are school property. Staff have the right to search lockers as well as personal items in lockers. Students are responsible for the contents of their lockers

38 Textbooks Students must return their signed Textbook Agreements on the 1 st day of school.

39 Textbooks When a student receives a textbook, s/he must write (in ink) his/her name, his/her teacher’s name, his/her homeroom #, and the academic year on the inside cover of the textbook.

40 Textbooks Students must cover their textbooks. If a student loses a textbook, s/he must pay a $10.00 deposit in order to receive a replacement textbook. If the textbook is not found by the end of the school year, the student must pay for the book.

41 Academics Ms. Crystal Coy-Gonfa Program Director – English Language Arts and World Languages

42 Grade 7, 8, and 9 Structure Grade 7 & 8 classes are centrally located on the 2 nd floor and grade 9 classes are primarily located on the 3 rd floor Grade 7 & 8 classes are centrally located on the 2 nd floor and grade 9 classes are primarily located on the 3 rd floor Students are clustered by “team” Students are clustered by “team” Students travel with their “team” from class to class Students travel with their “team” from class to class “Team” teachers collaborate “Team” teachers collaborate “Team” teachers regularly meet with parents/guardians “Team” teachers regularly meet with parents/guardians

43 Grade 7 Curriculum English Language Arts 7 English Language Arts 7 Unified Science 7 Unified Science 7 Middle School Algebra Middle School Algebra (double period) (double period) World Geography World Geography Physical Education/Music Physical Education/Music

44 Grade 9 Curriculum College English 9 College English 9 Biology or Engineering Biology or Engineering Algebra I or Geometry Algebra I or Geometry US/World History I US/World History I World Languages World Languages Music/Physical Education/ Health/Technology/NJROTC Music/Physical Education/ Health/Technology/NJROTC

45 Homework Homework and hard work go “hand-in- hand” on the path to success at O’Bryant.

46 Homework Students will receive homework assignments in most of their classes every day.

47 Homework Students should expect to spend 2 – 3 hours on homework every night.

48 Homework Students are expected to complete all of their homework assignments and turn them in to their teachers on time.

49 Agenda Books Students should record all homework assignments in their agenda books. Parents/Guardians should check the agenda book each night in order to support their child’s efforts to complete all homework assignments.

50 Academic Integrity Students are expected to uphold the highest standards of honesty in all of their schoolwork. Teachers have the right to give a student a 0 (zero) for any assignment, project, or assessment deemed to involve cheating or forgery. Students may also be subject to additional disciplinary consequences

51 Behavioral Expectations Ms. Kathleen Dawson Assistant Headmaster

52 Behavioral Expectations Mr. David S. MacLeod Assistant Headmaster

53 Attendance Students are expected to attend school every day Students are expected to attend school every day Students who accumulate 12 or more unexcused absences in a class, yet have a passing average at the end of the year, will need to pass the final examination in order to receive a passing grade for that class Students who accumulate 12 or more unexcused absences in a class, yet have a passing average at the end of the year, will need to pass the final examination in order to receive a passing grade for that class

54 Excused Absences Students must bring in a note to their homeroom teachers the day they return to school The note must include the date absent, the reason for the absence, a phone number for the parent or guardian, and the parent or guardian’s signature. Students have the right and the responsibility to may make-up work they missed during excused absences.

55 Unexcused Absences Students are expected to attend all of their classes every day. Students are expected to attend all of their classes every day. Students should expect consequences of some sort every time they “cut” a class. These consequences include: detention, a call home, loss of privileges, no credit for cut class, suspension.

56 Tardy Policy Students are expected to be in school and in their homerooms/1 st period classes (and not at their lockers) at or before 7:25 AM.

57 Tardy Policy Throughout the school day, students are expected to be in all of their classes before the late bell.

58 Tardy Policy There are consequences for arriving to school or class late. Detention is almost always one of the consequences for arriving to school or class late.

59 Dress Code Modesty in attire is required at all times Students are not permitted to wear suggestive clothing or clothing with inappropriate slogans

60 Dress Code Skirts and shorts must not be more than 3” above the knee. Students can not circumvent this rule by wearing leggings underneath their shorts/skirts Cutoff shirts that bare midriffs, spaghetti strap tank tops, bustier, and halter tops are not allowed.

61 Dress Code Pants must be worn at the waist; exposed undergarments/shorts are not permitted.

62 Dress Code Headgear (e.g., hats, doo-rags, scarves, bandanas, and hoodies) is not allowed in the building and must be removed and put in one’s locker or book bag immediately upon entering the building.

63 Cell Phones Cell phones must be completely turned off and not visible during school hours. Cell phones will be confiscated if this policy is violated.

64 Personal Electronic Devices We strongly discourage students from bringing IPods, MP3 players, handheld games, and other personal electronic devices to school.

65 Personal Electronic Devices If a student does bring a personal electronic device to school, it must be completely turned off and not visible during school hours. If a student violates this policy, the personal electronic device will be confiscated.

66 Student Support Services *Guidance Department * School Nurse * Student Support Team * Other Counseling Services

67 Athletic and Extra-Curricular Opportunities Panel

68 We excel in the classroom and are champions in athletics…

69 Athletics Football Football Soccer (Boys & Girls) Soccer (Boys & Girls) Cross Country Cross Country Volleyball (Boys & Girls) Volleyball (Boys & Girls) Basketball (Boys & Girls) Basketball (Boys & Girls) Hockey Hockey Tennis (Boys & Girls) Tennis (Boys & Girls) Swimming (Co-Ed) Swimming (Co-Ed) Indoor Track & Field (Boys & Girls) Indoor Track & Field (Boys & Girls) Outdoor Track & Field (Boys & Girls) Outdoor Track & Field (Boys & Girls) Baseball Baseball Softball Softball Row Boston (Boys & Girls) Row Boston (Boys & Girls) Cheerleading Cheerleading

70 Extracurricular Activities Amnesty International Anime Club Art Club Asian Culture Club Bridge Building Club BYOP Cape Verdean Culture Club FIRST Robotics Team FIRST Robotics Team Haitian Culture Club Hip-Hop Dance Key Club LEGO Robotics Team Machine Science Mock Trial MVP National Honor Society NFTE O’Bryant Edition (newspaper) Paw Prints (literary magazine) Ski and Snowboard Club Step Squad Student Council Students without Borders Talented and Gifted (TAG Yearbook

71 Questions and Answers Panel

72 Have a Great Year !!!

73 The John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science “Character, Knowledge, Power”


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