Presentation on theme: "The Middle School Experience"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Middle School Experience Joy ChaninSimpson Middle School Counselor
2 The goal of this presentation is to answer many of the questions that elementary age students and families may have about middle school.
3 Our topics will be: Middle School Pods Middle School Day Middle School ClassesMiddle School GradesMiddle School ActivitiesMiddle School SafetyMiddle School “Other Stuff” including information about lockers, dress code, lunch, school supplies and homework
5 Pod Information Class sizes average approximately 31 students. A middle school pod teacher teaches students each day.Each middle school grade is divided into pods.A pod consists of several subject area teachers who teach the same group of students.The make-up of each pod includes students of all ability levels.
7 The middle school classes begin at 9:15 and end at 4:15. Students start the day by attending homeroom.Students will travel to different classrooms throughout the day.Sixth grade academic subjects consist of Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and RICA (reading in the content area).The connections classes may include classes such as Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Health, Business, P.E., Art and Music.
8 Connections Classes (formerly known as Exploratory Classes) There are 2 Connection periods6th grade is the beginning year for Band/Orchestra or Chorus.Band, Orchestra and Chorus meet each day.Students will be required to rent, borrow or purchase an instrument. (A very limited number of large instruments are available in each school.)Health is required for one quarter for all students.Students are randomly assigned to Connection classes.
11 Students currently enrolled (and in good standing) in an elementary Target program will be placed in an appropriate middle school Advanced Content program that will meet each day.Students in Special Education classes will be placed according to their current IEP.Math placement is based on test scores and student ability. Check with your middle school counselor if you have any questions.
14 A progress report is issued each 4 1/2 weeks A progress report is issued each 4 1/2 weeks. However, parents are encouraged to check daily progress through I-Parent & to call Homework Hotline.Each nine-week report is considered the end-of-quarter report card.The nine-week reports will determine honor rolls, promotions and retentions.Concerns about grades should be directed to your child’s teacher or counselor.
16 Academic competition teams Intramural (organized sports activities) Most Middle Schools offer supplemental activities. These may include clubs or activities such as:Yearbook staffAcademic competition teamsIntramural (organized sports activities)RecyclingPerforming (chorus, musical…)Social awareness (Builder’s club)ArtChess ClubEncourage your student to listen to announcements and join a club or activity early in the school year!
17 Guidance counselors also offer various guidance groups that meet during school hours. Group topics may include:Making and keeping friendsChildren coping with divorceMiddle school issuesDealing with grief and loss
19 Important Safety Issues Teachers are scheduled to arrive at 8:45.All visitors must sign in at the front office.All Cobb County schools have adopted a “Zero Tolerance” policy which prohibits the use or presence of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and/or weapons on any school property.All Cobb County schools adhere to a strict policy prohibiting harassment and/or bullying.Students are expected to follow an established behavior management plan.
21 LockersStudents will be assigned a locker in their pod and in their PE class. These lockers have a built-in combination lock which should be kept confidential.Additional locks are not permitted.Before 6th grade, itis a good idea topractice workinga combination lock.
22 Dress CodeAll students are expected to dress in a manner which demonstrates respect of the learning environment.Each school will enforce a dress code policy.
23 Lunch Middle School lunch costs more than elementary lunch. Many additional items are available for purchase (a la carte).Students will eat under the supervision of a teacher.Parents may establish a lunch account for their child (and can pay on-line).
24 SuppliesBasic school supplies include pencils, blue and black pens, 3-ring binders, pocket folders with brads and white loose-leaf paper.In addition to general school supplies, each teacheror pod may haveindividual requirements.
25 There may be additional (optional) expenses throughout the year. These may include school dances,vocabulary workshop books,year books and a limitednumber of donation programs.
26 BusesBus service is provided for students living beyond 1/2 mile from the school.Bus routes are posted about a week before school begins.Students need to know their bus number by the end of the first day of school..Have your child ride the bus the first day and week so he/she will know the bus number and procedures.
27 HomeworkEach teacher has a Homework Hotline phone number to call if a student is absent or needs to verify assignments.A sixth grade student can expect to average an hour of homework each night.Homework grades are included in the student’s academic average!
28 Each student is issued a student planner to record all assignments. Teachers may use this planner to communicate to parents.Most classes do not allow class time to complete homework assignments.
29 OrganizationOne key to middle school success is being ORGANIZED. Follow the teachers’ guidelines or check with the counselor for suggestions.
30 Responsibility It is the student’s responsibility to know what their assignments arecomplete all of their assignmentsturn all the completed assignments in to their teachersbe responsible for any missing assignments
31 Adolescents undergo many emotional, physical and social changes throughout the middle school years. The faculty and staff at your new middle school are sensitive to adolescent changes. New friends, big kids, and changing classes can be overwhelming.We are here to share in the responsibility of making this a smooth transition for you and your child.
32 Remember:Additional immunizations are required to enter 6th grade!The Simpson registration card your child will bring home is TWO sided- please complete both sides (distributed spring conference week)!Volunteering is accepted and welcomed in middle school. Please volunteer!Look for the Simpson 6th grade handbook during spring conference week. If you did not receive one, contact your elementary counselor.
33 Suggested general School Supplies for 6th grade may include, but may not be limited to: Blue, black and red ball point pensScissorsGlue stickColored markers11”x 9” spiral notebooks12” ruler with metricsPencil pouchNotebook paperColored pencils2 inch plastic binder for AgendaYellow highlighterPackage of #2 pencilsCrayons (8)
34 Some Adult Volunteer Opportunities: Front Office AssistantMedia Center AssistantPod PalEnvironmental Committee ParentSchool DancesPTSA CommitteesPTSA OfficersHospitalitySchool CouncilAssistant Club SponsorAnd many more…..
35 The End The Simpson web-site is: www.cobb.k12.ga.us/~simpson