2 Building Principal & House II Principal AdministrationMrs. Barbara PooleBuilding Principal & House II PrincipalMr. David CordoneHouse I PrincipalMrs. Nikki SlaterHouse III Principal
3 The Middle School Child While your child is a middle school aged student, you can expect to see many developmental changes.
4 About Our “House” System Gillette Road Middle School is divided into four housesHouses I, II and III consist of two or three interdisciplinaryteams for grades 5 & 6, and one interdisciplinary teamfor grade 7.House IV consists of all special area teachers (music,art, physical education, technology, health, home careersand LOTE (languages other than English)
5 Benefits of the House System Provides a small school experience in a large schoolSimplifies the transitional experience for students from one grade to the nextAllows for increased communication between your child’s team of teachersAllows teachers of the same interdisciplinary team to be near their team members
6 Interdisciplinary Teams Each interdisciplinary team consists of two or three teachers.Students will have at least one class with each of the teachers on a team.Each team determines who will teach each of the core areas for the team
7 Schedule forEach 5th grade student will receive 80 minutes of instruction in ELA and math per dayEach fifth grade student will receive the equivalent of 40 minutes of social studies and science per day
8 The Benefits of a Team Approach Teachers can focus more intensely as they make instructional plans for fewer content areas.Students experience a variety of teaching styles.Teaming allows students a smoother transition to the educational experience of the secondary level.
15 How will my child be placed? Students are grouped randomly and heterogeneously into classesIt is not possible to request a teacher or a house
16 Gillette Publications There are numerous ways we at Gillette communicate with our parents, but we have transitioned to a “paperless” approach. A limited number of hard copies will be available in the main office for each of the following publications:
17 Gillette’s Student-Parent Handbook This publication provides parents and students with information from Board policies like the Code of Conduct to report card dates and information on school procedures at Gillette
18 The Student AgendaThis booklet is an organization tool provided by the District for each student to record their daily assignments and it is a vehicle which teachers may communicate to parents
19 “What’s Up Gillette?”This booklet contains a listing of all of the extracurricular activities available to students at Gillette. Some are one-time events, while others may be offered for specified period of time.
20 Monthly NewsletterGillette has a monthly newsletter with a message from our building principal and highlights for upcoming events to be held.Our monthly newsletter is available on line.
21 School Hours & Transportation School begins at 8:00 AM and the last class ends at 2:40 PM each dayThere are two bus line-ups at Gillette dropping off in the AM and picking up students in the PMLate busses for after school clubs and activities pick students up at 4:10 PM (there are six area busses)
22 Gillette’s Friendly Support Staff! Other staff members who make Gillette a great place to learn and to grow!
24 Sign-in/Sign-outLike all Schools in our district, Gillette has a sign-in and sign-out procedure for students. Parents are asked to sign into the building and report to the attendance office with their child when students arrive late. When picked up early, parents are required to show proper ID to our staffin the Attendance Office. To expedite the process, parents are encouraged to send a note ahead of time.Parents are always welcome to our building, but arrangements to visit a classroom must be made with the teacher in advance.
30 Student Support Services Mrs. Waters Mrs. Ormsbee Ms. Burrows
31 What support services are offered? Newcomers groupsGroups that support social skill developmentPeer-to-Peer Program with our elementary schoolsCrisis Intervention Team
32 Resource TeachersMrs. Mulvihill Mrs. Howieson Mrs. Kopp Mrs. MacKenzie
33 5th & 6th Grade ChorusesAll interested students may participate with parent permissionChorus will meet after school from 3:00-4:10 P.M.There is a minimum of two night performances, Festival of the Arts show, and some assembliesStudents who participate in chorus are also eligible to participate in the Show Chorus for the annual musical
34 Instrumental Music Orchestra Band Students who perform at a certain level are allowed to participate.Meets Mondays & Wednesdays until 3:15 P.M. (grades 5 & 6)7th grade meets during the school dayLessons offered through rotating scheduleStudents must make up work for classes missedOrchestra students receive a gradeBandStudents who perform at a certain level are allowed to participate.Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays until 3:15 P.M. (grades 5 & 6)7th grade meets during the school dayLessons are offered through rotating scheduleStudents must make up work for classes missedBand students receive a grade
35 Instrumental Music Teachers Mr. Liccione Mr. Turner Ms. Stephenson
37 Physical EducationMr. Aldrich Ms. Kapelewski Mr. Merrick
38 Media CenterMrs. Watson, our Library/Media Specialist invites you to stop by our new Media Center.
39 Does Gillette have an active parent group? The Officers for the school year are:President:Co-Vice President:Secretary:Treasurer:Gillette has a very active PTG! It will meet one Monday of every-other-month at 6:30 P.M. Please refer to the monthly newsletter.
40 Prohibited ItemsConsistent with our Code of Conduct, there are some items that are not allowed in school. These items tend to be distracting to the learning process, and they also become items that are stolen from time-to-time. Some of these items are:I-Pods, CD players, Cameras, and cell phones
41 Summer ExpectationsThe reading list for 5th grade will be posted on the websiteA letter indicating a student’s placement will be mailed to parents the third week of AugustA general supply list will posted on our website
42 Before we take you on a tour of Gillette, can we answer any questions?
43 Thank YouOn behalf of the Gillette Staff, we thank you for coming this evening. We look forward to sharing a wonderful middle school experience with you and your child.