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1 Eckstein Middle School Welcome to Eckstein’s 6 th Grade Information Night Sherri Kokx, Principal

2 Tonight’s Presentation Introduction and Mission/Vision-Sherri Kokx Middle School Model/Core Curriculum/Electives/Support-Denise Espania Music Department-Brad Smith Transition/Support Activities-Dan Rosen Community Learning Center-Kate Tovias Reducing Barriers to Learning-Kelly Kerby 6 th Grade Life-Our Awesome Panel of 6 th Graders

3 Sherri Kokx Principal   Science Teacher 9 years Assistant Principal North Middle School-2.5 years Principal Eisenhower Middle School-3 years

4 Eckstein’s Mission & Vision Mission:  Eckstein is a community of life long learners working together to help students reach their full potential. Vision:  Graduates are emotionally healthy, self-confident, resilient, and responsible world citizens ready for high school and beyond. By the time they leave Eckstein, all students will read, write and do math at standard or above.  Every Student Achieving, Everyone Accountable.

5 Core Curriculum and Electives Denise Espania, Assistant Principal Core Curriculum  Language Arts  Social Studies  Math  Science  PE/Technology/Lifeskills Electives  Music  Art  World Languages- Gr.7/8  Computer Science

6 Support Classes and Interventions Read 180 I Can Learn Math Catch Up Café Support Homerooms After School Homework Center, Mathletes, ELL, Mandatory After School Homework (MASH)  These are all done in conjunction with Seattle Parks and Rec  We are hopeful that we will receive the Levy Grant to continue supporting our students

7 Math Placement Most 6 th graders are placed into 6 th grade math Spectrum students are placed into 7 th grade math APP students are placed into 8 th grade math All students are given a placement test to be sure they are placed in the right class At this time, Eckstein offers Math 6, 7, 8, Algebra and Geometry

8 6 th Grade Schedule 1 st Period – 7:50 – 8:45Math 2 nd Period – 8:50 – 9:45LA 3 rd Period – 9:50 – 10:45 Science 4 th Period – 10:50- 12:20 Social Studies and Lunch 5 th Period – 12:25 – 1:20 Music or Art 6 th Period – 1:25 – 2:20PE/Tech

9 Eckstein’s Music Department Director of bands – Mr. Escobedo Director of Orchestras – Mr. Smith School phone band.ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/http://eckstein- band.ecksteinms.seattleschools.org orchestra.ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/

10 Bands, Jazz Bands & Vocal Jazz Requirements 1.Beginning Band – Mr. Boscole (all grades) mostly 6 th -No auditions 2.Junior Band - Mr. Escobedo-Interview- Mr. Escobedo 3.Intermediate Band – Escobedo-Audition (all grades) mostly 7th 4.Intermediate Jazz Band – Escobedo Audition (all grades) mostly 7 th 5.Wind Ensemble – Escobedo-Audition (all grades) mostly 8th 6. Junior Jazz – Escobedo (CLC) None-Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:35-4:30(all grades) mostly 6th 7. Senior Jazz Band & Combos – Escobedo-Audition (all grades) mostly 8th 8. Vocal Jazz I – Escobedo-Audition (all grades) – mostly 7 th & 8 th 9. Vocal Jazz II – Escobedo (all grades) mostly 6 th & 7 th

11 Orchestras 1. Beg Orchestra – Mr. Smith-No auditions- (all grades) mostly 6 th 2. Junior Orchestra – Mr. Smith-Interview-(all grades) mostly 6 th -May 20 th -24 th Mr. Smith 3. Intermediate Orchestra - Mr. Smith- Audition-(all grades) mostly 7 th 4. Senior Orchestra – Mr. Smith-Audition-(all grades) mostly 8 th

12 Transition and Support 6 th Grade Orientation – Stepping Up To Success WEB Grade Level Counselors Dan Rosen-Counselor

13 Stepping Up to Success-1 st Day 7:20-7:30 Students and parents/guardians arrive on campus, check lists for their Homeroom/Advisory teacher and the room number, and report to auditorium. 7:30 – 8:15 Opening session in the Auditorium for students and parents/guardians 8:00 Students dismissed to their homerooms 8:15 Parents/Guardians dismissed to the Cafeteria for the PTSA Parent Coffee Hour.

14 Stepping Up continued 8:10-8:45Homeroom/Advisory (Period 7)  Planners and First Day Packets:  Schedules  Buddies 8:50-9:10 6 th Grade Introduction Assembly in the Auditorium  Principal, Assistant Principal, and Counselor: Welcome, Introductions, Expectations. Mini –schedule of classes (10 minutes per class except period 1) from 11:20-1:10

15 Stepping Up continued 1:20 – 2:20 Homeroom/Advisory (Period 7)  Review Bus Assignments.  Review Thursday’s schedule with special attention paid to period 7 and lunch. Lunches will be by grade level for Tues and Thurs. First lunch is 6 th ; second lunch is 7 th ; and third lunch is 8 th.  Team building  Reflection Have students reflect on the day and debrief

16 What is WEB? WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) designed to help transition 6 th graders into middle school Before school starts, all incoming 6 th graders are invited to attend a WEB Orientation. During the Orientation, students participate in a number of fun games and activities to help them feel comfortable being in a new school. Most of the time is spent with a small group of 6 th graders and 8 th grade WEB leaders. The WEB leaders also visit 6 th grade homerooms about once a month to teach a lesson about being successful in school or to spend more time getting to know each other. In May, the WEB leaders put on a carnival after school for all of the 6 th graders.

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19 Academic Support Mandatory Afterschool Study Hall Mathletes Homework Center ELL Student Support Catch Up Café Eckstein Community Learning Center Programs Funded through 2011 Families and Education Levy Enrichment Programs 2 Semesters of Programs (13 weeks October to January February to May Examples of high quality, enrichment programs -Cooking -Literacy Laboratory -Graffiti Art -Run and Read -Get Your Game On! -Leadership -Break-dance Please contact Kate Tovias with questions regarding after school programs – or

20 Reducing Barriers to Learning Lifeskills Curriculum Strengthening Families Kelly Kerby, Intervention Specialist

21 6 th Grade Student Life Michael Veillon (John Stanford) Bethany Belina (Thorton Creek) Jenny Cook (Olympic View) Clara Rasmussen (Thorton Creek) Michelle Yokoyama (Laurelhurst) Ari Brown (Sacajawea) Charlie Clark (View Ridge) Rebeka Berhanu (Daniel Bagley) Charlie Yanny (Sacajawea) Sulayman El-Mehrik (Loyal Heights)

22 PTSA and Volunteering Tobi Bet-Eckstein’s PTSA President Elect LauraLeigh Young-Getting Involved at Eckstein

23 23 The PTSA is the largest volunteer organization whose sole purpose is to help ALL children. As parents, we can be a powerful voice for your children and other children, influencing legislature and streamlining communications. We want the community to be aware of issues in the public schools. We want them to be involved in the decision-making process. Some of our accomplishments in have been: Pack for Kid Program Building improvements Educational Parent Nights Family Events – Annual Dances, Family Nights School Communication through The School’s Weekly Newsletter & intermittent Updates, Web Site, upcoming Blog! Essential School and Staff Support Box Tops for Education If you would like to be involved as a volunteer, we have lots of opportunities! We very likely have something that will fit your interests and the amount of time you can spend, so go to and have a look for how you can get involved next year. We also have a sign-up sheet available outside on the table & happy to chat after the meeting. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you about the Eckstein PTSA and we look forward to seeing you next year!


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