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Welcome to 8 th Grade Pre-Registration Sawtooth Middle School
8 th Grade Pre-registration forms due by Tuesday, February 17th Please turn forms in to your World Civ teacher. Be sure to have your parent/guardian sign it! Online Registration Dates are FRIDAY, FEB. 13 TH - MONDAY, FEB. 16 TH
Please remember... Online Registration is REQUIRED and done at home. Returning the paper registration form is REQUIRED. You might not get the elective classes you want if you do not turn in your paper registration form. Newsletter in the summer... Registration in August – come with your parents – Get your schedule – Pay your fees – Get your locker/combination
Course Description Books Our school website has a course description book with class descriptions available. This is where you can get more information about all of the 8 th grade required and elective courses.
Online Registration Online Registration Dates are FRIDAY, FEB. 13 TH - MONDAY, FEB. 16 TH Online Registration Website: https://ps.meridianschools.org/public/home.html Your paper registration will need to be completed prior to attempting to register online.
SMS Student Online Registration for 8 th grade. Website: https://ps.meridianschools.org/public/home.html https://ps.meridianschools.org/public/home.html User name: xxxxxxxxxx Password: xxxxxxxxxx Online Registration will be open from Feb.13 th through Feb. 16 th. Use the following procedure to request classes for next year. 1. On the start page, click Class Registration from the navigation menu. The class Registration page appears Note: 8 th grade Required Classes are listed and requests will be submitted when you have made all other selections. Any changes in math placement or honor courses will be made by the registrar. 2. Next click the pencil icons for your Elective Choices. An Elective Choice popup window will appear. Place a check in the box on left side next to the elective choice you want to make. Then click okay. Note: If you are selecting a yearlong class, you will need to select (for example) Choir 8A as your 1st elective choice and Choir 8B as your 2 nd elective choice. 3. A green checkmark appears in the area for which you selected courses. You will select one elective at a time. 4. Repeat the steps until you have made a total of 4 elective choices, 2 alternative elective choices and the health selection. 5. Click Submit. The Course Requests page appears. 6. You have finished the online process. Return the Pre-Registration form to your World Civ teacher as soon as possible.
Registration Form Print your full legal name (not nickname) Bus? Custodial information Where you live Who you live with and addresses/phone numbers Emergency Contacts Siblings PARENT’S SIGNATURE – Very Important
Registration Form - classes 8th Grade Required Courses English 8 CCSS Algebra 8 Physical Science 8 Physical Education 8 World Geography 8 (one semester) Health P1 or P2 (one semester) Study Hall (9 th period all year)
English Honors 8... differences from English 8 At this time, the same novels are read in Honors English and English 8. However, in Honors English, ALL reading is all done at home with the teacher providing checkpoints as to when students should be at a certain page/chapter in the book. Class time is used for discussion and projects. More in-depth questioning and more writing More use of computer-based programs More project-based Students create/teach a lesson to the class Students are required to enter a writing contest (outside of school) with an original piece of writing that they did not create at school Lots of group and self-directed work Debate/Socratic circle is used in class No late work is accepted No re-dos on classwork/quizzes/tests The classic author’s study that was formerly done as homework each quarter is no longer required.
Honors or Accelerated Classes English English Honors 8 Math CCSS High School Math I Treasure Valley Math/Science Center Science Physical Science Honors 8 Treasure Valley Math/Science Center
Honors or Accelerated Classes Rigor Contract
Registration Form - classes Year Long Classes Concert Band 8 Orchestra 7/8 Choir 8 Spanish I Semester Classes Beginning Art 8 Art – Drawing and Painting 8 Art – Pottery and Sculpture 8 Drama/Communications 8 Advanced Drama & Comm. 8 GTT Pre-Engineering Technology 8 Family Consumer Science I Family Consumer Science II Publications Applied Keyboarding 7/8 Computer Explorations I 7/8 Computer Explorations II 7/8 Peer Tutor 7/8 Assistants (counseling, library, office, teacher) Elective Courses
How many electives can I take? Semester Class 1 Semester Class 2 1 Year Long Class A and B 1 year long class and 2 semester classes Semester Class 1 Semester Class 2 Semester Class 4 Semester Class 3 or 4 semester classes or Year Long Class A and B Year Long Class A and B 2 year long classes
Choosing Alternatives for Electives Space may NOT BE AVAILABLE in one or more of your elective choices. So, YOU MUST ALSO CHOOSE TWO ALTERNATIVE ELECTIVES. If you DO NOT choose alternatives and the elective you want is full, ELECTIVES WILL BE CHOSEN FOR YOU.
Concert Band 8 YEAR-LONG COURSE – fee required This course is designed for students with two years of successful prior band experience. Students are expected to practice at home (150 minutes/week) and provide their own instrument and method book. Students are required to participate in evening concerts and the spring district Middle School Band Festival.
Orchestra 7/8 YEAR-LONG COURSE – fee required This class is designed for students with a minimum of one year playing experience with violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Students are expected to practice at home (150 minutes/week) and provide their own instrument and method book. Students are required to participate in evening concerts and the spring district Middle School Orchestra Festival.
Choir 8 YEAR-LONG COURSE – fee required This class gives students an introduction and foundation in singing in two and three part music of various styles. The class will emphasis enjoyment of singing. Participation in evening concerts and the spring district Middle School Music Festival is required.
Spanish I YEAR-LONG COURSE This course provides students with the fundamental skills of Spanish. An emphasis is placed on comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and culture. Credits and grades earned in Spanish are entered on official high school transcripts and count towards official high school GPAs.
Beginning Art SEMESTER COURSE – fee required Students will explore the fundamentals of drawing, painting, perspective, crafts, art history, and careers in art. This course is required prior to taking 8 th grade classes – Drawing/Painting and Pottery/Sculpture.
Drawing and Painting SEMESTER COURSE – fee required Prerequisite: Beginning Art Students will learn basic drawing and painting as well as explore a variety of media, art history, and careers in art.
Pottery and Sculpture SEMESTER COURSE – fee required Prerequisite: Beginning Art Students will learn basic clay hand techniques and explore a variety of additional sculpture media, art history, and careers in art.
Drama/Communications SEMESTER COURSE – fee required Students will explore drama through performance, communication, criticism, etc. Presentations may include: pantomime, oral interpretations, Reader’s Theatre, mini plays, radio theater speeches, and puppetry. This course is required prior to taking Advanced Drama and Communications.
Advanced Drama and Communications SEMESTER COURSE – fee required Prerequisite: Drama/Communications This class is the introductory course to basic acting techniques and terminology. Students will develop voice, create a character, evaluate a play, and perform in scenes. Students also learn about theater history, criticism, and vocational opportunities.
GTT Pre-Engineering Technology 8 SEMESTER COURSE – fee required Projects will be designed and fabricated using STEM criteria. Projects incorporate the use of modeling software and robotics. Problem solving and understanding the influences of technology are incorporated into learning. Students investigate the impact of energy on their lives and the environment.
Family and Consumer Science I and II SEMESTER COURSE – fee required Food Preparation/Nutrition Sewing Consumer Choices Family/Community Relationships Personal Development Family Consumer Science I is required prior to taking Family Consumer Science II.
Publications SEMESTER COURSE Students who enjoy writing and being creative enjoy this class. Writing happens each day in class. Students learn the basic forms of journalistic writing: news, features, editorials, and headlines. Students should be able to work and write independently as well as with a partner, be responsible, and be able to meet deadlines. Students will produce a school newspaper and other student works.
Applied Keyboarding SEMESTER COURSE Students will learn proper technique, hand position, key strokes, and touch control. Basic formatting of documents will be taught. Pre-Requisite: Recommendation of keyboarding instructor or counselor. Great for students who type below 20 wpm with less than 6 errors and for new students.
Computer Explorations I SEMESTER COURSE Prerequisite: Keyboarding Students will learn word processing, editing, changing layouts, proofing, columns and tabs, search and replace, database, and spreadsheets. This course is required prior to taking Computer Explorations II.
Computer Explorations II SEMESTER COURSE Prerequisite: Computer Explorations I Students will work with word processing, spreadsheets, databases, web page design. Digital cameras, scanners, and other technology are introduced. Also studied: Internet safety, research strategies, and copyright laws.
ONLINE CLASS REGISTRATION PAGE Green checkmarks mean your selection is complete. Click on the to select your electives There will be 4 pencils.
Choose one elective. Then click Okay. You will do this for all 4 elective choices and both alternate choices. CHOOSING YOUR ELECTIVES ONLINE
Peer Tutors and Assistants Semester Courses Peer Tutoring and Assistant (counseling, library, office, and teacher) Students may not choose to be an assistant during online preregistration. You must choose your 4 electives and 2 alternate electives that do NOT include being an assistant. If you would like to be an assistant AND you complete and turn in a form, you may have the opportunity to be chosen as an assistant after online registration is finished.
Peer Tutors and Assistants SEMESTER COURSES Peer Tutoring and Assistant (counseling, library, office, and teacher) Students must fill out a form that is picked up from Mrs. Howell, our registrar. Recommendations will need to come from a teacher, the librarian, or the counselor. Students learn organizational skills and to take responsibility with working with others.
Peer Tutor SEMESTER COURSE Peer Tutors assist students with special needs in one-on-one situations. Students must be kind and caring, empathetic, and willing to take directions. Assistant form must be filled out and turned in with parent signature. Needed: teacher recommendation
Assistants SEMESTER COURSE Counselor, Office, Teacher Assistants work with staff, students, and parents. Library Assistants help out in the library and must be responsible, helpful, and organized. Assistant form must be filled out and turned in with parent signature. Needed: teacher/librarian/counselor recommendation
One more time... Alternatives for Electives You will choose electives by numbering your choices. 1 = your 1st choice, 2 = 2 nd choice You may choose an elective that is FULL and space is NOT AVAILABLE. So, you must make alternative elective choices. Number some extra choices. If you do not choose any alternative electives and space is unavailable, electives will be chosen for you.
Frequently Asked Questions Who do I give my preregistration form to? When is the form due? What if my form comes in late or I don’t turn it in? Do I have to register online and with my form? What if I know I am moving and won’t be here in 8 th grade? Why do I have to choose alternatives for the electives? What if I don’t choose any alternatives? How do I get into an Honors or Accelerated class? How do I get to be an assistant?