5 Accelerated math More rigorous in content and pace Students will be responsible for a heavier workloadCurriculum and instruction for accelerated math courses will be compacted.Grade 6 students receive instruction in grade 6 & the majority of grade 7 standards.Grade 7 students receive instruction in the remaining grade 7 standards as well as all grade 8 standards.Grade 8 students receive instruction in Algebra I. Students earn high school credit for this course. If they pass the course, they may not re-take the course in high school since they will have already earned credit for the course on his/her high school transcript.
6 Math Curriculum Sequence GradeCoreAdvanced6th6th Grade TEKS6th and 7th Grade TEKS7th7th Grade TEKS7th and 8th Grade TEKS8th8th Grade TEKSAlgebra I9thAlgebra I orHonors Algebra IGeometry orHonors Geometry10thAlgebra II orHonors Algebra II11thAlgebra II,Honors Algebra II, or Math ModelsPre-Calculus12thPre-Calculus or Algebra IIDual Credit Calculus,Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, orEngineering Math
7 Advanced math criteria At least 3 of the 4 following criteria:1. MSTAR (Middle School Students in Texas Algebra Ready)-The content of the MSTAR Universal Screener is based on algebra-readiness skills.Recommended score of 300 or higher2. Current overall average in math for the school yearRecommended: average of 90% for grade 5 or 6; average of 85% for current accelerated math students in grade 73. STAAR 2014 Math – Level III Advanced4. Teacher Recommendation – We highly recommend that you contact your child’s math teacher regarding the appropriate placement for your child.
8 New math standards 2014-2015—new math TEKS (standards) The number of standards moving from grade to grade including Algebra I standards to 8th grade math are already more rigorous.More than 56 standards moved to new grade levels in 6-8 as well as many completely new learning standards.Please make a careful decision when choosing for your child to accelerate through math content.Grade 6-8 math is foundational for future success in high school math courses.
9 Honors EnglishTask oriented, proficient readers, able to prioritize their time and have parental support.Content immersion, a fast pace, and performance assessed at the analysis and syntheses levels.Honors students are expected to maintain a minimum average of 80 each 6 weeks.
10 Accelerated Math / honors English Responsibility Profile Willing to work hardHigh degree of self-disciplineStrong motivation to learnCompletes assignments on timeConscientiousWell organizedSeeks help when neededEagerly accepts a challenge
11 STAAR* Testing at Junior high Sixth GradeSeventh GradeEighth GradeReadingMathWritingScienceSocial Studies*Alg I students only: Alg I EOC*State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
12 electives6th:1 elective: Art, Band, Choir, or Technology Applications1 PE: Wellness PE or Competition PE7th:1 elective: Agriculture, Art, Band, Cabinetry & Millwork, Choir, Technology Applications1 PE: Athletics, Wellness PE, Tennis, Outdoor Recreation, or Dance8th:2 electives: Agriculture, Art, Band, Cabinetry & Millwork, Choir, Athletics, Dance, Outdoor Recreation, or Tennis
13 3rd period (40 minutes)Plus period built into the day for Enrichment or STAAR InterventionEnrichment6th: Study Skills & Technology7th & 8th:Gifted & TalentedRoboticsApplied BandJournalismStudy HallAdvanced DanceMock TrialTheatreArcheryPhotographyVideo AnnouncementsBattle of the Books Creative WritingProblem Solvers ProgrammingYearbook
14 Gifted & talentedTo nominate your child for GT, packets are available from your school counselorGT students will be clustered with 4-5 other GT students for core class3rd period Enrichment: GT students will be in a pull out GT class6 weeks projects including:PhilosophyForensic ScienceCritical Thinking/Problem SolvingDAR Essay Contest
15 Typical 6th Grade Day School Day: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm English Language Arts—50 minutesReading—50 minutesMath – 50 minutesScience – 50 minutes per daySocial Studies – 50 minutes per day3rd Period—Team & Enrichment—40 minutes per dayPhysical Education – 50 minutes per dayLunch – 30 minutes per dayElective – 50 minutes per day
16 What’s New For Students? LockersChanging classesFour minute passing periodsCafeteria – Can choose where they sitPep Rallies
17 Course choice sheets 5th grade students received forms on 3/4 Forms are due to students’ home room teachers on Friday, March 21stParent & student signature is required on formCarefully consider your choices6th & 7th grade students will receive their sheets next week: 3/25 & 3/278th graders must have a parent, student, counselor meeting: Tues 3/25 & Thurs 3/27 5:30-7:30pm and Wed. 3/26 7:30-4:00
18 Parent Information Web Site: www.risdweb.org 6 week newsletter – sent with report cardProgress Reports (3 weeks) and Report cards (6 weeks)Student PlannersParent PortalSchoologyRemind 101
19 Preparing for the First Day of School Meet the Teach Night before school:Pickup schedulesMeet their teachersLearn the buildingMeet the front office staff, counselor, principals, etc.Ask questions!Final date will be posted on the school website, and advertised on the school marquee.
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