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1 Welcome to VCMS Middle School 101 April 23, 2013

2 PTO Elections _______________ President- Amy Szvetecz Vice President – Cheryl Kearney Treasurer – Eleanor LoPresti Secretary – Cheryl Hillman Parliamentarian – Julie Smith

3 Local School Council Please nominations To Mrs. Rohacek. Vote will be at Viper Camp.

4 Our Faculty Supporting our new 6 th graders Our Schedule & Courses Parent Involvement Community Involvement Upcoming transition events Questions VCMS 101: Agenda

5 Kathy Rohacek Van Lewsader Karen Ogline Jean Lipscomb Mandy Malcolm Sue Sabo Amy Ingram

6 VCMS Teachers are… Simply the best!

7 How do I open my locker? Can I choose classes? When will we get our schedules? Can we choose our lunch time and sit with our friends? Will I get lost? How many students are in a class? How do we switch classes?


9 Projected enrollment for = 1140 Students: th graders We welcome 6 th grade students from the following elementary schools: Cumming Kelly Mill Midway Sawnee Vickery Creek Whitlow

10 Interdisciplinary Teams Connect Time - Advisement each Wednesday Counseling Dept. PALS Mentors

11 Some things are different in middle school Drop off of forgotten items Dress Code Lockers

12 In order to limit interruptions to instruction, we do not call into classes to have students retrieve forgotten items such as lunch or schoolwork. Parents may bring these items and they will be placed on the front counter for their child to pick up. Parents can the teacher if an item has been brought to school.

13 Follow the Forsyth County dress code – in the FCSS Code of Conduct Length of skirts and shorts – fingertip guideline Backpacks pull up dresses and skirts flip up in back Kids grow fast! No skin/holes in pants above fingertip length guideline Tops – no inappropriate language, tank tops, cleavage, see-through or midriff showing

14 Getting ready to use a locker at school Items to purchase and those to avoid Sample lockers.....

15 As you can see from the examples, there is not a lot of room for extras. Many students who purchase the decorations, quickly learn that other important items dont their books and a coat! Not all lockers shelves fit into our lockers but our PTO sells the right size in the school store and at Viper Camp

16 Develop healthy relationships by accepting differences; understand that friendships may change because our students come from six different elementary schools Limit and monitor social network use. Facebook, etc. tend to exaggerate the typical squabbles and social challenges of middle school students.

17 Develop consistent routines with timelines, physical activity and bedtime – computers, phones & TV Develop a healthy balance between academic expectations and extracurricular activities. Develop self-discipline and responsibility by establishing strong study habits with a set time and place to study at home every day

18 Student Agendas ANGEL – Changing to itsLearning Parent and Student Portal Voice Mail Call Messenger Messenger

19 Website Facebook and Twitter PTO Newsletters Parent Conferences

20 7 period day – 54 minute periods 5 Academic classes + 2 Connections Connect Time once a week A-B-C weekly rotation 9 week Connection classes

21 Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Reading, Reading Literacy, or Math Literacy

22 Teachers and administrators have reviewed student data to determine the best placement for students. Parents will be able to view their childs recommended courses on-line. We hope to have that feature live by the week of May 20 and be open until May 31. Instructions will be available on our website starting on May 20.

23 VCMS Connections : Art Band Chorus Computer Literacy Drama Health Math Plus Physical Education Study Skills Technology

24 BAND Instrument Tryouts: In August, during the first two weeks of band classes.

25 Clubs Intramurals Dances Special Days

26 Football Football Cheerleading 7 TH Grade Girls and Boys Basketball 8 TH Grade Girls and Boys Basketball Basketball Cheerleading Track Golf

27 Our Parents Our Business Partners

28 Supportive Involved Welcome!

29 Finding classrooms Lockers Knowing the school Teachers Courses Assignments Peer Pressure Communication Medical notes

30 Your help is needed and wanted! Parent Teacher Organization: Copy Mom/Dad School Store Calendar Dances Hospitality Fund Raising Newsletter Open House Special Events- Red Ribbon Week Other Ways to be Involved PALS Media Center Local School Council Mentors Watch D.O.G.S. Dads

31 Vickery Creek Middle can give: Positive publicity Student talent for your special event Collaboration on community endeavors Assistance with special functions

32 Vickery Creek Middle needs: Assistance with student recognition programs Support for instructional programs Support and recognition for staff Collaboration on special events and community endeavors Adults willing to mentor students

33 May 15– 5 th grade students participate in field trips to VCMS for a guided tour August 5 – 6 th grade Viper Camp- 9:30 -11:30 Takes the place of Open House for 6 th graders Parents in the gym Students in homeroom August 5:Regular Open House for 7 th & 8 th graders

34 Agendas (paid by PTO) Lockers - $5.00 Lunch PE Uniform $20.00 Supply List Discipline Dress Code



37 Frequently Asked Questions: 1.When do we get our bus information? Each child has a sticker placed on their agenda with the correct bus information. A transportation representative will also be available at Viper Camp. 2.How do we make schedule changes if we dont think our child is placed correctly? We make all schedule decisions based on three things: data, classroom performance (report cards) and teacher recommendation. There will be a procedure and forms on our school website if you would like to request a schedule change. However, the data must support the requested change. 3.Do students get to use a locker in PE? Yes. However, students can only use it during that one period and must pay locker fee of $3.00 for the year. Students are strongly encouraged to leave ALL valuables at home or in their regular locker. 4.Can students carry their cell phones with them? Yes. However, unless a teacher is asking students to bring technology to class for an instructional purpose, all cell phones and other devices must be turned off and out of sight. Cell phones should not be taken to PE or in the locker room.

38 More Frequently Asked Questions: 5. Can my student call or text me during the day? Our students are allowed to check their phones for text messages immediately after lunch and right before dismissal. Students are not allowed to call or text parents at any other time of the day. If they need to contact parents, students must ask permission to use the school phone or wait until the designated time. 6.How early can we drop off our student? The front doors will be unlocked at 7:45 and students will be supervised in the cafeteria until the morning bell rings at 8:45 for them to go to homeroom. 7.Where do we find information about clubs? A flyer is available on our school website. 8.Can students carry their inhalers and Epipens? Yes. However, a Care Plan with doctors orders must be completed with our school nurse. All medications, including over the counter, must be turned in to the school nurse by an adult, in their original packaging.

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