5Our Vickery Creek faculty and staff are here to support you! Kathy RohacekVan LewsaderKaren OglineJean LipscombMandy MalcolmSue SaboAmy IngramKathy
6VCMS: FacultyVCMSTeachersare…KathySimply the best!
7Can we choose our lunch time and sit with our friends? So Many Questions!How do I open my locker?Can I choose classes?Can we choose our lunch time and sit with our friends?When will we get our schedules?KathyWill I get lost?How do we switch classes?How many students are in a class?
9Vickery Creek Students Projected enrollment for= 1140 Students:th gradersWe welcome 6th grade students from the following elementary schools:CummingKelly MillMidwaySawneeVickery CreekWhitlowKathy
10Supporting our Students Interdisciplinary TeamsConnect Time - Advisement each WednesdayCounseling Dept.PALSMentorsMandy
11Preparing your child for middle school Some things are different in middle schoolDrop off of forgotten itemsDress CodeLockersSue
12Dropping off forgotten items 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.
13Dress Code Follow the Forsyth County dress code – in the FCSS Code of ConductLength of skirts and shorts – fingertip guidelineBackpacks pull up dresses and skirts flip up in backKids grow fast!No skin/holes in pants above fingertip length guidelineTops – no inappropriate language, tank tops, cleavage, see-through or midriff showingSue
14Preparing your child for middle school Getting ready to use a locker at schoolItems to purchase and those to avoidSample lockers.....Sue
15Preparing your child for middle school 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 don’t fit...like 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 CampSue
16More tips to prepare your child for middle school Develop healthy relationships by accepting differences; understand that friendships may change because our students come from six different elementary schoolsLimit and monitor social network use. Facebook, etc. tend to exaggerate the typical squabbles and social challenges of middle school students.Sue
17More tips to prepare your child for middle school Develop consistent routines with timelines, physical activity and bedtime – computers, phones & TVDevelop 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 dayMandy
18Vickery Creek Communication Student AgendasANGEL – Changing to itsLearningParent and Student PortalVoice MailCall MessengerMessengerJean
19Vickery Creek Communication WebsiteFacebook and TwitterPTO NewslettersParent ConferencesJean
20VCMS Schedule 7 period day – 54 minute periods 5 Academic classes + 2 ConnectionsConnect Time once a weekA-B-C weekly rotation9 week Connection classesVan
21Academics: Meeting the Needs of All Students Language ArtsMathScienceSocial StudiesReading, Reading Literacy, or Math LiteracyVan
22Previewing your child’s courses Teachers and administrators have reviewed student data to determine the best placement for students.Parents will be able to view their child’s 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.Van
23VCMS Connections: Art Band Chorus Computer Literacy Drama Health Math PlusPhysical EducationStudy SkillsTechnologyKaren
24Vickery Creek Performing Arts BAND Instrument Tryouts:In August, duringthe first two weeksof band classes.Karen
25Vickery Creek Activities ClubsIntramuralsDancesSpecial DaysKaren
26Vickery Creek Athletics (7th & 8th grade only) FootballFootball Cheerleading7TH Grade Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball8TH Grade Girls’ and Boys’ BasketballBasketball CheerleadingTrackGolfKaren
27Community SupportOur ParentsOur Business PartnersAmy
29Parent to Parent Finding classrooms Lockers Knowing the school TeachersCoursesAssignmentsPeer PressureCommunicationMedical notesAmy Szvetecz
30Your help is needed and wanted! Vickery Creek ParentsYour help is needed and wanted!Other Ways to be InvolvedPALSMedia CenterLocal School CouncilMentorsWatch D.O.G.S. DadsParent Teacher Organization:Copy Mom/DadSchool StoreCalendarDancesHospitalityFund RaisingNewsletterOpen HouseSpecial Events- Red Ribbon WeekAmy Szvetecz
31Vickery Creek Business Partners Vickery Creek Middle can give:Positive publicityStudent talent for your special eventCollaboration on community endeavorsAssistance with special functionsVan
32Vickery Creek Business Partners Vickery Creek Middle needs:Assistance with student recognition programsSupport for instructional programsSupport and recognition for staffCollaboration on special events and community endeavorsAdults willing to mentor studentsVan
33Future Transition Dates May 15– 5th grade students participate in field trips to VCMS for a guided tourAugust 5 – 6th grade Viper Camp-9:30 -11:30Takes the place of Open House for 6th graders Parents in the gymStudents in homeroomAugust 5:Regular Open House for 7th & 8th gradersKathy
34Viper Camp Agendas (paid by PTO) Lockers - $5.00 Lunch PE Uniform $20.00Supply ListDisciplineDress CodeKathy
37Frequently Asked Questions: 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.How do we make schedule changes if we don’t 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.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.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.
38More 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.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.Where do we find information about clubs? A flyer is available on our school website.Can students carry their inhalers and Epipens? Yes. However, a Care Plan with doctor’s 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.