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Principal: Mr. Montero Assistant Principals: Ms. Soberon and Mrs. Camus 6 th & 7 th grade Guidance Counselor: Ms. Kirker 8 th grade Guidance Counselor: Mrs. Diaz Student Support Specialists: Mrs. Sakay and Mrs. Escudero SOMERSET ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL “A BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL”
More classes and teachers More people More responsibilities More work More freedom More changes: physical & emotional The key to success is: 1. Organization and Communication
7 classes in total 4 core classes 3 electives We follow an A, B rotation: A day will be 1st, 3rd, 5th, & 7th periods. B day will be 1st, 2nd, 4th, & 6th periods.
Student must pass their 4 core classes each year: (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) A “C” or better each quarter is essential to passing each course successfully. “D” and “F” quarter grades put students at risk of having to repeat a course or being retained. Elective grades will be factored into the student’s GPA, therefore earning good grades in all classes is critical. If a student fails any core classes, he/she MUST make up the course(s) online over the summer.
Review the curriculum guide for requirements and course descriptions. Every student must take: Language Arts Math Comprehensive Science Social Studies (World History, Civics, US History) electives ▪ Reading is required for 6 th grade ▪ PE is required in 6 th, 7 th, and 8 th grade ▪ Arts, Foreign Languages, academic electives ▪ Intensive classes (for FCAT level 1 & 2) CORE classes
Use previous years’ FCAT scores Consider current grades in specific subjects Ask your child’s teacher for recommendations Review the curriculum guide for requirements and course descriptions. (found on www.somersetacademy.com under Academics) or click here www.somersetacademy.comclick here
Intensive Intensive – remedial class focused on learning strategies (required for students who score a level 1 & 2 on FCAT) Regular Regular – on grade level classes Advanced Advanced – Above grade level classes (high level 3 and above and A’s and B’s in academic subjects) Pre-AP Pre-AP – Above grade level classes that require critical thinking and problem solving skills (Level 4 and 5 and A’s and B’s in academic subjects) )
Students advanced in Math have two options (requirements must be met and advancement must begin in 6 th grade): Option 1: Advanced Math Track ▪ 6 th grade – math 1 Advanced ▪ 7 th grade – math 2 advanced (Pre-Algebra) ▪ 8 th grade – Algebra 1 Honors (high school class) Option 2: GEM ▪ 6 th grade – GEM (pre-Algebra) – requires a certain FCAT score and GEM placement test score ▪ 7 th grade – Algebra 1 Honors (high school class) ▪ 8 th grade – Geometry Honors (high school class) Taking and passing an End of Course Exam is necessary to earn a high school credit in Algebra 1 Honors and Geometry Honors
Arts Dance, arts, drama, band, chorus If interested in the Arts Conservatory for high school consider arts electives General electives Reading, Speech & Debate, Creative Writing, Key Boarding (online class) Foreign Languages Italian Beginning High School classes such as Spanish 1, Italian 1, and Spanish for Speakers 1 can be taken starting in 7 th grade with a GPA of a 3.25 (A’s and B’s)
Students in middle school have the option to get ahead with their high school credits. The most common ways to take high school classes: Foreign Languages ▪ Spanish 1, Italian 1, Spanish for Speakers 1 (starting in 7 th grade) ▪ Math ▪ Advanced math students can choose between two tracks: ▪ Advanced math track – ahead 1 year in math ▪ GEM (Great Explorations in Math Program) – ahead 2 years in math
Middle school students taking a High school course will: 1. earn a high school credit 2. their semester grades will be calculated into their High School GPA (grade point average) 3. Will take an End of Course Exam to earn a high school credit in Algebra 1 Honors and Geometry Honors Students may re-take a high school course if grade earned is a C, D, or F. Their new grade will count towards their GPA.
Schedule changes are done during the first week of school, ONLY. Changes are not guaranteed Be sure to select 4 electives, keeping in mind that you may not get your first two choices Changes will not be honored for teacher change nor period swap
A student must PASS… 3 courses in Language Arts (6 th, 7 th and 8 th grade) 3 courses in Math (6 th, 7 th and 8 th grade) 3 courses in Science (6 th, 7 th and 8 th grade) 3 courses in Social Studies (6 th, 7 th and 8 th grade) 1 course in Career and Education Planning (including the creation a PAC plan) to be completed in 8th grade If a student fails any core classes, he/she MUST make up the course(s).
In middle and high school, if you do not pass a class, you must re-take it over the summer online. Somerset Virtual Academy is the online school our students use to make up courses. www.somersetvirtualacademy.com
Minimum standards on FCAT= level 3 or higher ▪ Intensive math / reading will replace electives if FCAT scores are a 2 or below in reading and math The FCAT and all EOC’s will be computer based! 6 th grade7 th grade8 th grade Reading FCAT Math FCATMath FCAT OR Algebra 1 EOCMath FCAT OR Algebra 1 EOC OR Geometry EOC Civics EOCWriting FCAT Science FCAT
PINNACLE Teachers online grade book Student # (06..)is the username Date of birth is the password Valuable tool for students and parents Check Pinnacle at least twice a week Keep up with grades and assignments VIRTUAL COUNSELOR Broward County’s academic database. Contains the following information: Absences Academic History Marking Period Grades Student Schedule Middle School Progress Test Scores www.browardschools.com www.browardschools.com you need your child’s student ID and birth date
ORGANIZATION Arrange a time each day set aside for homework and study time Encourage the use of Academic planners and color coded folders Monitor use of time and help your child balance his/her schedule Prepare their materials and organize their assignments the night before COMMUNICATION Do not “back off” because your child is in middle school Stay tuned to Facebook accounts, text messages, TV programs, websites etc. Obtain teacher’s email addresses the first week of school and communicate as much as possible Have a pinnacle day of the week with your child
Somerset Academy Website: www.somersetacademy.com www.somersetacademy.com staff websites and email addresses Events and the school calendar Parents should check Pinnacle for daily progress. Teachers should be the first line of communication for course related questions and concerns. Progress/Interim Reports are issued at the halfway mark of the grading period. Report Cards are issued at the end of each grading period (every 9 weeks)
All this and more is found at: www.somersetacademy.com Under the Middle School Guidance Page Stay tuned for Summer Orientation dates!