Middle Grades Curriculum - Patriot Oaks

Middle Grades Curriculum - Patriot Oaks

Y M E D A C A S K A O T O I R

T A P 6TH GRADE T H G I N N O I TRANSIT

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Principal Ms. Emily Harrison Assistant Principal Ms. Caty Van Housen Assistant Principal Mr. Jeffrey Stoddard Guidance Counselor 6th 8th Ms. Sandi Watson Guidance Secretary Ms. Baez Instructional Literacy Coach Ms. Kim Susice Dean Mr. Chris Wetjen Media Mr. Lou Greco

TRANSITION GOALS REDUCE ANXIETY (PARENTS/STUDENTS) SMOOTH AND POSITIVE TRANSITION EMPHASIZE POSITIVE STUDENT/TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS MAKE A POSITIVE FIRST IMPRESSION TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS OVERVIEW At Patriot Oaks Academy, what does a good learner do?

COMMUNICATES EFFECTIVELY HAS HIGH EXPECTATIONS ADAPTS AND PERSEVERES REMAINS RESOURCEFUL GENERATES GOALS ENGAGES IN MEANINGFUL FEEDBACK REFLECTS ON LEARNING SEES ERRORS AS OPPORTUNITIES CONNECTIONS PARENTS AND STUDENTS IMPORTANT FOR STUDENT SUCCESS LOOKS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE

STUDENTS: CLUBS, SPORTS, BAND PARENTS: VOLUNTEER, PTO BE INVOLVED! HOW DO WE TRANSITION ? PARENT NIGHT DAYTIME TRANSITION SUMMER TRANSITION PROGRAM ORIENTATION OPEN HOUSE SAFETY

STUDENTS WILL FEEL SAFE IN SCHOOL EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY SECURE BULLYING PEER COUNSELING FOCUS ON AND REWARD THE POSITIVE CHARACTER COUNTS LEADERSHIP SET THE CULTURE TECHNOLOGY DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP COMPUTER ACCESS

INFORMATION HOW DO I.? WHERE DO I? WHAT IF..? SCHOOL VISITS, ORIENTATIONS, OPEN HOUSE, NEWSLETTERS, CHARGER CHAT, SCHOOL WEBSITE, PTO WEBSITE, TWITTER, REMIND TEXTS COMMUNICATION AND CONFERENCING EMAIL IS PREFERRED- DUE TO THE BUSY NATURE OF THE SCHOOL DAY, PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 48 HOURS

FOR RESPONSE. TO LEAVE A PHONE MESSAGE, CALL THE FRONT DESK THE FRONT DESK WILL LEAVE THE TEACHER A NOTE. IF YOU WANT TO MEET WITH THE TEACHERS, PLEASE CONTACT MS. WATSON, THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR, TO SCHEDULE A TEAM MEETING. POA CHARGER TEACHER SUPPORT

4 Core Classes Language Arts Social Studies Math Science 3 Non-Core Classes P.E. (required) Information Communications Technology 1 (ICT- required) Band Chorus Art LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM FOCUS

FOUR THEMATIC UNITS VOCABULARY SKILLS, PREFIXES/ROOTS/SUFFIXES LITERATURE BALANCED BETWEEN FICTION/NONFICTION ACADEMIC ESSAYS: WRITING FOCUS IS ON INFORMATIONAL AND ARGUMENTATIVE GENRE BINGO HOMEWORK, ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNICATION THERE IS AN ONLINE TEXTBOOK AND STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE THEIR PERSONAL USERNAME AND LOGIN

HAC, EDMODO, AND EMAIL UPDATES NIGHTLY READING- A MINIMUM OF 30 MINUTES STUDY FOR VOCABULARY SKILL QUIZZES SUMMER READING/SUMMER MENU YES- DETAILS POSTED AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR MATH CURRICULUM FOCUS FSA STANDARDS STD. / ADV. STD. = 6 GRADE STDS. ADV. = ALL 6 GR STDS. + (8) 7

TH TH TH GRADE STDS. HOMEWORK, ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNICATION HOMEWORK IS STARTED IN CLASS AND COMPLETED AT HOME, NIGHTLY EDMODO, HAC, PLANNERS

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH PROGRESSION This progression is updated according to district recommendations. SCIENCE CURRICULUM FOCUS STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN INQUIRY-BASED SCIENCE AND LABS HOMEWORK, ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNICATION STUDENTS WILL USE A WORK TEXT/TEXTBOOK AND HAVE ACCESS

TO AN ONLINE TEXT STUDENTS USE THEIR INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS FOR ALL UNITS OF STUDY SCIENCE FAIR LAB DONATION SOCIAL STUDIES- WORLD HISTORY CURRICULUM FOCUS WORLD HISTORY- ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS TO SETTLEMENT OF THE

AMERICAS INTEGRATES ECONOMICS, GEOGRAPHY AND CIVIC STANDARDS WE USE DBQS (DOCUMENT BASED QUESTIONS) TO PRACTICE OUR CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS AND (CLOSE) READING SKILLS WE HAVE ONE DBQ PER QUARTER THAT IS A SUMMATIVE GRADE FOR THE ESSAY ***SUPPORTS LANGUAGE ARTS INSTRUCTION*** HOMEWORK, ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNICATION THERE IS AN ONLINE TEXTBOOK AND STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE THEIR PERSONAL USERNAME AND LOGIN THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL HISTORY FAIR

ALL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH AND PRESENTATION SKILLS FAIR IS OPTIONAL SCHEDUL AN ALTERNATING BLOCK SCHEDULE STUDENTS TAKE 7 COURSES ONE RED DAY 1 ST PERIOD 3 BLOCKS

BLUE DAY 1 PERIOD (EVERYDAY SAME CLASS- 45 MINUTES) 3 DIFFERENT BLOCKED CLASSES (90 MINUTES) ST STUDENTS REPORT TO HOMEROOM/1 PERIOD EACH DAY BY 8:30AM FOR IMPORTANT MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS ST PHYSICAL EDUCATION ALL 6

TH GRADE STUDENTS TAKE A FULL YEAR OF P.E. PE UNIFORM (ORDERS WILL BE AVAILABLE OVER THE SUMMER) / APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR STUDENTS CHANGE IN THE LOCKER ROOM- LOCK FEE $5 BEGINNING BAND

BAND IS A WONDERFUL OPTION FOR STUDENTS WHO ENJOY MUSIC! STUDENTS INTERESTED IN BAND SHOULD SELECT BAND ON THEIR ELECTIVE FORM. TO BE ENROLLED IN ADVANCED (7 CONTACT TH GRADE BAND), PARENTS MUST MS. VANCE.

WE WILL HOST AN INSTRUMENT AND INFORMATION NIGHT DURING THE SECOND WEEK OF SCHOOL SO STUDENTS CAN TRY OUT ALL INSTRUMENT CHOICES. INSTRUMENT PURCHASE/RENTAL INFORMATION REGARDING PURCHASE AND RENTAL WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE SUMMER MEETING. FAIR SHARE $135.00 How do I stay General information is provided on the school informed?

website. Online textbooks are available for all core classes. Teachers provide usernames and passwords at the beginning of the year. Teachers use Edmodo and HAC in lieu of a class website. Students will use Edmodo to view upcoming activities, tests, and important class information. Home Access Center (HAC) allows parents and students to view grades online. If you need your username / password, please contact Ms. Weaver.

PLANNERS/EDMODO ORGANIZATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS! PLANNERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE THROUGH THE PTO. AVAILABILITY WILL BE ADVERTISED DURING THE SUMMER. STUDENTS ACCESS ASSIGNMENTS THROUGH EDMODO OR THE PLANNER. STUDENTS RECORD CLASS NOTES IN ONENOTE. ONENOTE CAN BE ACCESSED THROUGH THE LAPTOP OR YOUR HOME COMPUTER. STUDENTS WILL RECORD ALL HOMEWORK / ASSIGNMENTS IN THE STUDENT PLANNER. PARENTS MAY ASSIST STUDENTS WITH ORGANIZATION BY CHECKING THE PLANNER AND EDMODO ON A DAILY BASIS STUDENTS MAY MARK THEIR PLANNERS WITH A RED AND BLUE MARKER SO

THEY KNOW WHAT DAYS THEY HAVE THEIR CLASSES THE CALENDAR IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE CHARGER SUCCESS WRITE ASSIGNMENTS IN PLANNER OR WITHIN ONENOTE ELECTRONIC BINDER CHECK EDMODO SITES DAILY PUT HOMEWORK IN THE CORRECT CLASS FOLDER/NOTEBOOK AND KEEP THE CASE-IT CLEAN STUDY BUDDY, HAVE OTHER STUDENTS PHONE NUMBERS TO CALL FOR HELP

OR QUESTIONS ABOUT HOMEWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS. DO HOMEWORK FOR TODAYS CLASSES THAT NIGHT. POST A SCHEDULE ON INSIDE OF LOCKER RED & BLUE DAY CLASSES HAVE A STUDY AREA AT HOME WITH LIMITED DISTRACTIONS TV, CELL PHONE, VIDEO GAMES, ETC. PLENTY OF SLEEP AND A GOOD BREAKFAST A GREAT ATTITUDE HOMEWORK HOMEWORK IS DESIGNED TO BE PRESCRIPTIVE, MAY FRONT LOAD LESSONS (FLIPPED ASSIGNMENTS), AND/OR MAY PROVIDE ADDITIONAL PRACTICE

THE HOMEWORK POLICY IS PROVIDED ON THE WEBSITE HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL CLASSES WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO PARENTS AT OPEN HOUSE HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS INCREASE WITH EACH GRADE LEVEL EACH NIGHT, STUDENTS WILL HAVE APPROXIMATELY SIXTY MINUTES OF HOMEWORK, IN ADDITION TO INDEPENDENT READING THE 6

SUPPLIES GRADE SUPPLY LIST WILL BE POSTED ON THE SCHOOL AND PTO WEBSITES AT THE END OF THE YEAR. TH PREPACKAGED SUPPLIES WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR PTO FOR DELIVERY TO THE SCHOOL AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. HEADSETS LAB DONATION ART DONATION

SUPPLEMENTAL SUPPLY REQUIREMENTS WILL BE POSTED ON THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WEBSITE P O T S R E CHARG 10 TIPS FOR SUCCESS! #10

BE ON TIME HR IS BUILT INTO 1 PERIOD, THE SKINNY BLOCK (45 MINUTES). IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE ON TIME. ST REPORT CARDS, SCHOOL INFORMATION EXCELLENT PLACE TO GET INFORMATION/ASK QUESTIONS #9 STORE THE BACKPACK TO AND FROM SCHOOL

DRAWSTRING PACKS AND CASE IT BINDER HALLWAY / CLASSROOM CONGESTION TOO MUCH STUFF/ TOO HEAVY ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS TEXTBOOKS ONLINE LOCKER BREAKS BUILT IN SCHEDULE #8 SECURE PERSONAL ITEMS WE RECOMMEND YOU LEAVE EXPENSIVE ITEMS AT HOME LOCK YOUR LOCKER #7 STAY ORGANIZED

PLANNERS, EDMODO AND HAC ARE UTILIZED DAILY PLANNERS ARE A GOOD COMMUNICATION TOOL W/ TEACHERS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE PTO (SUMMER/ORIENTATION) #6 BE IN CLASS KEEP ABSENCES TO A MINIMUM MISSING CLASS PUTS A STUDENT BEHIND YOU CAN GET MAKEUP WORK..BUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKEUP CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY #5

STAY INFORMED STUDENT.TEACHER.PARENT IT IS A PARTNERSHIP MIDDLE SCHOOL WEBSITE/HAC- ONLINE GRADES SCHOOL - WEBSITE, PATRIOT PRESS / CHARGER CHAT, ALERT NOW PHONE MESSAGES, REMIND TEXT MESSAGES, TWITTER VOLUNTEER AT THE SCHOOL ! #4 PARENT CONFERENCES CONTACT TEACHERS FIRST THIS USUALLY SOLVES PROBLEMS

CHECK ONLINE GRADES, WEBSITE, PLANNER/EDMODO SHOULD BE AN ACADEMIC NEED CONFERENCES ARE SCHEDULED BY THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR #3 LUNCH / P.E. LUNCH STUDENTS MAY SIT WHERE THEY WANT 30 MINUTES P.E.

LOCK RENTAL FEE PE UNIFORM #2 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS START / END TIMES- SAME AS ELEMENTARY 8:30-2:50 (1:50) SCHOOL OPENS AT 8:00 AM PARENT DROP OFF ABOUT 15 MINUTES- ALLOW TIME FOR YOUR

STUDENT TO WALK TO THEIR LOCKER AND CLASS YOU SHOULD BE IN THE LINE BETWEEN 8:00-8:10 DRESS CODE- FOLLOWS THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT FORGOTTEN ITEMS AN EMAIL IS SENT TO THE TEACHERS #1 I AM IN MIDDLE SCHOOL.. GET INVOLVED! POSITIVE STUDENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIP

INCREASE FREEDOM .INCREASED RESPONSIBILITY STUDENT ACCOUNTABILITY BE A CHARGER LEARNER! BE ON TIME AND TRY YOUR BEST ADHERE TO SCHOOL/CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS SUMMER TRANSITION JULY 26 BOYS- 8:30-11:30, GIRLS 12:30-3:30 REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND TH ADVERTISED IN MAY

OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO BECOME ORIENTED TO MIDDLE SCHOOL MEET TEACHERS MAKE NEW FRIENDS THANK YOU FOR COMING TONIGHT! PLEASE LEAVE QUESTION CARDS SO WE CAN ANSWER ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE WE ARE CONFIDENT YOUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO THE 6TH GRADE. OUR EXPERIENCED TEAM IS READY TO HELP

YOUR CHILD TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL AND INDEPENDENT VISIBLE LEARNER! 100% INVOLVEME NT OUR GOAL IS THAT EACH AND EVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT WILL BE INVOLVED IN ONE OR MORE SCHOOL-RELATED CLUB OR SPORT

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