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Truman Middle School Curriculum Night. Monday, January 27, 2014. Goals. Understand the components of 7 th and 8 th grade schedules Highlight features of the middle school program Share resources about core and exploratory class curriculum and expectations. Understanding Grade Courses.

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Truman middle school curriculum night

Truman Middle SchoolCurriculum Night

Monday, January 27, 2014


Goals

Goals

  • Understand the components of 7th and 8th grade schedules

  • Highlight features of the middle school program

  • Share resources about core and exploratory class curriculum and expectations


Understanding grade courses

Understanding Grade Courses

  • Core

  • Challenge

  • Advanced

  • Exploratory

  • Elective

  • Specialized


Core classes

Core Classes

  • Mandatory courses in which all students must participate to meet state standards

    • Communication Arts

    • Mathematics

    • Science

    • Social Studies

    • Health and Fitness


Challenge advanced classes

Challenge/Advanced Classes

  • Core courses offering advanced learners an opportunity to explore greater depths of content knowledge and critical thinking skills

    • Communication Arts

    • Mathematics (Advanced)

    • Science

    • Social Studies

  • Online videos summarize differences among challenge, advanced and regular classes


Recommendation appeal process

Recommendation Appeal Process

  • Step One: Parents Talk to Recommending Teacher

  • Step Two: Parents and Students Complete Appeal Form

  • Step Three: Submit Form to Counselors

  • Step Four: Administrative Review

  • Step Five: Decision communicated to Counselors, Teachers, and Parents


Exploratory classes

Exploratory Classes

  • Semester-long alternating day courses offering opportunity to discover and explore specialized interests, aptitudes, and abilities in the fine and practical arts

    • Art

    • Digital Literacy

    • Drama

    • General Music

    • Keyboarding

    • Family and Consumer Sciences

    • Technology Education

  • Online videos summarize programs


Elective classes

Elective Classes

  • Year-long daily or alternating day student-selected courses offering opportunity to pursue special activities and interests

    • Modern Languages

      • Choice of French, German or Spanish

      • 7th Grade – Alternating Day Class for the Year

      • 8th Grade – Daily Class for the Year

      • Pre-requisite for 8th grade ML for high school credit

      • Must maintain a grade of “C-” or better to continue in program

    • Band

    • Choir

    • Orchestra


High school credit classes

High School Credit Classes

One unit of credit towards high school graduation will be applied to the student’s transcript for successful completion of the following courses:

  • Modern Languages

    • Students must have successfully completed 7th grade course

    • Suggested for students who may wish to participate in AP/IB programs

    • 2 years of ML is required by most college programs

  • Algebra

    • Students must have successfully completed Pre-Algebra

  • Geometry

    • Students must have successfully completed Algebra


Specialized classes

Specialized Classes

  • Intervention Classes-course offerings designed to provide supplemental small group instruction for students who may have gaps in reading or mathematic skills

  • IEP/Resource Classes-course offerings designed to meet student learning needs as indicated in the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)

  • LEAP-course offering designed for gifted students providing enrichment, extension, and affective curriculum explorations


Schedule considerations

Schedule Considerations

  • 7 period day = 5 core + 2 explo/elective

  • All students participate in 5 core courses

  • Students have 2 periods in which to participate in exploratory, elective, and intervention courses

  • Exploratory, elective, and intervention courses vary from semester-long to year-long and daily to alternating day


The 7 th grade schedule

The 7th Grade Schedule

SEMESTER 2

  • ELA (Comm Arts)

  • A Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • A Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective

  • Social Studies

  • Health and Fitness

SEMESTER 1

  • ELA (Comm Arts)

  • A Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • A Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective

  • Social Studies

  • Health and Fitness


Sample 7 th grade schedules

Sample 7th Grade Schedules

  • Communication Arts

  • Semester 1: A-French/B-FACS Semester 2:

    A-French/B-Art

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Band

  • Social Studies

  • Health and Fitness

  • Communication Arts

  • Semester 1: A-Dig. Lit./B-Art Semester 2:

    A-Keyboard/B-Music

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Semester 1: A-Reading/B-Tech Ed. Semester 2: A-Reading/B-Drama

  • Social Studies

  • Health and Fitness

Band and Modern Language

Explo and Intervention


The 8 th grade schedule

The 8th Grade Schedule

SEMESTER 2

  • A Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective

  • ELA (Comm Arts)

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • A Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective

  • Health and Fitness

SEMESTER 1

  • A Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective

  • ELA (Comm Arts)

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • A Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective

  • Health and Fitness


Sample 8 th grade schedules

Sample 8th Grade Schedules

  • French

  • ELA (Comm Arts)

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Band

  • Health and Fitness

  • Semester 1: A-Dig. Lit./B-Art Semester 2:

    A-Keyboard/B-Music

  • ELA (Comm Arts)

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Semester 1: A-Reading/B-Tech Ed. Semester 2: A-Reading/B-Drama

  • Health and Fitness

Band and Modern Language

Explo and Intervention


Process

Process

  • Teachers-Complete course recommendations for each student based upon multiple data sources

  • Counselors-Present course offerings to students in team meetings

  • Students & Parents-Visit with departmental teachers, make elective course selections, and return recommendation form to school


Questions

Questions?


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