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“Everything you Ever W anted to Know about Junior High, but W ere Afraid to Ask”. Protecting your child. http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDgjJxJp6DQ. Three types of students. STUDIOUS Always prepared Does Homework Gets good grades. Three types of students. SLACKER

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Everything you ever w anted to know about junior high but w ere afraid to ask
“Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Junior High, but Were Afraid to Ask”


Protecting your child
Protecting your child

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDgjJxJp6DQ


Three types of students
Three types of students

STUDIOUS

  • Always prepared

  • Does Homework

  • Gets good grades


Three types of students1
Three types of students

SLACKER

  • Capable but not working

  • “If you don’t know about it, I don’t have to do it”


Three types of students2
Three types of students

STRUGGLER

  • They may work

  • They may not work


Junior high school mind
Junior High School Mind

  • The brain is not fully developed until age 25

  • Some of this is physiological & some is not

  • Sometimes uncaring about potential consequences, (“living in the moment”)

  • The region of the brain that leads

    to motivation is still developing in

    adolescence


Prefrontal cortex or the thinking brain is not fully developed
Prefrontal Cortex or the “Thinking Brain” is not fully developed

  • Less likely to stay organized

  • Less likely to show:

    • Responsibility in planning

    • Prioritizing

    • Evaluating the consequences of their actions


Staying on top of it
Staying on top of it developed

  • Edmodo

  • Home Access Center

  • Teacher Websites

  • Retest <70

  • Online Textbooks

  • Email teachers


Edmodo
Edmodo developed

Parent tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbkJ3QAIEaw

Student tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxrty5j8MS4


Home access center
Home Access Center developed

http://www.katyisd.org/pages/home-access-center.aspx

  • Parents are issued a HAC letter

  • If you have children at multiple campuses, one login will show you all of your children’s information at one time.

  • Use the “Frequently Asked Questions” section to help you.


Home access center students
Home Access Center (Students) developed

  • Username= Student ID Ex: K1211111

  • Password= first initial of first and last name + last 4 of Social Security Number or State ID Number

  • Example: Student’s name is MaryBarker and the last four digits of her social security # is 1234. Mary’s password is mb1234.


End of year average 6 th 7 th grade
End of Year Average developed6th & 7th Grade

  • 1st six weeks average

  • + 2nd six weeks average

  • + 3rd six weeks average

    _______________________

    Total

    Divided by 3 = Semester Avg

    EOY average = Avg of Sem 1+Sem 2 = 70+


How grades are averaged by semester
How grades are averaged by semester developed

8th Grade

1st 6 weeks x 2

+ 2nd 6 weeks x 2

+ 3rd 6 weeks x 2

+ Semester Exam

----------------------------------------------

Total divided by 7= Semester Avg

Junior High School classes = EOY 70+

High School classes = Semesters are independent


Grade category breakdown
Grade Category Breakdown developed

Major Minor Other

6th 45% 40% 15%

7th Aca

7th PAP/ 50% 35% 15%

8th Aca

8th PAP / 55% 30% 15%

High School


70 rule as passing
70% Rule as passing developed

  • Homework is top 15%

    85

    70_____________________________________

    69 and below is failing

    15

    0 Homework is not bottom 15%


Attendance change
Attendance Change developed

  • House Bill 5 requires students to be in attendance 90% of the time in order to receive class credit or a final grade.

  • Careful about unexcused absences or vacations

  • Don’t leave at semester exam time


Organization
Organization developed

BOSS video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIfgsWqwtqg&feature=youtube.

  • Organize your Locker

  • Notebooks should be reorganized every six weeks

  • Use a PLANNER

  • Use a different notebook for each class

  • Pencil bag with supplies

  • To do/done Homework folder


How much homework to expect
How much homework to expect? developed

  • 6th grade : 1 – 1 ¼ hours daily

  • 7th grade Academic: 1 – 1 ½ hours daily

  • 7th grade Pre-AP: 1 ½ - 2 hours daily

  • 8th grade Academic: 1 – 1 ½ hours daily

  • 8th Grade Pre-AP: 2 hours daily

    Use Advisory Period to study or for tutoring


Studying at home
Studying at home developed

  • Where? A regular place: Kitchen table; Dining room table; Study; Bedroom desk

  • How? Quiet place, well lit, without distractions

  • When? Every day at 3:30 p.m. after snack

  • Regular Routine? It should become routine.


Ssi student success initiative
SSI (Student Success Initiative) developed

8th grade requires students to pass the Reading & Math STAAR tests in order to be promoted to 9th grade.

Three attempts:

  • Beginning of April

  • Middle of May

  • End of June


The gift of failure
The Gift of Failure developed

  • “Almost everyone knows that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. But most don’t know that Walt Disney was once fired from a newspaper for a lack of ideas and his first cartoon production company went bankrupt. Everyone loves Lucy, but Lucile Ball was told that she had no talent and should leave Murray Anderson’s drama school. With all of Dustin Hoffman’s success it’s hard to believe that he worked as a janitor because he failed in his first attempt as an actor in New York. Can you imagine Bob Dylan getting booed off the stage at his high school talent show? What would have happened if Dr. Seuss actually burned the manuscript of his first book, which he wanted to do after it was rejected by 27 publishers. It’s also hard to fathom Steven Speilberg not getting accepted to UCLA’s film school because of average grades. It’s easy to forget that Steve Jobs was fired from Apple at thirty years old and Oprah Winfrey was once told she wasn’t fit for television and was fired as a news anchor. Failure gives you a test designed to measure your courage, perseverance, commitment and dedication. Failure is not meant to be final and fatal. It is not meant to define you. It is meant to refine you to be all that you are meant to be. The fact is everyone fails in life, but it is a gift if you don’t give up and are willing to learn, improve and grow because of it. When you see failure as a blessing instead of a curse, you will turn the gift of failure into a stepping stone that leads to the gift of success.”


Thank you
Thank you developed

This concludes Part 1

Teacher Panel Part 2


Teacher panel
Teacher Panel developed

  • Mr. Harrigal (8th grade Math D.C.)

  • Mrs. Wood (High School Credit Spanish)

  • Ms. Sadler (7th grade Science)

  • Mrs. Fernandez (6th grade SS D.C.)

  • Mrs. Drake (6th grade English/8th grade Eng)

  • Ms. Grubbs (Instructional Coach for Math)


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