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Welcome to JFMS and. to the Panda Team. It’s going to be a great year!. Ellen Fountain, Stacy Lovdahl, Mary Phillips, Debbie Pitts, and Jackie Armstrong. Open House Agenda August 23, 2011. Introductions Lunch Student schedules Parent conferences Volunteering Lockers Cell phones.

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Welcome to JFMS

and

to the Panda Team

It’s going to be a great year!

Ellen Fountain, Stacy Lovdahl, Mary Phillips, Debbie Pitts, and Jackie Armstrong


Open House AgendaAugust 23, 2011

  • Introductions

  • Lunch

  • Student schedules

  • Parent conferences

  • Volunteering

  • Lockers

  • Cell phones


Open House Agenda

  • Dress Code

  • Sports

  • Panda Team Rules

  • Panda Procedures

    • Using the Agenda

    • Absent & Make Up work

  • Team consequences

  • Rewards


Open House Agenda

  • Communication

  • Academic Class Overview


Introductions

  • Ellen Fountain – Language Arts and Writing Teacher and Team Leader

    • 21 years teaching experience and 14 years here at Jacobs Fork.

    • Certified in language arts and social studies.

    • Girls on the Run Coach.

    • B.S. Lenoir Rhyne. M.S. Appalachian State.


Introductions

  • Debbie Pitts – Math Teacher and Math Dept. Chair

    • 9 years teaching experience and 8 years here at Jacobs Fork.

    • Certified in math.

    • Formerly worked in the insurance/banking field.

    • B.S. UNC-Chapel Hill (GO HEELS!!!).


Introductions

  • Mary Phillips – Social Studies Teacher

    • 23 years teaching experience.

    • Certified in Social Studies and Science.

    • Formerly worked in advertising and catering.

    • B.A. Coastal Carolina University. M.S. Appalachian State University.

    • Go Gamecocks!


Introductions

  • Stacy Lovdahl – Science Teacher and Science Dept. Chair.

    • 10 years experience teaching, 3 years at JFMS.

    • Certified in science.

    • Formerly worked in environmental and hazardous waste consulting.

    • B.S. Allegheny College.


Introductions

  • Exceptional Children’s Dept.

    • Jackie Armstrong

    • 8 years experience

    • B.A. Psychology, Masters in Counseling

    • Graduate of UNC-Wilmington



Academic Academy

Science – Cognitive Tutor Mathia

Language Arts – Grammar Brush-up

Math – Cognitive Tutor Mathia

Social Studies – Novel Study


Schedule

  • Academic Team Planning – 10:52 – 12:16

    • Plan units and activities

    • Meet with parents

    • This is the best time to contact us.

      • (704) 462-1827


Lunch Prices

  • o Middle School Price $2.10

  • o Reduced Lunch Price $.40

  • o Lunch consists of five different meal components

    • Choice of entrée

    • Choice of vegetables

    • Choice from fruit or fruit juice

    • Serving of bread

    • Choice of milk

    • A meal must consist of at least three but no more than five of the meal components listed to qualify as a regular priced lunch.

    • Students may purchase fewer than three items or more than five at individual, ala cart prices.


Parent Conferences

  • Letter will come home to arrange an appointment.

  • Confirmation will be sent home.

  • Parent conferences for

    • PEPs – personal education plans.

    • AIG – academically and intellectually gifted.

    • Behavior challenges.

    • Academic struggles.


Parent Volunteers

  • Volunteers are needed!

  • Sign up sheet located on the table in the hall.

  • Mrs. Lovdahl has a link on the website to sign up to volunteer for Science Olympiad and science labs.


Lockers

  • Every student must have a lock.

  • Combination locks only.

  • Practice your lock at home before coming to school.

  • No rolling book bags.

    • They don’t fit.

    • They scratch the floors.

  • Book bags – must be kept in lockers


Cell Phones

  • Off during the school day.

  • Kept in lockers at all times.

  • If they are noticed in the classroom or hallways they will be taken away and given back at the end of the day.


Dress Code

  • Detailed information is in the Parent/Student Handbook.

  • Key Points!

    • No “sagging, bagging or dragging”.

    • Shorts must reach the fingertips.

    • Shirts straps must be 2 fingers wide.



Fall Sports

  • Football

  • Boys soccer

  • Girls volleyball

  • Co-ed cross country

  • Cheerleading

  • Girls on the Run (physical not required)

  • Proof of insurance and current physical required before trying out!


Fall Clubs

  • Future Business Leaders (FBLA)

  • Jr. Beta

  • Science Olympiad

  • Soil & Water Speech Contest

  • International Club

  • Yearbook

  • Art Club

  • Battle of the Books

  • Drama Club

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

  • Robotics


Team Rules

  • Show respect.

  • Be prepared for class.

  • Be on time.

  • Be responsible.

  • Do not bring non-instructional materials to class. (toys, cosmetics, gum, phones)

  • Food in cafeteria only.

  • Follow the dress code.


Agenda

  • Students write assignments in their agenda EVERY DAY.

  • Every teacher posts the assignment on the board EVERY DAY.

  • Parents may use it to communicate with teachers.

  • Parents signature nightly – No initials please. We check on Friday.


Make Up Work When Absent

  • The student has 2 extra days to turn in make up work after an absence.

  • See the teacher, check a reliable friend’s agenda or check the board, or check the website to find out what was missed.

  • Students are responsible for getting their make up work in on time.

  • Students checking out early are responsible for missed work.


Student Lap Tops

  • Lap Top Computers are welcome in class.

  • Homeroom teachers will provide paperwork for registration of your computer.

  • Teachers will designate how lap top assignments will be turned in on a case by case basis.


Team Consequences

  • Warning

  • Silent Lunch

  • Team conference with the student.

  • Call home to parents.

  • Parent conference.

  • Office referral.


Rewards

  • Positive notes and calls home.

  • Treats and social time.

  • Special activities

  • Monthly team social.


JAG Tags

  • Students must carry JAG Tags to every class.

  • Use as a hall pass.

  • Demerits are given for breaking school and class rules.

  • Reasons for demerit will be noted on JAG Tag.

  • Parent signatures on agenda and Jag Tags will be checked on Friday.



Academic Class Overviews

  • Academic Class Overviews

    • Language Arts and Writing – Mrs. Ellen Fountain

    • Math – Mrs. Debbie Pitts

    • Social Studies – Mrs. Mary Phillips

    • Science – Mrs. Stacy Lovdahl


Language Arts

  • Be Prepared.

  • Every Day Materials

    • Composition notebook

    • Binder w/ loose leaf paper

    • Pencils only!

    • Agenda

    • Assignment/Homework

    • Library Book


Independent Reading

  • All students are required to read independently at home.

  • 25 minutes/night is required.


Library Time

  • Students are given the opportunity to check out books in the library every two weeks.

  • This book must be taken to every class.


Novel – Literature Units

  • Novel Studies

  • Specific Assignments

  • Optional Study Choices

  • Long Way From Chicago

  • Red Scarf Girl

  • Homeless Bird


Homework

  • 2 – 3 nights/week

  • Time in class to begin.

  • Opportunity to get help or clarification in class.


Math

  • Agenda – Parents please sign each night.

  • Quizzes and Tests

    • Count 2 times in grade book.

    • Students should study nightly.

  • Class Work

    • Counts 1 time in grade book


Math

  • Homework

    • Nightly

    • 20 +/- problems

    • All homework should be attempted and turned in promptly.

  • Carnegie Math

    • Two days a week during Academic Academy for Mathia—Cognitive Tutor


Math Notebook

  • 4 spiral or composition books.

    • 1/semester

  • For math work only.

  • Study notes nightly!


Math

  • Tutoring

    • Available any time your student needs extra help.

    • Specific times for morning and afternoon tutoring will be posted and sent home.


Social Studies

  • 5 themes of geography

    • Movement

    • Region

    • Location

    • Place

    • Human environmental interaction

  • Map skills

  • Cultures of the non-western world


Social Studies

  • Africa

  • Asia

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Historical causes of current conflicts

  • Novels and short stories set in countries.


Social Studies

  • Homework and daily grades count one time.

  • Quizzes count 2 times.

  • Chapter tests count 3 times.

  • Projects count 3 times.


Supplies

  • Two Composition books

  • Colored pencils (shared among classes.)

  • GLUE STICKS!!!!

  • Pencils and highlighters

  • Notebook paper

  • 1, 3-ring binder (shared among classes.)


Science

  • Scientific Inquiry (Labs and Hands on activities.)

  • Technology

  • Motion and Forces

  • Human Body Systems

  • Cell Theory & Protists

  • Genetics and Heredity

  • Weather and Atmosphere


Science Notebook

  • 2 composition books.

    • 1/semester

  • For science only.

  • The Science Notebook will contain EVERYTHING needed for science.

  • Study notes nightly!


Science Textbook

  • Science book is on-line at http://sepuplhs.org/middle.html

  • Username: jacobsforkms2

  • Password: slovdahl


School Support =

  • Box Tops for Education

  • Send 10 Box Tops / sheet

  • Forms provided by Mrs. Fountain.

  • Thank you for supporting this program!



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