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Planning for 2014-2015. Garner Middle School. Garner Administration. David CrowePrincipal [email protected] Alicia MillionAcademic Dean [email protected] Arlene NorthwayAsst. Principal A-L [email protected]

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Planning for 2014 2015

Planning for 2014-2015

Garner Middle School


Garner administration

Garner Administration

David CrowePrincipal [email protected]

Alicia MillionAcademic Dean [email protected]

Arlene NorthwayAsst. Principal A-L [email protected]

Jon SellersAsst. PrincipalM-Z [email protected]

Tiffany JohnsonCounselor A-L [email protected]

Clarisa AllenCounselor M-Z [email protected]

Holly MurphySpec. Edu. Coordinator [email protected]

Martha DiazFamily Specialist [email protected]

As questions arise regarding the selection of courses for next year, please contact the Garner Counselors. Students who do not complete the registration process will have a schedule created for them by their assigned counselor. Please call or e-mail us, we will be glad to assist you in making these important decisions.

Garner Middle School: 210-356-3800


What s new

What’s New?

  • All students are required to take two semesters or one year of a fine arts class or classes throughout middle school. This could include choir, band, orchestra, art or theatre arts


Open access to rigorous courses

Open Access to Rigorous Courses

  • In middle school, Pre-Advanced Placement courses and high school credit courses are available to any student willing to take on the academic challenges

  • Students wishing to rank in the top 10% of their high school class need to pursue rigorous middle school courses to prepare for high school


College career readiness

College & Career Readiness

NEISD has an initiative to ensure that after high school, all students are prepared to enter

  • A four-year college or university

  • A junior or community college

  • A trade or technical school

  • The military

  • The workforce


Success in high school requires planning

Success In High School Requires Planning

Preparation for high school success and rigor requires students to

  • Take rigorous middle school courses

  • Develop meaningful goals

  • Learn and utilize strong study habits

  • Plan for the future


Class schedule

CLASS SCHEDULE

Every 7th and 8th grade student will take the following classes:

1. English or English Pre-AP or English G/T

2. Reading or Advanced Contemporary Literacy

3. Math or Math Pre-AP(7th Grade)/Algebra I

(8th Grade) or Math G/T (7th Grade)/Algebra I G/T

(8th Grade)

4. Science or Science Pre-AP

5. History or History Pre-AP

6. P.E. or Athletics

7. Elective

8. Elective


Pre ap courses

PRE-AP COURSES

Pre-AP English, ACL, and Pre-AP Math are offered to all 6th,7th, and 8th grade students.

Pre-AP Science and Pre-AP History are only offered to 8th grade students.

**Important for all students registering for a Pre-AP course: the exit point for a Pre-AP course is either at the end of the first three weeks or the end of the nine-week grading period. If these exit points are missed then the student will remain in the course for the remainder of the semester. Documentation for these level change requests will be found with the Garner Counselors. The form must be turned in to the student’s counselor the week prior to the exit point.

** A parent/guardian and student signature is required on the Advanced Program Expectation and Course Agreement form. If the Advanced Program Expectation and Course Agreement form is not signed by both a parent/guardian and student, the student will not be placed in a Pre-AP class.


Pre ap english

PRE-AP ENGLISH

Pre-AP English is a challenging course that requires a parent and student signature on the Advanced Program Expectation and Course Agreement form

Pre-AP English must be taken with Advanced Contemporary Literacy (ACL)


Advanced contemporary literacy a c l

Advanced Contemporary Literacy (A.C.L.)

Any student may enroll in this class, but it is strongly advised that you scored well in the subject area.

A parent signature is required on the Advanced Program Expectation and Course Agreement form.

ACL must be taken with Pre-AP English.


Pre ap math

PRE-AP MATH

In 7th grade, Pre-AP Math is Pre-Algebra

In 8th grade, Pre-AP Math is Algebra I

Students must be in Pre-AP Math in 6th grade to be in Pre-Algebra in 7th grade and in 7th grade Pre-Algebra to be in 8th grade Algebra I.

A parent signature is required on the Advanced Program Expectation and Course Agreement form

**Students who successfully complete Algebra I will receive one unit of math credit on their high school transcripts.


Pre ap science and pre ap history

PRE-AP SCIENCE ANDPRE-AP HISTORY

In 8th grade, any student can take Pre-AP Science and/or Pre-AP History.

--A parent signature is required on the Advanced Program Expectation and Course Agreement form


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Courses by Grade and Subject


Physical education

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • All 7th grade students must take a full year of either P.E. or Athletics

  • All 8th grade students may take either a semester of P.E., a full year of P.E., or a full year of Athletics.

  • In 8th grade, the semester of PE must be taken with a semester of Health Education.

    **4 semesters of PE/Athletics are required throughout middle school and, at least, one semester per school year.**


Athletics

ATHLETICS

All students who participate in the Athletics class must play, at least, two sports, one of which must be football (boys) or must be volleyball (girls).

This course can be taken in place of Physical Education and is a year

commitment.

After school participation is required

A physical is required PRIOR to try-outs and participation


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Electives


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ART

Art is offered in both 7th and 8th grade as a full year elective

Art is designed for the student to learn the fundamentals of art


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BAND

  • All Band classes are only offered as a year long elective

  • Students must be willing to commit to outside of school practice sessions/performances and to remain in the program for the entire year.

  • The Band teacher’s recommendation is necessary for Band II, Band III, and Jazz Band.


Campus news

CAMPUS NEWS

  • Students will gain experience in producing the school newspaper and compete in state and national journalism contests

  • This year long course is only offered to 7th and 8th grade students

  • An application is required from

    Mrs. White


Choir

CHOIR

Choir is offered as a year long course

Students must be willing to commit to outside of school practice sessions/performances


Debate

DEBATE

In this course, the topics covered are: logic, persuasion, and speaking and debate formats. Competitive events covered in the class include impromptu speaking, modern oratory, Student Congress, Public Forum debate, and Lincoln Douglas debate. Students will research, write, and present original works as well as critically evaluate works from others.

Excellent reading and writing skills are necessary

Debate is offered as a year long course


Junior pals

JUNIOR PALS

The Jr. Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) is a year long course that trains selected 8th grade students to work as peer helpers and peer mediators and community service learners with students either on their own campus or from feeder elementary schools.

Sign up for another elective now and, if chosen, your schedule will be changed

An application is required

Please see Mrs. Lynnet Rodriguez

for more information


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OFFICE AIDES

  • Offered only to 8th grade students

  • Office Aide is a year long course

  • There will be an interview process for students who are interested. The following areas will be taken into account for applicants:

  • --Grades

  • --Attendance

  • --Behavior


Orchestra

ORCHESTRA

  • All Orchestra classes are only offered as a year long elective

  • Students must be willing to commit to outside of school practice sessions/performances and to remain in the program for the entire year

  • Mrs. Malone’s recommendation is necessary for Orchestra II and Orchestra III


Theatre arts

THEATRE ARTS

Theatre Arts is for the student learning the fundamentals of theatre performance

Theatre Arts I, II, and III are offered as a full year course

Theatre Arts I is a pre-requisite for Theatre Arts II

Theatre Arts II is a pre-requisites for Theatre III

Theatre II and III need Mrs. Frazier’s recommendation


Yearbook

YEARBOOK

  • Students will hold editorial positions and gain laboratory experience, along with interpersonal communication skills

  • Instruction in magazine production procedures

  • Students in 7th and 8th grade may enroll in this course

  • An application is required from Mrs. White


Ssi classes

SSI CLASSES

If you don’t pass the STAAR test electives classes will be substituted with enrichment classes.

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High school credit

Electives


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AVID

  • AVID is an in-school academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success

  • It is offered as a year long elective geared toward first generation college students

  • All Avid students must be enrolled in, at least, one Pre-AP class

  • High School credit will be given for 8th grade students only

  • Our AVID teacher is Mrs. Kathy Jackson

  • Application is required for this course


Health education

HEALTH EDUCATION

Health Education fulfills the high school health requirement

Only 8th grade students may enroll in this course

1 semester (.5) of High School Health Credit will be earned

The course must be taken with a semester of P.E.


Principles of art av communication

Principles of Art/AV/Communication

This course develops a strong background in computer and technology applications, a strong academic foundation, and a proficiency in oral and written communication. The student applies information technology applications when completing Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications projects. The student is expected to use information management, email, Internet, writing and publishing, presentation and spreadsheet or database applications.

This class will create and broadcast the campus Video announcements shown during the school day.

This class is offered for the entire year and 1 Career and Technology High School Credit will be earned.

Only 8th grade students approved by application are eligible to take this course.

See Mrs. Hampton for more information and an application.


Principles of hospitality and tourism

Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

  • Students will learn about the programs of study available in culinary arts and about the hospitality and tourism industry that encompasses lodging, travel and tourism, recreation, amusements, attractions, resorts, restaurants, and food beverage service.

  • This class is offered only for the entire year and 1 Career and Technology High School Credit will be earned

  • Only 7th and 8th grade students are eligible to take

    this course.


Principles of human services

Principles of Human Services

  • Students will learn about personal development and management, family and community and preparation of adult roles. Influences of societal and technological changes, high demand human service careers and management of the nutritional needs and dietary practices are included.

  • This class is offered for 1 year and 1 Career and Technology High School Credit will be earned.

  • Only 7th and 8th grade students are eligible to take

    this course.


Spanish ia

SPANISH IA

Spanish 1A is the first year of the middle school two-year language program. This course is offered to 7th graders only.

Spanish 1A is a challenging academic class

Students who successfully complete both Spanish 1A (7th grade) and Spanish 1B (8th grade) will receive one unit of a language

credit on their high school transcripts.


Spanish ib

SPANISH IB

Spanish 1B is the second part of the middle school two-year language program where a student will receive high school credit. This course is offered to 8th graders only.

Spanish 1A must be taken and completed in the 7th grade PRIOR to enrolling in Spanish 1B.

Students who successfully complete both Spanish 1A and Spanish 1B will receive one unit of a language credit on their high school transcripts.


Spanish i

SPANISH I

A one year course designed for those 8th grade students who have the interest, motivation, and study skills to take Spanish I. The development of oral language skills will be emphasized along with pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. The culture of the Spanish-speaking world will be integrated into the learning of the language.

Pre-requisite: Successful Completion of 6th/7th grade Pre-AP classes, Regular Attendance, and Good

Study Skills

1 High School Language Credit will be earned


Digital communication in the 21 st century

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONIN THE 21ST CENTURY

Provides an overview of and experience in multimedia technology. Sounds, images, graphics, and video are the informational projects from which students will construct media rich knowledge structures

Digital Communication is only offered as a YEAR long course available to both 7th and 8th grade students

1 High School Career and Technology

credit will be earned


Choose your electives wisely

Choose your electives wisely…

Students and parents will have opportunities to carefully examine course offerings and course descriptions

Not turning in your choice slip on time may hinder your chances of getting the electives of your choice

On your choice sheet, choose 3 electives and rank them 1-3 (1 will be your first choice, 2 second choice, etc.)

The deadline to submit your choice slip is

Friday, February 7, 2014 to your Science teacher.


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