Planning for 2014-2015
Garner Middle School
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
NEISD has an initiative to ensure that after high school, all students are prepared to enter
Preparation for high school success and rigor requires students to
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
4. Science or Science Pre-AP
5. History or History Pre-AP
6. P.E. or Athletics
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 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)
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.
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.
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
Courses by Grade and Subject
**4 semesters of PE/Athletics are required throughout middle school and, at least, one semester per school year.**
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
After school participation is required
A physical is required PRIOR to try-outs and participation
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
Choir is offered as a year long course
Students must be willing to commit to outside of school practice sessions/performances
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
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
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
If you don’t pass the STAAR test electives classes will be substituted with enrichment classes.
High school credit
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.
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.
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 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.
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
1 High School Language Credit will be earned
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
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.