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Ninth Grade Academy. Board of Education Presentation January 9, 2007. Steering Committee Members. Julie Bowers, DO Gina Osik, EMMS Jody Dallas, MHS Anne Park, RMS Kelley Donohoe, MHS Vonnie Perrine, MHS Felecia Duggins, MHS Cindy Porcelli, MHS

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ninth grade academy

Ninth Grade Academy

Board of Education Presentation

January 9, 2007

steering committee members
Steering Committee Members

Julie Bowers, DO Gina Osik, EMMS

Jody Dallas, MHS Anne Park, RMS

Kelley Donohoe, MHS Vonnie Perrine, MHS

Felecia Duggins, MHS Cindy Porcelli, MHS

Shelley Flickinger, MHS Andrea Rashbaum, DO

Jenna Hall, MHS Kittie Rehrig, DO/Parent

Kyle Husni, Student, RMS Will Rehrig, Student, EMMS

Steve Johnson, MHS Marsha Rogers. Parent

Patrick Kelly, Student, MHS Gayle Rutter, MHS

Tomika Long, RMS Rob Schumacher, MHS

Dave Maloney, DO Laura Smith, MHS

John Martin, MHS Sandra Smithers, DO

Peggy McKibbin, RMS

Donna Mitchell, MHS

sub committees
  • Academic Program
  • Advisory Period
  • PBS (Positive Behavior Support)
  • Transitioning
the ninth grade challenge
The Ninth Grade Challenge
  • The failure rate in grade 9 is three to five times higher than at any other grade level:
    • 60% of at risk 8th graders do not graduate with their class or never graduate from high school.
    • Economically disadvantaged and minority students are twice as likely to fail.
    • Most students drop out of school because they get lost in the large high school setting. Much less attention is paid to them.
    • Most students who drop out of high school make the decision in 9th grade.
Research suggests that programs targeting the transition between 8th and 9th grade have the highest degree of success.
  • Smooth Transition from 8th grade to 9th grade. (Hybrid Schedule)
  • Allows all students to take math all year in a block schedule. (SREB Report)
  • Maintain the semesterized block for science and social studies. (Lessens student load/Promotes depth of instruction)
  • Allows all students to take ELA all year facilitating the infusion of literacy across all curricular areas.(SREB Report)
advisory period
Advisory Period
  • Implement a structured, designed curriculum which sets the stage for a comprehensive advisory program, grades 9-12.
      • 9th grade – Character Development
  • To meet regularly, i.e. weekly, bi-weekly.
  • Specific program decision to be made in collaboration with the new administrative team.
  • Maintain the current PBS system as it exists at MHS.
      • Expectations: Character, Attitude, Vision, and Success
      • Ticket system for reinforcement
  • Establish a 9th grade sub-committee to oversee program.
      • Review 9th grade discipline for planning purposes
  • Use RMS Fishes and MMS Sigma Rho as student leaders.
  • Parent Preview Night
  • Student Preview Program – 9th grade students
  • Mix It Up/Combined Field Day (including MOT Charter School and St. Anne students)
  • 9th Grade Summer Social
  • Logistics and additional activities TBD
  • Academic Program
      • Professional Development
  • Advisory
      • Professional Development
  • PBS
      • Maintain Current Program
  • Transitioning
      • Joint PTA Meeting – January 17, 2007