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Welcome to 7 th Grade Parent Orientation. April 3, 2014. Introductions. Dirk Phillips, Principal Jon Heitmann, Assistant Principal Tim Liddy, Director of Student Activities Heather Kobylinski, Student Assistant Counselor Vivian Petrosino, MS Guidance Counselor

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Dirk Phillips, Principal

Jon Heitmann, Assistant Principal

Tim Liddy, Director of Student Activities

Heather Kobylinski, Student Assistant Counselor

Vivian Petrosino, MS Guidance Counselor

Nancy Morris, ESS Program Coordinator

Katie Bodell, GRHS Home & School President


Introductions, Mr. Phillips

Transition, Mrs. Petrosino

ESS, Ms. Morris

Procedures & Activities, Mr. Heitmann

Academics, Mr. Phillips

Questions and Answers

Straight Talk, Ms. Bodell

transition process

Transition Process

Sixth Grade


Seventh Grade


Mentor Breakfast

April 2, 2014

Class of 2019 Class Meeting

April 2, 2014

Orientation for Parents

April 3, 2014

Course Selection

Using Family Access during homeroom, students will select the following courses:

Period 8 Cycle Electives

Language choice – Chinese, French or Spanish (two-year commitment)

Band / Instrumental lessons


Math Placement Test

- Testing on Thursday, April 24

- Letter will be sent home to parents indicating

math placement

Individual 6th grade class visits

May 2014

Move-up Day

June 20, 2014

Students receive and follow 7th grade schedule


Fall 2014

School Orientation /

Study Skills Course

-- First 8 days of school

MS Parents’ Guidance Breakfast

-- September

MS Mentors / 7th graders meeting


Parent Access and Student Access

Teachers post grades for assignments and assessments

Keep track of academic progress

Use for course requests / scheduling

Monitor attendance and tardies



Arrival to school

Passing time between classes

PE Class (clothing and lockers)

No Homeroom


Period 9

Library open to 4:00

activities and clubs
Activities and Clubs

Middle School Activities:

Welcome Back Dance – September

Outdoor Movie

Fall Dance – October

Middle School Activity Night

Mid-Winter Dance – February

Franklin Institute Field Trip

Spring Day

Student Council

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Activities and Clubs

Middle School Clubs may include:

Computer Club MS Chorus

French Club Math Counts

MS Yearbook Builders Club

MS Concert Band MS Mentors

MS Jazz Band

elective cycle classes

Elective Cycle Classes

Art 7


History of Sports

Intro. to Italian Language/Culture

Intro. to Stage Performance/Singing

Money Matters


Sustaining the Environment




Pre-Algebra or Advanced Pre-algebra

Criteria for Advanced Pre-Algebra

(3 out of 4)

Math Grades: An A average

Teacher Recommendation

NJASK Scores: Advance Proficiency

Placement Test: A score of 75+

world language
World Language

2 year commitment

Freshman Year: Spanish 2, French 2, Chinese 2


Spanish 1A or 1B, French 1A or 1B, or Chinese 1*

Selection will be made on Skyward

tips from current 7 th graders
Tips from Current 7th graders

“Stay organized – use folders.”

“Always, always, always keep your locker organized!”

“Pay attention in class.”

“Do homework.”

“Eat your lunch.”

top questions from the 6 th graders

Top Questions from the 6th Graders

Can we chew gum?

How long are the classes?

How long is detention?

How long is lunch?

When does school end?

Do we have the same locker all six years?

Are the textbooks online?

parent straight talk

Parent Straight Talk


Walk through schedule and set up locker before school starts

Locker shelves: great for locker organization 

Dress Code: know the policy and co-enforce it 

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Parent Straight Talk


Summer Reading: Order early

Period 9: Encourage it early

Handbook: Similar to RAS but more independent

Library: Open daily until 4:00 

Skyward: Students manage it regularly, parents manage weekly

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Parent Straight Talk


Students: Get involved in clubs /activities

Parents: Attend Home & School Meetings, BOE meetings

Support: Teachers and Guidance Counselors, reach out to them if you have a specific concern

Social Media: Be aware. Be Proactive.