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Pre-Advanced Placement Millbrook Middle School Grades 5-8
Pre-AP Teachers • Fifth Grade – Sarah Porter • Sixth Grade – Susan Barnes - Math Wendy Watts - Reading Lisa McKenzie - Language Craig McDaniel - Science • Seventh Grade - Alicia Diggs - Language Arts Marilyn Kimbrel - Math Leighann Farrington - Science Kim McNamara - Social Studies • Eighth Grade - Debra Davis - Math Janan Hayden - Language Arts Dawn Kelly - Science Brad Porter – Social Studies
What is Pre-Advanced Placement? • Pre-AP is a curriculum that focuses on skills and concepts for building success in Advanced Placement classes (which begin in tenth grade) and Advanced Placement tests. • Pre-AP lays the foundation by developing a “planned program of teaching skills and concepts over several years.”
Pre-AP is based on the following beliefs: • Students can perform well at rigorous academic levels. • We can prepare students for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible.
Pre-AP at Millbrook Middle School • Accelerating the Reading and Math curriculum by working on current grade standards as well as standards for the following grade. (There will be summer reading.) • Science and Social Studies will be project based. • Students will receive some music instruction. • Students will have homework.
Effective School Activities & Study Habits • Good study habits produce great school success. • Organization - Organize your schedules and assignments appropriately. • Time Management - Stay on task. Focus on instruction and group activities. • Homework - Individual assessment in learning helps students become more responsible and reinforces lessons learned in class (McCann). • Test Preparation - Studying for tests is important. Create good notes and practice self-tests of concepts learned in class. • Rigor and High Expectations - Students’ engagement in high quality instruction • Parents and Teachers - Support, team-work, and dual communication http:www.eHow.com
5th Grade Summer Reading • 5th Grade summer reading: Frindle, by Andrew Clements. • There will be correspondence throughout the summer between teacher and students to discuss assigned reading activities.
6th Grade Summer Reading • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. • Correspondence will take place over the summer.
7th Grade Summer Reading • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. • The book will be available for purchase in 2 weeks. It is $9.99 at Books a Million in Prattville without the discount. Students should tell the salesperson that they are purchasing the book for summer reading at MMJHS to receive the teacher's discount. • Students will also need a flash drive.
8th Grade Summer Reading • Stargirlby Jenny Speinelli $8.95 at Books-A-Million (Educator discount is available.) • Supplies Needed • 3 Ring binder with pockets • Black or blue pens • No pencils
7th Grade Pre-AP Pre-Algebra • Supplies need: • Graph paper • Calculators (4 function with percent key) Calculators can be scientific.
Pre-AP Pre-Algebra and Algebra Classes • Summer Mathematics Assignment : Technology & Mathematics Literacy 1. Go to website or copy and paste link into your URL address bar: http://www.ehow.com/list_6601616_effective-school-activities-study-habits.html 2. Click on the left task icon that says “How to Develop Effective Study Methods.” 3. Read over the 7 Tips 4. Write a 1 page summary report 5. E-mail your report to Ms. Davis. Send an attachment using Microsoft Word. a. Ms. Davis’ e-mail address:firstname.lastname@example.org. b. Due by August 12, 2011
Summer Enrichment Mathematics Activities (Ms. Davis) • The following is a resource for summer mathematics enrichment. Please allow your students to work through the Algebra and Function section activities. • http://www.education.com • Click on Middle School Mathematics. Subtopic: Algebra and Function
Pre-AP Pre-Algebra and Algebra One Supply List (Ms. Davis) • Composition Notebook • Large Notebook Binder (3 in) • Pencils • Graph Paper ( 1 square centimeter)\ • Notebook Paper • 2 red pens • Colored Pencils • Ruler • Protractor • Construction Paper • Calculator (Sin, Cos, Tan, and Square root key) • Dividers
8th Grade Science • $15.00 lab fee • Scientific Calculator • Metric Ruler • 2 composition notebooks • This class will require students to be mathematically adept in order to manipulate equations. • Organization and time utilized for homework are mandatory.