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Rodger and EllenBeck Junior High School Course Selection 5th into 6th Grade 2014-2015
BJH • Mascot: Bulldog • Colors: Maroon & White • Grades: 6 through 8
Elementary to JH Differences • School Hours 7:30-2:35 • No recess • NO MORE STRAIGHT LINES • More responsibilities and privileges • New friends and interests • Open lunch room seating
6th Grade Schedule • 7 classes-45 minutes in length • 30 minute lunch • 5 minute passing period between classes • 5 core classes (English, Reading Block, Math, Science, Social Studies) • 1 elective • P.E. • Advisory
Three Degrees of Difficulty • Academic- appropriate for all on grade level (college bound curriculum) • Pre-Advanced Placement (PreAP)- prepares for AP classes in high school • Gifted & Talented- must already be identified and in Challenge for GT classes
Choosing Courses Three Class Formats: Academic – For everyone, on grade level, more time to review concepts, more tutoring provided, prepares students for college as well as other post secondary education PreAP – More challenging, fast paced, requires independent learning, prepares students for AP classes in high school GT – Must be screened and identified
ACADEMIC COURSES • Instruction and learning is at grade level • Prepares students for college and post-secondary education • Provides more time for repetition
Pre AP COURSES • Designed to challenge motivated students • Prepares students for AP/college level courses • Moves at a faster pace • Requires more independent learning and homework
PreAP Math Big difference in # of objectives covered 5th grade – approx. 60 objectives 6th grade Academic – approx. 64 objectives 6th grade PreAP – over 90 objectives with many being 7th grade objectives Pre-AP level of instruction will focus on preparation for taking Algebra I in 8th grade.
What Students Say About PreAP/GT Math Need to enjoy math a lot and like to learn • You will learn something new everyday so you better be used to going fast Better know your basic math facts and know them well Expect homework everyday
Core Curriculum Every student has 5 core classes • English * • Reading* *(English & Reading blocked together) • Math (Pre AP covers 6th and ½ 7th curr.) • Science • Social Studies
Electives All Junior High Students Must Take a Fine Arts • Band • Orchestra (Band /Orchestra directors will contact you before school is out about an instrument selection) • Choir • Art Supply Fees required for all electives
Physical Education • Both boys and girls (separate gyms) • Graded class/ attend everyday • Dress out in uniforms (laundering fee) • Lockers in gyms • No Athletics (competitive sports) in 6th Grade
Reading Lab and Math Block • Based on first administration STAAR scores (take the place of PE or Elective)
Advisory • 45 minutes • Announcements • Quiet study hall • Review Daily Planner • Opportunity to ask questions • Library • Computer Lab • Tutorials
Cafeteria • Respectful dining room etiquette • Open seating • Hot tray, Snack Bar/Pizza Bar • Must stay seated and keep area clean • Secondary lunch prices: $2.25 • Secondary breakfast prices: $1.00
Course WorkSheet • Legal first and last name • Level of core classes (Aca., PreAP, GT) • (Reading and English blocked) • 1 Elective • 1 Alternate • Parent & student signature needed • Return course selection worksheet to your Social Studies teacher by campus deadline
To Help Ease the Transition • Bulldog Pup Camp-New Student Orientation about a week before school starts (will be announced) • Schedule Pick up day- find your classes, pick up pre-purchased supplies • Tardies not taken the first week and a half of school
What Next? • Course Verification Letter will be sent home in May verifying the course selections..... THIS IS NOT A SCHEDULE!!! You may not get your first choice elective. Be sure to put 2nd choice on your course selection sheet. Follow instructions on sheet on how to make changes.
Home Access Center(Obtain PIN # from Elementary Front Office) • Home Access Center: Access to your student’s grades, schedule and attendance. • Campus eNews: Have news and information from your child's campus delivered directly to your inbox. • Mealpay: Web-based service allows you to access your child's meal account and make meal payments online. • Katy ISD Update: Receive district-wide news and updates via e-mail. • Stranger Danger: Receive e-mail alerts regarding suspicious activity in our community.
Points to Remember… Schedules may change at least once throughout junior high because: • Classes need to be leveled/balanced • School growth requires the addition of new teachers Please remember to be flexible and open-minded about schedule changes.