Middle School 101. Everything you w anted to know a bout M iddle School…but were afraid to ask!. We Will Cover…. Middle School Day Middle School Classes Middle School Grades Middle School Activities Middle School Safety
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Middle School 101 Everything you wanted to know about Middle School…but were afraid to ask!
We Will Cover… • Middle School Day • Middle School Classes • Middle School Grades • Middle School Activities • Middle School Safety • Middle School “Other Stuff” including information about uniforms/dress code, lunch, school supplies and homework
Middle School Team • Each middle school grade is divided into a team. • A team consists of several subject area teachers who teach the same group of students. • The make-up of each team includes students of all ability levels. • Academic classes can have up to 32 students. Normal size for Garrison is under 25. • A middle school team teacher teaches up to 100 students each day.
The Middle School Day • The middle school day goes from: 8:45 – 3:30 Hours could change based on May 7 BOE meeting. • Students start the day by attending homeroom which will be their Fine Arts area. • Students will travel to different classrooms throughout the day. • The academic subjects consist of Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts; Literacy Block • The connections classes may include classes such as Spanish, Health, P.E, CTAE ( Career Technical Agricultural Education)
Connections Classes • There is 1 Connection period • Connections classes meet on alternate days. • Health is required for one quarter for all students. • Students rotate as a class to their Connection class.
Grades • A progress report is issued each 4 1/2 weeks. However, parents may check daily progress through Parent Connect. • Each nine-week report is considered the end-of-quarter report card. • The nine-week reports will determine honor rolls, promotions and retentions. • Concerns about grades should be directed to your child’s teacher or counselor.
Grading Scale • 90-100 A • 80-89 B • 74-79 C • 70-73 D • 69-below F • Conduct grades are: E-Excellent; S- Satisfactory; N-Needs Improvement; U-Unsatisfactory • Student will be placed on academic probation for the marking period if average falls below an 80. • Student will be placed on probation for conduct grade of an N or U. • Sign up for Parent Access in the front office with our Information Specialist to receive your Login information. This will give you access to your child’s grades.
Middle School Athletics Coaches: Debra Morrell Jamie Salas Fall: Softball (Girls) Swimming (Girls and Boys) Volleyball (Girls) Winter: Basketball (Girls and Boys) Spring: Soccer(Girls and Boys) Golf (Girls and Boys) Baseball ( Boys)
Middle School Clubs and Activities Peer Mediation Garrison Givers FCA National Junior Honors Society Tri-M Honors http://deepkids.com/ Art Exhibits Odyssey of the Mind Fine Arts Performances Math Team
Meet Your School Counselor! Janet James K - 5 Ruby Pierce 6 – 8 Students entering middle school are experiencing a tremendous amount of change. They now have 7 or 8 teachers and the academic rigor increases. Their bodies are changing and the hormones and emotions are raging! The importance of social acceptance is at an all time high. This all can create the “perfect storm” for problems to develop at home and school. Although your child is beginning to look like an adult, the middle school child still needs parental and adult guidance and assistance. The counselors are here to support you and your child in this transition. Consistent and positive parental support and communication between the parent, teacher, and student is a must. Please call or e-mail us anytime. Counseling Services: Individual Counseling; Group Counseling/Peer Mediation ; Classroom Guidance; Georgia College 411/Career Education; Advisement ; Parent/Teacher Conferences; Anti-bullying campaign; Character Education; Red Ribbon Week
Middle School Safety • The school building opens at 8:15 a.m. • All visitors must sign in at the front office. • All Savannah-Chatham County schools have adopted a “Zero Tolerance” policy which prohibits the use or presence of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and/or weapons on any school property. • All Savannah-Chatham County schools adhere to a strict policy prohibiting harassment or bullying. • Students are expected to follow an established behavior management plan. • PBIS • Peer Mediation • Character Counts • Cyber Safety • Student Safety Patrol No Bully Zone
“OTHER STUFF” about Middle School
Dress Code • All students are expected to wear the uniform for the school he/she is assigned to attend. • Each school will enforce the uniform dress code policy. • White or Kelly Green polo tops; Khaki, Navy, or Black uniform bottoms; Garrison plaid skirts for girls; pants with loops must have a belt; tucked shirts • Students are required to have ID everyday. • Refer to Garrison website for more information.
Lunch • Students go to lunch with their class/grade level. • You have a variety of items to choose from on the lunch menu. • Additional items are available for purchase. • You may log on to enroll http://www.mylunchmoney.com/
Supplies You Need for Middle School • Basic school supplies include pencils, blue and black pens, markers, colored pencils, highlighters, 3-ring binders, pocket folders with brads and white loose-leaf paper, marble composition notebooks, ruler, scissors, glue sticks, USB flash drive • In addition to general school supplies, each teacher or team may have individual requirements. Back to School Night in August will provide you with more information.
Buses • Bus service is provided for students living 11/2 miles from the school. • Bus routes are posted in the Savannah Morning News and on the district website about a week before school begins. • Students need to know their bus route number by the end of the first day of school. • Students should ride the bus the first day and week of school so he/she will know the bus route number and procedures.
Homework in Middle School • A sixth grade student can expect to complete at least an hour of homework each night. It is our expectation that HW will be turned in on time. Late assignments will incur penalties. • Homework grades are included in the student’s academic average! • Homework assignments should be written in agenda. Each teacher will place assignments due on their class website. • Homework tips: Study area should be free of distractions; Create a study space equipped with school supplies; Designated time everyday for HW
Organization • One key to middle school success is being ORGANIZED. Follow the teachers’ guidelines or check with the counselor for suggestions. • Each student is issued an agenda (student planner) to record all assignments. • Teachers may use this agenda to communicate to parents. • Most teachers do not allow class time to complete homework assignments.
/Online resources:http://www.scholastic.com/kids/middleschoolsurvival/http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/817-moving-up-to-middle-school Questions