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Welcome to AJHS Parent Orientation!. Springfield Trip and Overview of the Junior High Student Typical Student Schedule Course Offerings. Extra-Curricular Programs Transportation Website. Tonight’s Presentation Includes. Springfield Trip October 2011. Mr. Consdorf.

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tonight s presentation includes
Springfield Trip and Overview of the Junior High Student

Typical Student Schedule

Course Offerings

Extra-Curricular Programs



Tonight’s Presentation Includes
the contradictions that annoy parents
The Contradictions that Annoy Parents!
  • Freedom but not responsibility
  • Leave me alone but be there for me
  • Big bodies but little maturity
  • Tired all the time but full of energy
  • Bored one minute overwhelmed the next
  • High standards for everyone but themselves
  • Try to develop an identity while conforming
  • Peers are everything but family must be there
how will my child react to me
How Will My Child React to Me?
  • Begin to shut parents out
  • Strong concern for social justice
  • Exaggerate simple occurrences
  • Believe their problems are unique
  • They do not consider tomorrow, only today
typical student schedule1
Typical Student Schedule

with Spanishor LA 2

typical student schedule2
Typical Student Schedule


Music (Band)

typical student schedule3
Typical Student Schedule


Music & Spanish or LA 2

language arts
Holt Series

Use of differentiated materials, such as novels, nonfiction readers

MyACCESS writing program

LA 2 focuses on Holt series, writing, and study skills

For those students who qualify, ELL Writing course or Instructional Language Arts

Clustering for high readers/writers

Language Arts*

*Curricular revisions coming based upon ELA Common Core Learning Standards

spanish i
2-year, high school level program

Students placed in program according to reading/writing proficiency & readiness

Not all students take Spanish at this time

Starts out easy but gets progressively more difficult

Cumulative test in May of 7th grade to determine if a student has met the standards and are ready to move on to 8th grade Spanish

Spanish I
social studies science
Understands political and economic systems

Understands history and geography

Understands culture and social systems

American History - 1880s

Understands the process of scientific inquiry and design to investigate questions, conduct experiments, and solve problems

Understands concepts, principles, and interconnection of the life, physical, and earth/space sciences

Understands relationships among science, technology and society in a variety of contexts

Social Studies/Science
Differentiated Placement based upon 5th Grade SHS Benchmark Exams

Goals/Expectations of the Department:

To help your student have a successful year in math


Pre-Algebra Survey - McDougal, Course 2

Pre-Algebra - McDougal

Algebra I/II - Prentice Hall

*Curricular revisions coming based upon ELA Common Core Learning Standards

Tools Available

Assignment Sheets for every unit

Most Homework Answers provided

Math Lab


AJHS Chorus

  • AJHS Chorus is open to all students with no auditions required!
  • Chorus is during the school day.
  • Chorus is every Tuesday and Thursday….on the other three days the students have a study hall.
  • 7th grade students who are in band or orchestra can also do AJHS Chorus. Students would do Chorus on Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, they would go to Band or Orchestra since all performing ensembles rehearse during the same period.
ajhs orchestra band
AJHS Orchestra/Band
  • Students meet for daily large group rehearsal time where we focus on concert pieces and music theory
  • Students play a variety of styles of music and perform on 4 concerts a year
  • Students come for one 30 minute lesson a week in small groups (same time each week) where we work on more advanced technique, as well as prepare solos for a contest and recital in February
  • An after school group, (Orchestra-Sforzando Strings) (Band-Jazz Band), meets once a week to explore alternative styles of music
  • Students who have never played a stringed instrument but are interested should contact Ms. Vettraino (Orchestra) or Mr. Eifert (Band), because they are glad to start anyone new!
homework talking points
Homework Talking Points
  • All students will take common assessments in each subject area that will measure the learning toward their understanding of the content in a specific subject matter (science, etc).
  • These assessments are correlated to the standards on the report card.
  • Research tells us that homework as practice is reflective of work ethic and effort, and can be used in reflection of the final grade for the quarter.
  • Homework is a requirement. Right now it counts toward 5% of a student’s grade. Students are accountable for their homework. This reflects "progress" and "process." Teachers will contact parents if students are not doing their homework.
  • By completing homework, students will get the practice they need on subject-matter curriculum which can only enhance their final product grade.
web site
Parents will get a user ID and password

Teachers post daily homework assignments and classroom curriculum goals

Grades, Attendance, Discipline records are available in PowerSchool

Sports calendars and events are updated daily

Club activities are posted

Student announcements are posted under the “Announcement” Section

Email addresses for all staff are posted

Web Site
Beginning of each month

Includes calendar of upcoming events

Directions to schools in our conference

“Happenings” at AJHS!

athletics overview

Athletics Overview

Athletics in Education

athletics programs at ajhs
Cross Country

Co-Ed Soccer

Girls’ Basketball

Boys’ Basketball



Pom Pon

Girls’ Volleyball

Boys’ Volleyball

Track and Field

Athletics Programs at AJHS
sports need to knows
Cross Country, Wrestling and Track/Field are “No Tryout” sports.

Any who come out can participate.

Cross Country, Wrestling and Track/Field are also open to 6th grade students (5th grade also for wrestling only).

All other sports require tryouts and are open to 7th and 8th grade students.

All sports require a sports physical prior to starting.

Athletics has a website section that can be found on the d102.org district site.

Sports “Need to Knows”
sports impacts education
“Sports are just games”.

That depends on the program.

A quality program is far more than just games.

A quality program actually teaches many life skills!






There is more!

Increases self-esteem

Positive impact on self-confidence

Promotes a “can do” attitude

Sports Impacts Education?
what about academics
Helps deter the feeling of “doom” on tougher assignments:

Athletes are used to having to “step up”.

More confidence promotes an increased ability to stay on task.

In group settings, athletes tend to be examples in:





Acceptance of others

What about Academics?
welcome to our team
Welcome to our TEAM!
  • And….if you are already here, welcome back!
  • It is the primary goal of athletics to:
    • Provide a positive and rewarding experience.
    • Help to prepare our students for the future.
  • Be a productive influence on student development in three areas main areas:
    • Academics.
    • Life Skills.
    • Healthy Life style.
  • Very Important….. Don’t ever feel like you are a “pain”. Some of you are as new to these programs as your children. Your involvement is crucial in this whole process. We welcome your support and would be more than happy to talk with you.
national junior honor society
National Junior Honor Society
  • Student Handbook
  • Co-Curricular Hdbk
  • Transitions Night
  • CTD Follow Up
  • Public Mtg March
  • AM Announcements
  • WebPresence
  • Encourage child to ride the bus
  • Drop off in front before 7:40 AM (any time after 7:40, PARENT MUST SIGN STUDENT IN AT OFFICE)
  • Pick up in front at 2:55 PM
  • Two late buses 3:45 PM and 4:45 PM (must have teacher authorization)
  • If dropping off by car please no earlier that 7:05 AM unless supervised by a staff member
important dates
Important Dates
  • May

Online registration for parents - New and Coming Soon!

  • May 12, 2011

Co-Curricular Fair at AJHS for parents and students!

  • August 2011

Building open to students; Schedules mailed

PTO Supplies Pickup 8-11 and Back to School Social--6pm-8pm

Ice cream; find your first class; correct schedule errors; & set-up locker

Q & A








You may contact the main office at 353-5500 to set an office appointment.