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Gear up for the future. TRANSITIONING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL. PURPOSE. To provide general information about planning for middle and high school To begin the planning process for students and their families To explain some of the changes that will affect students in the future.

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Transitioning to middle school

TRANSITIONING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL


Purpose
PURPOSE

  • To provide general information about planning for middle and high school

  • To begin the planning process for students and their families

  • To explain some of the changes that will affect students in the future


Driscoll Middle School

Schedule

8:20 A.M. – 3:25 P.M.

Lunch is 30 minutes.


SAMPLE DRISCOLL

CLASS SCHEDULE



Success in the future requires planning
Success In The Future Requires Planning

Preparation for high school success and rigor requires students to

  • take rigorous middle school courses

  • develop meaningful goals

  • learn and utilize strong study skills


College career readiness
College & Career Readiness

  • NEISD has an initiative to ensure that after high school, all students are prepared to enter

    • A four-year college or university

    • A junior or community college

    • A trade or technical school

    • The military or

    • The workforce

      Taking rigorous courses in middle school prepares students for college and career course work in high school.

      Students wishing to rank in the Top 10% of their high school class need to pursue rigorous academic courses to prepare for high school.


Graduation requirements
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

4 X 4 MATH AND SCIENCE

  • EARN 26 CREDITS TO GRADUATE

  • TAKE FOUR YEARS OF MATH

  • TAKE FOUR YEARS OF SCIENCE


Pre ap and advanced courses
Pre-AP and Advanced Courses

Grade 6 Pre-AP English or GT

Advanced Contemporary Literacy Pre-AP Math or GT (Covers 6/7th TEKS)

Grade 7 Pre-AP English or GT

Advanced Contemporary Literacy

Pre-AP Math or GT (Covers 7/8th TEKS)

Grade 8 Pre-AP English or GT

Advanced Contemporary Literacy Pre-AP Algebra I or GT Algebra I

Pre-AP Science

Pre-AP U. S. History


Pre-AP Courses

  • In 6th grade Pre-AP courses are offered for English, Reading (ACL), and Math.

  • Any student may enroll in these classes, but it is strongly advised that you use your teachers’ recommendations.

  • Think carefully:Courses have a faster pace and may require more preparation. You will be required to do more work outside of class.


Driscoll

THREE YEAR PLAN 2013-14


The three year plan
The Three-Year Plan

  • Is a working document that can change

  • Planning courses for 6th, 7th and 8th grade

  • Is to be reviewed annually & revised as needed

  • Assists with tracking preparation for high school

  • Assists in planning for college & career choices


_____________________________________________________________________________________ ___________

(Print) Last First Middle Current Grade

NORTH EAST ISD – _________________________ MIDDLE SCHOOL THREE-YEAR PLAN

Students are encouraged to take the most rigorous course of study possible including Pre-Advanced Placement courses in order to prepare them for high school and post-secondary studies. Advanced options are available for all classes highlighted in yellow.

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One semester of Health must be taken.

Four semesters of PE or athletics must be taken over the three years of middle school.

This plan is designed for eight course offerings per year..

_______________________________________________ __________________ ______________________________________________________

Student’s Signature Date Parent’s Signature

The Three Year Plan is to be reviewed and revised annually for the next school year and documented below:

__________6th Grade Review for 7th Grade on _______________(date) with Counselor:________________________________________________

__________7th Grade Review for 8th Grade on _______________(date) with Counselor ________________________________________________


6th Grade Courses ___________

English ( Regular, PreAP, GT)

Reading (Regular or Advanced Contemporary Literacy)

Math (Regular, PreAP, GT)

Science

Social Studies

P.E. (1 year)

Health/AIM (1/2 year of each)

Elective ( 1 full year or 2- semester electives)


7th Grade Courses ___________

English ( Regular, PreAP, GT)

Reading (Regular or Advanced Contemporary Literacy)

Math (Regular, PreAP, GT)

Science

Texas History

PE or Athletics all year

2 Electives


8th Grade Courses ___________

English ( Regular, PreAP, GT)

Reading (Regular or Advanced Contemporary Literacy)

Math (Regular, PreAP, GT)

Science (Regular or PreAP)

U.S. History (Regular or PreAP)

P.E. or Athletics

2 Electives


Physical Education / Health ___________

  • All 6th graders are required to take a year of P.E. .

  • Health class is also required for one semester.


Athletics 7th & 8th Grade ___________

BOYS:

football, basketball, track, golf, tennis

GIRLS:

volleyball, basketball, track, golf, tennis

**Athletics is a one year

commitment. You must have a current physical.

* Teacher recommendation and signed commitment form are required.


BAND ___________

ALL OF THESE ARE FULL YEAR.

CHOIR


Orchestra ___________

Students will learn to play stringed instruments such as violin, cello, viola and string bass.

There are beginner and intermediate orchestras for 6th graders.


BAND ___________

  • Students and parents must meet with band directors to determine which instrument the student will play.

  • Students will also have to participate in concerts and contests after school.

  • Band Auditions will be held 1st week in April 2013.


CHOIR ___________

Students will sing, learn to sight-read and learn proper vocal techniques.


SEMESTER ELECTIVES ___________

  • Art

  • Choir

  • Music Appreciation

  • Theater Arts


FINE ARTS ___________

THEATRE ARTS


Art ___________

Activities include drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics.


Music appreciation
MUSIC APPRECIATION ___________

  • Introductory course which allows students to study music.

  • It does not have a required public performance component.


Theater Arts ___________

This class emphasizes acting and dramatics.


6 th grade elective options
6 ___________ th grade Elective Options

OPTION 1

OPTION 2

CHOOSE TWO SEMESTER ELECTIVES

CHOOSE ONE FULL YEAR ELECTIVE

FULL YEAR ELECTIVES SEMESTER ELECTIVES

BAND

CHOIR ART

BEGINNING ORCHESTRA I-must start 6th CHOIR

INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA II MUSIC APPRECIATION THEATRE ARTS


Electives ___________

In 6th grade you have one period for an elective.

You may choose one all-year elective:

Band, Orchestra, Choir

-OR-

You may choose two half-year electives:

Art, Theater Arts, Choir, Music Appreciation

Choose your electives with care.

We are unable to make changes in your electives.


STAAR ___________

Students who have not passed a portion of the STAAR test will be assigned to a workshop class designed to reinforce STAAR skills instead of an elective.


PROMOTION POLICY ___________

To pass the 6th grade you must:

  • Pass English

  • Pass Reading

  • Pass Math

  • Pass Science

  • Pass Social Studies

Overall average of all classes = 70


Defender s camp
DEFENDER’S Camp ___________

Incoming 6th grade students will:

  • Meet the sixth grade teachers

  • Receive an orientation of Driscoll

    • School Tours

    • Lockers

    • Cafeteria procedures

    • Opportunity to purchase Driscoll

      gear & PE uniforms

  • Usually held the week before school begins in the fall.


  • Questions? ___________

    We look forward to seeing you

    at Driscoll!


    Driscoll Counselors ___________

    All 6th Grade and 7th Grade (A-J) April Ferris

    All 8th Grade and 7th Grade (K-Z) Eva Sanchez

    Phone # (210) 356-3226


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