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Welcome Eighth Grade Highlanders of 2012-2013. Goals. To challenge kids academically To keep children safe To prepare kids for high school. P.T.A. Meeting. January 26 at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Chris Hines, Deputy Supt Expectations of the new STAAR tests and it’s impact on students

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goals
Goals

To challenge kids academically

To keep children safe

To prepare kids for high school

p t a meeting
P.T.A. Meeting
  • January 26 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Dr. Chris Hines, Deputy Supt
  • Expectations of the new STAAR tests and it’s impact on students
  • Key aspects parents/guardians need to know regarding the STAAR End of Course (EOC) exams taken by our students enrolled in high school algebra and geometry
  • Important considerations for parents/guardians when choosing high school courses for your child
dates to be determined due to construction
Dates To Be Determined Due to Construction
  • Student Orientation
  • Football Equipment Issue Day
  • First semester exam dates
    • Hinges on district adoption of calendar
    • Two calendar drafts for next year on our district website for your review at this time
  • Campus construction scheduled to be completed August 1st
school day
School Day

8:50 a.m. until 3:50 p.m.

Everything from an operational perspective remains much the same.

required courses 8 th grade
Required Courses – 8th grade
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • U.S. History
  • P.E. (1 semester)
  • Electives – 5 choices
  • Please note the difference from 7th grade, which only provided 4 choices.
8th schedule no fine arts or athletics
8th Schedule(No fine arts or athletics)

The P.E. class is one semester in eighth grade and then replaced by an elective the other semester. Students will take five electives total.

8th schedule athletic schedule
8th Schedule(Athletic Schedule)

Typically, eighth-grade athletics classes meet in the afternoon. Athletics is a commitment for the entire year. There is no one semester athletic course.

8th schedule band choir orchestra
8th Schedule(Band, Choir, Orchestra)

The actual time slot for the musical fine-art class will vary based on the specific class assigned.

elective core course requests
Elective/Core Course Requests

Elective/Core Course Request Sheets will be sent home with current seventh graders in the next few weeks.

The document provides space for elective requests (5).

The reverse side provides information for core class level requests (language arts, science, and social studies—Pre-AP or regular).

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Elective/Core Course Requests

You may chose the level of the core course choice for language arts, science, and social studies for your child.

This selection is to be marked on the reverse side of the elective/core course request sheet.

In math, students will progress automatically to the next appropriate course in the math-learning sequence.

Seventh-grade math to Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra Pre-AP to HS Algebra Pre-AP

HS Algebra Pre-AP to HS Geometry Pre-AP

elective course request sheet
Elective Course Request Sheet

On request sheet:

Please read all detailed, bulleted information on the document for specifics.

Year-round classes occupy two slots and should be listed as the first requests.

the elective course registration process
The Elective Course Registration Process

Our administration and our counselors will meet with each incoming eighth grade student to discuss his/her elective requests in math class.

We will review the sheet shown on the previous slide to ensure accuracy.

The request will be entered into our system with the student during math class.

We use these requests to hire qualified teachers.

notification of student elective requests
Notification of Student Elective Requests

During the spring, we will send home documents indicating the requested elective courses as well as the specific levels of core academic classes they chose.

Please review these closely and let the Counseling Center know before May 1st if there are any needed changes.

factors which affect individual student s schedule formation
Factors which affect individual student’s schedule formation

Staffing (based on enrollment)

Availability of Course

Core Course Selection

Course selection by students

Seniority

Specialty Classes

Athletics

Fine Arts

Algebra

Physical Education

Number of electives

20 unique choices

Will take 5

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Required Courses – 8th grade
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • U.S. History
  • P.E. (1 semester)
  • Electives – 5 choices
  • Please note the difference from 7th grade, which only provided 4 choices.
science
Science
  • Science
  • Pre-AP Science
independent study science fair project
Independent Study Science Fair Project

There is an increased expectation for the level of the project in eighth grade above and beyond what was expected in seventh.

The students focus on technical writing with increased research in eighth grade.

The project requires considerable work conducted outside of the school day.

history
History
  • U.S. History
  • Pre-AP U.S. History
    • Students need to be able to read and write critically, perceptively, and independently.
language arts
Language Arts
  • Language Arts
  • Pre-AP Language Arts
    • Students really need to be self-motivated readers and writers.
eighth grade math courses
Eighth Grade Math Courses
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra (HS)
  • Geometry (HS)
math progression regular
MathProgression (Regular)

7th Grade - 7th Math

8th Grade - Pre-Algebra

9th Grade - Algebra

10th Grade - Geometry

11th Grade - Algebra II/Pre-Calculus

12th Grade – Calculus (Optional)

This is also diagrammed in our Course Description Guide.

math progression advanced 1 year
Math Progression (Advanced 1 year)

7th Grade - Pre-Algebra Pre-AP

8th Grade – HS Algebra Pre-AP

9th Grade – HS Geometry

10th Grade - Algebra II

11th Grade - Pre-Calculus

12th Grade – Calculus (Optional)

math progression advanced 2 years
Math Progression(Advanced 2 years)

7th Grade – HS Algebra Pre-AP

8th Grade – HS Geometry Pre-AP

9th Grade - Algebra II

10th Grade - Pre-Calculus Independent Study

11th Grade - Pre-Calculus

12th Grade – Calculus (Optional)

placement considerations moving from seventh to eighth grade
Placement Considerations Moving from Seventh to Eighth Grade

Students, by default, progress initially to 8th grade in the corresponding class from 7th grade.

Examples

Level Science to Level Science

7th Pre-AP History to 8th Pre-AP History

7th Math to Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra Pre-AP to HS Algebra Pre-AP

HS Algebra Pre-AP to HS Geometry Pre-AP

placement considerations for eighth grade
Placement Considerations for Eighth Grade

If a student/parent wishes to move to a regular class from a Pre-AP class (excluding math), indicate this on the course request sheet or contact his or her counselor with the request in writing before the May 1st deadline.

Emails and contact information are on our webpage under Parent Services.

seventh grade level math to high school algebra i option
Seventh Grade Level Math to High School Algebra I Option
  • I want my child to go directly from level seventh grade math to high school algebra.
  • Take the next course in math sequence- Pre-Algebra.
    • The student may take a district summer school class
    • The student MUST meet C.I.S.D. summer school attendance requirements.
seventh grade level to high school algebra i option
Seventh Grade Level to High School Algebra I Option

This class is taught for first-time exposure to Pre-Algebra.

The course is intensive and students receive full class hours and instruction.

It ensures the student does not miss the critical year of Pre-Algebra before being responsible for HS math.

The class is dependent on having enough takers to make.

Check district website for summer school information flyer in May.

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If Your Child in Pre-Algebra Pre-AP as a Current Seventh Grader has an Average of Less Than 80 During Seventh Grade at the End of The Year for the Course

Seriously need to consider repeating pre-algebra in eighth grade

Please contact your child’s counselor prior to the May 1 deadline to ensure your child repeat’s this specific course if this is what you would like for him/her to do.

It is not a problem to do this, we just need to know it is what you want for your child.

math note affecting hs math choices
Math Note Affecting HS Math Choices
  • Four years of math and science are required in high school, beginning with HS algebra.
  • As of now, HS math courses (algebra and geometry) taken in junior high count toward those four.
  • At least three math courses must be taken at the high school campus.
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Math Note Affecting HS Math Choices
  • Please note that due to new Texas Education Agency regulations, students taking high school algebra or geometry are required to take the STAAR End of Course (EOC) exams for those classes.
  • These formal state exams are mandated to count for 15 percent of the student’s final grade.
high school course considerations
High-School Course Considerations

As a high-school class, the courses are much more challenging.

The classes do not figure directly in G.P.A.

They do not figure in class rank.

The are, however, reflected on high school transcripts.

It is not necessary to get your student on the fast track to get all the courses in the four years at TWHS.

planner
Planner
  • Provided by the P.T.A.
  • Idea originated from site-based by parents for parents
  • Parents view each night
  • Teaches critical organizational skills
  • Quizzes
  • Ad Purchase?
number of elective choices for eighth graders
Number of elective choices for eighth graders

All eighth-grade students have five elective choices

One additional course from the four needed in the seventh grade since the students are required to have only one semester of P.E.

eighth grade elective choices
Eighth Grade Elective Choices

Art

Band

Choir

Careers

Career Portals: Computer Applications

May be taken twice

Career Portals: Technology May be taken twice

Exploring Languages

High School Communications

High School Health

Career Portals: Human Services

Music Appreciation

Orchestra

HS Spanish I

Spanish II for Native Speakers (must qualify)

Teen Leadership

Theater Arts

high school spanish i
High School Spanish I

The course lasts an entire school year (2 semesters).

It is similar to taking HS Spanish I at TWHS.

The class is rigorous, fast-moving, and intense.

It is a high-school course.

For these reasons, if you choose multiple Pre-AP core courses, please consider this class on a similar level as it is an advanced, high-school course when choosing your child’s overall schedule.

spanish ii for native speakers
Spanish II for Native Speakers

This course is for students who have Spanish as their first language.

There is a placement examination to qualify.

Students must be able to read, listen, speak, and write Spanish fluently.

Students will receive retroactive credit for HS Spanish I with successful completion of Spanish II.

If the student needs more information on the course, he/she can speak directly to Mr. Texidor.

hs health and hs communications applications
HS Health and HS Communications Applications

These cover high-school topics and state TEKS.

Permission from parent is required to request health.

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HS Health and HS Communications Applications

These may free up space in the student's high-school schedule to take alternate and/or more rigorous courses (which could count more on G.P.A. )

Need as a parent/guardian to be prepared for your child to receive high school level information on health topics

McCullough common sense

Scheduling-wise for the future, it makes sense to take both if the student is going to take one.

state eligibility for fine art athletic participation
State Eligibility for Fine Art/ Athletic Participation
  • No classes are exempt in junior high from counting for UIL eligibility
    • Includes Pre-AP courses
    • Includes High School Courses
  • Students must pass all classes to be eligible to participate in games/contests.
  • UIL and Progress Report Schedule is posted online at our website under athletics and parent services.
8 th grade athletics
8th Grade Athletics
  • Physical dated after April 15, 2012
  • Birth Certificate
  • Commitment for the year
  • Boys
    • Fourth period green (tentative)
  • Girls
    • Fourth period red (tentative)
  • Replaces P.E.
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8th Grade Athletics
  • Minor changes
  • Need to view Coach Skinner’s online presentation regarding athletics for 2012-2013 online later in February when posted
  • I will email you the link to that presentation when it is posted
volleyball
Volleyball
  • Tryouts are the first week of school.
  • If a student makes the team, her schedule will change.
  • It meets as a class during the school day
girls and boys basketball off season class
Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Off-season Class
  • Placement and tryout information is coming soon.
  • This is for the class, not the team.
  • If students make the off-season class, his/her schedule may change.
girls and boys basketball teams
Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Teams
  • Tryouts for the team are in late October or early November.
  • This requires a commitment for the year.
football
Football
  • Practice is after school.
  • One year commitment
cross country
Cross Country
  • The season is in the fall.
  • The students remain in off-season throughout the year.
  • Most meets are on Friday evening.
private p e
Private P.E.
  • Must be an approved facility for 2012-2013
  • Individual Olympic event preparations
    • Team sports are not a part of the Private P.E. program for the Texas Education Agency
  • Fully completed application and required form available online at district website around mid-April
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Private P.E.
  • Completed form will be due by formal deadline on May 1st
  • Students with approved applications turned in prior to the May 1st deadline will be enrolled in Private P.E. for the entire 2012-2013 school year
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Private P.E.
  • Please make sure as a parent/guardian you are certain you can pick your child up every day at 2:50 p.m. and have a firm transportation plan for the entire year in advance of choosing this option.
private p e54
Private P.E.
  • Can change facility only at semester
  • Must be able to pickup child promptly at dismissal time- exactly 2:50 p.m. each day
  • Students will be in a fourth period class on campus from 2:26 p.m. until 2:50 p.m.
  • State allows schools to dismiss students one hour early each day for Private P.E.
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Private P.E.
  • Does not work with activities which have an athletic class.
  • Student cannot be in athletics and Private P.E.
  • A student in Private P.E can, and is encouraged to be in one of our club sports.
  • Choosing to be in Private P.E. is a commitment for the entire year
    • This includes both the fall and spring consecutively
    • There is no mid-year joining of Private P.E.
    • Pros and cons
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Private P.E.
  • Students and parents/guardians must be flexible on the schedule as it will change periodically due to pep rallies, STAAR testing, semester exams, etc.
  • Every three weeks the facility submits a grade and attendance report directly to the Counseling Center.
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Private P.E.
  • 15 hours or more per week at approved facility are required.
  • Students planning to do Private P.E. need to check regular P.E. on Elective Course request sheet initially.
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Private P.E.
  • Students are assigned to a fourth period Private P.E. class from 2:26 p.m. until 2:50 p.m. each day.
level 2 private p e
Level 2 Private P.E.
  • Level 2 Private P.E. is for students who attend five hours of physical education activity at an approved facility.
  • These students do not leave early each day.
  • They receive two additional classroom courses above and beyond.
  • For participation in this program, the student must be in band, choir, or orchestra so that space is available on their schedule for the extra courses to be accommodated.
boys and girls club track
Boys’ and Girls’ Club Track
  • The season begins in February.
  • This is not a sport with an athletic period.
  • Everyone makes the team.
  • Tryouts occur each week for the individual events.
  • Practice
    • Boys- Morning
    • Girls- Afternoon
club golf
Club Golf
  • This is a spring sport.
  • This is not a sport with an athletic period.
  • There are tryouts.
  • No formal practices occur.
  • For more information, contact Coach Lilley.
club tennis
Club Tennis
  • This is a spring sport.
  • This is not a sport with an athletic period.
  • There are tryouts.
  • Practices occur before and after school on our campus.
  • For more information, contact Coach Wildman.
club soccer
Club Soccer
  • Soccer is not a UIL sport in junior high.
  • This is not a sport with an athletic period.
  • There are tryouts.
  • The team plays other junior-high teams once within district.
  • There are a total of five games.
  • Girls- Coach McGuire
  • Boys- Coach Texidor
questions regarding athletics
Questions regarding Athletics
  • Please contact Lance Skinner.
    • Girls’ and Boys’ Athletic Coordinator
    • cskinner@conroeisd.net
for more information on band contact
For more information on band, contact
  • Susan Meyer
  • sbmeyer@conroeisd.net
for more information on orchestra contact
For more information on orchestra, contact
  • Michelle Reinhardt
    • mreinhardt@conroeisd.net
for more information on choir contact
For more information on choir, contact
  • Keith Brumfield
    • kbrumfield@conroeisd.net