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Welcome to Northside. Global Studies Pathway and AC Informational Night February 18, 2014. AGENDA. Global Studies Pathway Information Global Studies Application Process Academic Challenge Information Academic Challenge Selection Timeline Questions and Tours.

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Welcome to northside

Welcome to Northside

Global Studies Pathway and AC Informational Night

February 18, 2014


  • Global Studies Pathway Information

  • Global Studies Application Process

  • Academic Challenge Information

  • Academic Challenge Selection

  • Timeline

  • Questions and Tours

What is global studies pathway
What is Global Studies Pathway?

Focuses on students as global citizens

Teaches core content from a global perspective

Provides the opportunity to take a world language in a global context

Provides service learning experiences

Provides blocked schedule which allows for cross curricular instruction

Utilizes various teaching strategies to engage students

Classes and schedule
Classes and Schedule

  • Each student takes six core classes and two electives that are 45 minutes in length

  • The core classes are

    Literature 7 Writing and Literacy 7

    Social Studies Science

    Math World Languages

Elective exploratory classes
Elective/Exploratory Classes

Year/Semester Classes

  • Band

  • Choir

  • Orchestra (before school)

Quarter Classes

  • Health (2)

  • PE (2)

  • Art

  • FACS

  • ITE

  • Keyboarding

  • General Music

Language arts overview ms riddle writing and lit 7
Language Arts OverviewMs. Riddle – Writing and Lit 7

  • Northside has invested in a double block of Language Arts

  • Literature 7 and Writing & Literacy 7

  • English 8 and Literacy Lab 8

  • Language Arts skills are critical to future academic and career success

  • There is deeper exploration of each skill

  • Allows time for developing language arts skills in other content areas through blocking

Literature 7
Literature 7

  • Mrs. Anna Alexander

  • How are AC Literature 7 and Literature 7 different?

Literacy lab 8
Literacy Lab 8

  • Ms. Krista Mehl

    • Soon to be Mrs. Krista Lee Lee

  • Who am I? project

English 8
English 8

  • Mrs. Amelia Shaw

  • Service Learning

  • Persuasive essay

7 th grade social studies
7th Grade Social Studies

  • Mrs. Julie Doty

  • 7th grade Social Studies is non-western cultures

  • Simulations

8 th grade social studies
8th Grade Social Studies

  • Laurie Martin

  • 8th Grade Social Studies is American History

  • Human Rights Project

  • Research paper

Math choices mr miller
Math Choices – Mr. Miller

Math 7 – For students that are at grade level

Pre-Algebra – For students that are ready for an accelerated class that compacts 7th and 8th grade standards

Algebra I – For high school credit. Students must pass the End of Course Assessment (ECA) to graduate from high school

Math at northside mr glesing
Math at NorthsideMr. Glesing

Thirty-three (33) AC students chose Algebra I this year

All Northside 7th grade Algebra I students pass the ECA every year

Students must take four years of math in high school

Science mr johnson
Science – Mr. Johnson

  • Problem-based learning

  • Earthquake presentation example

Biology i mrs lanam
Biology I – Mrs. Lanam

  • Open to current 8thgrade AC students

  • It is for high school credit

  • 93% passed the ECA in spring 2011. 96% passed the ECA in spring 2012. 100% passed in 2013.


A survey course of the structures and functions

of living things and their interactions with the environment.

World language mrs peterson
World LanguageMrs. Peterson

Students take Spanish or French for high school credit

Students have world language instead of Resource (study hall)

Students may take band or choir and a world language

Students can take “2 and 2” or at least 3 years of the same language (for Academic Honor’s diploma)

New option for 2014-2015: Students may stretch first year Spanish over 7th and 8th grade

World language mr mahaffey
World LanguageMr. Mahaffey

  • Second Year Spanish

  • Skills needed in second year World Language

  • 21st Century Scholars

World language mrs bray
World LanguageMrs. Bray

  • French I and II are also an option in 7th and 8th grade

  • Trip to France in the summer of 2015

English as a new language
English as a New Language

Spanish-speaking students will take Spanish - they will have their ENL class during Writing and Literacy or Literature

Other ENL students will have their ENL class during world language time - they will not be expected to be tri-lingual

Due to staffing, all ENL levels 1, 2 and 3 are on GSP. This is usually less than ten students.

Blocked schedule
Blocked Schedule

Literature 7/Social Studies

Writing and Literacy 7/World Language


Blocked schedule advantages
Blocked Schedule Advantages

Allows flexibility in scheduling

Science labs

Socratic Seminar


Service learning

Research time

Team teaching

Typical 7 th grade schedule
Typical 7th Grade Schedule

Student #1

  • 1st – Math

  • 2nd – Science

  • 3rd – Elective

  • 4th – Exploratory

  • 5th – Lunch

  • 6th – French or Spanish

  • 7th – Writing and Literacy 7

  • 8th – Social Studies

  • 9th - Literature 7

Student #2

  • 1st – Science

  • 2nd – Math

  • 3rd – Exploratory

  • 4th – Exploratory

  • 5th- Lunch

  • 6th – Writing & Lit 7

  • 7th – French or Spanish

  • 8th – Literature 7

  • 9th - Social Studies

Instructional strategies laurie martin
Instructional StrategiesLaurie Martin

Socratic Seminar

Problem-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning


Universal Design for Learning


Cooperative Learning

Use of technology

Study teams in math

Interdisciplinary units

21st Century skills

Selection process
Selection Process

Mrs. Allie Tyler

Gifted & Talented Coordinator

Bartholomew Consolidated

School Corporation

Program overview
Program Overview

  • AC students are part of the Global Studies Pathway

  • Students selected for the program are enrolled in all five AC courses

    AC Literature AC Writing and Literacy

    AC Math (pre-algebra) AC Geography 7

    AC Science 7

  • AC students also take a world language

  • The curriculum focuses upon the Indiana Academic Standards level with an emphasis on Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)

Selection criteria
Selection Criteria

Information will be gathered through the measures listed below:

  • Cognitive Abilities Test – Cognitive Abilities and Critical Thinking

  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills – Verbal Score

  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills – Quantitative Score

  • STAR reading levels

    The CogAT and ITBS are given to all sixth graders at their home school in October/November.

Student portfolio
Student Portfolio

A portfolio for each student being evaluated will also

be assembled. The portfolio will include:

  • BCSC Spring Writing Prompt

  • BCSC Teacher Rating Scale

    • STAR reading level

  • CogAT and ITBS test scores

Selection criteria1
Selection Criteria

Scores from the CogAT and ITBS, along with the writing prompt, rating scale, and STAR score, allow the BCSC Middle School Selection Committee to determine appropriate placement. The measures that are used give the committee a complete picture of the student’s ability as it relates to the goals and practices of the Academic Challenge Program.

Is global studies pathway a good fit for my child david glesing
Is Global Studies Pathway a good fit for my child?David Glesing

Is my child a self-motivated learner?

Did my child pass the LA portion of the ISTEP?

Did my child earn an “A” or “B” in English and Reading throughout their 6th grade year?

Does my child have the maturity to handle a high school level class without Resource? Is he/she organized?

Does my child manage his/her time wisely and have effective study skills?


One concern of all 7th grade parents is homework. Please refer to the homework handout as an example of a typical evening.

Help is available before school at

7:25 if needed.

Who is eligible
Who is eligible?

  • Students may come from NMS or Central districts

  • Transportation is provided if you are in GSP

  • Can be AC, regular education or ESL

  • This is a very popular pathway


We are only accepting ONLINE applications

Application can be found on the Northside home page

Applications are due by March 15, 2014

On completion, you will receive a confirmation

Gsp selection process
GSP Selection Process

AC selection is on February 26.

GSP applications are due March 15. Anyone interested should apply (AC and non-AC) ONLINE.

GSP lottery for non-AC students will be after the AC letters are returned to Allie Tyler.

Letters sent out to parents will indicate selection or wait list. This information will not be provided over the phone.

150 total students will be on each GSP team.

If you are in Central’s district, please fill out a transfer form. An electronic copy is on our website.

Success recognition

  • Hoosier Academic Super Bowl teams place in the Top Ten in the state every year – In 2013, we got first in all four academic subjects

  • Spell Bowl has gone to state the last three years

  • Three former Titan students won the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute competition (2011 and 2012)

  • Human Rights Essay winners through the years

  • We have had four students attend the National Leadership conference

  • Mathletes in Action annual competition

Questions tours

Further Questions?

  • See Mrs. Dixon tonight with questions

  • Email Amy Dixon or Brett Findley

  • Call Amy Dixon or Brett Findley at 376-4403

    Tours are offered tonight. Your tour guide is the teacher highlighted on your agenda.

    **If you can’t stay for a tour, tours will also be offered on Open House night, Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30pm.