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this online presentation
This Online Presentation
  • Comprehensive
  • Honest
  • Helpful
  • Contains information slides from the incoming seventh information nights minus student pictures
this presentation
This Presentation
  • Presented from the perspective that you have never had a child in secondary school
  • Will answer almost any question you could have and I believe you will feel better when you are done
  • All information is located at our website in the district Program of Studies and the McCullough supplement
documents available soon on our website
Documents Available Soon on our Website
  • District Program of Studies
  • McCullough Supplement
  • FAQs
  • District math flyer
  • Private P.E. links (April)
  • Summer School flyer (May)
  • Looking forward to a new year
  • New challenges for students in secondary education
  • New responsibilities
  • New opportunities
snapshot of our school
Snapshot Of Our School
  • Composed of young people from around the country and the globe
  • Wonderful students
  • Supportive parents
  • Tremendous staff
  • All are expected to be successful
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Snapshot of our school
  • TAKS Scores 2011
    • Reading 99%
    • Writing 98%
    • Social Studies 99%
    • Mathematics 98%
    • Science 96%
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Snapshot of our school
  • TEA Gold Performance in
    • Writing
    • Science
    • Reading
    • Social Studies
    • Math
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Snapshot of our school
  • T.E.A. Exemplary Campus
at mccullough
At McCullough
  • We do things for a reason (We have kids here too!)
  • Kid-friendly and preparing for the future
  • Grading
  • Projects
  • Discipline
  • Testing
  • Procedurally
goal 1
Goal 1
  • Academic Preparation
  • Paradigm Shift
goal 1a safety
Goal 1A: Safety
  • Visitors sign-in and sign-out
  • Visibility of administrators and police
  • Building opens at 8:00 a.m.
  • All outside doors locked at 8:50 a.m. when school starts in fall of 2012
  • Video surveillance system
  • Safety letters home
goal 2 preparing students for high school
Goal 2: Preparing Students for High School
  • 356 working days over two years to prepare students for high school once they enter our doors for the first time
  • Students are in high school the day they walk in the door if they take Algebra Pre-AP in seventh grade
  • Procedures are age-appropriate and have a reason
personal vision
Personal Vision
  • Is that we will be the best secondary school in Texas
success for your child
Success For Your Child
  • Many schools prepare students to qualify for admittance to a college or university
  • We are preparing students to be successful when they arrive at college and to have the tools to stay there
construction through august 1st
Construction Through August 1st
  • Parking lot
  • Parking lot lighting
  • Fine arts practice areas for band, choir, and orchestra
  • Art classrooms
  • Gym floors and stands
  • Bathrooms for Commons area
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Construction Through August 1st
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Marquee
  • Additional classrooms
  • Classrooms renovated
  • New carpet
  • New walkways
summer front office
Summer Front Office
  • It is likely our front office will be located outside in either the field house or a portable building this summer
  • All the phone numbers will remain the same
important dates to be determined
Important Dates to be Determined
  • Student Orientation Dates
  • Football Equipment Issue Day
  • Semester Exams
  • First semester exam dates
    • Hinges on district adoption of calendar
    • Two drafts on website for your review at this time
  • Construction due to be completed August 1st
  • First day of school tentatively set for August 27th
student orientation
Student Orientation
  • Final date will be announced this spring
    • Will publicize through Tartan Tribune
    • Dependent on the C.I.S.D. School Calendar once adopted for 2012-2013
    • Also dependent on construction
    • Need volunteers to make it happen
    • Social event of the summer
    • Attendance is not required, but is enormously beneficial
first day of school
First Day of School
  • Report to Alpha Homerooms until 10:00 a.m.
  • Obtain final schedules
  • Car line longer first two days
  • Buses a little later due to third run and K
  • Help everyone get where they need to go
a typical day
A Typical Day
  • Students can enter building at 8:00 a.m.
    • Please do not drop your child off prior 8:00 a.m.
  • Students wait in Commons
  • Go to classes at 8:34 a.m.
  • Lockers/Backpacks
  • School begins – 8:50 a.m.
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A Typical Day
  • Lunch/3rd Period
    • 11:45 a.m.
      • Students encouraged to eat breakfast
      • Which lunch you eat depends on the subject of the class you are in during third block on that day
      • Lunch time can be different on red or green days
  • Advisory – 1:55 p.m. – 2:19 p.m.
  • School Ends – 3:50 p.m.
  • Pick-up
    • Car/Bus
  • Meets each day (1:55 p.m. – 2:19 p.m.)
  • Distribute information
  • Pledges
  • Moment of silence
  • Work on completing some homework
  • Tutoring
  • Announcements
free academic assistance
Free Academic Assistance
  • Tutoring- Most days of the week with your academic teachers (most important)
  • PAWS Homework Help-
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Located in room D109
    • McCullough teacher
    • TWHS Interact students
    • Advisory
    • Elite eighth grade students
    • Ms. Donna Meyer
information to help

Information to Help

A Guide to Success

  • E-Mail – Easiest, quickest, preferred
  • Please give us a day or so as we are with students as opposed to in front of a computer
  • Teacher e-mail addresses are listed on the left green column of our website
  • McCullough Webpage
    • www.conroeisd.net
    • Links to teacher webpages
    • Important spring registration documents
    • Athletic schedules
    • “Tartan Tribune” online
  • Conferences
    • Most at 8:05 a.m.
    • Try to do a good job of communicating and prevent the need for you to come in
    • This is the time normally that the teacher is tutoring children
    • Important to have your child present
    • Most center around a young person not turning in assignments
  • Parent Newsletter “The Tartan Tribune”
    • Sent home through students
    • Online 24 hours a day at our Parent Services Page
    • Available in multiple languages with Google Translate
      • No promises on accuracy of Google translate
  • System that calls or emails your home
  • I try to limit the phone calls to really important items
    • Expect numerous calls in the immediate days leading up to the start of school
    • Do not worry, the 6:30 p.m. phone calls will end for the most part once school begins
  • We will email when breaking news happens or information becomes available you need to know
  • Helps to have the correct phone number and email address in our database system
  • Volunteer
  • Appreciate the help!
  • PTA
    • Front Desk
    • Student Orientation
    • Socials
    • Library
    • Copy Room
common assessments tests
Common Assessments (Tests)
  • Tests are high quality and developed over time to choose the most accurate/fair questions
  • Are now “Common Assessments” in the district
  • Sixty percent of grade for marking period
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Common Assessments (Tests)
  • Exams, and exam questions, are now being utilized as common assessment exams among teachers in the school and within departments
  • Tests are now developed in the summer to have questions which are asked at the rigor level wanted by the state for these tests and STAAR exams
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Common Assessments (Tests)
  • Enormous time goes into the development of each question to ensure it addresses the TEKS and is at the level of questioning required
  • Exams are used not only among different teachers in same discipline but also other CISD junior highs
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Common Assessments (Tests)
  • Exams are being utilized more extensively among all CISD campuses to supplement benchmark testing throughout the district and inserted into Eduphoria program to optimize individual academic support
  • As the exams are utilized throughout the campus and district throughout the years, they do not go home
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Common Assessments (Tests)
  • View at school with student and/or instructor
  • Stumble Sheets in class to learn from mistakes
    • Students correct any errors, with the teacher, in class
semester exams
Semester Exams
  • Last four days of each semester
    • Be aware the calendar for next year has not been adopted yet and there is a possibility we could end the first semester before winter break
  • Prior week students will complete review packet and prepare in the classroom
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Semester Exams
  • Modified schedule in exams
  • Grading percentages
    • Junior high finals – 10 percent
    • High school finals- 15 percent
  • Synthesize learning and practice taking major exams
  • Please do not plan long and exotic vacations during that time
student success initiative ssi
Student Success Initiative (SSI)
  • Students must pass Reading and Math STAAR in eighth grade to advance to high school
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Student Success Initiative (SSI)
  • Students must pass 13 End of Course Exams developed by the Texas Education Agency in order to graduate from high school.
  • More information on this at the T.E.A. website and at our 1/26 P.T.A. meeting.
parent access student access
Parent Access Student Access
  • Free opportunity to view grades, attendance, discipline, STAAR, etc.
    • Supplements planner
  • Places you on a school e-mail list to receive breaking news and routine e-mail communication
  • Sign up at www.conroeisd.net each year
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Parent Access Student Access
  • Unparalleled communication and access to data
  • This program exists to supplement, not replace student accountability for grades and assignments
  • Student should have accountability
parent access
Parent Access
  • This system will literally email you every time your child receives a grade if you select it to do so
dress code
Dress Code
  • Critical
  • Worth the battle if you are a parent
  • We will enforce
  • The way a student dresses affects the way he/she feels about education and success
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Dress Code
  • One of the first steps to caring in any area of life is to dress like you care
  • Always feel free to drop in with food at lunch to see what they are actually wearing four hours later
  • For the most part, a non-issue with our students
transition to secondary school
Transition to Secondary School
  • Kids transition quickly
    • Tardies
      • 3 free each quarter
      • 7 minutes between classes (most around)
      • Resets each nine weeks
      • First two weeks amnesty
  • Email notification to your Parent Access Account
  • Normally email comes same day to your email address in our database
  • Being in class for the first five to ten minutes of instruction/review/plan for the day is critical to academic success
    • Plans for the day
    • How it is to be done
    • What is on the exam
    • When is the review
  • Follow student handbook
  • Use good common sense
  • Administrators, teachers, police, and counselors, are proactive and visible in building
  • Expectation meeting with students through LA classes first week of school
  • Classroom expectations are high
  • We do everything possible to prevent a situation before it happens
ongoing make a difference monthly anti bullying program
Ongoing “Make A Difference” Monthly Anti-Bullying Program
  • Bullying- Let the child’s AP know if the bullying occurred on our campus
    • Make A Difference monthly program conducted through third block classes
    • Administrative meetings with students through language arts class
    • Ongoing Interventions
  • Full discipline information is available for you on your child 24 hours a day at Parent Access Center
how parents make the difference
Talk to your student

Know where they are in the evenings and on weekends, who they are with, and why

When you have a question, go to the source and e-mail the teacher

How Parents Make the Difference!
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How Parents Make the Difference!
  • Check the P.T.A. Planner nightly and make sure all homework is complete
  • Hold students responsible for their actions (behaviorally and academically)
  • Give your child a chance to work out some problems on their own
    • Studies show students who self-advocate do better in high school and beyond
easy things to do to help your child be successful at mccullough
Easy Things to do to Help your Child be Successful at McCullough
  • Encourage students to eat breakfast
  • Monitor the amount of sleep they really get
    • Is the TV, gaming system, iPad, and/or computer in their bedroom?
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Easy Things to do to Help your Child be Successful at McCullough

Is their cell phone in their room at night (charging??) when you go to bed?

  • Every day more research comes out clearly articulating the critical aspect of sleep for adolescent growth and success in school
  • The phone never sleeps in 2012
    • If the phone does not sleep, neither does the child
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Easy Things to do to Help your Child be Successful at McCullough
  • Hold students accountable for a planner
    • Positives and Negatives
  • Encourage students to be involved in school organizations
  • Attend his/her activities at McCullough
top 2 indicators for student success
Top 2 Indicators forStudent Success
  • Attendance at school
  • Involvement in a school activity
school supplies
School Supplies
  • Basic school supply list posted in The Tartan Tribune this summer
  • P.T.A. will sell basic minimal set again online this year (optional)
  • Look for information coming soon
questions i really get
Questions I Really Get
  • What is the policy on cell phones and electronics?
    • Off 8:34 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • Outside of these times, call away!
    • Please do not call and/or text your child in school
    • Theft of above devices- What really happens
    • Name on items is invaluable
      • I have enough lost Vera Bradley lunch kits to start our own store
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Questions I Really Get
  • Can I wear makeup?
    • Yes
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Questions I Really Get
  • Can I wear flip-flops? Yes
  • Where is lost and found? A101 in the middle of the cafeteria
  • Where are the bathrooms? At the ends of the hallways
elective information night 6 00 p m until 7 05 p m
Elective Information Night6:00 p.m until 7:05 p.m.
  • February 7th
  • McCullough Commons
  • 6:00 p.m. until 7:05 p.m.
  • Athletic Presentation
    • Girls 6:00 p.m.
    • Boys 6:35 p.m.
    • In Bock Auditorium
    • A lot of people here
    • Very optional
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Elective Information Night6:00 p.m until 7:05 p.m.
  • Very casual come and go
  • Students are welcome
  • Seventh grade elective teachers will be present to answer your questions
  • Be aware in advance there will be a lot of people here
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Elective Information Night6:00 p.m until 7:05 p.m.
  • Eighth grade elective teachers representing high school electives will be present
  • Some activities which are not elective classes such as Cheerleading, Winter Guard, and Highland Girls may have a booth with information
registration deadline may 1
Registration Deadline – May 1
  • Final deadline to make any change, elective request or core level change, is May 1st at 4:00 p.m.
  • Teachers are hired with specific teaching certifications (NCLB Act) based on requests of parents on this date
  • No changes will be made after this time
registration deadline may 168
Registration Deadline – May 1
  • Master schedule is constructed based on parent/guardian course requests on
  • Decisions earlier help us hire better staff for your child
the registration process
The Registration Process
  • We will contact you repeatedly in the spring via SchoolMessenger with information and reminders you need to know
  • Students receive tentative schedules at Student Orientation in August or on the first day of school if they cannot attend Orientation
factors which affect an individual student s schedule formation
Staffing (based on enrollment)

Availability of Course

Student’s Core Course Selection

Elective course requests by students


Specialty Classes


Fine Arts


Number of electives

11 unique choices in seventh grade

23 unique choices in eighth grade

Will take 4 in 7th grade

Will take 5 in 8th grade

Factors Which Affect an Individual Student’s Schedule Formation
high school information

High School Information

“Mr. McCord, why are we talking about high school?”

looking ahead to high school

Looking ahead to high school…

What is the Advanced Placement (AP) Program?

what is the advanced placement program
What is the Advanced Placement Program?
  • College level courses taught in high school
  • 27 nationwide courses in 19 subject areas (TWHS offers 26)
  • Examinations scores can lead to college credit and which validate program success
  • An opportunity for students to think, read, and write critically and analytically.
what ap courses does twhs offer
English Language

English Literature

Computer Science A

Spanish Language

Calculus AB, BC

US History


Government and Politics


Human Geography




Environmental Science

German Language

French Language

Music Theory


Art History

European History

Studio Art

Physics C, E, M

World History


Art Drawing

Art 2D

Art 3D

What AP Courses Does TWHS Offer?
why ap
Why AP?
  • Challenges students
  • Consistent teaching strategies
  • Prepares them for college
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Why AP?
  • Provides opportunities for our young people to compete post high school
  • Opportunities to earn college credit in high school (up to 45 hours)
  • Saves parents $$$$
so how well do twhs students perform on the ap tests
So How Well Do TWHS Students Perform on the APTests?

Fact:: In 2011, TWHS administered 2058 tests to 933 students

Fact: TWHS mean score was 3.60

The mean state score was 2.48

The mean national score was 2.84

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So How Well Do TWHS Students Perform on the APTests?

Fact: 82.4% of the students passed with a 3 or higher

Fact: 57% of the students passed with a 4 or higher

Fact: TWHS consistently ranks in the top schools in the world in the number of tests given

who should take preap or ap courses
Who Should Take PreAP or AP Courses?
  • The most successful AP students are willing to work hard. More than ability, whether the student (not just the parent) is willing to invest the time and energy to be successful is most important.
  • The earlier the preparation, the easier the transition.
grades in secondary schools
Grades in Secondary Schools
  • Everyone wants A’s
  • Grades in Pre-AP courses of a B or high C may very well indicate tremendous learning and hard work by the student
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Grades in Secondary Schools
  • In secondary school it takes effort to make an A.
  • It also takes effort to fail.
adventure into academics

Adventure into Academics

Core Subject Information

state required courses 7 th grade
State Required Courses – 7th grade
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Texas History
  • Physical Education
    • Can Substitute
      • Athletics
      • Cheer
      • Highland Girls
      • Private P.E.
  • Electives – 4 choices
  • Science
  • Pre-AP Science
    • Strongly encourage any student be enrolled in pre-algebra Pre-AP
      • Math Skills
    • Science Fair Project
    • Time
    • Independent
independent study science fair project
Independent Study Science Fair Project
  • Runs November through February
  • All students in Pre-AP Science will complete the Independent Study Science Fair Project
  • This is a research based endeavor
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Independent Study Science Fair Project
  • One of the best things we do
    • Protocols- 4 hours
    • Introduction- 5 hours
    • Materials and Methods- 3 hours
    • Experimenting- 10 hours
    • Final Paper- 10 hours
    • Board- 6 hours
    • Hours are just averages- can be more or less
    • Have checkpoints along the way
    • Fair is over a weekend in February at Lone Star Convention Center
pre ap science
Pre-AP Science
  • Need to make sure you understand the real rigor and expectations of the independent study science fair project prior to making the year-long commitment to Pre-AP science
texas history
Texas History
  • Texas History
  • Pre-AP Texas History
    • Strong reading comprehension and writing skills are a plus
language arts
Language Arts
  • Language Arts
  • Pre-AP Language Arts
    • Need to be self-motivated reader and writer
    • Grade differential
    • Everything starts with reading
class placement of your child in la social studies and science in c i s d
Class Placement of Your Child in LA, Social Studies, and Science in C.I.S.D.
  • Incoming seventh graders will automatically roll by default to the next appropriate grade level sequence
    • 6th grade regular history to 7th regular Texas History
    • 6th GT Language Arts to 7th Pre-AP Language Arts
    • Etc.
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Class Placement of Your Child in LA, Social Studies, and Science in C.I.S.D.
  • Sixth grade students identified as GT will be automatically rolled initially to Pre-AP in the area of their GT identification for language arts, social studies, or science
    • Indicated on form your child has brought home
    • You can move your child from Pre-AP to level classes by indicating your choice on the document
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Class Placement of Your Child in LA, Social Studies, and Science in C.I.S.D.
  • Ultimately, you can place your regular education child in any level of class you want in LA, Social Studies, or Science
    • Encourage you to closely read the C.I.S.D. Program of Studies and the McCullough supplement in order to fully understand the rigor and expectations of Pre-AP courses
    • Recommend considering taking no more than two Pre-AP courses
    • Need to understand in advance that an A in secondary Texas education is not the same as an A in elementary education
core placement sheet sent home
Core Placement Sheet Sent Home

On this sheet you choose your child’s level you want for LA, SS, and Science.

c i s d math placement
C.I.S.D. Math Placement
  • The advanced math placement procedures have been in place and articulated for several years
  • Children have been tested to be placed into advanced math since they were in fourth grade
math success factors
Math Success Factors
  • Unlike the other disciplines, hard work alone in math may not always ensure success
  • Involves math knowledge and mental math maturity
state math courses for seventh grade
State Math Courses for Seventh Grade
  • Seventh grade math
  • Pre-Algebra Pre-AP (one year ahead)
  • High School Algebra Pre-AP (high school course, two years ahead)
district math progression majority of students
District Math ProgressionMajority of Students
  • 6th Grade- Level Math
  • 7th Grade – 7th Math
  • 8th Grade - Pre-Algebra
  • 9th Grade - Algebra
  • 10th Grade - Geometry
  • 11th Grade - Algebra II
  • 12th Grade – Pre-Calculus

Student could still take Calculus if he/she doubled up somewhere along the way

district math sequence advanced 1 year some students
District Math Sequence(Advanced 1 year) Some Students
  • 6th Grade- GT Math (7th grade Math)
  • 7th Grade – Pre-Algebra Pre-AP
  • 8th Grade – Algebra Pre-AP (High School)
  • 9th Grade - Geometry
  • 10th Grade - Algebra II
  • 11th Grade - Pre-Calculus
  • 12th Grade – Calculus
district math sequence advanced 2 years very few students
District Math Sequence(Advanced 2 years) VeryFew Students
  • 7th Grade – Algebra Pre-AP (High School)
  • 8th Grade – Geometry Pre-AP (High School)
  • 9th Grade - Algebra II
  • 10th Grade – Pre-AP Pre-Calculus/AP Statistics I
  • 11th Grade – Pre-AP Pre-Calculus
  • 12th Grade – Calculus AB/BC
district math assignments for incoming seventh graders
District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh Graders
  • Students will be initially rolled to the next appropriate level of class in the progression of their math development based on the real data
  • See Course Description Guide for exact progression
upcoming district placement exams
Upcoming District Placement Exams
  • Placement Exam for entrance into Pre-Algebra Pre-AP
    • Taken February 1-11 at home intermediate campus
    • Taken by most sixth graders
  • Algebra Readiness Exam
    • Taken February 14th through February 25th at home intermediate campus
    • Taken by 6th grade GT math students if they make an 80 or higher on the District Placement Exam for entrance into Pre-Algebra Pre-AP
    • Evaluates current mastery of eighth grade math concepts
district math placement testing details
District Math Placement TestingDetails
  • District Math Placement Exams will occur in February at the home intermediate campus
  • The tests are designed to be given in February and are given only at that time
  • There is no continual retesting
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District Math Placement TestingDetailsStudents in Level Sixth Grade Level Math
  • Sixth grade students currently in regular on level (majority of students) math will take the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance in Pre-Algebra Pre-AP during the February 1-11 window if they have an 80 average for the current year in sixth grade level math.
  • This is to see if they qualify to move to Pre-Algebra Pre-AP
district math placement testing details students currently in level sixth grade level math
District Math Placement TestingDetailsStudents Currently in Level Sixth Grade Level Math
  • If a student in level sixth grade math takes the Placement Exam for entrance in to Pre-Algebra Pre-AP and qualifies to skip seventh grade math parents can still ask to have their child take seventh math
  • Many make this request so that their child does not miss key math concepts and the class
  • An 80 or higher is required on the test to accelerate and bypass seventh math
district math placement testing details students currently in sixth grade level math
District Math Placement TestingDetailsStudents Currently in Sixth Grade Level Math
  • Students are not allowed to bypass and skip two years of math instruction
  • For example, students cannot go from level sixth grade math to high school Algebra
district math placement testing details for students currently in gt advanced sixth grade math
District Math Placement TestingDetails for Students Currently in GT/Advanced Sixth Grade Math
  • Remember, students in the GT/Advanced math in sixth grade are in seventh math now and are going to Pre-Algebra Pre-AP, the next course in sequence
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District Math Placement TestingDetails for Students Currently in GT/Advanced Sixth Grade Math
  • All students who are currently enrolled in the GT/Advanced Sixth Grade Math class will take the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance into Pre-Algebra Pre-AP
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District Math Placement TestingDetails for Students Currently in GT/Advanced Sixth Grade Math
  • GT/Advanced Math students are taking the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance into Pre-Algebra Pre-APonly to see if they qualify with the needed skills to then take the Algebra Readiness Exam
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District Math Placement TestingDetails for Students Currently in GT/Advanced Sixth Grade Math
  • This window is February 14th through February 25th for qualifying students in advanced math to take the Algebra Readiness Test
  • 80 percent is required for passing on this accelerated exam
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District Math Placement TestingDetails
  • Both placement tests are designed to be administered in February based on TEKS covered during that time
  • Intermediate campuses will attempt to makeup test any student who misses on the day of testing at his/her campus in February
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District Math Placement TestingDetails
  • There is no later testing or additional retake of the tests which were designed for February administration
  • Important for students to do his/her best
  • 80 is the percentage required for passing on the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance into Pre-AlgebraPre-AP and the Algebra Readiness Test.
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District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh Graders
  • CISD students in regular sixth grade math will be initially enrolled in regular on level seventh grade math which is the next appropriate course in the math sequence.
  • Majorityof our students
  • Will receive the appropriate next level of math instruction in proper sequence necessary, as we all received, for the student to be successful in all following math courses at McCullough, the high school, and beyond
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2012-2013 District Math Placement Standards for Incoming Seventh Graders (Recap)

For a student to move from Sixth Grade Math to Pre-Algebra Pre-AP, students must meet all of the following criteria:

* 80 average in 6th grade Math

* Minimum score of 80% on the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance into Pre-AlgebraPre-AP

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2012-2013 District Math Placement Standards for Incoming Seventh Graders (Recap)

For a student to move from sixth grade Gifted and Talented/Advanced Math to Algebra 1 (HS), students must meet all of the following criteria:

* 80 average in sixth grade Gifted and

Talented/Advanced Math

* Minimum of 80% on the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance into Pre- Algebra Pre-AP

* Minimum score of 80% on the C.I.S.D. Algebra Readiness Exam

what if my child qualifies for high school algebra pre ap
What if My Child Qualifies for High School Algebra Pre-AP?
  • If your child qualifies for High School Algebra Pre-AP we will contact you via phone and/or email before placing them into this math class which is operating two years ahead of grade level
  • Student would be bypassing TEKS and math instruction presented in Pre-Algebra
  • You will need to opt your child “in” to the advanced class once they qualify
  • Otherwise, student will remain in Pre-Algebra Pre-AP
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District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh Graders
  • A C.I.S.D. sixth grade Gifted and Talented/Advanced math student who successfully passes the C.I.S.D. Placement for Pre-Algebra Pre-AP but does not pass the Algebra Readiness Test will be placed in Pre-Algebra Pre-AP
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District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh Graders
  • Students currently in Gifted and Talented/Advanced sixth grade math are completing the seventh grade junior high math course and the State of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for this level of instruction at this current time in sixth grade

What if I want my child in regular sixth grade math to bypass seventh grade math course and go from sixth grade regular math to Pre-Algebra Pre-AP in seventh grade in CISD and he/she did not demonstrate success on the placement examinations?

option i
Option I
  • Enroll and successfully complete with a grade of 85 or higher the C.I.S.D. summer school offering of Seventh Grade Math for first time takers
  • Details will be available when the summer school information packet is published in April or May
  • Must meet summer school for acceleration attendance requirements
  • The class is dependent on enough students signing up for the course to make
  • Far and away the best option if you did not qualify
option ii
Option II
  • Enroll to take the Texas Tech Credit by Exam
  • No seat time, just a one time test
  • Must notify your child’s counselor in advance you wish for your child to take this test for acceleration so that we can order the exam
  • Information is available at the district website
  • Students need to obtain a score of 90 or better on parts A and B since the Texas Tech exam is being taken for acceleration
  • There is a deadline
Advantages and Disadvantages of taking Pre-Algebra Pre-AP or High School Algebra Pre-AP in Seventh Grade
  • May allow more flexibility in choice of level of science class in high school
  • Much more rigorous
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Advantages and Disadvantages of taking Pre-AP Pre-Algebra or Pre-AP Algebra in Seventh Grade
  • First few weeks of Pre-Algebra Pre-AP are review of seventh grade math
  • Around November the accelerated course takes off with rigorous state expectations
  • It is not the same math course we took in junior high
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Advantages and Disadvantages of taking Pre-Algebra Pre-AP or Algebra Pre-AP in Seventh Grade
  • Students are generally not successful in subsequent math courses if they skip a major core building block component of math knowledge by missing the seventh grade math course
  • We all likely took seventh grade math at some point
  • This missing information, in the form of the missing course, usually manifests itself in eighth grade in High School Algebra around November 1st, and beyond
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Advantages and Disadvantages of taking Pre-AP Pre-Algebra or Pre-AP Algebra in Seventh Grade
  • In short, missing the seventh grade math course and the State of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills it covers can be like credit card debt
  • It may take awhile for the debt to accrue and the pain to hit, but sooner or later, it may occur if you miss the course
  • U.I.L. Eligibility is subject to all courses, including advanced math classes
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How Does My Child’s Math Placement affect the STAAR Exam for which he/she is responsible?
  • 7th Graders in pre-algebra pre-AP are responsible for taking the 8th grade Math STAAR examination
  • 7th graders in high school algebra are responsible for the STAAR high school end of course exams (EOCs) for that high school subject area
  • The state-required high school algebra EOC exam by law counts for 15 percent of the students total grade
high school math notes
High School Math Notes
  • Students are required to take four years of math and science in high school
  • For math, four high school courses can include high school math courses taken in junior high school
  • Three math courses must be taken on the high school campus
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Considerations for High School G.P.A.
  • If accelerating by taking high school courses in junior high, your grade point average in high school will be based on more difficult classes at TWHS
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Considerations for High School G.P.A.
  • The flip side is taking accelerated math courses in junior high will also allow you to have more opportunities in your schedule to take rigorous classes in high school which are weighted higher for G.P.A. (consider reviewing the district G.P.A. information for high school in the C.I.S.D. Program of Studies available at our website
pre ap class considerations
Pre-AP Class Considerations
  • No guarantee it will be easy
  • No guarantee your child will make an A or B
  • Not a guarantee they will pass
  • Class the parent/guardian has chosen on the deadline will be the course the student is in for the year
qualifying students for pre ap
Qualifying Students for Pre-AP
  • Can choose to opt out of some or all before May 1st deadline at 4:00 p.m.
    • May want to pick and choose among strengths and interest
    • Normal recommendation is a maximum of two Pre-AP courses
    • Email your child’s counselor to be taken out of a core Pre-AP class your for which your child may have qualified
  • Just because someone qualifies for a million dollar home does not always make it a great idea to purchase the house
  • Qualifying for four Pre-AP core classes does not necessarily make it the best of idea to take them all
student success in pre ap
Student Success in Pre-AP
  • Need to be a doer, and a thinker
  • Just as in real-life
  • Just as in the job place
considerations when choosing level of la social studies and science class
Considerations When Choosing Level of LA, Social Studies, and Science class
  • Where do you want them to be at the finish line (12th grade)
homework considerations
Homework Considerations
  • Time varies widely among students to complete assignments
    • Think about your workplace and how much range occurs for your coworkers to complete the same task
  • Effectiveness of your child’s study strategies
  • Where the student completes homework matters
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Homework Considerations
  • Despite what your child may say, research shows any type of media or technology distraction makes a difference in delaying the time for successful student homework completion
    • TV
    • iPad
    • PDA
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Homework Considerations
  • Consider projects included in each class
    • We try to limit the number of projects and 8:45 p.m. emergency trips to the craft store you must make (I have been there and done that also)
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Homework Considerations
  • How much time is it going to take for your child to complete work outside of school for him/her to achieve the grade you want them to achieve in the course
  • Consider activities outside of school
    • Dance
    • Gymnastics
    • Baseball
    • Equestrian
    • Swimming
    • Etc.
  • TEKS
  • State expectations are very different from when we were in junior high
  • The nation and world job competition is very different from when we were young
  • Much more extensive preparation required by the Texas Education Agency for students to be successful on the new STAAR exams required to be passed by students in order to advance to ninth grade
    • In your downtime it would be worthwhile to visit the T.E.A. website to see the example STAAR questions
    • You may be shocked
  • Repetitions lead to understanding
  • Relevant
  • A limited amount of homework can be finished in Advisory
  • There is homework in our regular classes, albeit considerably less than Pre-AP classes
  • Will increase greatly in high school and college
homework scenarios
Homework Scenarios
  • Scenarios we see
    • Student who gets it done
    • Students who struggle to physically get the assignment from home to the classroom but did actually do the work at some point
    • Student who obsesses and needs to know when to say when and go to bed
major homework point for junior high and beyond
Major Homework Point for Junior High and Beyond
  • Our society evaluates students, and us, on what we demonstrate that we know
    • Just like your job place
    • That is why schools still give grades and we are evaluated in the workplace
  • Turning and completing work has to be a top priority for students in junior high and into regular life, even if it is not perfect
    • As a sidenote to this, the student will do well gradewise and actually learn the material if he/she does it and turns it in
organizational skills
Organizational Skills
  • Assisting your son/daughter in developing organizational skills would be one of the best gifts you could ever give them
    • Better gift than an X Box 360, PS3, iPhone, or Dr. Dre Beats headphones
  • Planners
    • Free
    • Check nightly
    • Designed to help
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Organizational Skills
  • Leading cause of parent conferences
  • If students do not turn in their work, it is difficult to help them
  • Reward system at home is a positive
  • 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?
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High School Course Considerations for Seventh Graders
  • High School Algebra
  • Semester and final exams count 15 percent
  • EOC Exams
high school course considerations
High School Course Considerations
  • Once you enter into these classes you are on an established track
  • As a high school class, they are much more challenging
  • It is not necessary to get your student on the fast track to get all the courses in the four years at TWHS
high school course considerations in junior high
High School Course Considerations in Junior High
  • Grades achieved do not figure in high school class rank or G.P.A.
junior high course considerations
Junior High Course Considerations
  • All general ed classes, Level and Pre-AP, are college preparatory
  • Most students taking Pre-AP courses just take two at the most
  • Please make your decisions based on what is right for your child, not your friend’s child from Bunco
  • The ultimate choice on which core course you wish your child to be in lies with you, as long as it is made before the final deadline on May 1st
  • I would not advise letting grades from intermediate school be the only determining factor in my decision
physical education requirements
Physical Education Requirements
  • The State of Texas requires all students take P.E. for one year (2 semesters) in seventh grade
  • Physical education is not considered one of a seventh grade student’s four elective choices as this course is a requirement
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Physical Education Requirements
  • Athletics may substitute for P.E.
    • Athletics substitutions include:
      • Girls or Boys Basketball
      • Girls Volleyball
      • Girls or Boys Cross Country
      • Girls/Boys Football
      • Cheerleading
      • Highland Girls Drill Team


A Taste of Adventure

very important documents coming home
Very Important Documents Coming Home
  • Course Request Sheets for Elective and Core Classes
    • Coming home through students at intermediate campuses
    • Extras are at Intermediate Campuses
    • Please read the asterisks, bullets, etc.
    • Writing in pencil is a good plan
available online now at our website
Available Online Now at Our Website
  • C.I.S.D. Program of Studies
  • McCullough Supplement
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Elective Request Sheet
  • Please try to make the sheet as accurate as possible
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Elective Request Sheet
  • Have until the May 1st deadline to change
  • Accuracy early would really help us out
    • Recruiting teachers
    • Job fairs
    • Etc
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Elective Course Request Sheet
  • Student needs to request four electives in seventh grade
    • Two electives in the fall
    • Two potentially different electives in the spring
    • All available seventh grade options as electives are listed on the Elective Course Request Sheet
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Elective Course Request Sheet
  • Two semester courses occupy two blanks
  • Fine Arts classes (Band, Choir, or Orchestra) should be listed first if taken and should not be listed as an alternate selection as they are a serious commitment which last all year
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Elective Course Request Sheet
  • Need to choose a P.E class (two semesters required in seventh grade)
    • Choose initially on Elective Course Request Sheet either P.E., Football, or Cross Country
    • Other athletic endeavors which have tryouts would replace the P.E. selection should the student make the squad
      • Classes will change from initial August schedule for most students if they are moved into an Athletics class
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Elective Course Request SheetPrivate P.E.
  • Private P.E. will be an option around mid-April when the district publishes the 2012-2013 list of approved Private P.E facilities
  • Students who want to take Private P.E. can indicate their choice on the sheet
    • They will not be in Private P.E. until they have successfully completed and turned in all required forms with signatures prior to the May 1st deadline.
  • Private P.E Application forms for students will then, in mid-April, be online at our district website
  • We will link to the Private P.E. list of facilities and the application form at the front page of our website
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The Elective Course Registration Process
  • Our administration and counselors will sit down individually at the intermediate campuses with each incoming seventh grade student to discuss his/her elective requests
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The Elective Course Registration Process
  • We will review the Elective Request Sheet with the child for accuracy
  • Answer any questions the student may have
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The Elective Course Registration Process
  • The request will be entered into our computer system with the student at each intermediate campus
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McCullough Informational Meetings with Students
  • Wilkerson January 19
  • Mitchell January 23
  • Deretchin January 31
  • Coulson Tough February 1
  • All dates are tentative
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The Elective Course Registration Entry Process with Students
  • Wilkerson February 21
  • Deretchin February 22
  • Coulson Tough February 23
  • Mitchell February 24
  • All dates tentative

We will be on these campuses on the dates listed above to meet with students. If a student is absent, we will enter his/her requests based on sheets turned in to his/her intermediate teacher.

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Information Coming Home Later in the spring
  • Please check the request sheet very closely to confirm these are the elective and core courses (LA, Math, and Social Studies) you want to request for your child next year
  • This sheet will also indicate core courses which your child has been initially placed in based on testing
elective choices 7 th grade
Art I

Band (counts as 2 choices)

Exploring Career Connections

Career Portals: Computer Applications

Career Portals: Human Services

Career Portals: Technology

Choir (counts as 2 choices)

Exploring Languages

Orchestra (counts as 2 choices)

Teen Leadership

Theater Arts

Elective Choices (7th Grade)
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High School Elective Choices Available in Eighth Grade for CISD
  • High School Health
  • High School Communications
  • High School Spanish I (taught over two semesters in eighth grade)
  • High School Spanish II for Native Speakers (must qualify)
  • Plus all the electives listed on the previous slide
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Private P.E.
  • The facility you wish for your child to attend must be an approved facility for 2012-2013
    • If your facility is not on the list, I encourage you to contact the facility and have them to properly apply in a timely fashion before the district deadlines
    • The facility must apply for membership
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Private P.E.
  • Individual Olympic event preparations only
    • Team sports, such as baseball, are not a part of Private P.E. 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 by 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 prior to requesting Private P.E. for your child
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Private P.E.
  • Approved students can change a facility only at semester
  • Make sure you will like your facility and instructor for the long haul prior to submitting the application
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Private P.E.
  • Students who are not picked up daily at the designated time (2:50 p.m.) will be removed and placed into a physical education class
  • Students will be in a fourth period class on campus from 2:26 p.m. until 2:50 p.m.
  • The Texas Education Agency allows us to dismiss approved Private P.E. students one hour early each day (2:50 p.m)
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Private P.E.
  • Does not work with sports which have an athletic period such as cross country, volleyball, basketball, drill team, cheerleading, and football
    • A student cannot have two physical education and/or athletic periods in the school day in Texas
  • Students in Private P.E. can participate in school sports which are a club activity such as golf, tennis, track, and soccer.
  • 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.
  • If choosing this option, parents/guardians must be flexible on the pickup 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.
  • Grade forms are available in the Counseling Center and at our website
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Private P.E.
  • A seventh grade student in Private P.E. will still receive two elective choices (one class per semester)
  • The aspiring Private P.E. student should still make all of his/her elective requests
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Level 2 Private P.E.
  • Level 2 Private P.E. is for students who attend five hours or more weekly of physical education activity at an approved facility.
  • These students do not leave early each day.
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Level 2 Private P.E.
  • 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 for the extra classes to be accommodated in the student schedule in lieu of them being in the physical education classroom.
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Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • All seventh grade students will take four electives
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Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • Example A: Student takes Choir (2 choices), Careers, and Exploring Technology = 4 classes
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Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • Example B: Student takes Choir (2 choices) and Band (2 choices) = 4 classes
  • Yes, you can take two fine arts classes
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Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • Example C: Student takes Athletics (does not count since it replaces P.E.), Exploring Technology, Careers, Exploring Computer Applications, and Exploring Languages = 4 classes
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Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • Example D: Student takes Athletics (replaces P.E.), Band (2 classes), Teen Leadership, and Exploring Computer Applications
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Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • Example E: Student takes Athletics , Band (2 choices), and Orchestra (2 choices)
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Elective Requests
  • Please note that during the spring you will receive information on elective choices for your child
  • Please note that these sheets will indicate your child’s request, not an assignment to that class
  • Eighth grade student requests will be filled first
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Elective Requests
  • Students will include regular and alternate requests
  • It is possible a student may receive an elective in seventh grade he/she did not request to complete his/her schedule
  • By the time a student completes eighth grade at McCullough, it is highly likely your student will have been enrolled in any particular elective class he/she would like to take
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The Schedule(No fine arts or athletics)

P.E. is included in schedule, not counting as an elective choice since a full year is required in seventh grade.

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The Schedule(Athletic Schedule)

Athletics simply replaces required P.E.

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The Schedule(Band, Choir, or Orchestra)

Please note Fine Arts electives last all year, and thus count as two selections each.

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The Schedule(Student taking Choir and Orch)

Many students take more than one fine arts course and they are encouraged to do so.

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The Schedule(Student in Athletics and Band)

Many students have this schedule. There are very few conflicts, and we work hard to resolve them when they do occur. If a student is unsure about which activity to participate in during high school, I encourage doing both.

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Fine Arts and Athletics
  • Can be involved in both
  • Many are involved in a fine art and athletics
  • Many are involved in two fine arts
  • Encourage you to do more than one
  • Very few, if any conflicts
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Fine Arts and Athletics
  • Fall under the C.I.S.D. secondary code of conduct
  • Expectations are greater of the students as they represent the organization
    • Be wise about allowing your child to use Facebook or PDAs but especially if they represent an organization
  • Understand in advance that classroom teachers will visit with sponsors/coaches regarding encouragement, concerns, and ways to help the child
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State Eligibility for Participation in Fine Arts, Athletics, and Organizations
  • No classes are exempt in junior high from U.I.L. Eligibility
  • Pre-AP and high school courses all count for eligibility to participate
    • Consider this when choosing your child’s schedule
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Fine Arts and Athletics
  • Learn invaluable life lessons which are difficult to teach anywhere else
  • Not about the sport
    • About the:
      • Teamwork
      • Fellowship
      • Friends
      • Stories you embellish twenty years later
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Signing up for Band, Choir, or Orchestra
  • Unlike other electives, if you sign up for a muscial fine art elective you are automatically enrolled
  • Tryouts are held for placement which then determines your exact class period
    • Schedule would be built around this time block
    • Placements announced on schedule in August
    • Occupies two slots on request sheet as it runs all year
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Signing up for Band, Choir, or Orchestra
  • Encouraged to do multiple musical fine arts if you are interested
  • Step up in commitment from intermediate campus
  • Prepares students for participation in these activities at TWHS
  • Beginner
  • Concert III
  • Concert II
  • Concert I
  • Symphonic
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Commitment for the year
percussion class
Percussion Class
  • Year long class on percussion skills
  • Course is for advanced percussionists who will have Percussion Class only the first semester and band the second semester
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Percussion Class
  • Prerequisite- Students must have played and participated school percussion at their intermediate campus
  • Class is exploding (figuratively)- kids like to bang on things and get school credit for it!
  • May practice before or after school
  • Big step up from the opportunity and responsibility aspects from elementary band programs
  • Sectionals
  • Competitions
  • Honor Band
  • Football games
    • McCullough
    • High School events
  • Concerts
  • Pep Rallies
  • Spring contests
  • Over 400 students
for more information on band contact
For more information on band contact
  • Susan Meyer Patterson
  • sbmeyer@conroeisd.net
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For more information on band contact
  • Ms. Liebst
  • pliebst@conroeisd.net
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For more information on band contact
  • Ms. Maher
  • amaher@conroeisd.net
  • 236 students are in band and a combination of:
    • Athletics
    • Choir
    • Theatre
    • Drill Team
    • Other
  • All students can participate in orchestra
  • Five orchestras including Beginner, Philharmonic, Symphony, Concert, and Chamber
  • Concert and Chamber orchestras have before and/or after school practices
  • Need to purchase tuxedo shirts
  • Commitment for the year
for more information on orchestra contact
For more information on Orchestra contact
  • Michelle Reinhardt
    • mreinhardt@conroeisd.net
  • Most, but not all, practices are during the school day
  • Some specialized activities such as region choir and preparation for solo contests occur before or after school
  • All students can participate in choir
  • Performs 4-5 concerts a year
  • Good musical fine art to double with another Fine Art or Athletics as choir has far less outside of the regular school day requirements
  • Purchase of a uniform is required
  • Girls have Treble, Concert, Advanced Girls, Acappella, and Chamber Choirs
  • Boys have the Boys Choir
  • Mixed Choir
    • Composed of Boys and Mixed Choirs
  • Students can audition for Solo and Ensemble Contests, Region Choir, and the spring Pop Concert
  • Commitment for the year
for more information on choir contact
For more information on choir contact
  • Keith Brumfield
    • kbrumfield@conroeisd.net
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For more information on choir contact
  • Connie Horton
  • chorton@conroeisd.net
fine arts commitment
Fine Arts Commitment
  • Band, choir, and orchestra commitments in junior high far exceed the workings of elementary school organizations in these areas
  • Make sure everyone is aware of what is expected for the year in band, choir, or orchestra before signing up on May 1st
  • The commitment made for these organizations is firm for the entire 2012-2013 school year
    • Websites gives give a good indication of expectations
    • A student who request these courses for 2012-2013 will have his/her schedule built around this course
  • Meets during the school day
  • Replaces P.E. credit
  • Practice does also occur after school
  • Not an elective class (do not sign up on sheet)
  • Purchase of clothing
  • Tryout process
  • Need to be completelycommitted to the McCullough team if you plan to tryout
  • This programs entails a large commitment of time outside of school during the spring of this year, summer, and the regular school year
  • Video located at a booth during Elective Information night will give you an idea of what athletic skills are involved in cheerleading.
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Cheerleader Spring Tryout InformationTentative Dates
  • February 6- Tryout Info Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. in the Bock Auditorium (packets will be available for pick up at the meeting only)
  • February 21 - Packets due to McCullough office by 4:00 p.m.
  • March 6 - Tryout Clinic begins 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
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Cheerleader Spring Tryout Information
  • March 9- Tryouts approximately @ 4:30 p.m.
  • March 10 - Results posted
  • March TBA - New member info meeting @ 6:00 p.m. in the Commons LGI
  • All dates and times are subject to change.
cheerleader responsibilities
Cheerleader Responsibilities
  • Summer Camp
  • Spring Practice after tryouts
  • After school practices during the year
  • Student Orientation
  • Competitions
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Cheerleader Responsibilities
  • Commitment to the team and your teammates
  • Cheer
    • Games
    • Pep Rallies
    • Parades
    • Open Houses
    • Others as needed
for more information on cheerleading contact
For more information on cheerleading contact
  • Shelly Newitt
  • snewitt@conroeisd.net
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For more information on cheerleading contact
  • Lindsay Nichols
    • lnichols@conroeisd.net
color guard
Color Guard
  • Preparation for TWHS Color Guard and Winter Guard
  • Most practices are inside
  • Occasionally practices are outside
  • Tryouts- try to keep everyone
  • Competitive
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Color Guard
  • Limited practices through the end of football season
  • Ramp up practices beginning in December for performance season in January
  • Performance season is from January until April
  • May perform live toward the end of basketball season
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Color Guard
  • Sponsor Kellie Martin
  • kmmartin@conroeisd.net
highland girls
Highland Girls
  • Requires significant time before and after school
  • Practice times are subject to change
  • Contests are on weekends
  • Meets as a class during the school day and practices also outside of the regular day
  • Do not sign up for on elective request sheet
  • Receive P.E. credit
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Highland Girls
  • Runs all year
  • Practice times do vary
  • Serious dance troop
  • Preparation for TWHS Highsteppers
  • Discipline
    • Need to be able to take direction and enjoy being part of a team
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Highland Girls
  • Highland Girl Spring Tryout Information tentative dates:
  • 3/20 - Tryout information meeting
  • 4/2- Tryout clinic begins
  • 4/14 - Team tryouts
  • 4/15 - Results posted
  • All dates and times are subject to change.
highland girl commitments include
Highland Girl Commitments Include
  • Practice
  • Performances
  • Parades
  • Football Games
  • Playoff Games
  • Basketball Games
  • Pep Rallies
  • Competitions
for more information on highland girls contact
For more information on Highland Girls contact
  • Ms. Talley
  • ctalley@conroeisd.net
schoolwork responsibilities
Schoolwork Responsibilities
  • All fine arts students, athletes, and any other student involved in a school organization is responsible for schoolwork, homework, and tests the day after an event
7 th grade athletics
7th Grade Athletics
  • Birth Certificate
  • Commitment for the year
  • Replaces P.E.
elective night presentations on athletics in the bock auditorium february 7th
Elective Night Presentations On Athletics in the Bock Auditorium February 7th
  • Girls’ Presentation 6:00 p.m.
  • Boys’ Presentation 6:35 p.m.
  • Please give us an opportunity to have the girls’ parents/guardians exit before boys’ parents enter
  • Competitive interschool UIL State of Texas competition
  • Play to win
  • Has been very successful
  • Has to be dated after April 15, 2012 or later to be good for next year
  • Please note that doctors do not have many slots open in the summer for physicals
what sports can i play
What Sports Can I Play
  • Fall Sports
    • Girls Cross Country
    • Boys Cross Country
    • Boys/Girls Football
    • Volleyball
  • Winter Sports
    • Girls Basketball
    • Boys Basketball
  • Early spring
    • Boys Club Track
    • Girls Club Track
  • Late spring
    • Club Soccer
    • Club Tennis
    • Club Golf

One season of sports ends before the next groups of seasons begins

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What Sports Can I Play
  • Fall Sports
    • Girls Cross Country
    • Boys Cross Country
    • Boys/Girls Football
    • Volleyball
  • Winter Sports
    • Girls Basketball
    • Boys Basketball
  • Early spring
    • Boys Club Track
    • Girls Club Track
  • Late spring
    • Club Soccer
    • Club Tennis
    • Club Golf

For example:

Most athletes who play basketball also play volleyball, cross country, or football

cross country
Cross Country
  • Season is in the fall
  • Student remains in cross country throughout the year
  • Most meets (6) are on Friday evening
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Cross Country
  • P.E. Substitute
  • Sign up for class on elective request sheet
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Cross Country
  • Serious running and commitment is required
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Cross Country
  • Runs in the Houston heat and humidity from the second day of school
  • Summer preparation is critical so that the athlete is acclimatized to the Houston weather on August 28th
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Cross Country
  • Athletes normally run 15-30 miles a week with the class
  • These athletes usually run more outside of the school day on their own
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Cross Country
  • Competitive
  • 300 plus students
what if i am not positive my child should run cross country
What if I Am Not Positive My Child Should Run Cross Country
  • If your student is not positivehe/she wants to make the year long commitment to this endeavor, have him/her sign up for regular physical education and he/she can run before or after school with the team
  • The student would need to make an arrangement with the cross country coaches and run before or after school with the team
    • This student could later choose to run cross country in eighth grade if he/she chooses
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Cross Country
  • It is critical that the student, and not just mom/dad/guardian, wants to take on this endeavor
coach collins
Coach Collins

Girls Cross Country

Contact at kcollins@conroeisd.net

coach cantu
Coach Cantu

Boys Cross Country

Contact at ecantu@conroeisd.net

cross country class
Cross Country Class
  • Will remain in the cross country class once the competitive season is over
  • Year-long commitment
  • Replaces P.E. credit
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Cross Country
  • Required that students participate and dress out on a daily basis
  • Would not join just because your friend is in the class
  • Be sure this is what your child wants to do before you make this selection which is a commitment for the school year
cross country frequently asked questions answered
Cross Country Frequently Asked Questions Answered
  • A student running cross country needs to be able to run one mile in less than 10 minutes
    • Meets start races approximately every 20 minutes due to a limited amount of daylight
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Cross Country Frequently Asked Questions Answered
  • For perspective, the winning boys time is generally around 11 minutes for two miles and the girls slightly under 12 minutes for two miles
  • Students optimally need to train rigorously in the summer and become acclimatized to the heat and humidity prior to school beginning
  • Tryouts are the first week of school
  • If students make the team, their schedule will change
  • Meets as an athletics class during the school day
  • Must attend all three days of tryouts
  • After volleyball is over, athletes will remain in the volleyball class where they will continue to work on skills, condition, and lift weights
  • Students wishing to play volleyball should initially sign up for physical education
girls and boys offseason basketball
Girls and Boys Offseason Basketball
  • Will replace physical education and students will be in athletics throughout the school year if they make the offseason class
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Girls and Boys Offseason Basketball
  • Tryouts are during the school day for the off-season basketball class.
  • A student who does not make the offseason basketball class will be in a physical education class which occurs at the same time.
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Girls and Boys Offseason Basketball
  • Students will tryout for the basketball “team” in November at the conclusion of the volleyball/football seasons.
  • Students can tryout for the basketball team whether they made the basketball offseason class or not.
girls and boys basketball teams
Girls and Boys Basketball Teams
  • Commitment for the year
  • Student will go through offseason at the conclusion of basketball competition season
  • Equipment handed out in August
  • If a student cannot attend on this date, he/she will receive equipment the first week of school
  • Hard Work
  • Houston hot and humid
  • Almost a quarter of campus population plays football
  • August
  • Boy/Girl needs to want to play, not just the parent/guardian
  • Sign up for yearlong commitment on elective request sheet
    • Replaces P.E.
  • Doors open for athletes at 6:30 a.m. in the morning
  • Athletes must be dressed and on the field at 7:00 a.m.
  • Practice starts the second day of school
  • Once games have begun, students normally do not come in early on Mondays (day of most games) and Tuesdays (morning after most games)
  • This year 505 football players
  • A lot of work, especially the firsttwo weeks of school
  • Becomes much easier for everyone once the games begin and athletes come in early only three days a week
  • Need to remind your child of this once practices begin in August
  • Child and parent need to understand this in advance
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Fall Athletic Class Morning Car Line Drop Off (6:30-7:00)
  • Please understand in advance that there will be days in the fall when drop off is occurring simultaneously for volleyball, football, and Highland Girls.
  • On these days traffic will be much heavier.
  • Please be patient, stay in the car line, pull up as far as possible, do not ask your student to walk across traffic, and refrain from using your phone in the lot during this time.
club sports
Club Sports
  • Fun opportunities we provide
  • Do not replace physical education credit
  • These activities supplement other organizations of which your child may be involved
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Club Sports
  • Students who chose to be in Private P.E. can participate in these sports
  • Please do not plan your child’s entire year around these club sports as they have brief seasons
boys and girls club track
Boys and Girls Club Track
  • Begins in January
  • Club sport
  • Everyone makes the team
  • Tryouts occur within the team each week for the opportunity to participate in the meets
  • Practice
    • Boys- morning
    • Girls- afternoon
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Boys and Girls Club Track
  • No tryouts
  • Try to take as many to meets as we can
  • We are limited by rules on how many athletes we can take to each meet
  • Student does not need to be in athletics class to participate in track and field
  • Practice does not occur during an athletics class
boys and girls club golf
Boys and Girls Club Golf
  • Spring sport
  • Tryouts
  • No formal team practice
  • For more information contact Coach Lilley at jlilley@conroeisd.net
boys and girls club tennis
Boys and Girls Club Tennis
  • Spring sport
  • Tryouts
  • Meets before and after school
  • Play home matches at McCullough and Creekwood Park
  • For more information contact Coach Wildman at rwildman@conroeisd.net
boys and girls club soccer
Boys and Girls Club Soccer
  • Club sport after track
  • Most soccer players participate in track and field
  • Complete information is available at our website
  • Coach Texidor- Boys
  • Coach McGuire - Girls
general questions regarding athletics
General Questions Regarding Athletics
  • Please contact Lance Skinner
    • Girls’ and Boys Athletic Coordinator
    • cskinner@conroeisd.net