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Back to School Night. AACA Middle School September 14, 2011. Middle School Faculty. Katie Key kkey@alphonsuscademy.org - 6 th HR, Math Katie Mott kmott@alphonsusacademy.org - ELA Susan Merten smerten@alphonsusacademy.org - Science

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back to school night

Back to School Night

AACA Middle School

September 14, 2011

middle school faculty
Middle School Faculty
  • Katie Key kkey@alphonsuscademy.org - 6th HR, Math
  • Katie Mott kmott@alphonsusacademy.org - ELA
  • Susan Mertensmerten@alphonsusacademy.org - Science
  • Chris Petersen cpetersen@alphonsusacademy.org - 7/8th HR, SS
  • Lisa Heroldlherold@alphonsusacdemy.org - Spanish
  • Elizabeth Pridgenepridgen@alphonsuscademy.org - SST
  • Scott Conklin sconklin@alphonsuscademy.org - Counselor
  • Cathy Brennan cbrennan@alphonsuscademy.org - HS Specialist
block schedule
Block Schedule
  • More time to complete activities and labs from start to finish
  • Increased time to dive deeper into content for longer periods of time
  • Core academics in the AM
am procedure
AM Procedure
  • Unpack personal belongings at your locker.
  • Gather books and binder for Period 1 and go to homeroom.
  • Get computer case in homeroom and get computer in Room 305.
  • Return to homeroom and complete bellwork or silent reading until bell rings at 8:00 AM.
  • Prayer and attendance 8:00-8:05 AM.
  • Period 1 begins at 8:05 AM.
reasons why you don t want to be tardy
Reasons Why You Don’t Want To Be Tardy . . .
  • Loss of computer privileges for the day
    • Must have computer prior to 8:00 AM bell.
  • Rushed start to the morning
    • Student discombobulated!
  • Missing important instructional time
    • Disrupting student learning in progress AND impact of block schedule
pm procedure
PM Procedure
  • Write down HW in assignment notebook in your homeroom.
  • Teacher signs assignment notebook. **
  • Put computer back in Room 305 and computer case back in homeroom.
  • Pack up personal belongings at your locker.
  • Bring backpack back to homeroom.
  • Wait quietly for prayer and dismissal.
middle school wiki
Middle School Wiki
  • You and your child’s best friend 
  • Alphonsuswiki.wikispaces.com
homework expectations
Homework Expectations
  • Homework is written down each day and posted DAILY by teachers on the middle school wiki.
  • Assignments are expected to be completed prior to the beginning of class periods.
  • Students will not be allowed to go back to their locker to search for homework or books – EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING!
  • Missing or incomplete assignments will be communicated to parents via FYIs.
  • If a student receives 3 homework FYIs, a parent conference will be held to develop a plan of action to best support the student’s needs.
mssr changes
MSSR Changes
  • Middle School Skills & Readiness
  • Problem Based Learning (PBL)
    • Authentic, life based problems where students create and collaborate to find solutions
    • Teachers provide structure and support
    • Projects rotate quarterly
    • Cross-curricular
  • Quarter MSSR Missions
  • 6th grade – Executive Function/Digital Storytelling
  • 7th grade – Project Gnilletyrots (Backwards storytelling)
  • 8th grade – Cycle Back (recycling initiative for AACA)
goals recognition
Goals Recognition
  • Helping students set goals and develop a growth mindset
    • Fostering mentality that mistakes are okay as long as you learn from them and work towards improvement
  • Identifying individualized areas for improvement
  • Developing plans for articulating and monitoring goals, including how to track and measure progress
  • Reflection conferences with teachers
  • Recognition of progress quarterly
student led conferences
Student Led Conferences
  • First Quarter Conferences – Nov 10-11
  • Third Quarter Conferences – Mar 14-15
  • Notification via email 3 weeks prior for sign-ups
  • Student Led Conferences
    • Student prep during class time
    • Parent questionnaire sent home and returned
    • Students lead teachers and parents in discussion of digital portfolios, goals, and their learning thus far
ms social events
MS Social Events
  • Bowling at Diversey Rock & Bowl – Nov 3 4-6pm
  • Halloween Party – Oct 31, PM (school)
  • Loyola Basketball Game – Dec TBD
  • Christmas Brunch – Dec 21 (in school)
  • Valentine’s Day Party – Feb 14 PM (in school)
  • Dave & Busters Night – Mar 9 @ 5pm
  • Third Annual Deanery Dance – Apr 27 6-9pm