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CROSSROADS MIDDLE SCHOOL SIXTH GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION. Welcome to Crossroads!. Crossroads Middle School 2014-2015. Special Ed. Supervisor. Crossroads North. SHARED STAFF. Crossroads South. Math/Science Supervisor. Principal Daniels. Principal Famous.

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Crossroads Middle School 2014-2015

Special Ed.

Supervisor

Crossroads North

SHARED STAFF

Crossroads South

Math/Science

Supervisor

Principal Daniels

PrincipalFamous

Assistant Principal for 7th/8th Grade Bynoe

Assistant Principal for 7th/8th Grade Hinson

Music

Supervisor

6th Grade Units

6th Grade Units

Encore

Supervisor

Comets Unit

Neptune Unit

Polaris Unit

Apollo

Unit

Aurora

Unit

Phoenix

Unit

L.A. / S.S.

Supervisor

7th/8th Grade Units

7th/8th Grade Units

World Lang.

Supervisor

Kappa

Unit

Rho

Unit

Sigma

Unit

Alpha

Unit

Beta

Unit

Chi

Unit

Health/P.E.

Supervisor

Delta

Unit

Gamma

Unit

Omega

Unit

Technology

Coordinator

Tau

Unit

Theta

Unit

Zeta

Unit

Assistant Principal for 6th Grade

Kmiec

Extra Curricular / Athletics

Dean

S.P.S.

Counselors

C.S.T.

Dean

S.P.S.

Counselors

C.S.T.

Club 678

Fehte

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CROSSROADS MIDDLE SCHOOL STRUCTUREThree6th Grade Units

  • Approximately 125 students per unit
  • Unit Names
  • NORTH: Comets, Neptune, Polaris
  • SOUTH: Apollo, Aurora, Phoenix
  • CORE UNIT SUBJECTS
  • LANGUAGE ARTS
  • Literature
  • Writing
  • MATH
  • SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL STUDIES

Units:

5 Core Subjects

Changing Classes and Teachers

sixth grade language arts
Sixth Grade Language Arts

Literature Studies:

Core Novels (Crash; Of Beetles and Angels; Jackaroo;

Flush; Gathering Blue)

Non-Fiction / Informational Text

  • USE OF EVIDENCE FROM TEXT TO SUPPORT

IDEAS

  • CLOSE READING OF COMPLEX TEXT

Literature Circles

Independent Reading (P.A.T.T.E.R.N.S.)

Read-Aloud

Short Stories

Mythology

Poetry

summer reading
Summer Reading
  • Summer Reading List and Assignment: sent home by elementary school and posted on the Crossroads website at www.sbschools.org.
  • Summer Reading Challenge:
    • http://www.scholastic.com/summer/
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INDEPENDENT READING PROGRAM: PATTERNSParents And Teachers Together, Encouraging the Reading of Nonfiction and NovelSNOVELIST Database found in EBSCOhttp://search.ebscohost.comNorth user name: S9769288 password: passwordSouthuser name: crossroads password: vikings

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Writing / Composition Studies:

    • Writing Process and On-Demand
    • Compose in all Genres:
    • Expressive / Narrative, Argumentative / Persuasive, Informational / Expository, Poetry
    • USE OF EVIDENCE FROM TEXT TO SUPPORT IDEAS
    • Conventions of Language and Author’s Craft, using
    • mentor texts and applications of compositional
    • risk.
    • Word Study
    • Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Spelling
    • * Language Arts Instructional Support for selected students
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Sixth Grade Social Studies:

  • World History & Ancient
  • Civilizations to 1600
    • Era 1: India, China, Greece, Rome
    • Era 2: Byzantine/Muslim, Africa, China/Japan, Middle Ages, The Americas
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Sixth GradeLanguage Arts and Social Studies Assessments

Social Studies

  • Era Pre- and Post-Tests
  • Essay, comprehension, and project-based

assessments

  • Research

Language Arts

  • PARCC (spring)
  • Essay, comprehension, and project-based

assessments

  • Grammar Pre and Post Assessments
  • Word Study Assessments (end of trimester)
  • Research
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6th Grade Mathematics
  • Common Core Mathematics Standards:
      • Ratios and Proportional Relationships
      • The Number System
      • Expressions and Equations
      • Geometry
      • Statistics and Probability
  • 6th Grade math courses:
      • Unit Mathematics
      • Transitions Mathematics
  • Math placements are based on the following data:
      • Math Matrix
      • End of 5th Grade Test/5th Grade accelerated final
      • 6th Grade Placement Test

The NJASK Test – Both Math and Language Arts

* Math Instructional Support for selected students

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6th Grade Science Program

  • Students follow the NJCCCS for science
    • Scientific Practices
    • Physical Science
    • Life Science
    • Earth Science
  • Four Major Units over the course of the year:
    • Geology
    • Astronomy
    • Phylogenetics
    • Systems
    • Enrichment opportunities:
    • 6th Grade Science Fair
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Beyond the Core

  • World Language - Spanish, French, or Latin
  • Encore Classes – Art Integration, Music Integration, Health, Digital Tools 1
  • Physical Education - Team Sports, Individual Sports, and Lifelong Activities
  • Common Time – School-wide one day per week, chorus and access to teacher support
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Interscholastic Athletics-

Sports Program open to 7/8 Grade Students

  • Extracurricular Activities –

Club Program open to All Grade Levels

All clubs and activities are pay-to-participate using CommunityPass

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Crossroads Music Program

Instruction in all of our MUSICAL PERFORMING GROUPS is aligned with the 2009 NJCCCS

All of our choirs, orchestras, and bands are comprised of students from all three grades.

All groups that rehearse before or after school are subject to a $75.00 Pay-to-Participate fee.

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Vocal Performing Groups

  • Treble Choir rehearses during Common Time
  • Concert Choir rehearses during Common Time
  • Vocal Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble, and Hand Bell Choir rehearses beyond the school day.
  • NOTE: Vocal Ensemble is an auditioned group. Interested students will be screened by the instructor.

Each of these groups is a graded class. Your child's participation in evening concerts is required.

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Instrumental Music Groups Concert OrchestraSymphonic Orchestra Concert BandSymphonic BandJazz BandJazz EnsembleStudents are placed in a group based on a screening and/or teacher recommendation.All groups that rehearse before or after school are subject to a $75.00 Pay-to-Participate fee.Each of these groups is a graded class. Your child's participation in evening concerts is required.

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General Information

Homework

  • 45-90 minutes as a nightly expectation.
  • Agendas

After School Program

  • Club 6/7/8 – Community Education

Reporting System

  • ElectronicMid-trimester Progress Reports
  • Report Cards/Year (3)
  • Letter Grade System
  • Parent Connect Online Grade Book – Early August

SPS (Student Personnel Services)

  • Health Office, Counselors
  • Child Study Team
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General Information

Communications

  • Friday Folder & Friday E-Mail
  • Daily Announcements (AM/PM)
  • Daily Bulletin in PowerSchool
  • Parent Conferences Fall – Spring
  • Joint PTO (North and South)
  • School Website

Lockers

  • Hallway/Gym

Lunch 30 Minutes; Middle School Menu; ID Card

Arrival & Dismissal

  • 8:10 (N) or 8:15 (S) Homeroom Bell
  • 3:05 (N) or 3:10 (S) Dismissal Bell
  • 5:15 Late Bus (Monday - Friday)
health concerns
Health Concerns
  • Required Immunizations for 6th Graders
  • Special Health Concerns
  • Medication Policy
  • Absences and Gym Notes
  • Helping Your Child Make Good Nutritional Choices in Middle School
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STUDENT PLACEMENT

Placement into Units Based on Criteria

  • Balance in Numbers
  • Heterogeneous Grouping
  • Gender Balance
  • Learning/Teaching Styles
  • Assessment Information
  • Parent Requests - Additional information about your child, learning

style, connections with other students or conflicts

  • Send via e-mail to the building principal on or before June 30, 2014

Summer Communication

  • End of June with Report Card – Math Placement
  • Late August: parents will receive unit via Family Connect
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CLOSING THOUGHTS...
  • CODE OF CONDUCT
  • SCHOOL CLOTHES
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES
  • CELL PHONES
  • ELECTRONIC DEVICES
  • SNACKS