Highlight criteria that was used in course recommendations
These grades go on the transcript therefore impacting their high school GPA and ultimately their class ranking
Highlight that students have the ability to take 8 different exploratory classes each year (unless taking a daily or year long course)
Review the impact of each schedule-daily elective, year long elective, etc.
SPERRENG MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM NIGHT8th Grade Thursday, January 24, 2013
Goals Understand the components of the 8th grade schedule Highlight features of the middle school program Discuss specific course offerings with department representatives
Understanding 8th Grade CoursesCoreChallengeElectiveHigh School CreditSpecialized
Core Classes Mandatory courses in which all students must participate to meet state standards English Language Arts (ELA) Mathematics Science Social Studies Health and Fitness
Challenge Classes Core courses offering advanced learners* an opportunity to explore greater depths of content knowledge and critical thinking skills English Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies Challenge Appeal Form*Challenge criteria-Advanced MAP score, reading on grade level or higher,demonstrate high achievement in content area, successful completion of mathpre-requisite course
Elective ClassesCourses offering opportunity to pursue special interests,aptitudes, and abilitiesYear-long Daily Semester-long Alternating Day Band Art Digital Literacy Orchestra Drama Choir General Music Modern Language Keyboarding German Family and Consumer Sciences French Technology Education Spanish
8th Grade Modern Language Students will continue to develop language comprehension skills. They will learn more complex grammatical structures and learn to read, speak, and write more in the target language. Students will be assessed with high school level materials. Students need to be self-motivated in order to be successful in this class.Continue with the same language as in 7th gradeAcademic Elective classEvery day for a yearSecond half of Level IFinal Exam in MayEarn High School Credit* *upon successful completion of the program
High School Credit Classes One unit of credit towards high school graduation will be applied to the student’s transcript for successful completion of the following courses: Modern Languages Students must have successfully completed 7th grade course Suggested for students who may wish to participate in AP/IB programs and 2 years of ML is required by most college programs Algebra Students must have successfully completed Pre-algebra Geometry Students must have successfully completed Algebra
Specialized Classes Intervention Classes-course offerings designed to provide supplemental small group instruction for students who may have gaps in understanding of essential reading or mathematic skills IEP/Resource Classes-course offerings designed to meet student learning needs as indicated in the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) LEAP-course offering designed for gifted students providing enrichment, extension, and curriculum explorations
8th Grade Schedule Considerations 7 period day = 5 core + 2 electives All 8th grade students participate in 5 core courses Students have 2 periods in which to participate in elective and intervention courses Elective and intervention courses vary from semester-long to year-long and daily to alternating day
The 8th Grade Schedule SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 21. English Language Arts 1. English Language Arts2. Mathematics 2. Mathematics3. Science 3. Science4. Social Studies 4. Social Studies5. Health and Fitness 5. Health and Fitness6. A Day Elective 6. A Day Elective B Day Elective B Day Elective7. A Day Elective 7. A Day Elective B Day Elective B Day Elective
Sample 8th Grade Schedules Band and Modern Language Intervention1. English Language Arts 1. English Language Arts2. Mathematics 2. Mathematics3. Science 3. Science4. Social Studies 4. Social Studies5. Health and Fitness 5. Health and Fitness6. Band 6. A-Reading/B-Tech Ed. (Semester 1)7. French A-Reading/B-Drama (Semester 2) 7. A-Dig. Lit./B-Art (Semester 1) A-Keyboard/B-Music (Semester 2)
Next StepsTeachers- Complete course recommendations for each student based upon multiple data sourcesCounselors- Present course offerings to students in team meetingsStudents & Parents- Visit with teachers and make elective course selections and return recommendation form to school to Social Studies teacher by January 31, 2013
Did your child recently get a new device? Did you know you can download BOOKS for FREE from our elibrary? No late fees, huge selection, 24 hour access, works with any device. The Library Media Specialist, Ms. Sears, will be available in the little gym to show you how.
Questions?Please feel free to visit departmentrepresentatives in the small gym foranswers to curriculum questions.