Welcome to Clarksville Middle School Tips for helping your child manage the unique challenges the middle school experience will bring Middle School Parenting 101 Parent Class of 2010 Presented Thursday August 26th 8:30 - 9:30 am at Clarksville Click or press space bar to advance each slide
For “Regular School”-Inside clothes such as jeans and a T-shirt.
Our school building is air conditioned. Some students find themselves chilly because they come to school dressed for outside play. Many students find that long pants or a sweater can help them feel more comfortable, especially when the weather is warm.
Open-toe footwear such as flip-flops or sandals should not be worn on days when students have science class.
For Recess, which is usually outside - bring a jacket and warm clothes once the weather begins to change.
For specific questions about what clothes students may wear, consult the Howard County Public School System Dress Code.
What Students Need to Bring for the First Day of School
One HEAVY DUTY 3-ring binder
Dividers for each subject (7-9 for first quarter)
Lots of lined notebook paper (3 hole kind)
Ample supply of pencils (Five is a good number)
The problem with mechanicals: many parts to manage!
A few pens (Three is a good number)
Page protectors and/or paper reinforcers
What Students Need to Bring for the First Day of School
If they have Physical Education first quarter, they will
need their Gymnasium Uniform by the end of week 1.
Students will know if they have gym first quarter because they will receive their schedule on the first day of school
Uniforms may be purchased in the gym for $20 immediately following this meeting
Encourage your child to bring a positive attitude and willingness to ask to for help when they need it.
Students will be assisted in highlighting their assignment book on the first day of each school week to help them develop organizational skills and learn their schedule.
Each class, your child will be instructed to write their homework in the space provided for every subject in the assignment book. If there is no homework for a class, they are to write the word “None” in the corresponding assignment box.
You can help them learn how to manage their workload more quickly by asking them to show you their homework assignments and match them to what is written in their assignment book. This is a great way to check that they have finished all their homework.
Set up a routine that includes a specific and consistent time and place free from distractions for your child to complete homework. Next to the T.V. or a sibling is not an ideal setting.
Help your child learn to do homework on the night it was assigned to avoid the “night before” syndrome.
Check accuracy of recorded homework in your child’s assignment book by going to http://new.schoolnotes.com When finished, place homework inside the binder section designated for that subject. Leave it there until it is turned in.
Never allow your child to leave homework at home.
Homework is often used as part of the following day’s lesson as a follow-up or assessment activity. Keep homework in the binder.
Discourage your child from calling home when homework or supplies are forgotten. Students need to build the skills needed for academic success, part of which is getting their materials to school on their own.
Students take five academic classes for all four grading quarters, throughout the entire year.
Reading, Math, English, Science, & Social Studies
Students take two related arts classes each grading quarter
Phys Ed, Music, Tech Ed, Art, F.A.C.S., T.H.E., etc.
Students may opt to take Band, Chorus, or Orchestra during the comet time period
When will my child get their new middle school schedule?
Your child will get their new middle school schedule in alpha class on the first day of school.
Your child’s alpha teacher will hand them their schedule, explain how it works, and offer any assistance needed.
Typical 6 th Grade Schedule Time 8:20 8:30 – 8:35 8:35 – 10:05 10:05 – 11:40 11:40 – 12:10 12:10 – 1:00 1:00 – 1:40 1:40 - 3:15 3:15 Monday Arrive at School Alpha A – (Reading) B – (Math) Lunch & Recess C – (Science) Comet Time X – (Phys Ed.) Dismissal Tuesday Arrive at School Alpha D – (S. Studies) E – (English) Lunch & Recess A – (Reading) Comet Time O – (Art) Dismissal Wednesday Arrive at School Alpha B – (Math) C – (Science) Lunch & Recess D – (S. Studies) Comet Time X – (Phys Ed.) Dismissal Click Mouse to show schedules for typical days of school
In order to allow students to meet all of their teachers and figure out how their schedule will work, their schedule for the first day will be:
Time 8:20 8:30 – 9:35 9:35 – 10:25 10:25 – 11:15 11:15 – 11:50 11:50 – 12:40 12:40– 1:30 1:30 – 2:20 2:20 – 2:48 2:48 - 3:15 3:15 First Day Schedule Arrive at School, go to locker then report to Alpha. Alpha – Students will be introduced to their schedule. A Block (Reading) B Block (Math) LUNCH and Recess C Block (Science) D Block (Social Studies) E – Block (English) X – Related Arts (Phys Ed) 0 – Related Arts (Art) Dismissal Note: Class names given in ( ) are examples only. Your child’s schedule may vary.
You already know that when students are participating in a school sponsored field trip, they bring home a permission slip for you to sign.
You also probably remember that the bottom portion of the permission slip has a box for you to check if you are able to volunteer your services for chaperoning.
While your child was in elementary school, you would have received a phone call if you had checked that box.
Now that your child is in middle school, we will only call you if you have checked that box and we require your services for the field trip. We do not call everyone who checks the box volunteering as a chaperone.
The purpose of Middle School Service Learning is to provide students with an opportunity to experience and learn about giving of themselves.
This year, our 6th grade will be participating in a program called “Food on the 15th.”
Students will be working over the course of the year to provide food for the elderly and others in need in our area by doing chores and preparing canned goods via alpha class.
All students are expected to participate on a regular basis throughout the entire year to fulfill their Service Learning graduation requirement for graduation. Other opportunities for service learning may also be provided, but “Food on the 15th” will be our focus.
Full day absences – Send a note with your child to take to the health room after checking in with their alpha teacher. The health room will provide them will a form to collect all of the work they need to makeup.
Arriving to School late –Bring your child to the front office so that you may sign your child in for the remainder of the day.
Leaving Early – Send a note with your child specifying what time you will pick them up from school. They will take this note to the health room after checking in with their alpha teacher.
If you have made arrangements for your child to be supervised by another adult after school, and they must ride a bus other than their assigned bus, send them to school with a note detailing the reason for the change along with a contact phone number. After checking in with their alpha teacher, they should take that note to the front office to be delivered to our Principal.
Otherwise, your child will have to ride their normal assigned bus home.
Purpose is to provide a time and place for a face to face meeting to discuss strategies for student improvement.
If you would like a snapshot update on your child’s progress, many teachers can do this easily via email. Also, by visiting teacherease.com, this will give you your child’s exact grade and percentatge.
You may sign up for a conference by using pickatime.com. This will allow you to sign up for a conference and choose which teachers you would like to see.
Information about pickatime and how to use it to schedule a conference, will be available to you sometime in late October or early November.
What to do When Your Child Comes Home with a Problem
Validate the problem, verify that their concern is an important one. Tell them you love them, and that you will get involved in order to help.
Avoid negative talk about teachers or other students involved.
Contact the teacher via email or phone the following school day during school hours.