Maple School Fifth Grade Orientation - 2014

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Maple School Fifth Grade Orientation - 2014

  1. 1. 1 Welcome to Maple School Home of the Mustangs! Sixth Grade Parent Orientation April 3, 2014 6:30 pm Kate Davidson, Betsy Johnson, Sam Kurtz, Junyuan Li, Chris Brown, and Nate Carter
  2. 2. Tonight’s Agenda  Welcome to Maple  Maple Program  Student Support Services  Student Activities  The Important Stuff  Questions 2
  3. 3. Expectations for Middle School Students  6th Grade: adapting to middle school  7th Grade: focus on self-advocacy  8th Grade: prep for high school 3
  4. 4. Maple Foundations  Developmental Tasks of Adolescence  Aspects of Middle School Philosophy  Team Format  Block Schedule - “The Maple Way”  Opportunities 4
  5. 5. Middle School Philosophy  Cognitive (thinking skills) + Affective (social/emotional skills) = Balance for Students  Focus on “where kids are at”  High academic standards 5
  6. 6. Core Block Subject Areas  English Language Arts  Mathematics  Social Studies  Science  80 minute classes 6
  7. 7. Non-blocked Classes  Allied Arts  World Language  Physical Education/Wellness  40 minute classes 7
  8. 8. World Languages  French  Mandarin Chinese  Spanish Which one should my child study? 8
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  10. 10. Sixth grade has one team of teachers  2 Language Arts  2 Mathematics  1 Science  1 Social Studies  1 Special Education 10
  11. 11. Sample Sixth Grade Schedule 11 8:30 - 9:54 Language Arts 9:58 - 11:18 Math 11:21 - 12:00 Lunch/Recess 12:03 - 12:42 PE/Wellness 12:45 - 2:06 Social Studies/ Science 2:09 - 2:48 French 2:51 - 3:30 Art
  12. 12. Sixth grade teachers expect…  …you to help your child to be organized.  …students to arrive to school on time.  …lockers organized the “Maple Way”.  …study skill tips used.  …assignment notebooks to be used.  …homework completed and turned in on time.  …Web pages to be used for homework.  …you to ask to see your child’s work.  …you to view your child’s progress via the Parent Portal.  …communication between home and school. 13
  13. 13. Role of Student Support Services  Student Support Service Team (Psychologists, Speech/Language Pathologist, Nurse, Teachers, Assistant Principal, and Principal)  Work with ALL students  Attend grade level/department team meetings  Work with students individually or in group  Service may be short or long term (RtI services)  Crisis intervention, as needed  Work with parents re: home issues 14
  14. 14. Peer Partners are partners!  Assist with monthly sixth grade advisory activities  Serve as tutors and mentors  Co-lead “newcomers” groups 15
  15. 15. Advisory is. . .  An all-school class  Small groups of students  Meets three times a week for 20 minutes  Activities are planned around the themes of the six pillars of “CharacterCounts!, Second Step, and Rush Executive Functioning Curriculum  Students develop communication and discussion skills  Students develop personal goals 16
  16. 16. Year-long Clubs/Activities  Intramurals  Yearbook Club  Student Council  Debate Club  Digital Cinematography Club  Art Club  Computers  Science Club  International Club  Musical 17
  17. 17. Year-long Music Programs  Chorus  Orchestra  Band 18
  18. 18. Intramural Program  Sept-Oct-Nov  Touch Football  Kickball  Dodgeball  December-March  Hockey  Steal the Bacon  Dodgeball  Kickball 19  April-May  Softball  Dodgeball  Kickball
  19. 19. Interscholastic Athletics  Fall  Cross country 6-8  Volleyball Girls 6-8  Soccer 7-8  Winter  Wrestling 4-8  Basketball 6,7,8  Poms 6-8  Volleyball Boys 6-8 (Feb-March)  Spring  Softball Girls 6-8  Track 6-8 20 A current physical exam is required for participation in all athletics.
  20. 20. Interscholastic Activities  Math Team  Scholastic Bowl Team  Science Competition Team 21 New!
  21. 21. Get Involved, Be Involved  Read the calendar on the Maple website! 22
  22. 22. Student Recognition  Mustang Award  Honor Roll  PE Student of the month  Allied Arts Student of the quarter  Athletic Awards  World Language Student of the quarter  Team Award  Greatest Growth  Scholastic Award  Presidential Excellence  American Legion  Chorus, Band, Orchestra, Musical  Caring Tree Awards 23
  23. 23. The Important Stuff  Summer Packet Pick-up- August 13th @ Maple  Advisor’s name, room number  Other important information  Summer Orientation/School Store- August 18th @ Maple  Locks (PE and hallway = same combination), locker assignments  Specific school supplies, band sweaters, PE uniforms, Sodexo deposits and much more  Most supplies can be pre-ordered through PTO  District Summer School Program 24
  24. 24. Home School Communication http://www.district30.org/  Maple Marquee  Curriculum Night  Interim Reports  Report Cards  Parent Teacher Conference  Maple Website  Telephones in classroom  E-mail  Teacher Pages  Meet with teachers  Parent Portal 25
  25. 25. Parent Participation at Maple  Join PTO committee, executive board  Volunteer for Sodexo lunch, special lunch  Lew Blond Run  Operation Snowflake  Musical Committee  Career Day  Graduation Committee  Sixth Grade Dance Class 26
  26. 26. The First Day of School- August 25  Bring your backpack to take all your books home to be covered.  Buses run routes  Band practice and performance  Report to Advisory  Sodexo lunch program available  Students go to all classes  Opening School Ceremony-Beginning of the day 27
  27. 27. The First Day Cont…  Bring school supplies  Bring your PE uniform to class  Athletic clinics held  Activity Bus runs 28
  28. 28. End of the first day. . .  Kids are tired  Teachers are tired  Parents are tired  Everybody is tired 29
  29. 29. 30 Thank you for being here tonight. See you in August!!

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