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Transition to Middle school


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“It is during the middle grades that students either launch toward achievement and attainment, or slide off track toward a direction of frustration, failure, and ultimately early exit from the only secure path to adult success.” (Balfanz, R. 2007)

Schools that pay attention to transition and have an intentional transition plan see more success in increasing achievement and reducing retentions.  Having an effective transition program contributes to developing a positive learning environment. Both sending and receiving schools need to work collaboratively with each other, and with families to provide ongoing support for students as they experience the transition to the middle grades.

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Transition to Middle school

  1. 1. EducationHealth TopicsTransition to Middle school
  2. 2. 1Overview“It is during the middle grades that students eitherlaunch toward achievement and attainment, orslide off track toward a direction of frustration,failure, and ultimately early exit from the onlysecure path to adult success.” (Balfanz, R. 2007)
  3. 3. 2OverviewSchools that pay attention to transition and havean intentional transition plan see more success inincreasing achievement and reducingretentions. Having an effective transition programcontributes to developing a positive learningenvironment. Both sending and receiving schoolsneed to work collaboratively with each other, andwith families to provide ongoing support forstudents as they experience the transition to themiddle grades.
  4. 4. 3GlossaryTransition to middle school is a scary but excitingtime. It will help everyone to know some of theterms. Heres a glossary of specific middle schoolterminology:-- AVID - AVID stands for “Advancement ViaIndividual Determination.” There is a selectionprocess to be placed in AVID, and this courseusually takes the place of an elective course.
  5. 5. 4Glossary-- OSS - Out of School Suspension-- ISS - In-School Suspension-- ASD - After School Detention-- ALP - Accelerated Learning Program
  6. 6. 5Glossary-- PBS - Positive Behavior Support. Some schoolsare PBS schools. This is a program set in place atthe school for teaching and rewarding positivebehavior.-- Agenda - A daily planner the students use towrite down assignments and school activities
  7. 7. 6Glossary-- AG - Academically Gifted. AG students are servedthrough differentiated instruction in the regularclassroom setting.-- EOG - End of Grade tests. This is the standardizedtesting system in North Carolina for grades 3-8.-- EOC - End Of Course tests. These tests are givento students who take high school level coursessuch as Algebra or Geometry.
  8. 8. 7Glossary-- SST - Student Support Team- This team meets todiscuss intervention strategies for students.
  9. 9. 8Tips for parentsParent participation in education is closely relatedto student achievement. Both of you will beaffected by this change to middle school. The keyduring adolescence is to balance your supportwhile promoting responsibility and independencein your child.
  10. 10. 9Tips for parentsBecome informed about your new school byattending orientations, read school guides andstudent handbooks and visit their web siteregularly for current information.Your 6th grader doesn’t want you showing up forlunch, but you can stay involved by joining andvolunteering with PTA.
  11. 11. 10Tips for parentsStudents of all ages benefit when family andschool cooperate and have a positive relationship.If you have questions or concerns don’t hesitate tocall or email the school staff. Know the name oftheir team, the homeroom teacher and the schoolcounselor for their grade.
  12. 12. 11Tips for parentsProvide the supplies from the various teachers’lists. Ask to see their student agenda - assignmentnotebook with communications from the teachers- regularly.
  13. 13. 12Tips for parentsOrganization and time management skills must bedeveloped so students will not feel overwhelmed.Be sure to limit after – school recreationalactivities, provide a quiet study area and expect tosee your child working regularly on homework andlong-term projects.Set rules about TV and computer use.
  14. 14. 13Tips for parentsKnow the dress code for your school and check tosee that your child is wearing “school friendly”attire daily.Check the calendar for your specific school – knowwhen interims and report cards go out, if there areearly release days and any dates of specialactivities.
  15. 15. 14Tips for parentsBe sure the main office has current contactinformation – don’t assume your child will know orshare changes in phone numbers or addresses.
  16. 16. 15Tips for parentsTalk to your child about school and peers. Listenfor comments that reflect what they are feelingand thinking. Expect your child to make mistakesand have personal struggles. Give them time tothink and make decisions about how to handletheir problems and deal with the consequences.Peer acceptance and self–esteem issues becomeincreasingly important.
  17. 17. 16Tips for parentsProvide opportunities for your child to developtheir interests and socialize with friends, but besure to monitor their choices.