Explain that we recently wrote 7th grade challenge curriculumHighlight criteria that was used in course recommendations
MS philosophy of exploratory is to offer exposure to both fine and practical arts so that students have an opportunity to discover different aptitudes (doing this at 6th and 7th grade levels)In 8th grade students will have an opportunity to “elect” more courses
Students may elect to participate in Modern Language but must maintain a C- for continued participation in 8th gradeThis is part of a two year program providing students with HS credit at the end of their 8th grade yearIf you would like to further discuss AP/IB talk to Mr. Mueller
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.
1 24-13 curriculum night 7th grade
SPERRENG MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM NIGHT7th Grade Thursday, January 24, 2013
Goals Understand the components of the 7th grade schedule Highlight features of the middle school program Discuss specific course offerings with department representatives
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
Exploratory Classes Semester-long alternating day courses offering opportunity to discover and explore specialized interests, aptitudes, and abilities in the fine and practical arts Art Digital Literacy Drama General Music Keyboarding Family and Consumer Sciences Technology Education
Elective Classes Year-long daily or alternating day student-selected courses offering opportunity to pursue special activities and interests Modern Languages-French, German, Spanish Pre-requisite for 8th grade ML for high school credit Must maintain a grade of “C-” or better to continue in program Suggested for students who may wish to participate in AP/IB programs and 2 years of ML is required by most college programs Band Choir Orchestra
7th Grade Modern LanguageStudents will concentrate on oral and written communication, through the use of dialogues and practical drills. They will learn to apply basic grammar through reading, writing, and speaking. Students will be assessed with high school levelmaterials. Students need to be self-motivated in order to be successful in this class. French, German, & Spanish (Choose one of the three languages)Academic Elective ClassEvery other day for a yearEarn High School Credit* *upon successful completion of the program
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
7th Grade Schedule Considerations 7 period day = 5 core + 2 explo/elective All 7th grade students participate in 5 core courses Students have 2 periods in which to participate in exploratory, elective, and intervention courses Exploratory, elective, and intervention courses vary from semester-long to year-long and daily to alternating day
The 7th 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 Explo/Elective 6. A Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective7. A Day Explo/Elective 7. A Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective B Day Explo/Elective
Sample 7th Grade Schedules Band and Modern Language Explo and 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. A-French/B-FACS (Semester 1) A-Reading/B-Drama (Semester 2) A-French/B-Art (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
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Questions?Please feel free to visit department representatives inthe small gym for answers to curriculum questions.