1 24-13 curriculum night 8th grade


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  • Introductions
  • 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.
  • 1 24-13 curriculum night 8th grade

    1. 1. SPERRENG MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM NIGHT8th Grade Thursday, January 24, 2013
    2. 2. Goals Understand the components of the 8th grade schedule Highlight features of the middle school program Discuss specific course offerings with department representatives
    3. 3. Understanding 8th Grade CoursesCoreChallengeElectiveHigh School CreditSpecialized
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. 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 gradeAcademic Elective classEvery day for a yearSecond half of Level IFinal Exam in MayEarn High School Credit* *upon successful completion of the program
    8. 8. 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
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. 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
    11. 11. 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
    12. 12. 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)
    13. 13. 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
    14. 14. 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.
    15. 15. Questions?Please feel free to visit departmentrepresentatives in the small gym foranswers to curriculum questions.