T O P 1 0 T H I N G S Y O U N E E D T O K N O W B E F O R EY O U S T A R T M I D D L E S C H O O LStarting Over
#1 GET READY, GAME ON Middle School moves fast! You will have multipleclasses, 6 different teachers, and many things tojuggle everyday…..be prepared and stay on top ofyour grades and work each day. “We didn’t have any homework today..” while thiscould be true, there is always something that you cando to prepare for the next day of instruction. Organize, Review/Study, Projects…..
#2 GET ORGANIZED EARLY Cubbies are gone! Now you have lockers. Get your supplies and organize yourself as directedby your Team Teachers ASAP! Keep it neat, Keep it clean, Keep it organized…..whenyou don’t have anything else to do, you can alwaysclean your binders and review completed work. Have a quiet space at home to do homework andstudy. Supplies at home can help….hole puncher, pencilsharpener, paper…
#3 GRADES Next big change….letter grades! Test and quizzes are VERY important, they countmore than anything else. Do the math, a failing grade is very powerful….it isbetter to turn something in than to turn in nothing atall. SPAN: Use it to keep track of grades. If you complete the work then you deserve to receivecredit for your time and efforts. TURN IT IN!!!
# 4 LOCKERS We will give you a lock for your locker. You must usea school issued lock. You will need to buy a lock foryour PE locker. If you buy a shelf for your locker, make it the tall one.If it is too short, your books will not fit under it. If you love it, lock it up!!
#5 AGENDAS Use your agenda daily. It is your lifeline to staying on topof your assignments, planning what you need to do, passto classes/bathroom, and it is a communication tool forTeachers and Parents. Write in your agenda everyday….write none if you don’thave any homework to stay in the habit of writing yourassignments. With 6 classes……you can’t remember everything! Don’tTry It! Many have come before you and failed atthis….trust us, we know! ONLY THE FIRST ONE IS FREE…IF YOU LOSEIT, IT WILL COST $ TO GET A REPLACEMENT!
#6 DRESS CODE Know it, love it, follow it…..WE DO! We give students a week to learn and then weenforce. Girls….get a 4/6 index card or a dollar billand take it shopping. Boys….get a belt. No sagging pants allowed! Students who have inappropriate clothing areoffered a chance to change, call someone to bringmore clothes, or can spend the day in ALC.
#7 PLAN AHEAD Plan ahead…..don’t wait until the last minute or theend of the quarter to complete assignments. - Teachers will usually inform students at least a weekout of a major assignment (test or project). Students must make a "plan of attack" for thatwork. Leaving it to the last minute is just not goodenough. This is where using available lunch time to work iscrucial too.
CAFETERIA Cafeteria seating – teams are assigned seats early onto monitor behaviors and maintain an orderlyenvironment. You may not always get to sit with your friends. Take this time to get to know your teammates andbuild new relationships. We keep our cafeteria clean!!!!
COLLABORATION Students will have to work in collaborative teams(small groups) in all classes. Seats are organized in each classroom with usually 4-6 students. Being able to work collaboratively with others is partof the instructional environment in middle school. EVERYONE works, communicates…..and shares theresponsibility of getting the assigned task completed!
DRMS PRIDE Embrace the DRMS spirit! We take great pride in our school and we like to havefun too. Take advantage of participating in as many activitiesas you can manage….