Information for Parents of New/Incoming Highlander Way Students


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Essential information for parents of 6th graders who'll be entering Highlander Way Middle School in the 2010-2011 school year.

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Information for Parents of New/Incoming Highlander Way Students

  1. 1. Highlander Way Middle School Welcome 5th Graders ! SOON to be MIDDLE SCHOOLERS You ARE the Class of “2017”
  2. 2. Administrative Team <ul><li>Mr. Jason Feig, Principal </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Marge Hamill, Asst. Principal </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Duane DeMeyer, Asst. Principal </li></ul>
  3. 3. Home of the HAWKS <ul><li>A GREAT school to attend </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated and committed staff </li></ul><ul><li>Active PTO- Sabrina Waker, President </li></ul><ul><li>Involved parents  </li></ul><ul><li>High MEAP scores </li></ul>
  4. 4. Academic Expectations <ul><li>AM </li></ul><ul><li>Hawk Academy </li></ul><ul><li>6:45-7:30AM </li></ul><ul><li>M-Th </li></ul><ul><li>AFTER SCHOOL </li></ul><ul><li>Study Hall </li></ul><ul><li>2:20-3:20PM </li></ul><ul><li>M-Th </li></ul><ul><li>LUNCH </li></ul><ul><li>Hawk’s Nest </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch Period </li></ul><ul><li>M-F </li></ul><ul><li>NEW CORE SUPPORT COURSES </li></ul><ul><li>Math Power Hour (MPH) </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Destination (RD) </li></ul><ul><li>Deciphering Science (DS) </li></ul><ul><li>WRITE ON! (W0) </li></ul><ul><li>(Program Success) </li></ul>
  5. 5. TEAM S.T.E.P. (Students and Teachers Elevating Performance) <ul><li>Mission Statement: </li></ul><ul><li>Highlander Way Middle School is a united community whose members support and encourage each other to become positive, well-rounded, life-long learners and successful leaders of the future. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Vision: <ul><li>At HWMS we will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a rigorous, standards-based educational program that prepares students for success in high school and beyond. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a caring, nurturing environment in which all students can feel supported and safe emotionally, intellectually, and physically. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an environment of educational excellence by using a variety of instructional strategies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build positive personal characteristics such as integrity, cooperation, honesty, and encourage respect and appreciation for individual differences. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Beliefs: <ul><li>We BELIEVE in each of the 3 R s: </li></ul><ul><li>R igor </li></ul><ul><li>R espect </li></ul><ul><li>R esponsibility </li></ul>
  8. 8. TEAM S.T.E.P. <ul><li>Sign-up if you are interested in notification of S.T.E.P. meetings or would like to attend or serve on this committee. </li></ul><ul><li>(Forms are located at the entrance.) </li></ul>
  9. 9. What’s NEW for you to look forward to: <ul><li>6 th graders will: </li></ul><ul><li>Take the 4 core subjects: English, Math, Social Studies and Science </li></ul><ul><li>Have 2 Encore classes ( “Specials” ) each day </li></ul><ul><li>School begins earlier at 7:21 AM -2:21 PM </li></ul><ul><li>Switch classes each hour </li></ul><ul><li>Have Lockers have COMBINATION locks. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Lockers for 6 th graders are usually near their homeroom.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lunch = 30 minutes and includes outside recess time </li></ul>
  10. 10. TeachingTeams <ul><li>Students enjoy teaching teams of 4 core teachers: Math, English, Social Studies, and Science </li></ul><ul><li>Teaming helps provide a smaller caring atmosphere within our large school setting. </li></ul><ul><li>Team classes are clustered together in the 6 th grade wing. </li></ul>
  11. 11. A moment in Math
  12. 12. A glimpse into Language Arts
  13. 13. A peak at a Science class…
  14. 14. A second in Social Studies class…
  15. 15. Encore Classes <ul><li>Life Skills </li></ul><ul><li>PE (gym) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>World Language </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-Media Press </li></ul><ul><li>Most of them Change Quarterly </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Band - Full Year </li></ul><ul><li>Choir - Full Year </li></ul>
  16. 16. And a little exploration in Band ! (Plan a daily practice time at home.)
  17. 17. Choir
  18. 18. What’s the same? <ul><li>Breakfast and lunch are available every day (lots of new choices) </li></ul><ul><li>Computerized cafeteria system </li></ul><ul><li>Parents can pre-pay for food items </li></ul><ul><li>Students use their ID cards for the cafeteria and library media center </li></ul><ul><li>May ride the bus to and from school </li></ul>
  19. 19. Our Cafeteria
  20. 20. You may eat with your friends!
  21. 21. What About the Bus? <ul><li>Students will ride buses with other middle and high school students. </li></ul><ul><li>Bus supervisors wear orange vests and are on duty from the time students get off the bus in the AM and until the last bus leaves in the PM. </li></ul>
  22. 22. What if I drive my child to school? <ul><li>Student drop off areas are on Highlander Way main entrance, or the 6th grade wing in the north parking lot. </li></ul><ul><li>To improve student safety, we recommend dropping off and picking up your 6 th grader at the north entry no earlier than 7:25AM </li></ul><ul><li>All students should be picked-up by 2:30PM. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Join OUR TEAM and stay connected! <ul><li>Power School – Our new on-line grading system Parents and students will be able to access student’s grades with username and password protected </li></ul><ul><li>PARENT-LINK -notification system and electronic newsletters-sent to any family who signs up to receive them. (Sign-up forms located at the entrance) </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail -we provide all teacher email addresses </li></ul><ul><li>District web-site and HWMS web-page </li></ul>
  24. 24. Students are encouraged to be involved in their school <ul><li>Student Council elections will be held in the fall in each homeroom. </li></ul><ul><li>After School Dances are sponsored by Student Council. Dances are open to HW 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. </li></ul><ul><li>Student Council Activities </li></ul>
  25. 25. Clubs at HWMS <ul><li>Builder’s Club-Building leaders for tomorrow </li></ul><ul><li>Sewing Club </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Writing Club </li></ul><ul><li>Ski & Snowboard </li></ul><ul><li>Yearbook </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Language Club </li></ul><ul><li>Fuel Up To Play </li></ul><ul><li>Science Club </li></ul>
  26. 26. Student Safety & Security <ul><li>6 th Grade students will attend an Orientation Assembly where high expectations for academics and behavior are reviewed and set for a successful year. </li></ul><ul><li>HWMS follows the HPS Code of Conduct. Disciplinary consequences are greater middle school. ( </li></ul><ul><li>(State laws mandate we enforce discipline </li></ul><ul><li>more strictly for grades 6-12.) </li></ul>
  27. 27. Responsibility <ul><li>Behavior that can be easily avoided by knowing the rules for the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress code </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cell phones must be turned off and out of hand 7:25AM-2:21PM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bullying/Rumor mills/Harassment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Horseplay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fighting </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. What about Medication? <ul><li>All medications administered by HPS employees must have an HPS Medication form completed and signed by your physician. </li></ul><ul><li>Students may not carry any medications, prescription or over the counter. </li></ul><ul><li>All medication must be brought to school by an adult and be in the original container. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Special Education Services <ul><li>Students receiving special education services are encouraged to acquire knowledge, build skills and prepare for their future independence. </li></ul><ul><li>Each student is assigned a case-manager (teacher) who will oversee their academic goals and objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>All special education students attend general education, encore, and some may attend pullout integrated or essential classes. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Counselors <ul><ul><li>Ms. Houser (A-K) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mrs. Literski (L-Z) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We have two counselors eager to help you and your student with: </li></ul><ul><li>Course scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Social and academic concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate parent meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Mediate peer conflicts </li></ul><ul><li>Teach Problem-Solving strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Assist students and parents with the transition to middle school </li></ul><ul><li>Any general school concerns or questions please call us at 517-548-6259 </li></ul>
  31. 31. Daily Planners <ul><li>Organization is key for your academic success. </li></ul><ul><li>Student Planners are provided to all students at the beginning of the year. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are expected to write their assignments in their planners every hour- every day. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Daily Planners <ul><li>Parents are encouraged to review their child’s planner each evening as a part of the daily study time at home. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Study Time vs. Homework <ul><li>Set up a study space away from “the bedroom.” </li></ul><ul><li>Plan at least 30-45 minutes per day to study at home. </li></ul><ul><li>Study in the same place each day. </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off the radio, TV, and cell phone. </li></ul><ul><li>Not, “DO you, but Show Me.” </li></ul>
  34. 34. Attendance=Good Grades <ul><li>All absences must be called-in by an parent or guardian. Teachers take attendance hourly. </li></ul><ul><li>A computerized phone machine calls home with unexcused absences. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Attendance=Good Grades <ul><li>Unexcused, excessive absences and/or tardies result in a report to the truancy officer and may result in disciplinary consequences. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are held accountable for tardies in middle school. (Tardies will be excused if the bus is late or the student has a note from a doctor’s office.) </li></ul>
  36. 36. Mark Your Calendar <ul><li>6 th Grade Orientation: </li></ul><ul><li>Date TBD* </li></ul><ul><li>Students will get their schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Have School Pictures taken yearbook and Student ID’s </li></ul><ul><li>* Parents will receive an Information </li></ul><ul><li>Packet during the summer. </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul><ul><li>We appreciate you taking the time from your busy schedules to attend this evening . </li></ul><ul><li>Please feel free to contact us with any questions. </li></ul>