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  1. We AreSpartans! SPRINGTON LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL

  2. Welcome • Glenwood • Indian Lane • Media • Rose Tree

  3. Names to Know Administrative Team • Mr. Ralph Harrison, Acting Principal • Mr. Tony Jackowski, Assistant Principal • Mrs. Katherine White, Assistant Principal Guidance Department • Mrs. Alison Harrison, 7th Grade Counselor • Mrs. Margie Gilroy, 6th Grade Counselor • Mrs. Sue Griffin, 8th Grade Counselor School Nurse • Mrs. Leslie Goldsmith School Psychologist • Dr. Ken Curran

  4. Developmental ReadinessKen Curran, Ph.D. • Identity • Physical changes • Emotional changes • Standards-based report cards vs. grades • Parent Do’s -Be active & get to know your child’s friends. Maintain that strong relationship with your child. Stay involved in their activities. Impromptu conversation on their time will be more effective than “scheduling a time to talk.

  5. Parent Do’s (continued) • Be a great listener • Be clear about your expectations and follow-through with stated rewards & consequences. • Be a great role model, be patient and treat your son/daughter with respect. Use praise & encouragement & don’t over-react.

  6. Parent Do’s (continued) • If a sensitive topic comes up, talk about it in a way that is consistent with your value system (otherwise the child might look for other answers through the media or friends). • Be inquisitive, but be careful with interfering.

  7. Middle School Structure We are a TEAM At SLMS, a team is a small learning community of students, teachers, guidance counselors & administrators that provide a developmentally appropriate model for learning for middle school age students. Each SLMS team represents about 85 students of the 255 projected incoming 6th graders.

  8. 6th Grade Teams • Blazers • Explorers • Voyagers • Each 6th grade team consists of the following teachers: • Language Arts • Math • Science • Social Studies • Learning Support

  9. What does a Team mean? • Students are assigned randomly • Each team is equal in student ability • Team concept supports students as they transition to the middle school • Team Building Activities

  10. Academic Program • Students are heterogeneously grouped except in Math and Language Arts • Students have a full complement of specials • Each day has 9 class periods beginning with homeroom at 7:55 • There are 3 lunch periods: 10:16, 11:01 11:46 • SEP-Study Enrichment Period is held at the end of 9th period • The school day concludes at 2:55 • SLMS is on a 6-day cycle with a Day 7 to accommodate music rehearsals

  11. Class Schedule • Language Arts & Math • 65 minutes each • Scheduled back-to-back • All Other Classes • 42 minutes each • SEP • Study Enrichment Program • 2:35-2:55 each day

  12. Math (65 Minutes) • 3 Academic Levels • Accelerated Connected Math Program • Hetero. Connected Math Program • Basic Connected Math Program • Math curriculum is aligned to the PA Mathematics Standards and Assessment Anchors • The middle level math curriculum prepares all students—at a minimum—to take Algebra I in 9th grade • AMP (Accelerated Math Program) students will take Geometry or Algebra II at Penncrest

  13. Science & Social Studies(42Minutes) • Both subject areas are heterogeneously grouped & meet daily • Science • Focuses on Life Science & Ecology • Method of instruction is inquiry/discovery based, learning through laboratory investigations • Social Studies • Focuses on Asia, Africa, Europe • Specific emphasis on Geography, Culture, Economics & Government

  14. World Language(42Minutes) • Students have one semester of French and one semester of Spanish • Classes meet daily • Curricula scope & sequence will focus on communication & culture • Students who successfully complete the middle school World Language Curriculum should be prepared to enter the second year of their chosen World Language at Penncrest HS

  15. Language Arts(65 Minutes) • 3 Academic Levels • Enhanced Language Arts (ELA) • Hetero. Language Arts (LA) • Basic Language Arts (LA) • The Language Arts Curriculum is aligned to PA Standards and Assessment Anchors (which include listening, speaking, reading & writing)

  16. Special Area Classes (42 Minutes) • 6-day cycle, 2 periods per day • Specials Schedule • Yearly • Physical Education • Music • General • Band/Orchestra • Chorus • Art • Semester SLMS Success Technology Center • Quarterlies Applied Technology Exploring Technology Family and Consumer Science Health Education

  17. Library Services • Online resources • RTM District Catalog • Subscription Databases • PA POWER Library • Ethical use of information, learning about plagiarism, taking notes, citing sources, etc. • Weekly library visits through Language Arts classes • Collaborative planning with teachers • Instruction in research skills

  18. Guidance ServicesMargie Gilroy Counselor role Point person for concerns and/or questions regarding: • Programming • Scheduling • Social issues/peer relationships • Family issues • Case manager for 504 Service Agreements • Coordinates parent conferences • Liaison with parents & staff • Classroom Lessons

  19. Grading • Traditional grading system • A, B, C, D, E • Home Access Center (HAC) • Honor roll begins in grade 7

  20. This is a sample report card.

  21. This is an example of what the Home Access Center looks like for one class.

  22. SLMS vs. Elementary Experience

  23. Communication Here’s how we will do it! • Weekly E-alert newsletters (Sign up!) • Broadcast messaging system • Visit our website • Call or E-mail us! • HAC

  24. Activities for 6th Graders After School Clubs..to name a few! • French • Debate • Environmental • Intramurals (sport related) • Homework Club

  25. It takes a village.. • All of us are here to work with you to ensure the successful transition of your son/daughter to Springton Lake Middle School. • Contact your teachers, guidance counselor or an administrator if you ever have questions!

  26. Questions? • Margie Gilroy (Guidance) • Tony Jackowski (Assistant Principal) • Kathy White (Assistant Principal) • Ken Curran (School Psychologist) • Teacher • Ralph Harrison (Acting Principal)

  27. Take a Tour! • Students will assist you around the building • We will be closing in 30 minutes..listen for the announcement!