Welcome 2013-2014 6th Graders! Middle School 101
MS 101 Topics of Discussion Academic Program Academic Support Programs Extracurricular Activities Agenda Use Lunch Program Discipline/Dress Code Parent Portal School Involvement
ACADEMIC PROGRAM Quarter system – progress reports every 4 ½ weeks. Report cards every 18 weeks. Cumulative grade on the end of year report card. Standards-based grading -Formative/Summative -Quarterly Assessments ABCD schedule – A/B/C/D weeks- Students will have every class every day but at a different time each week.
ACADEMIC PROGRAM-Core Academic Classes Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Literacy
CORE ACADEMIC CLASSES- Language Arts Curriculum The 6th grade Language Arts curriculum is engaging and exciting!! Our goal is to relate Language Arts to real-world experiences and to enable students to enjoy learning about our language.
Language Arts (continued) Topics Which Will be Taught in the Classroom Language Standards Pronouns Conventions-Capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Vocabulary acquisition Reading Standards-Fiction, informational texts, poetry, and drama Writing Standards-Argumentative, informative, narrative, and research projects
CORE ACADEMIC CLASSES- Math Number Theory Fractions Equations and Expressions Graphing Inequalities Statistics Area Volume Surface Area Rates / Proportions
CORE ACADEMIC CLASSES-Science We’ll study: Oceanography Meteorology Geology Astronomy
Science (continued) We focus on Problem Solving and hands-on engagement Preparing students for: 7th grade Life Science 8thgrade Physical Science
CORE ACADEMIC CLASSES-Social Studies We’ll study: Geography History Culture Economics Political Structures
CORE ACADEMIC CLASSES- Literacy/Title I Literacy/Title I placement will be determined by 2013 CRCT scores and current reading and math fluency/comprehension and writing levels.
LMMS Academic Support Services Horizons / Advanced– recommended by 5th grade teachers currently offering Language Arts, Science, and Math Special Education – for students identified as needing additional academic support ESOL– English for Speakers of Other Languages Guidance and Counseling- academic and career guidance and social/emotional support services
SUPPORT SERVICES-Horizons at LMMS What classes do we plan to offer? 6th grade – Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Literacy 7th and 8th grade – Language Arts, Science and Social Studies, Advanced & Accelerated Math How does the content differ from regular education classes? Increased rigor from Common Core Standards In addition to this increased rigor, Horizons classes will also include the following: Faster pace of instruction Research, data/gathering project required Related material not in the standards Higher level questioning skills Differentiated assessment including project based assessment Individual choice of selected novel studies Less direct instruction for each specific skill Preview or introduction of standards from upper grade levels
SUPPORT SERVICES-Horizons / Accelerated Classes for students who are identified as gifted according to state criteria. Testing for Horizons is conducted based on test scores and teacher/parent recommendations Elementary School model Delivery model - Pull out, in addition to regular content courses. Enrichment: may not be tied to standards ALL gifted students served in the same one or two content areas Little Mill Horizons model Delivery model - Advanced content: takes the place of regular content classes Content – Aligned to state content standards PLUS Enrichment/Extension Grading – Standard content grading (90-100 = A)
SUPPORT SERVICES-Special Education Math Literacy Language Arts We offer a continuum of services ranging from consult to self-contained classes as determined by the individual needs addressed in your child’s IEP. Transition meetings are held with elementary schools and parents before students come to middle school.
Support ServicesESOL Teacher: April Davila Supplementary language instruction through: Co-taught model in Language Arts class Resource literacy in a small group setting
STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAM-Counseling Department The Counseling Department seeks to provide services for students, parents, teachers and school staff that will help to develop the many areas of a student's needs, including their personal, social and educational development. Counselors provide the following to students: Mentoring Program Group Counseling Individual Counseling Classroom Guidance Homeroom Ambassadors Program Career Exploration, GA College 411 Transition Activities
ACADEMIC PROGRAM- Connections and PE Students rotate randomly through the following connections: ArtTechnology Drama P.E. Music Health Computer Literacy Band and Chorus are optional year-long classes For students taking P.E. Uniforms required ($20-$25); Locks for PE lockers required ($3)
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/ Sports You have to be in 7th or 8th grade to play on the LMMS teams; We do offer intramurals to 6th grade students. Football Basketball Track Golf Cheerleading
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/ Clubs LMMS Clubs 2013-2014 • Environmental • Technology • Jazz Band • Cooking Club • Pen and Paper Club • Chess Club • Iron Stang • Art • Academic Bowl • 4H • Student Council • Drama • Jr. Beta • FCA • Soccer Club • Math Busters • Sign Language
AGENDA USE • All students are required to purchase an agenda for $5 at the beginning of the school year and use it on a daily basis. • Students are required to carry it at all times. • Media Center barcode is attached to the agenda • Includes the student handbook and used as a hall pass when signed by a teacher.
AGENDA USE (continued) All students are encouraged and expected to use it as a daily planner to keep track of assignments and activities. Parents should check it each evening to keep informed about class work and homework.
LUNCH PROGRAM Breakfast and lunch served each school day Menus available on our website We do accept cash & checks for payment of meals or prepayment on account Prepay for child’s meals using a major credit card at www.mylunchmoney.com. For more information visit www.forsyth.k12.ga.us
DISCIPLINE Code of Conduct School Wide Discipline Focus - RESPECT! Grade Level Discipline Plan Dress Code – Please buy clothes that meet dress code Midriff / cleavage Length of shorts and skirts Baggy pants
PARENT PORTALWhat is it? How to use it? What is the Parent Portal? Parent Portal is our tool for parents and students to access instant, online, timely and secure student information: class schedule, grades, attendance, discipline, course registrations for next year, report cards and transcripts. Campus Portal is a means to further promote educational excellence by enhancing our program of communication with parents and students.
PARENT PORTAL-Go to the WEB! • www.forsyth.k12.ga.us • On the right hand side under “Shortcuts” select “Parent Portal” • Get your login/password • from counseling office • There is a Power Point providing a tutorial!
SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT-Volunteers Needed! PTO Officers and Members Summer Volunteers School Store Local School Council Join PTO Tonight!
2012-2013PTO BOARD MEMBERS • Kim Wooten – President • Cindy Conner – Co-President • Donna Grace – Vice President • Nancy Perry - Secretary • Saundra Taylor – Treasurer • Elissa Findley – Box Tops / Spirit Wear • Julie Castleberry – Hospitality • Kim Morales – School Store • Ashley Moody – Quarterly Newsletter
PTO versus PTA • Little Mill PTO is run by you – the parents and teachers. We do not pay dues or other fees to a national umbrella. • All fundraising money is used toward Little Mill.
OUR MISSION To enhance the education of ourchildren by promoting the connectionbetween home, school, and the community. LMMSPTO@gmail.com
Meetings The PTO meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 9:15 a.m. Meetings are usually one hour. You do not have to attend PTO meetings to be actively involved at Little Mill.
What We Do? Communications Events Fundraisers
Opportunities for Involvement Mustang Camp Open House Teacher Back to School Lunch Curriculum Night Medical Screening Fall & Spring Book Fair National Red Ribbon Week Teacher Holiday Lunch Quarterly Newsletter Staff Appreciation Wk 8th Grade Dance Club Night 8th Grade Picnic BINGO All A’s Honors Breakfast Box Tops Chili Cook-off/Fall Festival School Store Spirit Wear Quarterly Newsletter
Box Tops Sign up to support our school at www.btfe.com Or look for the pink Box Top coupon on hundreds of participating products and send in to school with your child.
WE WANT YOU!!! ONLY 2 HOURS OF YOUR TIME. TAKE THE HOUR POWER PLEDGE!
NEW2013-2014 PTO BOARD Lorrie Angell – President Kim Wooten - Advisor Denise Cavanaugh – Vice President Karen Vincent - Secretary Sandy Lime – Treasurer Elissa Findley – Box Tops / Spirit Wear Julie Castleberry – Hospitality Kim Morales – School Store Ashley Moody – Quarterly Newsletter
YOU ARE A GIFT TO OUR SCHOOL!THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENTPLEASE STOP BY THE PTO BOOTH IN THE LOWER LEVEL MEZZANINE.
SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT- Business Partners Needed! Partners support school activities Active role in educating our students Small and Large Businesses Provide funding for special events Mentors and tutors Connects our school and community
Other Middle School Transition Activities Mustang Camp: Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (subject to change, please watch for announcements) Open House: August 5, 4:00-6:30