Blazing the Trailto 6th Grade Pike Middle School
Schedule Information • Eight Class Periods (Math and LA are 1 and 1/2 periods) • Each class = 45 minutes • You may change a course in your schedule if needed during the first 10 days of school.
School Day • 8:50 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Doors open at 8 a.m. • Early students go to the gym or the cafeteria. • A strict dress code is enforced (i.e., no holes in jeans, etc.). Be sure to carefully read the student handbook regarding dress code.
Classes to be taken • Language Arts (Reading/ English/ Spelling) (lasts for 1 and 1/2 consecutive periods) • Math (lasts for 1 and 1/2 consecutive periods) • Social Studies • Science • Fine Arts (Band, Choir, or Orchestra) elective • Another elective (Fine Arts or Wheel) • Physical Education
Advanced Placement Courses • Available in Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math (math covers all of 6th grade curriculum and ½ of 7th) • Requires more homework and will allow you to take more AP classes in the future • No more than 2 Pre-AP classes are recommended. If anxiety can become an issue, 1 Pre-AP class is plenty.
More Pre-AP information • You may switch to Pre-AP math in 7th grade if you don’t take Pre-AP math in 6th grade. (However, this is not recommended. Students will need to take a test.) • If you are identified as Gifted and Talented (GT), you will automatically be registered in GT Language Arts. • You don’t have to participate in Science Fair if you take the Pre-AP Science course.
Questions to consider for Pre-AP readiness? • Does your student like to play number games? • Are they excited about their learning in mathematics? • Do they try to do things “faster” than the other students? • Are the intrigued/not frustrated by problems that cannot be solved right away? • Do they show an aptitude for building and drawing? • Do they appear strong in science? • Have they been commended on TAKS in mathematics? • Have they had a pretty easy time in learning mathematics? • How many extracurricular activities are they involved in? Keep in mind choir, band, or orchestra because of the practice time and concerts.
Fine Arts Classes Band • Instrument Fair- Student tryouts for instruments: For Percussion only on April 25th from 5-7 p.m. at Pike MS band hall All other instruments on April 26ht & April 28th from 5-7 p.m. at Pike MS Cafeteria • Scholarship programs available • Questions about fees or availability contact Venessa Sloan 817-215-0418 (Pike) • Questions about fees or availability contact Eric Gilley 817-215-0514 (Medlin) Choir • Questions: Suzanne Hughes 817-215-0414 (Pike) • Questions: Rebecca O’Donovan 817-215-0515 (Medlin) Orchestra • Instrument Night: May 13th from 7-9 p.m. at Pike MS Cafeteria • Instrument Night: March 28th & 29th from 4:30-7:00 at Medlin Orchestra Hall • Questions about fees or availability contact Willie Maciel 817-215-0112 (Pike) • Questions about fees or availability contact Sarah Lacefield 817-698-1522 (Medlin)
Additional Elective • Another Fine Arts Class • Introduction to Art • Introduction to Theater Arts • Math Challenge • General Music • Wheel (split into 6 weeks): - Consists of Keyboarding, Art, Theater Arts, General Music, Leadership, and Puzzlers
In Between Classes • Lockers • 3-number combination • To minimize anxiety, you may purchase one for your child to practice with over the summer! • 4 minutes between classes
Lunch • 6th graders eat lunch after third period. There are three main lunch lines available. • Hot lunch (choices appear on menu.) • Hot lunch (hamburgers, pizza, etc.) • Two snack bars.
Physical Education • All 6th graders must take this class. • Students must change clothes in the lockers rooms. • There will be no 7th or 8th graders in the locker rooms with the 6th graders. • Uniforms are purchased through the coaches.
Hallways • There is a 6th grade hallway in which most of the 6th grade classes are held. For the most part, 6th graders will not be mingling with the 7th and 8th graders.
Clubs • Examples: • Student Council • Chess • UIL • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Registration Forms • Your child’s teacher has the suggested classes for your child. • Please meet with one of the 5th grade teachers to plan your child’s classes.
Contact Information • Pike Counselor for 6th graders • Kim McKinnie • 817-215-0429 • Pike Middle School web page