8th Grade Curriculum Night Sells Middle School February 11th, 2016 Commons 7:00pm PTO President 2016-17: Jennifer Simonette • Library • Dances • Sellabration • Walk Through Supply Sale • Gifts to School • Support of staff and students 8th Grade Schedule Five Core Classes • Math • Science • Social Studies • Language Arts • HS World Language, STEM or Art 8th Grade Schedule 2 Related Arts Electives • #1: Music (full year every day) OR Study Center (full year every day) • #2: ONE trimester of Health and TWO trimesters of either Tech Solutions, Art 8 Survey, or PE (Only music students may select one or two trimesters of Study Center) An 8th Grader’s Day at SMS There will be 8 periods (50 minutes each) including a 30 minute lunch. Sample Schedule Period 1: 8:28-9:23 Period 2: 9:25-10:15 Period 3: 10:17-11:07 Period 4: 11:09-11:59 Period 5: 12:01-12:51 Period 6: 12:53-1:23 Period 7: 1:25-2:15 Period 8: 2:17-3:08 LA Math Science Music Health/PE/Tech Solutions Lunch Social Studies STEM MATH ² Math 8 ² Algebra I * ² Geometry * *One high school credit will be issued and the grade earned will be part of the student’s high school GPA and transcript. Your child will automatically be placed into the correct math class. There are no advance credit classes available this summer in Dublin City Schools. Science Science 8 * Force and motion * Earth Science * Space Science * Life Science Physical Science (If taking Algebra I or Geometry – student qualifies to take this course) * Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, heat, sound, and light are some of the main topics covered. * Successful students are able to master new material quickly, with little repetition. * This course will be included in the calculation of the students’ high school GPA. World Languages Level 1: • These courses will be included in the calculation of high school GPA • Spanish I offered at SMS (No previous experience in Spanish is required) • Other Level I classes to be offered at a high school (most likely Coffman) include: German, Japanese, Chinese, and French – transportation to these courses will not be provided. (Always first period – Start time is 7:55 a.m.) Art 8 In this hands-on class, students will further develop and refine their skills in: Drawing, Painting, Print Making and Ceramics Gateway to Technology STEM STEM is a year-long project-oriented, interdisciplinary course in which students use science, mathematics, engineering and technological knowledge to investigate real-world problems. Related Arts (One Period) Band Choir Orchestra • Music meets Daily! They do not have a regularly scheduled study center. Related Arts continued Technology Solutions • Technology Solutions is a semester-long (A/B day), project-oriented course where students will access, analyze, and critique messages in a variety of forms including commercials and advertisements. • Students will also develop digital resources through video broadcasting, graphic design, and other media tools to support their own learning or school programs. Related Arts continued Physical Education 8 • Physical Education 8 involves fitness activities, a net sport, and at least one additional unit per grade level. It is a semester A/B day course. Art 8 Survey Students will: • Create artwork in many different types of art media • Explore drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture • Explore how art relates to their world • Create, discuss, write about and reflect on their own work Scheduling for 8th Grade • Students will receive 8th grade course selection sheets the week of February 16th. • Course selection sheets are due to 1st period teachers by February 23rd. • Middle School Course Handbook will be available on our website (Draft Version) What to expect for testing. . . • MAP Ø Fall and Winter and Spring Ø Reading and Math • AIR/State Testing Ø Spring Ø Math, ELA, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, • End of Course Exams (for graduation points) College Credit Plus • Program Eligibility o Students in Grades 7 – 12 o Apply to the College or University o ACT, SAT, or Compass Score • Grading and Credits o Grades are part of GPA o Earn High School Credit and College Credits • Financial and Transportation Obligations o Tuition, Books and Fees Covered by District o Family Responsible for Transportation College Credit Plus • Counseling Services o High School or Middle School Counselors – February o College Counselors – See Your College Website • Enrollment and Scheduling o Meet with HS Counselor – February o Letter of Intent – April 1st o Apply to College or University – Visit their Website o Meet with College Advisor – May/June or Oct./Nov. o College Credit Plus Contract – Aug. 15th and/or Dec. 15th • Student Responsibilities o Academically Ready for College o Communicate with Counselors o Know both High School and College Rules and Regulations College Credit Plus • Benefits o Expanded Curriculum Offerings o Earn HS and College Credits o Financial Support for College Courses • Risks o Increased Student Responsibility o Effect on Grade Point Average o Increased Travel and Study Time o Less Opportunity for Extra-Curriculars and Jobs o No Parent Communication from College – FERPA Laws Summer Mailing • End of July • Start of Year Information • Information Gathering • Dashboard Reminders • Walk Through Information • Thank You PTO!!! Walk Through • August 11 – 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM • PTO Supply Sale • Student Pictures • Yearbook Order • Dashboard Information Ø EMA Ø ProgressBook • Lockers First Day of School • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Questions? Thank you for coming!