"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin Introductions & Overview Masconomet Middle School Main Telephone Number: 978-887-2323 Dr. Dorothy Flaherty, Ext. 6122 Mrs. Patricia Bullard Ext. 6114 Mr. Paul Harrington, Ext. 6118 Incoming Assistant Principal is Gavin Monagle, Ext. 6119 Principal [email protected] Director of Pupil Personnel Services [email protected] Assistant Principal [email protected] Mr. Kyle Parsons Ext. 6140 Ms. Gwen Lemire Ext. 6125 Mrs. Diane Green Ext. 6201 Mrs. Suzanne Olia Ext. 6119 Mrs. Deb Silva Ext 6127 Mrs. Michele Mathers Mrs. Kristen DeMarco Mrs. Lisa Teichner Mr. John Bermudez Director Food Service [email protected] School Nurse [email protected] Library Media Specialist [email protected] M.S. Registrar/Guidance [email protected] M.S. Secretary [email protected] PAC Representative [email protected] Special Education PAC [email protected] Tri Town Council www.tritowncouncil.org Masconomet Education Foundation www.MasconometEducationFoundation.org Join at www.MascoPAC.org School Hours First Day of School: Grade 7, Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 Grade 8, Thursday, September 4th, 2014 Student Report Time: 7:35 a.m. Students that report after 11:00 a.m. will be marked tardy-absent Student Dismissal Time: 2:15 p.m. After school extra help: Monday-Thursday 2:20-2:50 Attendance/Tardy It is critical that students are in school and on time in order to achieve their fullest potential. Students are considered tardy after 7:35 a.m. and must report and sign in at the main office. A student tardy more than 3 times during a trimester will meet with Mr. Monagle and may receive a detention. Reporting a student absent: Please call (978) 887-2323, press 0, then press 2, then 1 to reach the middle school absence line. Communication Guidance counselors will review the many modes we have to communicate including but not limited to parent coffees, open house and team meetings. Calendar Handbook Open Door Policy Principal’s Weekly Update Proper E-mail Address Superintendent’s Monthly Update Grade 7: Daily Curriculum One Period of the following core subjects: One Trimester of the following subjects: English Art Math Health Science Geo-Lab Social Studies Foreign Language Spanish, French, Chinese Learning Lab Grade 7 students alternate physical education and chorus or band all year long but may be pulled from 1 trimester of physical education for a study hall. Summer Math Camp For incoming 7th graders, both programs will be offered each of the following weeks: August 11-15 and August 18-22 If you pre-registered, you will receive additional information via email. If you would like to register, contact Denise Tenanty at 978-887-2323 x6221 or [email protected] Grouping & Team Assignments Heterogeneously Grouped One exception: Honor’s Math in which your child needed to take a math placement test and results are available this evening from Ms. Tenanty Random Assignment Special Circumstances No Friend or Team Request Build circle of friends: Three towns becoming one community Build adaptability and flexibility Team Letters Mailed Home in August Progress Reports and Reports Cards Parent Portal Provided on a Trimester basis Provides time to improve grades between progress report and report card time Available On-line Dates in calendar handbook and reminders in the principal’s weekly update Open portal eliminates the necessity for progress reports as you may now monitor student progress on an on-going basis Rules and Discipline District Philosophy Masconomet is a school and students are here to learn Respect, restraint and responsibility are the foundations of this code of conduct Calendar Handbook Code of Conduct Offenses and Consequences Meeting with student(s),phone call to parents, office/lunch detention, after school office detention, meeting with parents, inschool suspension, out of school suspension, in- school counseling, restitution, recommendation of out of school counseling, possible notification of police, expulsion Most Frequent Questions Can students bring cell phones? Yes, but they must be left in their lockers during the day. No other electronic devices permitted and may be taken if observed. Students bring these items at their own risk. What do you do about bullying? The district takes bullying very seriously and does not tolerate any form of bullying. Each complaint is investigated fully and proper consequences dispersed up to and including notifying police. An antibullying curriculum is taught in health class and students are instructed on actions that are and are not considered bullying. Students also are provided with grade-wide assemblies. We maintain strong communication with parents and encourage contact if students are reporting something at home that we are not aware of at school. No Touch Rule Most Frequent Questions Cont. What is the dress code? The dress code is based on neatness, cleanliness, modesty and safety. No hats Hats , coats and backpacks (when not medically necessary) may not be worn during the day and need to be placed in lockers. Provocative placement of words or illegal activities are not allowed No under garments may be visible Straps need to be a minimum of 2” Skirts and shorts must be a reasonable length (mid-thigh) Place hands by side and needs to be at least as long as the longest finger tip. What are the consequences for violating the dress code? Verbal warning Confiscation of the item Removal and/or changing the item Parent contact to bring a change of clothes Oversized Masco t-shirt provided, if the student chooses to wear Being sent home to change Office detention Traffic Drop Off/Pick Up at Beginning or End of Day Middle school uses the parking lot to the left of the school. Students may enter or leave through the side doors adjacent to the staff parking lot During the day use the front of the middle school. Students being dismissed should bring a note to the office at the start of the day. At dismissal they can wait inside at the doors and exit when their ride arrives. Without a note, the person dismissing a student must come into the office. Afterschool Activities and Fun Open Library Excels Program Community service projects, cooking, guitar, robotics, Improv, writing, sports, jewelry making, games, conditioning, etc. Student Council School Newspaper Math Team/Future Cities Club Dances sponsored by PAC and student council Student/Faculty basketball and volleyball games Masco Jr. Idol Spring Musical Lockers & Summer Visits School Tour for students on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 Practice locks, have students practice on a dial lock over the summer it alleviates lots of apprehension for the first day. Special locks for students with specific learning needs. Stop in and visit and tour as often as your child may need over the summer Pupil Personnel Services Special Education -- contact Director of Pupil Personnel Services: Ms. Patricia Bullard, 978-887-2323 x 6114 Asst. Director of Special Education, Mr. Brad Denton, 978-887-2323 x 6114 Program Coordinators MS Principal or Asst. Principal Nurse Guidance -- contact info to follow Title I – contact through Pupil Personnel Office Title I Title I services are determined each year once the district receives notice of funding. Currently, Title I money funds two part time teachers, one ELA, one Math, who provide supplemental, remedial services for students identified as eligible. Eligibility for services is based primarily on MCAS performance but also may be by teacher referral. Special Education Services for students who have been found eligible for special education services after appropriate evaluation and Team meeting with determination of need. The goal is always to provide instruction in the least restrictive environment and with the proper supports for the student to make progress. Academic Services Inclusion Classes: support may be by general education teacher, special education teacher and/or tutors Learning Center Classes: Pull out, small group instruction in ELA and Math for students with more intensive needs Special Education (con’t) Learning Lab: pull out, small group services to assist students with mastering concepts presented in their academic classes, and to provide instruction in skills referenced in the IEPs such as writing, reading, study skills, or organizational skills. Learning Resource Center: substantially separate programming for students with the more intensive needs including, academic, social, and behavioral. Special Education Specialized Counseling Services Adjustment Counseling LICSW, School Adj Counselor Behavioral and Mental Health Support LICSW, contract LMHC Support by Autism Specialist Contract Licensed Psychologist Special Education (cont) Therapies Speech and Language Therapy Staff Speech Pathologist Occupational and Physical Therapy Contracted Occupational Therapist and COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant ) Contracted Physical Therapist, if needed Special Education (cont) School Psychologists Conduct all initial and revaluation testing for special education Provide consult to administration and staff Review all outside evaluations submitted for consideration Assist in providing Professional Development Communication Program Coordinator/teacher contact Required Special Education Team meetings Other team meetings as needed Parent Conferences as needed Email or phone Contact us with your concerns Website- www.masconomet.org Introduction to the Guidance Department Academic, career and Rob Beardsell social/personal counseling Jessica Goldberg Kristen LeBlanc Facilitate transition Student advocate Communication with team teachers/home Guidance Programming Academic Career Social/Personal • Encourage responsibility for learning • Monitor progress • Study skills and organization • Fostering independence • Transition to middle school • Balancing academic/social demands Grade 7 Programs 6th Grade Parent’s Night 6th Grade Student Visit Orientation Day Fall Classroom Presentations Introduction to Guidance Organization Parent Morning Program with Guidance Small group transition meetings Spring Classroom Presentation Study Skills/Test-Taking Strategies Individual meetings with students Meeting with team teachers Year long Facilitate 504 meetings Staff support team Grade 8 Programs Learning how to Think: A Metacognitive Skill Building Curriculum Parent Morning Program with Guidance Technical/Agricultural School visits Parent Course Selection Night Course selection group meetings Agenda/Assignments End of the day homeroom Tool for parents to oversee homework completion Communication Team meetings/teacher contact Email Contact us with your concerns Website- www.masconomet.org Welcome To MS Middle School Drop off Offices Core Classes Electives Lunch, Gym, and Chorus Drop Off Main Office Guidance Office Nurse’s Office 1st Floor Computer Lab Auditorium 7 Red & Blue Hallway Heading Upstairs 8 Red & Blue Hallway 2nd Floor Computer Lab Library 8 White Hallway Back Downstairs 7 White Hallway Auditorium Down the Ramp Electives Gym Chorus Room Band Cafeteria Field House Any Questions?