Midland Park Jr. / Sr. High School

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7th & 8th Grade:
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Philosophy
Program
Activities
Transition
Guided Tours of MPHS
• MPHS Peer Leaders
Skills
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We want all our students
to know how to…
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CEO’s identified
these skills as the
most important
attributes for their
employees.
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Think (divergent)
Research
Collaborate
Be efficient
Be Punctual/Timely
Self Reflect
Speak/Advocate
Create
Work hard (work ethic)
Be Resilient / Adapt
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Making real world
connections in learning
through media and
technology, with a
focus on collaboration
and creativity to come
up with an end product
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Students identify a
problem and use
resources to come up
with a solution/
explanation
“ I will care for these students
personally, listen to their voices,
respect their concerns, and
engage them in meaningful
educational experiences.”
International Center for Leadership in Education
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MS Teachers engage in
weekly academic inquiry
teams, which allows time
to…
 Identify/act on individual
student needs
 Coordinate testing/project
schedules
 Develop interdisciplinary
curricula
 Set up Parent Meetings
English
Math
Social Studies
 Science
 Physical
Education/Health
* English & Math honors
inception 3 years ago
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Band
Chorus
Classes)
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(Marking Period
Reading Lab
Writing Lab
Math Lab
Technology (7th Grade)
Art (8th Grade)
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Reading:
Long & short fiction/nonfiction
 Edgar Allen Poe (Author Study)
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Novels:
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My brother Sam is Dead
The Outsiders
Holocaust Literature
Writing:
Persuasive, expository, creative,
analytical writing
 Constructing Thesis statements
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Projects:
Interdisciplinary Research
Paper
 Non-Fiction book report
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Field Trip to Pax Amicus
Castle to see performance of
Edgar Allen Poe’s short
stories
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Focus on Grammar & Vocab
NJASK Preparation
Literature:
The Giver, by Lowry
 Of Mice & Men, by Steinbeck
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Expanding the Writing Process
Persuasive Writing
 Ancient Greece Research Paper
(interdisciplinary)
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Skills:
Character Analysis
 Theme Identification
 Interpreting figurative language
 Development of writing skills
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The Giver Project: (students have options)
Create instagram poster with hashtags that
connect to pictures
 Scrapbooking
 Comic Strip
 Write a children’s book
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Native Americans through
Reconstruction with a
concentration on:
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People over time
Formation of Country &
Government
 Expansion to Civil War
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Research and Analysis
 Development of thesis
statements
 Showing support for thesis
through research/documents
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Skills:
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Perspective- understanding
events from multiple points of
view
Analysis- the WHY of history
Reading for Understanding
Communication
Technology
Project Example:
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Scrap Book:
 Focus from colonists perspective
 Focus from a British Loyalist
 Retelling events from a news
reporter perspective
Ancient World history from
prehistory to the Renaissance
Skills:
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Assignments:
Election campaign for Hindu
God
 Research paper on Ancient
Greece (with English)
 Creating a Roman Newspaper
 News/public service
announcements about breaking
events of the Middle Ages
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Skills:
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Algebraic Reasoning
Operations
Solving Equations
Rates, Ratio’s & Proportions
Similar & Congruent figures
Scale Drawings/Models
Graphs & Coordinate Planes
Percent’s & Basic Geometry
Perimeter and Area of Polygons
Experimental/Theoretical
Probability
Problem solving and
application of content
Projects:
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Scale drawing: (create life size
Barbie)
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Content
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Skills
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Pre-Algebra/Algebra I
Geometry & Percentages
Probability & Statistics
Number Sense & Mental Math
(A LOT)
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Percentage/interest rate
project
Tessellation drawings
Focus on small group
activities throughout year
“If you are not willing to learn, no
one can help you.
If you are determined to learn, no
one can stop you.”
The content for the honors courses are rigorous and fast paced. The
courses are designed to enrich the curricula to prepare students for
higher level math courses in high school
PRE-ALGEBRA HONORS
(7TH GRADE)
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Faster paced and more in
depth. Some content is
similar to Math 7 with the
addition of…
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Pythagorean Theorem
Slope and Graphing of lines
using slope intercept
Area, Circumference &
Volume
Probability & data analysis
ALGEBRA I HONORS
(8TH GRADE)
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Cover core Algebra 1 content,
including some early Algebra II.
Discussions initiate the “Why’s”
of algebra concepts to develop
deeper understanding
Content focuses on solving
complex linear equations,
graphing and factoring
polynomials
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Focus on different domains
and kingdoms of living things;
cells
 bacteria, viruses and disease
 cell division and reproduction
 genetics and natural selection
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Skills:
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Marker Chromatography
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Focus on critical thinking and
scientific writing (writing backed
up by evidence)
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Project Examples:
Public Service pamphlet promoting
vaccination for a particular disease
 SCAN- web tool that develops
critical thinking, argument
development, and writing skills.
Focus on…
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Safety, Culture, History
Science & Technology
Matter & Chemical Reactions
Earth’s Properties & Materials
Processes that shape the earth
Earth, Moon, & Sun System
Skills
Habits of Mind
 Inquiry
 Problem Solving
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Activity Examples:
Alka-Seltzer Lab
 Marker Chromatography Lab
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Introduction to the French language
and culture through authentic
sources (video,
podcasts, magazines)
Teaching fundamental skills of
listening, speaking, reading, &
writing through interactive,
fun activities
Building "personal connections"
through a pen-pal exchange
Using the Language Lab to hone
interpersonal and interpretive skills
Extra-curricular activities, such as
the French Club; the French movie
night - this Tuesday at 6 pm
Spanish 7
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Introduction to the Spanish
Language and Culture
Communicate in real life
situations
Cultural experience of
Spanish speaking world
Fundamental skills
Utilize Language Lab
Spanish 8
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Increase Proficiency in
the Spanish language
Able to use grammar
and vocabulary
correctly
Appreciation and
acceptance of the
heritages and cultures
of the Spanish
speaking world
Utilize Language Lab
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Focus on fitness,
cooperation, and
participation
Students learn to work
together
Increase physical fitness
P90X
 Weight room
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Introduced to many
activities and games
Get their own gym locker
Interactive curriculum
consists of…
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Fitness
Nutrition
Hygiene
Character Education
Career Education
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Offered to students
not taking band
Concentrate on
reading, writing, and
math skills
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Projects may be
linked to core classes
Includes preparation
for standardized
testing
Focused on project
based instruction
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Collaborative Classes with a
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard
of Hearing
FM systems
CART (Communication
Access Real Time Translation)
Important part of the Midland
Park School District
The Middle School Program of Study can be
found on the MPHS website
http://www.mpsnj.org
In the Academic Section under Programs of
Study
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Same Counselor 7-12
(Know you child/family)
Ms. Millman – A-Le
 Ms. Simon – Li-Z
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Liaison for Parents,
Students, & Teachers
Help students prepare for
their future (college)
Serve as academic advisor
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Available to meet
confidentially with
students individually or in
small groups
Promotes positive self
esteem and wellness
Promotes healthy
friendships and
relationships
Provides substance abuse
education and prevention
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Student Government
Color Guard/Marching
Band & Concert Band
Musical
French/Spanish Club
Library Club
Homework Club
MS Newspaper
Poetry Club
Science Club
Ski Club
Stage Crew
REACT Club
Chess Club
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Fall
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Winter
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Boys/Girls Soccer
Volleyball
Cross Country
Boys/Girls Basketball
Wrestling
Spring
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Baseball
Softball
Track & Field
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Panther Paws
MS students collaborate to
produce a newspaper,
they:
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Dedicated individuals
travel all over to perform
and compete:
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Syracuse (Championship)
Long Island
The Intrepid (NYC)
Battery Park (NYC)
Disneyland, CA
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Pitch articles
Research
Write
Take pictures
Edit
Design lay out
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Run by Mr. Peters &
Mr. Hershberger
Tuesday trips to
Mountain Creek
20+ Students attend
Bussed to Location
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Musical is open to 712th graders
Cast of 45 students
4 performances in
March (21st-23rd)
This year’s Musical:
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Young Frankenstein
Midland Park sustains a
successful Jr. High Athletic
Program that supports 10
sports teams. We believe this
helps the transition to the
very competitive high school
athletic programs
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Bussing to and from
events
Follow the rules of the
NJSIAA
Uniforms supplied
Practice 3-4 days per week
Access to Athletic Trainer
Certified coaches that are
in district
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2013 State Sectional Champions: Juniors & Seniors played on the 7/8 th team
Many are/were successful
varsity coaches as well
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Be Organized
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Departmentalized
Classes
More Electives
More Independence
More Responsibility
Continued
Accountability
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Attendance (12 Absences)
Tardies (detention)
Retention/Summer
School
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(develop a system)
Write down HW
Seek Help
Utilize PowerSchool
Come to School
Get involved in activity(s)
Most of All: Do the Right
Thing
www.mpsnj.org
District Website
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Register to receive E-Blasts (District
Website)
Utilize district website to get information
on:
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Sports
Clubs/Activities
Board of Ed. Policies (etc.)
Curriculum
Faculty contact information
And more….
Student Handbook
Student Handbook (every students gets
one- Thanks PTA)
Get involved in the school…

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