Barrington Middle School Parent Orientation April 8, 2014 2014 – 2015 The BMS Learning Community is Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed! Today, I will give nothing less than my personal best! Empowering all Students to Excel! BMS Recognitions- Past Nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School NELMS Spotlight School N.E. Leadership Academy Training Site R.I. Principal of the Year – Mr. Richard Wheeler (former Principal) AMGEN Science Teacher – Mr. Anthony Borgueta R.I. Physical Ed. Teacher of the Year – Ms. Annmarie Marino East Bay News Teacher of the Year – Mr. Peter McFarland Barrington Public School Teacher of the Year- Mr. Peter McFarland BMS Recognitions- Present RI Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Teacher of American History Award- Mrs. Mary Roberts Honorable Mention in the RI State Elks Americanism Essay Contest- Nicholas Figueroa Eastern Division Champions- Girl’s Basketball Team State Robotic Champions- Team Overflow Model CO2 Dragster Champions- Jack Hoder, Rob McGarry, Conor Mc Gartoll Bridge Building Champions- Andrew Cooke and Theenash Kumar First Place Robotics- Team Technologic 2nd Place at Math Counts State Championships- Math Counts Team BMS Recognitions- Future Introductions Principal - Andrew Anderson Asst. Principal - Wendy Parente 6th Grade Counselor - Lori Mason 7th Grade Counselor - Natalie Stein 8th Grade Counselor - Sandy McCauley School Nurse - Janet Johnson Psychologist - Maggy Bell Social Worker - Courtney Canario Secretaries - Amy Skadberg and Caron Martin Introductions PTO Co-Presidents - Lisa Mc Gartoll, Deb Perugini Aqua Cluster (Loop) - Peter McFarland, Mary Roberts, Silver Cluster - Connie Oswald, Jennifer Scott, Yellow Cluster - Abigail Williams Gregory Simkins,Traci Taglione Kelsey Greineder, Christopher Millard, Danielle Teoli, Julia Texeira Agenda What is a Middle Schooler? Typical Transition Issues BMS Transition Program BMS Mission Typical Day/Schedule RTI: Academic Supports Positive Culture Initiative Afterschool Activities Home-to-school Partnership/Communication Q and A Panel Discussion What is a Middle Schooler? What is a middle schooler? I was asked one day. I knew what he was, But what should I say? She is noise and confusion. She is silence that is deep. She is sunshine and laughter, Or a cloud that will weep. He is swift as an arrow. He is a waster of time. He wants to be rich, But can not save a dime. She is rude and nasty. She is polite as can be. She wants parental guidance. But fights to be free. He is awkward and clumsy He is graceful and poised He is ever changing But do not be annoyed She is aggressive and bossy. She is timid and shy. She knows all the answers, But still will ask “why”. What is a middle schooler? I was asked one day. He is the future unfolding, So don’t stand in his way. An eighth grade student THE EMPEROR MOTH One day a man found the cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. He sat and watched the moth struggling to force his body through a very, little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could. It just seemed to be stuck. Then the man, being kind, decided to help the moth. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He expected that the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. A few days later, it died. What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening was nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the emperor moth of health. You see, the struggles of life, heartaches and pains are necessary if you want to be great. Instead of cursing them, understand them while you are experiencing them. They are part of the making of who we are and what we will one day become. Typical Transition Issues Anxiety about beginning in a new school Concern about getting lost/being late Concern with managing a locker Concern about not knowing other students Transition Issues Continued…. Feeling overwhelmed by the “pace” of the school day Feeling of being incapable of completing the academic work These issues typically subside within a week or two and should not be an impediment to learning by late October Barrington Middle School’s Transition Plan Phase 1: Frequent Conversations and meetings between HMS and BMS Phase 3: Student Orientation(s) - One Amazing Night! - HMS School Visit - BMS School Visit - Locker Day Phase 2: Parent Orientation One Amazing Night! Phase 4: “Now That You Are Here!” night Empowering all Students to Excel! Empowering all Students to Excel! Typical Day 7:15 Students begin to arrive Report to pre-assigned locations indicated in cluster assignment letter 7:35 Lockers Students are assigned cluster and gym lockers 7:45 Homeroom 7:50 Classes begin 2:05 School Ends 2:15 Buses Leave 3:30 Late Bus Leaves Six Day Schedule Monday (Aug 25, 1st day) Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Monday Tuesday (repeat cycle) Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 1 Seven Period Day 5 Cluster Classes Math Language Arts Social Studies Science FAST Rainbow Cluster Classes First Unified Art’s Period Second Unified Art’s period Art Music Computer Technology Day 1, 3, 5: Physical Education Day 2, 4, 6: Health 6th Grade Keyboarding 7th/8th Grade Computer Technology Family and Consumer Sciences Cooking Sewing Materials Lab Wood Shop Robotics Note: Band and Unified Art Chorus and Unified Art Band/Chorus no Unified Art Foreign Language (Grades 7 & 8) Spanish French Connect Smaller group of students Assigned to an advisor “on team/grade level” Purpose: Develop close, trusting relationships between student and at least one adult; Personalization Develop positive self-esteem and a sense of belonging Discuss issues that students are having in or out of school Work on “ILP” (Individual Learning Plan); goals School-wide camaraderie/competitions/service learning Required for middle schools by RI Board of Regents Regulations as of 2006-2007 Barrington Middle School Cluster Schedule 2013 – 2014 Time Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 7:4 5- 7:50 Homeroom Homeroom Homeroom Homeroom Homeroom Homeroom 7:50– 8:37 1 1 1 1 1 1 ART ART ART ART ART ART 8:40– 9:27 2 2 2 2 2 2 9:30-10:17 3 3 3 3 3 3 10:20-11:07 4 4 4 4 4 4 11:10-11:34 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch 11:37-12:25 FAST School Wide FAST School Wide FAST School Wide FAST School Wide FAST School Wide FAST School Wide 12:28- 1:15 6 6 6 6 6 6 1:18- 2:05 7 7 7 7 7 7 Phys. Ed. Health Phys. Ed. Health Phys. Ed. Health Barrington Middle School Cluster Flexible Schedule 2013 – 2014 Time 7:45- 7:50 7:50- 8:37 Day 1 Homeroom Day 2 Homeroom Day 3 Homeroom Day 4 Homeroom Day 5 Homeroom Day 6 Homeroom ART ART ART ART ART ART Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Phys. Ed. Health Phys. Ed. Health Phys. Ed. Health 8:40-11:07 11:10-11:34 11:37- 1:15 1:18- 2:05 Academic Supports BMS is a RTI School! Universal Screening: - 3 Times a Year - Frequent Data Days Student Academic Performance: - Students who are not proficient academically Student Behavioral Performance: - Students who are not meeting our expectations Teacher/Parent Referral: - Referrals made by teachers/parents The BMS Learning Community is Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed! Respectful Treating peers and adults as you want to be treated; recognizing and appreciating the qualities of others. Responsible Making your education a priority; embracing your role as a productive member of the Barrington Middle School Learning Community. Ready to Succeed! Being prepared for each day; knowing what is expected of you. The BMS Learning Community is: Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed! SCHOOL-WIDE Respectful Responsible Ready to Succeed Appropriate language/inside voice. Own your actions. Maintain healthy habits. Keep traffic moving/Make space. Follow directions of adults in the building. Follow school dress code. Follow rules and procedures. Be in the right place, at the right time. Resolve conflicts with maturity. Participate and ask for help. Do your best. School Wide Respectful Appropriate language/inside voice. Keep traffic moving/Make space. Follow directions of adults in the building. Follow school dress code. School Wide Responsible Own your actions. Follow rules and procedures. Be in the right place, at the right time. Resolve conflicts with maturity. School Wide Ready to Succeed! Maintain healthy habits. Participate and ask for help. Do your best. The BMS Learning Community is: Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed!! BUS Respectful Responsible Ready to Succeed Keep remarks and comments appropriate. Stay seated and face forward. Arrive to bus stop/bus on time. Use a quiet voice. Avoid engaging other drivers. Have all materials with you; make sure they are organized. Keep hands and feet to yourself. Make room for others. Avoid distracting the driver. The BMS Learning Community is: Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed!! CLASSROOM Respectful Responsible Ready to Succeed Listen while someone else is talking. Stay actively involved during entire class period. Bring all supplies: books, paper, writing utensils, agenda, homework, etc. Leave students’ and teacher’s belongings alone. Ask for help when needed. Leave work area clean and neat. Stay on task. Encourage and recognize other students and their achievements. Be in assigned seat. Keep your materials organized. Take care of personal needs (water, restroom, locker) at an appropriate time. The BMS Learning Community is: Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed! DINING ROOM Respectful Responsible Ready to Succeed Treat everyone politely. Stay in seat. Allow your classmates their personal space. Ask permission to leave the dining room. Walk in dining room calmly. Use good table manners. 8 – 10 students to a table. Speak with an indoor voice. Wait to be dismissed by teachers. Finish and/or discard all consumables before you leave. Clean up area after eating and stack chairs appropriately. Have money/number ready to pay. Get all utensils and food items before being seated. The BMS Learning Community is: Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed!! HALLWAYS AND STAIRS Respectful Responsible Ready to Succeed Talk without using profanity and offensive language. Go directly to and from locker and classroom. Have signed pass from teacher. Speak with an indoor voice. Walk down and up stairs safely and appropriately. Keep hands/feet to yourself; refrain from horseplay. Know the best route to your destination and move with a purpose. Walk on the right side of the hallway. Pick up anything on the floor that needs to be picked up. Respect and listen to ALL adults in hallways. Treat lockers with care. Close and lock locker when finished. The BMS Learning Community is: Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed! LIBRARY Respectful Responsible Ready to Succeed Stay on task and be aware of others’ needs. Always check books out and return them in a timely manner. Have all appropriate materials with you. Use an indoor voice. Keep all four chair legs on the floor. Clean up work area and push chairs in. Use appropriate resources Use computers for school (databases, teacher related purposes only. recommended websites, content related books) for Sign in and out at lunch all projects. and after school. Read text from all sources Ask permission to leave carefully. the library. The BMS Learning Community is: Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed! RESTROOMS Respectful Responsible Ready to Succeed Be mindful of other people’s privacy. Notify staff of problems. Sign in and out of class. Use facilitates as intended. Have a pass at all times. Wash hands with soap. Use nearest facility. Keep the facility clean. Properly dispose of trash. Natural Consequences For Meeting Expected Behaviors: For Not Meeting Expected Behaviors: “Eagle Eyes” Conference with the student Frequent School Wide Raffles Parent contact/notification Frequent School Wide Acknowledgements/Celebrations Teacher detention Principal’s Award Office detention Lunch detention In School Suspension/ Out of School Suspension Behavior Information Reports 0 ODR 1-2 ODR 3-5 ODR 6+ ODR Home-to-school Partnership If you believe only half of what your child says happens in school, We will believe only half of what your child says happens at home. Conflict Resolution Procedure Problem Solving Protocol Step 1 – If an issue is with an individual teacher, that teacher should be contacted first. Step 2 – If satisfaction was not achieved, or if an issue concerns more than 1 teacher or a team of teachers, contact your child’s guidance counselor. Step 3 – If satisfaction was not achieved in Steps 1 or 2, contact the BMS administration. The decision of the principal is the final decision at the building level. Step 4 – If satisfaction was not achieved in Step 3 at the building level, an appeal can be made to the Barrington Public Schools’ Central Administration. Home-to-school Partnership Communication: Student Contact Data Information through ASPEN ASPEN- online grading report system ASPEN- Teacher “Pages” Quarterly Report Cards (electronic) Student agenda pads Student Handbook Parents are free to call the school to leave messages for guidance counselors or teachers to talk or schedule meetings Meetings typically happen during teachers’ common planning time or before/after school. Parents are also free to email staff Ex. Andrew Anderson is: email@example.com Home-to-school Partnership Communication (Cont.): www.barringtonmiddle.org Daily Announcements, Parent FAQ Page, Twitter Scroll http://twitter.com/#!/bms_ri Bi-Monthly BMS News (electronic newsletter) Monthly AM Principal Coffee Hours Monthly Principal Lunch and Talks Monthly PTO Meetings $15.00 membership dues Join us at our PTO meetings, 2nd Monday of each month in our library at 7:00 p.m. Meeting dates are posted on website After-School Enrichment Program October and February Offerings 2:15 and 2:35 Start Times Over by 3:35 Once a week/8weeks Late bus/walk/pick-up Fee based Open to any student www.myschoolbucks.com Photography Basketball and Volleyball “Camps” Cooking/Baking Computer Programming Wood Working Robotics Photoshop Drumming After School Sports Offerings Fall Sports: Cross Country (B &G) Field Hockey Winter Sports: Boy’s Basketball Girl’s Basketball Wrestling (B&G) Spring Sports: Track (B&G) Intramurals: Flag Football Frisbee Panel Discussion The BMS Learning Community is Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed! Today, I will give nothing less than my personal best! We will see you soon!