Welcome Parents! Incoming Grade 7 Parent Orientation APRIL 13, 2010 MR. JOHN MCNAMARA PRINCIPAL MRS. JOAN WARTELL AST. PRINCIPAL MS. ANGELA DELESSIO AST. PRINCIPAL MRS. JOAN SAPIR GUIDANCE MRS. IRENE PETRSORIC GUIDANCE MS. AMY FELDMAN GUIDANCE MRS. DANIELLE ORGONIK GUIDANCE Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School A Tradition of Excellence in Education Overview of Topics to be Discussed Grade 7 Scheduling and Programs What our Students are Saying about Seventh Grade Clubs and Activities Social and Emotional Issues for Grade 7 Students Parenting a Grade 7 Student Grade 7 Scheduling TEAMING IN GRADE 7 Students are on a team of teachers in grade 7 for their four core subject areas: Math, Social Studies, Science and English They do not travel as a class Each team has approximately one hundred students Teams have common team planning time every day Core Subject Areas All students take the same four core subject areas: Math, Social Studies, Science and English Students have been recommended to take either Math 7-1 or Math 7-2 Math 7-2 is the regular mathematics course for seventh grade Math 7-1 is an accelerated course that covers the grade 7 and 8 curriculum in one year and allows students to take Algebra I in grade 8 Foundations of Literature is an alternate ELA class some students take LOTE All students take a Language Other Than English (LOTE) in grade 7 The LOTE courses are either Spanish or French, depending what the child chose to take in grade 6 The successful completion of a language in grade 7 and 8 marks the completion of Spanish 1R or French 1R and allows students to take Spanish 2R or French 2R in grade 9 Encore Classes The encore classes students take in grade 7 are as follows: Physical Education – Full Year/Alt. Day General Music – Half Year/Alt. Day Art – Half Year/Alt. Day Technology – Half Year Home and Careers – Half Year Academic Intervention Services Academic Intervention Services (AIS): AIS Reading or AIS Math Support is provided for all students that do not meet NYS Standards in the areas of math and reading Students that score below a level three on NYS Assessments are mandated by NYS to receive additional support This is traditionally taken in lieu of Art and General Music in grade 7 Special Education Services Students that have an IEP and receive support services may receive either Resource Room or an Integrated Co-Teaching Model Schedule Students would receive a support period in lieu of Technology and Home and Careers What do the Students Have to Say…. Clubs and Activities There are a wide range of clubs for students to participate in (See the list in the handout) Clubs meet during zero period on Monday or Wednesday Students are also now able to participate in interscholastic athletics in grade 7 There are four athletic seasons in middle school modified athletics A limited amount of spots available on some teams Music Program Students can participate in the following performing groups in grade 7: Symphonic Orchestra Chorus Band Jazz Band Social and Emotional Development Students are going through major changes during this time Communication with parents often tends to decrease as peer groups become even more important to students It is important that your child knows that there is an adult that they can talk to Communication between home and school is critical Parenting in the Tween and Teenage Years….. GOOD LUCK!!!!! Question and Answer Session THANK YOU FOR COMING THIS EVENING!