While you wait…sign up to follow Greer Middle IB School on Twitter @Greer_Middle_IB Greer Middle School Welcome to the 6th Grade 2012-2013 Parent/Student Orientation! An International Baccalaureate School Tonight’s event is to help the student and the parent understand the transition from elementary school to middle school. Presentations will last about 25 minutes. Transition to middle school is a big time in your life…but it should not be something that makes you worry I want to be clear and upfront with all parents and students so that we can work together to ensure the safety of the school and learning environment and to make your transition to Greer Middle School as smooth as possible. Tables And Representatives School Improvement Greer Christian Council Sign Up Learning Center Portal Log In Release Time PTSA Yearbooks Spirit Shop PE Uniforms Parent Volunteers Sign Career Development Up Facilitator-Parent Volunteers Miss GMS Transportation After School Program (Busses) School Lunch Schedules Administrative Team Scott Rhymer, Principal Kate Malone – Assistant Principal (7th Grade and Team 6-2 and Team 6-3) Tracy Cooper – Assistant Principal (8th Grade and Teams 6-1 and 6-2) Karen Clinkscale, Guidance Counselor – 6th Grade and 7th Grade (A-L) Cathy Cash, Guidance Counselor – 8th Grade and 7th Grade (M-Z) Carlton Green, Instructional Coach Kuterah Donald (IB Coordinator) Jamie Smith, School Resource Officer Greer Middle School Facts and Figures •Approximately 900 students, 300 of which are 6th Graders coming from five different elementary schools. 99% of our students attend Greer High School upon completion of middle school. •Greer Middle School Report Card Ratings: Year Absolute Improvement Rating Rating 2006 Below Average At-Risk 2007 Below Average At-Risk 2008 Below Average At-Risk 2009 Average Average 2010 Average Average 2011 89.3 B Greer Middle School Facts and Figures •2011-2012 school year saw the highest PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) scores since 2002. •2011-2012 school year saw the highest MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) scores since 2002. •Greer Middle School ranked 2nd of all Middle Schools in the district in terms having the least number of physical and/or criminal behaviors In other words, Greer Middle IB School is the place to be!!!! GMS is a safe place to learn! Our #1 priority is to keep your child safe while allowing a school and classroom environment where students can learn and teachers can teach. And that starts with our discipline system. Discipline at Greer Middle IB School Level I Level II Level III Behaviors Behaviors Behaviors Minor Disruptions to Major disruptions disruptions to classroom to classroom classroom instruction or instruction or instruction or school order that school order that may result in school order bring physical or criminal conduct mental harm These levels are in accordance to Greenville County School District Policy Level I Behaviors Level I Behaviors Verbal Warning Minor disruptions to classroom instruction Lunch Detention (2) or school order Teacher Detention (2) Principal Detention Talking in class, excessive noise in hall, inappropriate In School Suspension language to other students, tardies, dress code violations Out Of School Suspension Level I Behaviors Level I Lunch Detention During Lunch. Students eat in silence on the stage. Behaviors Parent will be contacted. No maximum limit. Failure to attend will result in Teacher Detention. Minor disruptions to Teacher Detention classroom instruction 7:30-8:20 a.m. on Wednesday. Parent will be contacted or school order with 24 hours notice and it is parent’s responsibility to drop child off at 7:30. No maximum limit. Failure to attend will result in Principal Detention Principal Detention 7:30-8:20 Tuesday. Parent will be contacted by Assistant Principal and given 24 hours notice. It is parent’s responsibility to drop child off at 7:30. Maximum limit of 5 Principal Detentions. Failure to attend will result Talking in class, excessive in ISS. noise in hall, inappropriate In School Suspension language to other students, tardies, dress code violations Held on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Entire school day. Parent will be contacted by Assistant Principal. Maximum limit of 5 days ISS. Level II Behaviors Level II In School Suspension Held on Friday in a classroom. Entire school Behaviors day. Parent will be contacted by Assistant Disruptions to Principal. Maximum limit of 5 days ISS. classroom instruction or school order that Out Of School Suspension bring harm or Student will not be allowed on campus disrespect to someone during the school day or at any after school functions scheduled for that day. Horseplay, public display of affection, verbal altercation, physical altercation, disrespect, refusal to obey, bullying, harassment. Level II Behaviors Level II Typical Consequences For 1st Time Level II Offenses Behaviors Disruptions to Possession of Tobacco 1 Day OSS classroom instruction Horseplay ISS Or OSS or school order that Verbal Altercation 3 Days OSS bring harm or Rude/Disrespect 1-5 Days OSS disrespect to someone Abusive Language To Staff/Teachers 3-10 Days OSS Removal From Class ISS Or OSS Harassment/Bullying 1-10 Days OSS Refusal To Obey 1 Day OSS Physical Altercation 5-10 Days OSS Horseplay, public display of affection, verbal altercation, physical altercation, disrespect, refusal to obey. Tardies Students that are late to school or late to a class cause major disruptions to the school day for office personnel and classroom instruction. Excuses for tardies to school will not be accepted unless they are accompanied by a doctor’s note. All students are given two warnings for tardies (without a consequence) that allow for unusual circumstances (wreck that slowed traffic, oversleeping, car breaks down, etc.). All other tardies will (unless accompanied by a medical excuse) be deemed “unexcused” and fall into the 3rd Offense category as listed on the next slide Tardies between class periods at GMS is unacceptable as students are given ample time to get from one class to another. Please work with your child to understand that they do not need to go to their locker after every class period. Tardies To School/Class Tardies are tabulated in each class (including the beginning of the school day). 1st Offense Warning Warning 2nd Offense Parent Contact Principal Detention 3rd Offense Parent Contact Principal Detention 4th Offense Parent Contact ISS 5th Offense (Plus) Parent Contact Be Reminded, Only 5 Days Of Principal Detention will be assigned. Once all PD has been used, tardies will result in ISS. Once 5 days of ISS has been assigned, tardies will result in OSS. Cell Phone/MP3 Players Confiscation of device, returned to parent no earlier than next day. 1st Offense Parent signs agreement upon picking up phone from AP Confiscation of device and phone 2nd Offense returned to parent in 30 days by the AP Confiscation of device and phone 3rd Plus Offense returned to parent in 30 days by the AP Cell phones and MP3 Players will be confiscated anytime during school hours 7:30 until 4:00. Only exception to policy will be at athletic events Personal Electronic Device (PED) PED Devises are allowed assuming it is for instructional use. A form needs to be completed by the parent and returned before the PED is allowed in the building. PED cannot connect to the Internet. Bring PED at own risk Examples of PED’s (Kindle, Nook, Ipad, Itouch, etc. Facebook Issues that arise when middle school students use Facebook many times spill over into school. – Threats/harassment made on these web sites that spill over into school will be dealt with under our harassment/threatening persons policy. – Threats/harassment made on these web sites that do not spill over into school can still be treated criminally. – Bottom line is simple: If your child is on the Internet at these (or similar sites), they are responsible for the content they post. We highly recommend that you disallow, regulate, or monitor your child’s use of these sites as it could quickly become a school issue. New Greenville County Schools Bullying and Harassment Policy If a student or parent brings to the attention of GMS staff an “alleged” situation of bullying or harassment, the student will give a written statement on a school form and then turn it into the Guidance Department upon completion. We highly encourage students to take the form home and have their parent sign it before returning to Guidance. New Greenville County Schools Bullying and Harassment Policy Upon review of the statement, the member of Guidance and/or Administration will determine the results of the investigation and document finding and applicable consequences on the statement form. Parent contact will be made if applicable and a copy of the statement and result will be sent home with the student. The form will be filed in Guidance Department for future reference. Dress Code The primary objective of Greenville County Schools is to provide a World-Class instructional program and learning opportunity for every student. The personal appearance of every student is an important component of establishing a safe environment for optimal learning and respect for one another. Students are expected to dress in an appropriate manner while on school district property or when representing the school. Personal appearance shall be such that it does not disrupt student work or school order, become distractive to other students or violate health and safety guidelines. Primary Dress Code Violations Distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive attire. Chains, etc. that dangle from clothes. Hats, “hoodies”, and sunglasses Attire affiliated with a "gang" in any negative sense of the term. Clothing that contains language that is obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, indecent or offensive. Shirts that are low cut and show cleavage. Spaghetti strap shirts and/or tank tops. Shirts that do not cover the midriff. Pants and slacks that drag the ground. Undergarments that are exposed. Facial jewelry located anywhere except the ears. Primary Dress Code Violations Hair color that is extremely distracting Any other clothing and/or appearance item that is deemed distracting to the instructional process. Dress Code Warning referral, placed in ISS until 1st Offense change of clothes Principal Detention, placed in ISS until 2nd Offense change of clothes 1 Day ISS, placed in ISS until change of 3rd Offense clothes 1 Day ISS, placed in ISS until change of 4th Offense clothes 1 Day OSS, placed in ISS until change of 5th Offense (Plus) clothes The administration will make the final judgment on the appropriateness of clothing and/or appearance and reserves the right to prohibit students from wearing any articles of clothing or other items which lead to or may foresee ably result in the disruption of or interference with the school environment. The purpose of our Discipline Policy is to keep your child safe and to create a school with a positive learning environment for children. Disruption to that environment will be handled so others can learn. First Day Of School Info Drop your child off, give them a hug, and let them enter Middle School on their own! Teachers and administration will guide students to the proper location. If you are a car rider, remind your child to go to the front for pick up in the afternoon. We will ensure that students know what bus to ride as the school day progresses. Students will not be marked tardy on the first week of school until they learn their way around the building. Drop Off In Car Loading Car riders may be dropped off after 7:30 – Riders cannot be dropped off prior to 7:30 because there will not be any supervision of the students. – If you arrive before 7:30, please remain with your child in the car until administrator comes to open building Students will be considered tardy if they are not in their classroom by 8:30. Students should report directly to their designated location after drop off (cafeteria for 6th grade…gym for 7th and 8th grade). Note: 7th and 8th graders may eat in the cafeteria prior to moving to gym. Drop Off In Car Loading You may drop off your child in the front or the back car loading areas. Please form a single line in the drop off areas. Do not “double park” in the drop off line if you need to come inside the building. Park in a designated space before coming inside. Please remember that safety is our #1 concern…be extremely cautious and attentive while you are in the parking lots. Dismissal In Car Loading 6th Graders Are Picked Up In The Front Car Area (Front Of Building Near Gap Creek Road) 7th and 8th Graders Are Picked Up In The Rear Car Area. If you have multiple children you are picking up, they should be picked up in the front car loading area. Dismissal-Car Loading Rear pick up gate will be unlocked at 3:00 for 7th and 8th Grade parents to begin lining up. Front car loading area will remain open entire school day. Dismissal is at 3:30 – Note: Students will not be allowed to have early dismissal after 2:45 without permission from Mr. Rhymer. Students should exit the building and immediately look for parents. Administrators will not call for students in the car loading area, nor will an “all call” be made inside of the building. It is the student’s responsibility to exit the building and look for their parent. Dismissal-Car Loading Parents should form a single line on the right side of the driveway in both the front loading and rear loading area. As your child loads the car, parents may enter the left lane to exit the parking lots. Cars in the front of the pick up lines will be asked to move to the back of the line if their child does not load the car in an appropriate amount of time. This is to ensure that the line moves quickly and makes dismissal as orderly as possible. Please remember that safety is our #1 concern…be extremely cautious and attentive while you are in the parking lots. Buses A transportation representative is here tonight to answer questions that you may have. If you have questions about stop points, please contact Transportation directly at: 355-1289 Please review bus safety and discipline policy. Students not abiding by policy can be removed temporarily or permanently from bus service. Buses Going Home with Someone Else? – Any time your child is going home with another student or on a different bus, please send a signed note to an administrator early in the school day. A member of Transportation is in attendance tonight to assist with Bus Questions. Transportation’s Phone Number is 355-1289 Time Period 6th Grade 8:15 6th Graders To Homeroom 8:30-8:40 Announcements-Tardy at 8:30 8:40-9:37 1st Academic 9:40-10:37 2nd Academic 10:42-11:32 3rd Related Arts 11:35-12:25 4th Related Arts 12:25-12:55 Lunch 12:55-1:27 5th Flex 1:30-2:27 6th Academic 2:30-3:27 7th Academic 3:27-3:30 Announcements 3:30 Car Riders Dismissed 3:35 Bus Riders Dismissed Student Handbook Read with your child. They will bring it home the first few days of school. It is assumed that you and your child understand all items included in the handbook. This handbook will be their agenda and pass for the school year. Medication Policy A student who needs to go to the health room must obtain a pass from his classroom teacher. Students reporting to the nurse for illness must remain in the health room until released by the nurse to return to class or go home. If the health room is not open, the office staff will call the parent or send the student back to class. Students may not take any type of medication unless under the direct supervision of the school nurse (this includes Tylenol, Advil, etc.). Failure to follow this procedure will lead to suspension. There is no grace period for prescription medication. If parent does not bring doctor’s note in with the prescription medication, the nurses cannot administer the medication. In the past, you had 10 days to get the doctor’s note to the school. Transition Programs Flex Time • Tutoring Monday, • Study Skills • Clusters and Majors Tuesday, Wednesday • Advisement • Career Inventories and Thursday. • Character Education • IB Activities • Mandatory make-up for homework and tests • Mentoring by advisor Guidance Department The Greer Middle School Guidance Program addresses the needs of students as they encounter and deal directly with learning and life issues. This program does so by stressing student academic achievement, career and educational decision-making, and personal and social development. – Karen Clinkscale Grade 6 and Grade 7 (A-L) 355-5804 – Cathy Cash Grade 7 (M-Z) and Grade 8 355-5816 Attendance –In order to be successful, students must attend school every day. Instruction at GMS is intense, and missing any day is a detriment to a child’s academic progress. –Students are counted present only when they are actually in school, on homebound instruction, or are present at an activity authorized by the school principal. –The school year consists of 180 days. To receive credit, students must attend at least 85 days of each 90-day semester course and at least 170 days of each 180-day year course, as well as meet all minimum requirements for each course. –Accrued students absences may not exceed ten (10) days during the school year. Any absence in excess of ten (10) may cause the student to lose credit for the year. Because 170 days are the minimum required by the state, the first ten (10) absences may be lawful, unlawful, or a combination. All absences beginning with the eleventh (11th) day must be lawful and will be excused if they fall within the following guidelines: Attendance Lawful Absences – Personal illness of a child verified by a statement from a physician within two (2) days of the students' return to school. Absences for CHRONIC or EXTENDED illness will be approved only when verified by a physician's statement. (This includes doctor's appointments.) – Serious illness or death of an immediate family member verified by a statement from the parent within two (2) days of the student's return to school. – Absences for religious holidays when approved in advance. Requests must be made to the Principal in writing. – Absences for extreme hardships must be approved by the Principal. Such approval should be prearranged when possible. Attendance Unlawful Absences – Any student absence, with or without the knowledge of the parent, which does not meet the conditions for a lawful absence, shall be counted as unlawful and will not be excused. When a student returns to school from being absent he/she should bring a note explaining why he/she was absent. The note should be signed by a parent/guardian and dated. – Students should present parent excuses to the Attendance Clerk on the day they return to school. This should be done before the 8:30 a.m. bell. 2012-2013 School Supply List Notebook Requirements for all students: – 2 inch 3 Ring Binder – 8 Dividers – 1 Pencil Pouch – 2 Plastic Sleeves – Pencils – Notebook Paper (year’s supply) – Pens with black or blue ink 2012-2013 School Supply List Other Suggested Materials – 1 Box of Tissues – Colored Pencils – Black and White Composition Book – 1 Roll of Paper Towels – 1 Pack of Graph Paper – 12” Plastic ruler – Hand Sanitizer – Glue Stick – Erasers – Highlighters – Extra lead for mechanical pencils – Hole reinforces for notebook paper – Flash drive *Individual teachers may require additional supplies. Textbooks – Textbooks are not issued to all students in all subject areas. Students are expected to care for textbooks as if they were their own. Books have to be used a minimum of 6 years. ALL LOST OR DAMAGED TEXTBOOKS MUST BE PAID FOR. Students are asked to do the following to protect textbooks: – Do not force books into lockers – Do not leave books outside – Do not loan books to classmates – Do not drop books on the floor – Write you name in your book as directed by teacher – Some classes will not distribute individual books for students to take home. Textbooks – Some classes will distribute class sets of textbooks – Some classes will distribute individual textbooks to students – Ask your math teachers about accessing textbook online if you have that capability. This will allow your child to leave book at school and access the book for homework online. – Most classes will not distribute individual textbooks for a week or so after school starts. Book Bags Students may use book bags to transport books to and from school. Book bags must be locked in the student's locker from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Rolling book bags are not permitted. Daily Lunch Cost Lunch $2.10 Weekly Lunch Cost $10.50 Reduced Lunch Cost $.40 Weekly Reduced Lunch $2.00 Daily Breakfast Cost $1.00 Reduced Breakfast Cost $.30 Extra Milk $.65 Accounts can be updated in the mornings before school Last six numbers of Student ID is code for student lunch meal plan. Bar code on Student ID can also be used Three separate lunches with three unique lunch lines No debt on account is allowed at middle school. After warnings, students will be served an Alternate Meal. This includes a debt from Elementary School. – Alternate Meal consists of oatmeal and fruit juice for breakfast and sandwich and milk for lunch. Lockers – At the beginning of the school year each student will be assigned a locker in the hallways and in their Physical Education class. Students will be responsible for the locker assigned to them. – Since lockers are school property, the school retains the right to inspect lockers from time to time. A replacement fee of $5.00 must be paid for a damaged/lost P.E. lock. – Teachers and/or administrators have the right to suspend the use of a locker if it is not properly used. – Locker breaks are held at various times during the day. Students only have time to use their lockers before school, after school, and at locker breaks. – Students need not worry about getting into lockers…6th grade teachers will instruct them on how to do it. Parent Communication – Twitter – Parent/Teacher/Administrator Conferences – Teacher Web Sites – Weekly Planner On Teacher Web Site – Mid-Progress Reports Bi-Weekly – Email – Phone Messenger – http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/greerms/. – Parent Portal – PTSO (Parent/Teacher/Student Organization) – School Improvement Council For Week Ending: August 21st Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have Period(s): 1, 2, 5 any questions. Course: Math 6 Class Day Essential Question Assignments Assessments Homework Monday How do you *Indicators p. 37, 38 None *Classroom Strategies translate algebraic * Week by Week Essentials pg. 69-73 even expressions? * p. 15 Daily Intervention Tuesday How would you *Indicators p. 35, 36 * Pg. 176 Hands- * Classroom identify patterns * Week by Week Essentials On-Lab. Turn in at Strategies pg. 67 & 68 when given *Vocab- term, like terms, combining end of class for even problems with like terms, simplify, factor daily grade. functions? Wednesday How do you write a *Indicators p. 39, 40 Classroom Study For Test! problem given a * Week by Week Essentials Strategies pg. 74 – linear equation or * p. 154 Hands-On-Lab review 76. Turn in at end inequality? of class for a “Minor” grade Thursday N/A Test On Chapter 1 Chapter 1 Test None given in class for a “Major” grade Friday How do you *Review Chapter 1 Test Answers None None translate and solve * Complete corrections for Chapter 1 algebraic test. equations? * pg. 15 Daily Intervention Parental Visits/Conferences Parents and other members of the community are always welcome at Greer Middle School. For the security of all students and to avoid disturbing the learning environment of students, visitors must enter by way of the office and secure permission and a visitor's pass before going to any other part of the building. Parents and other visitors may observe classes by making arrangements in advance with the Principal. Conferences with teachers may be arranged by making an appointment through the office by calling to arrange a team conference. Please contact the teacher directly if you would like to have a conference. Teacher Web Sites All teachers keep an up to date we page to keep parents informed of happenings within the classroom as well as to update assessment, homework, and project due dates. You may access a teacher’s web site by going to Greer Middle IB School’s main web page at http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/greerms/. Click on Faculty and then Directory to locate a particular teacher and their web site. Mr. Rhymer’s Principal Message will also be updated every month. Please take time to read this message as it many times will include valuable information regarding the progress and updates at GMS. PTSA Greer Middle School’s goal is to have strong parental involvement in school activities. The PTSA will have active members and be involved in a number of events designed to support our school (See PTSA calendar of events on the last page of student handbook). Parents may obtain information about the PTSA today, at Open House, or by contacting the school. School Improvement Council The School Improvement Council is an organization composed of teachers, parents, administrators and other citizens elected and/or appointed by the Principal. These council members work as a team to assist the administration in determining present and future needs of our schools. If you are interested in serving on SIC, communicate with Mr. Rhymer immediately. International Baccalaureate Program The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program prepares students for an increasing global society through an emphasis on communication skills, learning styles, social awareness and self- reflection. By working together Greer Middle IB Teachers developed our MYP curriculum focusing on active learning, interdisciplinary connections, and intercultural awareness while continuing to meet South Carolina state standards. Our Middle Years Program is designed to prepare students to successfully meet the challenges they face both in school and beyond. International Baccalaureate Program The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a great way to grow and learn at Greer Middle International Baccalaureate School: You will find out more about yourself and how you learn best. You will study from a broad range of different subjects. You will learn to make connections between your subjects. You will make connections with the real world. You will be assessed using a wide range of methods, not just tests! You will grow into a global citizen – someone who cares more for the world around you. You will be prepared for a successful future in the world beyond school. IB Community Service Hours Pick up a Community & Service Reflection Form from the IB office, your teacher, or the GMS website. Complete the required information and have the form signed at the event. Once the reflection form is completed turn it in to the IB office. It can be faxed or emailed, as well. [See below.] All forms are checked, recorded and the hard copy is filed in the IB office. A confirmation card is sent to the student via their homeroom teacher. At the end of the 1st and 2nd semester a letter is attached to the student's report card reporting their community and service hours earned while at Greer Middle IB School. 6th Grade – 10 hours 7th Grade – 15 hours 8th Grade – 25 hours IB Ambassadors Applications will be accepted once school begins Applications will be screened and interviews will be set up Selected Ambassadors will participate in training throughout the school year. Related Arts Classes Very important to be successful in Related Arts classes. 19 Different Related Arts classes this year. Related Arts is an opportunity to be exposed to practices that students would possibly never be exposed to. Some students will not receive their top choices for Related Arts due to classes becoming full. Class Schedules Related Arts Art PE Music (8th only) Strings (Year) Band (Year) Keyboarding Gateway To Technology Spanish Math and ELA Spanish I (Year) Academic Assistance Chorus (8th Only) Careers ESOL Athletic Research French Resource French I Newspaper (Year) Class Schedules Related Arts Not all students received their top choices for Related Arts classes because of demand Related Arts are an opportunity for students to be exposed to new things If any student wants a Related Arts class change, a parent letter needs to be sent to Mr. Rhymer – More than likely, the change will not be possible due to class size. But Mr. Rhymer will look at each individual case and make a decision Class Schedules Academic Teams You will pick up your schedules tonight Please take the time to visit your teachers Class Schedules No class changes will be made tonight or before the first day of school. – Only exception is if a student does not have appropriate number of classes (4 academic and 2 related arts) No Related Arts class change requests will be considered unless there are too many students enrolled in a RA class. Any request for change can be made after the first day in writing to Mr. Rhymer Conclusion Important Dates –First day of school is August 22nd Students should bring schedule the first day of school! –PTSA Open House is September 20th at 5:30 p.m. Tables And Representatives PTSA Spirit Shop Parent Volunteers Sign Up Miss GMS After School Program Greer Christian Learning Center Release Time Yearbooks PE Uniforms Career Development Facilitator-Parent Volunteers Transportation (Busses) School Lunch Schedules Dismiss Last Names A-L –Media Center Last Names M-Z –Cafeteria If you do not have a schedule in locations above, you may proceed to the office.
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