April 3, 2003 Welcome Parents Central Park Middle School Parent Orientation to 6th Grade Introductions Dr. Tebbano, Principal Mr. DeLorenzo, Asst. Principal Mrs. Dalrymple, Counselor (A - K) Mrs. Hall, Counselor (L - Z) Megan and Garrett - 6th grade students at CPMS Mr. Kosiur, Co-President PTO Spring 2002 Transition Activities CPMS Newsletters Volume 3, Issue 7 C ark entral P ool Sch are sent to Elementary Middle March 2003 Message from the Principal Classes each month. Central Park Families: Well, it’s March and we are still look- ing at mounds of snow. We ask ourselves “CLIM BING T HE HI LL T O A HIG HE R E DUCATIO N ” when the weather will make a change. SLETTER Even the skiers among us are wishing for an end to the sub zero temperatures and bone chilling winds. The weather teaches us that we can’t always predict and plan what is around the corner and we must adapt and overcome obstacle. In school and at home we teach the skill of overcoming obstacles. Learning to problem solve is becoming a more nec- $3.00 in the library.) Locker use also essary skill with each passing year. In the teaches organizational skills. (note: If past, the assembly line provided jobs for your child loses a lock, it needs to be re- many people and if you learned your job placed. We rent locks for $5.00 or per- and did it well you earned a good living. sonal locks can be used.) Teachers ex- Today, robots and machines have re- pect honesty and integrity in every aspect placed humans on many assembly lines of school. In the age of computer “copy and the skills necessary to be successful and paste,” integrity is a quality is easily require workers to be able to communi- tested. Teamwork, interpersonal skills, cate, solve problems, and be adaptable. analytic skills, and communication are Just as we need to plan for changes in the used in many classes. We always look NEW weather, we need to teach our children the skills necessary to survive and thrive in the 21st century. The New York State Learning Stan- for ways to stretch students’ abilities in these areas. Talk with your child about these qualities and how he/she can work to dards and the challenging courses that develop the qualities mentioned above. your children take at Central Park are They are keys to success in middle designed to help them develop the skills school and in life. We remain committed that eventual employers want in their em- to helping our students develop the skills ployees. These are the same skills that and qualities that will ensure their will allow them to be successful school success. Their success is our success! now. We constantly work to develop organizational skills in our students. The student “Agenda Planner” is an organiza- tional tool. (note: if your child needs a replacement agenda, they are available for Principal Breakfast In January, the principals of our elementary schools were invited to a breakfast meeting with the CP principal and assistant principal. We had an opportunity to share ideas and talk about ways to make the transition to middle school smoother. Welcome Letter Current 6th graders write friendly letters to 5th grade students and describe our school and what it is like to be in 6th grade. Intake Sheets Student informational intake sheets are completed by 5 th grade teachers and reviewed by guidance counselors, teachers, and administrators at Central Park. Conversations Continue Informal email and telephone questions between CPMS and elementary teachers/administrators occur throughout the spring. 5 th - 6 th Grade Teacher Meeting On April 14th, 5th grade teachers from all of our elementary schools and 6th grade teachers from the three middle schools will participate in a planning/best practice workshop. This event is being sponsored by the GE Fund Middle School Extension Grant. Getting Comfortable with Middle School Day long visitation to CPMS. Each student gets a 6th grade “buddy” for the day. Students attended classes and see the middle school up close and personal! Students at Lunch! Enjoying a Visit to CPMS! More Happy Visitors After a Visit we Re-Group! Hey, we have Everyday Math Here too! Do we have to leave? Central Park Awarded NYS School of Excellence In October 1999, Central Park Middle School was recognized as a New York State Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Program of Study 5 Core Subjects (Taught Every Day) English, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies Two Encore Classes Physical Education - all year every other day Music - every other day 1/2 year Language/Culture Theme - every other day 1/2 year Computer - 20 weeks, every day Art - 10 Weeks, every day Home & Careers - 10 Weeks, every day Enrichment Activity Period (EA) Students are encouraged to participate in EA clubs. The activities are sponsored by teachers and staff members. If students do not choose an activity, they remain in a classroom Study Hall EA Period is a part of the school day 2:05 - 2:40 PM Music groups meet during EA Parent Transition Issues All students are randomly assigned to teams. The only exceptions are High Ability English, High Ability Math, and Special Education assignments. We are unable to honor requests for specific teams or student pairings. District Testing Schedule TONYSS Assessment Final Exams District-wide finals exams are cumulative The district administers this assessment in and are given in English, Math, Science, April - May. and Social Studies. Scores from the Terra Nova assessment are They count for 20% of a course grade. used as a guide for placement in 6th grade is the first time your child will accelerated classes for 7th grade. take a comprehensive final exam. Discipline Issues The role of the Assistant Principal Detention/Suspension The “I” List Mediation Programs LOJ Programs Project SAVE Legislation Parent Help Necessary First Time Bus Riders - You will receive information from our Transportation Dept. Attendance - We want your child here every day he/she is not ill. Tardy - you MUST send your child with a note when he/she is late for school. Late Bus - Every day at 3:45 PM. This bus does not stop at every regular bus stop. Bus Safety - Riding a bus to school is a privilege! Lockers 6th graders’ biggest fear! No sharing lockers Keep lock combination a secret. You may bring your own lock. For a $5.00 deposit, students may use a school lock. Deposits are returned at the end of the year. Teachers will teach and review locker organization. Backpacks are kept in lockers and must be small enough to fit. Communication Between Home and School Monthly Newsletter - Ask your child if you don’t see it by the 3rd of the month! Teacher/Parent Phone Calls Homework Hotline Guidance Counselors Agenda Planners Interim Progress Reports Report Cards Parent/Teacher/Student Conference Email Communication and Safety The safety of every CPMS student is important to us. We MUST be able to contact you or a relative during the day. Beepers Number In the event of a 911 Cell Phone Number emergency, the paramedics Let us know when will not treat your child numbers change. without your approval and consent, at the time of the emergency. The Student Perspective Experience With Transition Expectations in Middle School Advise for Parents and Students Services & Student Recognition Student Services Awards Programs and Recognition Promotion Policy How To Succeed in Middle School After School Program 5 days a week, October- May 2:40 - 5:10 PM Late Bus available Homework Help Classes Snacks Sports Contests, Field Trips, and much more! Parent Involvement Parent Groups Parent include: PTO and Conferences Note Shared Decision Making Team. Please do not believe your child when they Chaperoning Field Trips/Dances, etc. tell you that we do not want your help, Attendance at school functions assistance, or that they did all their School Committees homework in EA. Summer Opportunity Transition Summer Program – funded by the GE Middle School Extension Grant Ms. Ng and Ms. Hartkern Weeks of July 15th and July 22nd Three page information sheets will be passed out. One week, ½ day, fun-filled opportunity Next 6th Grade Orientation Tuesday, August 27th 9:00 - 11:30 AM Students will get their schedule, meet some teachers, tour the building, and become prepared for their first day of 6th grade. Parents are welcome to attend but your attendance is not necessary. Summer 2002 Summer Reading Assignment District Mailings District Calendar Bus Information Schedule from C.P. August Orientation Reminder Locker Night for 6th graders Wednesday, August 28th 6:30 - 7:30 PM Students will have an opportunity to get their assigned hall locker, decorate it if they like, and put their lock on the locker. 6th Grade Welcome Dance Friday, September 13th 7-9 PM Cost - $2.00 6th graders only Sponsored by our 8th grade class and the PTO. Questions & Answers We are happy to answer your questions now. If you have questions later in the summer, please feel free to call us. The school telephone number is 370-8250. Central Park Motto “Climbing the Hill to a High Education!” Have A Good Evening and thank you for coming. Refreshments, compliments of our PTO, are being served in the front hallway.
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