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8th grade handbook 2009

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									Thomas S. Hart
Middle School




Student Handbook
   2008-2009

EIGHTH GRADE
                              MISSION STATEMENT

In following the ideals and standards of our namesake, Thomas S. Hart, the staff is committed to
creating an environment for our students that fosters integrity, responsibility and respect for
others. In partnership with the parents of Thomas S. Hart students, we will strive to prepare our
students for continued academic success while cultivating responsible young adults who are
respectful and accepting of our increasingly diverse society.




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February 2008

Dear Parents and Students:

Hart’s school program is designed to meet the needs of the whole child. In addition to our core
academic program, we offer a variety of elective and exploratory classes.

Parents are invited to attend informational meetings regarding schedules, curriculum and a
general orientation to the grade level. These are incoming grade levels.

6th grade             Tuesday, March 11              7 - 8:30 p.m.          Hart MPR
7th grade             Tuesday, March 4               7 - 8:30 p.m.          Hart MPR
8th grade             Tuesday, March 4               7 - 8:30 p.m.          Hart Library

Teachers, counselors and administrators will present information on curriculum choices and be
available to answer any questions.

Counselors, Ms. Carey, Ms. Schoonover and Ms. Stewart, will be visiting current 6th and 7th
grade classrooms during the last week of February. The purpose of these visits will be to give
students information about course selections for next year. The counselors will also be visiting
current 5th graders at their respective elementary schools during the first week of March.
Students will be given student handbooks and course selection sheets which require a parent
signature. Fifth grade (incoming 6th grade) course selection sheets are due to 5th grade teachers
by Thursday, March 13. Incoming 7th and 8th grade course selection sheets are due by Friday,
March 7.

Walk-through registration for all students will be held in mid-August. At that time, students will
receive their class schedule, have their picture taken, tour the school and have the opportunity to
purchase P.E. clothes, organizer and yearbook.

If you have any questions about the scheduling process, please feel free to call me at 426-3102,
or call your child’s counselor, Sharon Stewart (A-G), Tammy Schoonover (H-O), or Linda Carey
(P-Z), at 426-4881.

Next school year promises to be full of excitement and learning experiences. I am looking
forward to sharing these experiences with you in a partnership that will provide an enriching
educational experience for your child.

Sincerely,


Steve Maher, Principal




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INTRODUCTION
Our middle school program is designed to be child-centered and to meet the unique intellectual,
social, emotional and physical needs of young adolescents in grades six through eight. Our
program provides a smooth transition from the self-contained elementary school to the
departmentalized high school. Following state guidelines for the ideal middle school, all
students experience a core curriculum, exploratory and elective class offerings, and an
advisement time.

Middle school students have seven class periods per day, plus a lunch period. Students also have
a 5 minute daily advisement time during 5th or 6th period. A summary of the curriculum for
sixth, seventh, and eighth grades is outlined below. The order of classes will vary for each
individual student and is determined randomly through computer scheduling.


MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMIC PROGRAM

SIXTH GRADE                                  SEVENTH GRADE                               EIGHTH GRADE

LANGUAGE ARTS                                LANGUAGE ARTS                               LANGUAGE ARTS
LANGUAGE ARTS                                LANGUAGE ARTS                               HISTORY
HISTORY                                      HISTORY                                     ALGEBRA 1B
PRE ALGEBRA                                  ALGEBRA 1A                                  P.E.
P.E.                                         P.E.                                        8th GRADE
                                                                                         SCIENCE/HEALTH
6TH GRADE SCIENCE                            7th GRADE SCIENCE
EXPLORATION WHEEL                                                                        ELECTIVE
CLASSES:                                     ELECTIVES:
                                                                                         ELECTIVE
   Art                                      1) WHEEL CLASSES
   Computer/Keyboarding                          Art
   Quest                                         Computer/Keyboarding
   World Language                                Consumer & Family
   Music Appreciation                              Studies
   Consumer & Family                             Visual & Performing Arts
     Studies/Health                          or 2) CHORUS
                                             or 3) BAND
CHORUS                                       or 4) STRING ORCHESTRA
                                             or 5) WORLD LANGUAGE*
BAND                                         *Prerequisite of C+ or above in 6th grade
                                             language arts block. Requires nightly
                                             homework.
STRING ORCHESTRA
If student is taking band there will be an   If student is taking band and world
―A‖ period (either science or PE) starting   language there will be an ―A‖ period
at 7:40 a.m. every day except Wednesday      (either science or PE) starting at 7:40
                                             a.m. every day except Wednesday.




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EIGHTH GRADE REQUIREMENTS
LANGUAGE ARTS
This class gives students the opportunity to learn, practice and apply a variety of language arts skills.
Emphasis is placed on the integration of listening, speaking, thinking, reading and writing. Skills are
taught in a meaningful context. Appropriate works of literature provide the basis for many of the lessons
presented. The course outline aligns with the California state framework and with District goals.

U. S. HISTORY
This course begins with a review of our colonial heritage and the beginnings of our new nation. The
Constitution is studied in depth and is followed by a chronological history of the United States in the
nineteenth century. Democratic values, civic rights and responsibilities, cultural understanding, and
geography are integrated into the curriculum.

MATH
 ALGEBRA IB
    Algebra IB continues a formal introduction to Algebra. Students will begin the year with a brief
    review of concepts taught in Algebra IA. The major topics of study are: polynomials, factoring,
    solving and graphing systems of equations and inequalities and absolute value equations, rational and
    radical expressions and equations and an introduction to quadratic equations. The Algebra IA and
    IB sequence is equivalent to a high school algebra course and fulfills the algebra standards as
    approved by the California State Board of Education.

 HONORS      ALGEBRA IB
    Honors Algebra IB continues a formal introduction into Algebra. Students will cover all the topics
    from Algebra IB, moving more rapidly and significantly more in-depth. Students in the honors class
    will be required to sign a contract and maintain an ―A‖ or ―B‖ average to remain in the course.
    Honors Algebra IA students may continue in Honors IB with teacher recommendation, and if they
    maintain an ―A‖ or ―B‖ average. Algebra IA students may qualify for Honors Algebra IB if students
    meet 3 out of the 4 criteria below:
                 1)      97%ile on standardized test in Total Math.
                 2)      At or above average honors class score on district end-of-year Algebra IA test.
                 3)      Algebra IA grades—A’s for all quarters.
                 4)      Teacher recommendation.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students participate in a wide variety of physical activities designed to develop motor skills and promote
endurance, agility, and coordination. Unit activities emphasize responsibility, cooperation, good
sportsmanship, and the improvement of individual skills. The activity units include individual and team
sports, dance, games, and personal fitness.

8TH GRADE SCIENCE
This semester course covers the scientific areas of chemistry and physics, including the study of matter
and energy. The class is taught with an emphasis on developing critical thinking and laboratory skills.

HEALTH
In this semester course students will study aspects of physical, mental, and emotional health. Units on
stress management, communicable and non-communicable diseases, nutrition, fitness, AIDS, family life
education and substance prevention are taught.



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EIGHTH GRADE ELECTIVES
Eighth grade students have the opportunity to select courses to fill two elective periods each semester.
The elective classes are designed to provide students with an in-depth study in a variety of subject areas.
Eighth grade electives are organized into semester or year-long blocks of time. The elective classes
available to eighth grade students are listed below.

YEAR LONG ELECTIVES
Students who elect to take a year long class make a full year commitment. Parents and students should
make their choices carefully.

WORLD LANGUAGES
Spanish IA
Spanish IA is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture. Students study basic speech patterns,
vocabulary and elementary grammar with daily homework and frequent tests. Priority is given to 7th
graders, therefore, eighth graders may enroll only if space is available. A grade of C+ or higher in 7th
grade language arts and/or teacher recommendation is required to enroll in this class.

Spanish IB
Spanish IB is a continuation of Spanish IA. The course will cover more advanced grammar, more
complex conversational patterns, and simple compositions. Successful completion of two years of
Spanish (with a grade of B– or better) is the equivalent of one year of high school Spanish. Advanced
high school placement (Spanish II) is based on teacher recommendation. A grade of C+ or higher in
Spanish 1A and/or teacher recommendation is required to enroll in this class.

Conversational Spanish
Conversational Spanish is an introduction to Spanish language and culture. Students will study basic
speech patterns and vocabulary. The focus of this course will be oral communication through the TPR
teaching method, (total physical response). This class welcomes 8th graders who would like to take a
world language but who are not transferring to Spanish II in high school. This class will give students a
strong foundation to continue and be successful in Spanish I in high school.

French IA
French IA is an introduction to the French language and culture. Students study basic speech patterns,
vocabulary and elementary grammar with daily homework and frequent tests. The class involves a great
deal of oral communication. The class is open to eighth graders who have a good command of English
grammar and good study habits. Priority is given to 7th graders, therefore, eighth graders may enroll only
if space is available. A grade of C+ or higher in 7th grade language arts and/or teacher recommendation
is required to enroll in this class.

French IB
French IB is a continuation of French IA. The course covers more advanced grammar, more complex
conversational patterns, simple compositions and some simple French Literature. Successful completion
of two years of French (with a grade of B– or better) is the equivalent of one year of high school French.
Advanced high school placement (French II) is based on teacher recommendation. A grade of C+ or
higher in French IA and/or teacher recommendation is required to enroll in this class.




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German IA
German IA is an introduction to the German language and culture, and is designed to build a solid
foundation for the continuing study of the language. Students will acquire basic skills in listening,
reading, writing and speaking with daily homework and frequent tests. Priority is given to seventh
graders, however, eighth graders may enroll in this class only if space is available. A grade of C+ or
higher in 7th grade language arts and/or teacher recommendation is required to enroll in this class.

German IB
German IB is a continuation of German IA. The course covers more advanced grammar, more complex
conversational patterns, and simple compositions. Successful completion of two years of German (with a
grade of B– or better) is the equivalent of one year of high school German. Advanced high school
placement (German II) is based on teacher recommendation. A grade of C+ or higher in German IA
and/or teacher recommendation is required to enroll in this class.

 Note:
Students not meeting standards in mainstream language arts will not be placed in a world language class
without a recommendation from their language arts teacher. Usually students who are struggling to meet
language arts standards are not likely to be successful in a rigorous world language program where
students are expected to have already mastered all their basic language skills



*YEARBOOK
This year-long course is for the highly motivated student who would like to take part in publishing Hart’s
yearbook. Students learn publishing skills such as writing copy, editing, and photography. They will also
learn computer programs necessary for creating design templates and layouts. Students will also learn the
following life skills: goal setting, time management, and teamwork. Selection is based on student
application and recommendations from teachers and administrators. Students and parents should be
aware that the class requires a additional time commitment outside of class.
*AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination)
AVID is a year-long elective course that prepares students for success in high school and college. The
AVID course is intended for bright students who are not achieving to their potential and whose skill level
is not at the maximum; therefore, the AVID class provides support, academic monitoring and tutoring.
The writing process, collaboration and inquiry are the core strategies of the program. In addition, the
students are taught study skills, test preparation, time management, and Cornell note taking. Parents and
students need to be aware this class is a substantial time commitment. Applications for the course are
available on an invitational basis only. Selection is based on student application, STAR test scores, GPA,
recommendations from teachers and citizenship record.

MEDIA
This course provides instruction in the proper procedures for the operation and use of a variety of
broadcast equipment such as: digital cameras, video cameras, computers, teleprompter, audio and video
mixers, and broadcasting systems. Students in this class will produce a regular news TV program for the
school. Students will produce Public Service Announcements (PSA) that instill Pleasanton Unified
School District’s Character Traits. Students will conduct interviews. They will also learn and use
proper storyboarding and news script writing. Projects will be assigned throughout the year, which may
include a final end of the year project. This class may require extra filming time, computer work, and
storyboard writing which would occur outside of the classroom.


*Application and recommendation required.



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INSTRUMENTAL BAND
Concert Band
This class is designed to provide experience and training for students who have had two to three years
playing experience. Emphasis will be on instrumental technique and a variety of musical literature.
Student placement is determined by the band instructor. There is a performance requirement in this class.

Symphonic Band
This class is designed for musicians who have had three to four years of playing experience. Emphasis
will be on learning advanced musical literature, theory, history, and instrumental techniques. Student
placement is determined by the band instructor. There is a performance requirement in this class.

Jazz Band
Advanced instrumental techniques, theory, improvisation, and a variety of jazz styles are taught in this
select class. Instrumentation is limited to saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section of bass,
piano, and drum set. All musicians must demonstrate advanced skills and participation is determined by
auditions in September and May. This is a competitive band, and participation in performances is part of
the student’s grade.

String Orchestra I
This class is designed to provide extensive training for students who play violin, viola, cello, or string
bass. Students must have a minimum of one year prior experience and must demonstrate a basic
understanding of music notation and instrumental technique. This class will provide training in a variety
of orchestral styles and difficulty levels with concentration on Baroque and Classical literature. There is a
performance requirement in this class.

String Orchestra II
This class is designed for musicians who have had three to four years of playing experience. Emphasis
will be on learning advanced musical literature, theory, history, and instrumental techniques. Student
placement is determined by the band instructor. There is a performance requirement in this class.

CHORUS
This class is designed to further develop the art of choral singing. Emphasis is on vocal technique, sight-
singing and choral performance. It is recommended that students have a basic understanding of music
notation and interpretation. Students will study and perform a variety of music literature in one, two, and
three parts. Several concerts are performed throughout the year. There is a performance requirement for
this class. Student placement is determined by the choral instructor.

SKILL BUILDING ELECTIVES
Mathematics, Reading, or Writing, (if available)
These classes are available to students who need skill building in the areas of math, reading and writing
and are taken in lieu of an elective. Students will remain in the class a minimum of one semester, up to a
year. Students are placed based upon standardized test scores and teacher recommendations. Parents will
be notified via a letter or phone call if a skills class is recommended.




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SEMESTER ELECTIVES
ART A* (1st Semester)
This course explores a variety of art styles and materials. Students will learn about drawing, painting,
design, collage and composition in mainly two-dimensional art, however there will be an opportunity to
experiment with clay. Students will exhibit work in the spring show. (A $20.00 donation is requested
during the first two weeks of class to cover materials).

ART B* (2nd Semester)
Designed to explore drawing, design, and composition, this course focuses more on three dimensional
design. Students will have an opportunity to experiment with materials such as clay, paper mache,
cardboard sculpture, mixed media, as well as drawing and painting.
(A $20.00 donation is requested during the first two weeks of class to cover materials.)

*Students may take either or both semesters of Art; Art A is not a prerequisite of Art B.

COMPUTER
This course prepares students for advanced placement in computers at the high school level. Students are
given instruction in computer literacy, technology and use of computer networks. Students will study
word processing, spread sheets, web page design, programming in HTML language, flash animation and
photo editing. Personal keyboarding skills will be reviewed and practiced.

EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY
This course provides students the opportunity for an in-depth study and exploration of different
technologies. Learning modules are available to provide instruction in areas such as aerospace, power and
energy, alternative energy, pneumatics, engineering structures, computer aided design, electronics and
control systems, robotics, communications, multimedia basics, desktop publishing, laser and fiber optics,
graphic design and video production. (A $20.00 donation is requested during the first two weeks of class
to cover materials).

CONSUMER AND FAMILY SKILLS: TEENS AND FAMILIES (1st Semester)**
The course focuses on personal and family relationships, identifying family expenses and budgeting
needs, preparing nutritious meals, making nutritional food choices, and understanding and caring for
children. Development of community and career roles, including leadership, citizenship and
employability skills will be integrated in all units during the semester. Students will receive an
introduction to basic sewing skills using the sewing machine. (A $20.00 donation is requested during the
first two weeks of class to cover materials).

CONSUMER AND FAMILY STUDIES: CONSUMER SKILLS (2nd Semester)**
The course focuses on making consumer decisions, interior design and living at home, food preparation
and purchasing, creating your personal image, clothing and fashion. Development of community and
career roles, including leadership, citizenship and employability skills, will be integrated in all units
during the semester. Activities may include decorating your own room, sewing a garment and cooking.
A $20.00 donation is requested during the first two weeks of class to cover materials. The student’s
sewing project is a separate expense. (About $14.00 for a kit or the cost of fabric if self-purchased).

** Students may take either or both semesters of Consumer & Family Studies. “Teens and
Families” is not a prerequisite of “Consumer Skills”)




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SEMESTER ELECTIVES (continued)
*JOURNALISM
Journalism is a semester English elective class where students produce the school newspaper and explore
many different aspects of newspaper editing, writing, and production. This class is for students who are
responsible, independent, and self-directed learners. Students will investigate and create interesting
articles for the school newspaper while working in a collaborative environment. Students should be
willing to pursue new ideas, follow up leads, interview a variety of people, and fulfill deadlines. Students
who take this class should also have good basic computer skills; that is, familiarity with a word processor
and internet search techniques. Admission to the journalism class is subject to instructor approval.

*LEADERSHIP
This semester course is for the highly motivated student who has a real desire to become involved in
student activities, student government, and school/community service. Students learn about leadership
styles, communication, time management, goal-setting, decision-making, and develop strong self-esteem.
Students develop their own leadership skills through direct participation and planning and organizing a
variety of programs. Examples of activities and programs include: operating the student store, organizing
noon-time activities, planning and decorating for school dances, carrying out student and staff recognition
programs, managing the Go Green program here on campus, and organizing all environmental awareness
programs. Selection is based on student application and recommendations from teachers and
administrators. This class requires 10 community service hours in addition to a time commitment outside
of class required for managing the home boys and girls basketball games (selling tickets, running score
board and concessions). You must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 to apply for this class.

SPEECH AND DRAMA
This semester class helps students increase their self-esteem, gain composure, and express creativity in
front of a group through theater games, practical speech experiences and performances. After exploring
oral interpretation, readers’ theater, pantomime and improvisation, students learn stage techniques and
participate in the production of selected plays. The semester grade includes participation in an end-of-the
term production that requires the students to be out of their regular classes and also to perform in the
evening, after regular school hours.

*TEACHER ASSISTANT—TA (one semester only)
Eighth grade students have the opportunity to take a semester elective to work as an assistant to a teacher,
the librarian or the office staff. TA’s must be able to work independently, listen, take direction from the
master teacher, work cooperatively, show responsibility when working and have excellent attendance.
TA’s must also have a faculty recommendation. Students must have a C average, (B average to work in
the office). Students must fill out a separate application form available in the counseling office.
Students will receive a pass/fail grade for this class which will not be calculated in the GPA.


Elective Donations
Several semester electives request donations to meet the cost of materials needed for consumable class
projects. Because materials need to be ordered within the first few weeks of school, the classes of Art A,
Art B, Teens and Families, Consumer Skills, and Exploring Technology are requesting that these
donations be made by the second week of the semester. If submitting a donation presents a financial
hardship for your family, scholarships are available. No students will be excluded from a class because
he/she is unable to give a donation. Teachers will provide further details regarding the donation in a
letter to parents.


*Application and recommendation required.

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SPECIAL PROGRAMS
GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION (GATE)
District Philosophy
The Pleasanton Unified School District currently offers, and continues to improve, the opportunities for
gifted and talented students to develop both academically and socially. In addition to providing
opportunities for talent development, enrichment, and access to resources and services, the District has
made a solid commitment to providing a differentiated core curriculum offering depth, complexity,
novelty, and acceleration. We believe this approach will ultimately benefit all students whether or not
they are identified as GATE. School Based Coordinated Program Plans (SBCP) for each school include
curriculum objectives, enrichment plans and evidence of student progress to support the GATE program.

On the scheduling course selection sheet, GATE identified students and their parents rank order academic
core subjects (math, science, language arts or history) according to their interests. These students are then
clustered with other GATE students who have similar interests and abilities. The cluster classes provide
required curriculum that is expanded and includes pacing, varying levels of complexity and depth,
acceleration, novelty, and/or instructional strategies appropriate for gifted students.

We make every attempt to schedule each student into their first choice cluster area. Scheduling
constraints may impact this, therefore we ask that students prioritize their choices. If a student selects
math as his/her first choice for a clustered class, and that student is subsequently recommended for an
honors math placement, placement will be in the second choice area.


LAPTOP PROGRAM
The laptop program is offered to 8th graders who are currently enrolled in the 7th grade laptop program.
If space is available, new 8th grade students may enter the program. This year’s laptop program consists
of classes in science, language arts, health and history. Students will use the laptop daily in their
coursework, while teachers use multi-media to enhance the learning process. The laptop will be with the
student throughout the day.

An informational meeting is held in late February and parents are asked to commit to the program at that
time. In order to be in the program, the student must have a laptop, which meets our specifications and
access to a printer and the internet. Scholarships are available for families who are interested in the
program but unable to meet the financial obligations. If you and your student are interested in the
program and have not yet signed up, please contact Mrs. Terry Conde, vice principal.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER (ELL)
Hart offers the ELL class for second language learners to develop both academically and socially. Each
ELL identified student will have 2 classes of language arts and one class of history. The goal of the
program is to develop reading and writing skills across the language arts and history curriculum. This
class offers English learners an opportunity to explore American culture, practice speaking, and focus on
reading to increase comprehension and vocabulary. The standards-based instruction addresses the
proficiency levels of all students. Placement in the ELL class is required for all students scoring below a
level 5 on the CELDT (California English Language Development Test).




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SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Resource Specialist Program
The Resource Specialist Program (RSP) provides instructional services through an Individualized
Education Plan (IEP) for students identified with mild to moderate learning disabilities. Based on
individual need, students may be scheduled into the Resource Program for one to three periods per day or
into a collaboration model in the mainstream classroom. The remainder of their day is spent in regular
education classes. The Resource Specialist Program is designed to provide for the individual needs of
students in the academic areas of reading, written language, and math.

Special Day Class
The Special Day Class (SDC) provides instructional services through an Individualized Education
Program (IEP) for students identified with mild to severe learning disabilities. Students spend a
minimum of 50% of the school day in SDC. They usually receive instruction in the basic skill areas of
reading, written language, and math. They may also receive services in other areas including science,
history, and/or life/survival skills. As appropriate, students take academic and elective classes in the
regular education program .

Designated Instruction and Services
In addition to the regular school programs we provide special instruction in speech and language therapy,
adaptive physical education, or assistance with hearing, orthopedic, visual, or health-related problems,
(based on testing results).




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SERVICES/ACTIVITIES
LIBRARY SERVICES
Students may use the library during the school day with a pass signed by a teacher. The library has a
computerized check-out system and students will use their student ID card to check out materials. The
library collection includes more than 12,000 books and reference materials.

LIBRARY HOMEWORK CLUB
Our Library Homework Club is for students who wish to work independently on homework and school
projects before and after school. A credentialed teacher is on duty for supervision. Parent donations for
this program are accepted at registration and at any time during the year.

Hours for Library Homework Club:         7:40 - 8:40 a.m. (except Wednesdays)
                                         3:10 - 4:10 p.m. (except Fridays).
Hours for book check-out:                8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

PARENT LIBRARY
Books and audiotapes are available in the library for parents to check out. We also have a series of
informational brochures for parents and students.
MANDATORY HOMEWORK CLUB
This is an after-school homework class, supervised by credentialed teachers. It is a state-funded program
for students who are academically at-risk. Specific criteria need to be met in order for students to be
placed in this program. The program is dependent on the availability of on-going state funds.
Participation in this program requires that a contract be signed by parent, student and staff member.
CAFETERIA SERVICES
Students may purchase food on campus before school and during their lunch period. Food is served
cafeteria style and students may choose items to make up a full lunch, (entrée, fruit, salad, milk) for $2.75
(this price may change for the 2008/2009 school year), or purchase items a la carte. Caffeinated drinks
and candy are not sold during lunch.

HEALTH SERVICES
Students are screened for visual problems in sixth grade and for hearing difficulties in eighth grade.
Seventh grade girls and eighth grade boys are given a scoliosis screening. A health clerk is on campus
part time to assist with minor first aid, administer medication and assist students who become ill at
school. The school does not have a nurse on site.
INTRAMURALS
Students have the opportunity to participate in lunchtime sports activities which may include basketball,
volleyball, football, and table tennis. Intramurals are offered during all lunches on a rotating basis.

CLUBS/ACTIVITIES
Various clubs are available after school and at lunch. Meeting times and dates are listed in the bulletin
that is read during advisement. We offer activities such as art, sewing, game room and movie room.
Activities vary from year to year based on funds, student interest and instructor availability.

ATHLETICS
We participate in a league with Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore public schools. We offer basketball,
wrestling, golf, volleyball, color guard, cheerleading and track (games and practices are after school).
With the exception of wrestling, color guard and track, teams are selected through a tryout. Students must
have a current physical on file, maintain a 2.0 GPA with no F’s, and a positive record of citizenship.




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                               COUNSELING PROGRAM
                                         COUNSELORS:
                        Sharon Stewart (A-G) sstewart@pleasanton.k12.ca.us
                     Tammy Schoonover (H-O) tschoonover@pleasanton.k12.ca.us
                          Linda Carey (P-Z) lcarey@pleasanton.k12.ca.us
                                          (925) 426-4881

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING
Counselors are available to meet with students on an individual basis for any social, emotional or
academic concerns. Referrals are through staff, parent, peer or self.

GROUP COUNSELING
Hart offers counseling groups on a variety of topics such as, grief, divorce/separation, anger management,
social skills, and general support. Groups meet once a week during rotating periods. Students can
participate through staff, parent, peer or self referral. Written parent permission is required.

CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS
Counselors visit 6th grade classes during the first month of school to discuss middle school expectations
and responsibilities. In addition, counselors provide information about school programs and counseling
services. Counselors meet with all grade levels (including 5th grade students entering Hart) to explain
next year’s program and hand out scheduling materials. In addition to students receiving presentations
about scheduling, parents may learn about scheduling options by attending parent informational meetings
in the evening. Counselors are available year round to assist parents and students with scheduling
questions.

THE MENTORING PROGRAM
8th grade students are paired with 6th graders who may need additional peer support. Mentors and
―mentees‖ meet once a month for large and small group activities led by counselors, including a holiday
service project, game days and breakfast treats. Mentors are encouraged to maintain contact with their
mentees throughout the year.

PEER TUTORING PROGRAM
8th graders are trained as peer tutors to help students who need extra academic support at school. This
program is designed to help students with organization, review for tests, note-taking skills, study skills,
and help with long-term projects. Tutoring is held twice a week before school on specified days.

W.E.B. (Welcome EveryBody) ORIENTATION
Trained 8th grade WEB Leaders facilitate 6th Grade Orientation via a series of small group activities and
a campus tour. Throughout the year, WEB leaders make classroom presentations on topics such as:
Rumors, Teamwork, Attitude, etc.

STUDENT STUDY TEAM (SST) MEETINGS
SST meetings are designed to assist low performing students with strategies that may help improve
academic performance. Teachers provide input on student progress and suggest ways for students to be
successful. Students are referred for an SST meeting by teachers, counselors, or administrators. Parents
may request an SST after conferring with their student’s teachers and counselor.




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