Middle School Initiative - Troup County

Middle School Initiative - Troup County

Middle School Initiative 2017 2018 School Year May 8, 2017 GOAL Comprehensive Secondary Plan Middle School Personal Discovery & Opportunity High School Career Development & Preparation Post-Secondary Marketability Focus of Initiatives Authentic & Purposeful Learning Experiences Knowledgeable about Self Interests & Abilities Pipeline to (Local) Businesses College & Career Ready Middle School Keystone Class 8th Grade Course

Career Connections Replacement Preparation for High School Identify Student Interests Nurture Learning Styles Develop Soft Skills Focus on Career Opportunities Curriculum Writing Committee Middle School Science Georgia Performance Standards New & Improved Relevant Curriculum based on Key Phenomena One Semester Course 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades (GMAS - 8th only) Middle School Social Studies

Georgia Performance Standards New & Improved Student Inquiry Based Curriculum One Semester Course 6th & 7th Grades One and a half Semester Course 8th Grade (GMAS) 6th & 7th Grade 1st 9 Weeks 2nd 9 Weeks 3rd 9 Weeks 4th 9 Weeks ENGLISH MATH SCIENCE E1 E5 SOCIAL STUDIES E2 E6 E3 E7 E4 E8

3rd 9 Weeks 4th 9 Weeks SOCIAL STUDIES E1 E5 E2 E6 8th Grade 1st 9 Weeks 2nd 9 Weeks ENGLISH MATH KEYSTONE SCIENCE E3 E4 Gifted Offerings Advanced Content ELA rubric (with teacher recommendation), top 12 15 % Accelerated Math parent selection with guidance Level 3 and Level 4 GMAS

Level 2 GMAS probation, grades monitored every 4 weeks, if failing return to regular class Algebra I High Level 3 and Level 4 GMAS (only) Interdisciplinary Gifted Resource Elective Gifted only elective in grades 6, 7, and 8 Advanced Academic Electives SAT Prep, Science Research, Debate, Pre-AP World History Competitive Electives Academic Bowl, InVenture High School Credit Algebra I, Physical Science, and Introduction to Business Middle School Course Electives 6th Grade Standard Electives Student Request - 7th and 8th Grade 9 week, Semester, and Year long Classes Academic

Career Explorations Academic Team Fine Arts Physical Education Student Name: x Grade Grade: Course Name Length Grade Language Arts Electives 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8

7 8 7&8 7&8 8 7 8 7&8 7&8 8 8 8 8 7&8 Parent/Guardian Signature: Course Name Length Academic Electives Yearbook Creative Writing Intro to Public Speaking READ 180 Digital Communications SAT Prep* Math Electives Personal Finance Math Lab Science Electives Science Support 7 Science Support 8 AWIM Medical Detectives Science Research* Social Studies Electives

Social Studies Support 7 Social Studies Support 8 Debate* Current Events Pre-AP World History* For High School Credit Algebra I* Physical Science* Intro to Business & Technology 9 Weeks / Sem 9 Weeks 9 Weeks Year 9 Weeks 9 Weeks Gifted Interdisciplinary Resource** ** Gifted only 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks Semester Year Year Year 8

7&8 7&8 8 8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 7&8 KEYSTONE Academic Bowl* Intro to Chess Ambassadors InVenture Challenge* Physical Education Weight Training Aerobics Team Sports Volleyball Sports Management Fine Arts Electives Band - Beg., Int., Adv Chorus - Beg., Int., Adv Music Appreciation Drawing / Painting Sculpture

Career Explorations Electives Basic Agriculture Intro Family & Consumer Sci Design & Modeling Intro to AV & Film Technology - Drones GreenPower Tech Exploring Pathways in Marketing * Advanced electives Date: 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks Semester 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks Sem / Year Sem / Year 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks 9 Weeks x 6th Grade Gifted Sample 1st 9 Weeks

2nd 9 Weeks 3rd 9 Weeks 4th 9 Weeks ENGLISH MATH SCIENCE SOCIAL STUDIES Academic Bowl Gifted Resource Gifted Resource Chorus PE Keyboarding Art Careers 1st 9 Weeks SCIENCE READ 180 PE 6th Grade Remedial Sample 2nd 9 Weeks 3rd 9 Weeks 4th 9 Weeks ENGLISH MATH SOCIAL STUDIES READ 180 READ 180 READ 180 Keyboarding Art Careers Middle School Bell Schedule

5 Periods / Day, Approximately 75 minutes / Period Elimination of A / B Days ELT replaced with Scaffolding Electives Weekly Rotating Schedule Scheduled 10 minute Break Schedule Rotation Week 1 Week 2 Week3 Week 4 A B D E B A

E D C C C C D E A B E D B A Next Steps Communication Video, Comments, & FAQs Faculty & Parent Informational Meetings LCMS Monday, May 8th 6:00 p.m. GNMS Tuesday, May 9th 6:00 p.m. CMS Thursday, May 11th 6:00 p.m. Student Advisements Week of May 8th Students Request Electives Week of May 15th Building Master Schedule / Loading Classes Not all Requests will be Satisfied but Choice Final Schedules First Day of School (unofficial maybe at

registration) Initi al Thoughts Like the concept of pathways We have positi ve thoughts! Not all students have college planned for their future! This program off ers those students more opti ons. Students can choose classes that interest them. Sounds exciti ng More choices are great We are giving them a foundati on now Moving towards the middle school model will defi nitely be a great initi ati ve and will help with student engagement. Makes learning more relevant Tailored around students interest Acknowledgement of 10 minute break at middle school level great. These breaks can be in the form of an internet caf, TV lab ti me to watch approved shows, dance/music studio, anything for students to unplug from academics for the 10 minutes. Parent of a middle school student is thrilled with Pathway completi on. Conti nue w/softskills and start it early. Flexibility w/electi ves is great.

Glad of rotati ng 1 st period sounds like a great idea. Diverse Questi ons you have What if you change your mind aft er you start a pathway? Can you change? Yes, students will be allowed to change their mind aft er taking the first course. Once they have completed the second course, they will be encouraged to take the third course and become a pathway completer. Are we going to conti nue to allow colleges to come in and recruit students as well as show what they off er? Yes. We would like to also have some type of college and career event next year. Is the focus just on non-college pathways? No. The focus is on helping students identi fy and complete an individualized College-bound students can benefi t from completi ng a CTAE pathway. For example, a studen t who plans to go to a 4-year college in engineering would greatly benefi t from completi ng the mechatronics pathway as well as an advanced academic pathway. How will students be graded in these classes? Students will be graded the same way they are graded in academic classes. Softskills may be one of the elements included within the minor category. A,B,C or meets, does not meet, etc.? Will the pathways cover all the careers? Pathways are

designed to meet local workforce needs and student interests. How can elementary schools begin to prepare 5 th grade students for the Keystone class at the middle school level? Our goal is to create a comprehensive system plan designed to prepare our students for post-secondary opti ons. Currently our focus is on the implement ati on of a secondary program. In the coming year, we will consider including the elementary programs. Are businesses already lined up? We are in the process of recruiti ng businesses and inviti ng them to get involved for the coming school year. How can businesses get involved? Businesses who are interested in serving in the mentorship program should contact the Public Relati ons Department at 706.812.7900 ext. 1127. How will discipline be administered for students att ending another campus? Our principals will work closely with each other in the administrati on of student discipline. Students maintain their enrollment in their base school. Therefore, their data will be housed at the base school. Will academic classes to be taught on other campuses? Yes. Students will take their second and third CTAE classes along with a non-EOC academic class. QUESTIONS?

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