Middle School Meet the Teacher

Meet the Teacher Night
2017
7th and 8th Grade

Daily Schedule

Trillium Academy Middle School will be implementing a block schedule for the 2017-2018 school year.

Students will receive their schedule on the first day of school.


Time Class
7:35 – 7:50: Breakfast
7:50 – 9:05: Core Academic Block 1
9:10 – 10:10: Elective
10:15 – 11:20: Core Academic Block 2
11:25 – 12:30: Core Academic Block 3
12:35 – 1:00: Lunch
1:05 – 2:05: Elective #2
2:10 – 3:15: Core Academic Block 4

Elective Classes

•   Electives are the same two classes every day for the entire trimester.
•   Elective times:
–  First Elective: 9:10-10:10
–  Second Elective: 1:05-2:05
•   You will receive two new electives each trimester.
•   The final schedule is not posted online until the day of the new trimester.
**What you see currently online for trimester one, two, or three electives are not necessarily what your child will have.
•   Please wait until the trimester begins to request a change of class.

Arrival Procedures

•   School doors open at 7:35.
–  Parents are asked not to escort their children to their homerooms.
•   Breakfast is served from 7:35-7:50 in the cafeteria. The students bring their breakfast back to their homerooms to eat.
–  Breakfast will end promptly at 7:50.
–  Students not purchasing breakfast through the school are still allowed to bring in their breakfast.
•   School day begins at 7:50.
–  Students arriving to their classroom after 7:50 will be marked tardy.
Dismissal Procedure
•   School day ends at 3:15. Students are released by homeroom teacher.
–  Parents are asked not to be waiting outside the homeroom unless you have made an appointment.

Absences and Tardies

•   Regular attendance and punctuality are very important!
–  5 tardies = 1 absence
–  5 early dismissals = 1 absence
•   Please communicate with your child’s teacher and the main office about planned and unplanned absences as early as possible.
–  This helps prevent missing work from accumulating, and students from falling behind.

Cell Phones

•   The use of cell phones or other electronic devices (iPods, iPads, MP3 players, etc.) is not permitted in the middle school grade levels unless agreed upon with the teacher. They are not allowed to have their phones in their possession throughout the day (pockets, bags, pencil cases, desk, etc.).

•   When students arrive, they may give their phones to their homeroom teacher for safekeeping or placed in their lockers.
–  First offense: warning, teacher will keep phone until the end of the day.
–  Second offense: administration receives phone and must be signed out by an adult at the end of the day.
–  Third offense: disciplinary action by administration.

Grades

•   Each student will be given a student ID
number so they and you can check grades on-line at any time (PowerSchool); your log in information will be located at the bottom of your student’s schedule. If it gets misplaced, you can check with the office to obtain the information (individual teachers do not have this information).
•   Students will also be given a formal progress report that must be signed and returned mid-way through each trimester.
•   FYI: A week before the end of each trimester, PowerSchool is shut down so no parent or student can see the final grades.

Testing

•   NWEA– English Language Arts, Reading, and Math
–  Three times a year (September, January, April/May)
–  Science is tested once in the middle of the year
•   Illuminate– Tests to assess understanding of monthly objectives/standards
–  Language Arts/ Reading: Every 60 days
–  Science and Math: Every 30 days
•   MSTEP – state online standardized test
–  Spring 2017
–  7th grade will test Math, English Language Arts, Science
–  8th grade will test Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies

Planner and Dojo

•   The planner is an important organizational and communication tool.
–  Students can record assignments and important reminders
–  The planner will also be utilized as a hall pass
•   48 passes for the entire year available
•   We will use ClassDojo to track individual student behavior.
–  Each day, positive and negative points are earned based on his/her behavior.
•   ClassDojo Messaging allows us to send quick messages straight to your cell phone.
–  We will use this for reminders and important updates. You do not need a smart phone to receive messages. The ClassDojo app (free for iPhone and Android) also allows you to send messages to us.
–  This is by far the best way to contact us, as we will frequently see these messages before e-mails.
•   We will send sign up instructions home with your child’s unique code during the first week of school.

Other Communication Tools

•   Emergency Contact Forms
–  Always keep these up-to-date in the office
•   Phone Calls
•   Parent Contact Form (PCF) and other documentation
•   If you have attempted to contact your child’s teacher and have not heard back within 1-2 school days, it is likely he/she did not get the message.
–  Emails sometimes end up in spam.
–  You may need to contact the main office or use another mode of communication.

Uniforms

General 'Attire' for Girls

•   Skirts/Jumpers/Skorts: black, navy, or khaki (polyester/cotton) dress apparel. No shorter than two inches above the knee.
•   Pants/Capris: black, navy, or khaki (polyester/cotton) dress apparel. To meet dress code requirements, pants may NOT be yoga/spandex material.
•   Shorts: black, navy, or khaki (polyester/cotton) dress apparel. No shorter than two inches above the knee.
•   Cardigan Sweater: black, burgundy, navy, and grey. Solid colors only, Trillium logo polo must be worn underneath.
•   Tights: Solid colors only. Must be worn underneath skirts/jumpers.
•   Long Sleeve Shirts: may be worn underneath short sleeve uniform shirt and must be a solid color of grey, black, burgundy, or navy.
•   Shoes: Any color of tennis shoe or dress shoes are permitted. Spike or plat- formed heeled shoes, sandals, flip-flops, slides, or open-toe shoes/open-back shoes are not permitted.

Uniforms

General 'Attire' for Boys

•   Pants/Capris: black, navy, or khaki (polyester/cotton) dress apparel. To meet dress code requirements, pants may NOT be yoga/spandex material.
•   Shorts: black, navy, or khaki (polyester/cotton) dress apparel. No shorter than two inches above the knee.
•   Cardigan Sweater: black, burgundy, navy, and grey. Solid colors only, Trillium logo polo must be worn underneath.
•   Long Sleeve Shirts: may be worn underneath short sleeve uniform shirt and must be a solid color of grey, black, burgundy, or navy.
•   Shoes: Any color of tennis shoe or dress shoes are permitted. Spike or plat- formed heeled shoes, sandals, flip-flops, slides, or open-toe shoes/open-back shoes are not permitted.

Field Trips/ Fundraisers

•  We are planning a Middle School field trip to Washington DC in March 2018.
•  We will have a parent meeting before the end of September.
•  Also, keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming fundraisers and information.
–  Hungry Howies, Movie Night, Restaurant Fundraiser, etc.

•  If you need any additional information, please e-mail Mrs. Macinnes directly.

Title One 101

•   Federally Funded Program
•   Funds used to purchase materials and hire personnel to enhance intervention in math, reading, science, and social studies and implement the program
•   Provides intervention services for at-risk students
•   Funding is determined by the number of families who qualify for free and reduced lunch
•   Purpose is to close the achievement gap of our students

Title One Support and Services

•   Trillium is Schoolwide Title One
•   Provide academic, social, and emotional intervention
•   Program Components:
–  Level 1: Classroom Intervention (Individualized Student Plans, Differentiated Instruction)
–  Level 2: RTI Push-In and Pull-Out program (working with at-risk/struggling students based on assessments in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies)
–  Level 3: Intensive RTI support, one on one programs, Neuro-reading, individualized therapy

Title One Components

•   Activities/Events – After school clubs, tutoring, summer program, Family Nights, Community Partnerships
•   Parent Involvement – PEO, Parent Support Group, Conferences, Parent Compact, Parent Involvement Policy, Surveys, Watch Dogs (volunteering), Newsletters, Power School, Assessment Reports, Science Fair, College Readiness, March is Reading Month, etc…
•   Educational Program – Teach Like a Champion, Daily 5, OnPoint Literacy, Step Up to Writing, 6+1 Traits of Writing, Singapore Math, Differentiated Instruction, Technology, Common Core, School Improvement Plan, Highly Qualified Staff
•   Data Driven – Professional Learning Communities, Data Meetings, Individualized Student Plans, Assessment Learning Objectives (MEAP, Performance Series, Explore, Plan, ACT, MME, Monthly Benchmark Tests)

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