General Information Meetings Monday, October 14, 2013 Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Dr. Jim Mudd Supervisor of Gifted Education and Special Programs [email protected] Application Procedures • On-line applications are due no later than midnight Saturday, February 1, 2014. • Paper applications being delivered in person to Porter or Pennington are due no later than 4 p.m. Friday, January 31. Applications that are being mailed must be postmarked by Saturday, February 1, 2014. • Students who are accepted into a program are expected to score 400 or above on designated Virginia Standard of Learning tests. 2 Application Procedures • The on-line application allows students to apply to three different programs which they must rank in order of preference. • The World Language and Mathematics and Science Specialty Programs require an essay. This writing is completed at each elementary school. 3 Application Procedures • Applications are required for students residing within a school boundary as well as for students who transfer for a program. • Students who apply to attend a specialty program at a middle school other than their base middle school must submit a Student Transfer Request Form. Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) does not discriminate in employment or in its educational programs and activities against qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. PWCS provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual(s) will handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, including Section 504 and Title IX: Associate Superintendent for Human Resources Prince William County Public Schools P.O. Box 389 Manassas, VA 20108 4 Transportation Services • Students living within the boundaries of the specialty program school may ride their regular bus to school. • Transportation services for students who reside outside the boundaries of the specialty program school are provided via a network of express bus stops. • Parents have the responsibility to provide transportation to and from express bus stops. • Bus schedule times will be available at the end of August. 5 International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Beville Middle School Godwin Middle School Stonewall Middle School Middle Years Programme (MYP) • Students ages 11-16 • Five year programme (Grades 9-10 at Gar-Field High School) (Grades 9-10 at Stonewall Jackson High School) • Excellent preparation for the diploma programme (Grades 11-12) • “Prepares students to assume a meaningful role in today’s global society.” (Jeffrey R. Beard, IB Director General) IBMYP - Fundamental Concepts International-Mindedness – starting with a foundation with their own language and culture Holistic Education – School subjects relate to each other and to the real world Communication - Key to understanding, reflection and expression Language A Language B Humanities Approaches to Le arn ing Community Service Physical Education Technology Health & S ocial Education Environme nt Homo faber Sciences Mathematics Arts Eight Subject Areas Language A Physical Education Language B Mathematics Humanities Technology Sciences Arts Areas of Interaction Approaches to Learning Health and Social Education Environments Human Ingenuity Community & Service Learner Profile • • • • • Inquirers Critical thinkers Communications Risk takers Knowledgeable • • • • • Principled Caring Open-minded Balanced Reflective Community and Service Grade specific hours of service required. There will be many opportunities for students to earn C&S hours through school activities. Philosophy: Programme model Page 14 Typical MYP Course Sequence GRADE 6 IBMYP Language Arts IBMYP Spanish IA, French IA – World Language IBMYP Mathematics IBMYP History and Social Science IBMYP Science IBMYP Humanities Arts - (Fine/Graphic Arts, Computer Applications, Career & Technical Education, and/or Family & Consumer Sciences) Performing Music – Band, Orchestra or Chorus Physical Education Beville Middle School Beville MYP Information Nights 7 PM at Beville Middle School Thursday, November 21, 2013 Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Beville Attendance Areas Lake Ridge Saunders Woodbridge Middle Mr. Keenan, Principal Ms. Boddie, Coordinator Godwin Middle School Godwin MYP Information Nights 7 PM at Godwin Middle School Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Tuesday, January 16, 2014 Godwin Attendance Areas Benton Middle (FP/Hylton) Potomac Middle Graham Park Middle Rippon Middle Ms. Mitchell, Principal Ms. Boddie, Coordinator Stonewall Middle School Stonewall MYP Information Nights 7 PM at Stonewall Middle School Thursday, November 21, 2013 Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Stonewall MYP Attendance Area Benton Middle (BDHS/OPHS) Bull Run Middle Gainesville Middle Marsteller Middle Parkside Middle Reagan Middle Mr. Miller, Principal Mr. Beard, Coordinator In conclusion… “The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is designed to help them find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning.” (IBO, 2007) Mathematics and Science Specialty Programs Graham Park Middle School Marsteller Middle School Rippon Middle School Mathematics and Science Programs Mission: To provide students with opportunities to explore in-depth mathematical and scientific concepts and principles in an intensive program of study while developing their critical thinking skills. Mathematics and Science Students • Are academically strong in science • Are academically strong in mathematics • Do grade level work or above in all subject areas • Have excellent work habits • Exhibit good behavior • Are willing to work hard Mathematics • • • • • • • • • Extended 6th 6th grade Pre-Algebra Extended 7th 7th grade Algebra Algebra in 8th Geometry in 8th grade Open-ended problem solving Hands-on activities Critical thinking Science • Prince William County Curriculum • Enhanced lessons • Hands-on activities • Open-ended problems • Problem-based learning • Many laboratory experiences SCIENCE FAIR • Required project every year • May expand on the same project • Can be a Math project • Non-participation? Not an option! Why the Mathematics and Science Program? • Greater depth of study of PWCS and Virginia objectives • Extended curriculum • Focus on critical thinking and problem solving • Hands on activities to apply concepts • Cooperative learning with real world connections • Emphasis on integration of math/science concepts and technology Why the Mathematics and Science Program? • • • • • Academically focused classes Collaborative work Off campus learning Extensive projects for each grade level Extended curriculum Who Should Apply? • Critical Thinkers • Open-Minded Students • Reflective Learners • Communicators • Risk-Takers • Self-Motivated Students Graham Park Middle School Graham Park Information Nights 7 PM at Graham Park Middle School Wednesday, January 8, 2014 SNOW DATE: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Graham Park Attendance Areas Benton Middle (Forest Park/Hylton) Beville Middle Godwin Middle Saunders Middle Mr. Anderson, Principal Ms. Bye, Coordinator Marsteller Middle School Marsteller Information Nights 7 PM at Marsteller Middle School Wednesday, January 8, 2014 SNOW DATE: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Marsteller Attendance Area Benton Middle (Brentsville/Osbourn Park) Bull Run Middle Gainesville Middle Parkside Middle Reagan Middle Stonewall Middle Ms. Knetter, Principal Ms. Quinlan, Coordinator Rippon Middle School Rippon Information Nights 7 PM at Rippon Middle School Wednesday, January 8, 2014 SNOW DATE: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Rippon Attendance Areas Fred Lynn Middle Lake Ridge Middle Potomac Middle Woodbridge Middle Ms. Stone, Principal Ms. Alton, Coordinator World Languages Program French or Spanish Fred Lynn Middle School Lake Ridge Middle School Parkside Middle School World Language Specialty Program Communication and Understanding The successful world language specialty program student is… • • • • Interested in learning a world language. Willing to study and practice each evening. Curious about people from other countries. Strong in Language Arts. How world language fits into the school schedule Specialty Program Social Studies Science Math Language Arts World Language Physical Education Music Exploratory Arts Regular Schedule Social Studies Science Math Language Arts Physical Education Music Exploratory Arts How it works… 6th Grade: Spanish 1A or French 1A (First half of the textbook) 7th Grade: Spanish 1B or French 1B (Second half of the textbook) 8th Grade: Spanish 2 or French 2 Spanish •Is widely spoken in North, Central, and South America (over 400,000,000 people) •Increases employability in many fields •Helps students gain a better understanding of the people from the various Hispanic cultures •Is the fourth most frequently spoken language •Supports travel experiences French • Business • If you choose a career in business, you will probably do business with one or more French-speaking countries. • French companies employ approximately 500,000 Americans. • Global Communication • Is the second most frequently used language of the internet. • Is the second most frequently taught world language after English. • Is an official working language of the United Nations, the Olympics, and many international organizations. • Travel • Supports the travel experience of the over 75 million people who visit France annually. The Rewards of Participating in a World Language Specialty Program • Two Carnegie units of high school credit in French or Spanish at the completion of the eighth grade year. • Higher SAT scores. • Improved English skills. • A jump start on earning an advanced diploma. Fred Lynn Middle School Fred Lynn Information Nights 7 PM at Fred Lynn Middle School Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Thursday, January 9, 2014 Fred Lynn Attendance Areas Graham Park Middle Potomac Middle Rippon Middle Woodbridge Middle Mr. Neves, Principal Mr. Patterson, Coordinator Lake Ridge Middle School Lake Ridge Information Nights 7 PM at Lake Ridge Middle School Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Thursday, January 9, 2014 Lake Ridge Attendance Areas Benton Middle (Forest Park/Hylton) Beville Middle Godwin Middle Saunders Middle Ms. Fitzgerald, Principal Ms. Rustan, Coordinator Parkside Middle School Parkside Information Nights 7 PM at Parkside Middle School Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Thursday, January 9, 2014 Parkside Attendance Area Benton Middle (Brentsville/Osbourn Park) Bull Run Middle Gainesville Middle Marsteller Middle Reagan Middle Stonewall Middle Ms. Boynton, Principal Ms. Knowlton, Coordinator Why Same Gender Education? • Provides parents a choice for their child’s education. • Same gender teaching practices recognize the differences that exist between boys and girls in their brain development. • Same gender classrooms provide a learning environment tailored to specific gender needs based on research. Closing the Achievement Gap between Genders • Decrease in gap between SOL Passed Advanced for students enrolled in same gender classes. • Increase in Language Arts SOL pass rates for boys enrolled in same gender classes. • Increase in Pass Advanced on Math SOL for girls enrolled in same gender classes. What our student’s say…. • “I feel free to express my ideas without worrying what the boys will think”..7th grade • “The teachers understand that boys need to be active and provide activities for us to move around”….6th grade • “My grades have improved because I have fewer distractions in class without the girls”..7th grade • “I wish my high school had same gender classes. I enjoyed my all girl classes in middle school.”..9th grade WMS has received national attention for our Same Gender Program • Woodbridge Middle has been featured several times on CNN and Fox Channel 5 News regarding the outstanding implementation of this program. • Staff has presented at the National Association for Same Sex Public Education conferences in Atlanta and Las Vegas. Information Meetings at Woodbridge Middle School • Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7pm • Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 7pm • Monday, January 6, 2014 -7pm Overview of our Middle School Program • • • • • • • • • Fully Accredited High SOL Scores Traditional Education Framework Character Education Unique Grades 1- 8 Environment Uniforms Strong Parent Involvement Community Service Requirement Limited Enrollment Pennington School’s basic foundation is an expectation that all students will perform academically at or above grade level and will exhibit positive behavior toward their peers and staff. A positive attitude toward learning is encouraged, nurtured, and expected. Students will accept responsibility for learning, will do their personal best, and will develop respect for themselves and others with an appreciation for diversity. Parent involvement and support of staff, students, and community will be integral components of Pennington School. This day has been given to me fresh and clear. I can either use it or throw it away, realizing that it can never come back again. I choose to be here to use this day to the fullest. I hold the key to success in my hands. I will succeed because I can. I am in charge of my future. I was born to win! • Block Scheduling • World Language: Latin/Spanish • Technology Education • Fine Arts • Reading/Math Support • Music – Chorus, Orchestra, Band • Physical Education • Gifted Education Program • • • • • • • Math/Extended Math Language Arts/Extended Language Arts Science Social Studies Health and Physical Education (2/3 times week) alternates with Music Exploratory Arts ( Latin, Computer, Art- daily 12 week rotation) Music (Chorus 6, Beginning Band 6, Continuing Orchestra 6 2/3 times/week) alternates with PE • • • • • • • • Math/ Extended Math Language Arts/Extended Language Arts Science Social Studies Foreign Language Part 1: Latin or Spanish Physical Education (2/3 times per week) alternates with Music Exploratory Arts (Computer, Art, Career Investigation, daily 12 week rotation) Music (Concert Band, Chorus 7, Orchestra 7 – 2/3 times/week) alternates with PE • • • • • • • • Math- Pre Algebra, Algebra or Geometry Language Arts/Extended Language Arts Science Social Studies Foreign Language Part 2: Latin or Spanish Health and Physical Education (2/3 times per week) alternates with Music Exploratory Arts (Art, Computer, or Research/Study Skills 12 week rotation) Music (Concert Band, Adv Chorus, Adv Orchestra 2/3 times week) alternates with PE • Students will select a World Language in seventh grade. All students are required to take either Spanish or Latin Part 1. • The second part of the World Language will be taught in 8th grade giving the student 1 high school credit Chess Club Dance & Cheerleading Battle of the Books Foreign Language Club MATH COUNTS and MATH ROCKS National Junior Honor Society Robotics Soccer Team Yearbook Creative Writing Forensics Intramural Sports Running club EDGE and Muslim Student Association Before/After School Child Care Tutorial Programs Additional Clubs Are Offered INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS DATE: November 20, 2013 or January 8, 2014 TIME: 7 p.m. PLACE: Pennington Dining Hall VISITATION DAY DATE: January 9, 2014 TIME: 10 – 11 a.m. PLACE: Pennington School Admission is open to Prince William County students in Grades 1-8 in the Pennington attendance area. Students must complete an application to attend Pennington, School of Choice. Completed applications must be Submitted to Pennington by 4 p.m. on January 31, 2014, or be postmarked by February 1, 2014. Welcome to Mary G. Porter Traditional School School Information Night 2013-14 Porter’s Philosophy • STUDENT + TEACHER + PARENTS = SUCCESS Mary G. Porter Traditional School • Porter School is a specialty school in Prince William County. The foundation of this “School of Choice” includes rigorous academic instruction, strong performance expectations, high behavioral standards, good attendance, uniform expectations, and consistent parental involvement. School Hours • • • • • • Doors open at 8:40 a.m. Instruction begins at 8:50 a.m. Dismissal is at 3:20 p.m. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Students are TARDY after 8:50 a.m. Attendance/Tardies must be excellent to stay at Porter. Student Uniforms All students attending Porter are REQUIRED to follow the uniform policy and the Prince William County Dress Code. SCHOOL COLORS: Red, White, Blue, Tan/Khaki, and Black. BOTTOMS: Pants, jumpers, walking shorts, skorts, and jumpers must be SOLID Navy Blue, Black, or Tan/Khaki, NO DENIM TOPS: Must be SOLID COLORED Red, White, Black, Navy Blue, or Light Blue, NO DENIM. Tops must have a collar and be tucked in. PE Days: In addition to uniform, students may wear Spirit Wear. Encore • • • • Chorus Orchestra Band Life Skills • • • • Art Computers Woodshop Robotics World Language • We offer Spanish I and Spanish II to 7th and 8th graders. • Students receive high school credit once they pass the course. Intramural Sports • • • • • • Volleyball Soccer Basketball Golf Flag Football Baseball Volunteer Hours STUDENTS…. participate in school or community projects each year. Volunteer hours are dependent upon grade level. PARENTS… participate in 10 hours per year of school related activities for each child enrolled at Porter. Grades 1-3 10 hours per year Grades 4-5 15 Hours per year Grades 6-8 20 hours per year Parents log hours in the notebook in the main office. Students keep track of hours in their agenda. Transportation Bus Riders: Car Riders: • Parent/Responsible Adult MUST wait with student at Express bus stop in the morning. • Bus lanes are to all other traffic. • Parent/Responsible Adult MUST meet student bus in the afternoon. closed • Parents must wait in the car line until time to drop off/pick up in front of school. Porter Webpage http://porter.schools.pwcs.edu/ We believe communication is important and encourage you to use the school Fusion website to find the information you need for your child. If you have immediate questions, please call the school office at 703.580.6501. Application Deadlines • Online applications are due Saturday, February 1, 2014 • Paper applications for Porter and Pennington must be post marked by Saturday, February 1, 2014 or delivered in person no later than 4 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2014.