Welcome Eighth Grade
Highlanders of
2013-2014
Goals
• To challenge kids academically
• To keep children safe
• To prepare kids for high school
P.T.O. Meeting
• January 24 at 9:30 a.m.
• Dr. Chris Hines, Deputy Supt
• Expectations of the new STAAR tests and it’s impact
on students
• Key aspects parents/guardians need to know
regarding the STAAR End of Course (EOC) exams
taken by our students enrolled in high school algebra
and geometry
• Important considerations for parents/guardians when
choosing high school courses for your child
Dates To Be Determined
Student Orientation
Football Equipment Issue Day
Semester exam dates 2013-2014
Hinges on district adoption of calendar
Two calendar drafts for next year on our
district website for your review at this time
School Day
• 8:50 a.m. until 3:50 p.m.
• Everything from an operational
perspective remains much the same.
Required Courses – 8th grade
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Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
U.S. History
P.E. (1 semester)
Electives – 5 choices
• Please note the
difference from 7th
grade, which only
provided 4 choices.
8th Schedule
(No fine arts or athletics)
Period
1st
2nd
3rd
Advisory
4th
Red
Math
Language Arts
PE
Advisory
Elective
Green
Science
Math/Reading
Elective
Advisory
History
The P.E. class is one semester in eighth grade and
then replaced by an elective the other semester.
Students will take five electives total.
8th Schedule
(Athletic Schedule)
Period
1st
2nd
3rd
Advisory
4th
Red
Elective
Math
Language Arts
Advisory
Elective
Green
Science
History
Math/Reading
Advisory
Athletics
Typically, eighth-grade athletics classes meet in the
afternoon. Athletics is a commitment for the entire year.
There is no one semester athletic course.
8th Schedule
(Band, Choir, Orchestra)
Period
1st
2nd
3rd
Advisory
4th
Red
Math
P.E.
Language Arts
Advisory
Choir
Green
Elective
History
Reading/Math
Advisory
Science
The actual time slot for the musical fine-art class
will vary based on the specific class assigned.
Elective/Core Course Requests
• Elective/Core Course Request Sheets will be
sent home with current seventh graders in the
next few weeks.
• The document provides space for elective
requests (5).
• The reverse side provides information for core
class level requests (language arts, science, and
social studies—Pre-AP or regular).
Elective/Core Course Requests
• You may chose the level of the core course choice for
language arts, science, and social studies for your
child.
• This selection is to be marked on the reverse side of
the elective/core course request sheet.
• In math, students will progress automatically to the
next appropriate course in the math-learning
sequence.
– Seventh-grade math to Pre-Algebra
– Pre-Algebra Pre-AP to HS Algebra Pre-AP
– HS Algebra Pre-AP to HS Geometry Pre-AP
Elective Course Request Sheet
• On request sheet:
• Please read all detailed, bulleted information on
the document for specifics.
• Year-round classes occupy two slots and should
be listed as the first requests.
The Elective Course
Registration Process
• Our administration and our counselors will
meet with each incoming eighth grade student
to discuss his/her elective requests in math
class.
• We will review the sheet shown on the
previous slide to ensure accuracy.
• The request will be entered into our system
with the student during math class.
• We use these requests to hire qualified
teachers.
Notification of Student
Elective Requests
• During the spring, we will send home
documents indicating the requested
elective courses as well as the specific
levels of core academic classes they
chose.
• Please review these closely and let the
Counseling Center know before May 1st
if there are any needed changes.
Factors which affect individual
student’s schedule formation
• Staffing (based on
enrollment)
• Availability of
Course
• Core Course
Selection
• Course selection by
students
• Seniority
Specialty Classes
Athletics
Fine Arts
Algebra
Physical Education
Number of electives
20 unique choices
Will take 5
Adventure into Academics
Core Subject Information
Required Courses – 8th grade
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Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
U.S. History
P.E. (1 semester)
Electives – 5 choices
• Please note the
difference from 7th
grade, which only
provided 4 choices.
Science
• Science
• Pre-AP Science
Independent Study
Science Fair Project
• There is an increased expectation for the level
of the project in eighth grade above and
beyond what was expected in seventh
• The students focus on technical writing with
increased research in eighth grade
• The project requires considerable work
conducted outside of the school day
• If you have questions please ask Ms. Fowler
after this presentation
History
• U.S. History
• Pre-AP U.S. History
– Students need to be
able to read and
write critically,
perceptively, and
independently.
Language Arts
• Language Arts
• Pre-AP Language
Arts
– Students really need
to be self-motivated
readers and writers.
Eighth Grade Math Courses
• Pre-Algebra
• Algebra (HS)
• Geometry (HS)
Math
Progression (Regular)
• 7th Grade - 7th Math
• 8th Grade - Pre-Algebra
• 9th Grade - Algebra
• 10th Grade - Geometry
• 11th Grade - Algebra II/Pre-Calculus
• 12th Grade – Calculus (Optional)
This is also diagrammed in our Course
Description Guide.
Math Progression
(Advanced 1 year)
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7th Grade - Pre-Algebra Pre-AP
8th Grade – HS Algebra Pre-AP
9th Grade – HS Geometry
10th Grade - Algebra II
11th Grade - Pre-Calculus
12th Grade – Calculus (Optional)
Math Progression
(Advanced 2 years)
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7th Grade – HS Algebra Pre-AP
8th Grade – HS Geometry Pre-AP
9th Grade - Algebra II
10th Grade - Pre-Calculus Independent
Study
• 11th Grade - Pre-Calculus
• 12th Grade – Calculus (Optional)
Placement Considerations
Moving from Seventh to Eighth Grade
• Students, by default, progress initially to 8th
grade in the corresponding class from 7th
grade.
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Level Science to Level Science
7th Pre-AP History to 8th Pre-AP History
7th Math to Pre-Algebra
Pre-Algebra Pre-AP to HS Algebra Pre-AP
HS Algebra Pre-AP to HS Geometry Pre-AP
Placement Considerations
for Eighth Grade
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If a student/parent wishes to move to a
regular class from a Pre-AP class
(excluding math), indicate this on the
course request sheet or contact his or her
counselor with the request in writing
before the May 1st deadline.
– Emails and contact information are on our
webpage under Parent Services.
School Course Acceleration Course Option for Seventh
Grade Level Math to High School Algebra I
Spring/Summer
• I want my child to go directly
from level seventh grade math
to high school algebra.
• Take the next course in math
sequence- Pre-Algebra.
– The student may take a
district class for
acceleration
– The student MUST meet
C.I.S.D. summer school for
acceleration attendance
requirements.
School Course Acceleration Course Option for Seventh
Grade Level Math to High School Algebra I
Spring/Summer
– This class for acceleration is taught for firsttime exposure to Pre-Algebra.
– The course is intensive and students receive
full class hours and instruction. This course is
for acceleration and is not taught as a
remediation class
– It ensures the student does not miss the
critical year of Pre-Algebra before being
responsible for HS Algebra.
School Course Acceleration Course Option for Seventh
Grade Level Math to High School Algebra I
Spring/Summer
– The class is dependent on having enough takers to
make
– May occur here at McCullough
– Parent/guardian meeting for course around April 24
– Tentatively starting April 29th and ending on July
19th
– Information coming relatively soon
– Hybrid Course: online and regular instruction
– This is all very tentative
Testing Options for Placement from Regular
Seventh Math to High School Algebra
• Seventh grade students will take the CISD PreAlgebra Placement Exam if they:
– Are in regular seventh math
– Currently are enrolled a year ahead in Pre-Algebra Pre-AP
and have an overall yearly average below an 80
• 80 is the passing rate on the district Pre-Algebra
acceleration exam
• Note: Students in regular seventh math are going to
Pre-Algebra in eighth grade
– Students take this exam only to see if they qualify to take the
Algebra Readiness Test to potentially bypass a year of math
Testing Options for Placement
• Regular math students who make an 80 on the
Pre-Algebra placement exam can choose to
take the Algebra Readiness Test
• The Algebra Readiness Test also has an 80 for
passing
• Students who qualify to take Algebra based on
demonstrating their knowledge through
taking and passing both of these exams can
have their parents “opt in” to high school
algebra in eighth grade
• These students would still be bypassing a year of
instruction
If Your Child in Pre-Algebra Pre-AP as a Current
Seventh Grader has an Average of Less Than 80 During
Seventh Grade at the End of The Year for the Course
• Seriously need to consider repeating prealgebra in eighth grade so that your child is
successful in future math courses
• Please contact your child’s counselor prior to
the May 1 deadline to ensure your child
repeat’s this specific course if this is what you
would like for him/her to do.
• It is not a problem to do this, we just need to
know it is what you want for your child.
Math Note Affecting
HS Math Choices
• Four years of math and
science are required in high
school, beginning with HS
algebra.
• As of now, HS math courses
(algebra and geometry) taken
in junior high count toward
those four.
• At least three math courses
must be taken at the high
school campus.
Math Note Affecting
HS Math Choices
Please note that due to new Texas
Education Agency regulations, students
in junior high taking high school algebra
or geometry are required to take the
STAAR End of Course (EOC) exams for
those classes.
High-School
Course Considerations
• As a high-school class, the courses are
much more challenging.
• The classes do not figure directly in
G.P.A.
• They do not figure in class rank.
• The are, however, reflected on high
school transcripts.
• It is not necessary to get your student on
the fast track to get all the courses in the
four years at TWHS.
Planner
•Provided by the P.T.O.
•Idea originated from sitebased by parents for
parents
•Parents view each night
•Teaches critical
organizational skills
•Quizzes
•Ad Purchase?
Electives
A Taste of Adventure
Number of Elective Choices
for Eighth Graders
• All eighth-grade students have five
elective choices
– One additional course from the four needed
in the seventh grade since the students are
required to have only one semester of P.E.
Eighth Grade Elective Choices
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Art
Band
Choir
Careers
Career Portals:
Computer Applications
– May be taken twice
Career Portals:
Technology May be
taken twice
Exploring Languages
High School
Communications
High School Health
Career Portals: Human
Services
Music Appreciation
Orchestra
HS Spanish I
Spanish II for Native
Speakers (must qualify)
Teen Leadership
Theater Arts
High School Spanish I
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The course lasts an entire school year (2 semesters).
It is similar to taking HS Spanish I at TWHS.
The class is rigorous, fast-moving, and intense.
It is a high-school course and your grade appears on your
high school transcript
• For these reasons, if you choose multiple Pre-AP core
courses, please consider this class on a similar level as it
is an advanced, high-school course when choosing your
child’s overall schedule.
Spanish II for Native Speakers
• This course is for students who have Spanish
as their first language and still speak Spanish
at home.
• There is a district placement examination to
qualify.
• Students must be able to read, listen, speak,
and write Spanish fluently.
• Students will receive retroactive credit for HS
Spanish I with successful completion of
Spanish II.
• If the student needs more information on the
course, he/she can speak directly to Mr.
Texidor.
HS Health and
HS Communications Applications
• These cover high-school topics and state
TEKS
• Permission from parent is required to
request health
HS Health and
HS Communications Applications
• These may free up space in the student's highschool schedule to take alternate and/or more
rigorous courses (which could count more on
G.P.A. )
• Need as a parent/guardian to be prepared for
your child to receive high school level
information on health topics
• McCullough common sense
• Scheduling-wise for the future, it makes sense to
take both if the student is going to take one.
McCullough Athletics
State Eligibility for Fine Art/
Athletic Participation
• No classes are exempt in junior
high from counting for UIL
eligibility
– Includes Pre-AP courses
– Includes High School Courses
• Students must pass all classes to
be eligible to participate in
games/contests.
• UIL and Progress Report
Schedule is posted online at our
website under athletics and parent
services.
8th Grade Athletics
• Physical dated after
April 15, 2013
• Birth Certificate
• Commitment for the
year
• Boys
– Fourth period green
(tentative)
• Girls
– Fourth period red
(tentative)
• Replaces P.E.
8th Grade Athletics
• Minor changes
• Need to view Coach Skinner’s online
presentation regarding athletics for
2013-2014 online later in February when
posted
• I will email you the link to that
presentation when it is posted
Volleyball
• Tryouts are the first
week of school.
• If a student makes
the team, her
schedule will change.
• It meets as a class
during the school
day
Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball
Off-season Class
• Placement and
tryout information is
coming soon.
• This is for the class,
not the team.
• If students make the
off-season class,
his/her schedule may
change.
Girls’ and Boys’
Basketball Teams
• Tryouts for the team
are in late October
or early November.
• This requires a
commitment for the
year.
Football
• Practice is after
school.
• One year
commitment
Cross Country
• The season is in the
fall.
• The students remain
in off-season
throughout the year.
• Most meets are on
Friday evening.
Private P.E.
Must be an approved facility for 2013-2014
Individual Olympic event preparations
Team sports are not a part of the Private P.E.
program for the Texas Education Agency
Fully completed application and required
form available online at district website
around mid-April
Private P.E.
Completed form will be due by formal
deadline on May 1st
Students with approved applications turned
in prior to the May 1st deadline will be
enrolled in Private P.E. for the entire
2013-2014 school year
Private P.E.
Please make sure as a parent/guardian you
are certain you can pick your child up
every day at 2:50 p.m. and have a firm
transportation plan for the entire year in
advance of choosing this option.
Private P.E.
Can change facility only at semester
Must be able to pickup child promptly at
dismissal time- exactly 2:50 p.m. each day
Students will be in a fourth period class on
campus from 2:26 p.m. until 2:50 p.m.
State allows schools to dismiss students one hour
early each day for Private P.E.
Private P.E.
Does not work with activities which have an
athletic class.
Student cannot be in athletics and Private P.E.
A student in Private P.E can, and is encouraged
to be in one of our club sports.
Choosing to be in Private P.E. is a commitment
for the entire year
This includes both the fall and spring consecutively
There is no mid-year joining of Private P.E.
Pros and cons
Private P.E.
Students and parents/guardians must be
flexible on the schedule as it will change
periodically due to pep rallies, STAAR
testing, semester exams, etc.
Every three weeks the facility submits a
grade and attendance report directly to
the Counseling Center.
Private P.E.
15 hours or more per week at approved
facility are required.
Students planning to do Private P.E. need
to check regular P.E. on Elective Course
request sheet initially.
Private P.E.
Students are assigned to a fourth period
Private P.E. class from 2:26 p.m. until
2:50 p.m. each day.
Level 2 Private P.E.
Level 2 Private P.E. is for students who attend
five hours of physical education activity at an
approved facility
These students do not leave early each day.
They receive two additional classroom courses
above and beyond
For participation in this program, the student
must be in band, choir, or orchestra so that
space is available on their schedule for the
extra courses to be accommodated
Questions regarding Athletics
• Please contact Lance
Skinner.
– Girls’ and Boys’ Athletic
Coordinator
– [email protected]
For more information
on band, contact
• Susan Meyer
• [email protected]
For more information on
orchestra, contact
• Michelle Reinhardt
– [email protected]
For more information on
choir, contact
• Connie Horton
– [email protected]
• Staff members are available to answer
your questions on a wide range of
subjects as we conclude.
Questions
• Department Heads
– Questions about math, language arts,
history, science
• Counselors
– Program questions
• Administrators
– General
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