Welcome to a
Year of Transition
Mrs. Doetsch – 8th grade Counselor
Mrs. Gamel – Graduation Coach
Mrs. Doetsch
Taught middle school for 9 years
Been a counselor for 11 years
Counselor at Webb Bridge MS for 8 years
Graduated from
– Milligan College with a BS in Education
– West Georgia College with an M.Ed. in School
Mrs. Gamel
Taught in New York for 12 years
Been at Crabapple MS since 1999
Crabapple MS Graduation Coach
Graduated from
– Marymount College, NY with a BS in Education and Child
– Long Island University with a M.Ed. In Bilingual Education
– Fordham University with a M.Ed. In Special Education
Academic Expectations
• From us:
– Assisting with CRCT preparation – year long
– Transition to High School (placement)
– Maintaining Academic Excellence (grades)
– Career Exploration
Personal/Social Expectations
• Student responsibility for learning includes:
• Writing assignments and important dates in the agenda
• Self-advocating
• Peer Mediation
• Be proactive and ask teacher questions
• Lunch Bunch and Teacher Help Sessions as needed or
• Counseling Office
– Self-advocacy
– Counseling groups
• Newcomers group
• Organization/Study Skills groups
• Husky Huddle
– Learn about yourself and others
• Peer Mediation
What’s available for YOUR child at
Crabapple Middle School?
Lunch Bunch
From 11:30 to 12:10
Room 500
Monday through Friday
Students must sign in
They must bring their work or study materials
Mrs. Doetsch and Mrs. Gamel will both be there
for them
Peer Mediation
• What is it?
• How to schedule a mediation?
• What does it look like?
– Student led
• What is the desired outcome?
Teacher Help Sessions
• Every teacher offers a weekly Help Session
either in the morning or afternoon
• These times and dates are posted above every
teachers’ classroom door
• Most teachers offer individual Help Sessions
upon request ahead of time
After-School Programs and Clubs
• Get involved in non-academic activities in a
more relaxed atmosphere
Meet new friends
Enrich interests and learn from others
Develop leadership skills
Participate in community service projects
Develop your HUSKY PRIDE!
Transition to High School
New Expectations and New
It is our vision:
To be able to see and develop in
students …
what they may not see in themselves,
Credit and Grades
• The school day changes to a seven period day.
• Instead of 22 credits, students will be expected
to complete 23 credits to graduate.
• The homework policy changes to completion
for a grade or a zero.
• Course grades will NOT be an average of two
semesters. Each semester’s grades stand alone
• There are only two classes that receive High
School credit: World Languages and Geometry
TAG Delivery Model
• The Gifted Program becomes a “beyond the
curriculum” program. TAG advisors will contact
qualified students for a study skills class called
TAG Freshman Focus. Following the study skills
class, students sign up for seminars.
• Throughout the remainder of the High School
years, internships and independent study
opportunities will become available.
Lunch Period
• Students have one hour
for lunch. This serves as
a time to eat and a time
to study.
• Teachers offer assistance
during the Lunch Period.
• There is a Peer Tutor
Program available, as
well. Sign up is through
the Counseling Center.
More Responsibility
• In high school, classrooms are arranged by departments rather
than teams. There are math halls, science halls, English halls, etc.
• A student must take the responsibility to contact each individual
teacher for help as soon as problems arise.
• Students can sign up for a peer tutor in the Counseling office.
• Getting from one class to another takes a plan, and good timemanagement will prevent the students from being late to class.
New Opportunities
• Many new clubs and sports
opportunities exist at the high
school level. Passing grades are
a criteria and an incentive.
• Often high school relationships
evolve around common
interests and shared activities.
• Colleges look closely to
determine student involvement
and leadership roles as they
become active in organizations.
Course Selection for
High School
Academic Recommendations
• CMS teachers will recommend academic courses
according to Fulton County guidelines.
• Teachers will look at fall ITBS scores and
current performance along with entry criteria for
Academic Recommendation-cont.
• High school teachers and counselors recommend two
honors courses for Freshman, especially with
participation in after-school activities. The rare student
will take three honors courses.
• A goldenrod copy of teacher recommendations and
electives will come home in February. Address any
questions to CMS staff before Parent Night at the high
Choosing Electives
• Electives are often chosen based on students’ interests
compared to those subjects that are required by the
state; i.e., math, literature, social studies, and science.
• Choose courses that will prepare and enhance your
student for college admission or a career.
• World Languages and music courses become year-long
electives, therefore eliminates any other elective choices.
Choosing Electives-continued
• If a student does not select a World Language, a
year-long course in another elective is required.
Year Long Electives
½ year Elective
½ year Elective
• In January, CMS students have received career
guidance to help direct choices of electives.
Choosing Electives-continued
• Some elective areas require PRE-REQUISITE introductory
courses. For example, Advanced Band has a pre-requisite of an
audition, and before any art class you must take Introduction to
• Each Freshman is required to take one semester of Health and
one semester of Political Science.
• A year of General Health (one semester) or Personal Fitness
(one semester) is required for a diploma.
• It is recommended that Freshmen who have not begun a World
Language postpone until 10th grade.
The Process
• Jan. 25 - Electives booklets will come home for family
decision-making. Choices must be made by February
• Jan. 30 – CMS students will visit RHS to learn about
electives, to meet Administrators and Counselors, and
tour the school.
• Feb. 7- CMS TAG students will meet with the RHS
TAG Staff to explain the TAG model of delivery.
The Process-continued
• Feb. 13 – Students will have an extended homeroom
period for adding elective choices to the teacher
recommendation sheet. A copy will come home with
recommended academic courses and chosen electives.
• Feb. 13 through 20 - Parents will address any questions
regarding recommendations to CMS staff.
• Feb. 20 – ELL registration 8:45 to 10:30 in CMS Media
The Process-continued
• Feb. 21th –
• 7:00 p.m. at RHS Auditorium
• PARENT NIGHT-Discussion of the
curriculum, introduction of Department
Heads, Administrators, and Counselors
• Chance to see parts of the building
The Process-continued
• Mar. 6 - 7:00 p.m.-at RHS CafeteriaREGISTRATION NIGHT
– Parents will sign approval for academic courses and
electives. This is the time to make any final changes.
• Mar. 7 - 9:00 a.m.-Make-up Registration at RHS
Cafeteria - or visit the Counseling Center on a
walk-in basis from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Process-continued
• March-IEP conferences-Parents will be notified.
• April-Verification of courses (not a schedule)
• Parents should note any errors or omissions on
the Course Verification sheet.
• The sheet should be signed, dated, and returned
as soon as possible to the CMS homeroom
• Students will receive schedules at Orientation
the week before school starts.
Final Thoughts…
“The only journey is the journey within”.
Rainer Maria Rilke
“Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with
what you know, and what you can do”.
“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow”.
Doug Firebaugh

Welcome to a year of transition