Pollard Middle School
Rising Grade 7 Information Session
March 21, 2012
Agenda
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Introduction to Pollard
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Academic Programs
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Guidance and Health Services
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Extracurricular Activities
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Communication
VI.
Transition Events and Important Dates
Pollard Students, Administration, and Staff
Ms. Evelyn Atkinson, Mr. Sam Cruickshank, Ms. Margaret
Cullen, Mr. Zach Dore, Ms. Jessica Kent, Mr. Ben Lewis,and
Ms. Alexa Tierney (Students)
Ms. Megan Bonomolo (Assistant Principal Grade 7)
Ms. Merle Berman (Assistant Principal Grade 8)
Ms. Chris Brumbach (Dir. Student Development & Program Eval)
Ms. Tammy Ghizzoni (Coordinator Math and Science Grades 68)
Ms. Holly Pacis and Mr. Ken Lundberg (Teachers)
Mrs. Rosemary Leone (School Nurse)
Ms. Nicole Rice and Mr. Mark Yetman (Guidance Counselors)
Ms. Mary Grace Summergrad (Community Education)
Pollard Middle School
We dedicate ourselves to cultivating academic excellence,
civic responsibility, and the personal growth of each
member of our community.
You belong here.
This is important.
Effort makes a difference.
Pollard Middle School: A Snapshot
Projected Enrollment September 2012
• 438 Grade 7 Students
• 415 Grade 8 Students
Faculty and Staff September 2012
• Teachers - 56
• Support Staff - 18
Pollard Middle School: A Snapshot
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ELA/SS Curriculum Coordinator: Ms. Kathleen Harris
Math/Science Curriculum Coordinator: Ms. Tammy Ghizzoni
Director of Special Education PreK-8: Ms. Mary Lammi
Special Education Coordinator: TBA
Director of Wellness: Dr. Kathy Pinkham
Director of Guidance: Mr. Tom Denton
Director of World Languages: Ms. Debbie Watters
Director of Fine & Performing Arts: Dr. David Neves
Director of Health Services: Ms. Mimi Stamer
Director of METCO: Dr. Joanne Allen-Willoughby
Coordinator of METCO: Ms. Leslie Smart
Director of Media & Technology: Ms. Deb Gammerman
Academic Program
• Trimester system - 60 days in length
• 53 minute classes and 5 Clusters
• Two day rotation (A & B Day)
• Students receive instruction in English, math, science,
and social studies each day.
• Students take classes in all other departments to provide
a program that is broad-based.
Courses and Program of Studies
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English, Math, Science, and Social Studies
Engineering Design
Technology - Computer Technology
Wellness - Physical Education and Health
World Language - French or Spanish
Fine Arts - Arts 7
Concert Band/Strings Ensemble/Chorus OR
(Ceramics & Sculpture, Music Explorations, and
Experiential Education)
• Learning Center
D o or O p en s 7: 35
A d visor y (7:5 0 – 8: 05)
P eri od 1 (8:0 8 – 9 :0 1)
P eri od 2 (9:0 4 – 9 :5 7)
P eri od 3 (10: 01 – 10 :5 4)
P eri od 4 (10: 57 – 11 :5 0)
P eri od 5 (11: 53 – 12 :4 6)
L un ch (1 1:50 – 1 2: 18)
L un ch (1 2:4 6 – 1: 14 )
P erio d 5 (1 2:2 1 – 1 :1 4)
P eri od 6 (1:1 7 – 2 :1 0)
A ft er S ch o ol T utori ng (2: 10 – 2:40)
Ac tiv iti es (Fro m 2:40 p.m .)
Advisory Program
• 15 minutes every day
• Curriculum
• Community Building Activities
New Learning Experiences
• Fine and Performing Arts
• French and Spanish
• Health and Wellness
• Technology
• Learning Center
New Learning Experiences
• English: Poetry Day, Author Visits, and Declamation
• Social Studies: Exploration Ancient China, India,
Multicultural Perspectives, and Semitic Religions
• Math: Algebra Experience and Pi Day Assembly
• Science: Frog Dissection, Biome Projects, and
DNA Extraction
Helpful Hints
• Busing Information - March 29 (High Rock) and April 1
(Transportation Website)
• Lunches (Summer mailing)
• Snacks and Water
• Locks and Cell phones
• Binders and School Supplies
• Homework
Special Education Programming
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7 Special Education Liaisons
1 School Psychologist between High Rock & Pollard
1 Speech Language Pathologist
.8 Reading Teacher
Inclusive and Learning Centers (Reading, Writing, Math, and Organization
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Specialized Programs
Language-based Program - Math and English (Grades 7 & 8)
Therapeutic Program - Learning and Emotional Disabilities (Grades 7 & 8)
Insights Program - Instructional supports for organizational, social
pragmatics, and navigating middle school social life
(Grade 7)
Bridges Program - Social and applied academic supports (Grades 6, 7 & 8)
Guidance Department
Guidance Counselors
• Ms. Nicole Rice (Clusters 7-1, 7-2, 8-1, 8-2)
• Mr. Mark Yetman (Clusters 7-3, 7-4, 7-5, 8-3, 8-4)
Adjustment Counselors
• Ms. Carol Sargent
• Ms. Kristen Gosselin
Roles & Responsibilities
• Work with Students (Student Support Team and Scheduling)
• Work with Teachers
• Work with Parents
Guidance Department
What will your 7th grader’s life look like socially/emotionally?
What will your 7th grader’s life look like academically?
Pollard Health Services
• Mrs. Rosemary Leone
• Mrs. Debbie Brennan
• Communication Protocols
• Physical Exam and Immunization Requirements
• Mandatory Health Screenings
Extra Curricular Activities
• After School Clubs and Activities: Best Buddies,
Book Club, Jazz Band, Math Counts, Musical, Robotics,
Student Council, Homework Club, and Treble Choir
• NCE Middle School Classes:
- After school enrichment programs
- Middle School Athletics: Fall Cross-Country for Boys
and Girls (Grades 6-8), Girl’s Field Hockey (Grades 7-8),
Spring Track & Field for Boys and Girls (Grades 6-8)
School Home Communication
• PowerSchool - Grades updated on 15th and 30th of each
month
• Email teachers and teacher websites
• Cluster team meetings with parents
• Pollard Listserv
• Pollard School Website
• Call Assistant Principal or Principal
Grade 6 to Grade 7 Transition
• Teachers in Grades 6-8 meet to discuss content areas
• Curriculum Coordinators and Program Directors (ELL,
Fine & Performing Arts, Media & Technology, Special
Education, Wellness, and World Languages)
• Collaboration with Administrative staff, Guidance, and
Special education liaisons at High Rock and Pollard
Transition Events and Important Dates
• April 2-5 - Students register online
• June - Pollard StepUp2 Day
• June 4, 7, 11, 12, and 13 - High Rock Clusters to Pollard
• Week of July 1 - Cluster letters sent home to parents
• July and August - Self guided tours and tours with Assistant Principal
and Principal
• September 5 - Opening Day
• September - Back to School Night
• October 5 - Immunization and Physical Examination Deadline
Thank you for coming!
http://pollard.needham.k12.ma.us
(781) 455-0480
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