Welcome Parents to 6th
Grade Registration
2014-2015
Online Course Guide
The following presentation gives reference to
Course Guides for Middle School
Campuses which is available online at
http://www.georgetownisd.org
Or go to GISD Homepage; Departments &
Programs; Curriculum & Instruction; Course
Guides, Grading & Graduation info.
Required Academic Courses & Options
Language
Arts
Math
Science
Social
Studies
*Pre-AP
*Pre-AP
*Pre-AP
*Pre-AP
Prerequisites apply
Prerequisites apply
Prerequisites apply
Prerequisites apply
See course guide for
requirements
See course guide for
requirements
See course guide for
requirements
See course guide for
requirements
*Placement based on multiple measures of
evidence.
Additional required classes may be determined on an individual basis per administrative placement.
Academic Courses
 State mandated curriculum (TEKS based
curriculum)
 Focus on comprehension, application,
analysis and synthesis of subject area
content processes and skills
 Mastery of the TEKS curriculum is
measured by performance of state-mandated
STAAR assessments
 C.G. page 4
Pre-AP Courses
In addition to the grade level requirements,
middle school Pre-AP classes contain the
levels of rigor necessary to prepare students
for Pre-AP and AP courses in high school.
Middle school Pre-AP classes are
academically demanding and provide
readiness for the increased difficulty in the
high school Pre-AP and AP Programs.
C.G. p. 4
Pre-AP Classes
Prerequisites: See page 24-27 in Course Guide for further details
Target Identification
Must have a level III
advanced standard on a
state assessment.
Automatic invitation for
Pre-AP.
Less than Target
Identification
Must meet 3 of the criteria listed
below:
If a student meets the
criteria, they will be invited
to take Pre-AP classes.
Maintenance
1a. Teacher Rec. from a current subject area
teacher
1b. If student does not get teacher rec., then
an average of the 4 subject area
teachers (matrix score of 32 or
greater)
2. Parent recommendation
3a. 80% or higher on a state assessment
3b. If score is below 80%, student must pass
a District Generated Criterion
Referenced test by 70%
A student must maintain a cumulative average of 75 or higher in an pre-AP
class in order to remain in the class. Students with a 74 and below yearly
average will be reviewed by the campus placement committee to determine
the appropriate placement for the student.
G.T. (Gifted &Talented) Services
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These classes provide learning experiences for
students whose academic and/or intellectual
abilities are significantly advanced for their ages.
Identified students are served through specific
content-based Pre-AP courses.
Teachers of GT students are trained in methods
of differentiating for gifted students. Students
must qualify to be able to receive services.
C.G. p 4
Gifted and Talented Services
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If your child has been identified as a
student being served through the
Gifted and Talented program, the
appropriate course selection will be
made for you through the counselor’s
office.
Other Required Courses
PE/Health (2 semesters)
Boys and girls will have separate classes.
Fine Arts (2 semesters)
All students are required to complete
one full year of a Fine Arts course
and 4 semesters of PE/Athletics
before completing 8th grade.
All Year Electives
Rank your top choices from 1-6
You will receive two of these classes:
___Band 1
___Choir 1
___Art 1
___Orchestra 1
___Theatre 1
___Keyboarding/Exploring Languages
___Creative Problem Solving (GT only)
Example of a Typical 6th grade
Schedule
1st Period:
2nd Period:
3rd Period:
4th Period:
5th Period:
6th Period:
7th Period:
Art I
Math
Health/PE (required)
Pre-AP Language Arts
Band
Science
Social Studies
Example two of a Typical 6th grade
Schedule
1st Period:
2nd Period:
3rd Period:
4th Period:
5th Period:
6th Period:
7th Period:
Language Arts
Orchestra 1
Math
Keyboarding/Exploring Languages
Science
Health/PE (Required)
Social Studies
Example of an atypical schedule
1st Period: Language Arts
 2nd Period: Band
 3rd Period: Math
 4th Period: Learning Power
 5th Period: Science
 6th Period: Health/PE (Required)
 7th Period: Social Studies
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LUNCH
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Lunch will not be listed on the student’s
schedule.
All 6th grade will have A lunch. A lunch is
after 3rd period and before 4th period.
Schedule Changes
Please read Page 6 of course guide
carefully regarding schedule changes.
 Be sure to make your choices very
carefully, the entire master schedule and
staffing depends on what you write down
on this form.
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Contract
I understand every effort will be made to
schedule me into my selected electives;
however, conflicts may require placement
in alternative electives. I understand that I
may not change my elective choices. I
know that I will be assigned to a class
based on my registration form.
Choice Sheets Due Date
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These choice sheets are due to your
child’s 5th grade homeroom teacher by
Friday, March 7th or sooner.
Be sure your choice sheets are neat and
legible.
We are very excited about the
upcoming school year! We want to
help make your middle school
experience excellent! Please feel
free to ask questions and let us know
your concerns. We are here to help!
Questions/Concerns/Contacts
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If you have a question or concern about your child’s
transition to the 6th grade, please feel free to call us.
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Robin Humphrey
943-5090 ext. 6913
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Valerie Wells
943-5090 ext. 6927
GT COURSES
GISD Middle Schools
2014-2015
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Students receive GT services in Pre-AP
courses for Language Arts, Social Studies
and Science.
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Students that qualify for GT math may
choose to participate in the GT math
classes at each grade level
GT COURSES
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GT courses offered:
6th grade math – primarily 7th grade
curriculum, GT level
7th grade math – primarily 8th grade
curriculum, GT level
8th grade math – GT Algebra I
8th grade science – GT 8th grade
science
GT COURSES
Creative Problem Solving course
For all grade levels
Primarily using curriculum from Destination
Imagination program
Opportunity to explore additional research
programs (National History Day, Science
Fair)
GT COURSES
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Destination Imagination
National program ideal for GT students to learn
Problem solving skills, team-work, project
completion, friendly competition
http://downloads.destinationimagination.org/vi
deos/What_is_Destination_Imagination2009.mp
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GT COURSES
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Destination Imagination
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work in groups of 4-7 students
student led, teacher facilitated
no adult input allowed (no adult
interference)
work with recycled materials
solve team challenge, choice of 5 problems
compete at local (Austin area), state and
global levels (Knoxville, TN)
GT COURSES
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Destination Imagination
Two part competition:
Central Challenge – usually involves a skit
solving a problem, less
than 8 minutes
Instant Challenge– solve a challenge as a
team, challenge
unknown until day of
competition
GT COURSES
For more information:
◦ www.texasdi.org
◦ www.idodi.org
Questions? Talk to the campus counselor, or Dr.
Jana Rueter, Executive Director for Middle
Schools, or
Vicki Barbosa at Forbes Middle School
GT COURSES
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