Information from 6th Grade Parent Night
Below is the information that was shared during 6th Grade Parent Night in February, 2011.
|What is Inglewood really like?
- We want your student to love Inglewood
- Students here are exceptionally well behaved
- Academics are a focus for both the staff and students
- Teachers work in teams
- Athletics and activities are very successful
- We are an inclusive school
- We make every effort to be proactive
We need these students more than they need us
- This class will be the 8th graders during the first year of Inglewood Middle School
- This class will set the tone of the school
- They will be the only students during that first year with experience at Inglewood Middle School!
Parents often ask, “Will my student be lost and anxious the first day of school?”
- Inglewood sets 7th grade students up for first day success by devoting the first half of the first day to 7th grade students only. This includes lunch. Students in 8th and 9th grade arrive after lunch.
We surveyed every 7th grade student and asked
Are you nervous on the first day?
- Yes = 9%, Kind of = 20%, NO WAY = 70%
If you were nervous, what is bothering you?
- Getting lost, mean teachers, too much homework
Inglewood staff responded by
Planning summer improvements to the facility
Changing the format of paper schedules
Letting teachers know about homework concerns.
Parents also ask, “What if my student needs academic help?”
- Review and Practice Sessions (RAP): Teachers invite students for additional support during Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)
- Homework Lunch / Homework Club
- Teachers appreciate students that seek help before and after school
- Safety Net Classes
Another typical parent question, “How do I communicate with teachers and how will I know if my student is struggling?”
- Standard Score
- Mid-Quarter Progress Reports
Many parents wonder about the student discipline issues at Inglewood.
- We take student safety very seriously
- We remain proactive, using homeroom as a place to intentionally teach expected behavior.
- Most discipline is minor in nature. Suspensions are the exception.
- Drugs and alcohol are very minor on campus.
- We do have a drug and alcohol counselor. This is a proactive measure.
- Drug Alcohol Tobacco Awareness (DATA) Week. Again, a proactive measure to reduce the number of students who may be thinking about experimenting.
What if we run in to a problem?
- The closer to the source the better.
- Counselors can help problem solve
- Email or telephone communication
- Encourage students to try to ask teachers for help.
Who is Mr. Patterson as a principal?
- Former Eastlake High School Administrator
- Look for ways to make a big school feel small
- Connection between students and teachers is key
- Differentiation in instruction
- Go slow to go fast
- Keep the end in mind. What are the students plans beyond high school? University? Bellevue College? Technical School? Labor Force?
Communication with your student
- Talk with them daily about school, friends, life
- When they start talking– Listen– not as many opportunities as before (try listening three times more than talking)
- It’s normal for teens to ‘vent’ to you about school. Seek teachers directly if you wish to learn the ‘other half’ for the full story.
- Every student is provided this to organize and track school work
- Ask to see child’s Student Planner/Agenda daily for Homework
- It’s okay to be the “only parent” to expect student to use it
- Consider your child’s backpack ‘public domain’
- It’s okay to go through it—IJH Staff recommend it
- Consider once a week to help organize the pack & 3-ring notebook
- Instead of “Do you have any homework?” , consider “Let’s see your homework”
- Expect homework every night (couple hours each night, depending on grade level and individual abilities)
- If they say “don’t know” it may be the first sign of a problem
- Students should know their grades at all times via online StandardScore
- To access to your student’s grades online anytime, to the Parent Access page, log in, and then go to StandardScore Progress Reports
- Mid-Quarter is considered a ‘progress report’. Quarter 1 and 2=Semester1; and Qtr. 2 and 3= Semester 2 grade marking periods
- Set up a regular study time and place for student at home
- Offer to sit with them and help or remain accessible should they need you
- Offer to help them study for tests, edit written papers etc…
- Know their friends
- Know their friend’s parents
- Network with other Inglewood parents
The Computer Age
- Monitor their world: phone/texts/email; social-network sites (FaceBook/MySpace/Formspring) and set expectations for appropriate usage
- Family Computer in an open location at home
- Don’t hesitate to use e-mail to contact IJH teachers directly
|Students take a full year of science.
Throughout the year, students are taught to think like a scientist:
- How to keep a science journal
- Tools of a scientist
- Scientific method/process.
The work that 7th grade students engage in is hard work
- Every lab is inquiry based.
- Students are assessed in both written format and through performance assessments.
There are three modules in 7th Grade Science
- Energy, Machines and Motion – this module is heavy in math and graphing. Students complete their first full lab report in which teachers assess where students are at the beginning of 7th grade.
- Energy (transfers and transformations)
- Catastrophic Events – This is the major Earth Science unit of the year. Students complete a research power point to study an event in history and report on that event to the class. This is an opportunity for students to see the connection between science and ‘real life’. Students learn from past events so that they can prepare for the future.
- Populations and Ecosystems – This is the last module of the year in which students complete a lot of observational studies. Students look at different ecosystems and observe organisms in their habitats. Students complete a short project that includes a trip to Ilhee Pond.
- Ecological Understanding
- Change agents in an ecosystems
- How mini-ecosystems can model larger ones.
Hints for Parents
We look forward to meeting our future scientists!
- Science Journal is the most important thing a student needs for 7th grade science. Students also will need a flash-drive.
- Access the 7th Grade web-page. The science team works together to deliver a similar lesson to all students.
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7th Grade Connected Math (A Pre-Algebra Course)
- Introduction to Algebra: variables, tables, graph and symbols as representations
- Similarity: similar figures with congruence as a special case
- Proportional Reasoning: rate, ratio, proportion, and percent
- 3-D Measurement: surface area and volume
- Integers: operations with positive and negative numbers
- Linear Relationships: expressed in words, tables, graphs, and equations
- Probability: expected value.
8th Grade Connected Math (An Algebra 1 Course)
- Linear Functions: and introduction to mathematical models
- Pythagorean Theorem: right triangles, slope, area and irrational numbers
- Exponential Growth: graphing and writing exponential functions
- Quadratic Growth: graphing, writing, and solving quadratic functions
- Symbolic Expressions: simplifying expressions and solving more complicated linear equations.
- Statistics: gathering data from samples to make predictions about populations.
7th Grade Algebra Placement Requirements
- Level 4 on the 6th grade standardized math test
- Mostly 4’s (with some 3’s) on the 6th grade report card in math
- Necessary score on Math Placement Test (district determined score)
- Test is administered in early May at IJH
- Test takes approximately 1 hour
- Information letters and registration forms will be sent to elementary school in the next few weeks.
- Notification of placement will occur after state testing results have been received (as late as late August)
|What is LASS?
- The study of both Language Arts and Social Studies
- Two-period class (block class)
- Students receive one grade for both LA and SS
- The subject matter is integrated – it is NOT one hour of LA and one hour of SS
- For example, a research paper on the Civil War uses skills learned in LA to study and communicate about a topic learned in SS.
What should parents know about the LA/SS Teaching Staff
- Eight teachers: Felton, Greenman, Mason, Moorhead, Olund, G. Paul, Steirer, Wilk
- Teachers team together
- Every class, regardless of teacher, has the same curriculum. All students
- Read the same books
- Write the same papers
- Complete the same projects.
7th Grade Survival Skills
- Organization is critical.
- Students need to use their planners and learn the system
- Homework: NO LATE WORK
- Keep track of student progress using Webgrader/Standard Score
- Self-Advocacy – seventh grade is the ideal time for students to develop self advocacy skills
- EMAIL --Students initiate emails and “cc” their parents
- Missed work – students need to take on responsibility for seeking out and making up missed assignments.
- Social Studies Content
- American Revolution through Reconstruction (1763 – 1877)
- Constitutional Principles
- Language Arts Content
- Reading: novels, short stories, poetry, Accelerated Reader
- Writing: expository, persuasive, short stories, poetry
- Speaking: Speeches, group presentations
- Grammar: parts of speech
- Conventions: commas
- How can students preparation for 7th grade:
- READ! Make connections
- Between what is read and what is happening in life
- What you see, what others before you have seek
- What does this remind you of?
- Practice independent thinking and responsibility
|Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Support at Inglewood Junior High School
- Co-Teaching – Language Arts/Social Studies or Math or Science general education core classes have a general education and a special education teacher. Student’s placement and work are IEP directed.
- Academic Support – Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) based upon IEP Goals. Placement is IEP directed.
- Resource Math and Resource Literacy – replacement for core classes. Assignments and placement are IEP Directed)
- Social Thinking (IEP Directed)
- Transition Program – core program, IEP directed
- Related Services include SLP, OT and PT. These services are IEP directed.
The Promotion Process to Inglewood Junior High
- Confidential in nature
- Elementary School Meeting with Inglewood on March 18th.
- Elementary Special Education teams meet with the IJH Special Education team.
- Includes all current information on upcoming students – Evaluation reports, IEP specifics: goals, accommodations, behavior plans.
- Includes initial placement recommendations. These are subject to change.
- Inglewood Staff Orientation – Occur during August LEAP days.
- Teachers prepare for student needs within the general education classroom.
Planning for Inglewood
- IJH Planner
- Great way for students to track homework and class assignments
- Organizational tool
- Time is provided in each class for students to update their planners
- Teacher Websites
- Standard Score and Communicator
- Student and Parent access to grades.
- THINK TANK: An opportunity for all Inglewood students to work on school work and get extra help from staff.
- Begins the last week of September
- 2:15 – 3:15 every Tuesday/Thursday afternoon
- Students plan to stay the entire hour
- Location and room numbers are determined in fall
- Transportation arranged individually
- No fees to attend
|Research confirms that student participation in sports and activities at school improve academics and attitudes.
Benefits of Playing Sports at Inglewood
- Weeknights, weekends and holidays remain free as junior high sporting events are held after school
- Students are led by professional coaches.
- The fees associated with school sports are less than those with private organizations.
- Student athletes must meet minimum grade requirements.
- Opportunity to try new activities
- More practice time and a wider variety of activities
- Coaches know and advocate for your child
- Students develops self discipline and time management
- Schedule is easier – no late evening or weekends
- Smooth transition to high school
- Student athletes are school leaders
- They are connected to something special and more connected to Inglewood.
- No cut – FULL Participation
- School – Having a student body involved in activities outside of the classroom makes Inglewood a better place to work and attend.
- Increased school attitude and spirit
- Improved behavior
- Improved grades
- Stronger student leadership
Where do you start?
- Schedule a medical physical – download the form from IJH website after June 7.
- Purchase an ASB Card
- Complete insurance proof and emergency cards (found on IJH website)
- Pay $105 participation fee
Sports and Seasons
- Season 1 – September 10 - October 26
- Boys' and girls' cross country
- Boys' tennis
- Girls' volleyball
- Season 2 – Novermber 13 - January 18
- Boys' and girls' basketball
- Season 3 – February 4 - March 29
- Girls' badminton
- Season 4 – April 22 t0 June 7
- Practices are Monday through Friday
- Over before 5 pm
- Levels include varsity, junior varsity and regional
- Some morning practices (no more than twice a week)
- Transportation to and from CONTESTS is provided
- Uniforms provided
- Paid officials
- For information on current game schedules, forms, dates and other information: www.lwsd.org/ijh/athletics (note: information on these pages is for the 2011-2012 school year)
- For more information about middle school athletics in the Lake Washington School District, please visit http://www.lwsd.org/News/News-and-Announcements/Pages/Middle-School-Athletic-program-changes.aspx.