Bret Harte Middle School Parent Information Night
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Bret Harte Middle SchoolParent Information NightJanuary 15, 2014
Electronic DevicesCell phones must be off and put away during school hours.Other electronic devices should be left at home. (ipod, mp3,psp, etc.)
Project CornerstoneBuilds developmental assets in order to support student success, academically and in all areas of their lives.Facilitates the connection between families, schools, community, and local businesses.Cornerstone is behind ALL of our student recognition programs.
Student Recognition ProgramsBronco BrandingCornerstone AssetAthlete RecognitionAcademic AwardsEveryday HeroesAsset Coupons
Cornerstone AwardsHelping OthersCooperationGood JudgmentReliabilityRespectHonestyCommitment to Excellence
Support SystemsAcademic CounselorAlmaden Valley Counseling ServicesSSR InterventionAfter school support in classroomsSST/COSTTargeted support for at-risk students(Pioneer math tutors)
AcademicsEach 6th grade student is assigned 6 classesPhysical EducationScienceLanguage ArtsMathSocial StudiesElective Wheel
What classes are in the elective wheel?Each class is taken for 12 weeksNutritionMusicCornerstone/Leadership
Common CoreThis year Bret Harte began implementation of Common Core State Standards.Students are expected to have a deeper understanding of curriculum. More critical thinking, application and collaborative work. (21st century skills)Reading is more nonfiction centered.Literacy skills are addressed in all content areas.Teachers in Language Arts and Math have been given collaboration time to develop lessons based on Common Core State Standards. All teachers have received professional development based on Common Core State Standards with a focus on literacy strategies.
Math CoursesCourses offered: Math 6, Math 6 Accelerated, Math 7, Math 7 Accelerated, Math 8, Algebra HE, Geometry HEHE= High School Equivalent (10 credits of high school math, grades considered in high school GPA)HE classes taken in middle school do not count toward college entrance requirements.
Math PlacementAll 6th grade students will be enrolled in Math 6 or Math 6 Accelerated.Placement criteria to be decided as a district.If placement test is needed, date will be announced via website and information will be sent to the elementary schools.
Academic ProgressIf I have questions about my students progress, what is the easiest way to get information?Teacher contact (email works best for most)Bret Harte WebsiteParent PortalTeacher homework pagesBronco Blast Newsletter
Request for Student AssignmentMailed home: 1/17Forms completed online or turned in at elementary schools: 1/22 - 2/6Turn forms into 5th grade teacherReceive school assignments: Week of 3/10
Other Important DatesIncoming Parent Orientation: April 23, 2014
6th Grade Orientation (Students only): August 4, 2014 (Tentative)
First Day of School: August 13, 2014 (Tentative)
Dates to be AnnouncedDates to watch for on the Bret Harte activities calendar:Student/parent orientationFirst day of schoolBack to School NightTesting Schedules
Booster ClubCommunity Club
Bret Harte is a place where students:Will learn 21st century skills and thriveWill develop academically and social emotionallyWill receive the support they need in order to be successful in a global society