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Middle School Course Selection Parent Forum
  • Principal Mr. Montero
  • Assistant Principals Ms. Soberon and Mrs. Camus
  • 6th 7th grade Guidance Counselor Ms. Kirker
  • 7th 8th grade Guidance Counselor Ms. Hicks
  • Student Support Specialists Mrs. Sakay, Mrs.
    Escudero Mrs.
  • Acevedo
  • SOMERSET ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
  • A BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
  •  

2
What is Middle Schoolgoing to be like?
  • More classes and teachers
  • More people
  • More responsibilities
  • More work
  • More freedom
  • More changes physical emotional
  • The key to success is
  • Organization
  • Communication

3
Middle School Schedule
  • 7 classes in total
  • 4 Core Classes
  • 3 Electives
  • We follow an A, B rotation
  • A day1st, homeroom, 3rd, 5th, 7th periods.
  • B day1st, homeroom, 2nd, 4th, 6th periods.

Start Time End Time Length
Doors Open 715 AM 725 AM 10 min
1st Block Period 1 730 AM 830 AM 60 min
Homeroom 835 AM 845 AM 10 min
2nd Block Period 2 or 3 850 AM 1020 AM 90 min
3rd Block Period 4 or 5 (READ 1st 30 minutes of class Lunch) 1025 AM 1255 PM 150 min
4th Block Period 6 or 7 100 PM 230 PM 90 min
Student Dismissal 230 PM
4
Promotion Requirements
  • Student must pass their 4 core classes each year
  • Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies
  • A C or better each quarter is essential to
    passing each course successfully.
  • D and F quarter grades put students at risk
    of having to repeat a course or being retained.
  • Elective grades will be factored into the
    students GPA, therefore earning good grades in
    all classes is critical.
  • If a student fails any core classes, he/she MUST
    make up the course(s) online over the summer.

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Course Selection
  • Review the curriculum guide for requirements and
    course descriptions.
  • Every student must take
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Comprehensive Science
  • Social Studies (World History, Civics, US
    History)
  • Electives
  • Reading is required for 6th grade
  • PE is required in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
  • Arts, Foreign Languages, academic electives
  • Intensive classes (for FSA level 1 2)

CORE classes
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Selecting courses
  • Use previous years FCAT scores
  • Consider current grades in specific subjects
  • Ask your childs teacher for recommendations
  • Review the curriculum guide for requirements and
    course descriptions. (found on www.somersetacademy
    .com under Academics) or click here

7
Levels of Courses
  • Intensive remedial class focused on learning
    strategies (required for students who score low
    on FSA)
  • Regular on grade level classes
  • Advanced Above grade level classes (high level
    FSA and As and Bs in academic subjects)
  • Pre-AP Above grade level classes that require
    critical thinking and problem solving skills
    (Highest level FSA and As and Bs in academic
    subjects)
  • )

8
Advanced Math
  • Students advanced in Math have two options
  • requirements must be met and advancement must
    begin in 6th grade
  • Option 1 Advanced Math Track ONE YEAR AHEAD
  • 6th grade math 1 Advanced ( 7th GRADE MATH)
  • 7th grade Pre-Algebra (8th GRADE MATH)
  • 8th grade Algebra 1 Honors (HIGH SCHOOL class)
  • Option 2 GEM TWO YEARS AHEAD
  • 6th grade GEM (pre-Algebra- 8th grade math)
    requires Highest FSA score and GEM placement test
    score of 75 to show mastery of concepts
  • 7th grade Algebra 1 Honors (HIGH SCHOOL class)
  • 8th grade Geometry Honors (HIGH SCHOOL class)
  • Taking and passing an End of Course Exam is
    necessary to earn a high school credit in Algebra
    1 Honors and Geometry Honors

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COURSESELECTIONSHEETS
Core Classes
ELECTIVES
X
X
2
1
X
3
4
X
X
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Electives
  • Arts
  • Dance, arts, drama, band, chorus
  • If interested in the Arts Conservatory for high
    school consider arts electives
  • General electives
  • Reading, Speech Debate, Creative Writing, Key
    Boarding (online class)
  • Foreign Languages
  • Italian Beginning (6-8)
  • Italian 1- HS level begin in 7th grade (upon
    recommendation after Italian beginning)
  • Spanish 1 and Spanish for Speakers 1 can be taken
    starting in 8th grade with a GPA of a 3.25 (As
    and Bs)

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High School Courses in Middle School
  • Students in middle school have the option to get
    ahead with their high school credits.
  • The most common ways to take high school classes
  • Foreign Languages
  • Italian 1 (7th Grade) or Spanish 1, Spanish for
    Speakers 1 (starting in 8th grade)
  • Math
  • Advanced math students can choose between two
    tracks
  • Advanced math track ahead 1 year in math
  • GEM (Great Explorations in Math Program) ahead
    2 years in math

12
Grading for High School Classes
  • Middle school students taking a High school
    course will
  • earn a high school credit
  • their semester grades will be calculated into
    their High School GPA (grade point average)
  • Will take an End of Course Exam to earn a high
    school credit in Algebra 1 Honors and Geometry
    Honors
  • Students may re-take a high school course if
    grade earned is a C, D, or F. Their new grade
    will count towards their GPA. (taken online in
    the summer or repeated the following year)

13
Schedule Changes
  • Schedule changes are done during the first week
    of school, ONLY.
  • Changes are not guaranteed
  • Be sure to select 4 electives, keeping in mind
    that you may not get your first two choices
  • Changes will not be honored for teacher change
    nor period swap

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TO GO FROM 8TH GRADE TO HIGH SCHOOL
  • A student must PASS
  • 3 courses in Language Arts (6th, 7th and 8th
    grade)
  • 3 courses in Math (6th, 7th and 8th grade)
  • 3 courses in Science (6th, 7th and 8th grade)
  • 3 courses in Social Studies (6th, 7th and 8th
    grade)
  • 1 course in Career and Education Planning
    (including
  • the creation a PAC plan) to be completed in
    8th grade
  • If a student fails any core classes, he/she MUST
    make up the course(s).

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What happens if a student doesnt pass a core
class?
  • In middle and high school, if you do not pass a
    class, you must re-take it over the summer online
    here at school.
  • Somerset Virtual Academy is the online school our
    students use to make up courses.
  • www.somersetvirtualacademy.com

16
FSA and EOCs
6th grade 7th grade 8th grade
Reading FSA Reading FSA Reading FSA
Math FSA (grade level) Math FSA OR Algebra 1 EOC Math FSAOR Algebra 1 EOC OR Geometry EOC
Writing FSA Writing FSA Writing FSA
Civics EOC Science FSA
  • Minimum standards on FSA level 3 or higher
  • Intensive math / reading will replace electives
    if FSA scores are low in reading and math
  • The FSA and all EOCs will be computer based!

17
Pinnacle and Virtual Counselor
  • Pinnacle
  • Virtual Counselor
  • Teachers online grade book
  • Student ID (06..) is the username
  • Date of birth is the password (YEARmonthDAY)
  • Sign up for Email Notifications
  • Check Pinnacle at least twice a week
  • Keep up with grades and assignments
  • Sign up for Teachers Websites
  • Broward Countys academic database. Contains the
    following information
  • Absences
  • Academic History
  • Marking Period Grades
  • Student Schedule
  • Middle School Progress
  • Test Scores
  • www.browardschools.com
  • You need your childs student ID and birth date
    (DAY/MONTH/YEAR)

18
Preparing your child for Middle School
  • Organization
  • Communication
  • Arrange a time each day set aside for homework
    and study time
  • Encourage the use of Academic planners and color
    coded folders
  • Monitor use of time and help your child balance
    his/her schedule
  • Prepare their materials and organize their
    assignments the night before
  • Do not back off because your child is in middle
    school
  • Stay tuned to Facebook accounts, text messages,
    TV programs, websites etc.
  • Obtain teachers email addresses the first week
    of school and communicate as much as possible
  • Have a pinnacle day of the week with your child

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Parent Communication
  • Somerset Academy Website www.somersetacademy.com
  • Staff websites and email addresses
  • Events and the school calendar
  • Parents should check Pinnacle for daily progress.
  • Teachers should be the first line of
    communication for course related questions and
    concerns.
  • Progress/Interim Reports are issued at the
    halfway mark of the grading period.
  • Report Cards are issued at the end of each
    grading period (every 9 weeks)

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  • All this and more is found at
  • www.somersetacademy.com
  • Under the Middle School Guidance Page
  • Any Questions email us
  • 6th 7th Grade Guidance Counselor-
    Jkirker_at_somersetacademy.com
  • 7th 8th Grade Guidance Counselor-
    JHicks_at_somersetacademy.com
  • Stay tuned for
  • Summer Orientation dates!
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