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Title: GARNET VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL


1

GARNET VALLEY ELEMENTARY
BETHEL SPRINGS ELEMENTARY
TOGETHER WE ARE
  • GARNET VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

2
GARNET VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • Welcome
  • Introductions
  • Administration
  • Dr. Kenneth L. Acker, Principal
  • Mr. Adam Penning, Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Dawn J. Papa, Assistant Principal
  • Counselors
  • Mrs. Christy Francart
  • Mrs. Beth Kelly
  • Ms. Wendy Xanthopoulos

3
Garnet Valley Middle School Mission
  • The mission of Garnet Valley Middle School is to
    foster a positive and supportive culture, which
    appreciates the uniqueness of each individual in
    the learning process. To develop life-long
    learners, we will prepare students to be
    self-motivated, independent, reflective, and
    compassionate adolescents able to successfully
    evolve in the ever-changing world.

4
The Middle School Structure
  • What is a team?
  • A team is a small learning community of students
    and teachers.
  • Developmentally appropriate for middle school age
    children.
  • Each GVMS 6th Grade team represents approximately
    90 of the 360 projected students.
  • Each 6th grade team provides instruction in all
    academic areas of Language Arts, Math, Science
    and Social Studies.
  • Teams are not leveled.

5
The Truth about Teams
  • Students are assigned randomly.
  • Each team is equal in student ability.
  • All academic courses are offered on all teams.
  • Teams make it easier for students to manage the
    middle school!

6
The Schedule
  • Bell Schedule
  • Homebase 730 738
  • Per. 1 740 824
  • Per. 2 826 911
  • Per. 3 913 958
  • Per. 4 1000 1044
  • Per. 5 1045 1130
  • Per. 6 1133 1217
  • Lunch 1219 1249
  • Per. 7 (UA/HPE) 1251 135
  • Per. 8 (UA/HPE) 136 221

Student Schedules are not provided in the summer
mailing. HB/Team assignments will be provided in
summer mailing
7
The Academic Program
  • PA Core Curriculum
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Students experience a full complement of
    specials.
  • Unified Arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • World Language Rotation

8
Grading
  • A through F grading system.
  • Online grade viewer.
  • Power School Parent Portal
  • Final marking period grades will be available on
    Power School.

9
Mathematics
  • 4 Academic Levels
  • Accelerated Math
  • Enrichment Mathematics
  • Level 1 Mathematics
  • Level 2 Mathematics
  • For qualifying students.
  • The Math curriculum is aligned to PA Standards

10
Language Arts
  • 3 Academic Levels
  • Enrichment Language Arts
  • Language Arts, Level 1
  • Language Arts, Level 2
  • Meets daily for two periods.
  • Curriculum aligned to PA Standards.

11
Science Social Studies
  • SCIENCE
  • Heterogeneously grouped
  • Curriculum focuses on Earth Science/Catastrophic
    Events
  • Method of Instruction is Inquiry/Discovery Based
    Learning through laboratory investigations
  • SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Heterogeneously grouped
  • Curriculum focus on Geography and Ancient
    Civilizations.

12
3rd Period
  • 6-Day Cycle (A,B,C,D,E,F)
  • World Language (1 day out of 6)
  • Trimester of French, Spanish, German
  • Approximately 10 meetings
  • ATP for qualifying students
  • Band/Chorus/Orchestra
  • Study Hall
  • Supported for Learning Support
  • Supported for Reading Techniques
  • Supported for Math Techniques
  • Remediation
  • Example
  • A day Band
  • B day Chorus
  • C day Team Study Hall
  • D day World Language
  • E day Math Techniques
  • F day Team Study Hall

13
Unified Arts/Health PE
  • One period of Unified Arts
  • 5 Rotations (36 class meetings in each rotation)
  • Art
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Computers/Keyboarding
  • General Music
  • Technology Education
  • One Period of
  • Health and Physical Education Year Long

14
Band, Chorus and Orchestra
  • Band, Chorus and Orchestra are GRADED classes and
    are selected at course request time.
  • Chorus meets at a regularly schedule time
  • Band and Orchestra lessons are pull out lessons.
  • Students are pulled from academic classes to meet
    with the teacher or group.

15
Library Services
  • Instruction
  • Flexible schedule, allowing for optimum
    collaboration with classes and individuals.
  • Guiding students through the research process as
    critical seekers and evaluators of information.
  • Instruction in the ethical use of information
    learning about plagiarism, note-taking, writing
    in ones own words, and source citation.
  • Developing Life-Long Readers
  • Curriculum-based library collection of gt14,000
    titles age-appropriate topics.
  • Online resources POWER Library databases and
    GVMS subscription databases. 
  • Annual author visits by well-known young adult
    authors.

16
Student Services
  • Special Education (IEP Services)
  • Available for students who qualify and are in
    need of specially designed instruction.
  • Itinerant Support in regular education classrooms
    for support.
  • Resource Room for students in need of Math and
    Language Arts support.
  • Resource Room for Emotional, Autistic, Life
    Skills Support.
  • All students are fully Included for Social
    Studies, Science Unified Arts.
  • School Psychologist Mr. Casper

17
Student Services
  • Reading Techniques(in lieu of study hall)
  • Reading Specialist Mrs. Cunningham
  • Teacher Referral
  • Basic or Below Basic score in Reading on the PSSA
  • Fully included in regular English classes.
  • Direct instruction with Reading Specialist during
    3rd period.
  • Academically Talented Program (ATP)
  • ATP Teachers Miss Fledderman and Mr. Shultz
  • For Qualified Students with GIEP.
  • Pull out during study hall period.
  • Seminars based on selected topics.

18
Student Services
  • Math Techniques(in lieu of study hall)
  • Title One Math Teacher-Mrs. Terkanian
  • Basic or Below Basic score in Math on the PSSA
  • Fully included in regular Math classes.
  • Direct instruction with Math Teacher during 3rd
    period.

19
Clubs
  • A Club Fair will be held during the month of
    September

2015-16 Clubs and Activities Art
Club Communications Club (GVMS-TV) Robotics Drama
Club Board Games/Chess Club Library Club Math
Club Outdoors Club
Stage Crew Peer Mediation Film Club Science
Olympiad Early Act Service Club Student
Council Yearbook Club
20
Activities
  • School- Based Activities
  • Intramurals for 6th Grade (Team Sports)
  • Parent/Student Thanksgiving Luncheon (November)
  • Concerts (Winter and Spring)
  • Spelling Bee (February)
  • Assembly Programs
  • Red Ribbon
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Visiting Author

21
Guidance Services
  • The Role of the Counselor
  • Point person for concerns or questions regarding
  • programming
  • scheduling
  • social/peers
  • family
  • Counselors are case managers for students with
    504 Service Agreements
  • Counselors may serve as an LEA for an IEP meeting
  • Coordinates Parent Conferences
  • Occur on designated days during 8th period (136
    to 221)
  • Member of Student Assistance Program (SAP)

22
Guidance Services
  • Groups
  • Social Groups
  • Making Friends
  • Stress Management
  • Organization
  • Classroom Lessons
  • Other Important Names in Guidance
  • Guidance Secretary Mrs. Frattura
  • Student Assistance Program Coordinator Mrs.
    Falcone
  • School District Social Worker Mrs. Smeins

23
GVMS Home and School
  • President Tracey Gibley and Beth MacKinnon
  • Vice President Trish Young
  • Secretary Maria Sokalsky
  • Treasurer Elizabeth Stoddard

HSA Meetings Sept, Nov, Jan, March, May, June
2015-16 HSA Involvement
  • Flower Sales
  • Market Day
  • Pre-packaged School Supplies
  • Spiritwear
  • Winter Craft Fair
  • and much more!
  • 6th Grade Activities
  • 7th/8th Grade Dances Activities Night
  • Career Day
  • Fundraising Activities
  • gift card program
  • community cashback/fundraising nights

www.garnetvalleyschools.com/gvms/hsa
24
Important Dates for Transition Elementary to
Middle
  • March/April
  • Course Recommendations by 5th Grade teachers
  • May
  • Correspondence from the MS to 5th Grade Parents
  • Information regarding MS course recommendations
  • Information regarding upcoming transition events
  • 5th Grade Visitation May 7th
  • May Counselor Lessons
  • Yikes Im going to Garnet Valley Middle School
    Book.
  • May 22-Last day for changes to teacher
    recommendations.

25
Transition Camp
  • August 25th and 26th (2 days Must attend both
    days)
  • 830 to 1130 am
  • Team Building
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Learn the Building
  • Locks and Lockers
  • 25 Fee to cover the operating costs for the
    camp.
  • Registration forms will be mailed in May with
    your course recommendations.
  • Over 300 students participated in the camp last
    year with huge success!!

26
In Closing ..
27
What we believe makes for a successful transition!
  • Communication, Communication, Communication
  • E-Alerts
  • www.garnetvalleyschools.com/gvms
  • Broadcast messaging
  • Be involved!
  • Back to School Night
  • Field Trip Chaperones
  • Home and School participation
  • For Students
  • Student Planners
  • Supportive Parents

28
THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING!!Tonights
presentation will be available on-line at
www.garnetvalleyschools.comon the MS homepage.
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