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Title: Seventh Grade Information Night Notes

Seventh Grade Information Night Notes
  • Please use this information from Incoming Seventh
    Grade Information Night to supplement the
    C.I.S.D. Program of Studies and the McCullough
    Junior High Course Guide Supplement.
  • Both of these documents are available for
    download from the front page of our website.
  • Pictures from the presentation have been removed
    for quick and easy downloading.

This Presentation
  • From the perspective that you have never had a
    child in secondary school
  • Will answer almost any question you could have
    and I believe you will feel better when you
  • All information is in the C.I.S.D. Program of
    Studies and the McCullough supplement online at
    our website

  • Looking forward to a new year
  • New challenges for students in secondary
  • New responsibilities
  • New opportunities

Snapshot Of Our School
  • Composed of young people from around the country,
    and the globe
  • Wonderful students
  • Supportive parents
  • Tremendous staff
  • All have high expectations

Snapshot of our school
  • TEA Gold Performance in
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Math

Personal Vision
  • To be the best secondary school in Texas

Special Recognition for McCullough Students
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Outstanding Secondary School

Snapshot of our school
  • T.E.A. Exemplary Campus

At McCullough
  • We do things for a reason (We have kids here
  • Kid-friendly and prepare for the future
  • Grading
  • Projects
  • Discipline
  • Testing
  • Procedurally

Goal 1
  • Academic Preparation
  • Paradigm Shift

Goal 1A Safety
  • Visitors sign-in and sign-out
  • Visible administrators and police
  • All classroom doors locked
  • Building opens at 800 a.m.
  • All outside doors are locked at 850 a.m. when
    school starts
  • Video surveillance system
  • Safety letters home

Goal 2 Preparing Students for High School
  • 352 working days over two years to prepare
    students for high school
  • Students are in high school day they walk in the
    door if they take algebra Pre-AP in seventh grade
  • Procedures are age-appropriate and have a reason

7th Grade Student Orientation
  • Tentatively scheduled for August 11
  • Will publicize through Tartan Tribune
  • Dependent on the C.I.S.D. School Calendar once
    adopted for 2011-2012
  • Need volunteers to make it happen
  • Social event of the summer
  • Attendance is not required but is beneficial

First Day of School
  • Report to Alpha Homerooms until 1000 a.m.
  • Obtain final schedules
  • Car line longer first two days
  • Buses a little later due to fact we are the third
    run and kindergarten parents are still working
    out the bus situation
  • We will get everyone where they need to go

A Typical Day
  • Students can enter building at 800 a.m.
  • Students wait in Commons until 835 a.m.
  • Students report to classes at 835 a.m.
  • Backpacks placed in lockers
  • School begins 850 a.m.

A Typical Day
  • Lunch/3rd Period
  • 1145 a.m.
  • Students encouraged to eat breakfast
  • Which lunch you eat, depends on the subject of
    the class you are in during third block
  • Lunch time can be different on red or green days
  • Advisory 155 p.m. 219 p.m.
  • School Ends 350 p.m.
  • Pick-up
  • Car
  • Buses depart at 403 p.m.

Transition to Secondary School
  • Kids transition quickly
  • Tardies
  • 3 free each quarter
  • 7 minutes between classes
  • Resets each nine weeks
  • First two weeks amnesty

  • Follow student handbook
  • Use good common sense
  • Our administrators are proactive and visible in
  • All discipline incidents, including tardies, are
    online at Parent Access Center

  • Expectation meeting with students through LA
    classes first week of school
  • High classroom expectations-SSI
  • Bullying- Let the childs AP know
  • Make A Difference Week
  • Ongoing Interventions
  • Full information available for you at Student
    Access Center

Preventative Discipline Helpful Thoughts
  • Bullying Prevention- contact your childs
    assistant principal listed on our website if your
    child is recipient of bullying on campus
  • Facebook and social networking dangers
  • Remember web browsers are present on phones,
    Playstation 3s, Nintendo DS devices, Wii
    consoles, PSPs, and more!
  • Please consider whether your childs phone has
    internet access and can send/receive
  • Do they really need this ability on their phone?

  • Meets each day (155 p.m. 219 p.m.)
  • Distribute information
  • Work on homework
  • Tutoring
  • Announcements

Information to Help
  • A Guide to Success

Free Academic Assistance
  • Daily Tutoring- Most days of the week with your
    academic teachers- no substitute for this,
    especially in math
  • PAWS Homework Help
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Room D109
  • McCullough teacher
  • TWHS Interact students
  • Free late bus at 500 p.m.
  • Advisory
  • Elite eighth grade students
  • Ms. Donna Meyer

  • E-Mail Easiest, quickest, preferred
  • Please give us a day or so as we are with
    students as opposed to in front of a computer
  • Teacher e-mail addresses are listed on parent
    services page of our website

  • McCullough Webpage
  • Links to teacher webpages
  • Important spring registration documents
  • Athletic schedules
  • Parent View-It
  • Tartan Tribune online

  • Conferences
  • Most at 805 a.m.
  • We attempt to do a good job of communicating and
    prevent the need so that you do not have to come
    in and our staff can continue their primary
    function at 800 a.m. which is tutoring children
  • Important to have your child present
  • Most center around a young person not turning in

  • Parent Newsletter The Tartan Tribune
  • Sent home through students
  • Online 24 hours a day at our Parent Services Page
  • Available in multiple languages with Google
  • No promises on accuracy of translation

  • System that calls or emails your home
  • Phone calls are limited to really important items
  • Email weekly or when breaking news happens
  • Please have the correct phone number and email
    address in our database system

  • Volunteer
  • Appreciate the help!
  • PTA
  • Front Desk
  • Student Orientation
  • Socials
  • Library
  • Copy Room

  • Provided by the P.T.A.
  • Idea originated from site-based meetings by
    parents for parents
  • Parents view each night
  • Teaches critical organizational skills
  • Quizzes
  • Ads

Daily Announcements Online
Common Assessments (Tests)
  • Tests are high quality and developed over time to
    choose the most accurate/fair questions
  • Are now Common Assessments in the district
  • 60 percent of grade for marking period

Common Assessments (Tests)
  • Exams, and exam questions, are utilized as common
    assessment exams among teachers in the school
    within departments
  • These specific exams are used not only among
    different teachers in same discipline but also
    other CISD junior highs

Common Assessments (Tests)
  • View at school with instructor
  • Stumble Sheets in class to learn from mistakes

Common Assessments (Tests)
  • Exams are utilized extensively among all CISD
    campuses to supplement benchmark testing
    throughout the district and inserted into
    Eduphoria program to optimize individual academic
  • As the exams are utilized on our campus and the
    district throughout the years, they do not go

Semester Exams
  • Last four days of each semester
  • Week prior to exams students will complete review
    packet and prepare in the classroom
  • Modified schedule in exams
  • 10 to 20 of the semester grade
  • Synthesize learning and practice taking major
  • Schedules will be posted online early this summer

Student Success Initiative (SSI)
  • Students must pass Reading and Math TAKS in
    eighth grade to advance to high school

  • The system sends an email notification to your
    Parent Access Center Account
  • Normally email arrives the same day to your email
    address in our database
  • Being in class for the first five to ten minutes
    of instruction/review/plan for the day is
    critical to academic success

Parent Access CenterStudent Access Center
  • Free opportunity to view grades, attendance,
    discipline, TAKS, etc.
  • Supplements planner
  • Places you on a school e-mail list to receive
    breaking news and routine e-mail communication
  • Exists to supplement, not replace, student
    accountability for grades and assignments

Dress Code
  • Critical
  • Worth the battle if you are a parent
  • Strictly enforced
  • The way a student dresses affects the way he/she
    feels about education and success
  • One of the first steps to caring in any area of
    life is to dress like you care
  • Always feel free to drop in with food at lunch to
    see what they are actually wearing four hours

How Parents Make the Difference!
  • Talk to your student
  • Know where they are in the evenings and on
    weekends, and why
  • When you have a question, go to the source and
    e-mail the teacher

How Parents Make the Difference!
  • Check the P.T.A. Planner nightly and make sure
    all homework is complete
  • Hold students responsible for their actions
    (behaviorally and academically)
  • Give your child a chance to work out some
    problems on their own

Easy Things to do to Help your Child be
Successful at McCullough
  • Encourage students to eat breakfast
  • Monitor the amount of sleep they really get
  • Is the TV, gaming system, and/or computer in
    their bedroom?
  • Is their cell phone in their room at night?
  • Hold students accountable for a planner
  • Positives and Negatives
  • Encourage students to be involved in school
  • Attend his/her activities at McCullough

Top 2 Indicators forStudent Success
  • Attendance at school
  • Involvement in a school activity

School Supplies
  • Basic school supply list posted in The Tartan
    Tribune this summer
  • P.T.A. will sell basic minimal set again online
    this year (optional)
  • Look for information coming soon in the Tartan

Elective Information Night
  • February 8th
  • McCullough Commons
  • 630 p.m. until 730 p.m.
  • Athletic Presentation
  • Boys 635 p.m.
  • Girls 705 p.m.
  • In Bock Auditorium
  • A lot of people here
  • Very optional

Elective Information Night
  • Very casual come and go
  • Students are welcome
  • Seventh grade elective teachers will be present
    to answer your questions
  • Eighth grade elective teachers representing high
    school electives will be present
  • Some activities which are not elective classes
    such as Cheerleading, Winter Guard, and Highland
    Girls may have a booth with information

The Registration Process
  • Final deadline to make any change, elective
    request or core level change, is April 29th at
    400 p.m.
  • Teachers are hired with specific teaching
    certifications (NCLB Act) based on requests of
    parents on this date
  • No changes will be made after this time

State Economic Situation
  • Unsure of funding to districts
  • Will be resolved in coming weeks or months
  • No wiggle room to change schedules once
    parents/guardians and kids have selected what
    they want
  • The deadline is April 29th

The Registration Process
  • Master schedule is constructed based on
    parent/guardian course requests on April 29th
  • Early decisions earlier help us hire better staff
    for your child
  • We will contact you repeatedly via
    SchoolMessenger with information
  • Students receive tentative schedules at Student
    Orientation in August or on the first day of
    school if they cannot attend Orientation.

Factors Which Affect Individual Students
Schedule Formation
  • Staffing (based on enrollment)
  • Availability of Course
  • Students Core Course Selection
  • Elective course requests by students
  • Seniority
  • Specialty Classes
  • Athletics
  • Fine Arts
  • Algebra
  • Number of electives
  • 11 unique choices in seventh grade
  • 23 unique choices in eighth grade
  • Will take 4 in 7th grade
  • Will take 5 in 8th grade

High School Information
  • Mr. McCord, why are we talking about high

Looking ahead to high school
  • What is the Advanced Placement (AP) Program?

What is the Advanced Placement Program?
  • College level courses taught in high school
  • 29 nationwide courses in 19 subject areas (TWHS
    offers 26)
  • Examinations scores can lead to college credit
    and which validate program success
  • An opportunity for students to think, read, and
    write critically and analytically.

What AP Courses Does TWHS Offer?
  • Environmental Science
  • German Language
  • French Language
  • Music Theory
  • Statistics
  • Art History
  • European History
  • Studio Art
  • Physics C, E, M
  • World History
  • Psychology
  • Art Drawing
  • Art 2D
  • Art 3D
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Computer Science A
  • Spanish Language
  • Calculus AB, BC
  • US History
  • Chemistry
  • Government and Politics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Geography
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Biology

Why AP?
  • Challenges students
  • Consistent teaching strategies
  • Prepares them for college

Why AP?
  • Provides opportunities for our young people to
    compete post high school
  • Opportunities to earn college credit in high
    school (up to 45 hours)
  • Saves parents

So How Well Do TWHS Students Perform on the
Fact In 2008, TWHS administered 1806 tests to
915 students Fact The mean score was 3.41 The
mean state score was 2.52 The mean national
score was 2.85
So How Well Do TWHS Students Perform on the
  • Fact 78 of the students passed with a 3 or
  • Fact 50 of the students passed with a 4 or
  • Fact TWHS consistently ranks in the top schools
    in the world in the number of tests given

Who Should Take PreAP or AP Courses?
  • The most successful AP students are willing to
    work hard. More than ability, the students (not
    just the parent) willingness to invest the time
    and energy to be successful is most important.
  • The earlier the preparation, the easier the

Grades in Secondary Schools
  • Everyone wants As
  • Grades in Pre-AP courses of a B or high C may
    very well indicate tremendous learning and hard
    work by the student

Grades in Secondary Schools
  • In secondary school it takes effort to make an A
  • It also takes effort to fail
  • Rigor

Adventure into Academics
  • Core Subject Information

State Required Courses 7th grade
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Texas History
  • Physical Education
  • Can Substitute
  • Athletics
  • Cheer
  • Highland Girls
  • Private P.E.
  • Electives 4 choices

  • Science
  • Pre-AP Science
  • Strongly encourage any student be enrolled in
  • Math Skills
  • Science Fair Project
  • Time
  • Independent
  • Requires significant work outside of class

Pre-AP Science Fair Project Helpful Information
  • Runs September through February
  • One of the best things we do
  • Idea Development- 3 hours
  • Background research- 4 hours
  • Research plan-2 hours
  • Experimenting- 10 hours
  • Final Paper- 10 hours
  • Board- 6 hours
  • Hours are just averages- can be more or less
  • Have checkpoints along the way
  • Fair takes place during a weekend in late
    February at Lone Star College Montgomery

Pre-AP Science Fair Project Helpful Information
  • Ms. Fowler will have some example science fair
    boards available in the foyer when you leave
  • Please note the boards are not the project, just
    the visible manifestations of the project

Pre-AP Science
  • Need to make sure you understand the real rigor
    and expectations of the science fair prior to
    making the year-long commitment to Pre-AP Science

Texas History
  • History
  • Texas History
  • Pre-AP Texas History
  • Strong reading comprehension and writing skills
    are a plus

Language Arts
  • Language Arts
  • Pre-AP Language Arts
  • Need to be self-motivated reader and writer
  • Grade differential
  • Everything starts with reading

Class Placement of Your Child in LA, Social
Studies, and Science in C.I.S.D.
  • Incoming seventh graders will automatically
    roll, by default, to the next appropriate grade
    level sequence
  • 6th grade regular history to 7th regular Texas
  • 6th GT language arts to 7th Pre-AP language arts
  • Etc.

Class Placement of Your Child in LA, Social
Studies, and Science in C.I.S.D.
  • Sixth grade students identified as GT will
    automatically roll initially to Pre-AP in the
    area of their GT identification for language
    arts, social studies, or science
  • Initial placement in these areas will be
    indicated on the form your child brings home
  • You can move your child from Pre-AP to level
    classes by indicating your choice on the document
    sent home

Class Placement of Your Child in LA, Social
Studies, and Science in C.I.S.D.
  • Ultimately, you can place your child in any level
    of class you want in language arts, social
    studies, or science
  • Encourage you to closely read Course Description
    Guide and understand rigor and expectations of
    Pre-AP courses
  • Recommend considering taking no more than two
    Pre-AP courses
  • Please understand that an A in secondary Texas
    education is not the same as an A in elementary

Class Placement of Your Child in LA, Social
Studies, and Science in C.I.S.D.
  • Please ask yourself how much homework time
    outside of school will it take for my child to
    achieve the grade I would like for him/her to
    achieve in the advanced course.

Core Placement Sheet Sent Home
On this sheet you choose your childs level you
want for LA, SS, and Science.
Where Will I Finish in Math?
  • To make good choices for placement in seventh
    grade, it is critical to know where you as a
    parent, as well as your child, want to finish
    his/her senior year
  • Applies most directly to math due to its linear

Where Will I Finish in Math?
  • Unlike the other disciplines, hard work alone in
    math may not always ensure success
  • Involves math knowledge and mental math maturity

State Math Courses for Seventh Grade
  • Seventh grade math
  • Pre-algebra Pre-AP (one year ahead)
  • High school algebra Pre-AP (high school course,
    two years ahead)

District Math ProgressionMajority of Students
  • 6th Grade level math
  • 7th Grade - 7th math
  • 8th Grade - pre-algebra
  • 9th Grade - algebra
  • 10th Grade - geometry
  • 11th Grade - algebra II/pre-calculus
  • 12th Grade calculus
  • This is also diagrammed in our Course Description

District Math Sequence(Advanced 1 year) Some
  • 6th Grade GT math (7th grade math)
  • 7th Grade pre-algebra Pre-AP
  • 8th Grade algebra Pre-AP (High School)
  • 9th Grade - geometry
  • 10th Grade - algebra II
  • 11th Grade - pre-calculus
  • 12th Grade calculus

District Math Sequence(Advanced 2 years) Very
Few Students
  • 7th Grade algebra Pre-AP (high School)
  • 8th Grade geometry Pre-AP (high School)
  • 9th Grade - algebra II
  • 10th Grade Pre-AP pre-calculus/AP statistics I
  • 11th Grade Pre-AP pre-calculus/AP statistics II
  • 12th Grade calculus

District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh
  • Students will be initially rolled to the next
    appropriate level of class in the progression of
    their math development
  • See Course Description Guide for exact progression

District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh
  • Students currently in GT/Advanced sixth grade
    math are completing the seventh grade junior high
    math course and the State of Texas Essential
    Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for this level of
    instruction at this current time in sixth grade

Upcoming District MathPlacement Exams
  • Credit by Exam for entrance into pre-algebra
  • Taken February 1-11 at home intermediate campus
  • Algebra Readiness Exam
  • Taken February 14th through February 25th at home
    intermediate campus if a student in advanced
    sixth grade math scores an 80 percent or higher
    on the Credit by Exam for entrance into
    pre-algebra Pre-AP

District Math Placement Testing Details
  • Spring district math placement exams will occur
    in February at the home intermediate campus.

District Math Placement Testing Details
  • Sixth grade students currently in regular math
    will take the C.I.S.D. Credit by Exam for
    entrance in pre-algebra Pre-AP during the
    February 1-11 window if they have an 80 average
    or better for the current year in sixth grade
    level math.
  • This is to see if they qualify to be place in
    pre-algebra Pre-AP in seventh grade
  • 80 percent is the passing score

District Math Placement Testing Details
  • All students who are currently enrolled in the
    GT/Advanced sixth grade math class will take the
    C.I.S.D. Pre-Algebra Credit by Exam.
  • Advanced sixth grade math students take this exam
    only to see if they have the skills to qualify to
    take the Algebra Readiness Test
  • All of these advanced students will be in
    pre-algebra Pre-AP in seventh grade

District Math Placement Testing Details
  • Students in the GT/Advanced sixth grade math
    class who successfully pass the C.IS.D.
    Pre-Algebra Credit by Exam will then later take
    the C.I.S.D. Algebra Readiness Exam to see if
    they qualify for high school algebra Pre-AP. This
    window is February 14th through February 25th.

District Math Placement Testing Details
  • Both placement tests are designed to be
    administered in February based on TEKS covered
    during that time
  • Intermediate campuses will attempt to makeup test
    any student who misses on the day of testing at
    his/her campus in February
  • There is no later testing or additional retake
    of the tests
  • Important for students to do his/her best

District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh
  • CISD students in regular sixth grade math will be
    initially enrolled in regular on level seventh
    grade math
  • Majority of our students
  • Students will receive the appropriate next level
    of math instruction in proper sequence necessary,
    as we all received, for the student to be
    successful in all following math courses at
    McCullough, the high school, and beyond

2011-2012 District Math Placement Standards for
Incoming Seventh Graders
  • For a student to accelerate from level sixth
    grade math to pre-algebra Pre-AP, students must
    meet all of the following criteria
  • 80 average in 6th grade math
  • Commended on 6th grade math TAKS
  • Minimum score of 80 on the C.I.S.D.
    Pre-Algebra Credit by Exam or
  • 90 on the Texas Tech Credit by Exam

Note Student moving from level sixth grade math
to Pre-Algebra Pre-AP will be bypassing seventh
grade math instruction and the TEKS included in
this course
2011-2012 District Math Placement Standards for
Incoming Seventh Graders
  • Most students in GT/Advanced sixth grade math are
    going to Pre-Algebra Pre-AP for their math class
    in seventh grade

2011-2012 District Math Placement Standards for
Incoming Seventh Graders
  • For a student to move from sixth grade
    GT/Advanced math to algebra 1 (HS), students must
    meet all of the following criteria
  • 80 average in sixth grade Gifted and
  • Talented/Advanced Math
  • Commended on sixth grade math
  • TAKS test
  • Minimum of 80 on the C.I.S.D. Pre- Algebra
    Credit by Exam
  • Minimum score of 80 on the C.I.S.D.
    Algebra Readiness Exam

What if My Child Qualifies for High School
Algebra Pre-AP?
  • If your child qualifies for high-school algebra
    Pre-AP, we will contact you via phone and/or
    email before placing them into this math class
    which is operating two years ahead of grade level
  • Student would be bypassing TEKS and math
    instruction presented in pre-algebra
  • You will need to opt your child in to the high
    school algebra class if they qualify

District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh
  • A C.I.S.D. sixth grade GT/Advanced math student
    who successfully passes the C.I.S.D. Pre-Algebra
    Credit by Exam but does not pass the Algebra
    Readiness Test will be placed in pre-algebra
  • Working one year ahead

Course Request Sheet
  • The elective and core course request sheet does
    not have a blank or option for math selection.

  • What if I want my child to go from sixth grade
    regular math to pre-algebra Pre-AP in seventh
    grade in CISD and he/she did not successfully
    pass the placement examinations?

Option I
  • Enroll and successfully complete with a grade of
    85 or higher the C.I.S.D. summer school offering
    of seventh grade math for first time takers
  • Details will be available when the summer school
    information packet is published in April or May
    at the district website
  • Meet summer school attendance requirements
  • Far and away the best option if you did not
    qualify and this is the path you would like for
    your child to take

Option II
  • Enroll and complete both parts of the seventh
    grade math course through the Texas Tech Credit
    by Exam program (information available on our
    website). Obtain a score of 90 or better on parts
    A and B
  • Deadline for sign-up- see district website

Advantages and Disadvantages of taking
Pre-Algebra Pre-AP or High School Algebra Pre-AP
in Seventh Grade
  • More flexibility in choice of level of science
    class in high school
  • Much more rigorous

Advantages and Disadvantages of taking Pre-AP
Pre-Algebra or Pre-AP Algebra in Seventh Grade
  • First few weeks of Pre-Algebra Pre-AP are review
    of seventh grade math
  • Around November the course takes off with
    rigorous state expectations

Advantages and Disadvantages of taking
Pre-Algebra Pre-AP or Algebra Pre-AP in Seventh
  • Students are generally not successful in
    subsequent math courses if they skip a major core
    building block course of math knowledge by
    missing the seventh grade math class
  • This missing information, in the form of the
    missing course, usually manifests itself in
    eighth grade in high school algebra around
    November 1st, and beyond

Advantages and Disadvantages of taking Pre-AP
Pre-Algebra or Pre-AP Algebra in Seventh Grade
  • In short, missing the seventh grade math course
    and the State of Texas Essential Knowledge and
    Skills it covers is like credit card debt
  • U.I.L. Eligibility is subject to all courses,
    including advanced math classes

High School Math Notes
  • Students are now required to take four years of
    math and science in high school
  • For math, four high school courses can include
    high school math courses taken in junior high
  • Three math courses must be taken on the high
    school campus

Considerations for High School G.P.A.
  • If accelerating by taking high school courses in
    junior high, your grade point average in high
    school will be based on more difficult classes at
  • The flip side is taking accelerated math courses
    in junior high will also allow you to have more
    opportunities to take rigorous classes in high
    school which are weighted higher for G.P.A.

Pre-AP Class Considerations
  • No guarantee it will be easy
  • No guarantee your child will make an A or B
  • Not a guarantee he/she will pass
  • U.I.L. Eligibility
  • Class the parent/guardian has chosen on the April
    29th deadline will be the course the student is
    in for the year

Student Success in Pre-AP
  • Need to be a doer, and a thinker
  • Just as in real-life

Homework Considerations
  • Time varies widely among students
  • Effective study habits developed
  • Consider projects included in each class

Homework Considerations
  • How much time is it going to take for your child
    to complete work outside of school for him/her to
    achieve the grade you want them to achieve in the
  • Consider activities outside of school
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Baseball
  • Equestrian
  • Swimming
  • Etc.

  • Relevant
  • Can finish much at end of class and in Advisory
    if they choose to do so
  • There is homework in our regular classes, albeit
    considerably less than Pre-AP classes
  • Will increase greatly in high school and college

Organizational Skills
  • Leading cause of parent conferences
  • If students do not turn in their work, it is
    difficult to help them
  • Reward system

Organizational Skills
  • Parents/guardians assisting your son/daughter in
    developing organizational skills would be one of
    the best gifts you could ever give them
  • Better gift than an X Box 360 or Wii
  • Planners
  • Free
  • Check nightly
  • Designed to help

Organizational Skills
  • If you come to school each day, pay attention
    in class, and turn your homework in school, and
    the world, will be your playground.

High School Course Considerations for Seventh
  • High school algebra
  • Semester and final exams count 20 percent

  • Provided by the P.T.A.
  • Idea originated from site-based meetings by
    parents for parents
  • Parents view each night
  • Teaches critical organizational skills
  • Quizzes
  • Ads

High School Course Considerations
  • Once you enter into these classes students are on
    an established track
  • As a high school class, they are much more
  • It is not necessary to get your student on the
    fast track to get all the courses in the four
    years at TWHS

High School Course Considerations in Junior High
  • Grades achieved do not figure in high school
    class rank or G.P.A.

Junior High Course Considerations
  • All general ed classes, level and Pre-AP, are
    college preparatory
  • Most students taking Pre-AP courses just take two
    at the most
  • House purchase analogy

  • I would not advise letting grades from
    intermediate school be a large determining factor
    in my decision

  • Please make your decisions based on what is right
    for your child, not your friends child from
  • The ultimate choice on which core course you wish
    your child to be in lies with you, as long as it
    is made before the final deadline on April 29th

Parent Guardian Help Session
  • April 19th
  • Small gymnasium
  • 800 a.m. until 330 p.m.
  • Casual come and go
  • Administrators, counselors, and department heads
    will be available to answer your questions

Physical Education Requirements
  • The State of Texas requires all students take
    P.E. for one year (2 semesters) in seventh grade
  • Not considered one of a seventh grade students
    four elective choices as this course is required

Physical Education Requirements
  • Athletics may substitute for P.E.
  • Athletics substitutions include
  • Girls or Boys Basketball
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Girls or Boys Cross Country
  • Football
  • Cheerleading
  • Highland Girls drill team

  • A Taste of Adventure

Very Important Documents Coming Home
  • Course Request Sheets for Elective Classes
  • Coming home through students at intermediate
  • Extras are at intermediate Campuses
  • Please read the asterisks, bullets, etc.

Elective Request Sheet
  • Please try to make the sheet as accurate as

Elective Course Request Sheet
  • Need to request four electives in seventh grade
  • Two electives in the fall
  • Two potentially different electives in the spring
  • All available seventh grade options as electives
    are listed on the Elective Course Request Sheet

Elective Course Request Sheet
  • Two semester (all year) courses occupy two blanks
  • Fine Arts classes (band, choir, or orchestra)
    should be listed first if taken and should not be
    listed as an alternate selection as they are a
    serious commitment which last all year

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Elective Request Sheet
  • Deadline April 29th
  • Making your request sheet as accurate as possible
    at the initial turn in time would help us out
  • Recruiting teachers
  • Job fairs
  • Etc

Elective Course Request Sheet
  • Need to choose a P.E class (two semesters
    required in seventh grade)
  • Choose initially on Elective Course Request Sheet
    either P.E., football, or cross country
  • Other athletic endeavors which have tryouts would
    replace the initial P.E. selection should the
    student make the squad
  • Classes will change from initial August schedule
    for most students if they are moved into an
    Athletics class

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Elective Course Request SheetPrivate P.E.
  • Private P.E. will be an option around mid-April
    when the district publishes the 2011-2012 list of
    approved Private P.E facilities
  • Private P.E Application forms for students will
    then, in mid-April, be online at our district
  • One does not sign up for Private P.E. on the
    Elective Course Request Sheet
  • Potential Private P.E. students should initially
    sign up for regular P.E.

The Elective Course Registration Process
  • Our administration and counselors will sit down
    individually at the intermediate campuses with
    each incoming seventh grade student to discuss
    his/her elective requests

The Elective Course Registration Process
  • We will review the Elective Request Sheet with
    the child for accuracy
  • Additionally, we will answer any questions the
    student may have

The Elective Course Registration Process
  • The request will be entered into our MIS system
    with the student at each intermediate campus

McCullough Informational Meetings with Students
  • Mitchell January 24
  • Coulson Tough February 2
  • Deretchin February 1
  • Wilkerson January 31
  • All dates are tentative

Information Coming Home Later in the spring
  • Please check the request sheet very closely to
    confirm these are the elective courses you wanted
    your child to request for next year
  • This sheet will also indicate core courses which
    your child has been initially placed in based on

The Elective Course Registration Entry Process
with Students
  • Deretchin February 18
  • Wilkerson February 17
  • Coulson Tough February 22
  • Mitchell February 24
  • All dates tentative
  • We will be on these campuses on the dates listed
    above to meet with students. If a student is
    absent, we will enter his/her requests based on
    sheets turned in to his/her intermediate teacher.

Elective Choices (7th Grade)
  • Orchestra (counts as 2 choices)
  • Teen leadership
  • Theater arts
  • Art I
  • Band (counts as 2 choices)
  • Exploring career connections
  • Career portals computer applications
  • Career Portals Human Services
  • Career portals technology
  • Choir (counts as 2 choices)
  • Exploring languages

High School Elective Choices Available in Eighth
Grade for CISD
  • High school health
  • High school communications
  • High school Spanish I (taught over two semesters
    in eighth grade)
  • High school Spanish II for Native Speakers (must
  • Plus all the electives listed on the previous

Private P.E.
  • Must be an approved facility for 2011-2012
  • Individual Olympic event preparations
  • Fully completed application and required form
    available online at district website around

Private P.E.
  • Completed form will be due by formal deadline on
    April 29th
  • Students with approved applications will not be
    in a P.E class at McCullough

Private P.E.
  • Can change facility only at semester
  • Must be able to pickup child promptly at
    dismissal time- exactly 250 p.m. each day
  • Students will be in a fourth period class on
    campus from 226 p.m. until 250 p.m.
  • State allows us to dismiss one hour early each

Private P.E.
  • Parents must be flexible on the schedule as it
    will change due to pep rallies, TAKS, semester
    exams, etc.
  • Every three weeks the facility submits a grade
    and attendance report directly to the Counseling

Private P.E.
  • 15 hours or more per week at approved facility
    are required
  • Students planning to do Private P.E. need to
    check regular P.E. on Elective Course request
    sheet initially

Private P.E.
  • Students are assigned to a fourth period Private
    P.E. class from 226 p.m. until 250 p.m. each
  • Commitment for the entire year

Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • All seventh grade students will take four

Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • Band, choir, or orchestra, each take up two
    elective slots (class lasts entire year)
  • Two blanks on elective course request sheet
  • Fine Arts

Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • Example A Student takes choir (2 choices),
    careers, and exploring technology 4 classes

Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • Example B A student takes choir (2 choices) and
    band (2 choices) 4 classes
  • Students can take two fine arts classes

Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • Example C Student takes athletics (does not
    count since it replaces P.E.), exploring
    technology, careers, exploring computer
    applications, and exploring languages 4 classes

Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • Example D Student takes athletics (replaces
    P.E.), band (2 classes), teen leadership, and
    exploring computer applications

Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders
  • Example E Student takes athletics , band (2
    choices), and orchestra (2 choices)

Elective Requests
  • Please note that during the spring, you will
    receive information on elective choices for your
  • Please note that these sheets will indicate your
    childs request, not an assignment to that class
  • Eighth-grade student requests will be filled

Elective Requests
  • Students will include regular and alternate
  • It is possible a student may receive an elective
    in seventh grade he/she did not request in order
    to complete his/her schedule
  • By the time a student completes eighth grade at
    McCullough, it is highly likely your student will
    have been enrolled in any particular elective
    class he/she would like to take

The Schedule(No fine arts or athletics)
P.E. is included in schedule, not counting as an
elective choice since a full year is required in
seventh grade.
The Schedule(Athletic Schedule)
Athletics simply replaces required P.E.
The Schedule(Band, Choir, or Orchestra)
Please note Fine Arts electives last all year,
and thus count as two selections each.
The Schedule(Student taking Choir and Orch)
Many students take more than one fine arts course
and they are encouraged to do so.
The Schedule(Student in Athletics and Band)
Many students have this schedule. There are very
few conflicts, and we work hard to resolve them
when they do occur. If a student is unsure about
which activity to participate in during high
school, I encourage doing both.
Fine Arts and Athletics
  • Can be involved in both
  • Many are involved in a fine art and athletics
  • Many are involved in two fine arts
  • Encourage you to do more than one
  • Very few, if any conflicts

Fine Arts and Athletics
  • Fall under the C.I.S.D. secondary code of conduct
  • Expectations are greater as students represent
    the organization
  • Teachers will visit with fine arts/athletic
    sponsors regarding encouragement, academic
    concerns, discipline issues, and ways to help
    your child

Fine Arts and Athletics
  • Learn invaluable life lessons which are difficult
    to teach anywhere else
  • Not about the sport
  • About the
  • Teamwork
  • Fellowship
  • Friends
  • Stories you embellish twenty years later

  • All fine arts students, athletes, and any other
    student involved in a school organization is
    responsible for schoolwork, homework, and tests
    the day after an event

State Eligibility for Participation
  • No classes are exempt in junior high from U.I.L.
  • Pre-AP and high school courses all count for
    eligibility to participate
  • Consider this when choosing your childs schedule

Signing up for Band, Choir, or Orchestra
  • Unlike other electives, if a student signs up for
    a fine art elective they are automatically in
  • Tryouts are held for placement which then
    determines your exact class period
  • Schedule would be built around this time block
  • Placements announced on schedule in August
  • Occupies two slots on request sheet as it runs
    all year

Signing up for Band, Choir, or Orchestra
  • Encouraged to do multiple fine arts if you are
  • Step up in commitment from intermediate campus
  • Prepares students for participation in these
    activities at TWHS

  • Beginner
  • Concert III
  • Concert II
  • Concert I
  • Symphonic
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Commitment for the year

  • Practices both before and after school
  • Big step up from the opportunity and
    responsibility aspects of elementary band
  • Sectionals
  • Competitions
  • Honor Band

  • Football games
  • McCullough
  • High School
  • Playoffs
  • Concerts
  • Pep Rallies
  • Spring contests
  • Over 400 students

Percussion Class
  • Meets during the fall first semester (one
  • Students must have participated in percussion
    class at their intermediate school

For more information on band contact
  • Susan Meyer

For more information on band contact
  • Penny Liebst

For more information on band contact
  • Andrea Maher

  • Over 300 students are in band and a combination
  • Boys and girls athletics
  • Choir
  • Theatre
  • Cheer
  • Drill Team
  • Other

400 students total in band
  • All students can participate in orchestra
  • Five orchestras including Beginner, Philharmonic,
    Symphony, Concert, and Chamber

  • Concert and Chamber orchestras have before and/or
    after school practices
  • Need to purchase tuxedo shirts
  • Commitment for the year

For more information on Orchestra contact
  • Michelle Reinhardt

  • All students can participate in choir
  • Performs 4-5 concerts a year
  • Good to double with another fine art or athletics
    as choir has far less outside of the regular
    school day requirements
  • Most practices are during the school day
  • Some specialized activities such as region choir
    and preparation for solo contests occur before or
    after school

  • Girls have treble, concert, advanced girls,
    acappella, and chamber choirs
  • Boys have the boys choir
  • Mixed choir
  • Composed of Boys and Chamber Choirs

  • Students can audition for solo and ensemble
    contests, region choir, UIL contests, Spring
    Choral Festival, and the spring pop concert
  • Purchase of a uniform is required
  • Commitment for the year

For more information on choir contact
  • Keith Brumfield

For more information on choir contact
  • Connie Horton

  • Meets during the school day
  • Replaces P.E. credit
  • Practice does also occur outside of school
  • Not an elective class (do not sign up on sheet)

  • This programs entails a large commitment of time
    outside of school during the spring of this year,
    summer, and the regular school year
  • Video at the information meeting will give you an
    idea of what athletic skills are involved in

  • Purchase of clothing
  • Tryout process
  • Need to be completely committed to the McCullough
    team if you plan to tryout

Cheerleader Spring Tryout Information
  • February 1- Tryout Info Meeting _at_ 600 p.m. in
    the Bock Auditorium (packets will be available
    for pick up at the meeting only)
  • February 15 - Packets due to McCullough office
    by 350 p.m.
  • March 8 - Tryout Clinic begins 430 p.m.-630

Cheerleader Spring Tryout Information
  • March 11- Tryouts approximately _at_ 430 p.m.
  • March 12 - Results posted
  • March 28 - New member info meeting _at_ 600 p.m. in
    the Commons LGI
  • All dates and times are subject to change.

Cheerleader Responsibilities
  • Summer Camp
  • Spring Practice after tryouts
  • After school practices during the year
  • Student Orientation
  • Competitions

Cheerleader Responsibilities
  • Commitment to the team and your teammates
  • Cheer
  • Games
  • Pep Rallies
  • Parades
  • Open House
  • Others as needed

For more information on cheerleading contact
  • Wendi Spears

For more information on cheerleading contact
  • Lindsay Nichols

Winter Guard
  • Preparation for TWHS Color Guard and Winter Guard
  • Most practices are inside
  • Occasionally practices are outside
  • Tryouts- try to keep
    everyone competitive

Winter Guard
  • Megan Kelley

Winter Guard
  • Limited practices through the end of football
  • Ramp up practices beginning in December for
    performance season in January
  • Performance season is from January until

Highland Girls
  • Requires significant time outside of school and
    on some weekends
  • Meets as a class during the school day
  • Do not sign up for on elective request sheet
  • Receive P.E. credit

Highland Girls
  • Runs all year
  • Practice times do vary
  • Serious dance troop
  • Preparation for TWHS Highsteppers
  • Discipline
  • Need to be able to take direction and enjoy being
    part of a team

Highland Girls
  • Highland Girl Spring Tryout Information
  • 3/22 - Tryout information meeting
  • 3/29 - Tryout clinic begins
  • 4/9 - Team tryouts
  • 4/9 - Officer tryouts
  • 4/10 - Results posted
  • All dates and times are subject to change.

Highland Girl Commitments Include
  • Practice
  • Performances
  • Parades
  • Football Games
  • Playoff Games
  • Basketball Games
  • Pep Rallies
  • Competitions

For more information on Highland Girls contact
  • Kelli Williams

For more information on Highland Girls contact
  • Claire Talley

7th Grade Athletics
  • Birth Certificate
  • Commitment for the year
  • Boys
  • First period red
  • Girls
  • First period green
  • Replaces P.E.

7th Grade Athletics Off-SeasonBoys and Girls
  • All students assigned to athletics will be in
    off-season conditioning when their sport is not
    actively in interschool competition
  • This involves much more rigorous training than in
    a regular physical education course

7th Grade Athletics Off-SeasonBoys and Girls
  • Strength and speed training are the primary focus
  • Also work to increase specific sports skills for
    each particular sport
  • In other words, students choosing athletics
    remain in athletics all year to take the place of
    required physical education

Great News!
  • Good news in that many of you are getting much of
    your life back as your children complete much of
    their athletic practice at school during the day

Elective Night Presentations in the Bock
Auditorium February 8th
  • Boys Presentation 635 p.m.
  • Girls Presentation 705 p.m.
  • Presentation notes will be placed online
    following the meetings

  • Competitive interschool UIL State of Texas
  • Play to win
  • Has been very successful

  • Season is in the fall
  • Student remains in off-season throughout the year
  • Most meets are on Friday evening

  • Has to be dated after April 15, 2011 or later to
    be good for next year
  • Please note that doctors do not have many slots
    open in the summer for physicals

  • Athletic Class
  • Replaces P.E.
  • Sign up for class on elective request sheet

  • Everyone (who wants to be) is on the team
    provided they will complete the work in practice
  • Popular class with runners and soccer players
  • Serious running and commitment is required

Coach Collins
Girls Cross Country Contact at kcollins_at_conroeisd.
Coach Cantu
Boys Cross Country Contact at
  • 15-30 miles a week
  • Competitive
  • Boys are state champs
  • 259 kids this year

  • Fantastic place for students who want to be
    involved in athletics, but may not feel led to be
    in the other sports
  • Will remain in athletics class and practice
    throughout the year after the season has

  • Commitment for the year
  • Would not join just because your friend is in
    the class

  • Tryouts are the first week of school
  • If a student makes the team, his/her schedule may
  • Meets as an athletics class during the school day

  • After volleyball is over, athletes will remain in
    off-season volleyball class or go on to another
    sport throughout the year to receive P.E. credit

Girls and Boys Basketball Off-Season Class
  • Replaces physical education
  • Students try out for class in August
  • Girls and boys tryout for the off-season class in
  • If students make the off-season class, they
    remain in off-season throughout the year
  • If they do not make the basketball team, students
    move to the regular off-season athletics class
  • Many basketball players play a combination of
    basketball, volleyball, football, track, and
    other sports

Girls and Boys Basketball Off-Season Class
  • Students will tryout for the basketball team in
  • A student who does not make the team will be in
    off-season athletics with football (boys and
    girls) or regular girls off-season if they do not
    make the team

Boys and Girls Football
  • Equipment handed out in August
  • If a student cannot attend on this date,
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