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Curriculum and Attendance Policy

CURRICULUM

All students receive instruction in the core classes of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Electives are offered daily and rotated every nine weeks with the exception of Band, Chorus, and Art Studio classes, which are offered all year. The school day is six periods long with homeroom beginning 8:15 and school dismissal starting at 3:15.  All classes are 60 minutes.

 

All students are required to take Physical Education. Eighth grade students may IBA for one unit of high school credit and pre-career and technology. Select 8th grade students are eligible to enroll in Algebra I and/or English I if they meet the guidelines as set forth by North District Middle School.

 

7TH GRADE COURSES

ENGLISH 7 This course emphasizes the application of the processes and strategies students need to speak, listen, write, read, and research effectively for a variety of purposes. Students will be exposed to a variety of writing assignments which includes, literary analysis focusing on perspective and letter writing.

 

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS/Adv This course addresses reading, writing, communication, and research. Students will be exposed to a variety of writing assignments such as literary analysis essays, letter writing, and autobiographical writing. The pace and level of expectation in this course reflects more rigorous classroom instruction and assignments.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS/WRITING-This course will expose students to language, grammar, and composition. Students will explore language mechanics and the process of writing.

 

MATH 7-This course consists of 5 strands: number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability. Students will investigate applications of number theory and acquire skills in adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers. Students will solve applied problems by using one step equations and inequalities, percents (percentages), and proportional reasoning.

 

GT Math/PRE- ALGEBRA- This course includes topics in arithmetic, algebraic concepts, geometry, and probability and statistics. This course is for students who are achieving math concepts at a more aggressive rate. The pace and level of expectation will be more extensive.

 

LIFE SCIENCE 7th grade-The purpose of this course is to provide inquiry-based experiences that develop science concepts in the following areas: Cells & Heredity, Human Systems and Disease, Ecology, Biotic Environment, and Chemical Nature of Matter.

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY 7th grade - This course involves the study of world cultures with a focus on changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas from 1600 to present. Students examine the continuing changes in political and economic ideas that have shaped the world in which we live today.

 

Mathematics Assistance 7th Grade -Mathematics, by nature, builds upon prior instruction and it is important to revisit prior instruction on an ongoing basis to increase students‟ retention. This course is designed with the intent of „bridging the gap‟ by re-teaching missing/lost foundational instruction. Students will review/revisit integer operations, fractions, and basic geometry.  These concepts are foundational as they move toward more difficult math concepts.

 

KEYBOARDING 7 - This course addresses students the skills of entering alphabetic, numeric, and symbolic information on a keyboard using the touch method of key stroking. Emphasis is placed on accuracy, speed, and appropriate technique. Skills will be developed in formatting letters, memoranda, reports, tables, and other business documents. One half unit of high school credit is awarded for successful completion of this course. Students with more than 5 absences may be denied credit for this course.

 

 

 

 

 

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8TH GRADE COURSES

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS- This course is designed for students to expand and develop analytical and interpretive skills in literature, to develop writing skills, listening and oral communication, and reasoning skills.

 

MATH 8 - This course consists of the 5 strands of number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability. This course involves applications of math concepts and skills of real world problems. Students will extend their knowledge of the concepts, proportion, and measurement, and apply understanding in problem-solving.

 

ALGEBRA I - This course involves a study of the symbolism and language of sets, the four fundamental operations and properties of real numbers. Linear equations and inequalities of one to two variables are solved and graphed, and an in depth study of word problems is pursued. This course also includes the study of polynomials and fractions of polynomials, relations, functions and their graphs, properties, and operations of expressions involving rational exponents and radicals. The Algebra I end of course test will be given at the end of the course and counts 20% of the final grade. One unit of high school credit is awarded for this course upon successful completion. Students with more than 10 absences may be denied credit for this course.

 

EARTH SCIENCE 8th grade - This course provides students inquiry-based experiences that develop concepts in the following areas: Earth‟s Biologic History, Structure and Process in the Earth System, Astronomy, Force, and Waves.

 

SC HISTORY 8th grade - This course focuses on the role that South Carolina has played in the development of the United States as a nation. Students are exposed to the states‟ development during colonial times and the growth of the American ideal that led to the break with England, the rising controversy about slavery, and the Civil War.

 

RELATED ARTS/ELECTIVES

Art, Art Studio, Band, Career Education Chorus, Computer Learning, General Music, Physical Education, Pre Career & Technology,  English/Language Arts Strategies, Math Strategies, and Keyboarding.

 

ART - Students will learn basic drawing techniques, perspective color theory, sculpture, and other art forms.

 

ART STUDIO - This course is for students who desire exposure to expanded and advanced art techniques in a year-long class.

 

BAND - This course is for students who plan to participate in Marching Band at WHHS. Students represent the school at football games, parades, contests, festivals, and various clinics. Enrollment in this class is year-long.

 

CAREER EDUCATION - Students will take part in the career planning process with the Career Development Facilitator. They will set goals, develop an awareness of self in relationship to a career, learn decision-making skills, and investigate career possibilities. Students will engage in interactive learning activities that integrate academic competencies and job skills. Additionally, activities will be aligned with the Education and Economic Development Act that requires all students to have an individual graduation plan by the end of their second semester in eighth grade.

 

CHORUS - This course will emphasize the development of musical sound, vocal technique, and vocal musicianship. Students will have the opportunity to perform in school showcases throughout the year. This is a year-long class.

 

Integrated Business Applications(IBA) - This course addresses students the skills of entering alphabetic, numeric, and symbolic information on a keyboard using the touch method of key stroking. Emphasis is placed on accuracy, speed, and appropriate technique. Skills will be developed in formatting letters, memoranda, reports, tables, and other business documents. One unit of high school credit is awarded for successful completion of this course. Students with more than 10 absences may be denied credit for this course.

 

GENERAL MUSIC - This course will provide students the opportunity to explore musical concepts and further their understanding of music through listening, singing, playing instruments, and engaging in creative activities.

―All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare.‖                                       11

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION - This course will provide students the means to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally through skills and health-related activities. Activities will involve warm ups, walking, jogging, circuit training, and team sports. Students will develop a fitness and health plan and take part in fitness- testing.

 

SPECIAL SERVICES - Students may be placed in special services classes upon being referred, screened, and staffed by special services.  Placement options include LD, EMD, ED, OHI, and TMD.

 

EXAM SCHEDULE

1st nine weeks…………………………………………………..……………October 9-13 2nd  nine weeks...........................................................…………...………….December 11-15

3rd  nine weeks.................................................................................................... March 12-16

4th nine weeks………………………………………………..….May 21-25 (Final Exams)

 

HONOR ROLL:

Requirements for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th nine weeks

Principal‟s List. ............................................ Overall average of “A” with no grade below B

Regular Honor Roll. ........................................................ All “A‟s” and “B‟s” – No Averages

Yearly Honor Roll....................................................  The average of the two semester grades

Superintendent‟s List. ................................................ All “A‟s” in each class – No Averages

 

GRADING SYSTEM

A..................................................................................................... .90 AND ABOVE

B................................................................................................................... 80-89

C.................................................................................................................... 70-79

D.................................................................................................................... 60-69

F .......................................................................................................59 AND BELOW

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Attendance regulations limit the number of student absences for any reason to a maximum of 10 days in a full year class and 5 days in a semester class. The total number of absences is generally comprised of the following types: 1) absences due to health concerns, 2) absences due to a family illness or death in the family, 3) absences for non-school sponsored trips or activities, 4) absences without an approved cause or parent permission, 5) absences due to out-of-school suspension. Attendance is taken per class period. If a student is signed out of school early, he/she will be marked absent for each class he/she does not attend.

 

When a student has 3 consecutive unexcused absences or 5 total unexcused absences, the Attendance Assistant will attempt to contact parents to develop a plan to improve attendance. A student should bring a written excuse from a doctor or parent within 3 days of an absence upon his/her return to school. No excuses will be accepted after this. All excuses will be approved or disapproved by the administration.

 

A valid excuse request must include:

1) Date                                     2) Student‟s full name                         3) Date(s) of absence(s)

4)  Reason for the absence        5) Phone number of parent/guardian   6) Signature of parent/guardian or doctor

 

SIGN-IN Procedures

Students who come to school late must go to the Attendance Office and sign in. If the student does not bring a valid reason for being late, the sign-in will count as an unexcused tardy for regular classes and an unexcused absence if he/she is enrolled in a course for high school credit that period. If a student is late to a class, and he/she does not have a pass from a teacher or staff member or the front office, he/she is to be marked tardy.

 

―Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.‖

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SIGN-OUT Procedures

Students who become ill during the school day should request to go to the nurse. If the nurse is not available, students will report to the Attendance Office and the Service Assistant will notify parents of the illness. The student must be signed out by his/her parent or other responsible person designated by the parent and listed on the student‟s registration card.  All students who are picked up early from school will be signed out through the Attendance Office.

Parents/guardians are to sign off on sign-out sheet that will be kept in the Attendance Office.

 

Early Dismissal of Students

It is our goal to accommodate parents as much as possible. However, in order to keep the school running smoothly and effectively, all students requiring early dismissal must be signed out prior to 2:45 pm. No student will be called to the office for early dismissal after 2:45 pm.