Frequently asked questions regarding the transition from 5th grade to 6th grade at the Junior High Campus.
Will the 6th graders be separated from the 8th graders?
We try to separate the 6th and 8th graders as much as possible. The 6th grade will be separated from 8th grade during lunch and we try to locate the 6th grade in one wing of the building as much as facilities will allow us. There are elective classes like Art, Keyboarding, Band and PE where students will have to travel to other hallways and interact with other grade levels during passing periods.
Will the 6th graders be allowed to join athletics?
As 6th graders, students can choose between Pre-Athletics and Physical Education. Pre-Athletics is a course that will allow 6th grade students to understand and participate in the routines and procedures of athletics. This will better prepare them as they move into competitive athletics in the 7th grade.
Will the 6th graders be able to play Junior High sports?
Junior High sports are limited by the UIL to 7th and 8th grade students.
Will students be pulled for reading/math interventions? If so, what classes will they miss while being provided interventions?
The students who qualify for our most intensive reading intervention program will lose one of their electives. All other interventions are done as part of the students’ normal schedule and do not require the student to be pulled from any other class.
Concerned about Bullying, is there a lot of bullying and how will this be taken care of?
Bullying is a concern for all of us today. Looking at the data we collect, there is no common pattern. There have been several years with no confirmed cases of bullying and years where we have had multiple cases. The district has created a great protocol for employees and students to follow when there are allegations of bullying. A report can be submitted in writing or by accessing Anonymous Alerts. We have several programs that we present to the students early in the year that discuss bullying as well as cyber bullying and the improper use of social media. The key to stopping this sort of behavior is early communication. We preach to our kids from day one about letting adults know any time they feel something like this is happening and appreciate when parents let us know that there may be something going on so we can investigate.
Are staff in the Junior High wearing “Ask Me” badges to let students know it is acceptable to ask questions and who to ask during the first few weeks of school?
We have not done this in the past but I do like the idea. In the past the administrative staff spreads out throughout the campus during passing periods to guide students to their next class. We do this for a week or so until they get comfortable in where they are going. We will also hold 6th graders in the gym the first morning and meet with them and answer any questions they may have, go over campus expectations and this also allows them to transition to first period on the first day after other students have already cleared the hallways.
Will they have lockers? If so, do they need to have a lock on it?
Students will not have lockers for academic classes. We try to provide supply stations in each classroom. Students will have some class specific materials they will need to carry in the backpacks. Students in PE and athletics will have lockers. We have not provided locks for lockers in PE and athletics in the past, however providing locks/ is being discussed as we move into the new school year.
What will be the ratio between students and teachers? How many classes will students have?
Students will have nine classes:
Reading, English, Science, Social Studies, Math, Math,
Elective, Elective, Renaissance
Period are 46 minutes each and each student will have two classes of math, one for instruction and one for Accelerated Math practice. Renaissance class is a 25 minute period for independent reading practice. Class size usually averages around 20 students.
Will 6th grade receive free lunches in Junior High?
According to the director of child nutrition, it is time for us to refile our application for this program. We should know by the end of the school year which campuses will qualify.
I would like to know more about the cost of food and my student's options for lunch.
This is year students pay $2.70 for the lunch meal and breakfast is free for all students. Students have the choice of the hot line which contains the items from the school lunch menu that is created each month. They also have the option of a chef salad and items from the basket line which includes cheeseburgers, pizza, chicken sandwiches, corny dogs etc….
What elective options does a 6th grader have?
6th grade students have two electives. They are required to take a physical activity credit that would either be PE or Pre-Athletics. For their second elective they can choose between band and art/keyboarding. Art and Keyboarding are semester courses.
Are cell phones allowed on campus?
Cell phones are allowed on campus. Students are allowed to have them out before school until the first bell rings and after school. During the hours of 7:55 -3:35 they should be turned off and stored away. Teachers do have the option to allow students to use their phones to listen to music while working independently. Some allow students to do this and some do not.
What state testing do students take at the end of 6th grade?
6th grade students will take the reading and math STAAR test at the end of the 6th grade year.
I teach at the Elementary. What bus will my daughter ride to Jr. High in the morning? Will it be the same bus in the afternoon?
Students can ride the staff bus from the JH to any other campus in the afternoon. In the mornings, there are several buses that go to the elementary first and then to JH. They usually leave the elementary around 7:15-7:20.