2015 – 2016 6th Grade Parent Information Beadle Middle School 18201 Jefferson Street Omaha, NE 68135 (402)715-6100 BMS Parking Lot Procedures Jefferson Street 5 Please do not wait to drop your child off by the marquee. The sidewalk extends by the football field and if students are dropped off by the sidewalks, the traffic will flow much faster. 6 7 8 9 Drop off and pick up should occur all the way around the parking lot where there is a sidewalk 4 3 2 1 Drexel Street South Lot 1. Drexel Street is a one way before and after school. All traffic goes west on Drexel. 2. When using the south entrance, please form a single line of cars nearest the sidewalk. When exiting the south lot, please turn right on Drexel Street. Do not enter the center aisle unless you are parking to enter the building. 3. All cars should be in a single line waiting to pick up their child. 4. When lining up to pick up your child, please pull all the way up nearest to the football field. This allows for other cars to fill into the parking lot. North Lot 5. Please enter the north lot from Jefferson Street in a single file line nearest the sidewalk. 6. DO NOT ENTER the center aisle of the parking lot. This is a one way lane going north. The center aisle will have a metal swinging gate blocking the movement of cars. Do not enter the center aisle unless you are parking to enter the building. 7. Continue to follow a single file line around the parking lot staying close to the sidewalk. Do not turn around and cut down the center aisle. Just follow the flow of traffic to exit the lot. 8. Please pull your vehicle all the way up to the access street just north of the building. This allows the cars to continue to enter the parking lot. 9. This area is only for buses to load and unload kids. Please do not use this area if you are driving a car. It is extremely unsafe to have cars moving with bus traffic. Important: Please demonstrate patience when dropping off or picking up students at Beadle. We have the largest middle school in Millard. We need to have 1,100 students dropped off and picked up each day. If everyone will follow these procedures, students will be safe in the parking lot and you will spend the least amount of time waiting. Also, if you have older siblings picking up or dropping off students, please remind them to use their best judgment and not speed in the parking lot. INFORMATION FROM THE HEALTH ROOM Phone #: (402)715-6105 School Nurse – Katie Kintzle BSN RN [email protected] Mary Muldoon – Health Room Paraprofessional [email protected] The school nurse is at Beadle on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The health paraprofessional supervises the health room on the days the nurse is at her elementary school. She is trained in first aid, CPR, asthma/anaphylaxis, and diabetic emergencies. The nurse is only a phone call away and will come to the school if there is an emergency. You will be asked to pick your child up if your child develops a fever, vomits, has an unexplained rash, or other possible contagious illness. Please remember that the school nurse is not a doctor and cannot make a diagnosis regarding your child. In the summer mailing, you will receive a confidential health/emergency form. We ask that you include information concerning any health problems your child has on this form. Please make sure to let us know about asthma, diabetes, allergies, and/or seizure disorders, etc. It is important that our nurse know about your child’s health so that she can better care for him/her. If you would like a one-on-one meeting to discuss your child’s health concerns, she is always available to do that. You will also be asked to provide phone numbers that we can use to reach you in case of an emergency. Please keep phone numbers updated. In the middle school, a parent or other designated adult must deliver all prescription medications and fill out a permission to administer medication card. (continued) Middle school students may transport over-the-counter medications to the health room. All medications are kept in the health room, must be in their original container, and must have a permission to administer card signed by a parent. We are not allowed to accept medication that is loose in a baggie. Prescription medications must include the prescription label. Students who use inhalers and Epi-pens may carry these only with parent and physician sign off. You may get these forms from the health room or from your child’s doctor. Please check the expiration dates on inhalers and Epi-pens as they should not be used if expired. If you have any concerns about your child’s hearing and/or vision during the school year please feel free to contact the health room and speak with the nurse. Per Nebraska law, every 7th grade student is required to have either a physical exam or a parent/guardian signed waiver before entering the 7th grade. In addition, screenings (hearing, vision, dental, height, weight, & bmi) are required for 7th graders. These screenings will be performed at school, if not completed during their 7th grade physical. Please feel free to contact the health room at any time regarding your child’s health care needs. Mrs. Kintzle looks forward to meeting your children and caring for them throughout the school year. PARTIAL PAY BUS SERVICE Families who live more than two miles from Beadle are eligible for “partial pay” bus service. If you are in the Beadle bus route area, you will receive information about bus service this summer in the mail. If you are interested in bus service and to insure there will be room on the bus for your child, you should respond to the survey by indicating you wish to have your middle school student use the bus service during the 2015-2016 school year. The Beadle bus routes and number of buses will be based upon the survey results. BUS COUPONS At this time, bus tickets are sold in a pack of 20 coupons for $30.00. Bus coupons will be sold in the Beadle office Monday through Friday, before, during and after school. Checks should be made out to Beadle Middle School (or BMS). Each time students board the bus, they will need to give the bus driver a coupon. The bus drivers will not accept cash. If a student rides the bus both to and from school, two coupons will be needed each day. Students will not be allowed to ride the bus unless they present a coupon. The school is not responsible for replacing lost coupons. It is important for students to understand that their bus coupons are just like money and should be treated like such. DON’T MISS THE BUS The bus leaves Beadle approximately 7 minutes after the bell rings. The bus drops off and picks students up on the east side of Beadle next to the Multi-Purpose Room. Beadle Middle School Counseling Services 2015-2016 Individual Counseling Counselors meet with students on an individual basis to discuss various issues related to social/emotional and/or academic needs. A classroom teacher, administrator, or parent can request that a student meet with a counselor. Students can also make a self-referral for appointments. Guidance Curriculum Students will learn about various topics throughout the school year, which are based on Millard Public School’s guidance curriculum and specific grade-level needs. The content is related to social/emotional, academic, and career topics. In 6th grade the focus is on bullying, which is emphasized via a fun and informative team day. In 7th grade, the focus is on cyber-bullying, specifically safety and responsibility with technology such as cell phones and the internet. In 8th grade, the focus is on establishing healthy relationships. Throughout the year during Bulldog Block, teachers will also be teaching lessons centered on the guidance curriculum and the district’s College & Career Readiness standards. Some of these lessons are facilitated by the counselors; whereas, others are facilitated by specific content area teachers. Small Group Counseling Small group counseling is offered on an as-needed basis. All students have the opportunity to sign up for counseling support groups, all of which meet during the school day. Parents may also request that a child be included in a group. Participating in a support group is a great way to meet other students who share similar concerns. Groups are offered as needs arise and may include: Changing Families, Stress, Anxiety, Anger Management, Friendship and Grief. Parent Support Counselors provide information about specific topics to parents and guardians. Counselors also consult with parents about home and school issues. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact their child’s grade level counselor anytime - whether by phone, e-mail, or asking to meet face-toface - as needs surface. School counselors also have access to a variety of district-screened community agency resources if parents would like a referral. We are here to help. BESTies, Top Dawgs, & SPARKS The counseling department works with classroom teachers and students to create various leadership opportunities. BESTies are students in grades 6-8 who volunteer to assist our ACP students. Top Dawgs are chosen via an application process and help facilitate Bulldog Block lessons for 6th grade, visit 5th graders in the spring, and assist with Sneak Peek and Orientation. SPARKS are chosen 8th graders who serve as mentors in 6th grade GSP’s for one hexter. Three-Year Relationship We are very excited to work with your child and family throughout the three years of middle school. As the only staff members who exclusively travel with a class for all three years, we are provided a unique opportunity to forge a relationship with your child and help them through these, often times, tumultuous years. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor anytime. We love hearing from you! SIXTH GRADE VOCAL MUSIC, BAND & ORCHESTRA INFORMATION Band 6 Students in sixth grade band meet during Mod 9 three times a week. One day per week is a sectional (small group day). The other two days students meet as a full band. All students have band on Tuesday and Thursday. Monday is a woodwind sectional day, Wednesday is brass sectional day and Friday is percussions sectional day. Students in sixth grade band will perform in a Fall and Spring concert during the school year. Jazz Band Jazz Band is an auditioned group of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Students audition in August and will be given audition music at the beginning of the school year. Sixth grade students are eligible to participate in Jazz Band if selected thru an audition. (Standard jazz band instruments are: alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, trombone, trumpet, bass, keyboards/piano, guitar, drum set, vibes). Students in Jazz band have an opportunity to play a variety of jazz, pop, Broadway and rock music. A student must be a current member of the Beadle band or orchestra program in order to participate. Jazz Band meets on Monday and Thursday mornings promptly at 7:00 a.m. and performs during numerous concerts throughout the school year as well as at elementary schools in the spring. Orchestra Students in sixth grade orchestra meet during Mod 9 three times a week. One day is sectional time and the other two days are full orchestra. Students in Orchestra 6 will perform in a fall and spring concert during the school year as well as extracurricular performances as they become available. (continued) Chorus 6 Students in Chorus 6 meet during Mod 9 three times a week. Two days per week is spent in a sectional (small group) and one day is spent with the full ensemble. 6th grade chorus students will perform at the Fall and Spring concerts and will also be given the opportunity to audition for solos and the annual Beadle musical in the Spring. Any student may choose to participate in Chorus 6. auditioned group. It is a non- Show Choir & Musical 6th grade choir students are eligible to audition for Beadle’s annual musical in the Spring. This year, many 6th grade students are involved in our production of “Seussical the Musical, Jr”. 7th and 8th grade choir students are eligible to audition for show choir. Students must be enrolled in chorus to audition. 6th grade chorus lays the foundation for developing vocal and performance skills. Students in 6th grade chorus will be well-prepared to audition for show choir the following year. Sixth Grade Music All students are required to take a six week “exploratory” music class. This class is a continuation of the study of music from elementary school. This class will meet every day for a period of six weeks. Participation in Music 6 does not include a performance requirement. In order to perform, students must be a member of Chorus 6, Band 6 or Orchestra 6. Students who wish to participate in more than one music opportunity, which all meet during Mod 9, are able to do so at Beadle Middle School. The student’s schedule will be given to them at the beginning of the school year. The time will be determined by the teachers and split between the selected music groups. 2015-16 High Ability Learner Program Beadle Middle School Julie Hahn – HAL Facilitator, [email protected], (402)715-6100 There are three levels of HAL services offered at the middle school level. The first level of opportunities is offered at the district level. Those opportunities are offered as exploration of curriculum topics or seminar. Seminars are subject to change based on speaker availability and other circumstances. Below are the seminars offered to Beadle Middle School students: I. District Level Service Programs and curriculum that are offered to students in all buildings. This includes: Sixth Grade 1. Celebrate Creativity – Joslyn Art Museum 2. Architecture Styles – The Durham 3. Exploring Writing 4. Coral Study @ the zoo 5. Biomes Study @ the Wildlife Safari Park 6. Engineering 7. Geology Study @ Schram Park 8. FBI Forensic seminar @ FBI Headquarters and Central Middle School 9. HAL Science Lab enrichments-crayfish dissection Seventh Grade 1. Celebrate Creativity – Joslyn Art Museum 2. Animal Behavior Study @ Henry Doorly Zoo 3. Published Authors Writing Seminar 4. Forensic Science 5. Engineering 6. Advance Theater @ The Rose 7. Architecture @ The Durham 8. Genetics 9. HAL Science Lab enrichment-TBD Eighth Grade 1. Celebrate Creativity – Joslyn Art Museum 2. Advanced Forensics 3. Writing at UNO 4. Mock Trial 5. Engineering Days at UNL 6. Genetics 7. Amphibian study @ the Wildlife Safari Park 8. Advanced Theater @ the Rose 9. HAL Science Lab enrichment-TBD (continued) The second level of HAL service is offered at the building level. This level of HAL services are curriculum related units. The following units are offered at each grade level. Curriculum Units Language Arts: Students may qualify for participation in the middle school HAL language arts program through previous HAL identification and/or recommendation. The program consists of “tiered” curriculum extensions based on the existing language arts curriculum that is delivered in a heterogeneous language arts classroom setting. (over) Accelerated Math Courses: Students qualify for middle school accelerated math courses with a qualifying score on the Orleans-Hanna Math Aptitude test given in 5th grade at the student’s elementary building. This test measures aptitude, a prediction of a student’s readiness to learn algebra. It is not a measure of previously studied math content. This aptitude test has been proven to be a better predictor of appropriate placement than previous methods. The accelerated math courses are as follows: Challenge Math: Students study addition, subtraction, multiplication of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and integers. They also study one-step equation solving, problem solving, statistics, ratio, proportion and percent, and 2 and 3 dimensional geometry. The course consolidates the arithmetic study of previous grades and prepares students for Pre-Algebra. Pre-Algebra: Students study number theory, operations with rational numbers, scientific notation, solving one-step and multi-stem equations and inequalities, statistics, ratio, proportion, percent, geometry and coordinate graphing. This course prepares students to take Algebra. Algebra: This course is designed for students who have mastered the basics of arithmetic and pre-algebra, and who understand mathematics in a more abstract form. This is a typical first-year algebra course and would be the appropriate mathematics course for most college-bound freshman. Geometry: Students learn traditional geometric facts, applications of those facts, and the axiomatic method used to derive those facts. II. Building Level Service: This level of service consists of programs offered to students at the building level. These can include clubs, contests, and competitions. These opportunities may vary by middle school, but could include some of the following: Wits Clash/Knowledge Master Stock Market Club Computer Club Drama Club (continued) Jazz Band Chess Club Extreme Math Day ESU#3 -6th Extreme Math Day ESU#3 -7-8th III. Classroom Level Service: This level of service is provided in the classroom in a heterogeneous environment. Differentiation is an approach to planning and teaching that addresses the needs of all learners. Differentiation involves varied approaches to curriculum, instruction and assessment. Educators adapt content (what is taught), process (how it is taught), and product (what the student does) to the unique learning needs, readiness, interest and learning style of each student.
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