Two full-time counselors are available to all students and parents. These services include assistance with educational planning, interpretation of test results, occupational and career information, and confidential discussion of school, personal, or social concerns. Counselors will meet with the child's academic team of teachers on a regular basis and will be a resource for the Advisor.
Parents, students and counselors meet in May to arrange schedules; therefore, changes in student schedules will be made for clerical errors, scheduling conflicts, assignment to special services, or academic support. Dropping and adding classes is not permissible with the exception of first-time music students. Any and all changes in a student's schedule will be evaluated on an individual case by the counselor and administrator. Parental written permission is absolutely necessary to approve changes made.
Parents are encouraged to contact their child's teacher anytime they see a need. It is better to initiate a conference early rather than waiting until a problem has become progressively worse. Conferences can be arranged with the individual teacher; or if a team conference is desired, through the counseling center. Please allow at least one day's notice to schedule an individual or team conference. A discussion of a child's progress is made more meaningful when the child is present. The child is able to participate with additional insight and work closely with teachers and parents to establish academic goals. Student attendance at any conference is always welcomed. Formally scheduled conferences are held twice per year. Parents sign up for a specific date at the fall Open House. Specific conference dates are available in the school calendar.
During the first quarter, students and their parents will receive progress reports for every class. Interim progress reports will be issued if a student is performing substantially below the expected level, and students who average a D or F will receive a progress report. Progress reports are issued by the fifth week of the marking period. For 7-week courses, progress reports will be issued after the third week of the course.
A cumulative record of each student's attendance and academic achievement is maintained in the Guidance Office. A request from a parent is required and can be arranged through the Guidance Office. If a student moves to another school district, the student's cumulative record will be transferred upon receipt of written permission from the parent.
Because of divorce, separation, or death, students may be living with a single parent or guardian. Some families may request second mailings to the second parent to keep them informed of a student's academic progress.
The developmental characteristics of middle school students require unique and creative hands-on activities which foster involvement, success, social and mental growth, and a sense of belonging to the school organization and the community. The middle level concept promotes the extension of academic content into real-life application through Activity Days with the knowledge that a large percent of students this age view academic success in the school to be second to social success. Activity Days are an important component to the middle school program, and Activity Days are designed to:
Promote a positive attitude toward school
Bring academic content into high-interest, real-life application
Promote positive social interaction within and between STAR groups
Encourage development techniques such as: brainstorming, listening, cooperating, and coping
Build positive relationships between students and students; and between teacher and students outside of the regular academic parameters
Show the importance of leaning to relax, laugh, and discovering the strengths in others