homework tracking tool

Homework Tracking Tool

 

Below, is a link for a homework tracking tool. It has been set up for students and families to record the approximate number of minutes for each class period for one week.  The purpose of this tool is to provide an opportunity for home and school to partner to ensure we are serving the learning needs of our students.  The average number of minutes expected for students each evening is 60 minutes for 6th grade, 70 minutes for 7th grade, and 80 minutes for 8th grade.  This average number of minutes is for 7 days each week with the exception of school holidays or special school days, including standardized testing days.

We recommend that the student agenda be used nightly to document the time spent on homework, in addition to the work that was completed. Then at the end of the week,  use the tool linked below, to document the minutes spent doing homework during that week. Please make sure you click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the survey. Once the form is submitted, you will see a confirmation message that your results have been received. A staff member will be contacting you after the results are reviewed.

The team will review this information to determine any needed actions.  As the team reflects on homework practices, available options for action could include changing team or subject area practices, changing homework expectations for select students, or assisting students with needed study or organizational skills.

Homework is an important learning opportunity to facilitate the mastery of content standards, and we understand that different students may need different homework requirements.  With reasonable exceptions, students should be able to complete homework independently.  We appreciate the support of families to help provide adequate times and spaces to complete homework that assists with students’ needs allowing them to focus on their academic obligations.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific class period needs for your child, or contact your child’s school counselor or grade level administrator if they can assist you with the overall requirements.  We welcome your questions or concerns!

Thank you for your support of your child’s education!

 

Homework Tracking Tool

Students using our new Collaboration Tables (Media Scape)

Our New Collaboration Tables (Media Scapes)

Thanks to the PTSA and their generosity our Media Center has two Collaboration Tables. What is a Collaboration Table? Well, you may have heard them called a Media Scape. It is a place where students can plug in their devices and project it on to a large monitor. But what makes these even cooler, they have switchers so that students can switch between various devices while they collaborate on one project.

These are the first Media Scape tables in Cobb County School District! However, teachers and media specialists from other schools have been contacting Mrs. Foster, our media specialist, asking how she put all of this together on a limited budget. She has recently written a blog post sharing her experience so that other schools in Cobb County and beyond can create their own Collaboration Tables!

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Makerspace Wishlist

 

The Awtrey Middle School Foundation has just begun the first stage of getting our Makerspace Lab in the Collaborate Learning Center set up.  The Makerspace Lab will be housed in the CLC and will be a space where students and faculty can research, create and invent.  We wanted to make you aware of a special Amazon Wish List that Ms. Anita Foster has created on her CLC blog.  It will also appear on the Awtrey Middle School Foundation website.  If you have a chance, take a look at that list.  You can click on wishlist and it will take you right to the Amazon wish list site. Many items are cleaning/organizing items.   Many of you may have these items and others (such as legos and K’Nex kits) at home.  Since several neighborhood around the area are having a garage sale over the next few weeks, many of you may want to take this opportunity to look around your house at seemingly unwanted items that may be useful to our Makerspace Lab.

If you would like to donate these items, please bring them by the school any time.  Or feel free to order directly from the Amazon site.

Thank you so much Awtrey Families.  Looking forward to creating an incredible Makerspace Lab for the Awtrey students and staff.

Sincerely,

The Awtrey Middle School Foundation Board.

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Dress Code Policy

DRESS CODE Students are expected to adhere to the Student Dress Code Policy of the Cobb County Board of Education (JICA). All students of the Cobb County School District are encouraged to observe a standard of grooming and dress consistent with the level of formality of the school situation.

BYOD

BYOD

BYOD

As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. Therefore, we have decided to implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at Awtrey Middle School. In this initiative, students are encouraged to bring their own technology devices to school to assist their learning experiences. While we currently are not allowing students to bring their own devices to school, we will be discussing these BYOD plans during our planned Open Houses, sharing with our students the expectations about this opportunity, and implementing BYOD after our Open House week.

Please visit our school web site for updated information. Thank you for your support of student achievement!

CLC Summer Hours

Collaborative Learning Center Summer Hours

CLC Summer Hours

This summer our Collaborative Learning (formerly Media) Center will be open from 10 AM until Noon on Wednesday. Our media specialist, Mrs. Foster, has created some activities for every week (with the exception of July 2, when we will be closed). Please go to the Learning Center website for more information! We are looking for volunteers to assist on these Wednesday’s, so if you would like to help out, please sign up!

In addition to being open for summer check-out, Mrs. Foster has been working on the team that provides the summer reading program for Cobb County School District and Cobb County Public Library. This year, the CCPL is giving away an iPad and eReaders for a students as grand prizes. All you need to do is read, submit the online survey for each book (up to 10) and you will have a chance to win a prize. On top of that, every student that enters the drawing by submitting either an online or paper survey, Mr. Crawford and Mrs. Foster will be giving out prizes. We will give a grand prize to the student that reads the most books this summer. We have not decided what the prize will be, but it will be something nice! We will also draw names to give out additional prizes! So keep reading!

BootCamp

6th Grade Boot Camp

BootCamp

This year we will be offering a 6th Grade Boot Camp for all rising 6th grade students and their parents. This will be a time for you to get to know the campus, other classmates and learn how important middle school information. This is not just for students, parents we will have a breakout session for you! We will answer your questions, let you meet some of our teachers and take a tour of the school. Please sign up to let us know which session you would like to attend. We look forward to meeting you.