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Scoliosis Waiver

If you have already or would rather have their child screened for scoliosis at their doctor please sign and return this waiver to Coach Hyatt.

Scoliosis testing will be on December 15th for 6th and 8th graders.

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Dress Code Information 2016-17

DRESS CODE

Students are expected to adhere to the Student Dress Code Policy of the Cobb County Board of Education (JCDB-R).  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.

  1. All students of the Cobb County School District shall be required to maintain the level of personal hygiene necessary to ensure a healthy school environment and to refrain from any mode of dress which proves to contribute to any disruption of school functions.
  2. Administrators and teachers shall enforce the dress code rule, and the principal or his designee shall be the final judge as to the appropriateness, neatness and cleanliness of the wearing apparel, or whether or not apparel is disruptive, distractive or in violation of the dress code.
  3. All students shall maintain an acceptable standard of dress. The minimum standard of dress for students shall be as follows:
  4. Shoes shall be worn. No slippers, flip flops, or athletic sandals.
    b. Midriffs shall be covered.
    c. Appropriate under-garments must be worn and may not be visible.
    d. Strapless garments and camisoles must be worn with a jacket.
    e. Tank-tops will not be permitted. Low-cut, revealing necklines are not appropriate.
    f. Shorts and skirts must be at or within 3 inches of the knee.
  5. Lounge/pajama pants may not be worn.
  6. Pants/jeans must be worn at the waist.
    i. Caps, hats, bandanas, and do rags are not to be worn in the school building during the school day unless there is a special activity during which they are deemed appropriate by the school administration.
    j. Clothing or ornamentation displaying or advertising substances illegal for minors is prohibited. Suggestive phrases, designs, markings, or profanities are also prohibited.
    k. Clothing or ornamentation advocating, promoting, or suggesting illegal activity is also prohibited.

 

  1. Proper dress is an important component for sustaining the formality of the school setting, and we solicit and appreciate your support and cooperation. Parents or students who have specific questions about a garment’s appropriateness should consult the local school administration before wearing the garment to school. Students who are improperly dressed will NOT be allowed to attend class, and assignment to ISS (In-School Suspension) will be the alternate learning environment. Students who demonstrate a pattern of wearing pants below the waist level will be required to wear a tucked-in shirt and belt. Violators of the dress code will be placed in isolation until proper clothing is obtained or for the remainder of the school day.

 

Administrative consequences for dress code violations (new start each semester): Offense 1 – warning; Offense 2 – 2 days of detention; Offense 3 – 3 days of ISS; Offense 4 – 5 days of ISS; Offense 5 – 1 day of OSS.

BYOD

BYOD Update for 2015-16 School Year

As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. Awtrey Middle School has been a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for the past three years. We have seen great success during this initiative where students are encouraged to bring their own technology devices to school to assist their learning experiences.

  • The student takes full responsibility for his or her technology device. The district is not responsible for the security of student-owned technology.
  • The device must be in silent mode while on school campuses and while riding school buses.
  • The device may not be used to cheat on assignments or tests, or be used for non-instructional purposes or during state or district required testing.
  • The student accesses only files on the device or internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum.
  • The student complies with teachers’ request to shut-down the device or close the screen.
  • The parent and student acknowledge that the school’s network filters will be applied to one’s connection to the internet. Student will not attempt to bypass the filters.
  • The student understands that bringing on premises or infecting the network with a Virus, Trojan, or program designed to damage, alter, destroy, or provide access to unauthorized data or information is in violation of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) policy and will result in disciplinary actions.
  • The student realizes that processing or accessing information on school property related to “hacking”, altering, or bypassing network security policies is in violation of the AUP policy and will result in disciplinary actions.
  • The school district has the right to collect and examine any device that is suspected of causing problems or was the source of an attack or virus infection.
  • The student realizes that printing from personal technology devices will not be possible at school.

For more information, please visit the BYOD page on the Cobb County website.

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Dress Code

dress for successSTUDENT DRESS CODE

 The list below provides some basic expectations about the student dress code.  These expectations and additional information about the dress code can be found within the student agenda that will be issued to each student on the first day of school.  Thank you to our PTSA for partnering with the school to purchase an agenda for each student.

The minimum standard of dress for students shall be as follows:

  •  Shoes shall be worn. No slippers, flip flops, or athletic sandals.
  •  Midriffs shall be covered.
  • Appropriate under-garments must be worn and may not be visible.
  • Strapless garments and camisoles must be worn with a jacket.
  • Tank-tops will not be permitted. Low-cut, revealing necklines are not appropriate.
  • Shorts and skirts must be at or within 3 inches of the knee.
  • Lounge/pajama pants may not be worn.
  • No leggings may be worn without other school appropriate shorts/skirts.
  • Pants/jeans must be worn at the waist.
  • Caps, hats, bandannas, and do rags are not to be worn in the school building during the school day unless there is a special activity during which they are deemed appropriate by the school administration.
  • Clothing or ornamentation displaying or advertising substances illegal for minors is prohibited. Suggestive phrases, designs, markings, or profanities are also prohibited.
  • Clothing or ornamentation advocating, promoting, or suggesting illegal activity is also prohibited.

 While each staff member supports our student dress code expectations, the school administration has the final determination about the appropriateness of student dress.  Thank you for helping our students dress for success!

Parent Student Conf

STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES ARE OCTOBER 20-24

Our conference week is the week of October 20. We are looking forward to showcasing our students as they take ownership of their learning. The students are working hard to prepare for this special event, and your child’s Academic Habits teacher is helping prepare for the conferences. We are looking forward to having you experience your child in a student-led conference.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is the purpose of a student-led conference?

A student-led conference is an excellent opportunity for middle school students to demonstrate ownership of learning by sharing their academic achievement. They also will share their learning styles and goals, and partnering with parents/guardians in the school setting for this conference will strengthen the home-school connection and our priorities to keep the students as the center of the team. Students who take responsibility for their learning will realize greater levels of potential, and parent involvement is critical.

2. Can I schedule a traditional parent-teacher conference?

Yes, but the week of October 20 in addition to the week before and after are dedicated to our student-led conferences. Outside of these three weeks, traditional parent-teacher conferences may be scheduled. Parents/Guardians may request feedback from teachers any time throughout the school year, and we appreciate the phone calls, e-mails, and meetings to help support our students. As always, please continue to find ways to hold your child responsible to answer reasonable questions about school.

3. Who else will be in the room during my child’s conference time?

Aside from the Academic Habits teacher who will be monitoring the conferences, your child will be the one sitting at the table with any guests. There may be multiple conferences going on at the same time, but different table stations will be set up for this purpose.

4. May I speak with any of my child’s teachers during the student-led conference?

No, your child’s Academic Habits teacher is your assigned conferencing teacher. As your child has up to seven different teachers, you are welcome to complete a feedback request card at the end of the conference time for the Academic Habits teacher to provide to any staff member of your choosing. This staff member will follow up with you to address any questions or concerns about your child’s performance.

5. Can my child stay at the school after the 2:15 p.m. early dismissal on the assigned conference day?

Yes, any student may stay after school to wait for a parent in the cafeteria for an assigned conference time. The students will be provided a supervised study hall from 2:15 – 4:15 p.m. in the cafeteria, and parents arriving to school for a conference may pick up their children in the cafeteria before the conference time.

6. What will happen if my child can’t attend the student-led conference?

Student participation is required for the student-led conference. If your child is not able to attend, please contact your child’s Academic Habits teacher to reschedule the conference.

Here is a link to teacher blogs to sign up for a conference.

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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!

 

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AC Classes

Advanced Content Classes

AC Classes

We continue to have advanced content classes for all core subject area for all grade levels. As you may already know, we must schedule each identified gifted student for one advanced content class. We strive to place these students in the advanced content class that matches a relative strength.

While some students may be scheduled for more than one advanced content class, this opportunity will be limited due to the available sections that we are able to offer this school year. To assist us with this challenge, we revised our matrix that we complete for each student, and this revised matrix for each grade level is posted on our web site. This review of student performance data helps provide an equitable and systematic process to schedule students for our available advanced content classes.

Our goal continues to focus on providing an appropriate academic challenge for all students. While the limited number of advanced content sections presents certain challenges, it also presents opportunities for staff to further collaborate to ensure instructional plans are meeting students’ needs. A challenge also exists for continued communication between home and school to focus on addressing the needs of appropriately challenging each student.

To further our goal to increase student achievement, we will also be scheduling each child in all grades for an Academic Habits class (an exception is select 8th grade Spanish students). This class will focus on reading, writing, or math in addition to vocabulary development and study skills. As all students within a grade level will be scheduled for this class at the same time, students will be grouped by ability to focus on these areas. Along with the four core content areas and two connections classes, this Academic Habits class will provide an experience to help provide a well-rounded middle school program of studies for your child.

As you work with your child’s teachers during this school year, we welcome you to also communicate with your child’s school counselor and administrator. Also, please visit our school web site to stay up to date with our plans and activities.

We look forward to an outstanding 2014-2015 school year, and thank you for your support!

6th Grade Placement Matrix

7th Grade Placement Matrix

8th Grade Placement Matrix

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Awtrey’s Late Work Policy

This late work policy has been developed to balance successfully monitoring student achievement and empowering students to take responsibility for their learning.

Students who don’t submit required graded work by the due date will lose appropriate conduct card points. Work may be submitted by the next class period on the following school day with no academic penalty. Any work not submitted with this extension will be recorded as a “0” in the grade book.

Any homework assignment submitted after this extension will receive feedback only but not receive credit. There will be no other options to replace this “0” homework grade. Homework assignments will count no more than 5% of the final grade.

Any multi-day/long term assignment not submitted by the next class class period may earn credit only when completed during an assigned detention. Students who choose not to serve this detention and complete the assigned long-term task will earn a “0” for this assignment.

Any task defined by a teacher as an assessment and not completed by the extension will earn a “0”. This recorded grade can be replaced or exempted after the final assessment has been taken and graded. This final assessment for students who need grade recovery may contain alternative assessment items to assist with evaluating mastery of the content standards. These alternative assessment items will require extended responses to more fully evaluate student achievement.

Respective teachers can be contacted to assist with answering questions about the use of this policy.