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!
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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.
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!
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.
The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2014-2015 school year. Applications will be available beginning February 10, 2014. For more information, please see our 2014-15 School Choice website.
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!
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.