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Monday, May 01, 2017

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ACADEMIC PLANNING CURRICULUM
 
Course Information Night:
Below are the PowerPoints used for presentations on the evening of February 5th.
 
If you have misplaced your Course Request Form (CRF), you can download and print a new one below.
6th Grade CRF
8th Grade CRF
 
Completed CRF's are due to your counselor:
Current 6th and 7th grades: March 4th
Current 8th grade: February 19th
 
Academic Planning Information Nights:
 

High School Information Night

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

7—9 p.m. at Yorktown High School
 
 ASPIRE 2 EXCELLENCE

APS has now created an academic planning roadmap and student companion documents to assist students and families with academic planning.  The academic planning roadmap has essential information that will help students and families when planning for coursework now and in the future.  Please use this APS academic planning link to access these resources.

Click on the link below to learn about " Building a path to college and career opportunities".

 
ELEMENTARY TO MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSITION EVENTS
 
Middle School Course Information Nights - Rising 6th Grade Parents 
These sessions are an opportunity for parents and students to visit school, meet the principals, see the building, and get a general sense of the personalities of each school. 
All begin at 7pm:
Gunston - January 20th, 2016
Jefferson - January 21st, 2016
Kenmore - February 4th, 2016
Swanson - January 19th, 2016
Williamsburg - January 14th, 2016
 
 Middle School Orientation - March 16 & 17, 2016

All 5th grade student will visit the Middle School they will be attending in the Fall.  They will have the opportunity to hear from the principal, counselors, and current students about a typical day for 6th graders.  They will hear about different courses and electives and take a tour of the school building. 

TRANSITION TO GRADE 6


Q & A

Following are frequently asked questions about the transition to middle school and the sixth grade. We hope they will be helpful to you. Please don't hesitate to contact your child's counselor, Susan Flynn at susan.flynn@apsva.us or 703-228-5446

1. What does my child's day look like in 6th grade?

The middle school day begins with TA (Teacher Advisory period) at 7:50 am. Following TA, students take three of five core classes, have lunch and finish their core classes.

After core, there are two more periods, one period of Health/PE and one elective period.

2. What are the core classes?

Core consists of English, Math, American Studies, Science and Reading or a semester of Reading and a semester of Transitional Spanish. (see # 7)

3. Does PE meet everyday?

PE meets daily for three quarters and one quarter daily for Health instruction.

4. What are the choices for the elective period?

The elective period can be filled with instrumental music or an exploratory rotation that may include visual arts, theatre arts, technology education, family and consumer science, computer keyboarding applications, Latin, and chorus. Please see the middle school Program of Studies pages 13-17 for descriptions of these classes. Additional options are described in these pages but are not offered at Williamsburg.

5. How are students placed in core classes?

In sixth grade, we group for instruction in English, Reading and Math. Information from 5th grade teachers and 5th grade SOL scores are used for placement in English and Reading. All students are working in the same curriculum.

Math placements are based on the scores earned on the 5th grade end of the year assessment and 5th grade SOL. Based on those assessments and information from 5th grade teachers, 6th graders can be placed in Math 6 (6th grade curriculum) or Math 6 Intensified (7th grade curriculum). Additional testing will be done at the beginning of the year for placement in Math 7 Intensified (8th grade curriculum).

6. I understand my student will be assigned to a team. How are those team assignments made?

We have three teams at Williamsburg. The teams are heterogeneous and randomly assigned. All levels of English, Reading and Math are available on each of the three teams.

7. My child is in the FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) program. How will my child continue the study of Spanish is 6th grade?

Students who have been in the FLES program may continue their study of Spanish by choosing one semester of Reading and one semester of Transitional Spanish. The two classes will meet during core time and students will still have an elective period.

Students in Spanish Immersion may also select the Reading/Transitional Spanish option. Other students may be considered for the program based on performance on a proficiency test.

8. Is there Extended Day in middle school?

There is a program administered by the Extended Day office at the Ed Center called Check-In. Students in the program can “check in” with staff and then go to after school activities, work with a teacher or go to the Media Center until 3:30 when they return to Check-In. Check-In closes at 6:00 pm.

9. What sports activities are available?

Students can participate in both interscholastic and intramural sports. A physical completed within a year is required to try out for an interscholastic sport. To participate, a student must have a physical completed after May 1 of the current year. The form is available on the WMS website.

Intramural sports do not require a physical to participate.

10. What other after school activities are there?

There are many clubs and organizations that meet after school, everything from Model UN to art to an International Foods Club. Not all clubs meet every week so students should listen to announcements in the morning. After school activities are also posted on the WMS website.

11. How do parents stayed informed of after school activities and other school events?

The Williamsburg website, www.apsva.us/williamsburg is the best source for up to date information. On it you will see Upcoming Events and a link to calendars for the rest of the year. The morning announcements are also posted. There are shortcuts to teachers through email, the Williamsburg Gazette and other sources of information and links to Emergency Announcements, APS Talk and Blackboard. Blackboard is another rich source of information, including team news and homework.

12. In elementary school we had Friday folders. How do I know how my child is doing?

Each team has its own procedures for keeping you informed on a weekly basis. There is also an electronic gradebook that parents can access at any time.

Teachers can be contacted via email or phone.

Just as in elementary school, we do two conferences a year, one in October and another in March. Team conferences can be scheduled at any time through the team leader or the counselor.

 13. What are the homework expectations in 6th grade?

We follow the county's guidelines on homework, about 20 minutes per core class plus a half an hour of reading. Not every subject has homework every night. Students record their assignments in their agendas and assignments are posted on Blackboard as backup.

14. My child has an IEP. How are special education services delivered in middle school?

We offer a continuum of services for students with IEP's. Students whose goals and accommodations/modifications can be met in a general education classroom receive support in the identified areas by special education staff which includes both teachers and classroom assistants. Students whose goals and accommodations/modifications are best met in smaller settings receive the same grade level curriculum taught by a highly qualified special education teacher. Depending on the size of the class, a classroom assistant may also be assigned to the class.

Williamsburg staff participates in transition IEP meetings at the elementary schools. Please direct questions about special education to Janae Rittenhouse, Director of Counseling Services at janae.rittenhouse@apsva.us.
 
MIDDLE TO HIGH SCHOOL TRANSITION EVENTS
 
2015-2016 Academic Planning and scheduling at Yorktown High School
Thursday JANUARY 7th at 6:30 PM 2016 in the YHS Cafeteria

Talk to teachers and counselors.

Learn about course selections for the next school year.

Listen to an AP panel discussion.

v Check out graduation requirements.

This is a great opportunity to gather more information that will assist you in determining the most appropriate course selection for the 2015-2016 school year.

If you have additional questions, please contact Mark Rooks, Director of Counseling at Yorktown at mark.rooks@apsva.us or 703-228-5363.

  
 
Check out the academic plan worksheet that students filled out with their counselors - Academic Planning form
 
 
 IB INFORMATION MEETINGS

 
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

 
Information for rising 9th and 10th grade applicants (W-L Pre-IB)
 
Application Process
Each student who wishes to participate in W-L’s Pre-IB program must submit a Pre-IB application, cumulative transcript, and APS pupil transfer application (transfer applicants only).
  • Pre-IB application for rising 9th and 10th graders
  • APS Pupil Transfer Application 
  • APS High School Information Sessions for transfer families: A parent must attend a high school information session at both the neighborhood school and desired school. The application must be signed by both principals.  The application is submitted to the desired school.
     
    Prerequisites for W-L Pre-IB
  • Algebra I or greater in 8th grade or Geometry or greater in 9th grade
  • Spanish II, French II, Arabic II, Chinese II or Latin I in 8th grade OR Spanish III, French III, Arabic III, Chinese III or Latin II in 9th grade
  • A's and B's in English and History
  • A's and B's in all subjects
  • Short answer/essay questions
Selection Process
An admissions committee scores each student’s application using a rubric which incorporates the above- mentioned prerequisites and the student’s short-answer/essay and ranks applicants according to score. Any student that scores an 11 or higher, out of a possible 15 points, is deemed qualified for acceptance. There is no cap for applicants whose home school is Washington-Lee. The school board will announce at High School Information Night the number of IB transfers that W-L will accept.  If the number of qualified transfers exceeds the number of available transfer positions, a random, double-blind lottery will be conducted by the Superintendent’s Office to determine which students are selected. The remaining students will be placed on a waiting list of alternates to be considered in the event that a student who is offered a position in the program chooses not to accept. As space becomes available, admission will be offered to students on the waiting list in the order established by the lottery. When a student on the waiting list is eligible to fill a vacancy in an existing class, the IB Coordinator will contact the family and invite them to enroll their child. 
 
NEW IB LANGUAGE COURSES AT WASHINGTON-LEE
In addition to IB Spanish, French, and Latin, Washington-Lee will offer IB Arabic and Chinese B Standard Level in the Fall of SY 2014-2015.  The first students will take the IB exam in their senior year (spring 2015).  Please keep in mind that prospective students will still need four years of Arabic or Chinese prior to entering IB Arabic or Chinese in the junior year.
 
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Applications are available online beginning mid to late September for 8th graders.  Please see their website http://www.fcps.edu/pla/TJHSST_Admissions/index.html for more information.
 
 
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