Welcome to Candlewood Middle School
MISSON ď Ž
Our mission at Candlewood Middle School is to graduate students who exhibit their competence as critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, and creative individuals who use key content effectively. We will graduate learners who take responsibility and ownership of their learning, possess the ability to self-assess and make modiďŹ cations, and consistently integrate 21st Century Skills into their work. We also expect that our graduates will successfully operate in a multi-cultural, socio-economically diverse society.
LEARNING BELIEFS We believe that students learn best when they are: Asked to transfer their knowledge into worthy tasks and unique, creative situations
Provided with regular, timely, and speciﬁc feedback
Given opportunities to self-assess and set challenging goals for themselves
Expected to produce quality work that meets high standards
Given clear learning goals and examples of quality work
LEARNING BELIEFS (cont)… Motivated and inﬂuenced by their emotional state, beliefs, interests and goals as well as habits of mind
Engaged in individual, group, and class interactions
Asked to use their prior knowledge to help construct new knowledge
Made to understand that best effort is comprised of hard work and persistence
Made to understand that novice learners need to acquire factual knowledge in tandem with conceptual understanding in order to be able to think effectively
A philosophy and mission that reflect the intellectual and developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents (youth 10-14 years of age)
An educational program that is comprehensive, challenging, purposeful, integrated, relevant, and standards-based.
An organization and structure that support both academic excellence and personal development.
Classroom instruction appropriate to the needs and characteristics of young adolescents provided by skilled and knowledgeable teachers.
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS (cont)…
Strong educational leadership and a building administration that encourage, facilitate, and sustain involvement, participation, and partnerships.
A network of academic and personal support available for all students.
Professional learning and staff development for all staff that are ongoing, planned, purposeful, and collaboratively developed.
School begins officially at 7:50am (advisory) and ends at 2:40pm.
There are 8 periods in the day that last 45 minutes.
There are 5 minutes in between classes
Is a homeroom that takes place before first period
Advisory is 10 minutes long
Make sure to get to advisory on time for daily announcements
Every 2 weeks, the time is extended to discuss interesting school topics
6TH GRADE COURSES
ELA 6 Social Studies 6 Math 6 Science 6 PE/Music (every other day) Health/Content Literacy/World Language/Art (10 weeks each) Technology/Family Consumer Science (20 weeks each) Lunch
There are 3 “teams” in 6th grade
2 teams have 4 teachers, 1 team has 2 teachers
Teams are randomly decided
There are 4 different lunch periods
All 3 grade levels are in each lunch period
Lunch is followed by a recess that takes place outside… (weather permitting)
BELLÂ SCHEDULE Advisory Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6 Period 7 Period 8
7:50-8:00 8:05-8:50 8:55-9:40 9:45-10:30 10:35-11:20 11:25-12:10 12:15-1:00 1:05-1:50 1:55-2:40
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
You will be given a list of all the 6th grade clubs and activities
Take advantage of the many opportunities to make new friends who share similar interests
Intramurals are sports clubs that allow students to play and learn specific sports through out the year (team sports begin in 7th grade)
Clubs are both before and after school
HELPING YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOLER BE SUCCESSFUL… HAVE THEM: Pack up for school the night before
Use two string bags for books (one for morning and one for afternoon)
Write everything in their agenda
Homework Test/Quizzes Project Due Dates Extra help sessions Music Lessons
HELPING YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOLER BE SUCCESSFUL (cont)… HAVE THEM: Clean out and organize their binders at least once a quarter
Check teachers’ e-board daily
Have a team “friend” to call with questions
Come to school everyday – on time!
Realize that school is THEIR job now
Cell phones are permitted prior to and following school hours.
If a phone is seen/heard during school hours the student will be asked to put it away and may receive a consequence.
Please remember we cannot assume responsibility for the safekeeping of personal items.
Students are encouraged to dress in a manner appropriate to attending school
Hats are not permitted during the school day
Students with overly short clothing exposing body parts will be asked to call home for a change of clothes.
SUMMER OPEN HOUSE
There will be an Open House on Thursday, AUGUST 29th from 9:00-1:00. You will be provided with:
your child’s schedule
Have a great summer! Looking forward to seeing you again in August!