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    FAIRHOPE MIDDLE SCHOOL

    ACADEMIC COURSES AND ASSIGNED ENRICHMENT CLASSES FOR 2017/2018
    Programs

    Fairhope Middle School students are issued Chromebooks as learning tools. This is at no cost to the students. Please see the "Introducing the Chromebook" video on the Curriculum Updates Page. For more information about Baldwin County's Technology Education Department, please click HERE.
     
    The 7th Grade curriculum consists of English or Advanced English class; 7th Math or Advanced Math, Life Science or Advanced Life Science; Social Studies (Civics for one semester and Geography for another) or Gifted Social Studies (Civics for one semester and Geography for another for students identified by the BCBOE as Gifted); Physical Education; and one Enrichment class each semester for a total of 6 periods each day.

    The 8th Grade curriculum includes English or Advanced English, 8th Math or Algebra 1 (The Algebra 1 course taught at the middle school level follows the same content as high school Algebra 1 and includes all Algebra 1 objectives from the Alabama Course of Study- Mathematics. World History and Gifted World History for students identified by the BCBOE as Gifted; Physical Science or Advanced Physical Science, Physical Education; and one Enrichment class each semester for a total of 6 periods each day.

    ADVANCED CLASSES 2017/2018
     
    Students are identified for advanced classes based on the most current/available ACT Aspire scores, current year first semester grades, and/or other screening tools. The advanced middle school courses are intended to be a preparation for higher-level high school classes (i.e., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.) and to give students the opportunity to experience a more challenging curriculum before the transition to high school. Teachers teaching advanced classes are trained in Laying the Foundation.
     
    Laying The Foundation  
    Click here for the Laying the Foundation fact sheet.
     
    No student will be placed in an advanced class without a signed parent letter. Parent letters will be sent home in March 2017. Signed parent letters are due back to the homeroom teachers by May 8, 2017. There will be a an 8th Grade Parent Meeting on April 6, 2017 and a 7th Grade Parent Meeting on April 4, 2017 regarding Advanced classes. Both meetings are at 6:00 pm in the FMS cafeteria.
     
    There are no summer assignments for advanced classes for the 2017/2018 school year.
     
    Once a student is placed in an advanced class and begins the year in an advanced class, the student's schedule will not be changed. The commitment to advanced classes is for the entire school year. Students taking advanced classes, particularly more than one at a time, should understand that the rigor and pace will be a challenge, and therefore, the decision to take advanced classes must be given careful consideration by both the student and the parent.
     
    Parents need to be aware that FMS teachers and counselors do not make recommendations about which advanced classes a rising 7th or rising 8th grader should take. We only identify students who met the criteria set by the central office. The criteria for advanced classes includes first semester grades only. Third quarter and current grades are not considered, so students and parents need to keep this in mind. Also, the Aspire scores for criteria are the lowest scale score needed to benchmark (Ready).
     
    The decision to take advanced classes should be made by both the parents and the student. Also, due to the volume of students who have been identified for advanced classes, it is not possible for the school counselors to meet individually with parents to discuss advanced classes.
     
    7th and 8th grade students may be identified as meeting the criteria for advanced classes, but this does not necessarily mean that they have the motivation and discipline to be successful. Also, parents should be aware that some students may not be suited for taking multiple advanced classes due to the work load. Due to the rigor and pace of advanced classes, there will be a potential for a drop in grades for some students taking advanced classes. There will be some students taking advanced classes who will make their first "B" or "C", which are both considered acceptable grades for any class at FMS. Extra credit work is not given. The FMS National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) does not weigh advanced classes for the GPA requirement of 3.5. For example, a "B" in an advanced class is worth 3 points as in any other class at FMS.
     
    Parents of students who do not qualify for advanced classes may complete a request to enroll in an advanced class form. Central office criteria for advanced classes is based partly on ACT Aspire scores from 5th and 6th grades, so students not attending these grades in Baldwin County will not receive advanced classes identification parent letters. Parents of students from out of county in grades 5 and 6 must complete parent request forms for enrollment in advanced classes if they are interested in these classes for their students. For additional information regarding parent requests for non-qualifying students, please contact Mrs. Doyle, the 8th Grade Counselor at kdoyle@bcbe.org or 928-2573 or Mrs. Bowling, the 7th Grade Counselor at CBowling@bcbe.org or 928-2573.
     
    CLICK HERE for the Request to Enroll in Advanced Classes for students who are not identified. This request letter is due no later than May 8, 2017.
     
    For information about Advanced Classes 2017/2018:
     
     
     
     
     
    For parents of current 6th graders at Fairhope Intermediate School or J. Larry Newton School (rising FMS 7th graders), below are the parent letters for advanced classes which will be sent home by FIS and Newton schools.
     
     
     
     
    Request to Enroll in FMS Advanced Classes (Students Who Are Not Identified)- Due No Later Than May 8, 2017

    Summer Assignments

    THERE ARE NO SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS FOR ADVANCED CLASSES FOR 2017/2018. THERE IS A SUGGESTED SUMMER READING LIST FOR ALL 7TH AND 8TH GRADE STUDENTS.
     
    Fairhope Middle School's
    Suggested Summer Reading List 2017
     
    Suggested Summer Reading List 2017  

    Suggested Summer Reading:

    7th Grade

    The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

    The Giver by Lois Lowery

    Alabama Moon by Watt Key

    Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli

    The Boy in Stripped Pajamas by John Boyne

     

    8th Grade

     Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

    The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

    Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

    The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

    Flush by Carl Hiaason

     
     An Excerpt from 

     

    "If your child hasn’t been reading regularly this summer, they may be in danger of the “summer slide”—a decline in their reading ability. Numerous studies indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. This effect becomes more pronounced as students get older and advance through the school system. 
    “It’s like if you play an instrument but put it down for three months,” said Laurie Calvert, a teacher who is working as the Director of Teacher Outreach at ED. She wrote an academic thesis on improving summer reading programs at her North Carolina high school. “You’re not going to be as good as a person who continues to play the instrument over those three months.”

     

    However, this “summer slide” can be avoided by ensuring that children are as engaged as possible in whatever they choose to read—just as long as they’re reading every day. “Anything that keeps students reading works,” Calvert said. “The more engaged you are in the text, the closer you’re going to read it. The closer you read it, the more you comprehend. And that process grows your skill.”

    The best ways to keep your child from becoming a “rusty reader” over the summer are:

    1. Encourage your children to read books they enjoy for at least 30 minutes per day. Your child will likely be more engrossed in material they choose themselves than material that is forced on them.
    2. Provide incentives for reluctant readers. For example, if your child enjoys basketball, agree to take them to the local court if they do their “daily reading.”
    3. Make reading a social act. Establish a time during the day when all members of the family gather and read on their own, or take turns reading the same book aloud.  
     More Information
     
    Fairhope Middle School has an extended homeroom period at the beginning of each day for 7th and 8th grade for homeroom advocacy activities, silent sustained reading time, peer tutoring, make up work time, essential study skills, intervention (RTI) classes, or other activities.     
     
    Teachers post assignments on their teacher pages or Moodle. All students are issued a Moodle username and password. Moodle is a "learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalized learning environments." Access to digital textbooks, teacher syllabus, hand-outs, Discovery Education, and other resources are available on Moodle. Parents need to ask their students for the username and password to access assignments. This is the Moodle link: http://learn.bcbe.org/
     
    Fairhope Middle School does not accept parent requests for specific teachers, classes, or requests for periods when students take courses. Students are randomly assigned teachers, courses, and course periods by the INOW program. Every effort is made to balance student rosters by teachers. Schedule changes are at the Principal’s discretion for situations that warrant it.
     
     Enrichment Classes
     
    ASSIGNED ENRICHMENT CLASSES FOR 2017/2018- Enrichment Class Offerings Are Subject To Change- Continue To Check This Page For Changes Over The Summer
     
    ENRICHMENT CLASSES ARE ASSIGNED BY FAIRHOPE MIDDLE SCHOOL. PARENTS AND STUDENTS DO NOT CHOOSE THEM.

    Students take one Enrichment class first semester and the next one second semester. Students are randomly assigned these Enrichment classes electronically. These are Enrichment classes, not electives that students "elect" or choose to take like at the high school level. Parents are not allowed to request Enrichment classes except year-round (both semesters) classes and this is on a limited basis within a designated time frame.

    The ACT Prep Enrichment classes in Reading and/or Math are required for selected students.

    7th Grade- Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) and Computer Essentials (Students will learn basic skills in word processing, database management, spreadsheet applications, multimedia presentations, and Internet research).

    8th Grade- Art and Leadership (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens)

    Yearbook is available as an Enrichment class for a limited number of 7th/8th Grade students. Students must apply and be selected by the Yearbook Sponsor. Students usually take this class for both semesters.

    Library Aides, Student Aides, and Office Aides are an Enrichment class for a select number of 8th Grade only students. Students must apply and be chosen to be an Aide. Students usually take this Enrichment class for one semester. No student may serve as an Aide if he/she has been selected for the ACT Prep Reading and/or Math Enrichment Classes.

    Year-round (Both Semesters) Enrichment Classes: Advanced Art, Guitar, Chorus, and Band 

     Advanced Art  
    7th and 8th Grade Advanced Art Classes- There is one 8th grade year-round Advanced Art Class and one 7th grade year-round Advanced Art class. Students are selected for these Advanced Art classes based on a submitted portfolio and teacher recommendation.
     
    Click Here for the Advanced Art Class Flyer and here for Teacher Recommendation Form.
     
     
     
     
    Guitar  
     
    7th/8th Guitar-There is one combined year-round Guitar class for beginner students and another combined class for more advanced guitar students. Students must have their own acoustic guitars for this Enrichment class. However, FEEF has purchased several guitars for students who may have a financial need. Guitar students may perform at school and at various community events.
     
    Since space is limited for all of these year round Enrichment classes, placement will be on a first come first serve basis, and requests must be made within a designated time frame.  Classes will be determined by the number of students who sign up.  
     Chorus
    Chorus is a combined 7th/8th grade year round Enrichment class.
     
     
     ACT Prep REQUIRED FOR SELECTED STUDENTS (ONE SEMESTER)
     
    7th and 8th grade ACT Prep Classes for Reading and Math are available for students needing assistance in maximizing performance on the ACT Aspire Reading and Math tests. The majority of the students selected for this class are "A" and "AB" honor roll students and may be in advanced classes. Students will learn test taking strategies and have practice opportunities in reading and comprehending informational text as well as math concepts and practice. The purpose of these Enrichment classes is to help students to be on track to meet readiness goals in high school. Students who score at and above Aspire benchmarks are on target for college readiness when they take the ACT test in the eleventh or twelfth grade. The ACT Prep Reading and/or the ACT Prep Math classes are required for selected students. 
     
    Band is available for 7th and 8th Grade students. Band is taken for both semesters, so no other Enrichment classes are taken.
     
    Additional Information:

    The school day begins at 7:45 am and students are dismissed at 3:05 pm.

    P.E. is required both semesters, and students are required to dress out. There is a fee for P.E. uniforms. For information regarding state test scores for Fairhope Middle School, please go to the Alabama Department of Education website, www.alsde.edu, and select Reports, then By Schools, Baldwin County, Fairhope Middle School.