RIPPON MIDDLE SCHOOL
7th Grade Course Request Form
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
DEADLINE EXTENDED: 5/15/20 LAST CALL FOR COURSE REQUESTS
PARENTS AND STUDENTS: WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO HONOR YOUR COURSE REQUESTS, BUT DUE TO CLASS RESTRICTIONS AND AVAILABLE SPACING, WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HONOR ALL OF THEM.
Welcome Rising 7th Grade Students and Parents!
We know that this has been a challenging past few months, so we wanted to share this document to help families select the appropriate classes for students next year. We have been working steadily these past couple of months on creating a well-rounded schedule for the students for the 2020-2021 school year. Our plans to work with your student at school were diverted due to status of Covid19. So this newsletter should contain all of the information your family needs to make the right choices for next school year.
7th grade is a little different in that there are a couple of mandatory classes that your student will have to take next year. You will find more information in the next sections.
In this newsletter you will find information regarding:
1. Requirements for Extended Classes
2. Related Arts or Encore Selection Descriptions
3. Course Request form (at the bottom of the newsletter)
Requirements for Extended Classes
Normally, student's SOL scores in Language Arts play a large part of whether or not students are placed in an Extended level course. However, due to the Coronavirus this year, SOL testing was cancelled.
This means that students will be ultimately be recommended for an Extended level class based on teacher recommendations and their academic grades for Marking Periods 1-3 in 6th grade.
- Generally speaking, if a student was in an extended class in 6th grade and performing well (A or B), they will be recommended to take an extended class in 7th grade.
- If a student was in a regular level language arts class in 6th grade, but wishes to take an extended version of the course for 7th grade - we will make the determination on a student by student basis.
Understanding the Math Sequences
Understanding the Math Sequences
Please remember Math courses are sequential, and students cannot skip to a higher level math course. Please see the progressions below to help select the proper math class:
- If your student took "Math 6" this year, they will select "Math 7" for next year.
- If your student took "Math 6 Extended" this year, they will select "Math 7 Extended" for next year.
- If your student took "Math 7 Extended" this year, they will select "Pre-AP Algebra I" for next year.
Please keep in mind, due to the cancellation of SOL tests for this academic school year, we will be utilizing students’ academic grades, teacher recommendations, and guidance from PWCS Math office to ensure the best placement for students.
How Encores will work in 7th Grade Next Year
In 7th grade, there will be 3 courses that are considered Mandatory: Career Investigations, a Music selection choice, and PE.
Signet Students: Will take their classes in the Related Arts Sequences. Although there are 4 choices in the Quarter system, 1 choice is already taken by Career Investigations, the other will be Independent Study. All signet students should choose 2 more encore choices.
Music classes in 7th grade: Music will continue to be mandatory in 7th grade. So all students in 7th grade must select a music choice: Band, Orchestra, Choir or General Music.
What will my student's schedule look like?
For one period, students will take Physical Education on One Day (A Day for example) and then they will take their Music selection on the opposite day (B Day for example).
For their second period, students will choose from a list of Quarter classes. Quarter classes will allow them to move to a different class every 9 weeks.
Example of Student Schedule:
Period 1: PE (A Day) / Music (B Day).
Period 2: Career Investigations* -Mandatory (Quarter 1), Art (Quarter 2), Tech Ed (Quarter 3), Journalism (Quarter 4).
Example for Gifted Students:
Special Note: Signet classes (Independent Study) will take up one of the slots in the quarter system. These students can choose up to 2 encores on their course request sheet.
Period 1: PE (A Day) / Music (B Day)
Period 2: Career Investigations* -Mandatory (Quarter 1), Art (Quarter 2), Tech Ed (Quarter 3), Signet-Independent Study (Quarter 4).
Encore Selection Descriptions
Career Investigations (7th grade)** Mandatory classThis course allows students to explore career options and begin investigating career opportunities. Students assess their roles in society, identify their roles as workers, analyze their personal assets, complete a basic exploration of career clusters, select career pathways or occupations for further study, and create an Academic and Career Plan based on the their academic and career interests. This course also helps students identify and demonstrate the workplace skills that employers desire in their future employees.
Students make models of significant inventions that have advanced society. After studying these developments, they explore contemporary technological problems facing them, their community, or the world and apply systematic procedures to invent solutions as products or innovations.
The Prince William County visual art instructors educate students to develop an awareness and appreciation of art. Through their study of visual art, students will develop fluency in visual, oral, and written communication using the language of art. While developing aesthetic and critical thinking skills, students will become risk takers and creative problem solvers. Students learn about visual communication while making original artwork. Students are expected to embrace art as a visual language to express and communicate their ideas and feelings while utilizing safe and ethical practices in the creative process.
**We have 3 ART TEACHERS at Rippon. They cover the same grade level objectives but do different projects. Each teacher will have an emphasis on either: Painting, Sculpting or Digital Art.
In journalism, students study photojournalism, write captions and headlines, and occasionally write articles. We study news in the U.S. and the world as well as produce the WRDR news broadcast and other videos for the Rippon Community. Our work is documented through our publications.
INTRO TO FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Intro to Foreign Language students become familiar with the basics of Latin, Spanish, French and Japanese languages, histories, and cultures through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also learn through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Students will also learn through art, games, multimedia resources, singing, videos and the internet to become better informed when deciding which Foreign Language they will study in High School. If time permits we may also cover German or Italian.
COMPUTER SCIENCE DISCOVERIES
This is an exploratory computer science course that provides an in-depth introduction to computer science in six strands including Algorithms and Programming, Computing Systems, Cyber security, Data and Analysis, Impacts of Computing, and Networks and the Internet. Students hone skills in problem-solving, programming, physical computing, user-centered design, and data, as they build their own websites, apps, animations, games, and physical computing systems.
Special Message from: Dr. McGee
I am the 7th grade administrator. I look forward to developing a partnership with you and your child as well as the teachers and staff to support your child’s success in middle school.
During the upcoming school year, I encourage all students to:
- Respect themselves, their teachers, and others
- Ask for help from adults to resolve conflicts
- Always put forth their best work
- Come prepared to learn with necessary materials
- Follow directions when given
- Preserve a positive learning environment
I look forward to the excitement ahead for your child 2020-2021 school year.
Dr. McGee, 7th grade Assistant Principal