Rippon Middle School Scheduling

A Parent's Guide to Courses and Scheduling for 2019-2020 SY

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year

Hello Rippon Families,


This newsletter will contain a lot of information regarding classes, schedules, and everything new that is happening in our building regarding schedules. By now you should have received your student's course requests via email. I am still amending some information. For example, you may see quarter classes assigned to some encores. This will be changed in the background, as I work over the summer.


Parents, please keep in mind that the course requests simply means that your student has choices regarding some of their classes. HOWEVER, final placement into some courses will depend on space availability and passing SOL scores. We do our best to place your student with their first choices.


This newsletter will be split up by grade so that you can get a detailed picture of the classes being offered at each grade level.


Let's talk some of the basics for next year:


  • School begins at 8:10 am.
  • We will be on a 2-day Encore rotation (A day, B day) throughout the week.
  • We will have 6 periods in a day.
  • Classes will run approximately 55 minutes.
  • All students will have a homeroom that will be attached to their first core class.
  • There will be 2 encores everyday that the students will see.
  • Music and PE will run for a full year. If your student commits to a music program, the expectation is that they stay in that class for the year.

Encore classes will run in Semesters they include:
  • Tech ed (Career and Technical Education)
  • Art
  • Journalism
  • Knowing Math (New STEM enrichment course)
  • Intro for Foreign Language
  • FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences)
  • Business Education
  • Gifted Classes--Restrictions Apply. Must qualify for services. This class is called Independent Study

Remediation classes A remediation class may be implemented into a student's ENCORE schedule. Students who receive a failing score between 375-399 in either the Math or Reading SOL will be automatically enrolled in a remediation class for one semester.


  • Lunches will begin at 10:30 am. All grades will be split into two lunch periods.
  • School will end at 2:50.


Finally, towards the bottom of the newsletter, you will see additional documents with Encore course descriptions and another sample of how to read the encore schedules.


SUMMER TIME: WHEN WILL SCHEDULES BE SENT HOME??: AUGUST 2019


During the week of August 19th, Prince William Central Office will send out your student's schedule via email.



** It is VERY IMPORTANT that you have an updated email address on file. **



Rippon will have an open house the week before school starts, the date will be put on our school's website in the summer.

6th Grade Schedule

6th grade Schedules

Classes for 6th grade include:


Core Classes (Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts)

  • Lang Arts 6
  • Lang Arts 6 Extended (Students must have SOL score of 500). *Depending on space we may revisit student scores between (475-500).
  • Social Studies 6
  • Science 6
  • Science Enrichment 6 (Math and Science Specialty Students only)
  • Math 6
  • Math 6 Extended: Students need a 475 or higher on their 5th grade Math SOL
  • Math 7 Extended: (Restrictions Apply)


Music Department: Mandatory music selection for 6th grade: Must Pick one

  • Orchestra-Year long (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass)
  • Band-Year long (Snare Drum, Bells, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Baritone, Trumpet)
  • Choir Year long (You will sing like a movie star by the end of the year!!)



Encores- Semesters


  • Intro. to Foreign Language
  • Knowing Math (New STEM Enrichment class)--You do not have to be in the Math and Science Program for this class.
  • STEM Solutions (Business Education)
  • Personal Development (FACS)
  • Intro to Technology (CTE/Tech ED)
  • Art (2 Teachers--you can take two classes of Art)
  • Journalism
  • Gifted Classes--Must meet PWCS criteria


Encore Classes--Year-long courses
  • Health and PE
  • Music Classes (Orchestra, Band, Choir)

6th grade: What will the schedule look like?

6th grade order of classes

PO Homeroom (Homeroom and Core 1)

P1 Encore 1 A day, B day

P2 Encore 2 A day, B day

P3 Core 1

P4 Core 2

Lunch

P5 Core 3

P6 Core 4


Example of Encore breakdown:


Encore 1 A day = PE Year long

Encore 2 A day = Music selection


Encore 1 B day= Art Semester 1; FACS Semester 2

Encore 2 B day = Journalism Semester 1; Tech Ed Semester 2

7th grade

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Classes for 7th grade:

Classes for 7th grade include:


Core Classes (Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts)

  • Lang Arts 7
  • Lang Arts 7 Extended (Students must have SOL score of 500). Depending on space we may revisit student scores between (475-500).
  • Social Studies 7
  • Science 7
  • Science Enrichment 7 (Math and Science Specialty Students only)
  • Math 7
  • Math 7 Extended (Students need a 460 or higher and have taken Math 6 Extended) Restrictions Apply
  • Bridge to 7x will be offered to some students and upon successful completion/Bridge test in the summer, they may be put in Math 7X (Math 7 Extended)--Restrictions Apply
  • Algebra 1 (Students would have taken Math 7 extended in 6th grade) Restrictions Apply


Music Department: NOT Mandatory

  • Orchestra-Year long (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass)
  • Band-Year long (Snare Drum, Bells, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Baritone, Trumpet, Saxophone)
  • Choir - Year long


Encores- Semesters


  • Intro. to Foreign Language
  • Knowing Math (New STEM Enrichment class)--You do not have to be in the Math and Science Program for this class.
  • Career Investigations-- MANDATORY--all 7th graders will take one semester of Career Investigations
  • Engineering Innovations (CTE/Tech Ed)
  • Art (2 Teachers--you can take two classes of Art)
  • Journalism
  • Gifted Classes--Must meet PWCS criteria-Restrictions Apply


Encore Classes--Year-long courses
  • Health and PE
  • Music Classes (Orchestra, Band, Choir) NOT MANDATORY

7th grade Schedule

PO Homeroom (Homeroom and Core 1)

P1 Core 1

P2 Core 2

P3 Encore 1 A day, B day

P4 Encore 2 A day, B day

P5 Core 3

Lunch

P6 Core 4


Example of Encore breakdown:


Encore 1 A day = PE Year long

Encore 2 A day = Music selection (not mandatory) or 2 other semester encore classes: STEM Enrichment; Career Investigations (mandatory class)


Encore 1 B day= Art Semester 1; FACS Semester 2

Encore 2 B day = Journalism Semester 1; Tech Ed Semester 2

8th Grade

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8th Grade

Classes for 8th grade include:


Core Classes (Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts)

  • Lang Arts 8
  • Lang Arts 8 Extended (Students must have SOL score of 500). Depending on space we may revisit student scores between (475-500).
  • Social Studies 8
  • Spanish 1 Restrictions Apply (Must have an A/B in Language Arts 7 and Social Studies 7, Pass Advance in Reading SOL); Space is Limited. Students in this class will alternate between Spanish 1 and Social Studies. For Example: On A day they will take Spanish 1, then on B day they will be in Social Studies. (**Please keep in mind that Spanish I is a high school credit class, where the grade will effect student's high school GPA unless the credit is later expunged.**)
  • Science 8
  • Science Enrichment 8 (Math and Science Specialty Students only)
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Pre-AP Algebra 1 (Restrictions Apply: Students would have taken Math 7 extended)
  • Pre-AP Geometry (Restrictions Apply: Passing scores in SOL Pre-AP Algebra 1)


Music Department:

Advance Music Program: NO Beginners. Students will be in two rotations for music in 8th grade.

  • Orchestra - Year long (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass)
  • Band - Year long (Snare Drum, Bells, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Baritone, Trumpet, Saxophone)
  • Choir - Year long


Encores- Semesters


  • Intro. to Foreign Language
  • Knowing Math (New STEM Enrichment class)--You do not have to be in the Math and Science Program for this class.
  • Life Career Planning (FACS)
  • STEM Applications (Business Education)
  • Engineering Systems (CTE/Tech Ed)
  • Art (2 Teachers--you can take two classes of Art)
  • Journalism
  • Gifted Classes--Must meet PWCS criteria-Restrictions Apply


Encore Classes--Year-long courses
  • Health and PE
  • Music Classes (Orchestra, Band, Choir) NOT MANDATORY However, if the student is in Advance classes for music, they will take two rotations of music.

8th grade Schedule

PO Homeroom (Homeroom and Core 1)

P1 Core 1

P2 Core 2

P3 Core 3

Lunch

P4 Core 4

P5 Encore 1 A day, B day

P6 Encore 2 A day, B day


Example of Encore breakdown:


Encore 1 A day = PE Year long

Encore 2 A day = Music selection (not mandatory) or 2 other semester encore classes: STEM Enrichment; Intro to FL


Encore 1 B day= Art Semester 1; FACS Semester 2

Encore 2 B day = Journalism Semester 1; Tech Ed Semester 2