Helpful information for families and students
Design and Purpose
8:20-9:05 - First Period
9:05-9:58 - Second Period
10:00-10:48 - Third Period
10:50-11:38 - Fourth Period
6th grade = A Lunch from 11:38-12:08 and 5th period from 12:08-1:08
7th grade = 5th period from 11:38-12:08 then B Lunch from 12:10-12:40 then the remainder of 5th period from 12:40-1:08
8th grade = 5th period from 11:38-12:38 and C Lunch from 12:40-1:10
1:10-1:58 - Sixth Period
2:00-2:48 - Seventh Period
2:50-3:40 - Eighth Period
Please check with Goldstar Transportation for specific questions regarding locations of bus stops and approximate times for drop-off/pick-up.
Traffic Pattern for Arrival and Dismissal
We do ask that lunch visitors wait until after Labor Day before joining their student for lunch. This will give us a couple of weeks to establish routines and make any adjustments needed.
Please be aware that there will be a few weeks during the year in which we will have a closed campus due to statewide testing taking place on those days. Even if your child may not have a test on that day, other grade levels may be testing. Therefore, we will not have any lunch guests or other visitors on these days. More specific information will be communicated to families as these get closer.
Lunch on Campus
Thank you for your support!
Learning at REALM
We want to continue sharing information about REALM's unique approach to learning so that everyone has a solid understanding as we all work together to see our students and our school level up throughout the year! (Although our use of NEO and the approach we take to incorporate aspects of gamified learning at REALM, we do follow the BISD Pacing Guide, Scope and Sequence, and utilize the Handbook of Standards so that our programs aligns with others throughout BISD.)
Workshop - Teacher driven and directed to ensure that all students understand the new concept/objective being introduced. (Used in small bursts, but not the daily approach to learning in REALM classrooms).
Episodes - Tasks, lessons, activities that are "pushed out" to students through NEO to complete individually or in pairs/groups as directed.
Leveling up - Once students have demonstrated mastery on the tasks assigned, they are ready to move to the next level. This takes place when the teacher opens the gateway to the next level of tasks, lessons, activities that follow within the BISD scope and sequence of what students are to learn in that content area at that grade level.
How can families follow progress? Families may choose to follow their student's progress, completion, and mastery by logging in to NEO using the student login OR by using the student login on the NEO App on the parent's phone or other mobile device. In order to see what your student has done, you would navigate to the Assignment tab for each of their classes. A red flag associated with any assignment mens that it was late. What I have learned from those that have been a part of REALM from the beginning is the simplest way to follow what/how your student is doing in NEO, is to ask them to show you their assignments page in each class; This is where you will be able to see how your students are doing, PLUS it is a great opportunity to promote discussion about course content. REALM students can stay on pace with the teacher or move ahead through pathways. If they are lagging behind the pace, this is the reason that you may see a red flag in NEO. Students receive Email alerts if they are missing assignments; parents have shared that it has helped them to check this with their student.
- Coding - every student at REALM takes coding/video game design as one of their electives each year.
- PE (required for all 6th grade students, 7th grade students not in athletics, 8th grade students selecting it as one of their electives).
- Athletics - participation in athletics is available on their home attendance zone campus with a shuttle provided to get them to/from athletics and REALM.
- Art - Three levels of Art are available for students to choose as middle school electives. Students will learn and apply a variety of aspects of visual arts (many of these skills could grow to be applied to their work in video games in a digital format.)
- Band - Beginning Band sectionals (periods assigned to similar instruments) offered on our REALM campus to 6th grade students choosing this as an elective; Honors and Symphonic combined band with STEAM MS will be offered to 7th & 8th grade students choosing band as one of their electives and will take place on our REALM campus.
- Choir - will be offered half-day on our campus and half day at STEAM MS to those students choosing this as one of their electives. Presently the plans are for their to be a combined choir with 6th grade boys and girls, one class for 7th-8th grade boys choir and one class for 7th-8th grade girls choir.
- Theatre - Similarly to Choir, we will offer one class for beginning Theatre, one class for intermediate, and one class for Drama Select on our campus half of the day with the teacher serving STEAM MS students for these same three classes the other half of the day.
- Media Publications - This elective primarily available to 8th grade students will focus on principles of digital photography, photo editing, design, graphic art, page layout, and template development. They will apply these principles as they produce our campus yearbook as well as other projects throughout the year.
- In summary - - the only classes REALM students will shuttle to/from during the school day will be athletics at their home middle school campus (either 1st or 8th period depending upon if they are in 7th or 8th grade.)
REALM High School
Elective offerings are as follows (and no shuttles will be involved):
- Computer Programming (C++ Coding) OR Video Game Design (Graphic Design in Adobe Suite) - - All 9th grade students must select one of these courses as their primary elective pathway for REALM (leading to the ability to earn a trade certificate in one of these two areas after completing two years of study). A few of our students that have already completed Spanish 1 will be able to take both courses as freshmen. The few students that also completed Spanish 2 will not have to make a choice between these two pathways at all.
- PE - All 9th grade students participate in PE to complete the required elective.
- Spanish 1 - In order to complete the required foreign language elective credit, all freshmen (that have not already completed this course will take it during their 9th grade year). Those freshmen that have already completed Spanish 1 will take both Computer Programming AND Video Game Design.
- Visual Art - In order to complete this required elective credit, all REALM Secondary School students will take this course during their 10th grade year.
- Spanish 2 - In order to fulfill the two-years of foreign language requirement for graduation, all REALM Secondary School students will take this course during their 10th grade year. Those students that have already completed this course will take both Computer Programming AND Video Game Design.
Please note that athletics, band, and other UIL participation elective offerings are not offered to students choosing to attend REALM Secondary School grades 9 and 10 due to our specialized focus upon computer coding, video game development, and graphic design.
Dress Code (and differences between Middle School and High School)
Please use the following links for more specific information!
Weekly Special Dress Opportunities
Cell Phones and Carrying Laptops
After School Clubs
First LEGO League (FLL) - Teams are formed and meet on Monday & Wednesday from 3:45-5:30.
Chess, Screen-printing, Magic the Gathering - meet only on Monday from 3:45-5:00 (Magic the Gathering may extend to 5:15 due to the length of some of their matches.)
D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) - meet only on Wednesday from 3:45-5:15.
Yo-yo - meet only on Wednesday from 3:45-5:00.
Technology Student Association - More information to come; please check out the flyer below!
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessment
Every student earns a Rausch Unit (RIT) score for each of the MAP assessments taken (reading, math, and even science at designated grade levels.) The RIT score helps to place students on an individualized Learning Continuum that includes information about which concepts/skills the student is ready to learn with recommendations about which could be high leverage skills to help them demonstrate desired growth on the next assessment.
The window for the Beginning of Year assessment is September 16-27. On Tuesday, September 17, our students will take the Math MAP assessment during 3rd period. On Wednesday, September 18, students will take the Reading MAP assessment during 6th period (but we will be flipping 3rd & 6th period so they will still begin the assessment in the 10:00 hour just as they did the day before.) On Thursday, September 19, students taking 8th grade science will take the Science MAP while our 7th & 9th students will take the writing MAP assessment. These tests will be taken during their science and English classes respectively. Make-up assessments will be administered to students that missed a test or needs to -retest during the remainder of the testing window.
Please see the link below for a Sample Copy of the Family Report that each of you should receive following completion of this first wave of assessments. You will receive similar reports at mid-year and end of year so that you can follow your students growth from beginning to end of year. This will be a comparison to students across the country that begin at a similar performance level to your child.
Helpful Back-to-School Information
Many of you have found and begun to utilize the links to our on-line store for your convenience in ordering PE uniforms as well campus spirit wear. We’ve received a few questions regarding our colors and mascots, so I wanted to clarify the colors were selected by our students. As we discussed the potential mascots for the campus, students determined that maintaining two (one official and one unofficial much as had been the case while REALM was a part of Kerr) was an important way to reflect our uniqueness as the only 6th-12th grade campus in the district. This approach is represented at some major universities such as Auburn (Tiger/War Eagle), Georgia Tech (Yellowjackets/Ramblin’ Wreck), and Virginia (Cavaliers/”Wahoos”); so we feel like we are in good company! Therefore, you will notice in our on-line spirit store items with our primary logo and official rocket mascot located in the A along with items with our unofficial mascot, the honey badger.
The BISD website has a wealth of helpful information for families located on their Back to School page. There is information regarding the differences between student dress code at the middle school and at the high school. (In a nutshell, middle school students have standard dress requirements that do include campus spirit shirts with standardized pants/shorts while the high school does not have those standard requirements but does have specific guidelines and expectations as students exercise a bit more freedom of choice.) We also wanted to make a link available to families to the school supplies for our campus. Although our pre-packaged supply order has already been placed, we know that many of you may have planned to purchase the supplies from stores locally.
Returning student registration for ALL students and proof of residency for incoming 6th and 9th grades began on-line on July 15th and MUST be completed in order for students to begin school and to receive their laptop. For those going into 6th or 9th grades and families that may have moved within BISD or are a family living with family, you must complete Proof of Residency in person on one of the following dates:
July 31 from 8:00-11:30 and 1:00-4:00 (on campus)
August 6 from 4:00-6:00 (at the BISD Administration Building)
August 9 from 8:00-11:30 and 1:00-4:00 (on campus)
Please Remember that you must complete Proof of Residency in order for your student to receive their schedule; you must complete on-line registration in order for your student to receive their laptop when issued on our campus.
We are SO excited about the upcoming school year! Please be looking for more information coming soon to highlight our REALM staff (that has grown quite a bit!) Thank you for your support as we all work together to continue leveling up!