Middle School Weekly Wrap Up

January 18, 2019

2019/2020 Programs:

If you had a wish and could have any program to use with your students, what would that program be and why?

I would love to hear your opinions and suggestions for programs that could be used to make your life easier or to help students in the classroom.

Obviously, I cannot promise we can purchase it but I am putting together a list and if we have the data to show it is a must.....maybe just maybe we may be able to put in the budget. :)

Please email me and CC Heather and Colleen on your suggestions. Thank you all!!

Common Unit Assessment Time frame:

Students have ONE week to take the Common Unit Assessment. This window should not be any shorter or any longer than one week. This allows enough time for students to complete the assessment without jeopardizing efficacy of the assessment data.

This needs to be consistent among all teachers for all subject areas. If this time frame is not followed, it will be documented in the PA-ETEP system for noncompliancy.

CDT Testing and Class Schedule:

CDT will be conducted in homeroom with the homeroom teacher for half the a day to ensure we get participation from all students. The afternoon will then have a shortened class schedule. One half day during the window will be ELA test and one half day will be math.

2nd Benchmark Dates & Schedule:

  • January 31 in the AM (ELA) Homeroom: 9 - 11:10 (12:30 - 1:00 Lunch)

  • February 7 in the AM (Math) Homeroom 9 - 11:10(12:30 - 1:00 Lunch)

January 31 through February 7 make-up & new students benchmark during PLT (ELA)

February 8 through February 12 make-up & new students benchmark during PLT (Math)

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PLT Grades:

Students will receive a grade for the PLT course this year. It will be a pass/fail grade. We will be sending teachers a Google Spreadsheet with a list of all of their students.

Teachers will each put a P or F for their PLT class for the student. This should be determined based on student attendance, participation, work completion, and effort. If the student overall shows effort than mark P. If there is no effort than mark F. Once all teachers have entered a P or F for each student, the homeroom teacher will then decide what the student should receive based on the scale below.


1 F and 3 P's = P

2 F's and 2 P's = P

3 F's and 1 P = F

4 F's = F

4 P's = P

For Example:

Student: Bridget Kozar

Math PLT - F


History PLT - P

Science PLT - P

This student would receive a P on the report card with one F and three P's = PLT Grade - P

All directions will be on the spreadsheet when sent on Tuesday.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences:

  • Conferences will be held on February 13, 14, and 15th.
  • The 13th and 14th will be full day conference days with students and parents.
  • The 15th will be a half day of conferences in the morning.
  • Students will follow the below schedule for Friday, February 15 for daily classes.
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Student Career Course Requirements:

Middle School Career Course:

All students (besides spec. ed level 4 and LS) are required to complete the Middle School Career Course. It is named CAR005_MSCareerExp_Gr(6,7,8).

  • The course is required/asynch and is due 4/1 since we have to report to PIMS on career artifacts before end of year.
  • The course is PASS/FAIL.
  • If student does all assignments in its entirety they will receive full credit and should have no problem passing it. The assignments are also simple and should not take a lot of time to complete. Refer to attached “MS Career Course Guide_18-19.”

Please encourage students to complete lessons in the career course, which is due 4/1/19.

6th & 7th grade: Career Course Guidance Lessons with Counselors during Friday PLT wrapped up on 1/4/19 and students should be working to finish the course. There are only 2 lessons and two assignments.

Under 1: An Introduction to Careers

  • Introduction to Careers Question One

Under 2: Career Key (Naviance)- please see attached Naviance/Career Key Instructions.

  • Lesson Two: Career Key

8th grade: Career Course Guidance Lessons with Counselors rotate by teams during Friday PLT. There are 3 lessons and six assignments that students should be finishing.

Under 1: An Introduction to Careers

  • Introduction to Careers Question One

Under 2: Career Key (Naviance)

  • Lesson Two: Career Key

Under 3: Organization & Time Management (8th grade Guidance Assemblies 1/18 and 1/25)

  • Lesson 3 Artifact 5
  • Lesson 3 Artifact 6

Final Lesson will be taught 2/15-3/8.

Lesson 2- Career Key Assessment is same for grades 6-8, which they complete in Naviance Student. “Naviance/Career Key Instructions” are attached, which students also have access to in lesson 2. If students are having tech issues logging into Naviance, please try to help them log in using the instructions but if they still are unable to log in (Students have been reporting main issue of log-in page reloading and not taking them into Naviance), please have them fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/eMvGMqBOWYs2qyEE3


  • January 25, 2019 - End of semester 1
  • January 28, 2019 - Asynchronous - Grading Day
  • January 29, 2019 - Grades due
  • February 1, 2019 - PRs printed to Sapphire
  • February 13 - 15, 2019 - Student, Parent, Teacher conferences (more details forth coming)