Irons All Things Course Selection

Incoming Eighth at Irons 2021-2022

Irons Family,

Welcome to our All Things Course Selection Newsletter for incoming 8th graders at Irons Junior High. Ideally, we would present this information in an in-person informational meeting. Unfortunately, with the current COVID situation, we cannot do so at this time. This newsletter contains the information that we would normally present. Please watch the brief overview video by myself welcoming you to Irons. Then review our counselor video walking you step by step through the course selection process in parent access. Along with the videos, each of our elective teachers have created to give you an overview of the course. The information will help you complete the course selection for the 2021-22 school year.


We are looking forward to working with you and your child throughout the course selection process. We are dedicated to making this a smooth and successful transition.


Should you have any questions, please reach out to us via email at contactirons@conroeisd.net


Robert MacFarlane

Irons Jr. High Principal


We Are Hawks!

Principal Welcome Video

Welcome to Irons

General Information

Meet our Counselors and Assistant Principals

Counselors:



Assistant Principals:


Irons Jr. High Course Selection Process Slide Show

Details of how to complete course selection in Parent Access Center

CISD Program of Studies

This button links to the 21-22 Program of Studies.

Student Course Selection

Irons 1/28-2/12

Course Selection Due 2/12/21

Core Courses

Should I Take Honors Courses?

All general education classes, level and honors, are college preparatory. The ultimate choice on which core course, level or honors, you wish your child to be in lies with you as long as it is made before the final deadline of May 5th.



  • Honors courses taught at Irons, ORHS 9th, and ORHS prepare students to be successful in Advanced Placement, Dual Credit courses, and beyond.
  • Higher expectation of students
  • May move at a quicker pace than regular courses
  • Be wise in making course choices for your child based on his/her unique characteristics

Required Courses 8th Grade

  • Language Arts - (2 Semesters)
  • Mathematics - (2 Semesters)
  • Science - (2 Semesters)
  • US History - (2 Semesters)
  • Physical Education - (1 Semester)
  • Electives - 5 (Semester)*
*A two-semester elective may be substituted for two one-semester choices.

English Language Arts 8th Grade

  • English Language Arts

  • Honors ELA students have a summer reading requirement

  • Honors ELA will have more in-depth material with an expectation of a quick pace through independent work.

Level/Honors ELA

For more information contact Mrs. Boyd at sboyd@conroeisd.net

Science 8th Grade

  • Science

  • Honors Science

    • This course is designed to prepare students for subsequent Honors and Advanced Placement courses in Science.

    • Independent Study Project is required: Students have three option

      • Science Fair Project (traditional testable hypothesis)

      • Engineering Design Competition (partner required, design, build drivable robot)

      • Sci Stories (research, video documentary creation, website design and creation)

      • All options are research based endeavors

      • Time commitment outside of school is approximately 38 hours of preparation

      • Science Fair is traditionally on a Friday in Jan/Feb

      • EDC is traditionally on a Saturday in February

      • Sci Stories is a campus based competition with only 10 advancing to regionals

Level/Honors Science

For more information Contact msuchma@conoreisd.net

US History 8th Grade

  • US History

  • Honors US History

    • This course is designed to prepare students for subsequent Honors and Advanced Placement courses in Social Studies.

    • The curriculum focuses on critical thinking, application of concepts, and strategies for analyzing primary sources.

    • Development of writing skills is emphasized to promote success on Free Response Questions and Document Based Questions in AP Social Studies courses.

Math 8th Grade

  • 8th Grade Pre-Algebra

  • Algebra I Honors*

  • Geometry Honors*

*High School Course credit is recorded on HS transcript, but is not included in the calculation of HS grade point average.

Special Populations Success

  • All means All
  • Our staff works diligently to know, encourage, and understand all of our student populations
  • We have students in special populations in all levels of academic classes
  • Intermediate campuses deliver all sixth grade student records to Irons at end of year
  • Irons teachers receive accommodations for students in Special Education, Section 504, and English as a Second Language

Homework at Irons

  • Time varies widely among students to complete assignments. However,
  • Effectiveness of your child’s study strategies
  • How much time is it going to take for your child to complete work outside of school for him/her to achieve the grade you want them to achieve in the course?
  • Consider activities outside of school such as Dance, Gymnastics, Baseball, Swimming, etc.
  • There is homework in our regular classes albeit less than in Honors classes
  • Homework demands increase greatly in high school and college
  • Students at Irons report an average of 30 minutes per night spent on homework.

Elective Videos and Websites

You can click on the grey bars below to play the videos or visit the website

Irons Athletics Website

All Things Irons Athletics

Boys Athletics

For more information contact Coach Patterson at dpatterson1@conroeisd.net

Girls Athletics

For more information contact Coach Cote at acote@conroeisd.net

Irons Band Website

All Things Band. For more information contact Mr. D at mdick@conroeisd.net

Band

For more information contact Mr. D at mdick@conroeisd.net

Irons Cheerleading Website

All Things Irons Cheerleading. For more information contact Coach Neal at kneal@conroeisd.net

Irons Liberty Stars Dance Website

All Things Irons Dance. For more information contact Coach Bachman at rbachman@conroeisd.net

Art I

For more information contact Mrs. Johnston at mjohnston@conroeisd.net

Choir

For more information contact Mrs. Rice at crice@conroeisd.net

Communications Application

For more information contact Mrs. Neal at kneal@conroeisd.net

Computer Science

For more information contact Mrs. Richardson at dzrichardson@conroeisd.net

Health

For more information contact Mr. Blume at mblume@conroeisd.net

Human Services

For more information contact dcuster@conroeisd.net

Industrial Technology

For more information contact Mr. Hornsby at dhornsby@conroeisd.net

Music Appreciation

For more information contact Mrs. Rice at crice@conroeisd.net

Orchestra

For more information contact Mrs. Norris at enorris@conroeisd.net

Boys PE

For more information contact Coach Patterson at dpatterson1@conroeisd.net

Girls PE

For more information contact Coach Cote at acote@conroeisd.net

Spanish I

For more information contact Mrs. Moreno at slmoreno@conroeisd.net

Native Speakers Spanish

For more information contact Mrs. Cordoba at mcordoba@conroeisd.net

Reading Stratigies

For more information contact Mrs. Norris at enorris@conroeisd.net

Teen Leadership I

For more information contact Mr. Hurlbert at bhurlbert@conroeisd.net

Irons Theatre Website

All Things Theatre. For more information contact Mr. Shafer at wshafer@conroeisd.net

Theatre

All Things Theatre. For more information contact Mr. Shafer at wshafer@conroeisd.net

TV Broadcast News

For more information contact Mrs. Richardson at dzrichardson@conroeisd.net

Wildlife

For more information contact Mr. Suchma at ksuchma@conoreisd.net

Year Book

For more information contact Mrs. Richardson at dzrichardson@conroeisd.net

Irons 20-21 Bell Schedule

Irons 20-21 split bell schedule. Subject to Change