April 12, 2019
Middle School Math Pathways
The purpose of middle school math pathways is to provide rigorous and meaningful mathematics experiences to students. Middle school math pathways honors the PCR-3’s Vision, Mission, and Values as well as our Principles of Learning by preparing individual learners for success in life, focusing on the individual student, and respecting that students learn at different rates and different times.
Protocol for Evaluating Students for Personalized Math Pathways
During 4th Quarter, 5th -7th grade student mathematical strengths and areas for improvement will be identified to accurately prescribe their upcoming math course. This process allows for student-focused and data-driven placement of a student’s mathematics learning pathway for the upcoming school year. The pathways are illustrated in the graphic below.
Middle school students earn a “transcribed credit” for Algebra I or Geometry upon successful completion of the course. A “transcribed credit” indicates the student’s high school transcript will show completion of the course. These credits DO NOT go toward high school graduation credits and/or high school grade point average (GPA).
In the coming weeks, you will be receiving communication notifying you of your child’s math course placement for the upcoming school year. Your child’s math placement is based on the following information.
Step 1: State and district assessments will be utilized to determine which pathway is most appropriate for students.
Previous year’s spring MAP score
Current year’s STAR Math benchmark scores
Step 2: Teacher input will be cross checked with academic data for appropriate student placement.
Step 3: Parents will be notified (via written correspondence) PRIOR TO MAY of their child’s math pathway entering middle school.
Step 4: Students new to the district will be placed based on previous district placement, MAP scores, and results from the STAR assessment upon enrollment.
Please contact the office if you have questions or concerns regarding the math placement process.
Dress Code Reminder
The Board of Education recognizes the value of allowing individual student expression as well as the necessity of protecting student health and safety and maintaining an atmosphere conducive to education. Student dress code procedures must be designed with the goal of balancing these competing interests.
All dress code procedures will adhere to health and safety codes and comply with applicable law. Dress that materially disrupts the educational environment will be prohibited. No procedure will impose dress and grooming rules based on gender in violation of Title IX.
Take Your Child To Work Day
We are very excited about the opportunity we have planned for next Wednesday, April 17th from 6-8pm at Barry School! Google and National PTA have partnered together to award local PTAs monetary grants to host their own "Be Internet Awesome Family Workshops" where parents, educators, and community members can come together to discuss ways to ensure our children's safety on line in today's technological world. Barry PTSA was selected as one of the winning units across the nation! Please see the attached flyer for more information.
We will be offering an Olive Garden Pasta Bar (including salad, breadsticks, drinks and dessert) for those families that complete the attached RSVP form and return it by the cutoff date of Monday the 15th. Cheese pizza will be available for children in attendance. Child care will be available for registered children provided by volunteers from NJHS. We will have over $200 worth of gift cards as door prizes, so be sure to attend the entire event! (Must be present to win.)
Feel free to reach out with any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barry PTSA President
MAP/EOC Assessment Information
- If you are purchasing spring pictures, please send money to the school office. If you choose not to purchase, please send picture packets to the office.
- Transportation changes need to be made by 2:00. Please contact the office with changes.
- School WILL be in session on Friday, April 19th!
Important Dates To Remember
April 15-PTSA Meeting 5:00
April 15-19-Book Fair
April 17-PTSA Digital Awareness Parent Night 6:00-8:00 @ Barry
April 22-MAP Assessment Begins
April 25-Take Your Child To Work Day
May 1-PLC Early Release @12:50
May 6-10-Staff Appreciation Week
May 15-8th Grade Parent Night @ 6:00 (This is for current 7th grade families.)
May 17-Worlds of Fun Field Trip (Gold Status Students)