GBMS 6th Grade Orientation
Hierachy of Consequences
Arrival & Dismissal
During arrival 6th grade students who are bus riders and car riders will only enter the building through the South Staff Center doors, pick up a grab and go breakfast from the breakfast cart first and then report directly to homeroom.
Students who arrive to school after 8:15 am are considered late and will need to enter the building through the main entrance doors and report to the main office. This is the only time 6th graders will not enter through the South Staff Center.
Students are dismissed from school at 2:40 pm.
Car riders will be dismissed first and will exit through the gymnasium hallway doors. Car riders should exit the building through any other doors.
Students who ride the bus will exit the building through the South Staff Center doors during dismissal.
Reasons for needing a hall pass…
when using the restroom
visiting the nurse
visiting a counselor
visiting an administrator
visiting the main office
When students are in the hallway during class times they must have a paper pass or an agenda book pass with them. Your teachers will record passes on the bottom portion of the day’s date in your agenda book. At any point be prepared to show your pass. Staff members will check the passes of students in the hallway during non-hall passing times. We do restrict passes for students who are habitually in the hallway, or late to class.
Also, students, if you have an idea for a club be sure to let Dr. Thomas-Brown know so we can see if we can make it happen.
Grading in Middle School
ELA, Science, Social Studies, and exploratory teachers follow the A, B, C, D, and F letter grade format with the corresponding percentages on the screen. Math is taught with mastery-based learning and is scored by standards-based grading. The purpose of mastery-based learning is to inform stakeholders about a student’s progress towards proficiency in the standards and to drive instruction to ensure student learning.
8 indicates a student is meeting expectations for a particular goal.
5 indicates a student is working below standard, but almost there.
3 indicates a student has no understanding of a particular goal.
0 represents no effort given.
Home Access Center
Home Access Center - continued
Parents once you are logged into Home Access Center you can establish specific settings. For example, you can set the system to notify you by email when your student’s grade drops below a certain grade. You can set it to whatever you choose. Like 75%, 80%, or 85%.
This is a great tool for parents. With this information, it is also important to reach out to your child’s teacher for missed assignments to try to get the grades back up.
Other forms of communication include:
- Weekly Team Newsletters
- Principal's Weekly Message
- 6th Grade Administrator Monthly Newsletter
Every student will receive a Chromebook to use throughout the school year. It is the student’s responsibility to take good care of them. If a Chromebook is broken intentionally by the student, the parent will receive an invoice for a replacement.
The plan is for 6th-grade students to receive new Chromebooks this year. In the event the new Chromebooks are not here in time, the students will receive used Chromebooks that will not be allowed to go home. They will stay here in school for in-school use only until we receive the new Chromebooks.
Social Media & Mental Health
Based on last school year’s experiences here at Gunning Bedford, student use of cell phones during the school day hindered student learning and focus in classrooms. It also slowed their emotional and social intelligence. Cell phone usage contributed directly to peer conflict and at this age, many of the students were not capable of solving these conflicts in a reasonable manner. At a time when mental health is of such concern amongst young people, our school community saw cell phones as a significant and negative contributor to student well-being. Constant cell phone and social media use has exposed students to rumor spreading, unrealistic views of other people’s lives, and peer pressure.
Sadly studies have shown that 11-15-year-olds in the United States that spent more than 3 hours a day on social media might be at an increased risk for mental health problems like anxiety and depression.
As a result of the social media and mental health concerns, GB will be a red zone school for cell phones. In order to implement the red zone, all middle schools in the Colonial School District have adopted the Yondr Pouch system. Every day cell phones are expected to be put away in the Yondr pouch.
Yondr is a patented system that creates a phone-free space for educators. Cell phones are placed into a Yondr Pouch that locks when it is closed. Upon entry of the school building, all GB students will place their phones in their individual Yondr Pouch and will close them to lock them. This system will ensure that cell phones are not out during the school day minimizing certain distractions and/or disruptions.
At the beginning of this school year, each student will receive their own pouch that they are responsible for. If a student does not have their pouch their cell phone must be in their bookbag in their locker or at home. More information regarding Yondr will be available closer to the start of the school year. A quick video about how Yondr works can be viewed below.
Student Yondr Procedures & FAQ
When students arrive to school they will place the phone inside of the Yondr pouch & lock it before they enter the building. Cell phones will be out of sight while students are at school & their use restricted while in the building.
“I Need a Loaner Pouch”:
Students will inform the classroom teacher that they need a loaner pouch. The classroom teacher will notify the grade level administrator or the main office.
Students will be issued a loaner pouch for the day and is expected to turn it into the location that distributed the pouch.
Students that continue to arrive without their Yondr pouch may have their devices confiscated while at school.
“I Have an Early Dismissal”:
Students will have their pouch unlocked in the main office prior to leaving.
The secretary will collect the student's pouch if it is a loaner before they leave the building.
Students will have their pouch unlocked in the health office prior to leaving.
The nurse will collect the student's pouch if it is a loaner before they leave the building. The pouches must be returned to the main office.
The phone has medical necessary medical information
Phone will be unlocked at the health office by the nurse.
Students will unlock their Yondr pouch when exiting the building at the designated locations…
Car rider exit, (Auditorium adjacent) and select staff at car rider exit.
6th Grade Entrance/Exit & SSC, 7th Grade Exit/Entrance & MO, 8th Grade Entrance/Exit & Select Staff on Bus Court
Digital Parenting Tips
Keep phones and devices out of their bedroom. Sleep is important for growth!
Know their passwords and let your child know you will regularly check the accounts.
Discourage your child from gossiping, spreading rumors, or harassing others online.
Ask your child how he or she is using social media and how it makes them feel. Remind them that social media is full of unrealistic images.
And finally, Remind your child of the permanence of anything posted online or sent electronically!