7th Grade Family Newsletter

March Edition

Picking electives for 8th grade year

Mr. Frint will be going to all science classes the week of March 23rd for students to rank order their elective class preferences for the following school year. It's important for students to make informed decisions as choices are limited and no changes will be made next school year unless an error is made by Mr. Frint or by administrator permission. Below is an attachment for the 2020-2021 course catalog for electives.

Please remember if you desire to leave band or orchestra - parent contact must be made before removal. It is highly encouraged you do so before May 1st as we will be working on schedules already and your child will lose their top choices as certain classes fill up quickly.

Elective classes offered are subject to change without advanced notice.

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Counseling Corner with Frint

Anyone else got the end of the 3rd 9 weeks blues? Across 7th grade I have noticed a real mental and emotional fog the past few weeks. We are in the transition period between winter and spring; basketball/bowling (winter sports) and waiting for all the fun spring sports; the transition of 7th grade almost being over (3 months left) and being at the top of the mountain (8th grade.) Pushing across the finish line for this grading period is always one of the toughest parts of 7th grade. The question becomes, with only one week of the grading period left, how are you going to finish?

The month of February was really full with heavy social emotional needs for the Class of 2025. I can't stress strongly enough sitting down and talking with your children, monitoring their technology and just checking in to see how they are doing. I'd also consider re-evaluating their goals for the rest of the school year. Based off the grades checks I did at random intervals this grading period, there was a real dip in grades and an increase in missing assignments. Hoping we can refocus the last quarter.

The month of March will be spent working on the future as students will be picking their future electives, inputting their choices into the computer and a long-term research project evaluating the needs of the Class of 2025.

If you have questions, as always don't hesitate to contact me.

Michael Frint

7th grade counselor



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8 "keys" to build a greater bond with your child

1. Express unconditional LOVE (no matter how often or severe their mistakes).

2. Schedule TIME together.

3. Provide focused ATTENTION (without distractions).

4. Use EYE contact.

5. Provide consistent COMMUNICATION.

6. Use meaningful TOUCH (like a hug in the morning and before bedtime).

7. Have FUN together.

8. PRAY together often.

Chip Ingram. How to Raise a Healthy Family in a Modern World. February 24, 2020.

Magnet School Open House

For current 6th & 7th graders-

Come and go opportunity to explore how the Magnet program will work for your child. March 23rd from 4:00-7:00pm at HD Karns Building, 300 W. 9th Street.

Student Led Conferences

We are doing electronic sign ups for student led conferences. If you haven't gotten a link sent to your email via the school or your child's CAT Time teacher please reach out to your child's CAT Time teacher about scheduling a time. Preferred spots will go fast.

Remember the dates are Monday, March 16th; Tuesday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 18th - 3:30pm-7:30pm

State Assessment Season is Upon Us!

Please remember the importance of attendance as state assessments are rapidly approaching! We have less than 30 days before testing begins.

Language Arts state assessments will be April 14th and 15th.

Math state assessments will be April 21st and 22nd.

JCMS T-Shirt Design Contest - due March 19

Check out the flyer below that describes the upcoming T-Shirt Design Contest that the Parent Support Team would like to do. Please share with your child and encourage them to make a submission.

The design that is chosen will be on shirts that will be sold at the beginning of next school year.

Important Dates in March

March 6th - End of the 3rd 9-Weeks

March 8th - Daylight Savings Time (set clocks forward one hour = lose 1 hour)

March 9th - March 13th - Spring Break

March 16th - March 18th - Student Led Conference (3:30pm-7:30pm)

March 17th - Beloit VoTech visiting the school

March 19th - JCMS T-Shirt Design due

March 20th - No School

March 23rd - Magnet School Open House (4:00-7:00pm)

Free Community Dinners

*Enjoy a free dinner every Tuesday night at the Church of the Covenant, on 4th & Adams, for the month of March from 5:30pm-7pm.

*Enjoy a free dinner every Friday night at the 12th Street Community Center from 5pm-7pm.