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Facts about the current AMS Course Schedule 2014-2015
Students currently have a 7 period day.
6th graders have an alternating (every other day) first period. We designate that first period as an “A” or “B” day class, and 6th graders have a hardcopy schedule of A/B days, reminders during daily announcements, and Poster Reminders in the 6th grade hall of the designation for the current day.
The first period alternating classes for the 6th graders are Wellness (PE), or music. When 6th graders enroll they can choose choir, orchestra, or band as their music elective.
The rest of the 6th grade day (periods 2-7) meet every day.
Besides their first period wellness and music classes, 6th graders take language arts, writing, science (measurement, scientific method, and biology), social studies (ancient civilizations), and math as full year classes with quarterly final grades. 6th graders also take a study enrichment class 3rd period which they sign up for with teachers each quarter and may be a different class with its own final grade each quarter. Study enrichment classes offered usually focus on fine arts, computers and technology, math, and history. The 6th grade teacher team may refer students needing a higher level of individual help in math or language arts and writing to succeed in class to a study skills class which meets 3rd period.
AMS has academic support classes for students with special education plans, support classes for English Language learners, and Title 1 reading classes. The 6th grade teaching team refers students to these classes as appropriate.
6th grade math is focused on continuing mastery of math facts, fractions/decimals, simple geometry, and concepts of pre-algebra. Students who have scored in the exceptional range on state math tests and have teacher and parent recommendations may opt to enroll in an accelerated version of this class which will give more practice in the concepts of pre-algebra.
Beyond the usual school day AMS has a twice weekly (Monday, Wednesday) math study lab after school, and a Tuesday afterschool general studies lab.
The 6th grade teaching team meets regularly to problem-solve and suggest additional classroom supports for students who are not experiencing success in the classroom, and to provide additional challenges for students who excel and exceed usual learning expectations.
7th and 8th Grade
Seventh and eighth grade classes meet daily without any alternating classes.
A full 7/8 grade schedule includes English, science (chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology/genetics), social studies (geography and American history), math, wellness/PE, a semester each of art and Spanish, and a choice of music or study enrichment/study hall.
2nd Period 7th and 8th graders have a choice of music or study enrichment/study hall during second period. Students may self-refer for study hall or may be placed by parent or staff recommendation if needing extra study time or are not having passing grades in a class or classes. Students who elect music take this as a full year class. Music classes include choir, band, or orchestra. Study enrichment is offered as a quarterly class. Study enrichment classes offered usually focus on fine arts, computers and technology, math, and history.
Students who need extra time to complete assignments may access a study hall during their regularly scheduled 2nd period Monday or Friday, with teacher permission. If these absences from study enrichment or music for study hall supports are excessive and impact ability to keep up with the curriculum the student and parent will need to meet with the music or study enrichment teacher to problem-solve.
7th and 8th graders take a semester each of art and Spanish. 7th graders begin their year with beginning Spanish and finish the year with art. 8th graders begin the year with art and end with Spanish. Students who are Spanish speakers at home or may already be fluent in Spanish will be offered challenges in improving skills of reading or writing Spanish.
7th grade math is offered as general math 7 or advanced math 7. Both classes cover topics of pre-algebra. Placement in advanced math is made on the basis of exceptional state math test scores and teacher recommendation. Advanced math 7 covers much of the same material as general math but at a generally faster pace allowing for more practice opportunities.
8th grade math is offered as general math 8, or algebra. General math 8 is a continuation of pre-algebra skill building. Second period study enrichment includes the option for a math study hall with a math instructor available to answer questions or provide other help. Beyond the usual school day AMS has a twice weekly (Monday, Wednesday) math study lab after school, and a Tuesday afterschool general studies lab.
The 7th or 8th grade teacher team may also refer students needing a higher level of individual help in math or English in order to succeed in class to a study skills class.
AMS has academic support classes for students with special education plans, support classes for English Language learners, and Title 1 reading classes. The 7th or 8th grade teaching teams refer to these classes as appropriate. The 7th and 8th grade teaching teams meet regularly to problem-solve and suggest additional classroom supports for students who are not experiencing success in the classroom, and to provide additional challenges for students who excel and exceed usual learning expectations.
7th and 8th grade wellness (PE/health) is offered as recreational wellness, or competitive wellness. Placement in these classes is made by the wellness department on the basis of student needs and general fitness scores for returning 7th and 8th graders. Students new to the district will be placed temporarily according to their preference if enrollments allow, and the wellness department may change that placement as they collect data about class performance and needs.