ACADEMIC INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS
ACADEMIC CURRICULUM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Pansy Kidd Middle School offers a variety of required and elective subjects. Extensive curriculum planning and preparation by the faculty is an ongoing process. Objectives for each subject have been developed and are reviewed annually. Students are assessed annually to determine their mastery of the learning objectives. Parents may review the local curriculum and the PASS (Priority Academic Student Skills) and the Core Curriculum Standards by contacting the principal's office.
Listed below are the subjects available for students. Sixth grade students are allowed to choose electives for two periods a day. Seventh grade students will choose two electives per day. Eighth grade students choose electives for two periods a day.
Required Electives (1 semester except for Band, PE, & Athletics)
Science/Health Explore (Art, Tech Ed, FCS, Gen. Music/Choir Social Studies Keyboarding, Tween Life/Intro to Financial Mathematics Literacy, Family & Consumer Science)
P.E Athletics Math/ Reading Intervention
Required Electives (1 semester except Band, PE, & Athletics)
English Art General Music Choir
Geography Band FCS Leadership/Character Class
Mathematics P. E. Technology Educ. Speech/Drama
Science Athletics Keyboarding STEM
Current Events Math/Reading Intervention
Required Electives (Two semesters)
English Art Choir Spanish
History/Civics Band Technology Educ. STEM
Mathematics P. E. FCS
Science Athletics General Music Visual Media Current Events Robotics Library Science
Leadership/Character Class Speech/Drama
Students who fail Math and/or Reading class and/or score in the Below Basic range on the Oklahoma State Testing Program and are recommended by a teacher may be assigned Math or Reading Intervention classes as one of his/her elective classes.
Class schedules for the entire year are finalized during the first week of school. Changes made in the schedule are considered only for academic or medical reasons. Changes of this type must be approved by the principal, instructor, and counselor.
Students are expected to come to each class prepared with those essential materials, homework assignments, and books that will enable the student to fully participate in class activities. Those students who fail to turn in assignments when due may be required to complete classwork or homework during lunchtime or after school.
Homework is an extension of the work in the classroom. It provides the student needed independent practice to reinforce skills and can be an important communication between school and home. Homework assignments should be accurately completed and ready to turn in by the assigned due date.
Student progress is measured by various methods including daily assignments, test scores, class preparation, projects, and teacher observation. Students must take the nine-week/semester test before a final grade can be given for a subject. Grades are made up of daily grades, weekly test or project grades, and nine-week/semester test grades.
This distribution of letter grades is based on the following scale:
A Accurately Complete 90%-l 00%
B Accurately Complete 80%-89%
C Accurately Complete 70%-79%
D Accurately Complete 60%-69%
F Accurately Complete less than 60%
For athletics/physical education, office and library aides, the following grading system will be used:
Special education students are evaluated in all classes on the basis of their Individualized Education Plan.
REPORTS TO PARENTS
Teachers feel they are informing parents of the student's progress each time they grade and return papers to students. It is the student's responsibility to take papers home for parents to see. Parents, please ask your son or daughter to see papers on a daily basis..Parents can view their child’s progress on-line in our Grade-book Program. See the office to get your username and password.
At the end of the fifth week of the first and third 9 weeks grading period, parent /teacher conferences are held. The teacher will indicate ways the student may improve his/her work. Parents are encouraged to schedule conferences with teachers to discuss the progress of their child. At parent request, the school will notify the parent’s employer concerning their need to attend conferences. Special parent transportation requests to attend conferences must be made to the principal.
Report cards are sent to parents at the end of the nine-week grading periods.
School officials have the responsibility for placement of students in grades six through eight. Students that make five failing semester grades will not be promoted to the next grade.
Although academic achievement is the major consideration, other factors considered are: mental capacity; age and size; previous retentions; sibling grade placement; parent attitudes; student attitude and attendance; and the ability of the student to profit from repeating a grade. For further clarification, please see the principal about board policy dealing with promotion and retention. Summer school is an option for students. Satisfactory attendance and satisfactory performance may allow the student to advance in failed subjects and/or grade level.
CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
Upon request of a student, parent, guardian, or educator, a qualifying student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in one or more areas of the core curriculum. The instrument and method of assessment will be determined by the school.
Students demonstrating proficiency at the ninety percent level or greater will be given credit for that subject and given the opportunity to advance to the next level of study. Before formally requesting credit by assessment, the principal or counselor should be contacted for additional information. Information the student will need includes assessment dates, subjects available for assessment credit, and assessment methods and instruments. A student formally requesting such assessment shall do so four weeks prior to any assessment date.
OKLAHOMA SCHOOL TESTING PROGRAM
Poteau students take CRT tests each year. Criterion referenced skills tests for reading, writing, math, science, history/geography, and the arts will be given to all students during the spring semester. Parents are provided a copy of their child's results and conferences may be scheduled to discuss results.