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Th 8th Grade

The G d Academy
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The 8th Grade Academy
The 8th Grade Academy at Masuk High School

A Masuk Perspective…..
Perspective
The 8th Grade Academy
Mission….

Our mission is to identify and meet the


needs of the whole child by providing a
safe, supportive, and challenging
learning environment that prepares for
a successful educational transition to
high school and beyond.
beyond
The 8th Grade Academy Organization

The 8th Grade Academy will be organized in a


similar fashion to that of Jockey Hollow School.

• There will be three academic teams.


• Each team will consist of four to five teachers.
• The teams will consist of Math, Science,
Language
g g Arts and Social Studies.
• There will be approximately 110 students per
team.
The 8th Grade Academy Schedule
• Seven instructional periods
• 8th Grade Lunch period 10:43 – 11:13
• Two-day rotating schedule
• Exploratories
– Computer Technology
– Art
– Health
• Music/PE
The 8th Grade Academy Day
• Transplantingg the 8th g
grade experience and
curriculum from the 3rd floor of Jockey Hollow to
Masuk.
Question: How will the 8th grade students
enter the building in the morning?

The 8th grade students will have a separate entrance


to the building
building. They will continue to ride on the buses
with the high school students and the 8th Grade
Academyy staff will monitor arrival and dismissal.
The 8th Grade Academy

The 8th G
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academy will have a
separate entrance for
students and
parents.
Question: How does the 8th Grade
A d
Academy exist
i t as a “school
“ h l
within a school”?

The 8th Grade Academy reception desk will be staffed


th
throughout
h t the
th school
h ld day tto greett students
t d t and d
visitors. There will be a staff person located at the
corner of the 8th Grade Academy wing wing.
8th Grade
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The 8th Grade Academy


reception desk will be staffed
throughout the school day to
greet students and visitors.
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There will be a staff person
located at the corner of The
8th Grade Academy wing.
Question: What other areas of Masuk will be
used and how will students access
those areas?

The gymnasium, music rooms, cafeteria, and library will be


used by the students in 8th grade. Major passing times will be
staggered for high school and 8th grade students allowing 8th
grade students in the halls when Masuk students are in class.
class

Period Times Masuk The 8th Grade Academy


Period 1 7:20 am 7:24 am
Period 2 8:05 am 8:09 am
Question: How will physical education be
d li
delivered
d tto my child?
hild?

There are four


Th f physical
h i l education
d ti areas att Masuk
M k High
Hi h
School. The 8th Grade Academy will use one of the four
areas for their Physical Education classes. The Masuk
students will use the other three areas.
Question: How will students prepare for
physical
h i l education?
d ti ?

There are two sets of locker rooms at Masuk. The 8th grade
students and the 9th grade students will use the “pool locker
rooms” to change
rooms change. The 10th – 12th grade students will use
the main locker rooms.
Question: Will the grade 8 students be
scheduled on teams as they are
currently at Jockey Hollow?

Yes,, there will be three academic teams just


j as
there are now at Jockey Hollow.
The 8th Grade Academy

Classrooms
Intrigue Team
The 8th Grade Academy

Classrooms
C
Commander
d TTeam
The 8th Grade Academy

Classrooms
E
Excursion
i T Team
Question: Will the grade 8 students have
their own restrooms and lockers?

Yes, there is a set of male/female restrooms that will be used


byy the 8th g
grade students.

Yes, there will be enough lockers so that every 8th grader will
have a locker in The 8th Grade Academy wingwing.
The 8th Grade Academy

Student Lavatories
Question: Will co-curricular
co curricular activities be
available for the eighth grade?

Yes, co-curricular activities such as, cross


country track
country, track, baseball
baseball, and softball will continue
to use Jockey Hollow and Wolfe Park facilities.
7th a
and
d8 8th g
grade
ade bas
basketball
e ba will co
continue
ue to
o use
the Jockey Hollow facility.
Question: Will co-curricular
co curricular activities be
available for the eighth grade?

Yes, clubs will be offered after


school
h l iin th
the 8th G
Grade
d
Academy wing.
Question: Will co-curricular
co curricular activities be
available for the eighth grade?

Yes, theater will continue to be offered with


grades 6,
6 7 and 8 at Jockey Hollow
Hollow.

We look forward to hosting activities designed to


promote mentorship and/or support in the future
future.
Question: Will there
be a computer
room,, a guidance
g
counselor office,
and areas for
student support?
8th Grade Academy
Assets

• Maintain core curriculum of the current 8th


grade.
• Access to enhanced facilities for curricular and
co-curricular activities.
• Provide progressive year long transition to the
high school environment.
• Access the wealth of student volunteers
available
il bl att MHS.
MHS
• Mentor and tutorial programs can be cultivated
and support the interests of all.
8th Grade Academy
Challenges
• Acclimation of 8th graders to new facility.
• Maintaining an 8th grade identity
identity.
• Cultivating a culture of coexistence and
support
pp for both schools.
• Developing an environment of mutual
respect
p and cooperation.
p
• Preserving our existing developmentally
appropriate programs.
8 th Grade Academy
y
Challenge
g
• Acclimation of 8th g
graders to new
facility.

Our Plan
An 8th Grade Academy orientation will be hosted
prior to the opening of school. This will be a
special day for 8th graders alone in the building.
Th
There will
ill also
l b be Open
O Houses
H f 8th
for 8 h graders
d
throughout the summer.
8 th Grade Academy
y
Challenge
g
g an 8th g
• Maintaining grade identity.
y

Our Plan
Students will be actively involved in the opening
of the 8th Grade Academy with a focus to be
creating a culture and identity with which they
can relate.
8 th Grade Academy
y
Challenge
g
• Cultivating
g a culture of coexistence
and support for both schools.

Our Plan
Providing age appropriate educational
opportunities for all students. All
professionals
f i l will
ill continue
ti tto supportt th
the
needs of all of our students.
8 th Grade Academy
y
Challenge
g
• Developing
p g an environment of mutual
respect and cooperation.
Our Plan
MHS will utilize the current Advisory Program to promote
mutual respect
p and cooperation.
p A mentor/advisory
y time
has been scheduled daily for 8th grade conversation.
Mentor and tutorial programs will be developed that bring
8th graders and high school students together in a
planned and positive way.
8 th Grade Academy
y
Challenge
g

• Preserving our existing developmentally


appropriate programs.

Our Plan
The 8th Grade Academyy administration and faculty y
will continue to plan and regularly schedule
celebration and activities to promote appropriate
adolescent
d l d
development
l iin 8th grade.
d
8th Grade Academy

Academic, social and emotional needs being met


b professional
by f i l and
d caring
i teachers.
t h
8th Grade Academy