WELCOME TO 6TH & 7TH GRADE COURSE SELECTION NIGHT

for 2010 - 2011

AGENDA
Welcome  Purpose of meeting  DMS Program of Studies  7th grade classes  8th grade classes  Placement Review Process  X2 and the student portal
  Process  Timeline

Importance of Course Selection  Thank you  Time to try it (if you want)

DMS PROGRAM OF STUDIES

http://www.duxbury.k12.ma.us/dms.html Hard copies are available through the DMS main office.

CHANGES
Math Levels  Absorption of computer technology and media  Online course recommendation and selection

WHAT A 7TH GRADER TAKES
English  Math
  Accelerated  Pre-Algebra 

Pre-Algebra

Geography  Critical Reading and Thinking (1/2 year course)  Math Connections (1/2 year course)  Life Science  World Language (French, Latin, or Spanish)  Physical Education (1/2 year or alternating days)  Music (band, chorus, orchestra) or  Art

WHAT AN 8TH GRADER TAKES
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English Math
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Accelerated Algebra Algebra

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World History I and American Government Earth Science(1/2 year course) Intro to Physical Science (IPS) (1/2 year course) Technology Education (1/2 year course) Health/Family Consumer Science (1/2 year course) World Language (French, Latin, or Spanish) Physical Education (1/2 year or alternating days) Music (band, chorus, orchestra) or Art

SPECIAL EDUCATION
Learning Center  Math Skills

Must be recommended by your special education liaison and on the IEP.

PLACEMENT REVIEW PROCESS
If you disagree with your child’s math recommendation you must follow the Placement Review Process Refer to the Program of Studies to see how math placement is determined.  Contact the teacher to discuss the recommendation.  Contact guidance for Placement Review paperwork.  Please read this document very carefully.  The completed Placement Review Form will be due to the Guidance Office by March 12th.

The parent/guardian/student request will be honored, upon completion of this process, if submitted before March 12th.

X2 AND THE STUDENT PORTAL

Why
 Streamlined

system  Record keeping  Convenience

COURSE SELECTION PROCESS/TIMELINE

February 23 – March 2: DMS teachers make course recommendations for math; all students recommended for the next course in each subject area. March 2: Student assemblies to introduce new process March 3: Parent information night to introduce the new process March 3 – 12: Parents and students login to the X2 student portal to make course selections.
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All posts must be completed by 3/12. Any families interested in beginning the placement review process must obtain and return the proper paperwork to the DMS Guidance office by 3/12.

PROCESS/TIMELINE CONT.
Late March – Early April– Copies of each students course selection sheet sent home for review and parent signature.  April thru August – DMS schedule for 20102011 being built  Late August – Student schedule info sent home

HOW TO USE X2

Course selection packet sent home with students
Login information  How to navigate through X2  DMS Course Selection FAQs.

Logging In to X2

 http://www.screencast.com/users/smrshannon/folders/Jing/m 

Making Selections

 http://www.screencast.com/users/smrshannon/folders/Jing/m

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE COURSE SELECTION PROCESS
Please take this process seriously.  You should have an honest talk with your child about whether he/she wants to take Art or Music next year.  Courses are run based on numbers.  By selecting your elected courses, you are agreeing to participate in these classes for the entire school year.  Changes will not be permitted to your selections after March 12th .  Guidance Counselors will not switch your elected courses in the Fall.

THANK YOU & EXTRA HELP

Thank you Walk through the X2 process
 DMS

Computer Labs