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Important Information About the 2017-18 School Year at OMS

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT OFFERINGS (8TH GRADE ONLY)


Digital Literacy
This course is highly recommended for ALL students. This course places an emphasis on creating/formatting documents. This is an essential skill for students interested in a business career, pursuing college or personal use. Course content will also include understanding of hardware, software, and operating systems. Students will develop competency in programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and Publisher as they complete units of study in word processing, presentation, database and spreadsheets. Internet research is incorporated into the course, as well as basic business concepts with an emphasis on computer terminology/functions and career/employment opportunities. This course is a prerequisite for other technology courses including the Microsoft Office (MOS) course where students gain Microsoft Certification, Web Design, and Multimedia Publishing in which students earn Adobe Certified Associate certification.
Prerequisites
Students must complete an application and be selected for the course as space is limited to 32 students.  Class preference will be given to those students who have excellent attendance, teacher recommendation, and grades of “A” and/or “B” in their 7th grade core classes.
*This is a year-long course offered during students Arts and Humanities class rotation.  Students will not be able to request a schedule change after the school year has started


FOLLOW THIS LINK to print off the form to request the high school Digital Literacy course.


Spanish I

This beginning language course engages students in basic conversational skills for personal expression.  Sound and structural patterns as well as idiomatic expression is explored to develop communication skills and to make connections to the English language.  Patterns of Hispanic cultural perspective and products of expressive forms (e.g., art, literature, music, dance, and drama) are identified and recognized.  
Prerequisites
Students must complete an application and be selected for the course as space is limited.  Class preference will be given to those students who have excellent attendance, teacher recommendation, and a final grade of “A” in 7th grade English/Language Arts


*This is a year-long course offered during students Arts and Humanities class rotation.  Students will not be able to request a schedule change after the school year has started


FOLLOW THIS LINK IF YOUR CHILD IS CURRENTLY IN 7TH GRADE AND IS INTERESTED IN TAKING SPANISH I AS AN 8TH GRADER FOR HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT.


Algebra I
This course focuses on high school Algebra I content.  Topics will include, but will not be limited to, the following content: writing, interpreting, and solving equations in linear, quadratic, and exponential forms; multiple representations of linear, quadratic, and exponential equations, inequalities and systems of equations; functions; linear modeling and regression, simple probability; and arithmetic operations and factoring of polynomials.  


Prerequisites
Current Blended Learning Team students
Need to meet 3 of the 4 criteria for Algebra I placement:
-must complete Power, Additional, and Challenge Focus Areas in 7th grade math
-Spring Star Math 867+ scaled score
-Minimum final exam of 70% or better
-Teacher recommendation


All other 7th grade students
Need to meet 3 of the 4 criteria for Algebra I placement;
-Spring Star Math 867+ scaled score
-Minimum year average 87% or better
-Minimum final exam of 70% or better
-Teacher recommendation


There is no form to complete to sign up for this course, but any student interested in taking Algebra I should be sure to chat with their current math teacher.  7th Grade math teachers will make recommendations for this course based on students’ current performance.


BLENDED LEARNING AND PROJECT BASED LEARNING

 

Last year, Ockerman Middle School articulated a three-year plan to better support our students with instructional initiatives to improve our blended learning and project based learning experiences.  
This plan began will continue for the 2017-18 school year.  


Our blended learning initiative is driven by our desire to utilize digital capacities to better differentiate our instruction for all students.  This differentiated instruction is what we have always been striving to provide our students.  We want to better personalize our students learning and move away from a “one size fits all” instructional approach.  OMS utilizes the digital platform of Summit Schools to support our blended and personalized instructional practices.  Digital learning platforms are providing us greater resources to empower our students learning.


We will continue our emphasis on project based learning as well.  Project based learning allows our students extended time to synthesize, apply, and demonstrate their learning and understanding of standards.  We value this instructional strategy for our students to gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.


FOLLOW THIS LINK TO VIEW THE STAFFING PLAN FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR.


FOLLOW THIS LINK TO EXPRESS INTEREST IN YOUR CHILD BEING PLACED ON A BLENDED LEARNING TEAM.
 

 

ROSETTA WORLD LANGUAGE


Our world language initiative will also expand for the 2017-18 school year.  All students will be utilizing Rosetta Stone to support their Spanish language acquisition.  Students will utilize Rosetta Stone for 25 minutes every day.


Some of our students from Erpenbeck Elementary have been utilizing Rosetta Stone for Japanese language acquisition.  Parents who would like their child to continue their Japanese language acquisition should express this interest through the link below:


FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REQUEST THAT YOUR CHILD CONTINUE IN JAPANESE ROSETTA STONE.

 





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