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2015 Welcome to Pollard: Rising Grade 7
Transcript of 2015 Welcome to Pollard: Rising Grade 7
Pollard Middle School- Who are we?
Guidance and Health Services
Transition Events and Important Dates
Tamatha Bibbo, Principal
Megan Bonomolo, Assistant Principal
Mark Levine, Assistant Principal
Dianne List, Administrative Assistant
Deb Negoshian and Gianna Giannacopoulos, Grade Level Secretaries.
Academics at Pollard
Image by Tom Mooring
Welcome to Pollard:
Rising Grade 7
Coordinator of METCO: Ms. Leslie Smart
ELA Curriculum Coordinator: Mr. Greg Hurray
Math Curriculum Coordinator: Ms. Tammy Ghizzoni
Science Curriculum Coordinator: Mr. Mark Healey
Special Education Coordinator: Ms. Marcy Beckerman-Cohen
Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator: TBD
Director of Fine & Performing Arts: Dr. David Neves
Director of Guidance: Mr. Tom Denton
Director of Health Services: Ms. Mimi Stamer
Director of Innovation & Technology: Ms. Deb Gammerman
Director of Literacy: Ms. Lisa Messina
Director of METCO: Dr. Joanne Allen-Willoughby
Director of Special Education PreK-8: Mr. Matt Ganas
Director of Wellness: Dr. Kathy Pinkham
Director of World Languages: Ms. Debbie Watters
Trimester system - 60 days in length
53 minute classes and 5 Clusters
Advisory period at start of every day
Two day rotation (A & B Day)
Students receive instruction in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies each day.
Students choose electives in all other departments to provide a program that is broad based.
Courses for grade 7
English, Math, Science, and Social Studies
Concert Band/Strings Ensemble/Chorus OR Essentials Rotation 7 (3-D Art, Experiential Education, and Music Explorations)
Fine Arts - Arts 7
Computer Technology (CAD)
Wellness - Physical Education, Experiential Education, and Health
World Language - French or Spanish
Typical Day of a Grade 7 Student:
Doors Open 7:35 am
Period 1 (Essentials or Learning Center)
Period 2 (Essentials or Learning Center)
Period 5 (&Lunch)
Student Dismissal 2:20pm
*After School Help 2:20-2:50 daily
After School Activities 2:50
* After School Help is offered on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Grade 7 FAQ's:
Busing Information - April 1 (Transportation Website) May 15 deadline in order to guarantee a seat
Lunches (Summer Mailing)
Snacks and Water
Locks and Cell Phones
Binders and School Supplies
After School Help
Mr. Jeremy Greenwood
Ms. Marissa Smith
Mr. Mark Yetman
Ms. Kristen Gosselin
Ms. Carol Sargent
Collaborate with teachers
Partner with parents
We are Pollard!
Projected Enrollment for SY 15-16:
Grade 7: 449
Grade 8: 405
New Math Program
Advisory at Pollard
Same student group all year.
SEL curriculum developed to
support students through their middle school years. Topics include, but are not limited to: resiliency, anti-bullying, leadership, identity, social media, respect, community building, and making healthy decisions.
Next year's focus: One School, One Book:
Social/ Emotional Support
PowerSchool - Grades updated on 15th and 30th of each month.
Cluster team meetings with parents at either teacher or parent request
Pollard parent Listserv
Pollard School Website
Contact Guidance Counselor, Assistant Principal(s) or Principal.
Ms. Rosemary Leone
Ms. Debbie Brennan
Physical Exam and Immunization Requirements
Mandatory Health Screenings
March 26 - April 7 - Students register online.
June 2, 8, 9, 10, and 11 - High Rock Clusters to Pollard.
End of July: Cluster letters sent home to parents.
Late August: Self-guided tours and (tours with guidance, Assistant Principal and/or Principal for new students).
September 2, 2015 - Opening Day
September 17, 2015 - Back to School Night
October 4, 2015 - Immunization and Physical Examination Deadline
Transition Events and Important Dates
The 5 B's
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
Best Buddies, Homework Club, Social Justice League, School Newspaper, Ski Club, Debate Team, Jazz Band, Math Counts, Musical, Spring Play, Robotics, Student Council, Town Orchestra, and Treble Choir
NCE MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS:
After School Enrichment Classes
Typically on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 2:55 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.
Fall, Winter, and Spring offerings
Late Bus is available for students in NCE classes
MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS:
FALL: Co-ed Cross Country; Girl's Field Hockey
WINTER: Boys and girls basketball
SPRING: Co-ed Track & Field; Girl's Softball; Ultimate Frisbee
Extra Curricular Activities
1. Personalize learning experiences for our students.
2. Empower students and help them take ownership of their learning.
3. Teach digital citizenship skills for making appropriate choices online.
4. Provide robust resources and infrastructure to enable creativity, communication, collaboration, and high levels of achievement.
5. Enable teachers to transform the current instructional model to benefit all students.
what all students would have experienced in grade 7 (A-level math).
Pathway to Calculus...
Common assessments reviewed by a team of teachers and instructional leadership.
117 students /451 recommended for Pathway 1
A's on report cards
Selection and placement of students into accelerated opportunities must be done carefully in order to ensure future mathematical success.
Our team's goal: most appropriate pathway for optimum mathematical growth.
7th grade team will identify students whose placement should be revisited.
Students who need challenge in Pathway 2: re-assess students in the fall for possible move to Pathway 1 or completing challenge work in Pathway 2.
27% of students placed into “Pathway 1”
there were 11 overrides by parents
3/11 moved to Pathway 2 in the fall
5 of the remaining 8 did not qualify for 8th grade Algebra 1 (Pathway 1)
Class Average of Midyear Exam: 83%
Average of Override Students: 63%
Statistics from a like district:
Meet with Tammy Ghizzoni to discuss student scores.
Override form due by April 10.
Re-assessed by October 15; if child does not meet benchmark, he/she will be placed into recommended pathway.
Placement and Process