Make Your Mark
IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Welcome to middle school !
Starting middle school is a time of great excitement , growth and discovery . Most students look forward to middle school because it means they are growing up and gaining independence . We recognize this and work hard to make sure your student will feel comfortable making connections with other students and staff and navigating a larger school building . We want students to feel at home when they join our schools in the fall .
Where Everybody Belongs
Every middle school in the Anoka-Hennepin School District has programming designed to help students feel comfortable throughout their middle school years . Where Everybody Belongs [ known as WEB ] trains eighth grade student leaders to welcome sixth grade students to the school . WEB leaders help new students learn skills such as how to build relationships with others , how to organize their schoolwork , and how to get from class to class . They help students learn about what it takes to be successful in middle school .
Helping all students succeed
• Multilingual Learners [ ML ] programs are available for students who are learning English .
• Special Education services are available for students with special needs .
• Before and after school programs are available for students who need help with homework or help understanding their coursework .
• A variety of support staff is available to meet social and emotional needs of students .
The middle school curriculum is designed to meet the interests and abilities of students . Student test scores and teacher recommendations are used to assign students to mathematics courses that are appropriate for their individual achievement levels .
• Students who have advanced skills and are interested in reading , writing , and language may register for Advanced ELA [ grades 6 , 7 , or 8 ].
• Students who perform significantly above grade level in mathematics may be assigned to an upper-level mathematics course which can offer individually-paced instruction and they may earn high school credit .
• Students with strong reading , math , analytical and problem-solving skills may choose to register for Advanced Science . [ grades 6 , 7 , or 8 ]
• Students performing below grade level in math and / or reading may be assigned to additional math and / or reading support courses .
The advisement period is similar to a homeroom . A group of students meet daily with a teacher or other staff member who is their advisor . A variety of activities are planned during this period :
• Teachers monitor student academic progress .
• Students have time for reading , academic enrichment , academic intervention , social emotional activities and career exploration .
4 Middle School Registration Guide