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8th Grade Pre-Enrollment

WMS PARENT INFORMATION 

8th Grade

Pre-Enrollment Instructional Video

Aide/Advanced Art/Yearbook Video

 

 We know that your child’s last year in the Middle School will be rewarding as they prepare for the future.  With your support, encouragement and cooperation, we are sure that the 8th grade experience will be positive.

 

Our eighth grade students are required to take four core classes:  Math, English, Science, and History.  In addition to the four required courses, students have three elective classes. 

 

Lunch accounts:  8th grade lunch is from 11:59 am – 12:24 pm.  Money may be deposited into your child’s computerized lunch account in the cafeteria.  No charges are allowed. Your child’s account balance is available from the cafeteria until 2:00 pm. The cafeteria phone number is 772- 3412.  Ala Carte tickets are available for $10.00 and are purchased separately from their lunch account.

 

Lockers: Each student will be issued a locker at the beginning of school.  Locks are not provided, but you may bring one to put on your locker.  Combination or key locks may be used and a spare key or combination may be kept in the main office in case of loss. 

 

Supplies: A flat fee of $25 is paid to the school.  This will ensure that your student will receive the necessary supplies for their classes.

 

Attendance:  Because instruction and interaction with teachers are extremely important factors in student learning, we encourage your child to be on time and in school each day.    If your child cannot be here, please contact the office before 10:00am in the morning at 772-2270. You may request homework by 10:00am for make-up work if your child will be out of school for several days.  Late students must check in at the office before going to class. If a student misses less than 15 minutes,  (beginning or end of a class) they will receive a tardy.  Missing more than 15 minutes will be counted as an absence.  All students must be checked out through the office before leaving campus during school hours.

 

Guidance Services:  Mrs. Mickley is available to assist you with any questions you have regarding enrollment, grade reports, or special academic difficulties.  Please feel free to contact her about any concerns or questions you have about your child at WMS.

 

Conduct:  In order to fully understand what is expected at WMS, it is important that the guidelines in the handbook be carefully read.  We have a set of standards to help students maintain a respectful, responsible attitude towards themselves, their peers, adults, and property.  We appreciate your commitment to help reinforce positive, high ideals and responsible behavior with your child.

 

Report Cards:  Report cards will be sent home each nine weeks.  Periodically we will send out progress reports within the nine –week period.  You can also access your child’s grades through the “PowerSchool” online grade book.

 

Telephone Calls:  We ask that phone calls be limited to emergencies.  The use of cell phones (including texting) is not allowed during school hours.

 

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8th Grade

Elective Courses

 

BAND:  Band is available to all 8th graders.  A variety of opportunities for performances are available through parades, festivals, and concerts.  Grades are determined by performance ability, participation, and achievement.

 

CHOIR:  This course will be a study of basic music concepts.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in several public concerts throughout the year.  There will also be opportunities to compete in group and solo competitions.  Students will need to purchase a shirt for the performance.  Grade is determined by performance ability, participation, and achievement.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:  Students will learn participate in a number of sports including: soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, badminton, ping-pong, tennis, and gymnastics.  Other organized games will be introduced throughout the year. This choice will combine both 7th and 8th grade students in one setting.

 

ART: This is an introduction to art and application of the elements and principles of art.  Students learn drawing and painting techniques, make hand built clay items, and other creative projects.

 

WEIGHTLIFTING: This course will cover the basics of how to properly lift weights for the purpose of increasing strength and maintaining healthy lifting habits.

 

SPEECH/DEBATE: This elective will provide the opportunities to learn and grow through the subject of effective speaking skills and healthy argumentative habits.  This elective will also all students to compete in local competitions.

 

ADVANCED ART:  A more advanced application of the elements and principles of art and design.  Students continue drawing, painting, and creating other three-dimensional projects, but with more confidence and skill.  You must fill out an application and return it with your enrollment.

 

TECH ED:  Technology Education provides students with daily hands-on experience enabling them to explore career opportunities, develop in technological literacy, and identify educational avenues for pursuit of interests.  Student experiences include: robotics, electronics, lasers, animation, aerospace, and mass production.  Activities capitalize on each individual’s potential for reasoning and problem solving, imagining, and creating, and for construction and critical thinking through use of tools and materials related to technology.

 

ADVANCED COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY:  Students will be involved in detailed school projects such as designing web pages. Students will also be involved in individual teacher projects as assigned.  Students must be proficient using I-Movie, Power Point, Microsoft Word, and Adobe Photoshop.  They must be independent and responsible for meeting deadlines.

 

AGRICULTURE:  8th grade Agriculture is a course designed to introduce students to the world of Agriculture.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about plants, animals, leadership, public speaking, and communications.  All students must be members of the Weatherford FFA Chapter.  State and National dues are $10.00.  As a member of the FFA organization students will be able to participate in all FFA sponsored activities.

 

OFFICE, TEACHER, or LIBRARY AIDE:  You must fill out an application and return it with your enrollment.  Students will be chosen from these applications.  Students who qualify will assist in the library, office, or a teacher. 

 

YEARBOOK: You must fill out an application and return it with your enrollment. Students in yearbook will design and create the yearbook for the school.  They will decide the theme of the yearbook, general layout, take photographs, write copy, and design pages.  The grade will be based on the quality of the work done.

 

ATHLETICS:  Competitive sports programs are offered for students in 8th grade.

*Attention: If your sport is not in season, you will be placed in a PE class during off-season.

**If you are ONLY playing Soccer, do not choose athletics as an elective.

Males:

  • Football, Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, and Track
  • Soccer: After school practice only/NOT A CLASS PERIOD

Females:

  • Basketball, Track, Softball
  • Volleyball & Soccer:  After school practice only/NOT A CLASS PERIOD

 

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Athletes that are ineligible could be placed in this class to help them catch up in their classes.

 

______________________________________________________________________HONORS CLASSES

Students must qualify in order to participate in an Honors program at the middle school. Students must meet 2 of the following 3 criteria for each subject math or English:

Subject

Criteria 1

Test Scores

Criteria 2

Grade Averages (at least)

Criteria 3

Teacher Recommendations

English

 

Advanced Score on OSTP

Exceeding Score on ACT Aspire

 

7th English Honors: 80%

7th Regular Class: 95%

*Current English teacher recommendation

Math

 

 

Advanced Score on OSTP

Exceeding Score on ACT Aspire

 

Pre-Algebra: 80%

7th Regular Math Class: 95%

*Current math teacher recommendation

Spanish 

 

 

Advanced Score on  ELA OSTP

Exceeding Score on English/Reading ACT Aspire

7th Grade Spanish class: 95%

Honors English: 80%

Regular English: 95%

*7th grade Spanish teacher  recommendation

Science

 

 

Exceeding Score on ACT Aspire

 

7th Regular Science Class: 95%

*Current science teacher recommendation

 

PRE-AP ENGLISH: This class fosters an understanding of the 7th grade language arts curriculum including the basic structure of a sentence, identification of the parts of a sentence, capitalization, and punctuation.  Application of these skills through the writing process will be emphasized as students develop paragraph and manuscript length compositions.  Students will work at an accelerated pace, finding opportunities for both independent and shared decision making.  This class features projects suited for the responsible and self-motivated learner. MUST QUALIFY.

 

SPANISH I:  Learn to communicate with people in the world’s third largest language group. Learn the vocabulary and structures of Spanish conversation while experiencing the cultures of Latin America.  A more in-depth study of the language than offered in the earlier grades, this course will be of special benefit to those students who plan to study languages in the secondary schools.  Spanish I is taken for a high school credit and will take the place of an elective.  MUST QUALIFY.

 

ALGEBRA I: The Algebra I course may be taken for high school math credit.  Topics covered are: rational numbers and expressions, equations, inequalities, polynomials, factoring, functions, graphing, radial expressions, quadratics, statistics, probability and trigonometry.  MUST QUALIFY.

 

HONORS SCIENCE: Students have the opportunity to engage in a more in depth approach into the world of science. 

 

Yearbook Application

Advanced Art Application

Aide Application

 

Pre-Enrollment Paper Form