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MIDDLE SCHOOL
Course Information
2013 - 2014
Mission Statement: To successfully prepare all students for their future.
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Cedar Heights Middle School 253-373-7620
Kent Mountain View Academy 253-373-7488
Mattson Middle School 253-373-7670
Meeker Middle School 253-373-7284
Meridian Middle School 253-373-7383
Northwood Middle School 253-373-7780
Tim Clark.................................. Vice President/Director, Dist. #5
Karen DeBruler ................. Legislative Liaison/Director, Dist. #2
Russ Hanscom ................................................... Director, Dist. #1
Debbie Straus ................................... President/Director, Dist. #3
Superintendent of Schools
Kent, WA 98030
Language Arts .................................................................................. 8
Language Arts ................................................................................ 13
Language Arts Electives .................................................................. 22
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Introduction
This copy of the middle school course descriptions includes all courses authorized by the Board of Directors for the year 2013-2014. However, because of staffing or enrollment, not all of the authorized courses will be offered in each middle school. Each middle school will determine courses actually offered. The way to read the course listing is explained below: 1. Each listing provides the course title, the course number that is used in data processing, and the
number of semesters the course runs. 2. If a prerequisite is necessary, it is listed immediately below the title. 3. If there is a fee associated with the course, it is listed below the title or prerequisite. 4. Next, the course is identified as repeatable or not repeatable. 5. The Pass/Fail option, if applicable is listed just prior to the course description. 6. The course descriptions are designed to give students the necessary information for making their
choices. Counselors are available at all schools to help parents and students plan schedules. All courses are available to male and female students.
Middle School Requirements
The required yearlong courses for middle school students are as follows:
Language Arts 2 Social Studies 2 (a) Mathematics 2 Science 2 Health & Fitness 2 (b) Electives 4 semesters
a) Washington State History completed in grade 7 or 8 meets the state requirement to fulfill the
graduation requirement, but high school credit is not awarded. If the Washington State History requirement is not met in grades 7 or 8, one semester is required in grades 9-12 except for any student who transfers from another state having already studied that state’s history.
b) Health & Fitness is required at both grades 7 and 8.
Waiver of Requirements: A parent may submit a request to the principal to waive a required course.
Program Placement It is important each middle school student access a rigorous and challenging academic program matched to his/her instructional needs. While some students may benefit by acceleration, others will need more intensive support to be successful. Placement decisions for students are made by building staff based on review of each student’s record of academic achievement, using standardized testing data and evidence of accomplishment in previous grades. The Individual Education Program (IEP) Team will determine course requirements for middle school students officially enrolled in special education classes. English Language Learner (ELL) program staff will use information about each ELL student’s English language proficiency level and success in meeting academic standards to recommend courses for students eligible for ELL program services.
Prerequisites
Prerequisites are listed for middle school courses. If a student has not met the stated prerequisite but wishes to take the course, he or she may consult with the instructor of the class.
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Earning High School Credit Prior to Entering High School
To graduate, students in the Kent School District must earn three (3) credits of high school math: Algebra I-II,
Geometry, and Algebra III-IV. Washington law (RCW 28A.230.090) allows parent(s)/ guardian(s) the opportunity
to place coursework taken prior to entering high school on their student’s permanent high school transcript if the
courses are equivalent to a high school course. Students who take a high-school credited math course prior to
entering high school may earn high school credit. If the student and his/her family choose to have the course
count as high school credit, the grade will be computed into the high school grade point average. To request that
the course be placed on their student’s permanent high school transcript, parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student
must submit a Fast Start Request Form to the high school counseling office any time between the 9th - 12th
grade. Once the course is transcripted, it cannot be removed. If a student passes the course but does not wish to
have the credit transcripted, he/she may still proceed to the next math course in progression and begin earning
high school credit in the 9th grade year.
Pass/Fail Grading
A “P” grade is used to indicate that a student has satisfactorily completed the objectives of a Pass/Fail district- approved course. Pass/Fail grading options will be available upon parental request in the following areas:
- Exploratory 8 I-II - Health & Fitness - Middle School Math Essentials - Reading and Writing Essentials
- Student Office Assistants - Student Teacher Assistants - Survey 7 I-II
Pass/Fail in district-approved courses is a student option SUBJECT TO PARENT APPROVAL. Request forms are available in the school records office for the approved courses. Written requests for the Pass/Fail option must be on file with the teacher by the tenth day of class each semester. Each general education teacher will receive notification (Teacher Notification of Student Need for Accommodations or Personnel Supports) indicating the need for a modified grade (e.g., pass/fail) or other accommodations for students needing such options.
Promotion
Consistent with Board Policy 2112, the board expects all students to learn at the highest levels. Promotion is a result of students demonstrating a high level of achievement toward meeting the standard for each course of study. Under the leadership of the school Principal, staff will review student achievement on an individual basis in regards to appropriate interventions necessary to ensure successful grade completion by all students. A student who is experiencing a lack of success at his/her grade level will be evaluated to determine appropriate classroom and resource interventions (e.g., intervention courses, study skills, summer school, reprioritizing of elective options, retention).
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Retention
Grade level retention of a student may be a very difficult and emotionally charged decision. Typically it may be considered as a possible option when a student has significant struggles making progress in reading, writing, or math; fails to reach performance levels expected for promotion to the next grade; appears to need a chance to grow socially and academically; fails to master grade-level standards in district or state- wide testing. Kent School District policies for both special education eligible and those students who qualify as eligible for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act indicate that placement decisions reside in the hands of a team. For special education students, it is the Individual Education Program (IEP) team that makes placement decisions. For the 504 eligible students, it is the 504 team. Students who have a home language other than English are generally placed in a grade level based on their chronological age and their prior education. English Language Learners (ELL) should not be placed below grade level nor should they be retained based on their lack of fluency in English. Decisions for retention of English Language Learners, like students with IEPs and 504 eligible students are infrequent, and should be made by a Student Support Team (SST) that includes a member of the ELL program and based on multiple measures. Parents of any students being considered for retention must be included in the process, which may mean that a translator or translated materials be provided.
Nondiscrimination Kent School District does not discriminate in programs, activities, admissions, access, treatment, or employment on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following coordinators have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Title IX and State Law Compliance Coordinator Chief Accountability Officer Support Services 253-373-7134
Section 504/ADA Coordinator Executive Director, Student and Family Support Services 253-373-7010
Kent School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services, and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact the Director of Multilingual Education at 253-373-7269.
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Language Arts
All 7th grade students will select a program option for their required yearlong language arts course of study. Reading and Writing Essentials elective course may also be required of some students. Students may enroll in Honors English upon acceptance in the honors program. Core Language Arts 7 ENG703/ENG704 2 Semesters Prerequisite: 7th grade standing Repeat: This course is not repeatable. Students will continue to reflect on their reading skills and adjust their comprehension and vocabulary strategies. Students will refine their understanding of the author’s craft. Students will use oral and written responses to analyze and/or synthesize information from multiple sources to deepen understanding of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will read for pleasure and choose books based on personal preference, topic, genre, theme or author. Students will use the writing process to develop coherent and interesting writing in forms and styles appropriate for their purpose and audience while refining their understanding of conventions and usage. Students will develop their ability to speak effectively in front of a group. They will work collaboratively as well as individually to set and accomplish goals while evaluating their own progress. Honors Language Arts 7 ENG705/ENG706 2 Semesters Prerequisite: 7th grade standing and acceptance in honors program Repeat: This course is not repeatable. Students will refine and extend their understanding of the author’s craft at a rigorous level of thinking. Students will analyze increasingly complex language to generate oral and written responses and synthesize information from multiple sources as they deepen their understanding of a wide variety of fiction and non- fiction texts. Students will read for pleasure and choose books based on personal preference, topic, genre, theme or author. Students will continue to refine their writing process to produce coherent and interesting writing. Students will develop their ability to speak effectively in front of a group. They will work collaboratively as well as individually to set and accomplish goals while evaluating their own progress.
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MS English Proficiency Development ENR410/ENR411 or ENR412/ENR413 1 or 2 semesters - 2 Periods/Day
Repeat: This course is repeatable for additional credit.
This course series is for students reading more than two years below grade level who need intensive support or whose specially designed instructional needs can be met with this service. The focus will be on building basic skills students need to move on to core language arts supported by the reading/writing essentials class. In this two-period block, students will learn fundamental language arts skills from the foundations of the sounds and meanings of words to the structures of the language and the basics of reading comprehension and essay writing. Students will engage in activities that enhance phonemic awareness, reading fluency, vocabulary and word attack skills, spelling conventions, reading strategies, and the organization and production of writing. Students will read fiction and non-fiction texts. Though the class is highly structured, students will have opportunities to work with partners, evaluate their own progress, set goals, and receive differentiated help on areas of need. Students will be placed in the appropriate course based on assessment data and/or IEP need, where applicable. Please see your school counselor for placement. Middle School Reading & Writing Essentials I-II ENR791/ENR792 (Grade 7) 1 or 2 Semesters Prerequisite: Placement is based on a scale score for total reading on an achievement test
which indicates grade placement 1.5 or more years below grade level or staff recommendation.
Repeat: This course is repeatable. Grading: Pass/Fail option available subject to parent approval. A written request must be on
file with the teacher by the tenth day of the course. Students will focus on specific reading and writing skills in order to meet grade level reading and writing standards. Students will build fluency, vocabulary, critical thinking and comprehension to reach grade level reading standards. Students will focus on using the writing process and develop a working understanding of the traits of effective writing. They will write in a variety of genres for varied audiences in order to reach grade level writing standards. Reading & Writing Essentials is a companion class to Core Language Arts 7 and is repeatable for elective credit until student reaches grade level expectations in reading and writing.
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Mathematics
Mathematics 7 MAT410/MAT411 2 Semesters – This is a two-period class Prerequisite: All students in 7th grade standing and not meeting
requirements for Pre-Algebra or higher. Repeat: This course is not repeatable. Students add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions, decimals, and integers – including both positive and negative numbers. Students extend their work with ratios to solve problems involving a variety of proportional relationships. Students graph proportional relationships and identify the rate of change of the slope of the related line. Students extend their understanding of surface area and volume. They apply formulas and solve a range of problems involving three-dimensional objects. Students apply their understanding of rational numbers and proportionality to concepts of probability. They revisit how to interpret data, now using more sophisticated types of data. Students extend their coordinate graphing skills to plotting points with both positive and negative coordinates on the coordinate plane. Students refine their reasoning and problem-solving skills as they move more fully into the symbolic world of algebra and higher- level mathematics. Pre-Algebra I-II MAT130/MAT131 2 Semesters Prerequisite: All students in 7th grade having met requirements on designated placement
exams. Repeat: This course is not repeatable. In preparation for algebra and higher level mathematics, students will solve problems that involve proportional and linear relationships. They will model applied problems with mathematical functions represented by graphs and other algebraic techniques. They will solve a variety of linear equalities and inequalities. They will study squares and square roots, measures of central tendency and statistical principles, scientific notation and exponents, and lines and angles. Students will use current technology, manipulatives, and models to analyze data and communicate relationships. Algebra I-II MAT201/MAT202 2 Semesters 1 credit (See Fast Start, page 2) Prerequisite: Completion of Pre-Algebra or appropriate scores on designated
placement exams. Repeat: This course is not repeatable. Students will study content and processes as described by the Washington State K-12 Mathematics Standards for Algebra 1. They will learn to solve many problems involving functions: linear, quadratic, and exponential. They will use functions, variable expressions, and equations to analyze relationships, represent and model problems, and answer questions. Students will work with the real number system: integer exponents, scientific notation, and radicals. They will also analyze data to determine the relationship between two variables and make and defend appropriate predictions, conjectures, and generalizations.
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Geometry I-II MAT203/MAT204 2 Semesters 1 credit (See Fast Start, page 2) Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I-II or appropriate scores on designated
placement exams. Repeat: This course is not repeatable. Students will study content and processes as described by the Washington State K-12 Mathematics Standards for Geometry. They will formalize reasoning skills and solidify their understanding of what it means to prove a geometric statement mathematically. Students will use inductive reasoning to test conjectures about geometric relationships and use deductive reasoning to prove or disprove their conclusions about characteristics and relationships of lines, angles, 2- and 3-dimensional figures, geometry in the coordinate plane, and geometric transformations. Middle School Math Essentials 7 MAT709/MAT710 1 or 2 Semesters Prerequisite: Students must be concurrently enrolled in Pre- Algebra.
Placement is assigned. Repeat: This course is repeatable for additional credit if competency is not achieved. Grading: Pass/Fail option available subject to parent approval. A written request must be on
file with the teacher by the tenth day of the course. This course is designed for students to offer support in mathematics by building a strong foundation necessary to be successful in their core coursework. A pre-teaching model of instruction will be employed in order to introduce students to upcoming concepts that will be studied in the core mathematics course. Students will develop computational skills with emphasis on integers, fractions, decimals, and percents. They will study proportional relationships, surface area and volume, probability, and coordinate graphing. Students will use current technology, manipulatives, and models to analyze data and communicate relationships. They will refine their reasoning and problem-solving skills as they move more fully into the symbolic world of higher mathematics.
Science
Science 7 I-II SCI701/SCI702 2 Semesters Prerequisite: 7th grade standing Repeat: This course is not repeatable. This is a laboratory course that explores elements of life and earth science. Through experiments, explorations, presentations, and projects, students will learn essential concepts from cells to organisms, variation and adaptation, cycles in earth systems, and evidence of change. As a result of this class, students will be able to apply critical thinking skills to everyday science concepts, explain and demonstrate their thinking, and gain increased responsibility for their learning.
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Social Studies
Social Studies 7: Early American Studies/Washington State History SOC701/SOC702 2 Semesters Prerequisite: 7th grade standing Repeat: This course is not repeatable. Washington State History Requirement Met This course will explore diversity of cultures, components of government, historical patterns of changing relationships, and historical conflicts. Social Studies 7 will focus on the diverse heritage of United States history from the establishment of the new nation through the turn of the 20th Century. Washington State History will focus on patterns and change from statehood through the contemporary period. Social Studies Honors 7: Early American Studies/Washington State History SOC705/SOC706 2 Semesters Prerequisite: 7th grade standing and acceptance in honors program Repeat: This course is not repeatable. Washington State History Requirement Met This course will explore diversity of cultures, components of government, historical patterns of changing relationships, and historical conflicts. Social Studies Honors 7 will focus on the diverse heritage of United States history from the establishment of the new nation through the turn of the 20th Century. Washington State History will focus on patterns and change from statehood through the contemporary period.
Health & Fitness
Health & Fitness 7 I-II HFIT17/HFIT27 2 Semesters Repeat: This course is not repeatable. Students in this integrated class will acquire the skills and knowledge to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, to analyze and evaluate the impact of real-life influences on health and to develop a fitness plan based on life goals.
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Language Arts
All 8th grade students will select a program option for their required yearlong language arts course of study. Reading and Writing Essentials elective course may also be required of some students. Students may enroll in Honors English upon acceptance in the honors program. Core Language Arts 8 ENG803/ENG804 2 Semesters Prerequisite: 8th grade standing Repeat: This course is not repeatable. Students will integrate a variety of comprehension and vocabulary strategies. They will adapt their reading to different types of text. Students will refine their understanding of the author’s craft, commenting on and critically evaluating text as they thoughtfully analyze universal themes in literature and the effect of mass media. Students will use oral and written responses to analyze and/or synthesize information from multiple sources to deepen understanding of a wide variety of texts. Students will continue to read for pleasure, sharing and reflecting on their experiences. Students will continue to refine their writing process to develop coherent and interesting writing. Students will refine their ability to speak effectively in front of a group. Students will participate productively in groups, use constructive feedback to improve their work, evaluate their progress, and set future goals. Honors Language…

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