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        Welcome to the Grangerland Intermediate 2016-2107 school year! We are very excited to have you and your child in our P.A.S.S. program.  P.A.S.S. stands for project acceleration for student success.  Below you will find information about the P.A.S.S. program as well as an overview for our 1st 9 weeks of school.

Research has shown that there are certain cases that often result in higher student drop-out rates.  These include: Being older than grade level peers; struggling with attendance; and having a negative attitude towards school.  The P.A.S.S. program is a direct result of this research and has been implemented in an attempt to reduce drop-out rates and improve student performance.

        The following are key components of P.A.S.S.
  • Having a positive attitude towards school.  The P.A.S.S. gives us the ability to reduce class sizes which frequently results in improved student-teacher relationships.  We also strive to reinforce motivation, participation, and goal setting.  We conduct daily monitoring to ensure that students are successful.  
  • Academic readiness.  Due to smaller class sizes and additional support, we are able to more easily tailor instruction to individual needs.  In addition, we rely on a compressed, yet rigorous, curriculum to prepare students for future grade levels.  As always, we are committed to utilizing best practices in our classrooms.
  • Resources and Family Outreach.  The P.A.S.S. has been intentionally designed to provide regular feedback and updates to parents and caregivers.  This allows us to establish a strong connection between home and school.
  • Professional Development.  Due to its rigorous nature, teachers in the P.A.S.S. program attend additional training that prepares them to deal with the extra challenges that come with the program.
It is vital that your child has support from both school and home.  Having support in both areas is extremely effective in making sure your child is successful and advances to the next chapter in his or her life.  In order to help you help your child we can provide support and assistance in many ways.

Classroom Rules

The following are our classroom rules.  Rules are to be followed everyday by every student.  

  • Come to class every day that you are not seriously ill.
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
  • Follow directions the first time they are given.
  • Stay on task during all work times.
Guiding Principles

Unlike rules, which are to be followed at all times while in school, guiding principles are positive guidelines that we encourage all students to follow regardless of time and place.  We believe that these principles will set our students up for success in all future endeavors.             
 
     1  Respect yourself and others at all times.  
  •   2     Strive for excellence in everything you do no matter how small or how big.
  •   3     Seek to understand before you seek to be understood.
  •   4     Be mindful of others and ways in which you can help.
  •   5     Believe in yourself at all times and in all situations.
Classroom Procedures

Classroom procedures are steps that we follow every day to ensure that we are able to get through every lesson effectively and efficiently.  Procedures may change from day-to-day and classroom-to-classroom but in general they are:

  • Have all materials out and ready to use at the start of each period.
  • Refer to classroom jobs for important tasks such as distributing and collecting materials, sharpening pencils, utilizing technology, and cleaning/maintain the classroom. *Note: It is never okay to leave trash in your work area.
  • In the hallway students are expected to: walk at conversation level 0 (silent) at all times; to walk on the 3rd tile to and from locations; and observe all hallway rules at all time, including rules for hall passes.
  • Students must sign in and out for the restroom and follow procedures for using restroom passes.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited at all times during instruction.  Students will sign their phones in at the beginning of the day at which time they will be kept in a secure location.  They will sign them out at the end of the day.
Homework

        This year we have decided not to assign homework to students.  This, however, does not mean we will not give students the opportunity to take home extra practice.  In fact, we will be more than happy to provide students with extra practice to take home at a parentsí or studentsí request.  In this case, we will also attach the answer key so that students can check their work.  In addition, we encourage parents to work with their child as much as possible to enhance learning.  Finally, students will have an opportunity to discuss, with their teachers, questions and concerns about extra practice.


Tracking your childís progress through Parent Access Center

Conroe ISD has a program in which you can track your childís progress at any time from home or anywhere there is internet access.  Parent Access Center is a free program, which is available to all CISD parents/guardians.  It will give you access to important information regarding your child including attendance, report cards, progress reports, daily grades, state test results, awards, discipline, and available lunch money.  You can even sign up to receive alerts when new information is available.  You must have a valid email address in order to access the program.  Below is the link to the portal that will allow you to register for a free account.


If you have questions about Parent Access or have trouble logging in, please do not hesitate to contact us (see contact information at the bottom).


1st Nine Weeks at a Glance

Language Arts Reading
Readers Workshop. We will:
  • Launch Readerís Workshop
  • Establish procedures and routines of readerís workshop
  • Identify characteristics of fiction
  • Analyze authorís craft in fiction
Historical Fiction. We will:
  • Introduce the elements of characteristics of historical fiction
  • Analyze authorís craft in historical fiction
  • Determine meaning in historical fiction
Expository Reading. We will:
  • Introduce the elements and characteristics of expository informational texts
  • Analyze authorís craft in expository informational texts
  • Establish skills in summarizing, synthesizing, and connecting
Language Arts Writing
Writerís Workshop.  We will:
  • Launch Writerís Workshop
  • Establish a community of writers
  • Introduce the writing process
  • Generate personal narratives
  • Develop narrative drafts
  • Move through the writing process
  • Raise the quality of narrative writing
  • Lift the level of narrative writing
Math
Math Review. We will:
  • Daily practice content from previous lessons.
Whole Number and Decimal Place Value, Addition and Subtraction. We will:
  • Compare and order two decimals to thousandths and represent comparisons using the symbols >, <, or =
  • Add and subtract positive rational numbers fluently (Only whole numbers and decimals)
  • Multiply whole numbers by tenths with area models
Multiplying Whole Numbers and Decimals. We will:
  • Multiply decimals and partial products
  • Use standard algorithm to multiply decimals and whole numbers
Dividing by 2-Digit Divisors. We will:
  • Divide 3 digit dividends by 2 digit divisors and 4 digit dividends by 2 digit divisors
We will also focus on:
  • Solving multi-step problems using problems solving strategies and strip diagrams

Science
Scientific Investigation and Reasoning. We will:
  • Explore safe practices during laboratory and field investigations.
  • Use tools and scientific equipment to observe, collect, and analyze data.
Classify Physical Properties of Matter.  We will:
  • Classify matter based on physical properties, including mass, magnetism, physical state (solid, liquid, gas), and relative density (sinking/floating), luster and malleability.
  • Classify matter based on its solubility in water.
  • Identify the formation of a new substance by using the evidence of a possible chemical change such as production of a gas, change in temperature, production of a precipitate, or color change.
Differentiate between a physical and chemical change.
Demonstrate that the flow of electricity in circuits requires a complete path through which an electric current can pass and can produce light, heat, and sound.
Classify matter on its ability to conduct or insulate electric energy.
Explore Chemical elements including their symbols and their relation to planet Earth.
Differentiate between elements and compounds

Social Studies
Geography of the United States of America.  We will:
  • Apply geographic tools to read and interpret maps
  • Translate geographic data into a variety of formats
  • Identify and describe a variety of regions in the United States
Patriotic Symbols and Landmarks.  We Will:
  • Explain the meaning of various patriotic symbols and landmarks of the Unites States
  • Explain the purpose of the U.S. Constitution
European Exploration and Early Colonies.  We will:
  • Discuss the exploration that led to the founding of the U.S.
  • Analyze the consequences of the Columbian Exchange
  • Describe the geographic location of St. Augustine and its importance
Colonial Regions. We will:
  • Compare and contrast the physical geography and location of New England, Middle and Southern colonies
  • Analyze the role of religion and government in New England colonies
  • Describe the triangular trade, including the goods exported and imported by colonists
  • Explain ways in which colonists altered the environment to meet their needs
  • Summarize the development of slavery in America

P.A.S.S. Contact Information

P.A.S.S. Teachers

Mrs. Strepman
Phone: 936-709-3500

Mrs. Folds
Phone: 936-709-3500

P.A.S.S. Manager

Mr. Stubbs
Phone: 936-709-3500
Alt Phone: 936-777-4238




Class Schedule
8:50 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Math/Language Arts
Mrs. Strepman/Mrs. Folds
10:45 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
Language Arts/Math
Mrs. Folds/Mrs. Strepman
11:05 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Lunch/Recess
11:45 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Language Arts/Math
Mrs. Folds/Mrs. Strepman
12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Fine Arts/P.E.
Teacher Conference Period
1:50 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Language Arts/Math
Mrs. Folds/Mrs. Strepman
2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Social Studies/Science
Mr. Stubbs
3:20 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Marvel Minutes
Mr. Stubbs































Last Modified: Aug 25, 2016
 

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