Several factors are considered in creating schedules for students. Students must receive a sound base of academic knowledge. They must learn certain fundamental skills. Students need to explore new learning experiences. Students need to be able to think effectively. Students need to feel comfortable and secure. Curriculum must meet state guidelines regarding instructional requirements.
Teachers may be teamed for the purposes of curriculum coordination and student individualization. Each team of teachers will have a common group of students.
A fifteen to thirty minute period takes place each day. This period will be used for Social/Emotional Learning lessons, equity lessons, Character Education/Advisory activities, academic enrichment, academic remediation, and general academic assistance purposes. In addition, activities focus on topics such as character education, study skills, organizational skills, test taking skills, and more.
WELLNESS (PHYSICAL EDUCATION COMBINED WITH HEALTH)
All Wellness students must purchase a physical education uniform (shorts and t-shirt), to be worn in class. Eighth graders may use their old uniforms if they wish. New uniforms will be sold the first week of class.
PLEASE NOTE: Students are not permitted to wear jewelry (including earrings) during PE class. Students should not have their ears or other body parts pierced during the grading period(s) they have Wellness class.
All students are required to participate in wellness education. To be excused from participating, a student MUST have a doctor’s note stating why the student cannot participate and for how long the student will be excused. If a student is injured and is waiting to go to a doctor, a parental note may be used. However, a parental note will only be good for one day. The student MUST have a doctor’s note to continue to be excused from physical education class.
Students who do not actively participate in physical education will be responsible for everything taught in class on an informational/ knowledge/intellectual basis. Any student with an excused absence/non-participation day in physical education is not permitted to participate in any active extra-curricular functions such as athletics, intramural activities, etc. (Per HSE Board Policy J8.2.1)
Participation in hands-on science is important to learning science, and students are encouraged to participate in dissection activities that are part of the curriculum. Schools will provide alternative activities for students who have objections to animal dissections.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Students will have opportunities to participate in several leadership-building activities. These activities include groups such as student council, Honor Society, class officers, peer tutors, office aides, library aides, and more. By being an active part of one or more of these activities, students develop their abilities to positively influence their school community.
Within the outlined schedules, enrichment programs and activities are also provided. These staff developed enrichment activities extend the scope and design of what we normally see as typical classroom activities.
All seventh graders are offered a chance to participate in our award-winning outdoor education program. With over 95% participation since its formation, students attend a three-day, two-night camp experience near Lafayette, Indiana. Under the direction of teachers, camp personnel, and specially selected high school counselors, our students complete a wide assortment of environmental and ecological activities.
HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT COURSES
Please visit our website for information regarding high school courses in junior high or contact our guidance department.
ONLINE / CORRESPONDENCE COURSES
In order for an online or correspondence course to count for high school credit, students in junior high must have approval from the guidance department or principal prior
to enrolling in the course. Even with this approval, completion of the course does not excuse students from the requirement of demonstrating readiness proficiency prior to enrollment in subsequent advanced courses.
Within the subject areas there are also activities that provide exciting, in-depth learning experiences. The environmental simulation, egg drops, CPR, social studies debates and simulations, research papers, computer assisted learning, and Rube Goldberg contests are only a few of the activities that should help to answer the age-old question, "What did you learn at school today?"
SAFETY AND PREVENTION EDUCATION
In partnership with the Fisher’s Police Department, Student Resource Officers teach a safety and prevention curriculum as part of the wellness curriculum. The curriculum focuses on a wide variety of topics from digital citizenship to drug prevention to personal safety and more.
Grades are a representation of academic performance. They become a part of the permanent school record. Grades are issued each nine (9) weeks. Mid-term grades are posted on Skyward and parents without computer access will be given a copy of their child’s mid-term report, provided they let the guidance office know. The following is the corporation-wide grading scale.
Each nine (9) weeks the honor roll is determined for two categories. The high honor roll consists of the names of all students who earned no grade lower than an "A-". The honor roll consists of the names of all students who earn "A's" and "B's" with no grade lower than a "B-". Any grade below a "B-" disqualifies a student from Honor Roll membership.
Homework is an out-of-school assignment that contributes to the process of educating the student. It should be an extension of class work and should be related to the objectives of the curriculum presently studied. Homework may include but is not limited to additional practice exercises, reading of material on a specified subject, in-depth extension of classroom activities, or independent project work related to the subject.
THE STUDENT'S ROLE
The student should clarify with the teacher before leaving class
any questions pertaining to the instructions--the purpose, due date, and procedures.
The student should:
- Take home any materials and information needed to complete the assignment.
- Set aside a special time to do assignments.
- Find a place conducive to learning and free from distractions.
- Organize assignments for completion in a reasonable length of time.
- Keep an assignment notebook or log.
- Check completed assignments carefully and return all completed work.
- Take advantage of study help.
- Follow school expectations for obtaining and completing missed assignments.