Caro Middle School News
299 N. Hooper St.
Caro, MI 48723
8th Grade Outdoor Education Day
The next date will be Friday May 24th
FREE ATHLETIC PHYSICALS
WEDNESDAY June 5th 3:00-6:00PM CARO MEDICAL CLINIC
(We realize that unfortunately this is the same day the 7th and 8th grade travel to Cedar Point. Currently this is the only date scheduled for physicals. Mr. Studley is trying to get another date in August. It will be posted on the Caro Schools website under the "Athletics" page if another date becomes available.)
Physical forms are available in the Middle & High School offices and on the athletic website. Students must have the parental and student sections of the physical form completed and signed by both parent and student before going to get his/her physical completed. Students in grades 6-11 are encouraged to take advantage of this service if you plan on being involved in athletics next year. Please indicate the school grade NEXTyear on your physical card.
Caro Middle School
School Improvement Surveys
In an effort to improve system practices, Caro Middle School is conducting Student and Parent Surveys. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. This notice will also be posted on our school’s webpage at www.caro.k12.mi.us located under the Middle School Tab. It will also be emailed to parents who have provided an email address.
If you are a “student” please complete the survey at the following website:
If you are a “parent” please complete the survey at the following website:
We ask that you complete the survey no later than April 12, 2013. Thank you in advance for your time in completing the survey!
JoAnn Nordstrom, Principal
Caro Middle School
Middle School Music Events
Middle School Dance
School Lunch Price
Breakfast is FREE to ALL students
Lunch is $2.15 Daily
Reduced Lunch is $.40 daily
Milk is $.50
Recommended School Supplies: (**These items and MANY more are available in our school store)
Backpack (lockers do not fit rolling back packs)
**#2 Yellow Pencils
**Paper (6th grade Math will need several 70 pg. spiral notebooks-available at Walmart for approximately 5 for under $1)
**Folders (recommend 5-6 different colors if possible-one for each hour)
**Book Covers (free paper covers are available in our media center)
Kleenex (one box for each class)
**7th Grade will need a TI-30X 11S Scientific Calculator-available for purchase through the school for $12-not needed the first few weeks.
Things that are nice to have:
The office welcomes donations of Band-Aids and Kleenex.
Register for classes on-line through “Family Access”
This booklet contains the descriptions of courses offered at Caro Middle School. Each full time student will be enrolled in 6 credits for the school year. Required classes are “core” courses that each student must take. These courses will automatically be assigned to each student. Students may choose from the elective class lists to complete the 6 credit requirement for each year. Some students may benefit from intervention classes that will assist them in Math, Reading and/or general studies. Students may be assigned to these at the discretion of school administration and is based on past performance and recommendations of teaching staff.
Please be advised that courses are subject to change based on student requests, staff availability, and other unforeseen circumstances.
6th Grade Required Courses
Language Arts 6 Duration: Full Year
The sixth grade language arts curriculum has a focus on spelling and grammar as developed in the Reading:Great Expectations textbook. It is a research based series developed by Scott-Foresman. Students will use Daily Language Reviews to practice basic grammar conventions, parts of speech, spelling and editing techniques. Students will develop a variety of writing samples with a focus on narrative, argumentative, and informational models. Students will use journals to expand writing skills in sentence and paragraph structure.
Math 6 Duration: Full Year
6th grade Math is the foundation for more advanced classes in the math department. Topics introduced are: Number Systems with fractions and Decimals; Number systems with both Positive and Negative numbers; Algebra basics with Expressions; Equations and writing equations; Ratios and proportional relationships; Intro to many Geometry concepts and formulas. Statistics and Probability are both introduced.
Reading Literature 6 Duration: Full Year
The sixth grade reading curriculum uses the Reading: Great Expectations textbook by Scott-Foresman. It is a research based series that focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. It provides a wide range of reading material for the curriculum including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Many award winning novels are also utilized in the reading program. Students are also encouraged to do independent reading by scheduled visits to the Media Center, selecting books of their own choosing and composing various book reports.
Science 6 Duration: Full Year
Sixth Grade Science is a general science course with emphasis in three areas. Students will learn about Classification, Biomes, and Ecosystems in Life Science; Plate Tectonics, Rocks and Minerals, and Earth’s Resources in Earth Science; and Matter, Forces and Motion, and Changing Energy Forms in Physical Science. Students will explore these topics individually and in small groups using written material, laboratories, and technology.
Social Studies 6 Duration: Full Year
Sixth grade social studies will focus on the western hemisphere. Students will learn about the history, government, geography, and cultures of North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.
6th Grade Electives Courses
Art 6 Duration: Full Year
Students will be introduced to one semester of daily art instruction that is centered on a discipline-based curriculum that includes Art History and Culture, Art Production, Aesthetics, and Art Criticism.
This course includes but is not limited to: an introductory study of the art elements and design principles which are used in the making of 5 major areas of production: Still life, Landscape, Portraiture, 2-Dimensional Design and 3-Dimensional Design. Various materials will be used. The student will have a complete portfolio at the end of the course and may be asked to enter art into shows or competitions.
Band 6 Duration: Full Year
In this class sixth grade students will study instrumental music, establishing the fundamentals of music notation, performance, sight reading, technical development, and vocabulary through year long activities. Securing an instrument is the responsibility of the student. Students perform at two concerts throughout the year and attendance is required at these concerts held after school hours.
Health/Physical Education 6 Duration: Full Year
This will be a combined class of Health topics and Physical Education. Some of the Health topics that will be covered are Nutrition, Physical Activity, Body Image, and First Aid. Softball, Basketball, Soccer, Floor Hockey, Frisbee games, Volleyball, Swimming, Bowling, Speedball, and Roller Skating are some of the activities we will do in the physical education portion of the class.
Physical Education 6 Duration: Full Year
This is a Physical Education class built primarily around Team and Individual Sports concepts to introduce the student to a variety of lifetime activities. Softball, Basketball, Running, Football, Floor Hockey, Frisbee games, Volleyball, Swimming, Bowling, Speedball, and Roller Skating are some of the activities we will do in the class.
7th Grade Required Courses
Language Arts 7 Duration: Full Year
The seventh grade language arts curriculum has a focus on writing and grammar developed from the Writing and Grammar Bronze Level Edition textbook by Prentice Hall. Students will develop a variety of writing samples with a focus on narrative, argumentative, and informational models. Students will also write structured journal entries throughout the year. Students will work through an intense study of sentence structure starting with simple sentences and working up through compound-complex sentences. Students will review all eight parts of speech along with clauses, phrases, complements, verbals, and vocabulary. Together with sentence structure, the grammar concepts will allow students to provide fluent, appealing writing.
Math 7 Duration: Full Year
Math 7 is a continuation of the ideas from Math 6 with the deeper integration of Algebra Concepts in all areas. This course is designed to prepare students for 8th Grade PreAlgebra.
Reading Literature 7 Duration: Full Year
The aim of this course is to prepare the students for higher levels of knowledge based on literary analysis with a focus on vocabulary and reading accuracy. They will be using different reading strategies to help with vocabulary and reading comprehension. Students will be exposed to various genres and practices to prepare them for future responsibilities in the ELA program.
Science 7 Duration: Full Year
Students will be exploring concepts in three areas of science: Earth, Physical, and Life.
Earth Science will include the study of the atmosphere, fresh water, and weather factors. Physical science will include the study of matter (solids, liquids, and gases) and energy (transformations and conservation.) Students will explore populations and communities in Life science.
Social Studies 7 Duration: Full Year
7th grade social studies consists of the study of Asia, Australia, Antarctica, Europe, and Africa. History, geography, and politics are just some of the topics covered in this class.
7th Grade Electives Courses
Art 7 Duration: Full Year
7th grade students will continue to study art through one semester of daily art instruction that is centered on a discipline-based curriculum that includes Art History and Culture, Art Production, Aesthetics, and Art Criticism. This course includes but is not limited to: a study of the art elements and design principles. Students will begin to develop critical thinking skills needed in making and understanding good design. Students will make decisions for arranging the elements in artistic compositions according to the principles of design using 5 major areas of production: Still life, Landscape, Portraiture, 2-Dimensional Design and 3-Dimensional Design. Various materials will be used. The student will have a complete portfolio at the end of the course and may be asked to enter their art into shows or competitions.
Band 7 Duration: Full Year
PREREQUISITE: 6th Grade Band
In this class seventh grade students will study instrumental music, establishing the fundamentals of music performance, sight reading, technical development, and vocabulary through yearlong activities. Students perform at two concerts throughout the year and attendance is required at these concerts held after school hours.
Choir Duration: 1 year
This is a performance choir for both male and female students. The students explore various composers and elements of music including theory, history, and style through performance. Much time is spent in each rehearsal pursuing musical excellence in vocal technique, music literacy, and sight singing. A choir student’s grade will be based on participation in choir rehearsal, concerts (two of which are outside of school time), singing tests and music literacy exercises.
Computer Applications 7 Duration:
The aim of this course is to advance the students within the confines of keyboarding and computer applications. The students advance their keyboarding skills to a level that prepares them for current and future typing responsibilities. The students also explore a number of programs to better prepare them for future use, such as Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Prezi. Students will also discuss and apply knowledge on digital citizenship, ethics, and databases.
Health/Physical Education 7 Duration: Full Year
This will be a combined class of Health topics and Physical Education. Some of the Health topics that will be covered are Tobacco, Nutrition, Kidney Disease, and Sexuality Education. Softball, Basketball, Football, Floor Hockey, Frisbee games, Volleyball, Swimming, Bowling, Speedball, and Roller Skating are some of the activities we will do in the physical education portion of the class.
To reduce postage costs, we will no longer mail mid-terms. They are available online in Skyward Family Access or you can pick up a hard copy of grades in the office at any time. At the end of 1st Trimester report cards will be available at Parent Teacher Conferences and if not picked up, we will send home with students. 2nd Trimester will be sent home with students. In June we will mail final report cards home.
Middle School Dance Dates:
*8th Grade Dance
May 10th 2013
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