Mathematics, English Language Arts, & Social Science
Welcome Back Class of 2017 & 2018
Welcome back to Powell Academy. We hope all of you had a wonderful summer and are ready to begin a new year as departmental students and parents! We, as teachers, are looking forward to a year of change, growth, opportunity, and success! We hope you are too!
We are going to do everything in our power to help your child become responsible members of our school and your community. We will prepare your child with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the future as high school freshman and eventually adults! This is not an easy task. It will take a lot of work from all involved: parents, teachers, and STUDENTS!
The seventh and eighth grade teachers of Powell Academy have vowed to take this class to the next level with all students meeting and exceeding in all areas. We are ready to help your child make the most of their last year at Powell. We are going to challenge them and push them to their limits as students. Our students may struggle with this at first, but thank us when they walk into the doors of their high school classes next year.
Our goal this year is for each child to achieve at or above grade level/meet benchmarks and goals listed in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). The scores, grades, and attendance will determine promotion to high school for our eighth graders and acceptance into high schools for our seventh graders. Please note that students in Specialized Education classes may have modified graduation requirements stated in the IEP.
Your child will take REACH Assessments in Reading, Math, Science, and/or Social Science. In addition, the Northwest Evaluation Assessment (NWEA) will be administered twice this school year.
Your child will also be expected to complete several assignments on the internet and display proficiency in computer technology. Technology will be integrated into the curriculum on a weekly basis.
Classroom Discipline Policy
Appropriate classroom behavior is an integral part of the educational process. Classroom disruptions have a negative impact on student achievement and will not be tolerated. Please discuss your expectations for behavior at school with your child as well. In an effort to avoid distractions, students are not permitted to use cellular phones throughout the school day. According to school policy, cellular phones are collected from students in the morning, and returned at the end of the day before dismissal.
8th Grade Parent Meetings will be held during the school year to keep you informed of graduation requirements, activities, and fees, and other miscellaneous items that relate to your child. Together as parents and teachers, we can truly provide a comfortable, stimulating, nurturing, and challenging environment for your child. Our promise to you is that we will consistently put the best interest of your child first, keep you informed about your child’s growth and classroom activities, and always welcome your input and support. Again, by working together, we can have a productive school year. I thank you in advance for your assistance in providing a quality education for your child.
Ms. Adkins, Room 318
Mrs. Crosby, Room 314
Ms. Gamble, Room 317
School begins at 8:30 a.m. Students who wish to receive breakfast provided by the school must arrive before 8:45 a.m. Classroom instruction begins promptly at 8:45 a.m. with the first classroom rotation. Students are dismissed at 3:30 p.m.
The complete uniform must be worn at all times. Gym shoes are not to be worn in school, except during Physical Education. A school gym uniform is available for purchase. Please see Mr. Schmid for details. School uniform: Navy/White shirts, Navy pants/skirts, White socks, Black belt, and Black casual shoes.
High School Selection Process
Our Counselor, Ms. Battle will be assisting your child with the high school application process. Please begin exploring your options and the requirements of the schools of your choice. Career Planning is a significant part of the 8th Grade Curriculum! It is necessary to make students aware of career goals in order to establish guidelines for selecting best fit high schools. Be sure to check Student Agenda Books for Assignments and Projects!
Homework will be assigned Monday through Friday. Students should record assignments in his/her agenda book to practice good study habits and organizational skills. Homework will provide practice, reinforcement, discovery, and enrichment to what is learned in class. If your child is absent, he or she is expected to turn in homework from the last day of attendance upon their return to school. This is the only time late homework will be accepted.