Caro Middle School Handbook

The Middle School Handbook defines our values and policies that shape our day to day life at Caro Middle School. The categories defined below will help you to navigate its contents. We are hopeful that the handbook serves as a helpful guide and tool for families and students. Should you have any questions about our policies and practices, please do not hesitate to contact us at 673.3167.

● Homework

Homework is an integral part of the educational program.  It serves as an intellectual discipline, establishes study habits, and assists in the development of strong work ethic.  In addition, it fosters student initiative, independence, and responsibility. Homework is an educational tool, not a disciplinary measure.

Homework is defined as out-of-class tasks assigned to students as an extension or elaboration of classroom work. There are three types of homework: practice, preparation, and extension. Practice assignments reinforce newly acquired skills. For example, students who have just learned a new method of solving a mathematical problem should be given sample problems to complete on their own. Preparation assignments help students get ready for activities that will occur in the classroom. Students may, for example, be required to do research on a topic to be covered later in class. Extension assignments are frequently long-term projects that parallel class work. Students must apply previous learning to complete these assignments, projects and term papers.  

A Student’s Responsibilities
1.  To know what the assignment is before leaving class.
2.  To make a written note of the assignment for later reference.
3.  To complete the assignment on time.
4.  To seek help when having difficulty on an assignment.
5.  To do his/her own work.
6.  To use time wisely.

A Teacher’s Responsibilities
1.  To make the assignment clear.
2.  To show the relevance of the assignment to class work.
3.  To be available to help students having difficulties with classroom content.
4.  To collect, assess/grade (or evaluate), record and return the assignment in a timely manner.
5.  To use homework as part of the student’s assessment.  
6.  To set time limits for homework.
7.  To be aware of the various learning styles and deliver instructions accordingly.
8.  To be aware that students have activities outside of school which provide valuable and necessary life lessons for them.
9.  To use homework to reinforce and practice, expand and extend, to create and apply, to prepare and gain background.  
10.  To be sensitive to the unique factors inherent in group assignments.

A Parent’s Responsibilities 
1.  To provide a place for student to do his/her homework.
2.  To monitor that homework is done.
3.  To organize activities (social, athletic, occupational, etc.) so that they do not interfere with completion of homework and/or attendance.
4.  To know that a student always has homework - sometimes formal assignments; sometimes less and practice work; sometimes material to read; sometimes getting ready for a test; and sometimes general study and review of the material presented in a class.
5.  To plan for 10 minutes per grade level of daily homework. Example 6th grade=60 minutes, 7th grade=70 minutes, 8th grade=80 minutes

A School’s Responsibility
1.  
To provide quiet study areas for students to use to do homework during the day.
2.  To provide an area for teachers to work individually with students.
To provide necessary facilities and equipment (library, laboratories, etc.)    

Effective Study Skills

Making Time for Studying
Studying doesn’t have to be a drag.  If you get organized, you’ll get more done in less time, earn better grades and have more time to spend with friends. By using a little time each day to review your notes, complete homework assignments, and prepare for the next day of class, you will remember more information, and avoid having to cram for tests.  Your planner will help you use your study time effectively.  List all of your homework assignments and check them off when they are completed.

If an assignment will take several days, like a research paper or studying for a test, break the project into small, more manageable parts and divide them over several days.  By breaking up the assignment, you will accomplish more without feeling overwhelmed.

When to Study
●  Good organization will help you complete your homework. Plan a block of time each evening at home to complete your assignment.  
●  Start by studying the hardest subject first since it will require the most time and energy.  
●  Arrange your time in manageable blocks.
●  Allow more time for subjects which need improvement.
●  During the time you plan to study, avoid the temptations to call your friends, watch television, or do anything except study.   

Where to Study
●  Find a quiet place to study.  Listening to the radio or television will only pull your attention away from your studies.  
●  It is easy to get sleepy sitting in a soft chair or lying on your bed.  Sit in a straight back chair.  A well-lighted area will make it easier to read and keep you alert.  Open a window for fresh air.   
●  Make a study kit that stores all of your supplies.  This way you will be using your time for homework, not searching the house for a ruler or colored pencils.  Include a dictionary, pens, highlighters, pencils, paper, paper clips, note cards, a protractor and a calculator in your kit.

 

● Honor Roll

Students are eligible to earn “Honor Roll” at the conclusion of each trimester. Students on the “Honor Roll” must have earned a “B” average (3.0 GPA) or better. The grading scale for students in grades six through eight is as follows:
93-100 A
90-92 A-
87-89 B+
83-86 B
80-82 B
77-79 C+
73-76 C
70-72 C-
67-69 D+
63-66 D
60-62 D-
59-0 E

Report  Cards

Caro Middle School relies on Skyward Family Access as the primary tool to communicate student progress. Family Access allows parents and guardians to check their students’ grades at their convenience from a computer or from a mobile Skyward app. Midterm grades are printed and made available for pick up at parent teacher conferences during both the first and second trimester. In addition, at the end of each trimester, parents can opt to receive report cards in the mail by modifying their preferences on Skyward Family Access. Otherwise, Caro Middle School does not send report cards until the completion of the school year in an effort to reduce our use of paper and resources. All students will receive a final report card at the completion of the school year reflecting all three trimesters’ grades.

The best way to avoid having pretest jitters is to prepare well for the test. Be sure to schedule plenty of time for reviewing. Get plenty of rest the night before; late night cramming will only make it more difficult to concentrate the next day.  

 

● Tests

Essay Tests
Read all of the questions included on the test. Answer the questions you know best; save the hardest question for last.  
Underline key words in the question which gives clues as to how to answer it. Words like explain, define, compare, contrast, list and give the reasons, are hints telling you what to do.  
Quickly outline the answer you’re going to write.  
While writing, take time to reread the question. Are you sticking to the question and answering all of its parts?
Allow more time for the most difficult questions and those worth the most points. Pace yourself so you can complete all the questions required.
Be as neat as possible.

Multiple Choice
Go through the test and complete the questions you know.
Take your time. Read the entire question, think of the answer, then read all of the possible answers.
On more difficult questions, narrow your choices by crossing out the answers that you know are wrong. Carefully think out the correct answer.  If you don’t know the answer, take a logical guess.
When answering a question, go with your first hunch; don’t change your answer unless you’re sure you’re right.
Look for answers to the questions within the test. Sometimes one question will include the answer to another.

Matching
Read the directions carefully.  
Read both columns and see if they have the same number of items. You might use one twice or some not at all.
Answer the ones you know first.
Mark answers when used, so you don’t get confused.  

True / False
Read the question carefully. If any part of the question is untrue, the answer is always false.  
Questions that include the words “all,” “never”, “no one”, and “always” are often false. 

 

In-Person Course Offerings

6th Grade Courses

Language Arts 6  Duration: Full Year
The sixth-grade language arts curriculum has a focus on spelling and grammar as developed in the textbook. It is a research-based series developed by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. 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 their writing skills in sentence and paragraph structure. Students will work through an intense study of sentence structure starting with simple sentences and working up to compound sentences.

Math 6  Duration: Full Year
Sixth 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 Holt McDougal Literature 6 textbook.  It provides a wide range of reading material for the curriculum including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry while meeting the requirements of the Common Core Standards.  Many award-winning novels are 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 
This course focuses on basic concepts in chemistry and physics and encourages the exploration of new discoveries in the field of physical science. The course includes an overview of scientific principles and procedures and has students examine the chemical building blocks of our physical world and the composition of matter. Additionally, students explore the properties that affect motion, forces, and energy on Earth. Building on these concepts, the course covers the properties of electricity and magnetism and the effects of these phenomena. As students refine and expand their understanding of physical science, they will apply their knowledge to complete interactive labs that require them to ask questions and create hypotheses.

Social Studies 6 Duration: Full Year 
Designed to introduce students to the study of geography, this course helps students master important concepts in physical and human geography. Comprehensive and organized by region, this middle school course helps students understand the Earth’s physical and human diversity. Students analyze population and settlement patterns and evaluate the ways that human activities modify the physical environment. While studying humans around the world, students compare development, standards of living, systems of government, and economic factors across the globe. In addition, students gain a rich understanding of global cultures and the historical factors that have shaped the world around them. All units in the course are parallel and include studies in physical and human geography, ancient cultures, regional studies, and modern issues.

6th Grade Elective Courses

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.

Choir 6-8  Duration: Full 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.

Health/Physical Education 6 Duration: One Trimester 
This will be a combined class of Physical Education and Health topics. Some of the Physical Education units that will be covered are Fitnessgram, Soccer, Football, Frisbee games, Bowling, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Team Handball, Volleyball, Swimming, Badminton, Kickball, Softball and Track, and Field. Health topics that will be covered will include: Social & Emotional Health, Nutrition & Physical Activity, Safety, Alcohol, Tobacco & Other drugs.

STEAM  Duration: One Trimester 
Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts, students will develop critical thinking skills through experimentation and problem-solving. Students encounter real-world applications of design in this course.

Middle School Success - Duration: One Trimester 
This course is designed to prepare students to succeed in middle school and beyond. The objectives of Middle School Success include increasing the students’ levels of organization, community building, study skills, and critical thinking skills. 

7th Grade 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 review simple sentences and then work through an intense study of sentence structure starting with compound sentences and working up to 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.  Topics discussed are ratios and proportional relationships, algebraic operations with integers, rational and irrational numbers, creating and solving algebraic expressions and equations, constructing geometric figures as well as key characteristics about them, and applications of statistics and probability. 

Reading Literature 7 Duration: Full Year
This course builds upon skills developed in Reading 6 to move toward more sophisticated reading strategies needed to become independent learners. The course incorporates engaging literary selections on a variety of topics using the Holt McDougal Literature textbook as well as various novels, non-fiction texts, and multimedia materials that meet grade-level Common Core standards. Each unit culminates with benchmark skills of comprehension, vocabulary, and critical thinking. In addition, students apply their learning and develop their own reading interests through regular use of the library to see reading as a lifelong pursuit. 

Science 7 Duration: Full Year
Seventh Grade Science is a general science course with an emphasis on Earth Science.  Students will start the year learning about the scientific method, metric system, graphing, lab materials and the effective ways to use them, earth's spheres, (hydro, geo, bio, and atmo), solar system, weather & climate, natural disasters, natural resources, and human impact on the earth.   Students will explore these topics individually and in small groups using google classroom: including- written material, demonstrations, laboratories, and technology.

Social Studies 7  Duration: Full Year
Providing students with an opportunity to learn the diverse history that has shaped our world, this course delves into the development of civilization from the rise of ancient empires through the year 1500. Middle school students enrolled in this exciting and informative course investigate the development of medieval societies, the effects of the Renaissance and the Reformation, and the progress made during various periods of revolution, industrialization, urbanization, and reform. Over the course,  students analyze the effects of human activity on the continuing development and interdependence among nations in the modern world.

7th Grade Elective Courses

Band 7  Duration: Full Year  
PREREQUISITE: Sixth 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 6-8  Duration: Full 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:  One Trimester 
The aim of this course is to advance the students within the confines of keyboarding and Google applications. The students advance their keyboarding skills to a level that prepares them for current and future typing responsibilities. The students also explore the different Google applications using project based learning to better prepare them for future use. Students will also discuss and apply knowledge on digital citizenship. 

Health/Physical Education 7 Duration: One Trimester
This will be a combined class of Physical Education and Health topics. Some of the Physical Education units that will be covered are: Fitnessgram, Soccer, Football, Frisbee games, Bowling, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Team Handball, Volleyball, Swimming, Badminton, Kickball, Softball and Track and Field. Health topics that will be covered will include: Social & Emotional Health, Nutrition & Physical Activity, Safety, Alcohol, Tobacco & Other drugs..

Impact for Success 7 Duration: One Trimester
This course is designed to improve the character and decision making of students.  It will assist students in developing leadership skills, using good judgment, conflict resolution, prioritizing and balancing life issues.

Video Production Duration: One Trimester
 In this course, students learn the fundamentals of video production from pre-production (storyboarding) through post-production (editing). Students use video production equipment and applications to produce digital content for authentic audiences that is both informative and artistic in nature. Productions may include public service announcements, newscasts, documentaries, and short films.

Computer Science Discoveries Duration: One Trimester
 An introductory computer science course for Middle School students. This course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as problem solving, programming, physical computing, user centered design, and data, while inspiring students as they build their own websites, apps, animations, games, and physical computing systems.

8th Grade Courses

Algebra 1 Duration: Full Year
PREREQUISITE: Seventh Grade Pre-Algebra
This is a college preparatory course.  First semester will focus on: Expressions, equations, functions, properties of real numbers, solving linear equations, graphing linear equations and functions, writing linear equations, solving and graphing linear inequalities, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities.  Second Semester will focus on: Exponents and exponential functions, polynomial functions, factoring methods, quadratic equations and functions, radicals and geometric connections, rational equations and functions, probability and data analysis.

Language Arts 8 Duration: Full Year
The Eighth Grade Language Arts curriculum is focused predominantly on writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Curriculum materials used for the course are Glencoe/McGraw/Hill's Writer's Choice - Level 8, as well as the Sadlier Oxford - Vocabulary For Success Level C primer.  In Language Arts 8 students will complete multi-faceted writing assignments ranging from impromptu journal entries to formal academic papers that cover narrative, informational, and argumentative (research-based) topics. Individual student work may also manifest as oral presentations or brief speeches. Grammar units will place specific emphasis upon sentence composition and syntax, proper diction, proofreading skills, and writing-based elements such as active vs. passive voice and parallel structure.  Weekly vocabulary lessons and quizzes will aim to increase student vocabulary to higher levels while comparatively strengthening usage and context skills that will be required in 9th grade and beyond.  Students will review simple and compound sentences and then work through an intense study of sentence structure with compound-complex sentences. 

History 8 Duration: Full Year
This course engages and inspires students to learn about the rich and diverse history of America’s native peoples, early European colonization and settlement in America, and the creation of a new nation through the Civil War. Middle school students enrolled in this course will closely examine major changes brought about by the nation’s reconstruction, industrialization, urbanization, and progressive reforms and consider the implications each of these events had on the expansion of the United States’ global influence through modern times. Over the course, students engage in interesting course content that encourages students to think carefully about the challenges and opportunities facing the United States in the twenty-first century.

Pre-Algebra 8 Duration: Full Year
This class is designed to give our students a strong foundation in Algebra while also preparing them for future study in geometry, probability and data analysis.  The clearly written lessons make even difficult math concepts and methods understandable by providing numerous stepped-out examples in their book and extra help with a Note-Taking Guide that assists students to become better at taking notes and taking tests.  Each lesson's exercise set includes a wide variety of exercises ranging from basic exercises that help students develop and practice skills to challenging exercises that involve logical reasoning and problem solving.

Reading Literature 8 Duration: 18 weeks
The Eighth Grade Reading curriculum is both a novel-based and primer-based curriculum.  Students will complete reading selections and activities out of both the Holt McDougal Literature 8 anthology, as well as through individual novels that discuss adolescent-based themes such as coming-of-age experiences, individualism, survival, and personal responsibility.  Students will also work on reader-response journals as well as book reports and projects covering multi-genres such as biography, fiction, and nonfiction.  Periodic visits to the school Media Center will also foster and encourage independent reading by the student.  

Science 8 Duration: Full Year
Examining a broad spectrum of the biological sciences, Life Science is a course for middle school students that builds on basic principles of scientific inquiry and translates those skills to more complex, overarching biological themes. The course includes units that help students understand the definitions, forms, and classifications of living organisms and learn to analyze the diversity of each unique group of living organisms. Other units introduce students to the structures and functions of cells, cell theory, and cell reproduction. These larger themes are then applied to other topics, such as genetics, Darwinian theory, and human biology and health. An introduction of ecology draws all of these concepts together to examine the interrelationships that help to maintain life on Earth. 

8th Grade Elective Courses

Band 8   Duration: Full Year
PREREQUISITE: 7th Grade Band
In this class eighth grade students will study instrumental music, establishing and advancing the fundamentals of music performance, sight reading, technical development, and vocabulary through year-long activities.  Students perform at numerous concerts throughout the year, including MSBOA Festivals.  Attendance is required at concerts held after school hours.

Choir 6-8  Duration: Full 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 students' grade will be based on participation in choir rehearsal, concerts (two of which are outside of school time), singing tests and music literacy exercises.

Health/Physical Education 8   Duration: Full Year
This will be a combined class of Physical Education and Health topics. Some of the Physical Education units that will be covered are: Fitnessgram, Soccer, Football, Frisbee games, Bowling, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Team Handball, Volleyball, Swimming, Badminton, Kickball, Softball and Track and Field. Health topics that will be covered will include: Social & Emotional Health, Nutrition & Physical Activity, Safety, Alcohol, Tobacco & Other drugs.

German 1   Duration: Full Year
German 1 is an introductory course designed to develop in students the knowledge, understanding, and skills involved in learning German.  The course covers the development of the four skills to foreign language learning: listening, reading, speaking, and writing, with the emphasis on speaking skills.  Audiovisual materials supplement the basic textbook and provide cultural insights and information.

Spanish 1   Duration: Full Year
Spanish 1 is an introductory course designed to develop in students the knowledge, understanding, and skills involved in learning Spanish.  The course covers the development of the four skills to foreign language learning: listening, reading, speaking, and writing, with the emphasis on speaking skills.  Audiovisual materials supplement the basic textbook and provide cultural insights and information.

Careers Duration: 18 weeks
This course prepares middle school students to make informed decisions about their future academic and occupational goals. Through direct instruction, skill demonstrations, and practice assignments, students learn how to assess their own skills and interests, explore industry clusters and pathways, and develop plans for career and academic development.

Virtual Course Offerings

Language Arts 6 Duration: Full Year
This course eases students’ transition to middle school with engaging, age-appropriate literary and informational reading selections. Students learn to read critically, analyze texts, and cite evidence to support ideas as they read essential parts of literary and informational texts. Vocabulary, grammar, and listening skills are sharpened through lessons that give students explicit modeling and ample practice. Students also engage in routine, responsive writing based on texts they have read. In extensive, process-based writing lessons, students write topical essays in narrative, informative, analytical, and argumentative formats. 

Reading Literature 6  Duration: Full Year
This course is designed to support the development of strategic reading skills. These courses use a thematic and contemporary approach, including high-interest topics to motivate students and expose them to effective instructional principles using diverse content areas and real-world texts. This course offers an engaging technology-based interface that inspires and challenges students to gain knowledge and proficiency in the following comprehension strategies: summarizing, questioning, previewing and predicting, recognizing text structure, visualizing, making inferences, and monitoring understanding with metacognition. Aimed at improving fluency and vocabulary, self-evaluation strategies built into these courses inspire students to take control of their learning.  

Math 6 Duration: Full Year
This course begins by connecting ratio and rate to multiplication and division, allowing students to use ratio reasoning to solve a wide variety of problems. Students further apply their understanding of multiplication and division to explain the standard procedure for dividing fractions. This course builds upon previous notions of the number system to now include the entire set of rational numbers. Students begin to understand the use of variables as they write, evaluate, and simplify expressions. They use the idea of equality and properties of operations to solve one-step equations and inequalities. In statistics, students explore different graphical ways to display data. They use data displays, measures of center, and measures of variability to summarize data sets. The course concludes with students reasoning about relationships among shapes to determine area, surface area, and volume.

Science 6 Duration: Full Year
This course focuses on basic concepts in chemistry and physics and encourages exploration of new discoveries in the field of physical science. The course includes an overview of scientific principles and procedures and has students examine the chemical building blocks of our physical world and the composition of matter. Additionally, students explore the properties that affect motion, forces, and energy on Earth. Building on these concepts, the course covers the properties of electricity and magnetism and the effects of these phenomena. As students refine and expand their understanding of physical science, they will apply their knowledge to complete interactive virtual labs that require them to ask questions and create hypotheses.

Social Studies 6 Duration: Full Year
Designed to introduce students to the study of geography, this course helps students master important concepts in physical and human geography. Comprehensive and organized by region, this middle school course helps students understand the Earth’s physical and human diversity. Students analyze population and settlement patterns and evaluate the ways that human activities modify the physical environment. While studying humans around the world, students compare development, standards of living, systems of government, and economic factors across the globe. In addition, students gain a rich understanding of global cultures and the historical factors that have shaped the world around them. All units in the course are parallel and include studies in physical and human geography, ancient cultures, regional studies, and modern issues.

Reading Literature 7  Duration: Full Year
This course builds upon skills developed in Reading 6 to move toward more sophisticated reading strategies needed to become independent learners. This course offers an engaging, technology-based interface that inspires and challenges middle school students to gain knowledge and proficiency in the following comprehension strategies: summarizing, questioning, previewing and predicting, recognizing text structure, visualizing, making inferences, and monitoring understanding with metacognition.

Language Arts 7   Duration: Full Year
Students grow as readers, writers, and thinkers in this middle school course. With engaging literary and informational texts, students learn to think critically, analyze an author’s language, and cite evidence to support ideas. Students complete an in-depth study of various literature formats and poetry with excerpts from a variety of text types. Explicit modeling and ample opportunities for practice help students sharpen their vocabulary, grammar, and listening skills. Students also respond routinely to texts they have read. In extensive, process based writing lessons, students write topical essays in narrative, informative, analytical, and argumentative formats. 

Math 7  Duration: Full Year
This course begins with an in-depth study of proportional reasoning during which students utilize concrete models such as bar diagrams and tables to increase and develop conceptual understanding of rates, ratios, proportions, and percentages. Students’ number fluency and understanding of the rational number system are extended as they perform operations with signed rational numbers embedded in real-world contexts. In statistics, students develop meanings for representative samples, measures of central tendency, variation, and the ideal representation for comparisons of given data sets. Students develop an understanding of both theoretical and experimental probability. Throughout the course, students build fluency in writing expressions and equations that model real-world scenarios. They apply their understanding of inverse operations to solve multi-step equations and inequalities. Students build on their proportional reasoning to solve problems about scale drawings by relating the corresponding lengths between objects. The course concludes with a geometric analysis of angle relationships, area, and volume of both two- and three-dimensional figures. 

Science 7 Duration: Full Year
Students enrolled in this dynamic course explore the scope of Earth sciences, covering everything from basic structure and rock formation to the incredible and volatile forces that have shaped and changed our planet. As climate change and energy conservation become increasingly prevalent in the national discourse, it will be important for students to understand the concepts and causes of our changing Earth. Earth Science is a course that provides a solid foundation for understanding the physical characteristics that make the planet Earth unique and examines how these characteristics differ among the planets of our solar system. 

Social Studies 7 Duration: Full Year
Providing students with an opportunity to learn the diverse history that has shaped our world, this course delves into the development of civilization from the rise of ancient empires through the twenty first century. Middle school students enrolled in this exciting and informative course investigate the development of medieval societies, the effects of the Renaissance and the Reformation, and the progress made during various periods of revolution, industrialization, urbanization, and reform. Over the course,  students analyze the effects of political conflicts and social issues on the continuing development and interdependence among nations in the modern world.

Language Arts 8 Duration: Full Year
In this course, students build on their knowledge and blossom as thoughtful readers and clear, effective writers. A balance of literary and informational texts engage students throughout the course in reading critically, analyzing texts, and citing evidence to support claims. Students sharpen their vocabulary, grammar, and listening skills through lessons designed to provide explicit modeling and ample opportunities to practice. Students also routinely write responses to texts they have read, and use more extensive, process-based lessons to produce full-length essays in narrative, informative, analytical, and argumentative formats. 

Pre-Algebra 8 Duration: Full Year
This course reviews key algebra readiness skills from the 6th and 7th grades and introduces basic Algebra I work with appropriate support. Students revisit concepts in numbers and operations, expressions and equations, ratios and proportions, and basic functions. Students make connections between verbal, numeric, algebraic, and graphical representations of relations and apply this knowledge to create linear functions that can be used to model and solve mathematical and real-world problems. By the end of the course, students are ready to begin a more formal high school Algebra I study.

Science 8 Duration: Full Year
Examining a broad spectrum of the biological sciences, Life Science is a course for middle school students that builds on basic principles of scientific inquiry and translates those skills to more complex, overarching biological themes. The course includes units that help students understand the definitions, forms, and classifications of living organisms and learn to analyze the diversity of each unique group of living organisms. Other units introduce students to the structures and functions of cells, cell theory, and cell reproduction. These larger themes are then applied to other topics, such as genetics, Darwinian theory, and human biology and health. An introduction of ecology draws all of these concepts together to examine the interrelationships that help to maintain life on Earth. 

History 8 Duration: Full Year
This course engages and inspires students to learn about the rich and diverse history of America’s native peoples, early European colonization and settlement in America, and the creation of a new nation through the Civil War. Middle school students enrolled in this course will closely examine major changes brought about by the nation’s reconstruction, industrialization, urbanization, and progressive reforms and consider the implications each of these events had on the expansion of the United States’ global influence through modern times. Over the course, students engage in interesting course content that encourages students to think carefully about the challenges and opportunities facing the United States in the twenty-first century.

GRADES 6-8 EXPLORATORY

Careers Duration: Full Year
This course prepares middle school students to make informed decisions about their future academic and occupational goals. Through direct instruction, interactive skill demonstrations, and practice assignments, students learn how to assess their own skills and interests, explore industry clusters and pathways, and develop plans for career and academic development.

Regular school attendance is directly linked to student achievement. Regular and punctual attendance is of value not only in school, but also throughout life. Caro Middle School appreciates families that encourage their child’s regular and timely attendance, while communicating with the school when illness, appointments, etc. interfere with their child’s school schedule.

Attendance Policy

■ Michigan law requires regular school attendance. Therefore, the school has the
responsibility of keeping complete attendance for every student. Attendance is taken each hour in every sixth, seventh and eighth grade class. When a student is absent for any reason the parent/guardian has 3 days to contact the middle school office or the absence will remain “unexcused”. Contact can be made by phone/voice mail at 673-3167, ext. 2001; e-mail to kbraun@carok12.org; a written note; or in Family Access under
Attendance and Absence Notification.
■ The school will make every effort to communicate attendance concerns with families.
Parents will receive a letter in the mail as documentation for every five unexcused
absences/tardies recorded in Skyward. In instances of excessive, unexcused absences,
these letters will serve as documentation to the family, the school, and potentially the
truancy officer of the severity of the child’s in attendance.
■ Absence Definitions
    ● Tardy - A tardy becomes an absence fifteen (15) minutes after the bell rings. A
first hour tardy is NOT excused without an appointment slip. Students who leave
early or miss more than 15 minutes from class will have an absence.
    ● Excused Absence - Absences due to personal illness, health professional
appointments, court, funerals or religious obligations. Absences due to
extenuating circumstances must have administrator approval. Documentation will
be required for all of the above except illness less than 3 consecutive days.
    ● Unexcused Absence – Absences that are not in the excused category.
Examples would be shopping trips, barber or beauty appointments, missing the
bus, oversleeping, driver’s ed, etc. or when a student’s behavior excludes them
from the class for more than 15 minutes of the class period, etc.
■ For security reasons, students will not be allowed to leave for appointments unless a
parent or guardian personally checks them out of the office or has made arrangements
ahead of time with the principal. Students are not to leave the school grounds at any time during the school day without permission from office personnel and without signing in/out on the sign-out sheet in the office.
■ Students are responsible for obtaining any work missed on the days absent. This includes students who are suspended.

Make-up Work

Obtaining and completing make-up work is the responsibility of the student. A student should ask the teacher for the work missed during an absence. If the homework IS NOT requested before or during the absence, the student is allowed the same number of days to make up work, as they were absent. Exceptions may be made with individual staff members.

Two full days absence is required to request make-up work before returning and if requested it MUST be completed and handed in on the day the student returns to school. The office must be called before 9:00 a.m. to have the assignments ready to pick up at the end of that day. Only 5 days of work can be requested at a time. If a student will be absent or suspended more than 5 days, they must return the completed assignments from the first five days before requesting the remaining days work.

Athletic Eligibility Requirements

Each student must be passing/meeting IEP requirements in all classes he/she is enrolled. If an athlete fails a class the previous semester, he/she will be ineligible for the first week of contests in the following semester. Middle School grade checks will begin with the first day of practice for each sport. Grades will be checked on Mondays and students will be given a four strike policy for athletics (See Below). A student will only be allowed to receive no more than 2 strikes in a week. A student will skip the lowest offense and jump to the next offense if failing more than 1 class in any week.  A student will receive a strike for each class that their grade is below 60%. Students will be given a letter of standing each week for any strikes they receive. The letter of standing will need to be signed by parent/guardian before they are allowed to return to participating in athletics.

Offense 1: Warning
Offense 2: Miss one contest
Offense 3: Miss a week
Offense 4: Removed from athletic team

Student athletes will abstain from any conduct that shall bring discredit to the athlete, team or school. If the athlete receives an office referral where the Principal or Assistant Principal assign In School or Out of School Suspension, the consequences will be as follows:

1st offense-Suspension from one game unit. The suspension will be effective with the next game.
2nd offense–Suspension from two game units.
3rd offense–Automatically goes to Level 2, suspension from athletics for 1/3 of the athlete’s present season. See Athletic Handbook.

The Athletic Handbook is available for viewing on the Caro Community Schools Athletics website.

Dances

Middle school dances are scheduled throughout the school year. Our dances are limited only to students who attend Caro Middle School.  Dances are held after school from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Dances are school functions, so all school rules apply. It is the student’s responsibility to conduct him/herself in a safe and appropriate manner while at a dance. Students with 4 or more teacher or office detentions/suspensions will not be allowed to attend dances for the rest of the year. The student must have paid all fines, debts and returned all overdue library books in order to attend.  Exception: All 8th graders may attend the 8th Grade Dance in June, unless suspended or absent the day of the dance. If absent more than three of the school day hours, the student may not attend the dance or other school functions.  (Reminder:  Absences for barber or beauty appointments, shopping trips, etc. are “unexcused”.)  Absolutely no strapless dresses. Dresses must be at least mid-thigh length, nothing see-through to allow under garments to be seen and no hoods are to be worn.  Students who do not follow the dress code will have their money returned to them at the door and will not be able to attend the dance.

Clarification of Responsibilities

1.  Students will be required to prepay in the morning for the dance.
2.  Once a student enters the dance, he/she cannot leave until the dance is over without parental permission.
3.  No running.
4.  No food or pop is allowed in the gym.
5.  No slam dancing or other dangerous or obscene dancing.
6.  Excessive displays of affection are prohibited.
7.  Students are to respect the authority of all chaperones.
8.  School dress code will be enforced.
9.  Dances end at 5:00 p.m. Students MUST be picked up by 5:15.
10. Students must be in attendance for at least 3 hours the day of the dance or they may not attend.

Violation of the above items may result in exclusion from future dances and/or subject to the same consequences as described in our discipline procedures included in this planner.

Field Trip Qualifications

To qualify for a class field trip during the year, a student must meet the following criteria:

1.  The student must have passed all trimester classes.
2.  The student must be passing all classes for the current grading period in which the trip takes place. Grade reviews will be completed no later than one day before the trip and the grade at that time will determine eligibility.
3.  The student must not have received a four (4) in citizenship from two or more classes and/or teachers up to the date of the trip.
4.  The student must not have received a five (5) in citizenship from any one teacher up to the date of the trip.
5.  The student must not have been assigned more than 3 teacher or office detentions or a major level discipline referral during the year to the date of the trip.
6.  The student must not have been suspended from bus privileges.
7.  The student must not have received 6 or more Lunch Detentions.
8.  The student may be disqualified by excessive absences as determined by the administration.
9.  The student must have been enrolled in Caro schools by the last scheduled school day in January and remain enrolled for the remainder of the year or submit an appeal to be considered.
10. The student must have paid all fines, debts and returned all library books.

If there is considerable improvement in a student’s behavior and/or grade during the year, the administration and staff retain the privilege of making exceptions to any of the above rules. An appeals committee will be used to determine a student’s eligibility. The committee’s decision is final.

Students that do not go on the field trip day and stay in school will be suspended for any discipline issues on that day.

**Education is a learning and growth process. Improvements in academic work and in behavior will be recognized and rewarded.

Classroom Rules & Regulations

1.  Follow directions the first time given.
2.  Bring required material to class daily. (Books, assignments, paper, pencil) Students that are missing assignments may be sent to lunch study or after school study as determined by the teacher or Principal’s office.
3.  Be in your seat ready to work when the bell rings.
4.  Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
5.  Raise your hand to get permission to speak or leave your seat.

The teacher will decide if a student breaks a classroom rule and whether it is severe enough to warrant a warning, a consequence, detention or being sent to the Principal.

Our discipline policy is set by the school board and is explained in the Middle School Code of Conduct section of this planner. Choosing to follow or not to follow the rules determines a student’s citizenship grade at report card time.

To provide an environment with a minimum of distractions the following items are not allowed at school unless required for a class: perfume, cologne, lasers, electronic devices, cameras, scissors, toys, etc.

Students are to have no access to classroom phones or computers without permission of the teacher.

Lunch Hour & Cafeteria Regulations

Caro Middle School is a closed campus. Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds at any time during the school day unless accompanied by a parent, or parent approved individual. They must also sign in and out in the office. It is the student’s responsibility to conduct him/herself in a safe and appropriate manner while in the cafeteria.

Clarification of Responsibilities

1.  Do not cut in line.
2.  Walk at all times.
3.  Do not sit on tables at any time.
4.  Keep the table area free from trash.
5.  Leave the cafeteria only with permission of supervisor.
6.  Food may not be taken from the cafeteria.
7.  Use restrooms closest to cafeteria and only with permission.
8.  Place refuse in appropriate containers.
9.  Throwing of any object is not allowed.
10. Do not talk after the second whistle blows. To allow for announcements and orderly dismissal, students are expected to be quiet at the 2nd whistle.
11. Clean table area at the end of lunch.
12. Sit at the table you choose. You may not move from that table unless you get permission from the lunch supervisor.
13. After you eat and take care of your trash you may sit at any table until the whistle blows, then you must return to your assigned table.

Violation of the above items will be subject to lunch detention

Hallway Conduct

It is the student’s responsibility to conduct him/herself in a responsible, respectful, and safe manner while in the hallway.

Clarification of Responsibilities

1.  Walk at all times.
2.  Keep hands and feet to yourself.
3.  Use acceptable language.
4.  Put waste in its proper place.
5.  No open containers in the hallway or lockers.
8.  No public display of affection.
7.  Students may not be in the hallway without their planner or an appropriate pass during class time.
8.  Hallway is to be cleared at 8:15 each morning.

Violation of the above items will be subject to the same consequences as described in our discipline procedures.

Caro Middle School PBIS Mission Statement

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports encourages students to be respectful, responsible, and safe.  This helps students develop successful strategies to become better readers, in turn leading to overall success in school and in the community as a whole.  

Caro Middle School Behavior Expectations Matrix

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Hallway Restroom Lunch Rooom Media Center Office Classroom School Store Bus/Bus Stop
Act Responsibly

-Use quiet voices

-Clean up after yourself

-Gather necessary supplies for class 

-Report problems

-Go , Flush, Wash, Exit

-Follow activity rules

-Stay in  lunchroom

-Report problems

-Keep lunchroom clean

-Return library materials to proper place, on time, and in good condition

-Use place card holders

-Follow acceptable use policy for computers

-Use kind words and actions

-Return to class promptly

-Use the office only when necessary

-Follow directions

-Use kind words and actions

-Be prepared

-Use time wisely

-Pay for all items

-Report stealing

-Keep displays neat

-Be on time

-Use acceptable language

-Report problems

Respect others

Appropriate behavior:

-Keep hands and feet to self

-Use kind words and actions

-Give others privacy

-Use quiet voices

-Take care of all property

-Keep hands and feet to yourself

-Use kind words and actions

-Food free, gum free, and drink free area

-Use kind words and actions

-Take care of books, equipment, and property

-Follow directions

-Wait quietly

-Ask to use or touch anything

-Listen

-Follow rules

-Take care of all property

-Wait in line quietly

-Limit your visits

Wait your turn in line

-Use inside voice

-Take care of school property

Observe

safety

-Keep hands and feet to self

-Keep on the right side of hallway

-Walk

-Wash hands

-Keep water in sink and litter in the garbage

-Use lunchroom food utensils correctly

-Walk

-Use furniture and equipment correctly

-Walk

-Keep doors and pathway clear

-Be aware of your surroundings

-Use tools, equipment, and property correctly

-Walk

-Three visitors in the store at a time

-Ask for help reaching for items on the top shelves

-Keep hands and feet to self

-Stay in seat

-Keep belongings in your lap

-Stay clear until bus stops

 

Student Conduct

Students and parents must realize that acceptable conduct comes from a positive concern for self and others. Every teacher has not only the right but also the duty to insist on orderly behavior. However, each student also has the responsibility of self-discipline. The rules that follow are guidelines to help students understand the choices and consequences involved in their behavior.

PDF DocumentCode of Conduct


Device Policy handbook

PDF Document1:1 Device Policy


Dress Code

The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and their parents or guardians. The school district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student and that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student. All staff and students should understand that they are responsible for managing their own attire without regulating the clothing choices of others. 

Students MUST wear: 

● A shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms) 
● Clothes worn in a way that the entire torso is fully covered
● Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress, or shorts) 
● Footwear 

Students MAY wear: 

● Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans” 
● Backpacks and purses to school, but must keep these items in their locker during the school day.
● Tank tops and sleeveless shirts.  

Students MAY NOT wear: 

● Hats/Hoods 
● Spaghetti straps or tube tops
● Violent images or language 
● Costumes 
● Images depicting drugs, alcohol, profanity, pornography, or hate speech - including racist or discriminatory comments, displays, or acts
● Images that create a hostile or intimidating environment 

In all cases, administration will determine what is appropriate based on the dress code. Students wearing inappropriate clothing may be asked to change, to go home to retrieve more appropriate clothing, or may be subject to disciplinary action. 

Caro Community Schools respect that religious and/or medical needs/practices may present alternates to this policy for consideration. 

Students and/or staff are encouraged to consult with administration when uncertainty arises.


Promotion-Retention Policy 

The following criteria will be used as a basis for recommending promotion to the next grade while attending Caro Middle School. While we encourage all students to do their best and pass each subject, each grade level has a slightly different policy. The different policies help the 6th grade student transition from elementary to middle school, yet begins to prepare the middle school student for high school expectations. Each grade level will reference “core subject”. Core subjects include; English Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Social Promotion (a parent lifting a student) will not be allowed.

6th grade:  The average of all trimesters must be at least 60% in each of the core subject areas. If a student’s 3 trimester average falls below a 60%, the student must complete a credit recovery class for each trimester he/she failed as outlined below.

7th grade:  The average of all trimesters must be at least 60% in each of the core subject areas and must not have failed 2 or more trimesters in a given core subject. If a student fails, 2 or 3 trimesters in a given core subject, he/she will be required to complete a credit recovery class for each trimester he/she failed as outlined below.

8th grade:  The student must pass all core subjects in order to be promoted to 9th grade. If the student fails one (1) or more trimesters in a given core subject, he/she must complete a credit recovery course as outlined below.

Credit Recovery

Summer school, supervised by a staff member will be available for credit recovery.

  1. Parent/Guardian will receive notification of credit recovery requirement with final report card.
  2. The student must successfully complete assignments in the Compass Learning program or other designated program as prescribed by the staff for those subjects the student has failed.  The Compass Learning program is available on the internet and can be worked on at home or any other location where internet is available, with approval from administration.
  3. The student must successfully pass the Compass Learning assessment or other designated assessment in the academic areas in which they did not pass during the school year.

After School and Lunch Study

Homework help is available to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students through a “Study Group” program. Study Group meets every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, to start five minutes after school ends and lasts for one hour. Teachers are available to answer questions and give homework support.

Students may be assigned to Lunch Study if they fail to do their homework or are failing classes. In Lunch Study a student reports to a designated room to eat, study and/or complete assignments during their lunch period. Teachers that assign a student to Lunch Study must give students some credit for the assignment (50% or more recommended). A student may also be assigned to attend After School Study if they are unable to complete assignments during Lunch Study or if deemed necessary by a parent or staff.

Electronic Devices

In order to reduce disruptions to the learning environment, and protect individual’s right to privacy, the following devices may not be used from the time a student enters the building until the last bell of the day at 3:18, without prior teacher or administrative approval:          

  • CD/DVD/MP3/iPod players and headphones
  • Electronic recording devices (visual or audio images from cell phones, cameras, PDA’s, etc.)
  • Computerized games
  • Cell phones, cameras, or pagers

With the installation of Wi-Fi in the district, it is possible that personal electronic devices may be utilized in the classroom, at the teacher’s discretion.  Therefore, in the event that a teacher does allow use of these devices, it is expected that students will use them responsibly and only for educational use.  It is also expected that when devices are brought to class, they will be placed on top of the student’s desk and visible to the teacher at all times.  If the student brings such devices, the school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items and they are to be kept turned off and locked in assigned lockers throughout the school day, unless they are being used in class for educational purposes. If these devices are, inappropriately used, any staff member can confiscate the electronic device.  The parent or guardian will be responsible for picking up confiscated electronic devices. Use of photographic or video-recording devices in restrooms or locker rooms at any time, or in any way that is exploitative, will result in suspension or expulsion.

Planners

The Caro Middle School staff believes that students need to develop organizational and study skills in order to achieve school success. We also believe that the consistent use of a daily planner by students will help to develop these skills.  Therefore, as a staff, we promote the use of daily planners in Caro Middle School to achieve the following student outcomes.

All sixth graders are given a planner at the start of the year, whereas 7th and 8th graders can request one in the office.  Some 7th and 8th grade students may choose to use a different, online platform, such as Google Calendar, which also serves as a tool in the following ways:

  • To increase organization of self and school assignments.
  • To improve study habits in and out of school.
  • To improve student success in life.

Web Page/Photo Usage/Email Permission

As a school, we want to celebrate your child and his/her work.  Therefore, there is a possibility that your child(s) picture may be published on an individual classroom or sports related website.  Their name may appear in articles on said websites; however names WILL NOT be used in captions of pictures.  Filtered email accounts are also issued to students in grades 3rd-12th.

If you would prefer that your child(s) name and picture ARE NOT used on an individual classroom or sports related website or that your child not be issued a filtered email account, please contact your child’s Principal’s Office in writing with your request.