• Welcome to McGee's Crossroads Middle School!

     

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    To help students and parents adjust to the transition of McGee's Crossroads Middle School, we have created this informative page. If you have any additonal questions, please feel free to contact a school administrator or sixth grade teacher.

    TDAP and Medical Issues

    TDAP

    Effective July 1, 2015

    NC Law now requires a TDap booster and a Meningitis vaccine.

    These boosters are needed to protect against whooping cough, tetanus, diptheria. Over time the original vaccination wears off, so a booster is needed to stay fully protected.

    Meningitis vaccine is needed to protect students from the bacteria that causes meningitis. This disease is rare, but severe, causing sepsis and meningitis, which can result in death or permanent disability.

    What should you do?

    • Contact your child's doctor to determine if your child needs the TDap booster or meningitis vaccine
    • Make sure your child gets the booster during their sixth grade year, before the start of their seventh grade year.
    • Get a copy of your child's shot record to take to school
    • Check with your doctor to make sure your child is up-to-date with all other vaccinatio
    • Where can my child get these vaccines?

    Acceptable Proof of Vaccination:

    • Copy of Updated Vaccination Record
    • Doctor's Note stating that TDAP and meningitis vaccines were given - not simply that student was "seen in office." 


    Health Issues

    If your child has medical issues or health concerns please contact the nurse. All medications need to be brought into the office by the parent in an unopened container (if over the counter) or in the original pharmacy bottle.

     

    Parent's Guide to Middle School

    TIP #1: Even though your child is in middle school now, they will still need help to figure everything out. They will need your help in setting up a study schedule and keeping to it, in checking behind them to make sure their work is complete, and in talking about the daily changes that can take place in middle school. Changes that are mental, physical, emotional, and social.

    TIP #2: The teachers are there to help. Please contact your child's teacher with any questions or concerns that you may have. E-mail is the quickest way to reach them. Teachers do try to respond to parents within twenty-four hours. Communication between parents and teachers is a must in the educational career of your child. Teachers communicate in many ways: e-mails, progress reports, written notes, newsletters, and phone calls.

    TIP #3: You will be updated on your child's progress. Johnston County requires one progress report every quarter. Get to know the report schedule and ask your child for the report from all their core classes. If you have any concerns about the grade, please do not hesitate to contact the teacher.

    TIP #4: Set up a study place and schedule with your child.

    TIP #5: Visit the teacher's webpages via Classrooms.

     

    Basic Policies and Procedures

    Agenda

    Students are provided with agendas at the beginning of the school year. They are expeced to write down all of their assignments for all classes.


    Bathroom Policy

    Students are taken to the restroom at designated times during the day. They are also given emergency passes each quarter that they can use.


    Changing Classes

    Students are normally given three minutes to change classes. It may seem short, but all of the team's classrooms are in close proximity to each other. Teachers will walk students to their elective classes. After students have become acclimated to the layout of the school, teachers will stand in the halls during elective class-change time instead of walking students to electives.


    Grading Policy

    Your child's team of teachers will determine the grading policy for the year.


    Hall Passes

    Students must have a hall pass from their teacher when they are in the halls during class time.


    Library Passes

    Students visit the library in their language arts classes once every two weeks. They will be allowed to check out books if they do not have any overdue books. Overdue books and fines do transfer to the middle school from the elementary school. Students must take a pass to the library and sign in.

     

    FAQs

    1) How many classes does a student attend in one day?

    The current schedule has students attending six classes a day - four core classes and two elective classes.

    2) When do elective classes change?

    Students are given two elective classes the first semester and they are changed to two others at the beginning of the second semester.

    3) Are the core classes together? Will one class be at the top of the hall and the other at the bottom?

    All of the sixth grade core classes are located on the sixth-grade hall. Your child may have two classes located at the top/middle/bottom of the hall, while his/her other two classes are located at the top/middle/bottom of the hall. No matter where on the hall the classes are located, the core classrooms are all located on one hall.

    4) How much time are students given to change classes?

    Students are given three minutes to change classes.

    5) When will my child be able to go to his or her locker?

    Locker breaks occur periodically thoughout the day. Please ask your child's teacher for specific times.

    6) How does the school communicate with parents?

    We have Orientation and Open House to introduce parents to teachers and vice versa. There are PTA meetings once a quarter, and newsletters are sent home with report cards. Your child's team of teachers also send out progress reports, newsletters, and informational letters. The principal, or a designee, may also contact parents through a telephone message. We also have  Parent Portal; you may access your child's grade through any device with an internet connection.

    7) How do teachers communicate with parents?

    The teachers at McGee's Crossroads believe that parent-teacher communication is very important to a student's education. We communicate with parents through e-mails, progress reports, written notes, conferences, phone calls, and report cards. 

    Many teachers also use the Remind application. 

    What is Remind?

    To help keep you up-to-date about classroom news and assignments, students may sign up for Remind this year. Remind is a service that lets me send one-way messages, push notifications, or email to everyone involved with the class. Teachers can also send photos and documents directly to students' and parents' phones. Phone numbers are always kept private and messages are one-way only.

    Why do McGee's Crossroads teachers use Remind?

    Kids today are very busy and they communicate primarily by texting. The purpose is to provide students with timely reminders of assignments or upcoming quizzes and tests or other important class information. These messages travel one-way only, from the teacher to students and/or parents; you cannot respond to texts and there will not be an on-going conversation of any kind. It is a very safe application.

    Does someone need a smartphone to use Remind?

    No, a smartphone is not necessary to send or receive Remind messages. However, you must be able to receive texts. If you cannot receive texts you can sign up to receive Remind notifications by email.

    Is Remind free?

    The service is free, but standard messaging rates apply. If you do not have unlimited texting on your cell phone's data plan, you might be charged for each text message.

    8) Do students choose their elective classes?

    Yes, students do choose their elective classes. They will have the opportunity to complete a form in which they will rank their interest in various elective classes. However, given the high degree of interest in certain classes, students may not receive their top choice.

    9) How does my child pay for lunch?

    Every student is issued a lunch number. Students enter their lunch numbers in and then pay for their food. Students may pay with cash or a parent may send a check to put into the student's lunch account. Parents may also use the online system to monitor and pay for student lunches.

    10) I would like my child to be in band. What do I do?

    Please inform the school as soon as possible regarding your child's interest in band. Additionally, you may contact the band director at McGee's Crossroads Middle School, for more information.

    11) What is the school procedure for checking-in and checking out students?

    Every visitor must be verified on a security camera and will be required to sign in at the front office. Please remember to bring a photo ID.

    12) I would like to schedule a conference with my child's teachers. What do I do?

    Conferences may be scheduled via e-mail or phone call to your child's teachers.

    13) Will the school provide agendas?

    Yes, the school provides agendas on the first day.

     

     

    Homework

    Here are some important things to keep in mind about homework at McGee's Crossroads Middle School:

    Please do not accept "I don't have any" or "I finished it at school" at face value. Ask your child to see the completed assignments or the notes he/she was supposed to study. Ask questions about the content. 

    Help your child set up a study time and place. A study box may also be helpful, which may include lined paper, construction and computer paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils or markers, and a pencil sharpener.

    Studying nightly is better than cramming for a test or quiz. 

     

    Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies

     

    Language Arts

    CONCEPTS YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW:

    In this section of our language arts page, we are going to detail the things you should already know. It would definitely be a good idea to study up on these concepts during the summer.

    - understanding the definition of genres - nonfiction, fiction, drama, poetry - and how to tell them apart by identifying their individual characteristics

    - know the different parts of a textbook - index, glossary, table of contents - and how to access information from those parts

    - know the definition of the following words: plot, setting, character, conflict, resolution, rising action, and falling action

    - know the definition of a plot diagram and how to complete one

    - know the definitions and characteristics of autobiography and biography

    - know how to complete a Venn Diagram - comparing two works to each other

    - know the writing process - pre-writing/brainstorming, rough draft, editing, final copy, publish

    - know the definition of expository essay and its basic format

    - the eight parts of speech - noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, interjection, and conjunction

    - use the following grammar conventions in writing and proof editing - capitalization and punctuation (periods, commas, question marks)

    - use of context clues to understand the meaning of words

    - know how to use a dictionary and thesaurus


    CONCEPTS YOU WILL LEARN DURING SIXTH GRADE

    Here is a preview of what you will learn during the sixth grade.


    - the elements of nonfiction

    - active reading strategies and annotation

    - reading strategies for nonfiction texts

    - elements of fiction

    - previewing and reading strategies for fiction

    - summarizing and predicting from information in texts

    - elements of poetry

    - previewing and reading strategies for poetry

    - elements of the oral tradition

    - previewing and reading strategies for reading oral tradition

    - connecting texts to personal experiences

    - analyzing the foundation of argument

    - review of the writing process

    - how to write an expository essay - its basic format, introduction (with a lead and thesis statements), main idea paragraphs, supporting details, and conclusion

    - graphic organizers to help brainstorm and pre-write expository essays

    - persuasive techniques and how to use them in persuasive essays

    - how to peer-edit essays constructively

    - review of the parts of speech

    - correcting run-on sentences

    - using correct subject-verb agreement

     

     

    Math

    CONCEPTS YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW

    There are several math concepts that should already be well known before you get to sixth grade. If you have trouble with any of the following skills, it would be a good idea to practice them over the summer.


    *Multiplication tables (without the use of a calculator)
    *Adding & subtracting fractions
    *Place values
    *Measuring angles using a protractor
    *Using formulas effectively; i.e. area and perimeter of figures
    *Solving one-step algebraic equations following the proper steps
    *Inequalities, i.e. comprehending less than, greater than, less than or equal to, greater than or equal to
    *Long division (without the use of a calculator)
    *Decimals: multiplying, dividing, adding, subtracting. (NOTE: Do not align decimals when multiplying!)
    *Being fluent in basic mathematical computations WITHOUT the use of a calculator



    CONCEPTS YOU WILL LEARN DURING SIXTH GRADE

    Here is a preview of what you will learn during the sixth grade.


    *Integers: multiplying, dividing, adding, subtracting
    *Fractions: multiplying & dividing
    *Algebra: solving one-step, two-step and inequality equations
    *Probability: Compound events, independent/dependent events, combinations, and permutations
    *Geometry: area, perimeter, circumference, three-dimensional figures, irregular figures
    *Proportional reasoning
    *Data analysis: various graphs and interpreting data



    WHAT TO EXPECT IN THIS CLASS

    Here are some things that you can expect to see in your math class.

    *Daily homework
    *Daily warm-up problems
    *Independent and group work


    STUDY STRATEGIES SPECIFIC TO THIS SUBJECT

    Here are some strategies to help you get good grades in this subject:

    *Practice, practice, practice!
    *Flash cards for vocabulary
    *Stay organized, notes will be used throughout the year
    *Take good notes in class
    *Ask questions when you don't understand

     

    Science

    CONCEPTS YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW

    The following concepts are those that you should already be familiar with from learning them in elementary school. It would be a good idea to review them over the summer.

    *Scientific Inquiry Method

    - Raising Questions

    - Hypothesizing

    - Predicting

    - Observing

    - Planning and Conducting Investigations

    - Drawing Conclusions

    - Communicating, Reporting, and Reflecting

    *Reading and understanding graphs (bar, line, and circle) and charts

    *Know how to plot the X and Y axis and coordinates

    *Measure in metric

     


    CONCEPTS YOU WILL LEARN DURING SIXTH GRADE

    Here is a preview of what you will learn during your science class in sixth grade:

    * Technology, Design, Process

    * Rocks

    * Minerals

    * Soil

    * Volcanoes

    * Earthquakes

    * Sun

    * Space

    * Ecology

     

    STUDY STRATEGIES SPECIFIC TO THIS SUBJECT

    Here are some strategies to help you get good grades in this subject.


    * Know how take notes from a textbook; we will use Cornell format in class

    * Know how to read a nonfiction textbook and find the main idea of a paragraph

    * THIEVES

    * SQ3R

     

    Social Studies


    Concepts You Will Learn in Sixth Grade

    You will study Ancient Civilizations from the beginning of human existence through the beginning of the Age of Exploration. You will relive history in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

    • Art-related activities
    • Plays and performances
    • Hands-on projects 
    • Web Quests

     
    Study Strategies for Sixth Grade Social Studies

    • Review notes daily
    • Use Cornell notes
    • Complete assigned homework
    • Be organized
    • Come to class with ALL materials!