International Baccalaureate Programme Transitional Open House 2014
Feb 08, 2016
International Baccalaureate ProgrammeTransitional Open House 2014 First and Foremost:Congratulations on successfully completing another year of education! Whether you are a student (or the amazing parent of a student) you have worked extremely hard to get this far! Pat yourself on the back and prepare for some well-deserved, relaxing, summer months.
But since we are always told to prepare for the next stepsIB Summer WorkYes, there is summer work as part of our IB Programme. Your upcoming teachers have prepared material that will help you transition into their classroom during next school year. It is important that you complete each assignment and turn them in by the given deadlines.
Here are some tips for you:Try to start and finish one assignment at a time. This will cut down on any confusion or mix-up.Time management is extremely important. DO NOT wait until August 20th to start this work. You do not want to come back to school feeling overwhelmed.If you are having extreme difficulty, contact either Ms. Feder OR the teacher responsible for the assignment prior to the first day of school. He/she can give you needed clarification and help along the way.
What happens if summer work is NOT completed?Teachers generally count the summer assignments as a grade during the first marking period of the school year. Assignments turned in late are subject to grade reduction, however assignments that are not turned in AT ALL can be extremely detrimental to a childs first marking period grade. Our teachers are very understanding. If something happens that is out of your control and causes some difficulty in work completion, please contact that teacher as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements. Now,Lets move on to the 2014-2015 School YearThings are a-changinAs some of you already know, the district has decided that our Middle and High Schools will be moving to block scheduling for next school year. There are still many unanswered questions about what this will mean for our students. However, we do know that:Each class will be 90 minutes instead of 43The students will visit 4 classes per day instead of 7There will be an A day and a B day, each consisting of 4 classes.A DayB DayAs you can see, the students will attend a total of 8 classes over two days.
Each student will attend:Mathematics Language ArtsSocial StudiesScience
In addition, the students in the IB Programme will have the required electives as part of their schedule.Required IB Elective ClassesGrade 6Grade 7Grade 8ArtPhysical Education/HealthPhysical Education/HealthPhysical Education
Introduction to Spanish/FrenchSpanish/FrenchMusic
Music or ArtMusic or ArtTechnolgy/STEMTechnology/STEMTechnology/STEMWorld LanguageMock Schedules6th Grade A Day B Day
Language ArtsSocial StudiesMathScienceBandTechnology/ Physical EducationChorusWorld LanguageAs you can see, our new block schedule system provides the students with new opportunities to take classes that did not previously fit into their schedules.*** These schedules are not set in stone and are subject to change based on information from the district about our new schedule***8th Grade A Day B Day
Language ArtsSocial StudiesMathScienceOrchestraTechnology/ Physical Education and HealthChorusSpanishRecommendations Forms Incoming 6th Grade Students Our Counselors visit the elementary schools in the district which house the majority of students who transition to Talley (Forwood, Lancashire, Claymont)If your child attends one of those three schools, he/she has filled out a recommendation/elective form and wrote down whether he/she is interested in band, chorus, and/or orchestra. If you believe there was a mistake of any kind, please contact us and we can provide you with more information.If your child does not attend one of those three schools, the counselors from that feeder Middle School will visit. They send Talley the recommendations of those students who will be choiced to Talley. Our 6th grade Counselor has a list of all IB Students and will make sure to put them in all required electives.
Community ServiceStudents in the International Baccalaureate Programme are required to complete community service hours as part of their curriculum. While this requirement has been in place for the past two years, there are some changes of which you should be aware.Students are allowed to begin/complete their required service hours during the summer months while school is not in session. Please be sure to have proper documentation about the type of community service as well as the number of hours completed in order for students to get proper credit for the school year.During the 2014-2015 school year, the service requirements will be counted as a project grade for their Language Arts class during the 4th marking period. Students who do not complete their required hours will not receive full credit for a project grade.While documentation of hours completed with signatures of those leading the service is required, it is not mandatory to use our Talley verification form. Just make sure you have a written recording of those events in which you participated.
Community ServiceHours RequiredGrade 65Grade 710Grade 815Community ServiceWhat counts???Can be used towards hoursCannot be used towards hoursVolunteering during school activities in which you are not mandated to participateSchool activities that are a requirement as part of the class curriculumCompleting school assigned IB Community Service activities (opportunities throughout the year)Jobs or activities for which you are paid or given another type of compensationGirl Scout/Boy Scout activities during which you are performing a service to the communityAttending Girl Scout/Boy Scout MeetingsVolunteering at community eventsHelping out at Talley during the school dayGo To Contact InformationPrincipal: Dr. Richard Carter Interventionist: Mr. Kerry GallowayFamily Liaison: Ms. Merrie Pritchett TeamsOur teachers and students are divided up into teams. This helps us to better accommodate you during conference time as well as help the students feel less overwhelmed during the transition between grade levels. The teams are made up of the four core classes and the team classrooms are generally in the same hallway.IB TeamsGrade 6PanthersGrade 7BengalsGrade 8WilcatsOther Useful InformationTalley Middle School has Spirit days throughout the school year during special events and occasions. Some of these special days encourage our students to wear their grade level colors.
6th Grade Red and White7th Grade Orange and Black8th Grade Purple and GreenGood Luck!!!And now, a word from our teachers