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Review Scheduling Process for Current 6th Graders

Sixth to Seventh Grade Scheduling Process

Dear Sixth-Grade Parents/Guardians:
We are very excited to welcome you to Pine-Richland Middle School. In preparation for your transition, we want to explain our scheduling process. This letter contains important information about course placements and your child’s 2019-20 schedule. Most courses are pre-determined, however, we will need your input for other courses.
There will be nine periods in each day. Out of these nine periods, your child will take English 7, Science 7, Social Studies 7, Physical Education/World Language Rotation, Reading, Lunch, a Unified Arts Rotation, and Academic Support/Performing Arts, as well as a Math course. Your child’s placement in Math will be carefully predetermined based upon multiple criteria, including current grades, standardized test scores, curriculum-based assessments, and teacher recommendations. Math courses include Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra, Pre-Algebra Current, Pre-Algebra Compacted/Extended, or Honors Algebra 1. 
For the Physical Education/World Language Rotation period, all students will take a World Language every other day alternating with Physical Education throughout the year.  The World Language Rotation includes one quarter each of Spanish, German, French and Cultural Fusion (a course designed to teach students about different cultures), assigned in random order.
The Unified Arts Rotation consists of one quarter each in Art, Design and Modeling, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Computer Applications, also assigned in random order.
For a detailed explanation of any of the above courses, please see our Program of Studies on the middle school website
Our scheduling process will occur in two phases. On March 11, 2019, your student will receive a form asking him/her to choose their performing arts class for seventh grade. Students can choose between Band, Chorus, Orchestra, or Academic Support. Academic Support is a structured time for students to see their teachers for additional help with academics. The student will be asked to choose which course they prefer and then return the form (with a parent signature) to their homeroom teacher.
At the end of Quarter 3, core academic placements will be entered into the system. On April 10, 2019, letters containing the academic course placements (and performing arts choice) for your student will be mailed home.  The letter will not contain their schedule, just their recommended courses listed in random order. Your child’s actual schedule will be available on Home Access sometime in August prior to the start of the school year. 
Please plan to join us for Sixth-Grade Parent Orientation on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. in the middle school auditorium for more information about transitioning to the middle school. All sixth-grade students will have the opportunity to visit the middle school by biome on either May 8 or May 9, 2019, to meet our seventh-grade teachers and take a tour of the middle school.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact one of our guidance counselors Jennifer Mullaugh for students A-K (ext. 2229) or Olivia Mastrangelo for students L-Z (ext. 2230). Thank you for your continuous support in our mutual goals of raising competent, healthy, and successful children.
David Kristofic, Ed.D.
Jacob Minsinger
Assistant Principal