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Title: Welcome 7th

Welcome 7th 8th Grade Students Parents
  • Southwest Middle School
  • Open House

Greetings from ..
  • Suzan Stroud, Senior Administration
  • Front Office Information
  • Officer Gary Newcomb, School Resource Officer
  • School Safety Information
  • Elizabeth Bates, NJHS President
  • NJHS Information Peer Buddy

Meet the Staff 7th GradeDr. M. Boger (Grade
Level Administrator)Ms. K. Barber (Counselor)
  • Team Cowboys
  • Ms. Jackson B10 LA
  • Ms. Lewis B8 Math
  • Ms. Tate B11 Science
  • Ms. Bryant B9 Soc. Studies
  • Team Steelers
  • Ms. Anderson MC575 LA/Soc. Studies
  • Mr. Goodman MC752 Math/Sci
  • Mr. Camara MC575 LA/Soc. Studies
  • Mr. Mecca MC752 Math/Sci
  • Team Eagles
  • Ms. Murphy B24 LA
  • Ms. Ritchey B25 Math
  • Mr. Crespi B17 Science
  • Ms. Baysinger B22 Soc. Studies
  • Team Lions
  • Ms. Holmon B23 LA
  • Ms. Kohlhoff B21 Math
  • Ms. Baird B16 Science
  • Ms. Gilson B20 Soc. Studies
  • Team Patriots
  • Vacancy B19 LA
  • Ms. Toussaint B18 Math
  • Ms. Boston B13 Science
  • Vacancy B12 Soc. Studies

Meet the Staff 8th GradeMs. C. Brown (Grade
Level Administrator)Mrs. T. Dunton-Forbes
  • Team Lions
  • Ms. Taylor A8 LA
  • Mr. Burgess A9 Math
  • Mr. Frank A11 Science
  • Mr. Tabor A10 Soc. Studies
  • Team Longhorns
  • Ms. Carter-Dodson A25 LA/Soc. Studies
  • Mr. Huether A23 Math/Sci
  • Ms. Robey A25 LA/Soc. Studies
  • Ms. Johnson A23 Math/Sci
  • Mr. McKay A23 Math/Sci
  • Team 49ers
  • Ms. Cayea A20 LA
  • Mr. Adams MC754 Math
  • Ms. Morris A17 Science
  • Ms. Lisk A24 Soc. Studies
  • Team Wolfpack
  • Mr. Moshe A22 LA
  • Ms. Bollinger A21 Math
  • Ms. Nahikian A13 Science
  • Mr. Frank A12 Soc. Studies
  • Team Tigers
  • Ms. Apsega A19 LA
  • Mr. Yelverton A18 Math
  • Ms. Marcello A16 Science
  • Mr. Murray MC233 Soc. Studies

Patriot Pride Pledge
  • I will focus on my academics I will increase
    my efforts to become successful I will have a
    positive attitude.

SWMS Facts
  • School Mascot Patriot
  • School Colors Blue and Gold
  • School Hours 915 a.m.-415 p.m.
  • Agenda Fee 3.00
  • School supplies neededclass specific, teacher to
    provide list.
  • Teachers Wish List Bulletin Board is located on
    the A-Hall (8th) and B-Hall (7th).

  • Youth Commission International (YCI)
  • Mrs. Marilyn Bollinger, Advisor
  • Pep Band
  • Mr. Holmes
  • National Academic League
  • Mrs. Susan Jackson , Advisor
  • Musical Theatre
  • Ms. Susan Smith
  • Mrs. Corrinne Chiusano
  • Science Olympiad
  • TBD, Advisor
  • Math Counts
  • TBD, Advisor
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Ms. Vickie Johnson, Advisor
  • Male Mentoring Program
  • Ms. Dunton-Forbes, Liaison
  • Yearbook (7th 8th Grade)
  • Mr. John Sanders, Advisor
  • Art Club (6th, 7th 8th Grade)
  • Mr. John Sanders, Advisor
  • News Crew (6th, 7th 8th Grades)
  • Mrs. Morris, Advisor
  • Sports (7th 8th Grade Only)
  • Mr. Keelan, Softball
  • Mr. Fish, Volleyball
  • Mr. Reckerd, Athletic Director Football Coach
  • Boys Basketball, TBD
  • Mrs. Murphy, Girls Basketball
  • Mr. Barry Paradise, Baseball
  • Girls Track, TBD
  • Boys Track, TBD
  • Student Council (6th, 7th 8th)
  • Ms. Kathleen Robey, Advisor

Sports _at_ SWMS
  • 7th 8th graders are encouraged to try out if
    eligible all forms are located on the Southwest
    and CMS websites
  • Students MUST go home by their normal mode of
    transportation and return with a parent in order
    to attend games.

School Layout
  • 4 Hallways
  • A Hall..8th Grade Wing
  • B Hall..7th Grade Wing
  • C Hall..6th Grade Wing
  • D Hall..Elective Classes, Cafeteria, and
    Gymnasium (Other elective classes are located at
    the beginning of the A, B, and C Wings)

Dressing for Success the Patriot Way
  • Uniforms are required for all students enrolled
    at Southwest Middle School.
  • Fit properly, not to exceed one (1) size beyond
    the correct size
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times
  • Not be modified in any way (cut-offs, patches,
  • Not allowed to be sagging, bagging, or dragging
  • Not to have visible logos other than a Southwest
    Middle School logo (unless able to be covered by
    a quarter)
  • Students can wear athletic shoes, boots
    (seasonal), or low cut hard (rubberized) sole
    shoes. Shoes with a heel of any kind are not
    permitted except by principal approval for
    designated special events (dressing up for
    concerts, games, inductions, etc.). Students must
    wear matching shoes. Pants must not be tucked
    into the shoe/boot. Shoes must be close-toed and
  • P.E. uniforms are required, and must be worn
    during gym class. The cost of the uniforms are

Dressing for Success the Patriot WayContd.
  • No jackets/coats are allowed in the classroom or
    hallways, including denim jackets.
  • Tights and leggings must be white, navy blue or
    black solid colors. Textured/fishnet hosiery will
    not be permitted.
  • Skirts, dresses and shorts must adhere to the
    length requirements even if tights/leggings are
    worn underneath.
  • Hair accessories must be the color of the
    uniform. Scarves, clip in feathers, clip in hair
    pieces, caps, stocking caps, doo rags bandanas,
    etc are inappropriate and will be confiscated in
    most cases.
  • No book bags or purses will not be permitted in
    the classroom and must be kept in the locker.
  • Student ID badges are part of the school uniform
    and must be WORN and VISIBLE during school hours.
  • Undergarments (i.e. t-shirts), long or short
    sleeves can be worn underneath the uniform shirt
    and can ONLY be white, gray or navy in color.
  • Bottom Wear must be khaki (tan in color) or navy
    in color.
  • Girls no more than 3 inches above the knees.
  • Boys, no more than 1 inch below the kneecap.
  • Cargo shorts will be allowed for both boys and
  • NOTE If there is a belt loop, a belt MUST be
    worn (black, brown, khaki, navy blue or clear).
  • SOLID black, gray navy, blue brown, tan or white
    sweaters or sweatshirts are permitted.

Bus Riders
  • If you have moved after June 30th into another
    home school zone, please see our registrar or
    call Student Placement to confirm your school

Bus Riders
  • Child Safety at the Stop
  • -Parents can access bus safety information via
    the CMS Homepage by clicking departments and
    choosing transportation
  • Requests
  • -You can request an alternate stop, unsafe stop,
    or general transportation request in the same

Bus Riders
  • Transportation Request
  • Log on to www.cms.k12.nc.us
  • Click on the Parents tab at the top of the
  • Click on the hyperlink Student Placement along
    the left side of the page.
  • Click on the hyperlink Transportation
    Eligibility along the left side of the page to
    get more information about transportation

Who to Call??
  • Often times buses are late b/c of traffic, having
    to run multiple routes, etc.
  • Buses may be very late the first couple of weeks
    in the morning AND afternoon. We encourage
    parents to be patient.
  • If you have any problems or questions regarding
    the bus service, contact the personnel at the
    Olympic Zone
  • 980-343-3807
  • Please refrain from calling the school, we have
    no way of knowing where the buses are.

Important Information
  • Parents due to the seating capacity on the
    school buses, students are not permitted to ride
    any bus other than the one assigned by
    transportation. No notes will be accepted. You
    must make other arrangements for your child if
    they will not be riding their assigned bus.

Early Dismissal
  • If your child needs to be picked up for early
    dismissal, you should send a note with your child
    detailing the time your child will be leaving
  • Your child MUST give the note to the attendance
    secretary, who will give your child a note to
    leave class at the designated time.
  • Parents will need to come by the Main Office with
    proper identification to sign their student out.
  • NOTE Students will not be released after 330
    p.m. Early dismissals after 400 p.m. will be
    released with
  • Car Riders at 410 p.m.

Car Riders
  • Car riders-Drop off/pick-up in front of school.
  • Students are not allowed in the building until
    845 a.m., unless they have a tutoring/detention
  • Announcements and car rider dismissal begins at
    41o p.m.
  • Students are not to be dropped off or picked up
    at the Steele Creek Library!

The Agenda
  • Each teacher will write down the days homework
    on the board for students to copy.
  • Parents should check to see what students have
    for homework each night to help ensure that it
    gets done.
  • Agendas are on sale tonight!
  • Create your PowerSchool account to help monitor.

  • Students will not be required to purchase a lock
    from the school. However, there is a 2 locker
    rental fee.
  • Personal locks MAY be used however, please be
    reminded that lockers are the property of the
    school. If deemed necessary to cut a lock off the
    locker it can and will be done, and the school
    will not be responsible for reimbursement.
  • Lockers will be assigned starting the week of
  • Sept 8th .

Core Class Information
  • Class Placement LA and Math
  • Standard Course of Study and Honors
  • Language Arts Novel Studies Grammar -Writing
    Short Stories - Various Non-Fiction - Summer
  • Math Standards-based curriculum and
    Activity-based learning (Connected Math)
  • Social Studies Incorporation of Reading and
    Writing with the new Common Core Focus
  • Science Info Inquiry-Based Layered Curriculum

Typical 7th Grade Day
  • Four core classes per day 1 Enrichment
  • One elective per day

Sample Schedule Sample Schedule
1st Period Language Arts (Core)
2nd Period Enrichment
3rd Period Elective
4th Period Science (Core)/Lunch
5th Period Math (Core)
6th Period Social Studies (Core)
Typical 8th Grade Day
  • Four core classes per day 1 Enrichment
  • One elective per day

Sample Schedule Sample Schedule
1st Period Language Arts (Core)
2nd Period Enrichment
3rd Period Science (Core)/Lunch
4th Period Elective
5th Period Math (Core)
6th Period Social Studies (Core)
Schedule Changes
  • Schedule Changes will be made under the following
  • The student NEEDS to move to a different level of
    Math or English class due to EOG scores.
  • The student should or should not be in Band,
    Orchestra or Spanish.
  • Requests for a schedule change due to
  • personal preference will not be considered!!

  • Parents of absent students should call the main
    office on the day of absence, and have the
    student bring a note on the day that he/she
    returns to school.
  • All notes should be given to advisory teachers,
    and should include the students name, student ID
    number, and date(s) of absence.
  • All tardy students should be escorted into the
    building by a parent/guardian.
  • SWMS 980-343-5006

  • Every parent/guardian in this State having charge
    or control of a child between the ages of 7 and
    16 years shall cause the child to attend school
    continuously for a period equal to the time which
    the public school to which the child is assigned
    shall be is session.
  • The parent/custodian of a child shall notify the
    school of the reason for each known absence of
    the child, in accordance with local school board
  • The school shall notify the parent/guardian of
    their childs excessive absences after the child
    has accumulated 3, 6 and 10 unexcused absences in
    a school year.
  • Subsequent to sending the 6 day notification, an
    appointed school representative will contact the
    parent/guardian to schedule a conference. If
    deemed necessary, a home visit will also be
    conducted with or without a law enforcement

Truancy Contd.
  • After 10 accumulated unexcused absences in a
    school year, the principal or the principals
    designee shall review any report or investigation
    prepared and confer with the student and the
    parent/guardian, if possible to determine if the
    parent made a good faith effort to comply with
    the law.
  • If it is determined that a good faith effort
    was not made, the principal shall notify the
    district attorney and the director of social
    services of the county where the child resides.
  • If it is determined that a good faith effort
    was made the principal may file a complaint with
    the juvenile court counselor indicating that the
    child is habitually absent from school without a
    valid excuse.

Grading Period
  • Report cards are sent home with students 1st
    3rd quarters. Final report cards are mailed in
  • Mid-quarter progress reports are sent home 4-5
    weeks after the quarter begins.
  • If you do not receive progress reports or report
    cards from your child, please contact your
    childs advisory teacher. (See website for report
    card schedule)
  • Progress Report dates
  • Sept. 24th 25th Dec. 4th 5th Feb. 24th
    25th May 6th 7th
  • Report Card dates
  • Nov. 7th Feb. 3th April 22th June 17th

Promotion Requirements
  • To be promoted to 8th or 9th grade, a student
    must earn a grade of 70 (D) or above in
    language arts, mathematics, science, social
    studies, P.E. and at least one other elective.
  • Students must also earn a Level 3, 4 or 5 on the
    Reading and Math EOG.

Power School is BACK!!!
  • Log on to www.cms.k12.nc.us
  • Click on the Parent tab on the top left side of
    the webpage.
  • Click on hyperlink Parent Portal to get more
    information about setting up your Power School
  • To request your access ID and initial password
    please contact your childs grade level admin or

Parent Portal Log-in!
Parent/Teacher Communication
  • Contact your childs school counselor to schedule
    a parent/teacher conference
  • 7th GradeMs. K.Barber
  • 8th GradeMrs. T. Dunton-Forbes
  • Conferences can be scheduled on Mondays and
    Fridays during the teachers planning periods.
  • 7th Grade 1245 or 115 p.m.
  • 8th Grade 1115 or 1145 a.m.
  • NOTE Parents please do not drop by for a
    conference. You will be asked to make an appt.
    for a later date.
  • You may also communicate with your childs
    teachers via e-mail (see schools web-site) and
    agenda signing.
  • If you have any questions about your childs
    academic/social development you may also contact
    your childs Grade Level Administrator

School Counselors Provide
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Classroom guidance
  • Academic, college, and career counseling
  • Assisting students in developing an academic plan
  • Interpreting standardized test results
  • Grief and crisis counseling
  • Responding to and assisting with crises
  • Developing confidential relationships with
  • Advocating for students
  • Promoting and monitoring student success in a
    collaborative manner
  • Helping students overcome barriers to learning
  • Providing preventive and intervention strategies
    for student success
  • Facilitating parent/teacher conferences
  • Serving as a resource to students of available
    community opportunities
  • Serving as a resource for school staff and
  • Serving as a resource for community referrals
  • Providing parent and community outreach
  • Fostering a positive school environment by
    embracing and promoting diversity

Character Education
  • Helps promote a safe and healthy environment.
    Character traits include
  • Caring
  • Citizenship
  • Justice and Fairness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Trustworthiness

  • Bullying is a conscious, repeated, hostile,
    aggressive behavior of an individual or a group
    abusing their position with the intention to harm
    others or gain real or perceived power.

What Bullying IS and IS NOT
  • Any of the following aggressive behaviors are not
    bullying if the actions occur once (i.e., no
    pattern) or done with no intentions of gaining
  • Physical Behaviors such as
  • Accidently bumping into someone
  • Making others play things a certain way (natural
    behavior-everyone likes things done their way)
  • Any of the behaviors listed to the right (pushing
    shoving, tripping, hitting, etc.) which occurs
    ONCE (i.e., is not a repeated or pattern of
  • Verbal Behaviors such as
  • A statement of dislike toward or about someone
  • A single act of telling a joke about someone
  • Arguments or heated disagreements between two
  • or more people/groups (the pattern of which is
  • repeated to gain power)
  • Expressions of unpleasant thoughts or feelings
  • regarding others
  • Non-Verbal Behaviors
  • Being excluded
  • Not playing with someone
  • Choosing different people or groups to play with
    from time to time
  • Any of the following aggressive behaviors are
    bullying if the actions are repeated and done
    with intentions of gaining power.
  • Physical Attack such as
  • Bumping into someone
  • Pumping, Shoving, Tripping
  • Hitting (directly or with something else)
  • Punching, Kicking
  • Fighting
  • Verbal Attack for any kind of difference, such
  • Racial, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Physical
    (height, weight, glasses, etc.)
  • Skills Ability/Disability (too smart, stupid,
    spaz, etc.)
  • Physical Appearances, Economic Status, Stealing
  • Non-Verbal Attack such as
  • Staring and glaring
  • Pretending to whisper while looking at someone
  • Shunning

Important Upcoming Dates
  • Curriculum Night Sept. 11th at 630p.m.
  • Fall Pictures October 25th (No purchase
  • Make-Up Pictures October 23rd (New students and
    absent students only)
  • Student IDs will be distributed September 12th
  • IDs will be used for breakfast/lunch purchases,
    and to check out books from the media center.
  • Until the ID cards arrive, students are expected
    to memorize their lunch number or carry the lunch
    card around with them.

Important Upcoming Dates
  • Field trips and other activities will be
    scheduled throughout the year. Attendance of
    field trips and activities may be denied due to
    behavior or academic concerns as applicable.
  • Dates and details will be distributed as they
    become available.

Field Trip Info
  • In order to be eligible for a field trip students
    must meet the following requirements.
  • Have zero (0) days of Out of School Suspension
  • No more than two (2) occurrences of In School
    Suspension (ISS)
  • No more that four (4) occurrences of being
    bounced from a classroom.
  • Not be failing (earning an F) any classes
    (including electives)
  • No more that 8 UNEXCUSED absences.
  • Owe NO Media or Cafeteria fines
  • Note deposits and other fees are
    non-refundable once submitted.
  • Student will forfeit monies by becoming

Your Childs Nutrition
  • Breakfast begins at 845 a.m.
  • Breakfast will be FREE for all students Lunch is
  • New lunch forms must be completed if your child
    received free or reduced meals last year.
  • Reduced lunch is .40.
  • Students will be REQUIRED to utilize their ID
    badges when purchasing breakfast/lunch and/or
    checking out a library book.

  • A word from a member of our wonderful
  • PTSA

Remarks from Principal Blair
  • A Word from our
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