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What to Expect in Middle School
Onslow County Schools 2016-2017 Middle School Course of Study (Grades 6-8) Main Page
Additional Pages:
2016-2017 Middle School Course of Study - Complete File
Onslow County Middle Schools
What to Expect in Middle School
Immunization Information
Requests for Reassignment
Specialized Programs
Magnet Information/Themed Middle Schools
1:1 Computing Initiative Information
NCVPS and Online Courses
Athletics/Athletic Eligibility
High School Credit in Middle School
Middle School Core Classes
Core includes English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies
Middle School Electives
Offerings and availability differ from school to school.
Testing Information
What to Expect in High School

Grading Scale

Report cards are issued to students every nine weeks. Interim reports are issued to all students twice during the nine-week grading period. Grade information is also available to parents through the Parent Portal. Students in middle school are graded on a 10-point grading scale in all of their classes – both core and electives.

Grading   Scale

A = 90-100

C = 70-79

B = 80-89

D = 60-69

F = 59 and below

To be promoted in grades six through eight, a student must pass three (3) of the four (4) core (LA, Math, Social Studies and Science) and two (2) of the four (4) electives (1 each semester).

Middle School Attendance Requirements

Students in grades 6-8 are limited to 20 absences (10 within the first ninety days and 10 within the last ninety days). Students with more than 20 absences shall not be promoted to the next grade except by determination of the principal/designee upon careful review of the student’s records.

Make up work shall be assigned by the student’s teacher as deemed appropriate. All make up work shall be completed within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the student’s teacher.

Students are expected to be in attendance to and participate in instruction throughout the school day. Excessive tardies and early checkouts will be referred to the appropriate authorities and may also be considered by the principal when making a promotion determination.

Student Clubs

Onslow County middle schools have a variety of options for students to be involved in extracurricular activities. All middle schools offer clubs which are open to students in grades 6-8. The clubs available vary by school and include the following (check with your individual school for a complete list):

SAVE

Girls on the Run

STRIDE

Spanish Club

Chess Team

Battle of the Books

Academic Derby

Odyssey of the Mind

Beta Club/National Junior Honor Society

Student Government

Friends of Rachel (FOR)

Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S)

Student Support Staff

In Onslow County, the school counselor is a key component of the school leadership team.  Each school has at least one full-time school counselor who serves the needs of the students.  As each school and each student has unique needs, the roles of school counselors vary between sites. At the middle school level, the mission of the school counselor is to prepare students to be globally competitive and responsible citizens in the 21st Century through collaboration with stakeholders and implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program addressing academic, personal/social, and career domains.

In partnership with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department and the Jacksonville Police Department, each Onslow County Middle School has a School Resource Officer (SRO). These officers have been placed at all of our middle (and high) schools to work with the school administration in protecting students and helping provide a safer educational environment.

Each of our middle schools also have access to a School Social Worker and a School Nurse. A school social worker is a specialist in the area of social work and education who serves the needs of students, parents, and educators within the school setting.  School social workers serve as a link between the school and home of individual students.  The school nurse is a health care professional who serves the needs of students within the school setting. They will be able to assist with minor health concerns and coordinate with the school administration to deal with larger individual and group health concerns. The school nurse also works with the school administration to ensure that state required vaccinations are up to date for all students.

General Middle School Expectations

In middle school, there are a number of different expectations. Classes will probably be larger than they were in elementary school. Many teachers will work in teams, however some will may work independently. At all levels in middle school, students will be changing classes – both in their core (Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies) classes, as well as their electives.

Some of our middle schools use lockers, and some do not. If you are assigned a locker, it will be your responsibility to keep up with the combination and keep your locker clean. With the additional freedom of changing classes and lockers, comes increased responsibility.

In middle school, expectations for homework may vary from teacher to teacher and from team to team.  At the middle grades level, students may also find there is less use of traditional textbooks.  With the use of 1:1 devices at all levels, students may see more use of technology like flipped classroom videos, Edmodo and the use of Office 365 applications.

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