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Information for Incoming 7th Graders

New Student/Parent Orientation:
 
If you would like to view the PowerPoint to learn more about Spring View Middle School click here.
 
Middle School is fast approaching; here are some frequently asked questions from our parents and students.

Spring View Middle School adheres to a "school within a school" model in which students share the same core academic teachers.  Throughout the year, there is a strong emphasis on events and initiatives that encourage whole-school spirit and pride. In doing so, our goal is for all students to feel included and united as part of the larger Spring View Eagle community.  Ca-Caw!
 
All core educational teams (comprised of 2-4 teachers) feature a varied and balanced mix of between 70 and 140 students.  In this environment, teachers are better able to collaborate with each other to assist students who may need extra help and support. Throughout the seven period day, students rotate between the classrooms of their various teachers. 

Each student is assigned a homeroom teacher.  Students report to this designated classroom for the first seven minutes of each day; during this time attendance is taken, announcements are made and any material to be sent home is distributed.  Following homeroom, students go to first period which, depending on their assigned team rotation, could be physical education, elective, or core academic classes (language arts, math, science, and social studies).  Throughout the week, blocks of time may be scheduled by core teachers to better accommodate instruction.   
 
Each student has a 5th "Plus Period" course.  This course takes place opposite of the student's lunch period (either before or after lunch).  Plus Period is an opportunity for students to participate in courses that provide support to academic subject areas, exploration, and enrichment over the course of the year.  The duration of courses may be a quarter, semester, or yearlong. All students will be provided with the Plus Period course descriptions and asked to complete a survey to help administration in the most beneficial placement.       

The remaining two periods of the seven-period day are reserved for physical education and electives.  Each student has one period of physical education and one period of an elective. The electives currently available at Spring View for both grades include Band, Orchestra, Art, Family and Consumer Science (formerly known as Home Economics, Computer Science, and Spanish. In most instances, electives are one semester in length.  A few select electives are yearlong. For a complete list of elective course descriptions, click here  Students are given the opportunity to rank their choices for an elective.             
 
How is the food?
The cafeteria offers several choices of entrees each day!  
 
Are there after-school sports?
YES – there are fall, winter and spring sports as well as clubs – we highly encourage all students to get involved! 
 
When will we find out our class schedules?
This spring, 6th grade students from Spring View's elementary feeder schools (Antelope Creek, Parker Whitney, Rock Creek, Rocklin Elementary, Ruhkala and Sierra) will be sent an informational email that includes an elective google form.  The google form will be submitted to the middle school for placement.  
 
In early August prior to the start of school, your student will be invited to participate in WEB (Where Everybody Belongs), an orientation designed to make the transition to Spring View Middle School a positive one. This year, WEB orientation will be extremely important to attend since it will be the first time on campus for most students.  We will inform you once a date is in place, please keep this date in mind when planning summer vacations. Eighth graders will be serving as leaders and mentors to new students. Small and large group activities are designed to address students' needs and concerns in an enjoyable atmosphere. 
 
7th Grade class schedule pick-up usually occurs the Friday after WEB.  During this time, students will also have the opportunity to purchase PE clothes and have their school picture taken and walk around campus to see where their classrooms are located.  *NOTE: In order to pick up class scheduled, data confirmation on the Aeries Parent Portal must be completed and all documents that require signatures must be printed and returned.  For all incoming 7th grade and new 8th grade students, proof of the Tdap immunization is required to pick up the class schedule and start school. Please be aware - if your child had a Tdap immunization prior to age 7, they will need to have the pertussis vaccine booster.

What time does Middle School start?
Spring View Middle School begins at 8:30 a.m. – sharp!  The school day ends at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.  Every Monday, school is dismissed at 1:56 p.m.  Please help ensure your student is on time every day.  If your child is tardy, they may end up having to serve lunch detention, even if it is your fault that they are late.
 
What are merits?
The merit system is the middle school behavior system.  Each student begins with 100 merits – this means they are outstanding in their behavior, attitude and respect for others.  It is relatively hard to lose merits, but disrespecting a guest teacher, breaking any major school rules, or continual disruption of class can result in loss of merits.  At the start of each quarter, all students start fresh with 100 merits).
 
Can I check homework assignments and grades online?
ABSOLUTELY!  In fact, if you have not developed that habit this year, you need to do so for the upcoming school year.  Teachers regularly update Schoology; here you will find weekly agendas, relevant class materials and grades.  Parents are strongly encouraged to check Schoology on a regular basis as that will provide the most current academic progress of your student. Always feel free to reach out directly to a teacher with questions or concerns.  For the quickest response, email is the best form of communication.
 
Is there a dress code?
Yes and it is enforced.  All students will be given a handbook the first day of school that includes specific guidelines for appropriate attire.  Teachers will review this information during the first few days of school. Inappropriately dressed students will be expected to change clothing and may be asked to put on their PE clothes for the remainder of the day.  Clothing that violates dress code can be picked up in Student Services after school.