Tag: Middle School

So in Gowana, there is a Gold star program where good students can nominate other students. I don’t think this is done fairly. Many people who were chosen are really bad in class or don’t do anything. One person who was chosen spoke without the teacher’s permission in multiple classes and got multiple lunch detentions including on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL and is really rude to other students. Is any checking done when people are nominated?

Written by on December 4, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Random Acts of Kindness are appreciated and awarded with a Gowana Gold Star. Students who are disrespectful in classes receive a referral and possible disciplinary actions. The events are treated separately.

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Why aren’t the gowana middle school students allowed to use their cell phones during lunch. Lunch is not an educational period so why can’t we use them? I find this a big issue because I often don’t know what days my parents will be picking me up. By the time I text my parents when I get out of the school the buses already have left. Please don’t respond with “thanks for the feedback”

Written by on November 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  All phones are to be put away during the instructional day.  Arrangements for parent pick up should be made ahead of time.  If a student needs access to a phone during the school day, they are welcome to come in to the Main Office to use the phone.

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Homework for my sixth grader is taking hours each night. I thought homework was supposed to be limited to one hour?This is causing a lot of stress for our family.

Written by on November 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Please reach out to your child’s teachers to discuss your child’s homework load directly.  There are many factors that contribute to how long homework completion will take and this may vary student by student (e.g., other distractions such as TV or phone, fatigue, working at a slower pace, course load).   Hours, meaning two hours […]

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In Koda, what are the policies for taking down locker decorations? (When they are decorated for birthdays) Are we allowed to come in ~10 minutes early and clean out the decorations? What can we do? Thanks.

Written by on November 3, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Yes, same as putting them up.

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What subjects count torwards my child’s average in middle school?

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Every course except physical education.

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Why do middle schoolers still have binders if we also have chrome books now? They still have to carry around the same amount of things, but now they also have to carry around a bulky, heavy case. My son said his arm feels like it’s going to fall off.

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The middle school is doing its best to try to reduce the number of binders and notebooks.

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You are providing Chromebooks for some grades to use at home. That’s nice, but are you also going to pay for internet access so students can use them at home? Internet is expensive!

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Some of the programs students will use on their Chromebooks are available without wifi, if the student opens the program while in school.  In those cases the student can work offline and the Chromebook will sync with the student’s google drive account when he/she comes back to school the next day (see directions below). […]

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what musical is the middle school doing?

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The musical is currently scheduled for April 20 & 21, 2018. We are in the midst of securing rights and license, once that is complete an announcement will be made.

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Hi, I am wondering why the seventh-grade classes haven’t gotten new Chromebooks when the other grades get new Chromebooks and when the Chromebooks the seventh grader’s old ones haven’t worked reliably for the seventh graders last year. And Shen probably has the money for new ones too.

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The Chromebooks assigned to current seventh graders were new last year, when the students received them as sixth graders.  If your child’s device is not functioning properly, please ask your child to visit one of the Chromebook Care Centers in the middle school.

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Where can a student drop off their lacrosse equipment if their parents can’t drive them everyday? (Acadia.) Thanks.

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Yes, in the attendance office.

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