Tag: Middle School

As a concerned parent my child has told me the 8th Grade Social Studies final is going to be taken through edoctrina, and I have heard of the disaster that was the NYS testing and I feel this is going to cause a vast amount of trouble, and I don’t want my students to be forced to use this flawed system or have their tests delete. Can we change this?

Written by on June 21, 2018 in Grapevine

A. Middle school students took final exams with a web-based software platform that is different than the one used for NYSED testing.  Students have been successfully using this platform all year for tests and quizzes in many English, Social Studies, Science, and Math classes

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if you fail a LOTE class, will you have to go to summer school to make it up? 8th grade

Written by on June 4, 2018 in Grapevine

A.  No, you are only recommended for the 2-week summer review course if you fail the Checkpoint A exam on June 18.

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why aren’t students allowed to go on their phones in lunch in the middle school, as 9-12th graders are? i believe everybody should have the privilege until proven they cannot handle it. students are monitored throughout lunch, so if they ever used their phone inappropriately, it would be seen and managed.

Written by on April 13, 2018 in Grapevine

A.  Cell phone use in not prohibited in the MS during the instructional day.  Students are encouraged to keep their cell phones in their locked locker throughout the instructional day.  Use during lunches would lead to an increased number of students with their cell phones in their possession during subsequent classes.  Also, unlike the HS, […]

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I’m a middle schooler and i have a chrome book it is hard for me to carry all of my books and the chrome book bucause the case is very big and adds a good amount weight but i was wondering if i could use my own laptop sleeve to carry it around?

Written by on March 29, 2018 in Grapevine

A. Sorry but middle school students are required to use the school-issued Chromebook case.

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I am here because i am dumbfounded at the english 7-2 in gowana. As a fellow student to gowana my parents and i decided i will be opting out of the English New York State test. I am shocked how the students opting out still have to practice for this exam! Not only do we have to practice for the test but we are taking last year’s 7th grade English test as “practice.” I was shocked to hear this information but even more shocked to hear we were being graded on it to go into the portal. I do not understand why those opting out are practicing for the State test that we are not taking and we are being graded on last year’s exam!

Written by on March 15, 2018 in Grapevine

A.  All students participate in preparation for New York state testing because it allows students to review essential reading and writing skills.  All students participate in preparation for Computer Based Testing because there is long term value in students developing flexible skills for online assessment.

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Why are there cameras in middle school and why are the administrators treating them as a tool to get people to behave.

Written by on March 15, 2018 in Grapevine

A. To get people to behave.

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When are 5th grade students notified of which middle school they will be attending in the fall?

Written by on March 13, 2018 in Grapevine

A. It is posted on the website at: https://www.shenet.org/about-us/district-maps-and-boundary-info/school-attendance-by-street-name/

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if you fail 7th-grade science do you need to go to summer school?

Written by on January 30, 2018 in Grapevine

A.  Please speak with you counselor, who will be able to explain the big picture (as it pertains your individual needs) and who can give you a summary of the short and long-term impact on your academic path.

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Do Middle School grades count against college applications?

Written by on January 8, 2018 in Grapevine

A. No, unless you are accelerated and taking high school classes in middle school.

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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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