6th Grade Parent Orientation

Welcome to South Pasadena Middle School!

IMPORTANT EARLY DATES:

    1. Thursday, August 15— First Day of School. Students will receive their full schedule on the first day of school in their first class. 8:00 am.
    2. August 15 and August 16– students may purchase PE clothes and locker locks during PE classes or order online at spms.spusd.net>Parents >PE Clothes & Spirit Items.
    3. Thursday, August 29— Back to School Night, 6:30-8:00 pm.
    4. Tuesday, September 3 – First SPMS General Assembly Meeting
    5. Week of October 21 – 25– SPMS Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences, early dismissal at 12:30 pm daily; SPMS PTA Book Fair in the auditorium lobby.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL TIPS:

    1. “Binder Reminder” is a zip-up binder with a handle; a convenient way to store paper, pencils, pens, class work by subject, and hold School Agendas. Backpacks are not allowed in classrooms except for the first few days. School “Agendas” (like day planners) will be given to students in class. Supply lists are on the school website at spms.spusd.net>Parents >Student Supply Lists, and are starter lists. Your child will be given a list of supplies needed by each of their teachers, so you’ll probably make another trip for supplies.
    2. School is 8:00 am – 2:40 pm, except Mondays when dismissal is 2:20 pm. Drop-off / pick-up is on Oak Street (south side of school) or on Fair Oaks (in front of school) or in the parking lot. No U-turns or double parking. Watch for students in crosswalks and crossing the entrance and exit driveways. Have plans for drop-off and pick-up, as traffic gets hectic with Marengo and the High School just blocks away.
    3. Encourage your child to walk to and from school and to meet friends. There are bicycle and skateboard racks on campus, next to the main office in front and near the exit gate/old gym in the back.
    4. It’s best to purchase your child’s PE and locker locks, locks through SPMS because the Assistant Principal has the master key. Write the combinations down and help them familiarize themselves with the lock. If your child is anxious about using the combination lock, we suggest purchasing one ASAP and having them practice.
    5. Remind your child they can take advantage of the library during brunch and lunch. It’s a welcoming space with books, games, and creative activities.

“ALL”, “ODD”, “EVEN” DAYS:

  1. “All” days are Mondays. Students attend all 6 periods of classes with no Homeroom, 8:00 am – 2:20 pm. (Occasionally students will have an “All“ day scheduled where they attend all 6 periods and are dismissed at the usual 2:40 pm.)
  2. “Odd” days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students attend Periods 1, 3, 5, and Homeroom, 8:00 am – 2:40 pm.
  3. “Even” days are Wednesdays and Fridays with Periods 2, 4, 6, and Homeroom, 8:00 am – 2:40 pm.

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION:

  1. Many teachers have websites which can be found on the school website. You can often find homework assignments and due dates for long term projects. Feel free to email teachers with questions or concerns.
  2. The Parent Portal – my.spusd.net— can be used to check grades and upcoming or late assignments.
  3. Principal Kubela sends out a weekly email (SPMS Community Updates) to all parents on Sunday evenings. If you are not receiving these emails, check your junk folder, then contact the school office at (626) 441-5830.
  4. The PTA also sends weekly emails (Tiger Tidbits) full of information. Please read it for important dates, events, and information, or go to the PTA website: spmspta.com
  5. Your student’s school counselor is provided on your student’s class schedule. Counselors are assigned to students to help them receive the necessary support to succeed academically, socially, and personally. Students report to them with scheduling, class, and elective issues.
  6. Report cards are issued quarterly, mailed to each student’s home.

CLASSROOM ISSUE PROTOCOL:

  1. Student speaks with teacher.
  2. Student speaks with counselor.
  3. Parent emails teacher.
  4. Parent emails counselor.
  5. Parent outlines issue in written letter to Principal and schedules meeting to discuss issue.
  6. Parents follow up with Principal, with a copy of written letter attached.

STUDENT SUCCESS:

  1. Organization! Most children need help. Encourage your student to use their Binder Reminder and Student Agendas for all their classes to write down assignments and due dates. Some teachers put information on their web pages, however there can be delays in updating these pages so it’s best for your student to write down as much as they can during class.
  2. Check your student’s Binder Reminder daily. Teach them how to track due dates and work in advance to prevent last minute cramming and stress.
  3. Remind your child to put their name and the class period on ALL their assignments. Often assignments go missing or end up in a random pile in the classroom. This assures that if your child did the work, he or she will be properly credited.
  4. Create a system that helps your child be organized and ready for school each day, checking their Binder Reminders and Student Agendas to make sure they have their assignments and supplies they need.
  5. Students should keep assignments even if they’ve been turned in and/or graded in case it is listed as ‘Missing’ on the Parent Portal. Encourage them to clean out their binder quarterly and keep things in an established location in your home.
  6. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. must check into the office to receive an ADMIT SLIP before going to class. Students are allowed 3 tardies per semester. The full policy and more information about attendance, and campus rules can be found at spms.spusd>Resources> Campus Rules.
  7. Keep a copy of your child’s schedule at home so you know what classes they miss if they are ill or have a doctor’s appointment. You child is responsible for contacting each of their teachers to get make up work. Get the names and contact information of at least two students in each of your child’s classes to help them get assignments when they’ve missed.
  8. You child will have two sets of books: one for home, one for the classroom. You will receive an email when students will be bringing home textbooks so you can arrange assistance/transportation.
  9. Don’t panic when you check Parent Portal and see your child’s grade has plunged from an A to a D. Most likely, there is an assignment missing. Teach your child how to check the portal to make sure all their assignments are turned in and credited.

MISCELLANEOUS:

    1. All items being dropped off for your child should be left at the school office, clearly labeled with their name.
    2. Lost and Found is located outside on the south side of the school office.
    3. Donations of Kleenex, hand sanitizer, wipes, and bacterial soap are always needed and greatly appreciated by teachers and staff!
    4. Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be used during school, but may be kept securely in their lockers.
    5. Call the school office (626) 441-5830 to report an absence each day your child is absent. If you are picking up your child early, you can send a note with them to the school office in the morning so they can get a grounds permit to leave class at the right time.