2015 Oct 26: Junior High Focus-Academics

There are a number of successful extra-curricular activities and programs on each of our Rockdale ISD campuses, but this week the focus is academics. April Eschberger, Rockdale Junior High Principal, has information regarding Math and ELA classes on her campus.

Fall has fallen upon us at Rockdale Junior High. Football and volleyball are coming to an end in just a few short weeks. I would like to take just a few moments to talk about academics and homework for junior high school students. The sixth and seventh grade students have all been doing the Math Fluency program each day. This program was started at the Intermediate School last year and saw great achievements in math skills with students. Wanting to continue in this achievement success the program was implemented in the junior high in mid-September. This program consists of a daily homework on a specific math skill. The homework in turned into the student’s math class the next day and takes a quiz of this same skill. When the student masters this skill, he or she will move on to the next skill. Each night students will have a short math fluency assignment, so please be sure your child completes the paper.

In English classes, students have been challenged to compete in a 40 Book Challenge. This requires students to read 40 books during the school year. There must be books read in various genres such as fiction, nonfiction, historical fictions, fantasy, and others. Students meeting the 40 Book Challenge will be rewarded at the end of the school year. Please encourage your child to read books. The more students read the better their vocabulary becomes and the better their writing becomes.

It is important that students complete their assigned homework each evening and be ready t o turn the completed assignment into their class the next day. Often this homework is a preview of the day’s learning. Other times it is a review of the learning that day to provide practice for students to ensure understanding of material. Parents can help junior high students in this endeavor by asking about school, homework, and what they learned that day. They can provide a quiet place to do homework free from distractions, setting aside a specific time each night for homework, praising their efforts, and motivating them to succeed and get good grades. Most importantly check for completion of the homework each night. Thank you to our parents for supporting their child’s success!