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    Name:  Carole Mihalyi
    Room:  B-7
    Subject:  Seventh Grade Language Arts and Social Studies Block, Eighth and Seventh Grade Leadership, and Activities Coordinator for the building.
    Phone Number:  360-709-7469
     
     Hello students and parents,
     
    Welcome to BMS home to the Falcons. Our school is organized into four teams. We have two seventh grade teams and two eighth grade teams. I am the Social Studies teacher for the Hawks Team. I have been at BMS since it opened as a member of the Hawks Team. I have been teaching at middle level education since I first began teaching over 25 years ago and I still very much enjoy what I'm doing. Although some might find middle school students to be challenging which is true, I also find them to be invigorating and fun. There is no group of students quite like them.
     
    My interactions with my students are based on three basic ideals; mutual respect, consistent and high expectations for behavior and academics and rigorous yet informative and fun learning activities. My grading policy and scale is based on Tumwater School District's Adminsitrative Procedures and is displayed at the end of my WEB Page Introduction. Each day I come to school excited about what I'm doing and I expect the same from my students. I also expect to laugh each day and seeing the humor in life's daily tribulations is another important ideal I have lived my life by.
     
    Besides getting to teach Social Studies (my favorite subject) and Language Arts  another role I serve in the building is I am the Activities Coordinator for the school. This means I am lucky enough to get to teach the Leadership class and interact with some of our top notch seventh and eighth grade students on a daily basis. I also get to plan fun things for our whole school to participate in. What could be better than getting paid to play?
     
    As well as teaching I am involved in extra-curricular activities. I coach the eighth grade varsity volleyball team in the fall and I am a track coach in the spring. I am also one of the advisors for our eighth grade WEB Leaders (a mentoring group for seventh grade students).  I believe it is important to build relationships with my students not only in the classroom but as well as in other activities.
     
    I encourage you to get involved with as many activities as you can take on without driving yourself crazy. You will find school is a more enjoyable place when you actively engage with your own education and take on the responsibility of becoming an active participant in life. I always tell my own children (ages 32, 30 and 26) that boredom is a state of mind that only you can control. If you decide to be bored you will be. If you decide to make the best of each day you will.
     
    Student's communication is very important to me and I will expect you to actually have discussions with me and interact each day. My goal is to never go a day where we haven't had some form of verbal interaction. It is especially important for you to let me know when there is something going on in class that you don't understand. Although I pride myself on being a great communicator I am not a mind reader and if you don't tell me I won't know. We also encourage you to find an adult at school that you feel comfortable talking to if you are having problems outside of the classroom. At BMS all our staff believes that you should feel safe and happy about being in our building. Parents I also encourage you to email me with questions or concerns about anything that might arise as the school year progresses. My goal is to respond to all emails within 24 hours of receiving them.
     
    When I am not at school one of my favorite things to do is to read. I enjoy all genres of literature but my favorites are probably fantasy and science fiction. I will talk books with you any time you would like. Another thing I like to do is of course spend time with my family. I have been married to my husband for 32 years and amazingly enough I still like him! I also like doing things with our children whenever I can get them to come home.
     
    As a member of the Falcon Staff I welcome you to our building and look forward to hearing from you.
     
    Carole Mihalyi
     

    Tumwater School District

    Administrative Procedures

     

    GRADING AND PROGRESS REPORTS

     

     

    1.    Separation of academic and nonacademic indicators:

    Academic and nonacademic indicators will be reported separately on the report card.  The academic achievement grade will be an accurate representation of what a student knows and is able to do with respect to commonly established district standards for that course/subject area.

     

    The academic achievement grade will be determined by evaluating the evidence of learning gathered from assessments of progress toward the standards, which may be demonstrated through a number of both formative and summative means.  For the academic achievement grade, no less than 90% will be determined by summative assessments, and no more than 10% by formative assessments, per the table below:

     

    Formative Assessments:

    Summative Assessments

    ·        Used to guide instruction for individual students or a whole class

    ·        Introduce criteria, allow for feedback, self-assessment, and guided practice

    ·        Focus on individual or group learning

    ·        Includes informal observations, quizzes, homework, teacher questions, worksheets

     

    ·        Used to make a decision about student learning at the end of a period of instruction for progress report

    ·        Are based on course/subject area standards

    ·        Used after students have been given opportunities to practice skills and receive feedback

    ·        Focused on individual student performance ONLY; no group scores

    ·        Includes formal observations, tests, projects, reports

     

    2.    Reporting of nonacademic indicators (Secondary only):

    ·        Five nonacademic indicators (Cooperation, Participation, Preparation, Punctuality, Work completion) may be reported on the Skyward report card, using the “comments” section.  Departments will choose which of the five indicators they will report. 

    ·        Indicators will be reported on a 4-level scale with the following proficiency descriptors:

    A = Exemplary

    B = Proficient

    C = Inconsistent

    F = Unsatisfactory

    ·        Rubrics describing each proficiency level will be prepared by the entity indicated:

    Cooperation - School

    Participation - Department

    Preparation - Department

    Punctuality – District

    Work completion - Department

     

     

    3.    Grading scale (Secondary only):

    All grades will be calculated using the following grading scale:

     

    Skyward Percent

    Letter grade

    State GPA

    93 – 100

    A

    4.0

    90 – 92.99

    A-

    3.7

    87– 89.99

    B+

    3.3

    83 – 86.99

    B

    3.0

    80 – 82.99

    B-

    2.7

    77 – 79.99

    C+

    2.3

    73 – 76.99

    C

    2.0

    70 – 72.99

    C-

    1.7

    67 – 69.99

    D+

    1.3

    60 - 66.99

    D

    1.0

    0 – 59.99

    F

    0

     

    4.    Individual and group scores:

    At times teachers may choose to have students work in groups on formative and summative assessments/activities, but summative scores must reflect individual achievement.  “Learn together; assess individually.”

     

    5.    Multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning:

    Students shall be afforded multiple opportunities to demonstrate their mastery of standards.  This may be achieved through two or more types of summative assessments on the same standards (e.g, a paper and a test), frequent and repeatable formative assessments prior to the summative assessment, or through the use of reassessments (“retakes”).  If reassessments are offered, the following procedures apply:

    ·        Reassessment opportunities are encouraged when students appear to need additional time and instruction to master the standards assessed. 

    ·        Reassessments may be offered for part of a summative assessment or all of it, or in a different format, as determined by the teacher.

    ·        When reassessments are offered, all students may be reassessed, regardless of grade on original assessment, if they meet the following requirements:

    ·   Complete the original assessment.

    ·   Complete all assigned formative assessments (homework, classwork) for same standards.

    ·   Complete reteaching/relearning activities, as determined by the teacher.

    ·        The department will determine reasonable timelines for reassessments and be consistent in the application.

    ·        Reassessment grade replaces the original grade.

     

     

    IMPLEMENTED:  June 20, 2013

    (This is a new procedure)