We have made changes for this school year to focus on student’s learning and organizational skills. In the junior high all 7th and 8th grade students will receive a three-ring notebook with spiral notebooks, and a pencil pocket filled with pencils and pens. Junior high students will be taught how to take notes, and improve their organizational skills using their notebook. The district is purchasing all of these supplies for students.
Junior high student’s curriculum will be broken down from two halves to four shorter terms. Students and their parents will receive grades at the end of each quarter. Students will have a new elective every quarter, allowing them to take new courses not offered in the past. If a student is struggling in a core class, students will be removed from an elective and given additional support to succeed in the core class. Once the student is caught up in the core class they return to their elective class. Students are expected to pass all of their core classes in junior high to be eligible to enter high school.
High school students and parents will receive progress reports after the first and third quarter, and semester grades after the first and second half of the year. The additional grade reports keep students and their parents better informed on their progress in their classes.
High school students will have the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit in writing and health at Central Linn this year. Students can earn the college credits for free, and the credits are transferrable to community colleges and universities after they graduate.
Students in the junior and senior high will be given two planners, one for the first half of the school year, and a second for the last half of the school year. Students will be taught how to use the planners in Advisory, and check their grades during Advisory. Using the planners will help students learn how to manage their time more effectively.
Advisory will be held on Tuesdays with the focus of developing college and career readiness skills, identifying student’s strengths, aptitudes, interests, and planner/grade checks. Other than Tuesdays, students will be on a “Regular Schedule” with longer periods to give students more time in their classes to learn. Copies of the “Regular Schedule”, “Advisory”, and “Late Start” schedule are available on this website under the link “Bell Schedules”. Students who want additional support on developing college and career readiness skills are encouraged to apply to have an AVID elective course.
To help students focus in class, in grades 7-12 students will check their cell phones into a container in each classroom. At the end of the class, students will have their phones returned to them. Please do not text or call your student during class time, as this will disrupt all of the students in their class. If you need to contact your student during class call the front office 541-369-2811, and one of the office staff will deliver the message to your student, or have your child come to the office to call you.
If you have questions about any of the new programs we will have at Central Linn, or have concerns please give me a call at the school, or stop by the front office and chat. Your children, and our students are our future and we want them prepared for life after high school graduation.
Heidi Hermansen, Principal