Trailblazers

Trailblazers

You can reach us by email or by leaving a message at Indian River Middle School office (578-7030). We will return your call as soon as possible. You may also communicate through the agenda/planner. Please check and sign the agenda each night!

Teachers on the Team

Taylor Macina – English

Katlin Pearce – Math

Opal Darden – Civics

Alan Mckee – Science

Trailblazers Team News

It has been an exciting year, full of growth and challenges. We appreciate the students who continue to work and do their best and also the supportive parents and guardians who have continued to work with us. Thank you parents and guardians for all your encouragement, dedication and contributions to our cause of helping your child become a lifelong learner.

Please continue to send your student to school with pencils, paper, and all of their required materials. There is still plenty of learning time left in this school year, and we need our students prepared for the next step in their life, 7th grade.

We acknowledge the students who played sports for the recreation center or IRMS, the musicians, choral and instrumental, the book worms and the artists, the entrepreneurs, the published authors, those who tried to cook and sew and those who would rather watch, also the creative inventors and scientists. You see we had a variety and we hope you had a positive experience on your way to your destiny because you are a Trailblazer.

Civics and Economics:
We have completed all our civics and economic units and are now reviewing. All 6th grade students will be spending several days with each civics teacher focusing on four topics per class during the next weeks prior to the SOL test. Projects, snapshots, quizzes, and homework are still due. Notebooks and supplies are still needed every day until sometime in June. We hope learning about our government and citizenship has been an enjoyable experience and the information will remain with our students in their future endeavors.

To help prepare for the civics SOL, please use SOLpass.org, BrainPop, and any released SOL questions at VDOE website. Students also have review questions from SOLpass in their review folders, review cards which they created, their class notebooks and mnemonics booklet and a review folder they are completing in class to study with. The Civics SOL is Friday, May 17.

Parent Information:
Please continue to check and sign agendas daily and help your child complete homework and study. Please talk to your child and find out what types of supplies he/she needs.

Classroom Expectations

  • Be prepared for class before instruction begins. Be in your seat, have all necessary materials ready, and make sure that your pencils are sharpened.
  • Raise your hand and wait to be recognized before you speak or move about in the classroom.
  • Stay on task, do quality work, and seek assistance when you need it.
  • Show respect for yourself, your teachers, and fellow classmates.
  • Leave your work area neat and clean. Return all materials to their proper places and place (do not toss) your trash in the wastebasket.
  • Remain seated in class until the teacher dismisses you.
  • Conduct yourself in an orderly fashion as you enter and leave the classroom and move through the hallways and cafeteria. NO horseplay!
  • There will be no eating, drinking, or chewing gum in class. Food and drinks are to be consumed in the cafeteria. Likewise, perform personal grooming in the restroom.
  • Coats and book bags are to be left in your locker.

Demerit System

IRMS uses a demerit system to deal with inappropriate behavior that we believe obstructs the educational process. Failure to meet the expectations listed will result in the student receiving a demerit with the following consequences:

Demerit System Procedures
1st Demerit Warning issued to the student
2nd Demerit Phone call to parent and conduct notice issued
3rd Demerit Lunch detention
4th Demerit After-school detention
5th Demerit Parent/teacher conference
6th Demerit Referral – ISS (1 day)
7th Demerit Referral – ISS (2 days)
8th Demerit Referral – OSS (1 day)

Please Note: Continuous failure to bring required materials to class and/or return signed papers after parent contact will result in disciplinary action. Students are responsible for carrying their agenda throughout the day. This will serve as their hall pass when needing to go to the bathroom, etc. If students do not have their agenda, they will still be granted permission to leave the classroom, however, lack of required materials will result in a demerit.

Homework Policy

We believe homework is important because it reinforces what has been taught in class; prepares students for upcoming lessons; and helps students develop self-discipline, responsibility, and organizational skills. Students are required to write down their homework nightly in their agenda in all classes. Homework is due the following day, unless otherwise stated. Please expect students to have homework nightly in all four core classes. Students will not be given time during the school day to complete their homework.

Grading Policy

Work should be completed on time. If work is not completed on time, consequences will result. It is important that all assignments be completed on time.Homework-10%

Tests-40%

Quizzes-30%

Classwork/Other-20%

Parent Conferences

  • Our team is available to meet with parents Tuesday and Thursday between 2 and 3:00 p.m.
  • If you would like a conference, please email or call one of the team teachers to set up a conference.

Makeup Work & Tests

  • Indian River Middle School requires a written excuse from parent/guardian for absences.
  • Students are responsible for completing any missed work.
  • If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to pick up all make-up work/class notes upon return to school. Students are expected to make-up all missed work.
  • If a student is present the day before a test, please make sure they are prepared to test upon returning to school.