University

Team University

 

 

 

 

Members of team University will foster an authentic and unique sense of community where genuine concern for one another, empathy, mutual support, diversity, constructive feedback, and fun are emphasized and reinforced as a group; therefore, each individual who is a member of the team will grow and reach their maximum potential.

Teachers on the Team

C. Wright – English/AVID

S. Freeman – Math

T. Fisher – History

C. Harrell – Science

Team University News

Hello everyone! The students are doing a great job adjusting to the school year and getting back into the swing of things. They have mastered Schoology and are getting very comfortable with technology skills. We are very proud of them! Currently, we are working hard with the students to make sure that they are utilizing the binders and other helpful organizational skills. We could really use your help getting the students to utilize the agenda daily since it is an expectation here at Indian River. Please encourage your student to record his/her homework daily, even if it has already been completed. This is also where demerits are recorded and where you can see how often your student needs a pass to leave the classroom. If your student needs a new agenda, they can be purchased for $5 at the school store. At this point in the year, your student should have his/her binder setup for each class, with an agenda and pencil pouch inside. Please check to see if your student needs any items replaced or if they need extra assistance setting this up. Additionally, please ensure that your student has a lock for his/her locker. This is the best place for students to leave their personal belongings during the school day since they are not allowed to carry around book bags. We appreciate your support, and we are looking forward to the continuous improvement throughout the rest of the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, our contact information can be found on the school’s website

Team University’s Philosophy and Mission

Each member of Team University will be fully valued and will help establish acceptable behavioral norms that insure that all members are safe and included in the community. It will be the responsibility of each team member to uphold their end of the commitment and to help hold others accountable as well. Here are the principles that establish the framework of the Full Value Commitment:

  • Safety (physical and emotional
  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Let Go and Move On

Grading Policy

Each teacher on Team University utilizes a wide variety of assignments and activities to assess student’s understanding, knowledge and skills; Tests, class activities, projects, writing assignments, homework, and class work are all developed to differentiate the ways in which students are assessed. Grades are calculated for all students on Team U using the following guidelines: PRACTICE 30%, QUIZZES 30%, and TESTS 40%.

PBIS System

IRMS is excited to implement PBIS (Positive Behavior Integration System) this year! The 8th grade uses a merit/demerit system to deal with inappropriate behavior that we believe obstructs the educational process. This system will restart at the beginning of each quarter. For positive behaviors, Rise Rewards (merits) will be issued. Students may use 4 Rise Rewards to purchase back a demerit. Failure to meet the expectations listed above will result in the student receiving a demerit with the following consequences:

Demerit System

The 8th grade uses a demerit system to deal with inappropriate behavior that we believe obstructs the educational process. Failure to meet the expectations listed above will result in the student receiving a demerit with the following consequences:

Demerit System Procedures
1st Demerit Conduct notice issued; to be signed and returned to the teacher
2nd Demerit Conduct notice issued; to be signed and returned to the teacher
3rd Demerit Parent contact
4th Demerit After-school detention with prior notice given
5th + Demerit Referral to Ms. Chatman

Rewards for Positive Behavior

  • Monthly University award recognition and rewards
  • Class and team celebrations
  • Opportunities for school-wide recognition contests
  • End of marking period rewards
  • Positive phone calls home
  • Increased trust from teachers and parents
  • Opportunities for out-of-school activities
  • Sense of pride, confidence, and well being

Communication with Team University Teachers

All teachers on Team University view communication as an essential element in the success of our students. There are many ways in which you can communicate with the teachers if you have a question, comment, concern, or compliment! The student agenda is a simple form of contact that can be used. Additionally, you can call the school (578-7030) and schedule a team conference on available Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays.