Middle School Information

School begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm.

First bell rings at 7:55 am when all middle school students enter the building from the back playground area.

Sample Schedule

Sample schedule for next year below; with times to be determined:

Green Day White Day
Class A—Literacy
Class B—Soc. Stud. / Science
Class C—Math
Class A—Literacy
Class B—Soc. Stud. / Science
Class C—Math
Switch classrooms Switch classrooms
Class A—Soc. Stud. / Science
Class B—Math
Class C—Literacy
Class A—Soc. Stud. / Science
Class B—Math
Class C—Literacy
Lunch/ Recess/ Switch classes Lunch/ Recess/ Switch classes
Class A—Math
Class B—Literacy
Class A—Soc. Stud. / Science
Character Education
Class A—Math
Class B—Literacy
Class A—Soc. Stud. / Science
Exploratory class #3-your choice (Keyboarding if you didn’t attain a minimum of 20 GWAM in 5th grade) Exploratory class #4-your choice

Exploratory Classes

Most Exploratory classes last for one semester—August-December, or January-June. Some run the entire school year; such as PE or Choir.

Exploratory classes offered to 6th graders at Slavens:

  • Physical Education (required class which also requires a PE uniform)
  • STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math lab. Learn to solve a problem using multiple skills and strategies.
  • Keyboarding (If you did not pass in 5th grade or want to improve beyond 20 GWAM)
  • Tech I: in depth study of Word, Wiki pages, etc.
  • Tech II: in depth study of Excel, Google Docs, etc.
  • Art
  • Musical Theater: similar to elementary drama
  • Guitar: learn to play this instrument and perform various times
  • Choir: all year class geared toward voice and performance
  • Stage Craft: semester class that works behind the scenes for the play in Musical Theater—make costumes, construct sets
  • Band: Advanced class is offered to those that participated in 4th and/or 5th grade. Beginning class is offered to those that are new to the program or would like to try a new instrument.
  • Anatomy: Study of the human body and group project to build a replica of the human body systems
  • Mathletics: competitive math class where you learn to solve math problems quickly and compete against other DPS schools
  • **Student Assistant: help teachers and younger students
  • Study Skills: independent study time
  • Creative Writing
  • Stock Market: Learn how to buy and sell within the stock market
  • STEAM: Art is included within the STEM class
  • Semantics: Spelling Bee preparation
  • Math and/or Literacy interventions: may request or it may be required, depending on CMAS/PARCC scores or teacher recommendation
  • **Yearbook: Create the actual yearbook that students buy as a keepsake for the school year.
  • **Newspaper: Design, report, get advertisers, print, take pictures, etc. for the school newspaper

**Application required

Sports

SPORTS offered beyond school hours: (Listed with months they occur during the school year.)

  • Softball (Aug-Oct)
  • Boy's soccer (Aug-Oct)
  • Cross Country (Aug-Oct)
  • Flag Football (Oct-Nov)
  • Girl’s Volleyball (Oct-Nov) - 6th Grade are able to make the team but most join practice
  • 7th/8th Basketball (Dec-Feb)
  • 6th Basketball (Mar-May) - 6th Grade are able to make the team but most join practice
  • Baseball (Mar-May) - Tryouts: Mid-Feb.
  • Girl's soccer (Mar-May) - Tryouts: Mid-Feb.
  • "Futures" football @ TJ

**For volleyball and basketball, there are "cuts" made to the teams because only 5-6 players are on the court at any given time. Therefore, 6th graders are allowed to practice with the team in order to improve for the following year's tryouts.

A $25.00 fee is required for each sport in which you participate.

Also, a physical is required in order to participate. (Participation includes try-outs, practices and games) It must be current within the last calendar year.

Some other exciting activities that happen during middle school at Slavens:

  • **Student Leadership
  • Halloween and Valentine’s Day Dance
  • Career fair
  • Volunteer hours
  • 8th grade trip to San Diego for SEACAMP!
  • Mathletics competitions
  • Architecture class
  • History Day
  • Salt/Gold Trade game
  • Mock Congressional Hearing
  • Solar car building and competition
  • Teambuilding activities
  • Jump Street
  • Kickball tournament
  • End of year picnic
  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Many, many others…

Electronic Device Policy

The stance of Slavens and technology is such that we want to embrace the future and reach out to our 21st century digital learners by incorporating technology into our classrooms. In order to do this, we ask that everyone have a clear understanding of our expectations:

Electronic devices may be used during class ONLY for a TEACHER-DIRECTED ACTIVITY. For example: a math teacher allows students to use cell phones as a calculator.

If an electronic device is out during class without the teacher’s approval or is being used in a way that is not part of the teacher-directed activity:

  1. The 1st time the student will be asked to put it away.
  2. The 2nd time it will be taken from the student and delivered to the office. The student may pick it up from Mr. Siebold or Mrs. Hatchett.
  3. On the 3rd, or any subsequent offense, it will be taken and a parent must come to the office to pick it up.

As always, if an electronic device is brought to school, it is the student’s responsibility. Though we are cognoscenti of the expense of the items, and work to ensure their safety, neither teachers nor Slavens are responsible for the safety of personal items.

Appropriate Internet access is the shared responsibility of the school, the student, and the family! Additionally, parents/guardians are responsible for their children’s out-of-school access to online resources. While monitoring efforts are in place in the classroom, it is not possible to monitor every student; every minute they are using technology. Therefore, students are responsible for appropriate on-line behavior and expected to be respectful of school-owned digital tools.

All 7th and 8th grade students will place their phones into a pocket chart upon entering core classrooms. The pockets are clear, so they can keep an eye on it. All phones will be OFF in order to erase classroom distractions.

IF and/or WHEN a teacher directs the students to use their personal device, the students will simply retrieve his/her phone from the pocket chart for appropriate usage.

When changing classes, phones are expected to be off, with no student usage. In lunch, recess, or any time students are on school grounds during school hours, the phone will be OFF and not used. We will no longer allow cell phone usage in the case of inside recess. (We have clocks in every room of the school so there is no need to check the phone for this information.)