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BEFORE WE BEGIN,
PLEASE REMEMBER TO:
Welcome to MSGA!
MSGA: STATE, NATIONAL AND
Our mission is to develop global learners through connected learningexperiences. Our vision is to provide students with a gateway to learning excellence.
Authorized IB MYP School
GAEL President’s School Achievement Award Re-designated Lighthouse GA School to Watch GAMSP Effective Middle School Program Award
for District 14
GADOE recognized PBIS School GASSP Breakout Middle School RAMP Counseling program
Award winning Fine Arts Programs and Sports Teams
BLUE DEVIL EXPECTATIONS
THE 3 R
Respect is treating others with the same courtesy and consideration we would want for ourselves.
Respectful Blue Devils care about themselves, their school, and others.
Responsibility is being dependable, trustworthy, reliable, and accountable for one’s actions.
Responsible Blue Devils are self-aware and always there.
Ready is being timely, organized, and prepared for class. Ready Blue Devils are on time, bring all their materials, and are prepared to learn.
HOW WE MAKE “BIG”
Students are assigned to a Team
Share common core subject teachers
Share core classes in close proximity (i.e. Team Halls)
All students are International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) Learners
Team numbers are titles only and do not indicate level of learning or academics
Each student is assigned all-year to an Advisement Teacher
Advisement classes occur weekly
IB MYP SCHOOL
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM
COURSE TERMS & EXPLANATIONS
Gifted = MILE Program services in ELA and S.S.
Magnet = Application process required; Enhanced, Gifted, AC and Accelerated courses integrated with STEM-related themes/topics
STEM/STEAM for All = Exciting whole school hands-on STEM/STEAM projects in the Fall and Spring
MYP (IB Middle Years Programme) = IB MYP instructional framework and Learner Profile integrated with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) Enhanced = Challenging level of courses for qualifying students
Connections/Remedial Education Program (REP) = Support and intervention classes for students below grade level in Reading and/or Mathematics
Advanced Content = Gifted students are automatically placed (ELA & S.S.) and qualifying students who meet the criteria for those ELA and S.S.
Accelerated 6/7 Math = Rigorous math course for qualifying students
The MCS 6,7, 8 Grades Placement Matrix is used for scheduling students in all Enhanced, AC and Accelerated core courses with recommendations from 5th
LIST OF MSGA WORLD LANGUAGES, ELECTIVES &
ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND INTERVENTION
COURSES AND EXTRA CURRICULAR
World Languages: Spanish and French Art: Visual and Multiple mediums
Band: Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Orchestra: Viola, Violin, Cello and Bass Drama/Enhanced Drama (Audition) Chorus/Enhanced Chorus (Audition)
Reading Connections (every other day or everyday), Math
Connections (every other day or everyday)
PE/Health: Individual physical fitness, personal well-being and organized sports
Extra-curricular: Clubs-during school hours, PBIS Ambassadors
For Student-Athletes based on tryouts and grades: Football (Fall), Cheerleading (Fall/Spring), Basketball (Spring) ; physical required. More information will be posted to Schoology and sent via email.
MSGA COURSE OFFERINGS
IB MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME
W. Lang. &
PE/Health• Reading Connections • ELA 6 • Enh. ELA 6 • AC/MILE ELA 6 Math Connections Math 6 Enh. Math 6 Accelerated 6/7 • Science 6 • Enh. Science 6 Social Studies 6 Enh. Social St 6 AC/MILE Social St 6 Visual Art Band Orchestra Chorus Enh. Chorus Drama Enhanced Drama French General Music Spanish PE/Health STEM Magnet • Enh. ELA 6 • AC/MILE ELA 6 STEM Magnet Enh. Math 6 Accelerated 6/7 STEM Magnet • Enh. Science 6 STEM Magnet
Enh. Social Studies 6 AC/MILE Social St 6
MARIETTA MIDDLE GRADES UNIFIED
DRESS CODE – SHOW SCHOOL PRIDE! Marietta uniform shirt with plain
jeans, pants, or shorts.
Friday is Spirit Day. Spirit Shirts may be purchased at school store, on-line or at various Marietta City Schools (athletic) events. Uniform order link:
Students show their individuality through their character (respect & responsibility).
Same dress code as MMS
Uniform shirts $7
$10Prices subject to change
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
Car riders may be dropped off between 8:45 a.m. and
Doors open at 8:45 a.m.
Classes are held from 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dismissal starts at 4:00 p.m. daily
We offer BSP starting at 6:30 a.m. and ASP until 6:30
p.m. This is housed at MCAA across the street.
MSGA IS A NO BULLYING ZONE
Bullying is not permitted on any MCS campus.
Students are encouraged to report bullying
Students can report to teachers, administrators,
office personnel, or counselors.
TRANSITION PROCEDURES AND BYOT
Walk on the right at voice level Zero, Masks Up with Distance
All hallways and restrooms monitored by MSGA staff during
Expected transition times= 4-5 min. max
Personal technology (BYOT) is restricted to usage only under the
following two conditions:
Only with the permission and under the guidance of the
A signed BYOT contract by a parent
Social Media is prohibited at MSGA due to age restrictions
(13+ and over)
WE CELEBRATE SUCCESS AND
REINFORCE POSITIVE BEHAVIORS!
MSGA strives to teach, model, positive behaviors
for all students.
MSGA students are acknowledged and rewarded
who demonstrate Responsible, Respectful, and
Ready using Positive Behavior Interventions and
Town Hall Celebrations with Achievement
Before/After school activity participation
Blue Devil of the Month Awards
STUDENT INDEPENDENCE –
Tools available to help connect students and
parents to school community information:
Schoology Courses and 6th
Grade Only Groups
Weekly email “Tuesday Tidbits”
Online ASPEN/Schoology family portal
MSGA Webpage at
Phone, text and email Messages
Follow us on Facebook
WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
Student Support Services
Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)
Academic and Behavior Supports
School Improvement Specialist
WORLD LANGUAGE AND
Students choose world language and electives in Aspen.
Once students sign in to Aspen, select either French or Spanish and a Fine Arts class (Art, Band, Chorus, Orchestra, or Theatre Arts).
The window to make world language and elective selections opens Monday, March 15 and closes Friday, March 26th .
If a world language and elective are not chosen in Aspen, the school will assign courses.
Students may not get their first elective choice. This is governed by space available.
MSGA Fine Arts Showcase