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2018-19 ELECTIVE INFORMATION FOR CURRENT 6TH AND 7TH GRADE STUDENTS

Students and parents, please be sure to read and review all of the criteria for the 2018-19 elective classes.  Students received an elective form on Friday, March 16th.

 

Students may only apply for one Leadership class - ASB or PAL. 

 

If you are applying for a year-long application elective (Advanced Art, Advanced Home Arts, Advanced Robotics, AVID, Global, Office Aide or Yearbook), students can apply for no more than two

 

Leadership applications are due by Friday, March 23rd.

 

All other year-long elective applications and forms are due by Friday, April 13th.

 

Below are the application forms:

 

AVID Application 2018

Leadership/Specialty Class Online Application Form

 

ASB/PAL Leadership Agreement Form 2018

Specialty Classes Application Agreement Form 2018

2018 Teacher Recommendation Form

     

 

If you are interested in applying for Adv Art or Adv Home Arts please:

 

1) Write the class # on your blue or green Elective Choice Form.

 

2) Come to the Performance Task at lunch-

 

     Adv Art- TUES, April 10th in Room 603

    Adv Home Arts- THURS April 12th in Room 604

 

3) When you come to the Performance Task you will complete a few questions/tasks and receive the application to complete. The application has a couple of questions and a Teacher Recommendation Form. Once you've completed the questions, give the paper to your current Elective teacher to complete. That teacher will then turn in the paper to the office. 

 

Come see Mrs. Weitzel (Room 603) or Mrs. Logie (Room 604) if you have any questions. 

2018-19 ELECTIVES PRESENTATION

The following electives presentation was shared with all current 6th and 7th grade students during elective periods on Friday, March 16th. Click on the link below to view the presentation.

 

2018-19  Electives Presentation

2018 SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION

 

There are currently three options for summer school classes – CUSD Summer Credit Program, Pacific Coast High School (PCHS) or ACCESS.

 

NOTE:  LAST DAY TO TURN IN PCHS OR ACCESS REGISTRATION FORMS TO YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMIC ADVISOR IS FRIDAY, MAY 18TH.  FORMS NEED TO BE DELIVERED TO DISTRICT OFFICE BY MONDAY, MAY 21ST, 2018.

 

PCHS may close registration early if all courses are full.  CUSD cannot guarantee enrollment in courses even if paperwork is returned by May 21st.  They have closed registration early the past two years.

 

Option 1: CUSD SUMMER ONLINE COURSES  HEALTH  - The course work is completed at home.  All tests must be taken in person.  A 1.5 hour testing time per week (at Aliso Niguel High School) is assigned.  Students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation on June 19 or 20.  Failure to attend the orientation will result in being dropped from the course.  CUSD classes run from June 18 - July 25, 2018.  If you have any questions, please go to the support site at http://support.cusdonline.com/hc/en-us.

 

Option 2: PCHS (Pacific Coast High School) HEALTH  - The course offered through PCHS is fully online. The course runs from July 2 - August 8, 2018.  PCHS classes are CSU/UC approved A-G credits. 

 

Option 3: ACCESS  HEALTH - Students who enroll with ACCESS meet with the teacher once a week at one of three site locations (Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano or San Clemente).  ACCESS classes run from July 2 – August 8, 2018.  ACCESS classes are not CSU or UC approved A-G classes.

 

To enroll, choose one of the following:

  1. CUSD SUMMER ONLINE COURSES – Print and complete form CUSD Summer School Registration Form 2018  and turn in to Ms. Seyedjafari or Ms. Graffeo beginning March 26, 2018.  Forms will be time-stamped as they are turned in.  Registration window is April 13 - May 25, 2018 for middle school students.  Enrollment is limited and priority is given to current high school students. An email with specific testing and orientation times will be sent to parents on June 4, 2018 from the district office.
  2. PCHS - Print the Enrollment Packet from http://pchs.k12.ca.us/july-august-capistrano/. Parent and student will need to complete pages 1-6 of the Enrollment Packet.  Student must then submit the completed paperwork to Ms. Seyedjafari or Ms. Graffeo beginning March 26, 2018.  The Registration window is open March 26th - May 21st, 2018.  Space is limited and priority is given to current high school students. 
  3. ACCESS - Print and complete the ACCESS referral form and course request form here   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dEY8JpOueAxfrVs1X0PImEnoxmeLeu6-/view?usp=sharing and turn in completed forms to Ms. Seyedjafari or Ms. Graffeo.  The Registration window is open April 30th - May 21st, 2018.  NOTE:  You must print the ACCESS enrollment packet here  http://www.ocde.us/ACCESS/Pages/S1S-AU103---South-East-AU.aspx  and bring to your first ACCESS appointment.  If prompted for a username and password, click cancel.  Do not print double-sided.  ACCESS will not accept double-sided forms. 

 

Guidance Secretary/ Registrar
Kelly Larkins Guidance Secretary/Registrar

The Guidance Secretary/Registrar is the first point of contact for parents and students enrolling at Ladera Ranch Middle School.  Should you have any questions regarding enrollment, transferring to another school, or transcript requests, please contact Kelly Larkins at (949) 234-5922 during office hours.

Academic Advisors
Teri Graffeo Academic Advisor
Sandra Seyedjafari Academic Advisor

The Ladera Ranch Middle School Academic Advisors are Sandra Seyedjafari (A - Mi) and Teri Graffeo (Mo - Z).  Students are always welcome to stop in to see their academic advisor during non-class time if they have questions or need assistance.  

 

You may contact our advisors through email - Ms. Seyedjafari at smseyedjafari@capousd.org  or Ms. Graffeo at tmgraffeo@capousd.org  or you may call the school at (949) 234-5922.

School Counselor
Tom Bogiatzis School Counselor

Mr. Bogiatzis is available at Ladera Ranch for social/emotional and academic counseling. Discussions with the counselor and student are confidential. Please feel free to contact Mr. Bogiatzis if you think your son/daughter may benefit from counseling. Students may also request to be seen on their own by filling out a Counselor Request form located outside Mr. Bogiatzis' door.

2018-2019 Progress/Quarter Grade Reports

1st Quarter

9/14/2018      End of Progress Report Period

10/12/2018    End of 1st Quarter

 

2nd Quarter

11/9/2018       End of Progress Report Period

12/20/2018     End of 2nd Quarter

 

3rd Quarter

2/8/2019        End of Progress Report Period

3/15/2019      End of 3rd Quarter

 

4th Quarter

4/26/2019      End of Progress Report Period

6/6/2019        End of 4th Quarter

 

*Grades will be posted to Parent Portal about one week after the end of the reporting period

FAQs

Q - What's the difference between School Loop and Parent Portal?

- The Parent Portal should be used for the following:

  • Annual online summer re-registration is available via the portal, saving time and eliminating the need to complete the large traditional paper packet.
  • Emergency contact information can be updated at any time
  • Real-time period-by-period attendance data
  • Medical information can be viewed and updated
  • The following can be viewed and printed at any time:
    • Report cards and unofficial transcripts
    • Test scores, including college test scores
    • Class schedules
    • Graduation status reports

​      School Loop may be used to:

  • View homework assignments
  • View grades/homework/test scores
  • View attendance from the previous day
  • Receive daily email with grades and homework assignments
  • Email teachers through Loop Mail; individually or as a group
  • View school news postings
  • Access teacher websites

Q - What is a progress report?

- The purpose of a progress report is for teachers to be able to communicate with parents when a student may be struggling in class whether it is a lower than average grade or below satisfactory work habits or citizenship.  The purpose of this reporting is to describe students’ progress in meeting the district’s learning and  behavioural expectations for each marking period.  The progress report is intended to inform parents about their child’s learning successes and to give guidance for improvement efforts when needed.Progress reports are sent at the midpoint of each quarter and  do not go on the student's permanent record (transcript).