Family Connection is a web-based program that will allow current sixth, seventh, and eighth grade parents and students to complete the course selection process from home. The program has been in use at the secondary level for some time. This is the fourth year middle schools will be using Family Connection for the course selection process.
Family Connection and How It Works
Students will initially access Family Connection at school with their school counselor through their science class. At this time, they will receive (1) information about the 2013-2014 Middle School Program of Studies and the 2013-2014 Middle School Program of Studies in Spanish, (2) letter from their counselor, (3) directions for using Family Connection, (4) teacher recommendations, and (5) grade level course request print out. Students will select courses based on their teacher recommendations and choose elective for next years courses. They will save their course selection survey on Family Connection and one copy of their course selection survey, which will be included in the packet, will go home for review and discussion.
We recommend parents and students take into consideration several factors before submitting final course request surveys. The school counseling department suggests students and parents select classes based on teacher recommendation as well as a balanced life style. When making course selections, parents and students should consider factors such as academic rigor, course work load, after school extracurricular activities, family schedule, and home life.
Please note, if your child selects a world language in seventh or eighth grade, this is a high school course. Upon successful completion your child will receive high school credit. The world languages are electives. World languages, along with Algebra I and Geometry, go on your child's high school transcript. This is calculated into your child's high school GPA. This is the same GPA that will be reviewed as part of your child's college application for admission.
If accessing Family Connection from home is not possible, parents should make any changes on the printed course request survey, sign it, and return to their child's counselor.
If your child has an IEP, final course selection will be made at your annual meeting. If your child has not had his or her final meeting, it is recommended you make the best choice for their course selection and discuss it during the meeting. If you do not see the classes your child needs on the course selection survey, choose the classes you feel would be most beneficial for him or her. Remember any changes can be made at the annual IEP meeting.
If your child forgets his or her screen name or password, it is their student id number. Should he or she have problems with family connection, they should contact their grade level counselor.
If you have any questions about recommendations, please contact your child's teacher.
A copy of your child's Course Request will be sent home in early May; please review it for accuracy.