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Guajome Parent Portal

The Guajome Park Academy Parent Portal is an easy to use, web-based application that allows parents and students to see student information including:

  • Class Schedule
  • Attendance
  • Test Scores
  • Demographics
  • Gradebook
  • Current Assignments
  • Grades
  • Graduation Status
  • Transcripts

Teachers enter current and upcoming assignments, tests, and quizzes in the Parent Portal.  This is a good tool to use if your student forgets to write assignments in their agenda or is absent. Parents and students can directly email teachers through the Parent Portal.

6th Grade Success Tips

Welcome to the Pond!

The First Day of School is Monday, August 12, 2019

The first day of school is going to be busy, so you may want to plan on arriving a little early.  The first bell rings at 7:55 and class starts at 8:00. Please make sure to bring your schedule with you.   Please don’t worry if you’re a little lost. There will be a lot of new students who are also trying to find their way around. Security, Teachers, and Staff will all be out this week to help you find your classes. 

Here is what your schedule will look like for the first day:

Middle School Bell Schedule
Passing
7:55-8:00
5 min
Period 1
8:00-8:57
57 min
Passing
8:57-9:02
5 min
Period 2
9:02-9:59
57 min
Break
9:59-10:09
10 min
Period 3
10:14-11:00
57 min
Lunch
11:11-11:41
30 min
Period 4
11:46-12:43
57 min
Passing
12:43-12:48
5 min
Period 5
12:48-1:45
57 min
Passing
1:45-1:50
5 min
Advisory
1:50-2:05
15 min
Passing
2:05-2:10
5 min
Period 6
2:10-3:08
57 min

 

 

Academics

Guajome Park Academy (“GPA”) is committed to inspire and mentor all learners to become responsible, critical thinking, global leaders through excellence and innovation in education. GPA is a school designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners, offering a program which is flexible, demanding, and educationally appropriate.

Middle School Program 

GPA’s Middle School Program has a six period day schedule with two semesters in the school calendar. The Middle School student’s schedule includes the four core subjects (math, English, social science, science) and two elective subjects. Additionally, students are supported by a culture of engaged and relationally driven staff and are provided optional “outside” enrichment opportunities in order for students to develop and pursue their learning passions. 

Letter Grading 

Students earn letter grades of A, B, C, D, or F on their report cards. Letter grades have the following numerical values: A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 59 or below.   Parents and Students can check their grades in the Parent Portal. Parents will be sent home a letter with information on creating a Parent Portal Account in August. 

Homework Requirements

 Homework is graded and averaged in as a portion of a student's grade. Typically, the homework load is 30 minutes per subject per day. This must be explained to rising 6th graders so they understand that they will be held accountable for completing homework, and that their grades may drop if they consistently do not turn in completed homework in a timely fashion. Students should always turn in homework, even if it is incomplete. 

Time Management/Study Habits

 Students have six classes in a school day with six different teachers, six different expectations, and sometimes six different homework assignments! Along with being responsible for all of the above, students must also be responsible for managing time; both at school and at home. One major academic process that students must fit into their busy schedules is homework - whether completing assignments, major projects, or studying for tests. Learning and utilizing study skills is an important lesson for a 6th grader. 

 

Community Service

All students at GPA are required to perform 30 hours of community service during each school year per the GPA Charter. Community service is a donated service or activity performed by someone in order to make a difference for an individual person, a given group, or the greater community. The purpose of community service is to embrace our Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (“ESLRs”), meet our IB eligibility criteria, get involved, contribute, and be engaged in the community. Students are encouraged to complete 15 hours each semester. Students who do not complete community service hours may not receive priority registration of courses for the following school year and/or may lose eligibility to re-enroll at GPA for the following school year. Any student who does not finish community service by the communicated spring deadline, will not be eligible to participate in school activities.

Dress Code

Student behavior is greatly improved, which leads to a more productive working environment, when a student is dressed appropriately for school. GPA has established a dress code that gives families flexibility in the way their student dresses. Use good judgment when dressing for school and all school related events. Appropriate dress is an important life skill a student needs to learn. Dress codes are reviewed and renewed as styles change and as students use clothes to make negative affiliations with outside groups or dress becomes a safety issue. A student will not be allowed to remain at school in clothing that is inappropriate or otherwise unsafe, offensive, or disruptive to instruction. Consequences for inappropriate clothing range from a simple change of clothing and/or detention to student suspension from school, depending on the specific infraction of school policy. 

GPA Dress Code

Counseling Services

Counselors are located in the main Administration Building on the Second Floor. Students are assigned Counselors by Last Name. Click HERE to find your student's counselor.

How is a student referred to the guidance office?

Students may be referred to the counselor by parents, teachers, administrators, or peers, or they may self-refer. To schedule an appointment with a Counselor, please email the Counselor or contact Ms. Preston at (760) 631-8500, extension 1210.

What does the Guidance Counselor do?

• Helps students resolve problems which interfere with learning 

• Facilitates educational and career planning 

• Increases knowledge of self and others 

• Supports students with specific needs 

• Offers crisis intervention and prevention 

• Provides individual/small group support for student or family concerns 

• Attends meetings with parents and teachers as requested 

• Communicates with collateral contacts (therapists, doctors, ER) as necessary 

• Point person for "at-risk" behavior (suicidal ideation, self-injury) 

• Monitors student progress 

• Attends Special Education Team Meetings as requested 

• Provides referrals to community agencies to assist students facing personal or family concerns outside the scope of the school counseling program

What does the Guidance Counselor provide for parents?

• Facilitates a home/school partnership in fostering school success 

• Provides support for parents regarding their child's educational development 

• Shares information with parents (as needed) to help clarify and/or solve student and/or school-related problems.

Calming First Day Jitters

Attend New Student Orientation 

  • Take your Picture and get your ID Card

  • Tour the school to locate your classrooms

  • Figure out the best way to get from one classroom to the next 

  • Find the locations of bathrooms, the cafeteria, the gym, the library, the nurse's office, and other important offices

Practice new routines

Start going to bed and waking up on the school schedule a couple weeks before school even starts. 

Learn your schedule 

  • Go over it ahead of time

  • Figure out a system for remembering which class to go to next

  • Make sure you keep a copy in your binder

  • If you forget or lose your schedule you can get a copy in the Counseling Office or the Front Office.

Review the student handbook

Understand the rules and consequences for things like: 

  • The dress code

  • Internet use

  • Restricted items such as cell phones

  • Late arrivals and absences

Supporting Your Student''s Learning

Developing Good Habits

  • You student may benefit from using an agenda, a basic organization tool in which students record both daily and long-term assignments. Help your student become accustomed to writing their homework for each class in their agenda or Google calendar.

  • Try to schedule one day per week to re-organize your backpack or to sort your notebooks.

  • Check the Parent Portal at least once a week.

Establishing a Study Time and Place 

A good home study location…. 

  • is a quiet place, free of distractions (exception: quiet music playing in the background)

  • has good lighting

  • includes a chair, requiring the student to sit up straight, and a table or desk

  • should be used each time the student studies

  • Parents should be available if their child needs help

  • Discuss and establish with your child the time of day that will be set aside for homework. Late afternoon and early evening are the best times. It is important to consider whether your child needs "down" time when they get home from school before starting their homework or if your child would do better starting immediately. 

  • Discuss with your child the length of time that is to be set aside for homework. A 6th grade student at Guajome Schools has approximately 30 minutes of homework per subject per night. This, of course, is an estimate and your child needs to understand that the actual time to complete assignments will vary each day based on assignments and scheduled tests.

  • Plan for study breaks. Some students are able to concentrate for long periods of time while others need to break every 20 minutes. Your child's age and individual needs will help you to determine how long they can concentrate before needing a rest. 

  • Please contact your student’s teachers via email if you have a question or concern about their academics.  You may also call (760) 631-8500 ext. 1210 to schedule an appointment with your student’s counselor. 

Additional Ways to Help

Staying after school for extra help

  • We encourage students to stay after school to: Get extra help, Study for tests, Redo assignments, do their homework, and work on projects, etc.

  •  Teachers offer tutoring Monday-Thursday from 3-4:10. Your student’s teacher will provide them with the days and times they are available.

  •  Students may attend Homework Club after school Monday-Thursday from 3:15-4:15 in room 3232 in the Upper HIgh School Building.  Homework Club is overseen by a teacher and provides students with a place to do their homework. Students do not need to sign up to attend.  

  • One on one tutoring with a High School student is offered in the Counseling Department. Please contact your student’s counselor for more information.

  • Do not hesitate to contact your child's teachers or school counselor with any questions that you have regarding your child's adjustment and progress in school.

Tips for Parents/Caregivers

  • Encourage your child to participate in clubs/activities.

  •  Create a consistent supervised study time for your child.

  •  Be positive with respect to homework. Relate the importance of school to your student. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.

  • Establish a study area that can be monitored.

  •  Encourage your child to ask for extra help when needed.

  •  Check in periodically about your child's progress.

  •  Allow your child to gain a sense of independence and responsibility.

  •  Encourage your child to advocate for themselves.

  •  It is important that your child is on time for school. Too much tardiness may cause them to fall behind.

  •  Stay in communication with your child's teachers through phone, email and your child's agenda.

  •  Make sure you know the purpose of homework and what your child’s class rules are.

  • Check the Parent Portal regularly

  • When your student asks for help, provide guidance, not answers.

  • Use online resources as additional help and practice. www.khanacademy.org offers instructive videos and practice in mathematics, science, history, economics, and other subjects.

  • Finally, DON'T forget that your child is young and there will be bumps in the road. Mistakes will be made, but it's all a part of the learning process.