Camerado Springs Middle School Mission Statement
Camerado Springs Middle School . . .
- Is a school that is a safe place to be, a place where students and staff are proud to belong
- Is a school where students and teachers are respected and valued
- Is a school where teachers and staff work as a team to support our student and each other
- Is a school with challenging curriculum and high expectations based on student needs
- Is a school where students have a desire and love of learning
Accelerated Reader has been selected by our district due to extensive data that supports the effectiveness of the program. Two key features of the program are that students read books that are challenging but not frustrating for them to read (for all levels of readers) and they receive frequent feedback about their performance which motivates them to continue reading.
The AR program involves the following steps:
- Students periodically take an online test (called STAR Reading - not to be confused with the state assessment). This test will determine a reading level range that is most appropriate for the student taking the assessment.
- Students will then set personal goals that are based on the number of points that they plan to acquire over a specific time period. Points are determined using a system designed by AR. Many of the books available to students have been examined by AR representatives and have been assigned points according to the length and difficulty of the book. Books are also categorized by book levels (difficulty of text) and interest levels (themes and ideas related to age groups).
- Students will be selecting books to read based on points possible, the reading level, interest level, etc. Once they have finished the book, they will take a quiz online that specifically addresses the content of the book that has been read. It is very important that students put forth their best effort the first time they take the quiz because they cannot retake the quiz. Students acquire points by successfully completing quizzes.
AR has evaluated thousands of books by assigning them points and reading levels. They continue to evaluate books every day. BUSD has a large number of AR books in the libraries but you will also find AR books in county libraries or through various vendors if you choose to purchase them. You can find out which books have been assigned points by AR by visiting the AR Book Finder website: http://www.arbookfind.com
You will be able to see how your students is doing with the program by logging on to Renaissance Home Connect - a portal that you or your child can log into for a variety of information such as your child's reading level, books read and scores on quizzes. Students cannot take quizzes on Home Connect - they must take quizzes at school. The Home Connect portal is: https://hosted66.renlearn.com/287107/HomeConnect You will receive a letter from your child's teacher providing login information.
Through the Home Connect portal you can arrange to be notified when your child takes a quiz so that you can congratulate them for their success and you can encourage them to take quizzes when they finish books.
The content standards for all curricular areas are adopted by the Buckeye Union School District Board of Trustees. Links to the content standards for the various subject areas are provided below. The standards are also available on the website for the State Department of Education.
California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF)
In an effort to build on the academic honor concept, Camerado Springs participates in the state scholastic program. In order to qualify, a student must have a 3.5 grade point average in the areas of science, history, math, and language arts. If a student receives a “D” or “F,” he/she will not qualify for this program. This program is limited to seventh and eighth graders. As per the by-laws of the Federation, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain a membership application and return it to the office by the due date. This will occur at the end of each trimester. No late applications will be accepted. Applications are available in the office. Membership in the Honor Society is not automatic. A field trip or activity will be held each trimester for members of CJSF. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a field trip permission slip and return it to the office by the due date. No late permission slips will be accepted.
California Honors Society
Sixth graders may apply for membership in the Honor Society at the end of each grading period. In order to qualify, a student must have a 3.5 grade point average in the areas of science, history, math, and language arts. If a student receives a “D” or “F,” he/she will not qualify for this program. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a membership application and return it to the or office by the due date. This will occur at the end of each trimester. No late applications will be accepted. Applications are available in the library. Membership in the Honor Society is not automatic. A field trip or activity will be held each trimester for members of the Honor Society. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a field trip permission slip and return it to the library by the due date. No late permission slips will be accepted.
The mission of the GATE Program is to provide an enhanced and differentiated curriculum and appropriate learning experiences for identified gifted and talented students. Through a differentiated approach and best teaching practices, students will develop their academic, emotional, creative and social skills that will help them develop into lifelong learners.
The BUSD identification process uses multiple measures to identify giftedness. Students scoring 440 or above on both the English Language Arts and Mathematics sections of the California Standardized Test, or over 500 on one of the tests are screened to take the OLSAT (Otis Lennon Schools Ability Test) in October. If the child meets the criteria, they are eligible participants in the GATE program. Buckeye Union School District identifies about 8% of its students as eligible for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE).
The Buckeye Union School District follows guidelines set forth my law and by the State Board of Education to adopt and purchase State-Board-approved textbooks for all required subject areas. The list below indicates the most recently adopted textbooks that have been purchased and are currently being used by students.
6-8: McDougal Little: California Literature
6-8: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston: California Mathematics
6-8 Intervention: K-12 Learning Services: Momentum Math
6-8: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston: Holt Science and Technology
6-8: Pearson Prentice Hall: Pearson Prentice Hall Social Studies
At Camerado Springs all students are expected to participate and complete work to the best of his or her ability. Solutions is an academic detention, which may be assigned to students who have not completed assignments, tests, or class work. This academic time in intended to assist students in completing assignments. Students who attend Solutions will be given 50% credit for each completed assignment. Assignments competed at Solutions must be turned in to the supervising teacher. Students are expected to arrive on time and stay the entire session. Bus transportation will be available for those students who cannot provide their own transportation home. The bus will pick students up at 2:55 near the flagpole. Solutions will be held on Thursdays in the Camerado Springs Library between the hours of 2:10 and 3:10 unless notified of an alternative location/time by the referring teacher or administrator.
The Academy is a program at Camerado Springs Middle School designed for students who require additional support to meet grade level standards. The Academy Program services students in 6th, 7th and 8th Grade. Students receive the same grade level standards and are held to high expectations throughout the school year. The program is designed to have slightly smaller class sizes, flexible grouping within the classroom, a positive and nurturing environment, a focus on the development of effective study habits and organizational skills, frequent progress monitoring, and frequent positive rewards for success. The Academy Program started in the 2008 school year and has shown significant improvements in multiple areas of student achievement.