- Habits of Successful Students
- Planner/Tracker Sheets
- Interventions for School Success
- DESK Standards
- Intervention Pyramid
- Online Learning
- Community Resources
- Frequently Asked Question
- Should I Take Honors Classes
- Mental Health
“Seven Habits of Highly Successful Students”
1. Have an Attitude.
Want to learn. Be open to learning. Commit to learning.
Make school a priority.
Be willing to let go of old ways.
Persist—try again and again.
2. Set Goals
Envision what goals you want to accomplish.
Make a plan and stick to it—don’t second-guess yourself.
Learn how to make quick decisions.
Keep track of what and when assignments are due.
Study every day—if possible, give yourself the weekend off.
Be prepared for every class (have books, pens, assignments, notes, etc.)
4. Be There
Never miss class.
Come on time.
Don’t leave early.
Be actively involved in learning.
5. Do the Work
Take good notes.
Read, read, read—any kind of reading.
Complete and turn in assignments.
6. Communicate and Connect
Ask, ask, ask.
Ask your teachers, counselors, librarians, administrators, staff, and peers questions.
Actively pursue answers to your questions.
Get help (math help, reading help, health services, financial aid, etc.).
Discuss class work with friends and parents.
Be open to making new friends.
Get involved in school activities/organizations (clubs, sports, community service, etc.).
Learn people’s names.
7. Live Healthy
Eat the right food at the right time.
Practice kindness and respect—good manners go a long way.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
*Always have a “go-to guy.” Whether it is a parent, another trusted adult, or a friend that is a phone call
away, successful students have someone they can turn to when they need help with an assignment or just
need someone to talk to about the stresses of life.
Every period write in your school planner what you did in class and what you need to do when you get home. Sometimes students find when they get home they can't remember what they need to do for homework. Writing down assignments in class will help to refresh your memory. If you don't have your school planner, print out a planner sheet by clicking on the title for this section.
Here is a way to get your parents and teachers in on your progress. Print a tracker (click on title for this section) and take the tracker with you to each class. You (the student) need to fill out the day, your name, your classes and what you need to do for homework. At the end of each class give your filled out tracker to your teacher to circle if you worked and if you turned in your work that day. Your teacher will also initial your planner. When you get home show your tracker to your parent, review what homework you need to do and have your parent sign your tracker.
◦Talk to your student about school. (Ask question that can't be answered with "yes" and "no" or a grunt.)
◦Ask them, "What homework do you have tonight?"
◦Make sure they have the necessary materials (pencils, notebook, etc.) and they are taking them to class.
◦Occasionally go through your students notebook to check on their organization and how they keep track of assignments.
◦Provide time daily for your student to work on homework.
◦Quiz them on material before a test.
◦Help your student break down big projects and assignments so they are not trying to do everything the night before it is due.
◦Encourage your student to read daily.
◦Encourage your student when they struggle.
◦Check their progress on mydsd.
◦Communicate with teachers. (E-mail is better than a call, teachers do not have phones in their rooms.)
◦Be involved in school activities.
◦Help them access before and after school Math help.
1 - If the student is struggling in your class please make sure to apply classroom interventions first. For ideas of what to try please refer to our FJH Intervention Pyramid. These interventions should be posted in Encore. (To add an intervention for a student click on the intervention button in your grade book in Encore.)
2 - When the classroom interventions do not prove to be successful you should refer the student for LCM through the student’s counselor. This referral should be a written documentation (via email or letter) stating the issue you are facing with the student and the interventions you have implemented.
3- The local case management team (LCMT) will review the referral on the upcoming Monday. The referral, interventions, and student testing data will help the LCMT determine “next steps” for the student to be successful.
4- If you have referred a student you will be able to view the notes to the LCM meeting by Wednesday morning.
Parents and Teachers - The Pyramid of Interventions can give you ideas of things to try in helping students. FJHpyramidnew.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How do I know if I am within an assigned bus route?- Click the "my.DSD" link to the top right of this page, login to the student account, select "Report Tools" and then select "Transportation Information". This information is maintained by the District's Transportation Department, and should be updated for the new school year by mid August.
- How many students may be in one locker? - The lockers are designed for only one student.
- Can I practice opening my locker? - Yes! Each year prior to the first week, the school will sponsor Husky Camp, during which you will have plenty of time and help to learn how to open your locker. You can practice all you need.
- How does lunch work? There are two lunch periods. The lunch period you have is by grade, all seventh graders will have the same lunch. Ninth grader have the other lunch with the eight graders split between the two lunches. There are three lines (one for the main lunch, a sandwich line and and pizza/salad line). Students should walk to the cafeteria choose a line and then go to the back of that line. You can eat in the cafeteria or go outside to eat if the weather is good. No food is allowed in the halls.
- How long are the classes? - Classes are about 50 minutes long. For a close look as the class times, click the "Bell Schedules" link under the "Information" tab at the top of the school site.
- How much time is there between classes? - There are five minutes between classes. As long as you don't stop and talk to friends along the way, there is plenty of time to get to your next class early. Plan your day, you might not need to go to your locker between every class.
- Why do we get out early on Friday? - School ends at 2:00 each Friday. The extra time that teachers have at the end of the day on Fridays is used for collaboration among teachers, staff development, and individual planning time.
- Can seventh graders join the basketball team? - 7th, 8th, and 9th graders can all try out for the team. We encourage anyone who wants to participate to try out. For those who do not make the school team, there are intremurals in the morning and other city leagues outside of school. Keep practicing and be sure to tryout again! Girls can also play volleyball and boys have wrestling. All students are also welcome to do track in the spring.
- How much homework will we have? - A TON!! Just kidding… Most 7th graders have 30 minutes to a couple hours each night. It also depends on the classes you are in and how much work you get done at school.
- If a student is on free lunch can they go in any of the lunch lines? - Absolutely, yes!! However, be aware that you may not give your number to another student to use or use it twice in one day.
- How will I know where my classes are? - Room numbers will be on student schedules and student planners will have maps. Before school starts in August, we will invite 7th graders to an orientation to practice opening lockers, find classes and get more familiar with the building and staff. Plus, students can always ask a teacher, counselor, administrator or other students to help find a class – so don’t be afraid to ask!
- How will the 7th grade class officers be determined? - Each elementary school selects their 7th grade representative. You may want to ask a teacher or administrator at your school how they are selecting your representative.
- How many students will represent each elementary school as 7th grade officers? - One 7th grade representative is selected from each of the elementary schools.
- Are the halls scary…and confusing? (It’s such a big school. I’m nervous.) It can seem scary and overwhelming, but give it a week or two and you’ll be great! There are lots of adults and students who will be available to help. You can always come to the Counseling Center for help too!
What will I need to bring to school on the first day?
Backpack or book bag
Lunch money or a lunch bag
Notebooks or Binder
A great attitude
- Where can I go if I need help? Any teacher can help you find your classrooms. The office can help if you have lost your locker information. The office or counseling center can help if you lost your schedule. The counselors are also here to help with other questions. The administration and custodial staff can help with stuck lockers.
Junior High Honors Courses
Indicators for Student Success
Please thoughtfully consider the following criteria as you are making a decision about whether or not Junior High Honors level courses will provide the most appropriate learning environment. A student should:
1. Typically be performing at 85% or above on the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) in a specific subject area before considering enrolling in an Honors level course in that subject area.
2. Typically be performing in the 80th percentile or above on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) in a specific subject area before considering enrolling in an Honors level course in that subject area (currently, the ITBS is no longer administered, but past scores can be used as a guide).
3. Consistently earn an "A" or "B" (or a "3" for 6th graders) for the subject in which they would like to take an Honors course.
4. Have a high level of interest and strong desire to be challenged in the subject in which they would like to take an Honors course.
5. Consistently exhibit most of the following characteristics:
Enjoys tasks that are more challenging than average
Has a ready grasp of underlying principles and can quickly make valid generalization about events, people, and things
Tries to understand complicated material by separating it into its respective parts; reasons things out
Analyzes problems and considers alternatives
Enjoys complex concepts and processes
Becomes absorbed and truly involved in certain topics or problems
Needs little external motivation to follow through in work completion
Often requires little direction from teachers
Is highly self-motivated and persistent
Has high expectations of self and others
When deciding whether or not to enroll a student in a particular subject area Honors course, please consider the following subject specific characteristics:
Is interested in numerical analysis
Has a good memory for storing main features of problem and solutions
Reasons effectively and efficiently
Organizes data and experiments to discover patterns or relationships
Is flexible in solving problems
Social Studies/Language Arts:
Has advanced vocabulary for age or grade level
Reads a great deal; does not avoid difficult material
Enjoys language/verbal or written communication; has advanced communication skills
Organizes ideas and sequences in preparation for speaking and writing
Likes study and research in areas of interest