Academic Programs and Procedures

Contents
 
Academic Teams
Gifted Support Program
Learning Support Program
Choral Music
Instrumental Music
General Music 
Grading Procedures
Report Cards

Major Subject Courses
Unified Arts Courses
Student Recognition
Promotion Policy
Bell Schedules
Parent Conference Schedule
Early Dismissal Schedule
2 Hour Delay Schedule
Extended Homeroom Schedule

 

Academic Teams

At HMS your child is part of an instructional team. Team participants include students, their major subject teachers, a guidance counselor, and a building administrator. Our teaming arrangement is designed to provide a supportive learning environment for each student.

Gifted Support Program

The Seminar Program provides support for identified gifted students. The class meets throughout the school year. The emphasis is on enrichment and meeting individual student needs.

Learning Support Program

The Learning Support Program is a special education program designed for students with special learning needs. Students in the program are assigned to regular and special education classes based on their Individual Education Program (IEP).

Our learning support students attend regular education classes whenever possible and as recommended by their IEP documents. Regular and special education teachers modify instruction, follow the IEP accommodations, and use techniques, that will help these students learn successfully.

Choral Music

Students interested in choral singing have many opportunities to do so. Each grade level has a choir. Students may sing in one of two choruses that are scheduled during school time. An audition is required. These groups perform for school and community functions.

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music is offered to any student in the school who currently plays a standard band or orchestral instrument. For those who currently play, the following ensembles are offered:

  • 6th Grade Band
  • 6th Grade String Ensemble
  • 7/8th Grade Band
  • 7/8th Grade Orchestra
  • String Chamber Groups

These groups, while being highly activity-oriented, impart a basic knowledge of musical notation and music literature. For additional information, call the Middle School Music Office at 610-853-5900, ext. 5141.

General Music

General Music is a musical option for students who do not participate in either an instrumental or choral music ensemble. In sixth grade, the emphasis of this class is on listening, singing and performing on a variety of instruments. In seventh grade, emphasis is on the historical approach to the understanding of music and musical literature.

Grading Procedures

Grades are one method of evaluating a student's academic work. Student behavior will have no effect on the grades as reported. Student academic achievement will be reported as a letter grade according to the revised system:
 

100 - 98 A+   79 - 78  C+
97 - 93   77 - 73  C 
92 - 90 A-   72 - 70  C-
89 - 88 B+   69 - 68  D+
87 - 83   67 - 63  D 
82 - 80 B-   62 - 60 D-
59 - 0                  F

 

Report Cards

Report Cards will be emailed to valid email addresses on file in PowerSchool approximately one week after the quarter ends so teachers have time to finalize grades.

Quarter and final grades may be viewed through PowerSchool.

For end of quarter dates see the Middle School calendar.

If you require a paper copy of the report card please contact the grade level secretary.

Major Subject Courses
 Grade 6  Grade 7  Grade 8
Language Arts
Mathematics 
Social Studies
Science
Language Arts 
Mathematics
Social Studies
Science
English
Mathematics
History
Science
World Language

 

Unified Arts Courses
 Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

Tech Ed
Exercise Science  
Spanish/Latin
Art
Developmental-Guidance
Physical Education
Music

Tech Ed 
French/Italian
Art 
Physical Education
Music 
Tech Ed
Health
Art
Physical Education
Music

 

Student Recognition

Our students are recognized for outstanding accomplishments throughout the year. It is our goal to celebrate the uniqueness of each child. Academic, athletic and social awards are given throughout the year. Student of the Month Each month, the academic teams choose a student (one boy and one girl) from their team as a Student of the Month. Criteria for this honor are: school citizenship, leadership, cooperation and positive attitude.


Team Recognition Awards
Each marking period, students from each academic team are recognized for excellence and outstanding contribution in any of the following categories: school citizenship, community service, extra-curricular activities, cooperation and positive attitude.

Academic Awards
Students who achieve a high standard of academic performance will be recognized in our Scholastic Honors system. At each quarterly grading period students who meet the specified academic standards will be honored. Students must earn all As or Bs to receive this award.

Sports Awards
For participants on a school athletic team, seventh and eighth grade students receive a certificate and letter.
 

Michael Bianco School Spirit Award

This award is given to an outstanding eighth grade student who best represents the continuation of the ideals of former principal, Mike Bianco, who was vital force in the life of Haverford Middle School. The selected student will have demonstrated outstanding school spirit throughout the five areas of school life:

  • Character
  • Commitment to school
  • Community and school service
  • Leadership
  • Scholarship

 

Carol Plater Restifo Award

 

Mrs. Restifo spend 41 years in Haverford School District as a principal and teacher, her last 11 years were here at HMS. Her contribution to our School District and HMS was more then her teaching and administrative skills; Mrs. Restifo taught us lessons on life. This honor will be bestowed upon an eighth grade student who embodies the essence of Mrs. Restifo:

  • Kindness
  • Tolerance
  • Empathy
  • Patience
  • Care to all
Team Leader Challenge Award

The Haverford Middle School Team Leader Challenger Award is bestowed to an eighth grade student who has successfully overcome a personal challenge or obstacle. This student is someone who has shown initiative, continuous improvement, and a willingness to accept help from others.

Student consistently overcomes obstacles through:

  • A positive attitude and determination in all work and activities.
  • Acceptance that everyone needs assistance to reach their full potential
  • Takes pride in self and accomplishments
  • Personal aspiration and goals to continue success 
Pupil Services Peer Act of Kindness Award

The Pupil Services Peer Act of Kindness Award Award is bestowed to an eighth grade student who understands that simple acts of kindness really do make a difference.  This student knows how to show kindness to their classmates and consistently supports peers.

  • Consistent living of one’s own life with honesty, integrity, responsibility, and a sense of welfare for the school and local community. 
  • Special acts of kindness that has benefitted others
  • Unusual commitment of time and energy in service to others
  • Special gifts of friendship
Promotion Policy

Policy

Students must earn 5.25 units to be promoted to the next grade. In 6th and 7th grades, two of the units must be in Language Arts and one in Math. In 8th grade, one of the units must be in English and one in Math. No required major subject may be failed in successive years. Students must earn a passing grade in two or more marking periods in order to pass that subject for the year.

Unit Values

Subjects that meet weekly for the year have a unit value of one (English, History, Math, Science, World Language 8).
Classes that meet 5 times a week for a double period (Language Arts - grades 6 and 7) have a unit value of two.

Subjects that meet weekly for one quarter have a unit value of .25 (Art, Exercise Science, Technology Education, Information Technology, Geography 8, Health, Spanish 6, French 7, Latin 7).

Bell Schedules
Homeroom 7:50 - 8:05
Period 1 8:08 - 8:56
Period 2 8:59 - 9:47
Period 3 9:50 - 10:38
6th Grade
      Lunch 10:41 - 11:11
      Period 4 11:14 - 12:02
      Period 5 12:05 - 12:53
 7th Grade
      Period 4      10:41 - 11:29
      Lunch      11:32 - 12:02
      Period 5      12:05 - 12:53
 8th Grade
      Period 4      10:41 - 11:29
      Period 5      11:32 - 12:20
      Lunch      12:23 - 12:53
Period 6 12:56 - 1:44
Period 7 1:47 - 2:35
Dismissal 2:35

 

Parent Conference Schedule
Day 1
Teachers on duty / Doors open
Homeroom
Period 1
Period 2
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5
Dismissal
7:40
7:50 - 8:00  
8:04 - 8:34 
8:38 - 9:08 
9:12 - 9:42 
9:46 - 10:16 
10:20 - 10:50 
10:50
Day 2
Teachers on duty / Doors open
Homeroom
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5
Period 6
Period 7
Dismissal
7:40 
7:50 - 8:00 
8:04 - 8:34 
8:38 - 9:08 
9:12 - 9:42 
9:46 - 10:16 
10:20 - 10:50 
10:50
Day 3
Teachers on duty / Doors open
Homeroom
Period 1
Period 2
Period 6
Period 7
Dismissal
7:40 
7:50 - 8:00 
8:04 - 8:42 
8:46 - 9:24 
9:28 - 10:06 
10:10 - 10:50 
10:50

LUNCH WILL NOT BE SERVED TO STUDENTS ON PARENT CONFERENCE DAYS

 

Early Dismissal Schedule - Act 80 Days
Teachers on Duty / Doors open 7:40
Homeroom 7:50 - 7:55
Period 1 7:59 - 8:24
Period 2 8:28 - 8:53
Period 3 8:57 - 9:22
Period 4 9:26 - 9:51
Period 5 9:55 - 10:20
Period 6 10:24 - 10:49
Period 7 10:53 - 11:18
Announcements 11:18 - 11:20
Dismissal 11:20

LUNCH WILL NOT BE SERVED TO STUDENTS ON ACT 80 DAYS

 

2 Hour Delay Time Schedule
  6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
9:50 - 10:03  Homeroom
10:07- 10:37 Period 1 Period 1 Period 1
10:41 -11:11 Period 2 Period 2 Period 2
11:15 - 11:45 Lunch Period 3 Period 3
11:48 - 12:18 Period 3 Lunch Period 4
12:21 - 12:51 Period 4 Period 4 Lunch
12:55 - 1:25 Period 5 Period 5 Period 5
1:29 - 1:59 Period 6 Period 6 Period 6
2:03 - 2:33 Period 7 Period 7 Period 7
2:33 Announcements
2:35 Dismissal

 

Extended Homeroom Schedule
Teachers on Duty 7:40
Homeroom 7:50 - 8:30
Period 1 8:34 - 9:17
Period 2 9:21 - 10:04
Period 3 10:08 - 10:51
Grade 6
Lunch A 10:55 - 11:25
Period 4 11:29 - 12:12
Period 5 12:16 - 12:59
Grade 7
Period 4  10:55 - 11:38
Lunch B  11:42 - 12:12
Period 5 12:16 - 12:59
Grade 8
Period 4  10:55 - 11:38
Period 5 11:42 - 12:25
Lunch C 12:29 - 12:59
Period 6 1:03 - 1:46
Period 7 1:50 - 2:33
Announcements 2:33
Dismissal 2:35
Periods 
48 minutes