Welcome to Orchard’s 7th and 8th grade program. We are so looking forward to this school year.
Students are responsible for coming to school with the following items:
- 3 Ring Binder (2 or 3 inches)
- 5 Dividers (labeled: ELA/HSS/Math/Science/PE)
- Hole Punched Lined Paper
- Ear buds (to be used with the Chromebooks at school)
- Glue Sticks
- Kleenex, Glue Sticks, box tops, and Clorox Wipes.
The purpose of homework is to build responsibility and create a home-school connection. Students will have homework every night. In terms of grading, homework will count as part of each student’s subject grade (e.g. Science homework will be one component used to determine a student’s science grade).
Students in the 7th and 8th grade create log-ins in order to access an internet-based program that shows students their homework, grades, and special projects in every class (except electives). Parents may also access this program by creating a log-in and password. The website can be found by going to http://orchard.twinriversusd.org
Dances are a privilege offered to 7-8th grade students and are held 2-3 times a year. A committee of 7th and 8th graders plan the dances, determine play lists, and set dates. Students are expected to follow school rules at all dances. Students must be present at school the day of the dance (no exceptions).
Student Led Parent Conferences in Fall
Parent conferences will be held on November 17th – 18th . Conferences are student led, which means that all 7th and 8th graders will need to come with parents to a conference. They are first-come first-serve and you may show up anytime between the hours of 8:00 – 3:00 (except for a lunch break between 12-1pm) each day.
Students who earn between a 3.0 – 3.99 will receive an Honor Roll Award. Students earning a 4.0 will receive a Principal’s List Award. Assemblies are held on Wednesdays or Fridays once a trimester.
7th and 8th graders are not permitted to bring treats to share at school for birthday celebrations, etc.
Each trimester students may choose from a list of electives. Students rank their choices and teachers place them in an elective. On the report card, this period (6th period) will show up as “Study Hall”. Students only receive a grade of P (pass) or F (fail) in this class.
Science in 7th and 8th Grade
We are requesting a $4.99 lab donation to be turned in for all 7th and 8th graders to their science teachers at the beginning of the year.
Cell Phones and Backpacks
Cell Phones are to be kept in students’ backpacks at all times. Phones kept in pockets are subject to confiscation.
Basketball may be offered in the winter and Soccer will be offered in the spring. A 2.0 GPA, completed waiver and physical are required to play sports.