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Planning Your Education - Grade 6
Online Registration
Promotion Criteria
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School Information
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Course Descriptions

Planning Your Education

Your school provides this course curriculum guide as a means of assisting students and parents in understanding and planning their course of study. Students are encouraged to carefully select related arts courses during the registration process. Your school's guidance counselors and teachers stand ready to assist them. Parents are invited and encouraged to actively participate by assisting their student.

Related arts classes are scheduled based upon student requests. However, due to schedule conflicts and changes in course offerings, the staff cannot guarantee that students will be scheduled for all courses they request. In addition, be aware that the school builds a master schedule and employs teachers based on students' requests; therefore, schedule changes will only be considered on a very limited basis.

Online Registration

Online Registration was implemented in 2004. It allows parents and students to request related arts courses for the next school year from home via the Internet. Families who do not have access to the Internet will be given opportunities to use school computers to register online. Parents and students should understand that requesting a related arts course through online registration does not guarantee that the student is placed in the course the next school year. Final placement in a course is dependent upon enrollment, scheduling feasibility, and teacher allocation. Parents without Internet access at home will receive a printed copy of the course curriculum guide by request. The window for students to select related arts courses online is posted by the school on the school's website and in parent newsletters. Schools will provide instructions on accessing the online registration tool.

Promotion Criteria for Grades Six, Seven, and Eight

Criterion 1: Students in grades six through eight are expected to learn, at a minimum, curriculum standards in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and meet attendance requirements.
Criterion 2: The student earned a minimum average grade of 60% in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies (if language arts is taught as a separate subject in grades 6-8, the English language arts grade will be determined by the mean of the yearly average of reading and language arts.)
End of Year Promotion Status
The following are summary designation and descriptors for end-of-year promotion status of students in grades six-eight.
Promoted – The student met all promotion criteria. The one exception is that students who fail a high school credit bearing course in middle school are promoted but must retake the course. Enrollment in these credit bearing courses will be determined by the district criteria.
Promoted - Summer School Required - The student failed to meet the criteria for one or two core academic areas, but successful performance in summer school for any deficient area was met.

Beck International Academy Registration 2021-2022

Principal’s Message

Let me be the first to welcome you to Beck International Academy! The transition from elementary to middle school is an exciting time and we are honored to be a part of your child’s journey through middle school.  To help ease the anxiety that many students and parents face during this time, the faculty and staff at Beck offer our rising 6th grade students and their parents an opportunity to come into the school over the summer for Knight SHIFT. This  program is a great opportunity for parents and students to visit the school, before any other students arrive, and learn all the ins and outs of middle school.  Students also get to know each other by participating in fun interactive games and get a head start on the year by learning about lockers, IDs, changing classes, dress code, and any other questions or concerns they have. While Covid has complicated things some, we are hopeful that we will be able to offer this program this summer.  We believe that this is critical to easing the stress that some students feel during the transition.

Information about the time and date of Knight SHIFT will be sent home in May once the 2021-2022 calendar has been set.

If you are new to the Beck community, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about some of the unique aspects that make Beck Academy one of the best middle schools in the state.

-We have a highly qualified teaching staff that is committed to maintaining a student centered learning environment.  This is showcased consistently in above average achievement scores obtained by our students.

-We place a strong emphasis on teaching students strategies for success. We are focused on content mastery and provide a multitude of support for our students.

-We are determined to make a difference in the lives of our students by providing a positive learning environment to maximize student achievement.  Academic achievements are celebrated on a quarterly basis and positive behavior is recognized biweekly through Marvelous Mondays.  

-We are committed to providing a safe and secure school that includes a climate conducive to learning. We accomplish this with close supervision of students and consistent and fair discipline practices. Beck also has a uniform dress code to improve discipline and encourage a sense of belonging in our school. In addition, we offer an incentive program to students with our Marvelous Mondays. Students that have not received a disciplinary referral for approximately two weeks are allowed to wear Greenville County Dress Code.

-Each grade level has an Assistant Principal to facilitate communication. We pride ourselves on our ability to work with parents to provide the best education possible for students. We communicate with parents on a regular basis through weekly phone blasts, School Information App for smart phones, and Facebook page updates.    

-Our award winning PTSA is one of a kind! Not only are our parents committed to helping our school succeed, they also understand the different needs of our parents. To help with this, they have devised a variety of ways for parents to be involved. Regardless of your schedule and available time, there are opportunities for everyone. Our PTSA also produces an award winning e-newsletter to keep parents informed. You can sign up to receive an electronic copy by visiting our Beck Academy webpage at www.greenville.k12.sc.us/beck/. Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see a link to subscribe to the newsletter. Just enter your email address and you will begin receiving the newsletter every two weeks

There are so many great things going on at Beck, that we could not possibly list them all in one letter. The best way to experience Beck is to come in and get involved! I am excited about the possibilities of the upcoming school year. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions as we work together to make a difference in the lives of our students.

 

Jennifer Meisten, Principal

Mission

The mission of Beck Academy is to meet the needs of our diverse student body in an environment that nurtures, accepts, challenges, inspires, and empowers all students to achieve their individual best.

Beliefs

The middle school years can be very challenging for students as they navigate academics as well as social emotional development. Our teachers, staff and administrators strive to provide students with an appropriate level of support to help them successfully navigate these challenges. It is our goal to provide students with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world. Teaching students how to learn and how to critically evaluate information to develop meaningful real world solutions is as important as learning facts. 


Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced.


Through this approach, students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:

Teachers provide students with the tools to enable them to take responsibility for their own learning, thereby developing an awareness of how they learn best, of thought processes and of learning strategies.


Community and Service

Beck Academy promotes participation through community services. Community and Service extends beyond the classroom, encouraging students to participate in the communities in which they live.  The emphasis is on developing community awareness and concern, a sense of responsibility, and the skills needed to make an effective contribution to society.​


Important Registration Dates

Beck Academy Registration Reference for Students & Parents: 

Beck Academy has a 6 period day made up of 4 core academic periods and 2 elective periods.  Your child's 5th grade teacher(s) will make recommendations for your child in the areas of English, and Math.  Science and social studies are mass assigned.  Core academic courses offered at Beck Academy include:

Grade 6 Core Courses

    English                                                    
        English Gifted & Talented - Must meet district criteria & identified as Gifted & Talented.
        English Studies
   
    Math
        Math 6/7 - Students should meet district criteria.
        Math 6

    Science
    Social Studies

Parents who have questions about a recommendation(s) in the areas of English or math should contact your student's 5th grade teacher and/or elementary school counselor. Any parent wanting to override a recommendation should contact his/her student's 5th grade teacher and/or counselor to discuss the recommendation.  The override should be completed at the elementary school and attached to the registration form prior to a student entering Beck Academy. 

2021-2022 Elective Course Information

Beck Academy offers a variety of yearlong and semester elective options.  Students enrolling with Beck Academy for the 2020-2021 school year will take 3-4 elective classes next year.  Directions for selecting electives are as follows.

Elective 1: Physical Education - This course is required and has been assigned to all students in the registration system.
Elective 2-4:  Students will then have the option to choose 1 yearlong elective and one semester elective or 3 semester electives.  

Important Information for Band & Strings Students

Beck Academy's band or strings teacher will be in contact with students after registration to help them choose an instrument. Please only select band OR strings not both. 

Elective Courses for Grade 6 
Year Long Classes  Semester Classes
 Band   Art 6
 Strings  Chorus 6
 Read 180/System 44- Required if recommended  Computer Tech 6
   Gateway to Technology-Design and Model
   Physical Education 6- Assigned to all students
   Spanish 6
   French 6
   Theater 6

Course Descriptions

English
Title:
English Studies 6
10013100
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
English Studies 6 is designed to prepare students for College and Career readiness as required by the South Carolina State Standards. The curriculum exposes students to a variety of genres, both literary andinformational. Placement Recommendation - Successful completion of grade 5.
Title:
English GT 6
10013200
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This course is designed to meet the needs of academically gifted and talented students who were identified through the standard measures implemented by The School District of Greenville County. The curriculum designed specifically for this course meets the guidelines set forth by the South Carolina State Department of Education as criteria for Gifted and Talented instruction. Students should expect to find the curriculum challenging in a number of ways: text complexity, analytical writing, problem solving, creative endeavors, and accelerated pace. Prerequisite: Identified as GTA (Gifted and Talented Academic)
Math
Title:
Math 6
11100600
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This standards-based sixth-grade course is designed to help students begin the transition from arithmetic to algebraic thinking. It includes concepts, operations, and problems solving with decimals, fractions, and percents in addition to an introduction to integers and ratios. Students will develop algebraic thinking through the investigation of patterns, the use of simple equations and inequalities to represent relationships, and the use of tables and graphs to solve problems. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the process standards of problem-solving, communication, reasoning, representations, and connections. PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation
Title:
Math 6/7
11100700
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This standards-based course is designed to help students begin the transition from arithmetic to algebraic thinking. It includes all of the grade 6 standards and half of the grade 7 standards. Topics include operations and problem-solving with decimals, fractions, integers, ratios, proportions, and percents. Students will develop algebraic thinking through the investigation of patterns, the use of one-and two-step equations and inequalities to represent relationships, and the use of tables and graphs to solve problems. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the process standards of problem-solving, communication, reasoning, representations, and connections. PREREQUISITE: Must meet district criteria including Teacher recommendation
Science
Title:
Science 6
12010000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
The focus for science in sixth grade is to provide students with inquiry based experiences that develop science concepts in the following areas: Structures, Processes and Response of Plants-structure and function of plants; Structures, Processes and Responses of Animals-structure and function of animals; Earths Atmosphere and Weather-atmospheric properties and processes; and, Conservation of Energy-properties of energy, work, and conservation of energy. PREREQUISITE: None
Social Studies
Title:
Social Studies 6
13010000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
Sixth grade social studies expands students' understanding of history through the study of people, places, and events to the era of European exploration and settlement. Students focus not only on facts about various cultures but also on the significance of geography in history, their everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of people, and their roles in developing the social, economic, and political structures of major civilizations. Instruction should emphasize the elements of social studies literacy, the tools, strategies, and perspectives necessary for understanding how history, geography, economics and government are interwoven. PREREQUISITE: None
Arts
Title:
Art 6
15010000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
The purpose of this course is to enable students to communicate ideas and concepts through a variety of artwork, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, arts, and crafts. A study of artists and their work will help students understand the techniques, skills, and diverse intentions of artists from many cultures and times. Students will focus on developing creative problem-solving skills, visual literacy, and personal expression. PREREQUISITE: None
Title:
Theatre 6th
15210000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This course explores theater arts through the use of creative dramatics, diction, vocal expression, improvisation, dramatization, technical theatre, audience etiquette, and theatre appreciation. Performances will be an outgrowth of study. PREREQUISITE: None
Title:
Band 6
15310000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This course provides beginning-level instruction on brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. No previous musical experience is required. The curriculum includes the development of fundamental skills, concepts, composition, cooperative learning, music as it relates to history and culture, and band techniques. The class will include an expectation for the purchase or rental of an instrument and individual practice at home. Concert performances will be an outgrowth of the study of musical concepts. PREREQUISITE: None
Title:
Chorus 6
15410000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop fundamental vocal musicianship, technical skills, and aesthetic awareness through the study and performance of varied middle school choral literature. The curriculum for Chorus 6 includes vocal technique, part singing, music fundamentals, and singing music of various historical and world styles through large and small group participation. Concert performances will be an outgrowth of the study of the musical concepts. PREREQUISITE: None
Title:
Strings 6
15510000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This course provides beginning-level instruction on violin, viola, cello, and string bass. No previous musical experience is required. The curriculum includes the development of fundamental skills, concepts, composition, cooperative learning, music as it relates to history and culture, and string techniques. The class will include an expectation for the purchase or rental of an instrument and individual practice at home. Some larger instruments are available at the school, and parents should coordinate with the director for their use. Concert performances will be an outgrowth of the study of musical concepts. PREREQUISITE: None
Title:
General Music 6th
15610000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This is a course providing students with the opportunity to explore musical concepts and further their understanding of music through listening, singing, playing instruments, and engaging in creative activities. PREREQUISITE: None
Foreign Language
Title:
French 6th Beginner Level
16100000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
Aligned with the district's vision, philosophy, and goals for world language education, this beginner course introduces students to the second language through high-quality learning experiences. Not only do students gain an understanding of what it means to learn a new language, they also experience progress over time and are likely to be motivated to continue language study. Students learn enough language to ensure that they will not be total beginners when they take another course in the same language. The goal of this course is to develop some language competence. PREREQUISITE: None
Title:
Spanish 6 Beginner Level
16500000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
Aligned with the district's vision, philosophy, and goals for world language education, this beginner course introduces students to the second language through high-quality learning experiences. Not only do students gain an understanding of what it means to learn a new language, they also experience progress over time and are likely to be motivated to continue language study. Students learn enough language to ensure that they will not be total beginners when they take another course in the same language. The goal of this course is to develop some language competence. PREREQUISITE: None
Physical Education
Title:
PE / Health 6
14401200
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
Enrollment in this course fulfills the regulation that all students will complete one quarter of physical education each year in grades 6 - 8 and all students will complete one quarter of health each year in grades 6 - 8. The content of the course will consist of both health and PE standards-based instruction. PREREQUISITE: None
Career and Technology
Title:
GTT6DesignModel
18410000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This unit uses solid modeling (a very sophisticated mathematical technique for representing solid objects) to introduce students to the design process. Utilizing this design approach, students understand how solid modeling has influenced their lives. Students also learn sketching techniques, and use descriptive geometry as a component of design, measurement, and computer modeling. Using design briefs or abstracts, students create models and documentation to solve problems. PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation
Miscellaneous
Title:
Computer Tech 6
17010000
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This course provides the student an opportunity to work with word processing, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. PREREQUISITE: Keyboarding skills
Title:
Exploratory 6
17010100
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore and learn information and skills that will enhance their academic and personal lives in middle school. PREREQUISITE: None
Title:
Skill Building 6th
17990100
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This course focuses on skills that students need to make better and more efficient use of study time. Students will actively engage in learning time management skills, study techniques, organizational skills, and test-taking strategies to strengthen their performance in the classroom. PREREQUISITE: None
Title:
ESOL 6th
17990300
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This course is designed for the student who has a primary language other than English, and is not proficient in listening, speaking, reading, writing, or comprehension in the English speaking classroom. Instruction will be provided in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension to assist students in classrooms where English is the language of instruction. Students will receive skills to aid in the transition to all academic areas, as well as help in the preparation for middle school formal tests. Limited English proficiency should be determined by an approved language assessment instrument. PREREQUISITE: Guidance Placement
Title:
Study Topics 6th
17990400
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This course focuses on skills that students need to make better and more efficient use of study time. Students will actively engage in learning time management skills, study techniques, organizational skills, and test-taking strategies to strengthen their performance in the classroom. PREREQUISITE: None
Title:
Academic Literacy 6th
17992800
Course Number:
Unit Credit:
0
Grade Level:
6
This class will teach strategies and support textbook and print literacy across the curriculum, to include strengthening skills to break down linguistically represented prompts. PREREQUISITE: Teacher Recommendation