August 28, 2013

Department Power Standards

The following are Department Power Standards that each student at Tonaquint is expected to learn and understand.

Language Arts 6th Grade

Language Arts 7th Grade

Math 6th

Math 7th

Science 6th

Science 7th

Physical Education 6th & 7th

Health Education

Fine Arts




August 28, 2013


Three of your five senses are primarily used in learning, storing, remembering and recalling information.  Your eyes, ears, and sense of touch play essential roles in the way you communicate, perceive reality and relate to others.  Because you learn from and communicate best with someone who shares your dominant modality, it is a great advantage for you to know the characteristics of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles and to be able to identify them in others.




Mind sometimes strays during verbal activities

Observes rather than talks or acts

Likes to read

Usually a good speller

Memorizes by seeing graphics and pictures

Not too distractible

Finds verbal interactions difficult

Has good handwriting

Remembers races

Uses advanced planning


Quiet by nature

Meticulous, neat in appearance

Notices details

Talks to self aloud

Enjoys talking

Easily distracted

Has difficulty with written directions

Likes to be read to

Memorizes by steps in a sequence

Enjoys music

Whispers to self while reading

Remembers faces

Easily distracted by noises

Hums or sings

Outgoing by nature

Enjoys listening activities

Likes physical rewards

In motion most of the time

Likes to touch people when talking to them

Taps pencil or foot while studying

Enjoys doing activities

Reading is not a priority

Poor speller

Likes to solve problems by physically working through them

Will try new things

Out-going by nature; expresses emotions through physical means

Uses hands while talking

Dresses for comfort

Enjoys handling objects


  • Students who have equal modality preferences are more flexible learners and are already using many studying techniques rather than just a few.

August 28, 2013

Qualities of a good student


Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. The qualities of the student are of great impact to determine the student’s bright future and career. So, who is a good student? What are the qualities of a good student? Historically, the term ‘student’ refers to anyone who learns something. However, the recent definition of a “student” is mostly used to refer to anyone who attends school, college, or university.

Again, what are the good qualities of a student? The list below shows the qualities of a good student.

  1. Attitude: Basically, a good student possesses the ability and willingness to learn new subjects even if the subjects are not interesting.
  2. Academic skills: Acquiring academic skills is the most important quality of a good student. Ability to read comprehensively, to write effectively, to speak fluently, and to communicate clearly are the key areas in which a student must be proficient. Having a good command in all these areas will make a student to shine in the class.
  3. Ability: A good student has the ability to apply the results of his or her learning into a creative way and achieve the goals.
  4. Perceptiveness: How well a student can interpret and perceive meanings from a conversation greatly determines the quality of a student. A good student always perceives right meaning from conversations, but an average student often misunderstands the original thoughts of a speaker or writer and derives a wrong conclusion.
  5. Self-Discipline: Discipline in managing the time is an important factor that every good student must possess. Often delaying the tasks, such as writing assignments, reading text books, etc, may negatively impact the ability of a student to achieve the goals.
  6. Understanding rather than memorizing concepts: Resolving any doubts by asking about them on the spot is always a good thing. Several surveys suggest students must understand the concepts rather than just memorize them. The memorized facts and theories will stay in student’s memory until they leave school, college, or university. Once out of school, the students will totally forget the core concepts that they had learned. Therefore, it is essential for a good student to understand the concepts.

August 28, 2013

Adjustments to Intermediate School

Suggestions for Students

For most students finding classes and getting to know teachers is one of the biggest concerns. Knowing the building layout will reduce a lot of stress the first few days of school.

  • Learn the layout of the building, rest rooms, office, etc.
  • Maps are available in the front office and in your Student Handbook
  • Walk through and memorize your class schedule, periods 1-8
  • Get familiar with the bell schedule, starting and ending times
  • Learn the names of all your teachers
  • Meet your teachers before the first day of school, if possible
  • Keep your backpack and binder well organized
  • Make a friend(s) in each class, someone you look forward to seeing
  • Listen, follow directions, and make eye contact with your teachers
  • Allow time for adjustments to take place
  • If problems or concerns persist, get help immediately
  • Take it one day at a time

During the first few days of school your child will notice that 6th grade moves much faster than 5th grade.  Being organized and prepared for class is expected.  Staying focused and on task will help students be productive and successful.  Help your student concentrate on school, and try to keep distractions to a minimum.  Follow the general flow of the teacher’s lesson.

  • Take simple notes and make mental pictures to help remember key ideas
  • Write down assignments, due dates, test dates, and any special instructions in student handbook/planner
  • Raise your hand and ask questions
  • Work to complete assignments in class to minimize homework

Teaching Styles

Going from 1-2 teachers to 5-7 teachers can be an adjustment at first for many students.  Being aware that teachers will use a variety of different teaching and learning styles, as well as have different personalities, class rules, and student expectations will help your student be more comfortable as they move throughout the day and their schedule.  The following are suggestions for both parents and students.

  • Be familiar with each teacher’s expectations
  • Be cooperative and well behaved; let your teachers know you are excited to learn
  • Set a good example for other students
  • Keep and be familiar with each class disclosure statement
  • Understand and follow classroom procedures and rules
  • Be familiar and understand grading procedures
  • Stay focused and on task
  • Complete and turn assignments in on time
  • Communicate your needs, concerns, and questions to your teachers
  • Have fun!  Enjoy your time at Tonaquint!