Organization of Komachin
- Komachin is organized into 3 dens; each with ~250 students.
- Each den is organized into teams of social studies, language arts, and science teachers.
- Math and other specialists serve students from more than one team based on individual needs.
- This creates smaller learning environments within the larger school to better meet the needs of our students.
- Whenever possible, students stay with the same advisor and social studies, language arts, and science content teachers for two years.
- This strengthens relationships between students, teachers and families as we get to better know the specific needs of each student and foster those relationships over the course of two years.
- We keep students and teachers together for two years through what we call looping. Looping means 7th and 8th grade students are in the same classes together.
- We have a 2-year curriculum cycle.
- At the end of two years all students who leave Komachin will have received the same curriculum, but not in the same sequence as would be the case in a traditional 7th and 8th grade structure.
|Grade Level Math
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|Reading & Writing
||Reading & Writing
|Washington State History
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Students have six of these classes:
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Learning Support
Non-Content Block: PE, Music & Enrichments
- Students have two periods each day, for all four quarters to take a variety of PE and enrichment classes. This totals eight sections over the course of the school year.
- All students take a minimum of 2 quarters of Physical Education; when space is available, some students enroll in 3 or 4 quarters of PE by choice.
- All 7th graders take one quarter of Health
- Students enrolled in Band, Orchestra, or Choir commit to four quarters of music enrichment
Support and Enrichment Classes
Sample Learning Support and Enrichment classes:
- Language Tools
- Digital Photography
- Creative Writing
- Reading Rewards
- Math-Problem Solving
- Info Tech
- Applied Tech
Sample Daily Schedule
1st Period - Social Studies
2nd Period - Math
3rd Period - PE
4th Period - Band
5th Period - Science
6th Period - Language Arts
Sample Student Schedule by Den
Silver - Green Block Scheduling
Most days, students only attend five of their six classes:
- Science and Language Arts are “chunked” together for two periods; students only attend one of these content classes each day.
- Enrichment, Math and Social Studies classes are attended daily.
- Advisory is also scheduled every day.
Every student at Komachin participates in our advisory program. The majority of our teachers serve as an advisor to one group of students.
- The role of the advisor is to assist students in goal setting, academic progress, behavioral issues and generally to act as a positive adult role model and mentor to the students.
- Like the content classes, students stay with the same advisor for two years when possible.
- Advisors are also the key point of contact and communication between the home and school.
- You can expect to have homework each night.
- The general guideline is ~10-15 minutes for each year of your grade level. So, 7th graders can expect ~70 minutes each night.
- Keep track of your homework in your Komachin planner.
Middle school classes are on a quarter system:
- 1st Quarter: Fall (September-November)
- 2nd Quarter: Winter (November-January)
- 3rd Quarter: Winter (February-April)
- 4th Quarter: Spring (April-June)
Progress reports can be accessed any time online using Family Access
. Report cards are sent home at the end of each quarter.
- Grades are monitored every four weeks by the principal and counselors.
- Struggling students may be requested to attend a before or after school study hall.
- Passing grades are required to participate in activities, athletics, and rewards.
- Students can often get extra help from teachers before or after school, during Wolf Pack time, and sometimes at lunch.
KMS has two counselors
, Mrs. Nye and Mrs. Sawyer. They can assist students in a variety of ways:
- Academic Concerns
- Behavioral Issues
- Social Adjustments
- Students can participate in all sports activities:
- Fall Season: Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer and Co-ed Cross Country
- Winter I Season: Girls Basketball and Wrestling
- Winter II Season: Girls Soccer and Boys Basketball
- Spring Season: Co-ed Track
- Other student activity offerings such as clubs and extra-curricular music opportunities depend on the success of our fall ASB fundraiser.
- Students participating in extra-curricular activities will need their own transportation home following practices and events.
- Before and After School Help
- Study Hall
- Math skill workshops
- Teacher help sessions
- Make-up opportunities
- Student leadership
- Other ASB Activities
- Student Council and ASB Cabinet
- Student committees
- Service Learning
Citizenship: Wolf Pack Pride!
- As a student at Komachin, you will be part of a learning community of students, parents, and staff that support one another in helping you to reach your potential as a student, a person, and a citizen.
- Students in middle school have a lot more freedom
- With freedom, comes responsibility
- We have one over-riding expectation at Komachin: Everyone contributes to the learning, safety, and well-being of all Komachin students.
- Students will learn the expectations for all common areas, classrooms, and events during the first few weeks of school.
- Assemblies and advisory lessons the first week of school
- Student handbook in the Komachin planner
- Rewards and progressive discipline
- Good to know:
- No Skateboards, rollerblades, scooters
- No Electronics (cell phones turned off and stored away)
- No Permanent markers, aerosol sprays
- No Wearing hats and hoods in the building
- No Short skirts, low cut tops, sagging pants
- KMS has a dress code - see district student handbook
Citizenship: Honor Level Program
Progressive Discipline System:
- Infractions with demerits
- Parent conferences
- Detentions, in school suspensions
- Out of school suspensions, expulsions
- Loss of privileges and reward
Wolf Pack Pride Program
- Treats for positive behavior
- Ice cream, cookies, chips
- Every four weeks
- Starts over each cycle
- Lacey ACT Nights monthly
Quarter Reward Activities:
- Celebration Party
- Skate parties
Seasonal Awards Assemblies
- Honoring achievement, attendance, effort, improvement, positive choices
- End of the year party here or at another location!