504 - Students who have significant medical and/or health
reasons that make success at school difficult may have a 504 to address
their individual needs, modifications, etc. Please contact Mrs. Brandt,
our 504 Counselor for more information.
AMAO - Annual Measurable Objective Each
year the school is required to chart the progress of our English
Learners by measuring their improvement in English Language Arts
AP - Advanced Placement Students in HIGH SCHOOL can take AP classes. These are rigorous courses of study. Contact TPHS for more information.
AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination AVID
is an elective program that begins in junior high and can continue
through high school. AVID's focus is to prepare students for the option
of a four year university. AVID students take Cornell Notes, maintain a
notebook, reflect on their learning, visit colleges/universities,
challenge themselves in their classes, and learn to become leaders in
the classroom. AVID students must apply and interview before being
selected. Please contact Mrs. Wood, our AVID counselor, if you would
like more information on this program.
CCT - Cooridnated Care Team At TPJHS we use CCTs to help struggling students. When a student is failing several classes, is referred by a classroom teacher, or when a parent requests it, the school holds a series of CCT meetings. In these meetings, student achievement data is reviewed, teachers provide insight, parents share their observations and concerns, and the student is encouraged to reflect on what works and doesn't work for that particular student. The SST also covers areas of strength. The first step to arranging for a SST is to contact our RTI teacher Mrs. Jen Smith or the Principal, Mrs. Stacy Smalling.
CELDT - California English Language Development Test Each
year by mid-October (or shortly after enrollment) all English Learners
are required to have the CEDLT administered to determine their level of
NJSF - California Junior Scholastic Federation Students
who earn a 3.5 GPA or higher are eligible for CJSF. To maintain
membership, students need to attend periodic meetings and complete
several requirements. For more information on CJSF, please contact Dr.
Clemente, our CJSF advisor.
CLAD - Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development Teachers
in California must be "CLAD" certified to teach English Learners. The
stratgegies from this certification can be used to help all students.
Most of the teachers in the MUSD have their certification. At TPJHS,
both administrators and one of the counselors are also certified.
CMC - Copper Mountain College CMC
is a local community college. Students attending MUSD schools can also
take courses at CMC provided they meat eligibility requirements. CMC
also offers students enrichment opportunities and supports our AVID
DELAC - District English Learner Advisory Council MUSD
is required to have a DELAC organization to address the needs and
compliance issues surrounding our English Learners. For more
information on this program, please contact Instructional Services at
ED - Emotionally Disturbed MUSD
services all students with special needs. Students in the ED program
are non-voilent students who are unable to succeed academically when in
traditional classrooms. For information about this program and other
Special Education programs, please contact one of our counselors or the
ELA - English Language Arts English
classes can also be referred to as ELA. Our ELA classrooms include our
reading intervention program, LANGUAGE!, support classes, grade level
classes, and advanced classes. For information about the ELA program,
please contact your child's English teacher or the department
chairperson, Donette Swain.
ELAC - English Learner Advisory Council When
a school site has over 20 English Learners, the school is required to
form an ELAC. At this time, TPJHS has not needed to have this council.
ELD - English Language Development This is the level of language fluency most often used when discussing reading acquisition.
ELL - English Language Learners These
are students who are in the process of learning English. Students can
range from non speakers to those that are scoring proficient on
California State Tests (CSTs).
FLEX - This is the English Language Arts adopted reading intervention program. Several sections of reading are offered at TPJHS. If you have questions about this curriculum, please contact Mrs. Jen Smith or Mrs. Betsy Sellers for more information.
GAC - GATE Advisory Committee The
GAC is a district committee that addresses the needs and concerns of
gifted and talented students. At TPJHS, Cindy Ross is the GATE
GATE - Gifted and Talented Education Students
are evaluated annually for GATE designation. If your child is scoring
advanced on state achievement tests or if he/she has a talent that is
exceptional, please contact your child's counselor or Mrs. Ross, the
GATE Coordinator at TPJHS.
HA - High Achieving Students may be considered high achieving even if they do not qualify as GATE.
HQT - Highly Qualified Teacher All
teachers at TPJHS are considered highly qualified in their subject
areas. This designation is part of the No Child Left Behind mandates.
IA - Instructional Aid When
people refer to IA's, they are referring to instructional assistants
that are hired by MUSD to provide instructional support. IA's can be
found in all classrooms; they are assigned to areas of the most need.
If you are interested in becoming an IA for MUSD, please contact Human
Resources at the district office.
IMEC - Instructional Materials Evaluation Committee At
the district level, instructional materials are reviewed prior to
adoptions. The IMEC is called upon to evaluate instructional
materials. Anyone interested in serving on this committee or who needs
more information should contact Instructional Services at the district
IEP - Individual Educational Plan All
special education students have an IEP that incorporates individual
goals, support, and interventions. IEP's are developed by a team that
consists of the student, parent(s)/guardian(s), school psychologist,
special education teacher(s), school counselor(s), administrator, and
general education teacher(s). If you believe you child may have a
learning disability, please contact your child's counselor so that we
can begin gathering information.
NJHS - National Junior Honor Society is a National program for our students to participate in who qualify. For more information on NJHS please contact Doug Walters, our NJHS advisor.
OCI: At TPJHS we use the OCI room for our inhouse suspension. This is an option we can use to discipline a student without having to do a formal suspension. Students receive OCI for non-violent or dangerous behavior. Students are also sent to OCI as an intervention means.
Professional Learning Communities PLC's
are organized groups that come together to identify the areas that
students are having trouble mastering, create formative assessments, and
to make data driven decisions to better meet the needs of the
students. TPJHS will begin the PLC process in 2009-2010 by offering
focused tutoring during homerooms on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning
the fourth week of school.
PSAT - Statewide, the PSAT is
administered in October. However, we don't administer this test every year. If we do the PSAT test, it will be administered through the AVID program. The test measures student
achievement and is a precusor to the SAT that high school students often
take in the college admission process. If you would like more
information on the PSAT, please contact Mrs. Cindy Ross, our AVID Cooridinator.
RSP - Resource Special Education Student
RSP students are Special Education students who have an area of
discrepancy. For example, the student may be grade level or better in
ELA, but has a specific learning disability in Math. So, this student
would need support, through the IEP process, in the area of Math, but
not English. This is an over simplification of the process, but RSP
students are generally enrolled in general education classes for the
entire day and receive support as needed.
RTI - Response to Intervention RTI
is the name of the process that all schools use to provide students
with addtional support and services. The idea is to provide an
intervention, determine through data if it has worked, and then to
determine if additional intervention steps are needed. Many students
require very little intervention to be successful.
SDC - Special Day Class Special
Day Class students are those students who do better with less
transitions and more support than the regular day offers. Much of their
day is with one or two Special Education teachers. However, SDC
students also attend PE and electives (based on success model). SDC is
one of many Special Education designations that assign a certain level
SSC - School Site Council
The School Site Council is the governing body at TPJHS that oversees
the spending of state and federal categorial funds, writes and revises
the Single Plan for Student Achievement, and makes recommendations for