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Important Information for Incoming Students: 2024-2025

 #WalkerWednesday Information will be posted here each week from February 7, 2024 through May 22, 2024. The newest information will be on the top of the page!


 April 10 - IB MYP Culture of Honor  is a system Walker has created to promote positive behavior through the attributes of the Learner Profile which enhances a strong sense of social awareness and caring actions. This includes our PBIS Plan,  IB Policies, and Magnet School Compact.

 

Walker PBIS Plan

The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) plan at Walker Middle Magnet IB World School was developed by a multi-disciplinary committee devoted to encouraging students to actively demonstrate the IB Learner Profile.  The PBIS plan is reviewed quarterly each year. The plan creates a culture of honor which increases instructional time and positive behaviors. Students are rewarded for exemplifying the IB Learner Profile attributes. These values guide our IB world school and are the key components of our daily Honor Code Pledge:

Students earn Wolf Coins when exemplifying these values. Examples of some ways Wolf Coins can be spent:

  • Monthly
    • Raffles
    • Snow Cones
    • Popcorn
  • In the classrooms:
    • Homework Passes
    • Treats
    • Special Privileges
  • During lunch period:
    • Play time at the PTSA Park
    • Lunch on the Patio with friends
    • VIP Game Lounge
    • High-top & Low-top or Cubing table seating
  • Once a week before homeroom:
    • Shopping at the Wolf Buck Store

 

Walker IB Policies

Walker Middle Magnet is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy-a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Every year, Walker's Pedagogical Leadership Team (PLT) reviews the policies and invites our stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, community members) to give input. We just completed our 5 year evaluation with the International Baccalaureate Organization and our evaluators gave us excellent feedback as we move forward with a full review of all policies in the 2024-25 school year.

  • Academic Integrity Policy

  • Admission and Access Policy
  • Inclusion Policy
  • Language Policy
  • Assessment Policy
  • Complaints Procedures
 

HCPS Magnet School Compact

The privilege of being a part of the Walker Middle Magnet IB MYP to which you have been accepted comes with certain responsibilities. 

In accepting this Magnet School placement, you have agreed to be mindful of the following:

 

Students will:

  • Be aware of and follow all school rules, routines, and procedures.
  • Be aware of and follow all transportation system rules, routines, and procedures.
  • Arrive on time every day prepared with all necessary supplies, books, and materials.
  • Complete all classwork and homework assignments.
  • Follow the dress code and uniform requirements established by the school.
  • Actively contribute to a positive, safe, and cooperative school environment.
     

Parents/Guardians and family members will:

  • Be aware of and follow all school routines and procedures.
  • Be aware of and follow all transportation system routines and procedures.
  • Monitor the timely completion of homework assignments.
  • Ensure students follow dress code and uniform requirements established by the school.
  • Communicate with school personnel in a civil manner.
  • Provide accurate and up-to-date contact information.
  • Contribute to a positive, safe, and cooperative school environment.
     

All of the above must be honored this school year to ensure that your student’s Magnet School assignment and/or the privilege of Magnet bus transportation is maintained throughout the year. Working together means we will ALL have a fun, safe, and successful school year!

 IB MYP Culture of Honor / Walker Middle Magnet (hillsboroughschools.org)

 


 

April 3   IB Subjects - Focus on Mathematics 

Please read all the way to the bottom for IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 

 

IB SUBJECTS

The IB Middle Years Programme curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. 

The 8 Required IB MYP Subjects and the district (subject) names:

  1. Mathematics (Math)
  2. Sciences (Science)
  3. Language and Literature (ELA and Reading)
  4. Language Acquisition (World Languages)
    • Spanish
    • French
  5. Individuals and Societies (Y1:US History, Y2: Civics, Y3: US History this represents a change in HCPS curriculum over the next several years)
  6. Physical and Health Education (PE)
  7. Arts (Electives)
    • Agriculture
    • Art
    • Band
    • Computer/Technology
    • Culinary
    • Orchestra
    • Robotics
    • Yearbook                                  
  8. Design
    • Year 1 Design (Incorporated into Earth/Space Science)
    • Year 2 Design (Computer Applications in Business)
    • Year 3 Design (Critical Thinking)
 
 
FOCUS ON MATHEMATICS- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

FAQ #1: What math tracks are available at Walker?

 

Middle School

Accelerated

Double Accelerated

Year 1

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Math Advanced

Pre-algebra (8th grade skills/standards)

Year 2

7th Grade Math

Pre-algebra 

(8th grade skills/standards)

Algebra Honors (HS credit)

Year 3

Pre-algebra

Algebra 1 or Algebra Honors 

(HS credit)

Geometry Honors (HS credit)

 

FAQ #2: Does Walker have a regular track?

·         The Middle School track is designed for students to take the grade 6-8 level math courses in middle school.

·         Students will take HS credit math courses as a high school student. 

o   This track allows students to start Algebra 1 during the 9th grade year of high school.

 

FAQ #3: Who is eligible to take the Accelerated math track?

·         All students that scored level 3, 4, or 5 on the 4th grade Math FSA will be placed in the Accelerated track.

o   Level 4 and 5 students will be invited to learn more about the Double Accelerated track, but parents can choose to stay in the Accelerated.

o   Accelerated track allows students to take Algebra 1 or Algebra Honors (HS credit) in Year 3.

o   Grades earned in HS credit courses taken during middle school count toward your High School GPA.

o   Accelerated track allows students to take IB, AP, and Dual Enrollment courses during high school.

 

FAQ #4: Who is eligible to take the Double Accelerated math track?

This track is for students who ❤️ Math, it comes easily to them, and they have the maturity and organizational skills to handle a high school course load while in                  middle school.
  • Parents of incoming 6th grade students that scored a level 4 or 5 on the 4th grade Math FSA, will receive an invitation to the Double Accelerated Informational Meeting in a separate email. The Assistant Head of School for Curriculum (APC) and the Mathematics Department Head (SAL) will address the requirements and expectations of the Double Accelerated Track at this meeting. 
  • If your child did not take the Florida FSA Mathematics Spring 2023, we will contact you in a separate email.

        FAQ #5: What about incoming Year 2 /7th and Year 2/ 8th grade students ?

·   Students will be placed based on the level of math completed at their current middle school.

 

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • Summer Reading Books:
    • Year 1 FLUSH
    • Year 2 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
    • Year 3 Dry or The Water Wars
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  • The "Welcome to Walker Ice Cream Social" May 1

March 27 

The "Welcome to Walker Ice Cream Social" on May 1: starts in the Walker Gym
  • Session 1   starts at 5:00pm – ends at 5:45pm
  • Session 2   starts at 5:30pm - ends at 6:15pm
  • Session 3   starts at 6:00pm - ends at 6:45pm
  • Session 4   starts at 6:30pn -  ends at 7:15pm
     
Because we have 425 incoming students, it is imperative that we start later than originally planned and break up our welcome event into four sessions in order to have enough parking on our campus. Please select the session that best fits your schedule and enter it into your calendar. 
 
Be Early, But Not Too Early, and Don't Be Late!
  • Please plan to arrive on campus no more than 15 minutes before your session begins and depart when your session ends!
  • The gate and door to the gym will close at 6:30pm and no one else may enter... so don't be late! No additional tours will be scheduled.
REMINDER - We need YOU to Get Involved at Walker!
  • Be a resource for our students!
  • School Advisory Council (SAC) 2024-25 School Year
  • Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA)
    • Website: Walker PTSA
    • The Walker Middle Magnet PTSA Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations from those interested in serving as a 2024-2025 Walker Middle Magnet PTSA elected officer. Position descriptions and responsibility requirements can be found in the attached PDF. Nominations will remain open and accepted until April 5, 2024.   Please use the form linked here to submit your request - Call for NominationForm
       
REMINDER - We need YOU to be Informed about Walker IB MYP!
  • Attend Parent Information Meetings
    • IB Basics Parent Series on Zoom at 7:00-7:30pm "What is an IB Education?"
        • Thursday March 21: IB Learner Profile
        • Wednesday March 27: Approaches to Teaching and Learning TONIGHT
        • Thursday April 4: International Mindedness
        • Thursday April 11: Broad, Balanced, Conceptual Curriculum
        • Thursday April 18: Service As Action
        • Thursday April 25: IB Culture of Honor
 
REMINDER - Double Accelerated Math Program - Save the Dates 
Information Meeting: Thursday April 18 , 4:00pm-5:00pm OR 5:15pm-6:16pm
DA Math Placement Testing: Friday PM April 26 OR Saturday AM April 27
NOTE: this is NOT a requirement for all students. 
April 3 I will focus on IB subjects...which includes Mathematics! ❤️

 March 20- Summer Reading, Math Save the Dates

 

Summer Reading Announcement 
Friday, March 22 is World Water Day World Water Day | UN-Water (unwater.org)
All of the Walker summer reading books are connected to Water!
Directions for turning in your learner profile and global context summer reading  assignment will be shared when school starts on August 12, 2024.
 
 
Double Accelerated Math Program - Save the Dates 
Information Meeting: Thursday April 18 , 4:00pm-5:00pm OR 5:15pm-6:16pm
DA Math Placement Testing: Friday PM April 26 OR Saturday AM April 27
NOTE: this is NOT a requirement for all students. More information will be shared next week!
 
 
Why did you choose the International Baccalaureate Middle Years programme ?
Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose the MYP because it includes:
  • rigorous learning objectives
  • a student-centred approach to teaching
  • international perspectives
  • concern for the whole child
  • sustained teaching and learning in more than one language
  • a focus on learning how to learn
  • the development of flexible thinking that prepares students to evaluate information critically and apply knowledge in complex, unfamiliar situations.
The MYP teaches tools for lifelong learning and fosters responsible attitudes that help students discover how to use what they learn to take principled action. The MYP’s focus on independent learning makes it the ideal preparation for the IB Diploma Programme (DP).
 
Want to learn more about IB? Sign up for the IB Basics - Parent Series Walker Parents: IB Basics - Parent Series (signupgenius.com)
 

Want to review the previously sent emails but you can't find them?

No problem! All information is posted on the Walker Website: Important Information for Incoming Students: 2024-2025 (hillsboroughschools.org)

March 6 - Get Involved

Myth: Children don’t need their parents as much in middle school.

Some parents get to middle school thinking their kids know all about the school routine, so they don’t need to be as involved. But the evidence says otherwise. Even at the middle level, parents still play an important role. Research from Harvard University’s Family Research Project shows that the children of involved parents tend to do better in school across a number of measures, including a higher overall GPA, better scores on standardized tests, and an increased likelihood of enrolling in college. Even though students may roll their eyes about moms helping at school, parents can be reassured that their involvement has long-lasting positive effects on their children’s academic motivation and performance.
 
Ways to Get Involved at Walker!
  • Be a resource for our students!
  • School Advisory Council (SAC) 2024-25 School Year
  • Attend Parent Information Meetings
    • IB Basics Parent Series on Zoom at 7:00-7:30pm "What is an IB Education?"
  • Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA)
    • Website: Walker PTSA
    • The Walker Middle Magnet PTSA Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations from those interested in serving as a 2024-2025 Walker Middle Magnet PTSA elected officer. Position descriptions and responsibility requirements can be found in the attached PDF. Nominations will remain open and accepted until April 5, 2024.   Please use the form linked here to submit your request - Form
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  • Adult Volunteer Opportunities 
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There will NOT be a #WalkerWednesday email next week. Enjoy your Spring Break !

February 28 - Uniforms

Uniform and Spirit Store Links 

B&B Sports is proud to be working with Walker Middle Magnet to provide Student Uniforms for the school.  The store will be open on a rolling schedule. Typically, ordering windows are on or about the 1st - 15th of each month. The uniform link shuts down at the end of the ordering window to process the orders for delivery, then it will re-open. So, if you click on the link and see "This store has expired", it means the B&B Store is processing orders and you will need to come back. It will have a line for HOMEROOM on the order form; since incoming students don't have a HR yet, just type in NEW STUDENT. We will have a number of ordering windows to allow you to get what you need. https://walkermiddlestudentuniforms1.itemorder.com/sale

Families can pick up orders placed in June and July in the main office from Friday August 2 -  Friday August 9.
Once school starts on August 12, students will be given their order during lunch in the cafeteria. 
  • You are not required to purchase a uniform shirt with a logo.
  • You are required to buy PE uniforms with logos. 

 

 

 

#IBaWorldTraveler

There are a few seats left on our 2025 trip to Dublin, London, and Paris. Enroll by Friday March 1 and receive a $200 discount!

Click here to enroll and to see all of the details: Dublin, London and Paris | EF Educational Tours (eftours.com)

 
 

Reminder: Save the Dates 

  • May 1, 5:00pm - 7:15pm: Welcome to Walker Ice Cream Social 
  • July 22 or 23, 7:30am -12:00 am: Walker Wolf Camp & Parent 101 (8:00am - 9:00am). Camp is one day, choose one date.
  • August 8: Walker Open House
  • August 12: First Day of 2024-2025 School Year

Want to share this information with additional family members?

 


 February 21 - IBO Evaluation

All IB World Schools participate in programme evaluation every five years. This helps the school and the IB know that IB programmes are being implemented according to the programme standards and practices. It is an opportunity for schools to pause, reflect on what is working and what may need more attention. It is a time to step back to see the big picture, re-engage the community and get re-energized about what the IB offers students and teachers. 
 
Walker is in our evaluation year and next week is our remote visit with our evaluation team on February 27, 28, 29. In addition to all of the fabulous opportunities we offer our students and families, we are preparing for interviews with teachers from each of the eight IB Subjects focused on PurposeEnvironment, Culture, and Learning. There are also interviews with the governing body - school district, parents, and students. After the evaluation is completed, we will share the conclusion with everyone in our Walker IB MYP Community!
 
 

February 14 -  Transportation! ❤️

 

Bus Transportation

  • Hillsborough County Public Schools offers free bus transportation to Walker through the magnet bus system for most of our families. When you applied for Walker, it stated whether transportation would be provided.  
  • IF transportation is provided; The1st bus will pick up the K-12 magnet children in your neighborhood and drive them to one of four bus ramps. From the bus ramp they will transfer to a 2nd  bus that will bring your child to Walker. The same process is reversed in the afternoon. See the HCPS website for more information about the locations of the bus ramps: Magnet Schools / Transportation (hillsboroughschools.org)
  • This is the Magnet Transportation phone number: (813) 982-5500
    • You can call them, but they won’t have any information about magnet bus routes at this time. They will tell you to call the school, but we don’t have more information about buses than the transportation department.
    • The magnet bus routes are the last ones planned each year because the routes are based on the families that accept magnet school offers. Typically, families are notified about 2 weeks before school starts with bus stop locations and times. The fastest way to find out about the magnet bus stops in your neighborhood is to talk to your neighbors and observe; if you see multi-age students waiting for a bus early in the morning, they are probably going to a magnet school.
    • It would be great if the district offered direct buses from our closest neighborhoods to save on transportation costs and time spent riding on a bus; we have asked, but it hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps this is an opportunity for parents to participate in “IB Service As Action”, which includes research and advocacy.

 

Private Bus Transportation 

  • Families that attend Westchase Elementary were sent information about Recreation Express.  A Walker parent living in Westchase set up this transportation option.  Tampa School Bus Rentals ~ Tampa Bay Bus Tranportation, Tampa FL (tampa-schoolbus.com) This private bus is not connected to HCPS. I am sharing this information with you as a service to our families. Please contact Recreation Express with questions, not Walker Middle Magnet.

 

Car Transportation

  • Most of our families drive their children to school. Please read: Safety Information – Car Line Procedures
    • Carpools are an option we would like you to consider so we can reduce the number of cars on campus and, as a “FL Green School”, we want to reduce carbon emissions.  Walker’s PTSA typically helps families connect through a private Facebook page and online form submission. PTSA board members will be at the May 1 Welcome to Walker - Ice Cream Social with more information!
    • The HOST program enables families to drive their children to school while avoiding the “rush hour” in the morning and afternoon. HOST is a fee-based program run by Walker teachers. The morning session opens at 6:15am and the afternoon session closes at 6:00pm. Space is limited, so when registration opens this summer, you must sign up right away!  HOST (Before and After School, Summer Care) Programs / Registration (hillsboroughschools.org)
    • Access Points: Families of our special needs students will drop off/pick up students in the area that the buses unload. No other vehicles are permitted in the bus area. They will have an ESE Drop Off/Pick Up car line tag in the vehicle—please allow them to merge and pass as needed. Access Points students will be met at the car starting at 8:10am by a teacher or paraprofessional that will escort them into the school.

 

Walkers and Bike Riders

  • We have a few families and teachers that live within walking and biking distance. These students will be given special passes and safety instruction at the beginning of the school year.

 

#IBaWorldTraveler

Transportation around the world on planes, trains, and boats! Students may travel with or without family members. Follow the links below to learn more about our international travel program and IB a World Traveler Club.

  • In 2025, we are traveling to Dublin, London, and Paris. 

  • Want to travel this summer to Spain? Registration closes on February 21 at 11:59pm so you have to act fast! 5th grade students need a parent to travel with them. Travel dates have been confirmed: June 9 - 19, 2024.

 

Accidentally Deleted an Email?!

No problem! All information is posted on the Walker Website: Important Information for Incoming Students: 2024-2025 (hillsboroughschools.org)

February 7, 2024  - Important Dates

 

Congratulations and Welcome to the Walker Wolf Pack!

We are so excited that you accepted your child's offer to attend Walker Middle Magnet IB World School for the 2024-2025 school year!

Now that you have "ACCEPTED":

  • Follow Walker Middle Magnet IB World School on Twitter @WalkerMiddleIB 
  • Follow Walker IB Coordinator on Twitter @jmscfla
  • Bookmark our website Walker Middle Magnet / Homepage (hillsboroughschools.org)
  • Add josephine.corder@hcps.net to your contacts so you don't miss important emails. I will be your point of contact until the 2024-25 school year begins.
  • IF your child receives Special Education Services (they have an IEP), please call our ESE Specialist, Jeannine Stevens at 813-631-4726 x 225 ASAP.

#WalkerWednesday: 

  • I will send you an email every Wednesday, starting today, February 7 and ending on May 22 !
  • Every email subject line will start with #WalkerWednesday and end with - the topic for the week. 
  • I will answer ALL of the FAQs in weekly "chunks"!

Save the Dates - Sign Ups Coming Later

  • May 1, 5:00pm - 7:15pm: Welcome to Walker Ice Cream Social Sign Up OPENS March 27, 2024
  • July 22 or 23, 7:30am -12:00 am: Walker Wolf Camp & Parent 101 (8:00am - 9:00am). Camp is one day, choose one date.
  • August 8: Walker Open House
  • August 12: First Day of 2024-2025 School Year

#IBaWorldTraveler: 

You may have heard that as an IB World School, Walker students and families have educational opportunities to travel the world.

  • In 2025, we are traveling to Dublin, London, and Paris. Want to travel with us? Follow the links below to Sign Up for a meeting!

 Want to share this information with additional family members? 

 

Josephine S. Corder, M.Ed.

IB Coordinator

SAC Chair

Walker Middle Magnet IB MYP World School

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

 

8282 N. Mobley Road            Odessa, FL 33556

Office:  813.631.4726 x259    FAX:   813.631.4738

Website: https://www.hillsboroughschools.org/walker

Twitter: @WalkerMiddle IB

 

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