Typical School Day

Beginning of the Day

At 9:15, students may enter the school via Door 7 by the playground on 49th Street or the main entrance on Nicollet Avenue and then proceed to the cafeteria for breakfast.

Students coming in to meet with teachers before school should have passes indicating the teacher and date. If there is a need to meet before 9:15, arrangements should be made with a staff member, who will meet the student at Door 1 (49th Street parking lot) at the appropriate time.

At 9:20, students go to lockers and get all materials, which will be in a binder. Classes begin promptly at 9:30. Students arriving after 9:30 will need to buzz in with a parent at Door 1 (49th Street parking lot), and check in at the main office to receive a pass. See Arrival and Dismissal for more information.

Bell Schedule

See the full school bell schedule for detailed information on class start and end times.

Crew (Advisory)

At 9:30, students start their day in small advisory classes where they build community, academic & organizational skills, and Social Emotional Learning through the Circle of Power and Respect, Top 20 Strategies, AVID, and 2nd Step. Crew is a daily school activity, five days a week, that supports students socially, emotionally, and academically. Crew helps each student know one adult well and build positive connections with their peers and their Crew leader. Crew fosters understanding, teamwork and trust. The five Habits for Success practiced by Crew members are:

  • Cooperation
  • Assertion
  • Responsibility
  • Empathy
  • Self-Control

The Crew at Justice Page teaches and believes these habits will help students be successful.

In addition to Crew, each grade level at Justice Page is a part of a “house” to create a sense of friendship and belonging.

6th grade:  Green House
7th grade:  Purple House
8th grade:  Black House

Core Courses

All students take the following courses: math, science, English language arts (ELA), and social studies.  

  • Math classes at Justice Page Middle School include Math 6, Math 7, Algebra 8, Telescoped Math 7/Algebra 8, Telescoped Algebra 8/Intermediate Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Geometry
  • Science includes Physics and Engineering (6th), Life Science and Chemistry (7th), and Earth and Space Science (8th)
  • ELA teaches critical thinking through reading, writing, speaking, and listening using a variety of texts
  • Social Studies include Minnesota Studies (6th), US Studies (7th) and Global Studies (8th)

PE is also required for all grades, and is taught for a full year, every other day. A semester of every-other-day Health is required for all 7th and 8th grade students.

Intervention Classes

  • Focus Math: Student placement is based on data from MCA and FAST tests and teacher recommendation. This class will support students by offering meaningful and differentiated support in math skills not previously mastered, as well as offering support for the math skills that students are currently studying in their grade level  math course.
  • ELA Topics: Student placement is based on data from MCA and FAST tests and teacher recommendation. It is designed to help students further develop reading, writing and critical thinking skills from the ELA standards.
  • EL Literacy: Student placement is based on WIDA scores. It is designed to provide support and intensive instruction to students who are learning academic English language skills in writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

Electives

Each Spring, students request a year-long elective courses for the following school year. Electives are taught every other day (A day and B day), so students have the possibility of having four elective classes. Courses include Arabic, Spanish, Art, Art Elective (Murals), AVID, Band, Choir, Orchestra, Music Exploration, Advanced Fitness, and Science Topics.

  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is designed to support students that have shown academic promise but may need additional preparation for college success. Application and selection for this program occurs in the spring. Email Mr. Werner at Doug.Werner@mpls.k12.mn.us for more information.

Lunch/Movement

Students will have lunch with their own grade level either before, during, or after 4th period. Times for each grade are available on the school bell schedule. During the lunch period, students go outside for movement. We expect that students go outside and move as much as possible. We make daily decisions for movement based on weather conditions. In the winter, we continue to provide outdoor movement for all students, unless it feels like zero degrees. If the windchill is zero degrees or below, we will provide indoor alternatives. Please send appropriate clothing for your student.

Passes

Staying in class is very important. Students have 10 passes per quarter provided within their student planner. Additional passes will be limited for emergency use only. There will be no passes issued the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of every class period.

End of the Day

School ends at 4:00. Students must leave the building by 4:10 pm as there is no supervision of the students at this time, unless they have signed up for after-school activities or are meeting with a teacher. (Please see sections on after-school activities and athletics for more information.)