Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School

Welcomes New Families!

So...you're in a new town (or new state), new home, and/or a new school.  Whether you've matriculated into Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School (JM) from another county, across the country, or even from down the street, change is challenging.  Settling into an established community can be intimidating and overwhelming.  We're here to help!

The JM PTA's New Family Liaison can help you find the answers you seek and facilitate your transition.  

 CA Distinguished School

Introduction to JM:

Enrollment:

Approximately 680 students are enrolled at JM, with about one-third of that number in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.  Class size for the coming year is expected to be about 20-25 students per one teacher, depending upon the subject matter. School Information

Daily Classes:

To facilitate the transition from elementary to intermediate school, students in sixth grade are assigned to one teacher for three periods of the day and the rest of their classes are one period each. Seventh grade students are assigned to their English teacher for two periods daily and the rest of their classes are one period each.  In preparation for the transition to high school, eighth graders attend one period of English and the rest of their classes are one period each. Bell & Daily Class Schedule

Program Emphasis:

The programs offered at JM place a major emphasis on the continuing development and application of basic skills while providing activities to encourage the extension and development of thought and reason.  In addition, efforts are made to provide students an opportunity to participate in a variety of experiences designed to increase their creative, social and physical awareness.  Mission, Vision & Values

School Environment:

A safe and positive environment at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School provides a setting where students can continue developing their academic skills and social growth.  The staff is very much aware of the needs of intermediate school age children and provides many opportunities to encourage participation and success in the classroom and beyond.  For more information, please refer to the JM Climate Information page.

Parent Support & PTA:

The school enjoys a very positive and supportive parent community.  Parents demonstrate support of their children and the instructional staff in many ways including volunteering in the library and in the classrooms, serving hot lunches to students, serving as ECO station and lunch supervision volunteers, serving on committees and providing clerical support for teachers.  In addition, other services are provided by the PTA and include classroom materials and school enrichment programs.  Please use the "Volunteer" tab above to both register with JM's PTA and to sign up to help!

(Please refer to the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for more detailed data about Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School.)

Getting Oriented:

The school year usually begins with a flurry of activity and, as a parent on the outside, it can be quite difficult to grasp it all quickly.  Fortunately, the school offers "Back to School" night shortly after school begins to give an early chance for parents to see it all and meet teachers in person.  In the meantime, we hope the links below will help you get oriented.

Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) Day - Usually the Friday morning before school starts, WEB is a middle school transition and orientation program that welcomes 6th graders.  (Parents of new students are invited to join our Marauders on the Move Walking Group at the white EBMUD pole to the left of the school's main entrance for a "meet & greet" walk around the neighborhood.)  Please contact the New Family Liaison if you plan to walk so that she may e-introduce you to others before you go.

Marauder Day - A school social scheduled both in the afternoon and the evening on the weekday before school starts and a time when students may pick up their school supply boxes.  The JM PTA's New Family Liaison will be available to help answer any last minute questions.

5th to 6th Grade Transition - Parent Guide

Course Descriptions

Staff Bios

School Map

Please read through the rest of the New Family pages on this website to answer any additional questions you may have. If you cannot find what you're looking for--or just want to start connecting with people in the JM community--please contact the New Family Liaison directly at NewFamilyLiaison@gmail.com.

 

We look forward to meeting you soon!