6th Grade PE Survival Guide

6th Grade Families,

Welcome to C.E. Utt Middle School Physical Education!! Please click on the following link to know a little more about me, Ms. Lara, and what to expect during the school year in PE.

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder

Be a reading rock star! Choosing a book appropriate to your level can be easy. Please click on the Accelerated Reader link to look up AR books.

Binder Reminder

Please review the Student Binder Reminder for information on school policies and procedures.

Homework & Study Help

Middle School Course Catalog

The Middle School Course Catalog has been prepared to provide students and parents information regarding the required course of study and elective course offerings available in the Tustin Unified School District’s middle schools. The information contained in this publication should be reviewed and discussed as plans are formed for the student’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade academic program.

The middle school program represents a very important phase in a student’s educational experience. The goals of the instructional program are to assist students in making the transition from elementary school to high school curriculum. Skills in reading, writing, literature, mathematics, history/social science, and science are further developed in the required course sequence. Elective courses such as foreign language, art, music, industrial arts, and home economics serve to broaden the student’s educational background. Both required and elective courses are described for each course in this catalog.

Beginning with the 2005-06 school year, students are required to pass a high school exit examination in language arts and mathematics to receive a diploma. Preparation for this exam begins in middle school.

Courses in this catalog represent all possible offerings in the Tustin Unified School District. Consult with your middle school guidance department for specific courses being offered at your site. Should you have questions or need additional information, please contact your school’s principal or counselor.

Please view the 2017-18 Middle School Course Catalog for details.


NEST: Nurturing Enrichment Study Time


The purpose of NEST is to keep our Focus on Learning by supporting students with an extra 30 minutes of academic intervention per day. The integration of NEST into the Utt Middle School bell schedule will:increase grades for struggling students

  • decrease the occurrence of missing assignments
  • increase GPA's
  • raise state test scores

The NEST program will begin regularly every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning October 10th. During the NEST period, students will have several choices as to how they will use the time:

  • Teacher-lead intervention sessions
    • students may seek out a teacher for help
    • students may be required by a teacher to attend specific teacher-lead sessions. For students being requested to attend two or more specific rooms at a time, the following classes will take priority on specific days: Monday —> PE or Electives, Tuesday —> Math, Thursday —> Core, Friday —> Science
  • Study Center rooms for homework completion or quiet collaborative work
  • SSR - Silent Sustained Reading (no e-books allowed)

On any given day, teachers may offer to their students Academic Intervention, Study Center time, or SSR. All students must attend a NEST room that is specific to their grade; as an example, 6th graders will report to 6th grade teachers (electives may be mixed, please see the teacher for questions). Students may choose where they attend unless directed to a mandatory teacher-lead session; this will be denoted by a teacher stamp in the students’ binder reminder. Students must have their binder reminders with them at all times. Students who do not bring their binder reminder must report to their priority day teacher.

At all times during NEST, students are expected to follow these three simple classroom expectations: Be Silent, Be Focused, and Be Productive.

Students who do not attend mandatory NEST sessions, or are unable to find a classroom in a timely manner, or struggle with the classroom NEST expectations will receive the following consequences:

  • 1st time – Warning
  • 2nd time – Teacher will contact parent or write referral, discipline logged into system, detention assigned.
  • 3rd time – Teacher will write referral, discipline logged into system, detention assigned, plus student warned of progressive discipline policy.
  • 4th time – Same as 3rd, possible Saturday school.

Students that are stamped to attend a teacher’s class are required to go there directly. Students with a free choice can check the schedule of classrooms or sessions available by looking at this NEST schedule online. Please see a teacher if you have any questions.