Academic ExcellenceListen, speak, read, write, perform, observe and problem solveGather and use information more easily and analyze ideas more criticallyExplore individual interests and talents in music, art and world languagesUnderstand and value the contributions of others in a diverse and interdependent global societyUse technology and develop skills to be an ethical digital citizenCulturally and Developmentally ResponsiveValue diversityAwareness of own cultural identityAccept and celebrate differencesRespectful relationships Intellectual, ethical and social growthCollege and Career ReadinessComplete and evaluate personal interest inventoriesOpportunities to explore and deepen college and career knowledge and skillsAcademic planning and goal settingMake the connection between course work and future opportunitiesInvestigate educational institutions and career optionsIdentify and research colleges, careers and technical programs that connect to personal interests, abilities and talentsDiscover and participate in extracurricular opportunities
Why change the middle school schedule: Common CoreBased on national standardsHigh expectations for all studentsRigorous curriculum based on acquisition and application of higher order thinking skillsIncrease the monitoring of student progressProvide targeted supports to students who need them frameworks for language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and technology Infusion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
141 hours of instruction in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies35 hours of health education for 7th and 8th graders105 hours of physical education70 hours of family and consumer science and technology educationEach class has 8460 minutes Principals – reference the Schedule Option Comparison Chart
Life SkillsFirst of several family and consumer scienceshelps students develop critical thinking skillspromotes personal wellness, growth, and positive self-esteem. cooking and hand- and machine-sewing skills with emphasis on reading to perform a task. decision-making strategies inthe areas of nutrition, and substance abuse education. hands-on activities allow students to build on individual strengths provides opportunities for students to practice skills that will last a life timeIntegrated Studiespresents students with a wide range of 21st centurycritical thinking, problem-solving skills, communication and computer and technology skillstechnological foundation for 6th graders as they make the transition to middle schoolenables students to become independent learnerstopics include digital citizenship, (safe and legal use of digital media), the application of technology to gather and communicate information, and keyboardinguse home row keys to increase speed and accuracy skills are integrated with and support the other middle school courses, so students can apply their technological skills in all areas of study
• Dr. Daniel Lippy, Principal• Chelsea Skoczylas, Assistant Principal• Cathy Kazio, School Counselor Grade 6• Nancy Stamatakos, Math Specialist• Jody Deveney, Literacy Specialist• Keri Grossnickle, Enrichment Specialist
To ensure that all middle school students haveattained the knowledge and skills to be preparedfor their future. Academic Excellence College and Career Readiness Culturally and Developmentally Responsive
Middle school is a defining point for students in the college and career readiness process.Source: The Forgotten Middle: Ensuring that All Students Are On Target For College and Career Readiness Before High School, ACT, 2008.
7 periods each dayLanguage ArtsMathematicsScienceSocial StudiesExploratoryPhysical EducationElectives / Interventions Extended Learning Time (Enrichment, Extension and/or Intervention)
• Seven 47 minute periods• 30 minutes of daily Extended Learning Time (ELT)• Each class every day• Interdisciplinary Instruction• Flexibility to meet individual student needs• Time for tutoring and enrichment• Opportunities for daily interventions for students in the areas of reading and mathematics• Time for teachers to be engaged in professional learning
• 30 minute period of time• Time for individualized instruction• Increases instructional time for students• Enrichment, extension and intervention• Tutoring – individual and small group• Allows for staff to meet the needs of adolescent learners in a less formal setting• Promotes positive relationship building• School-wide lessons to support positive school culture
Language • Honors Arts • Merit • HonorsMathematics • Merit Science • Heterogeneous History ofthe Ancient • Heterogeneous World Physical • HeterogeneousEducation
• Purpose of the HAL Program is to provide academic rigor and challenge for highly able learners in language arts, math, science, and social studies. • The HAL program strives to meet these students’ specific learning styles and advanced academic needs in the subject areas of their strength. • The students placed in these “cluster” groups must demonstrate high ability through performance on a variety of specific data measures. They must also possess the ability to learn materials at advanced rates and levels of understanding. • Identified students are clustered together in honors level math and language arts classes and heterogeneous science and social studies classes.• The school Enrichment Specialist serves as an advocate for the HAL students, as well as oversees the School-wide Enrichment Model which provides opportunities for all students. Contact Mrs. Keri Grossnickle if you’d like more information.
Life Skills Integrated Studies*Each course is 18 weeks long – switch at end of semester*Students who are enrolled in intervention courses may not be enrolled in an exploratory course.
• Band • Chorus • Music Performance Lab • Orchestra • Technology Exposition • Theatre Arts • Visual Art • World Language Exploratory*Elective course offerings are based on enrollment, staffing and facility.
The level of academic achievement that students attain by eighth grade has a larger impact on their college and career readiness than anything that happens academically in high school.Source: The Forgotten Middle: Ensuring that All Students Are On Target For College and Career Readiness Before High School, ACT, 2008.
• Lockers• Combination locks• Friends• Lunch/recess• Class transitions