To build a community of independentlearners through thinking, creating,and collaborating for the future.
Catalyst Middle School offers a dynamic,project-based environment for students inGrades 6-8 in the Ripon Area School District. Catalyst Middle School is designed forstudents looking for a rigorous, innovative,self-directed, inquiry based setting that helpsdevelop important skills needed to becomeindependent learners and leaders in the 21stcentury. For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” – Aristotle
THE CATALYSTEXPERIENCE1. Standards driven instruction and curriculum2. Inquiry driven, technology embedded, connected community3. Strong sense of community across the grade- levels4. Standards-based seminars and projects
THE CATALYSTEXPERIENCE5. Individualized math instruction through on-line andgroup seminars supported by a Catalyst Teacher6. Opportunities to select non-core courses includingworld language, band and choir in the RMS setting.7. Art, tech ed, and physical education through infusionof instruction in the charter school setting.8. Campus located within Ripon Middle School andstudents will be able to participate in co-curricularactivities
Interdisciplinary Instruction1.Teacher-designed seminars integrating essential commoncore standards into interdisciplinary topics.2.Co-taught seminars providing differentiation and authenticperformance based assessments .3.Math will be taught on-line allowing for differentiated learningwith the support of a Catalyst teacher.4.Students will continue to have the opportunity to select non-core courses including foreign language and music.
Three Central ThemesGlobal Citizenship:Digital Citizenship prepares students/technology users for asociety full of technology, able to manage it appropriately.STEM: (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)STEM encourages a curriculum driven by problem-solving,discovery, exploratory learning, and requiring students to activelyengage a situation in order to find its solution.“Green” technology:Is a relatively new field encompassing a continuously evolvinggroup of methods and materials, ranging from techniques forgenerating energy to non-toxic cleaning products.
Times 6th 7th 8th 1st Band/Choir/Project Band/Choir/Project WL/project 2nd Advisory/Seminar Advisory/Seminar Advisory/Seminar 3rd Reading Reading Band/Choir/Project 4th Math Math Math 5th Advisory Advisory Advisory 5th Project Project Project 6th Project Project Project 7th Project Project Project
SEMINARS1. Rosetta Stone2. Seminars for skills missed within project4. Community collaboration5. Technology skills6. Phy Ed/Health (real life activities)7. Tech Ed/Engineering related workshops andseminars8. Art Seminars9. Journaling
Essential 21st Century Skills1.Personal and social responsibility2.Planning, critical thinking, reasoning, and creativity3.Strong communication skills, both for interpersonal andpresentation needs4.Cross-cultural understanding5.Visualizing and decision making6.Knowing how and when to use technology and choosing themost appropriate tool for the task