|TO: Middle School Students & Parents:
As students begin their Middle School education, more course options become available. This guide will provide an understanding of our school program designed to meet students' educational goals, interests and needs.
At the start of the school year, students will receive copies of their schedules. If any errors are found or changes are needed, the student may contact the MS Counselor.
Mrs. Rita Sosa!
How is the Middle School Organized?
The Middle School consists of approximately 260 students in grades 5 – 8 with 15 core teachers and 5 special teachers for non-core subjects.
The Fifth graders make a simple transition to the new building. They remain in self-contained classrooms. Sixth grade students meet with three different core teachers daily. Each teacher teaches two subjects. Course offerings include Reading, Language Arts, Math, Spanish, Science and Social Studies. In addition, students have classes in Art, Music, Computers, and Physical Education with specialists.
The 7th and 8th graders follow an 8 period day schedule. Each student has 5 core courses per day, physical education and a selection from our elective wheel. Supplemental classes in Reading and Math are available for students who need extra help in these areas.
The Middle School is a time of transition. To facilitate this change, students are placed into Tribes. The Tribe program consists of 8 Tribes which are subdivided into 16 clans. Each Tribe is divided into a fifth and sixth grade clan of approximately 18 students, headed by a fifth or sixth grade teacher and a seventh and eighth grade clan also consisting of 18 students headed by a seventh or eighth grade teacher. Each Tribe is named after a dragon. Activities are scheduled throughout the year both in clans and in full Tribes. The goal of the program is to foster a sense of community and belonging within the Middle School and to prepare students to participate in the House program in the High School.
Specific Tribe Goals
- To provide a sense of belonging for each student.
- To offer opportunities to work towards the life-long goals of being a caring and ethical individual, a responsible citizen, a problem solver and a good decision-maker.
- To provide a safe environment which develops skills in group decision-making, conflict resolution, dealing with peer pressure and learning to respect others.