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  • 800 East Sycamore Street

    Westfield, Indiana 46074

    (317) 867-0158

    Montessori School of Westfield

    Middle School Handbook

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    Introduction 4 Calendar

    6 Summary of Secondary Program

    Academic Work 8 Courses of Academic Study

    9 Cycles of Work

    9 Language Arts

    10 Speech & Seminar

    10 Social Studies

    11 Spanish

    11 Pre-Algebra and Algebra

    11 Life Science

    12 Physical Education and Health

    13 Outdoor Education/Erdkinder

    13 Career Education/Service Learning

    13 Music, Art, and Specialists

    14 Classroom work

    14 Homework

    16 February Fair

    16 Cumulative Binders/Portfolios

    Partnerships 18 Student-Led Conferences

    18 Communication between Family and School

    Classroom Procedures 20 Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility

    21 Dress Guidelines

    21 Electronic Devices

    22 Lunches & Snacks

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    22 Absences and Late Arrivals

    23 Family Vacation

    Appendices 26 Missed Assignment Form

    27 Discipline Policy

    30 Reading Lists

    Winter Program Rehearsal

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    18 Orientation

    19 First Day of School


    7 Labor Day: School Closed

    TBD School Pictures


    14-15 Fall Camp- Turkey Run

    19 - 23 Fall Break: School Closed


    24 Thanksgiving Feast

    25 - 27 Thanksgiving Break


    18 Winter Program

    18 Last Day of Semester: Noon Dismissal


    5 First Day of School

    18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: School Closed/Flex Day


    15 Presidents Day: School Closed/Flex Day

    TBD February Fair


    TBD Terranova Testing


    1 Spring Break

    11 School Resumes

    TBD Spring Program

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    TBD Class trip

    30 Memorial Day: School Closed


    2 Last day of school: Noon Dismissal

    Team Building

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    Middle School Program

    The Middle School design is an integration of the current research in adolescent development, the trends and issues in education, and Montessori philosophy. The mission of the program is to provide opportunities for adolescents to become self-confident, develop self-knowledge, to belong to a community, to learn to be adaptable, to be academically competent, and to create a vision for their personal future.

    The adolescent is:

    an active, self-directed learner a vital member of the class, school, city and global community a vital member of the teacher-student-parent team responsible for keeping commitments, being honest, and respectful

    The teachers are: facilitators for learning consultants for the students creators of a positive climate for learning communicators with parents and community role models

    The school structure offers: a student-centered environment a developmentally-responsive curriculum and teaching team of

    Montessori teachers, with additional adults as resources parents-teachers-student partnerships multi-aged groupings of 12-15 year olds large blocks of uninterrupted learning time peer and cross-age teaching

    The curriculum and instruction includes: inter-disciplinary themes learning how to learn strategies individualized learning plans seminar long-term and short-term cooperative learning projects a strong sense of community and social interaction with peers meaningful and challenging work activities for self-expression, self-knowledge, and self-assessment activities that value all nine intelligences and a variety of learning styles

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    activities to foster interdependence activities for learning economic independence school and community service projects activities that allow work on and with the land

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    Courses of Academic Study Middle School Montessori School of Westfield Middle School courses of study reflect an

    integration of the newest research on the developmental needs of early

    adolescents, the Montessori philosophy, current learning theory, and the

    predictions of the skills needed for a productive life in the twenty-first century.

    Cycles of Work

    Each year there are four cycles of work. Each cycle lasts for approximately

    eight weeks and incorporates all subjects and activities in the curriculum. The

    cycle format is designed to help students develop organizational, decision-

    making, and time-management skills. The final week is spent learning how to

    review, study, and complete student generated assessments as well as bringing

    the theme full circle.


    Language Arts include the study of vocabulary, grammar and mechanics,

    seminar, public speaking, and literature response and composition.

    Vocabulary is presented across the curriculum and is formally approached

    through grammar and the use of the Wordly Wise 3000 textbook series.

    Literature includes the study of varied literary elements and readings from all

    genres. Each cycle, students read one or two books focused on the theme of

    the cycle. Students analyze a portion of the book they read several times a

    week for a short writing assignment. Once the book is finished, students

    complete final projects. Over the course of the year each student completes a

    variety of different compositions, including research papers, persuasive

    speeches and essays, biographies and autobiographies, poetry and technical


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    Speech & Seminar

    Speech includes daily communications that focus on grace and courtesy,

    listening skills, note-taking, active participation in-group discussions by

    articulating ideas, and making formal presentations. Students learn a variety

    of communication skills such as acknowledging others, active listening, goal

    setting, and group decision-making. Each year, students develop a personal

    mission statement and a class constitution. Students are able to practice

    communication skills daily by working in community meetings, class

    committees, small group cooperative projects, and peer and cross-age teaching

    activities. Students give several presentations each cycle as well as working on

    formal speech skills.

    Socratic seminar is woven throughout the curriculum, including language,

    social studies, math, and science. It is defined as a collaborative, intellectual

    dialogue facilitated with open-ended questions about a text. Students learn

    formal seminar techniques alongside developing annotation, communication,

    and critical thinking skills. Studies show significantly improved student

    achievement, increased student motivation, and a more respectful school


    Social Studies

    This course includes history, geography and economics. The geography

    curriculum includes the study of the themes of location, place, movements,

    regions, and interaction of people and their environment. The history

    curriculum focuses on the history and progress of people through the following

    topics: Connections (Early civilizations), Exploration and Perspectives,

    Immigration and Identity (religion, ancient China and Japan, Interdependence

    (Ecology and trade), Structures (Governments and US Government), Forces

    (Revolutions), Power (World Wars 1 and 2), Changes (the Industrial Revolution

    and Civil War), an