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Mountaineer Middle School. By: Brad Bentley, Karli Dempski, Madison Lewis, and Jacob Fleming. Philosophy. Mission Statement: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Mountaineer Middle School

Mountaineer Middle SchoolBy: Brad Bentley, Karli Dempski, Madison Lewis, and Jacob Fleming

PhilosophyMission Statement: Mountaineer Middle Schools mission is to be developmentally responsive to students emotional, behavioral, and cognitive abilities and to implement teaming, advisory, and exploratory courses to help shape the adolescents individuality. Organizational Structure4 teacher per team3 teams per grade25 students per class300 students total per grade

6th Grade: Tsunamis, Cyclones, and Hurricanes7th Grade: Tornadoes, Earthquakes, and Landslides8th Grade: Asteroids, Comets, and Shooting Stars


Teaming is essential to the true middle school concept because teachers are able to meet in a common planning time, discuss whats going on in their classroom, have other teachers to bounce ideas off of, and coordinate lessons with other subjects. It also gets the teachers familiar with each other, and this allows for them to cater to their students needs better.

True Middle School

11-15 year old students are going through rapidsocial, physical, and emotional changes at thisage, and need extra support and care to guidethem in the proper direction needed, based onan individual basis. Grouping 6th-8th graderstogether makes responding to developmentalneeds easier.

CurriculumMountaineer Middle School strives to haverelevant, integrative, challenging, andexploratory classes that pertains to the specificneeds of 6th-8th graders.

Core CurriculumIntegrative curriculum is essential in teachingstudents so that they can see the commonalitiesamong subject areas. The curriculum shouldrelevant to students so that the information iseffective and efficient to their lives. Relevantcurriculum creates new interests, opening doors tonew knowledge and opportunities for stretchingstudents to higher levels of learning. (TWB 11-15)

Beyond-the-Core ClassesThese classes will be used to help children in themiddle school find their bliss if they cant find itin regular core classes. These classes teachstudents about music and art appreciation, orhow to keep a healthy lifestyle. Beyond the Coreclasses will be graded on curriculum like otherregular core classes, and will be considered justas important as regular core classes.

Examples: Foreign Languages, PE, Band, Dance, Chorus, Drama, Home Economics, and TechnologyExploratory ClassesExploration in curriculum through exploratory courses broadens students horizons and increases interest in school. These courses are no less academic and provide for life long learning. Students may choose from various courses such as sporting, outdoor activities, writing, or cooking.

Advisory ProgramImplementation of an advisory program is a fundamental structure to any middle grades program. Advisory time will have forty-five minutes a week and students will meet in a group of eighteen to discuss goals, concerns, social relations, and anything students find important.

Advisory LayoutMonth 1: getting to know your peersMonth 2: learning organizational skillsMonth 3: developing proper study habitsMonth 4: having/developing friendshipsMonth 5: importance of extracurricular activities/hobbiesMonth 6: family relationshipsMonth 7: DARE programsMonth 8: positive body imagesMonth 9: making good decisions

Personnel 36 Core Teachers10 Non-core Teachers1 Principal- oversees staff and is available to answer questions and provide support to faculty members2 Assistant Principals- helps support the principal and is more hands on in whats going on in the school2 Counselors- is there for students that want to talk about things from academics to supporting them in making a sports team.3 Special needs teachers- one for each grade to provide to exceptional learners and be active in classrooms for the learners that require assistance.

3 Special needs assistants- they are there as support to the special education teachers and to be in classrooms that those teachers cant be in, and reinforce what the teachers are working with the students1 School Psychologist- for students that need additional time to talk about drastic needs such as family problems1 Social Worker- for teachers and other personnel that to utilize for situations that need action1 Nurse- to be on call at all times and to promote health for the schoolSRO- to provide extra security to not only teachers, but to students as wellLibrarians- 2 people to provide a clean vast learning environment, to be technologically inclined, and to be a smiling face to see6th Grade ScheduleMTRFWednesday8 to 9:10 Core 18:00 to 8:45 Advisory9:15 to 10:25 Core 28:50 to 9:40 Core 110:35 to 11:15 Encore 19:45 to 10:35 Core 211:20 to 11:50 Lunch10:40 to 11:10 Lunch11:55 to 1:05 Core 311:15 to 12:05 Core 31:10 to 2:20Core 412:10 to 1:00 Core 42:25 to 3:10 Encore 21:05 to 1:40 Encore 11:45 to 2:20 Encore 22:25 to 3:10 Exploratory7th Grade ScheduleMTRFWednesday8:00 to 8:45 Encore 18:00 to 8:45 Advisory8:50 to 10:00 Core 18:50 to 9:25 Encore 110:05 to 10:50 Encore 29:30 to 10:20 Core 110:55 to 11:25 Lunch10:25 to 11:15 Core 211:30 to 12:40 Core 211:20 to 11:50 Lunch12:45 to 1:55Core 311:55 to 12:30 Encore 22:00 to 3:10 Core 412:35 to 1:25 Core 31:30 to 2:20 Core 42:25 to 3:10 Exploratory8th Grade ScheduleMTRFWednesday8:00 to 9:10 Core 18:00 to 8:45 Advisory9:15 to 10:25 Core 28:50 to 9:40 Core 110:30 to 11:40 Core 39:45 to 10:20 Encore 111:45 to 12:30 Encore 110:25 to 11:00 Encore 212:35 to 1:05 Lunch11:05 to 11:55 Core 21:10 to 1:55 Encore 212:00 to 12:30 Lunch2:00 to 3:10 Core 412:35 to 1:25 Core 31:30 to 2:20 Core 42:25 to 3:10 ExploratoryExceptional LearnersThese learners will have a variety of ways to get what they need from the classroom. Students will have IEP meetings with teachers and other aids that are needed for the student, and will have a say in what is important for them to get out of the school year, whether they want to be able to do better in math or write better. IEP meetings for teachers will happen weekly so that they can discuss what is working for that student and what is not. Inclusion of the student in a classroom when needed is essential because they want to feel as normal as possible.Family and CommunityTeachers hold a Parent Night every quarter for them to come in and see what their student is learningLetters home to parents frequentlyTeachers attend sporting events to show their support of the studentsTeachers contact home when needed and stay regularly in touch with parentsPTA- parents and teachers work together to make changes when neededReaching out to local businesses (bring in guest speakers)Fundraising nights

Instructional Strategies Cooperative Learning Strategies: Small groups of students working together, support one anotherGetting away from Traditional rigid learningEffects of Cooperative Learning:Increase achievement, improve retention, active learning, empower students, promote inter-personal communication skills

Instructional Strategies continuedActivities for Cooperative LearningRequire students to depend on others to succeed (group work)Provide individual accountability Utilize face to face interaction among students (making deeper connections with material)Focus on interpersonal and group skills (communication)Incorporating Cooperative LearningDecision making, problem solvingSummarize, debate, and describe throughout lecture


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