Presentation on theme: "The Middle School Experience Ramsey School District May 12, 2014"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Middle School Experience Ramsey School District May 12, 2014 Smith SchoolThe Middle School ExperienceRamsey School DistrictMay 12, 2014Stacie PoelstraPrincipalKari ScimanicoAssistant Principal
2 Commitment to Quality Instruction Team Based OrganizationDevelopmentally Sound CurriculumAttention to Diverse Student NeedsOutstanding Professional Coordination
3 Team-Based Organization Shared students among team teachersStrong communication on individual student needsCoordination of curriculumBlock SchedulePositive, nurturing environment
4 The Middle School Curriculum Core Subjects:Language ArtsMathScienceSocial StudiesWorld LanguageAttention to development of knowledge base with emphasis on acquisition of 21st century skills
5 Exploratory Cycle Program JournalismVisual ArtsTechnology EducationComputersLife SkillsMusic-Grade 6Enrichment-Grades 7 and 8
6 The Arts Instrumental Music Vocal Music School Theater Production Gold BandBlue BandIndividual student lessonsVocal MusicChorusLunch ChorusSelect ChorusSchool Theater Production
7 Attention to diverse students’ needs Guidance DepartmentStudent Support CounselorSpecial Education ServicesSmall Group InstructionBasic Skills InstructionEnrichment Program
8 Professional Coordination Director of Curriculum and SubjectArea SupervisorsProfessional GroupsLeadership CouncilEducational Advisory CommitteeK-12 Committees: Mobile Technologies, WritingInstructional FocusFaculty Meetings: District Initiatives+Department Meetings: Content-Based GoalsCommendations: NJ Schools to Watch
9 Academic Focus Common Core Standards 21st Century Learning Initiative Habits of MindiPad Initiative- Grade 8
10 Academics: Common Core Standards English Language ArtsWithin English Language Arts, a focus on reading and writing for different audiences and purposes.Reading and Writing Standards in Science and Social StudiesContent Skills in Focus: Grade 6MathematicsBased on Standards for Mathematical Practice and Standards of Mathematical Content.
11 The Paradigm Shift21st Century Skills InitiativeRecognition that a more complex, global society is influencing the educational landscapeProfessional Research and Development related to these changes are informing instructional and assessment practices
12 Academics: 21st Century Learning Initiative Content-rich CurriculumRigorous subject area knowledge+Critical Thinking and Problem SolvingAsk good questionsAnalyze and process informationApply logic and evidenceMake connectionsReflect
13 Smith School Habits of Mind: This poster is displayed in every classroom and is an integral part of instruction in each of the subject areas.
14 Transition to Will replace the NJ Ask Computer based assessments Keeping current with ongoingchanges
15 The Changing Educational Landscape Prevalence of mobile technologiesLearning on the goEngaging in on the spot, just-in-time learningShifting organization of knowledge: fromTREES to NETWORKS
16 Technology Resources Two Computer Labs Laptop Carts Netbooks Videoconferencing CapabilitySmartboardsApple TV
17 8th Grade iPad Initiative The Ramsey School District’s 21st Century Learning Initiative will prepare students for an increasingly complex, demanding and competitive global economy. It will provide the skills students will need to succeed as learners, workers, and citizens.Student EngagementPersonalized LearningTwo Minute InternetFlipped Classroom
19 Supporting the Social Development of Young Adolescents Character EducationSupporting the Social Developmentof Young Adolescents
20 Establishing a Culture of Respect First day grade level meetingsStudent Code of ConductReview of Student HandbookWeek of RespectPillars of CharacterPoster ContestColor DaysAnti-Violence WeekGrade level assembliesFollow-up classroom activitiesSpecial AssembliesLiving VoicesJohn Halligan
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