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1 The Middle School Experience Ramsey School District May 12, 2014
Smith School The Middle School Experience Ramsey School District May 12, 2014 Stacie Poelstra Principal Kari Scimanico Assistant Principal

2 Commitment to Quality Instruction
Team Based Organization Developmentally Sound Curriculum Attention to Diverse Student Needs Outstanding Professional Coordination

3 Team-Based Organization
Shared students among team teachers Strong communication on individual student needs Coordination of curriculum Block Schedule Positive, nurturing environment

4 The Middle School Curriculum
Core Subjects: Language Arts Math Science Social Studies World Language Attention to development of knowledge base with emphasis on acquisition of 21st century skills

5 Exploratory Cycle Program
Journalism Visual Arts Technology Education Computers Life Skills Music-Grade 6 Enrichment-Grades 7 and 8

6 The Arts Instrumental Music Vocal Music School Theater Production
Gold Band Blue Band Individual student lessons Vocal Music Chorus Lunch Chorus Select Chorus School Theater Production

7 Attention to diverse students’ needs
Guidance Department Student Support Counselor Special Education Services Small Group Instruction Basic Skills Instruction Enrichment Program

8 Professional Coordination
Director of Curriculum and Subject Area Supervisors Professional Groups Leadership Council Educational Advisory Committee K-12 Committees: Mobile Technologies, Writing Instructional Focus Faculty Meetings: District Initiatives + Department Meetings: Content-Based Goals Commendations: NJ Schools to Watch

9 Academic Focus Common Core Standards 21st Century Learning Initiative
Habits of Mind iPad Initiative- Grade 8

10 Academics: Common Core Standards
English Language Arts Within English Language Arts, a focus on reading and writing for different audiences and purposes. Reading and Writing Standards in Science and Social Studies Content Skills in Focus: Grade 6 Mathematics Based on Standards for Mathematical Practice and Standards of Mathematical Content.

11 The Paradigm Shift 21st Century Skills Initiative Recognition that a more complex, global society is influencing the educational landscape Professional Research and Development related to these changes are informing instructional and assessment practices

12 Academics: 21st Century Learning Initiative
Content-rich Curriculum Rigorous subject area knowledge + Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Ask good questions Analyze and process information Apply logic and evidence Make connections Reflect

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 ongoing changes

15 The Changing Educational Landscape
Prevalence of mobile technologies Learning on the go Engaging in on the spot, just-in-time learning Shifting organization of knowledge: from TREES to NETWORKS

16 Technology Resources Two Computer Labs Laptop Carts Netbooks
Videoconferencing Capability Smartboards Apple 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 Engagement Personalized Learning Two Minute Internet Flipped Classroom

18 Individual Use Collaborative Use Curriculum Integration

19 Supporting the Social Development of Young Adolescents
Character Education Supporting the Social Development of Young Adolescents

20 Establishing a Culture of Respect
First day grade level meetings Student Code of Conduct Review of Student Handbook Week of Respect Pillars of Character Poster Contest Color Days Anti-Violence Week Grade level assemblies Follow-up classroom activities Special Assemblies Living Voices John Halligan

21 Sixth Grade Transition Programs
May-Fifth Grade Visitation August-Informal Visitation Sixth Grade Lunch Bunch Sixth Grade Friendship Groups Peer Leadership Homeroom Partnerships

22 Other School Programs Intramural Program Student Council
Peer Leadership Program Character Education Clubs Community Service Club School Musical Ski Club Teen Canteens Skate Nights Track Team



25 Parents as Partners In helping children navigate the complexity of adolescence, communication between parents and teachers plays an integral role in ensuring student success.

26 Parent Services Guidance Department Sixth Grade Parenting Seminar
Eighth Grade Transition Program Parent Book Discussion Group

27 Education Portal

28 Smith School PTO We encourage your involvement
Fall registration for PTO events Consult the website


30 "The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives." Robert Maynard Hutchins


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