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1 The Challenges of Leading a Multi-Level School Philip Conrad Rockport Middle/High School

2 Agenda Facilitate a discussion of the challenges faced by leaders of multi level schools Give participants an opportunity to network with other multi-level administrators Discuss common challenges and solicit effective solutions from our peers Encourage membership in the Middle/High School Ad hoc Committee

3 Our Core Values and Beliefs Rockport Middle / High School, in partnership with families and the community, provides a safe environment that fosters integrity, respect, and success. We promote intellectual curiosity and pride in achievement. We challenge all students to pursue academic excellence, develop interpersonal skills, and value civic responsibility. Students learn 21st Century skills in order to fully participate in a diverse and ever-changing world.

4 Rockport Middle/High School Principal shared (MS/HS) 2 Deans (1 MS/1 HS) 3 Guidance Counselors (1 MS/2HS) 8 Curriculum Leaders 4 MS/4 HS) 2 NEASC Accreditation Self-Studies 550 Students (250 MS/300 HS)

5 2010 SharedSeperate PrincipalDeans School PsychologistGuidance Counselors NurseCurriculum Leaders PE/Health (Gym)NEASC Computer/Tech/IA (Labs)Tower Grant (K-8) Music (Music Room)Core values and beliefs CafeteriaSchool identities AuditoriumLetterhead LibraryHandbook

6 2012 SharedSeparateNew PrincipalDeans6-12 Assistant Principals School PsychologistGuidance Counselors6-12 Director of Guidance NurseCurriculum Leaders PE/Health (Gym)NEASC Computer/Tech/IA (Labs) Tower Grant (K-8) Music (Music Room)Core values and beliefs CafeteriaSchool identities AuditoriumLetterhead Library HandbooksProgressive Handbooks

7 Challenge: Faculty Cohesion Faculty Do you have a single unified faculty? Can they be a unified faculty and still retain their programmatic differences? Do you host a faculty meeting, or multiple meetings, or do you vary it month to month? Does your culture foster a single vision for student progress through your grade span? What are the strengths and challenges of having multiple grade level teachers together?

8 Challenge: Administrative Structure Administrative structure Is there a principal for each level? Are you the principal that oversees multiple levels How do you share your time between the levels? Are you successful at balancing your time? Do you find that you spend more time at one level than another? Does the faculty believe you balance your time?

9 Challenge: Discipline Discipline Do you have one code of conduct or two? Do you have a single handbook or do you have one for each level? Do you create handbooks that are progressive? If multiple people are doing discipline how do you insure consistency? How do you split the disciplinary duties? Alpha, grade level, grade span…

10 Challenge: Use of Facilities FacilitiesFacilities Was your building built with the current grade alignment in mind?Was your building built with the current grade alignment in mind? DO you share facilities? What facilities do you share (DO you share facilities? What facilities do you share (Café, auditorium, gym, music suite, art classrooms, computer labs, technology labs)? How do you schedule so as to fully utilize the facility and the shared faculty?How do you schedule so as to fully utilize the facility and the shared faculty? Was your building purposeful designed for its current function?Was your building purposeful designed for its current function?

11 Challenge: Transitions Transitions Are transitions made easier or harder having students in the same location for multiple grade spans? Do you have transitional programs to assist students or parents move between grade levels? What are the benefits of having students in the same location for multiple grade spans?

12 Challenge: Academic Coordination Academic Coordination Curriculum leadership across grade spans Curriculum leadership within each grade span

13 Challenge: External Factors External factors NEASC DESE Regionalization Budget Cuts Administrative Cuts Building closures

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15 Join Us at MSSAA Join the Ad Hoc Middle/High School Committee where we will continue to discuss these issuesJoin the Ad Hoc Middle/High School Committee where we will continue to discuss these issues Linda Hayes at to find out about our first meeting in the fall Linda Hayes at to find out about our first meeting in the

16 Thank you for attending!!! Contact information:Contact information: Philip Conrad, Principal Rockport Middle/High SchoolPhilip Conrad, Principal Rockport Middle/High School 24 Jerden's Lane24 Jerden's Lane Rockport, MA 01966Rockport, MA HS mePage/sdhp1.aspxHS mePage/sdhp1.aspx mePage/sdhp1.aspx mePage/sdhp1.aspx MS MS omePage/SDHP1.aspxhttp://teacherweb.com/MA/RockportMiddleSchool/SchoolH omePage/SDHP1.aspxhttp://teacherweb.com/MA/RockportMiddleSchool/SchoolH omePage/SDHP1.aspxhttp://teacherweb.com/MA/RockportMiddleSchool/SchoolH omePage/SDHP1.aspx Fax Fax Blogwww.rmhsprincipal.blogspot.comBlog Twitter: PrincipalRMHSTwitter: PrincipalRMHS

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20 What Grade levels are in your school?

21 I am one school Because…

22 How many faculties do you have

23 My school was built for its current grade configuration

24 How is discipline divided

25 How does DESE see you?


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