Mountaineer Middle School. By: Brad Bentley , Karli Dempski, Madison Lewis, and Jacob Fleming. Philosophy. Mission Statement:
By: Brad Bentley, Karli Dempski, Madison Lewis, and Jacob Fleming
Mountaineer Middle School’s 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.
6th Grade: Tsunamis, Cyclones, and Hurricanes
7th Grade: Tornadoes, Earthquakes, and Landslides
8th 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 what’s 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.
11-15 year old students are going through rapid
social, physical, and emotional changes at this
age, and need extra support and care to guide
them in the proper direction needed, based on
an individual basis. Grouping 6th-8th graders
together makes responding to developmental
Mountaineer Middle School strives to have
relevant, integrative, challenging, and
exploratory classes that pertains to the specific
needs of 6th-8th graders.
Integrative curriculum is essential in teaching
students so that they can see the commonalities
among subject areas. The curriculum should
relevant to students so that the information is
effective and efficient to their lives. “Relevant
curriculum creates new interests, opening doors to
new knowledge and opportunities for ‘stretching’
students to higher levels of learning.” (TWB 22)
These classes will be used to help children in the
middle school find their bliss if they can’t find it
in regular core classes. These classes teach
students about music and art appreciation, or
how to keep a healthy lifestyle. Beyond the Core
classes will be graded on curriculum like other
regular core classes, and will be considered just
as important as regular core classes.
Exploration 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.
These learners will have a variety of ways to get what the 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.