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Meeting Adolescent Needs in a Rural School. Ashe County Middle School Warrensville, NC. Presenters. Mr. Bobby Ashley, Principal Mrs. Kim Ball, Assistant Principal Mrs. Sheila Richardson, Media Specialist. Flow Chart for ACMS. Instructional Staff (Teachers). Support Staff

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Meeting adolescent needs in a rural school

Meeting Adolescent Needs in a Rural School

Ashe County Middle School

Warrensville, NC


Presenters
Presenters

Mr. Bobby Ashley, Principal

Mrs. Kim Ball,

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Sheila Richardson,

Media Specialist


Flow chart for acms
Flow Chart for ACMS

Instructional Staff

(Teachers)

Support Staff

(Secretaries, Custodians, Cafeteria, Tutors, Teacher Assistants)

Administrative

Staff

Principal

Central Office

Support


Success

Success

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;

This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Maslow s hierarchy of needs http en wikipedia org

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

http://en.wikipedia.org.


Our school s hierarchy

Staff development is not what the staff is taking…it is what they are providing for other professionals

Staff Development

Staff must be reflective practitioners

Teamwork: Everyone focused on success for all

Our School’s Hierarchy

Student growth and achievement

Meeting student

physiological needs


Demographics
Demographics what they are providing for other professionals

The Scenic New River

Photo courtesy of Ashe Chamber of Commerce and A.T. Barbee


Community demographics
COMMUNITY DEMOGRAPHICS what they are providing for other professionals

  • Population – 23,000

  • Economically diverse

  • 7.4% unemployment rate

  • $28,824 per household income

  • Major industries– Christmas trees, electronics, farming

Photo Courtesy of Ashe Chamber of Commerce and J. Roark


Student Demographics what they are providing for other professionals

  • 48% Free or reduced lunch

  • 93% Caucasian

  • 20 students speak English as a second language

  • 95% attendance rate

  • 13% EC

  • 16% AIG


Faculty demographics
Faculty Demographics what they are providing for other professionals

  • 48 Certified Personnel

  • 6 National Board Certified

  • 21 Advanced degrees

  • 7 AIG certified

  • 5 Exceptional Children’s Teachers


Recognition
Recognition what they are providing for other professionals

2005-2006 School of Distinction/Expected Growth

National School to Watch

2004-2005 Honor School of Excellence/Expected Growth

Met AYP Goals

2003-2004 Honor School of Excellence/High Growth

Met AYP Goals

2002-2003 School of Excellence/High Growth

National School to Watch

Met AYP Goals

2001-2002 School of Excellence/High Growth

2000-2001 School of Distinction

One of four model Coordinated School Health Programs

1999-2000 School of Distinction/Exemplary


National school to watch
National School to Watch what they are providing for other professionals

  • ACMS awarded recognition in 2003 and 2006

  • Recognition launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

  • Criteria for recognition:

    • Academic excellence

    • Developmental responsiveness

    • Socially equitable

    • Organizational structure

  • More info at www.schoolstowatch.org


Organization
Organization what they are providing for other professionals

  • Based on bridging the gap between elementary and high school

  • Program components meet the

    developmental needs of the young adolescent

  • Enforces a high standard for learning


Organization1
Organization what they are providing for other professionals

  • Teaming

    • Six academic teams

    • 3 or 4 person teams

    • Compatibility/Varied Talents

    • 40 minute team planning daily

    • 40 minute individual planning daily

    • Teams can re-organize academic time as needed

    • Teams can move students around


Academic excellence
Academic Excellence what they are providing for other professionals


Accountability
Accountability what they are providing for other professionals

  • Teach NC SCOS

  • Quarterly assessments

  • EOG Academy

  • Disaggregate test data by teacher and student to identify strengths and weaknesses

  • Testing retreat


Discovery block
Discovery Block what they are providing for other professionals


Discovery block1
Discovery Block what they are providing for other professionals

Developed to meet the academic needs/interests of the students (remediation and enrichment)


Discovery block2
Discovery Block what they are providing for other professionals

  • Enrichment Sessions

  • Character Education

  • Advisory/ Advisee

  • Intramurals


Discovery block choices
Discovery Block Choices what they are providing for other professionals

  • Year-long

  • Semester

  • Quarterly


Year long choices
Year-long Choices what they are providing for other professionals

  • Battle of the Books

  • Broadcasting

  • Math Counts

  • Science Olympiad

  • Techies

  • Yearbook

  • Journalism


Semester
Semester what they are providing for other professionals

  • Chorus

  • Percussion


Quarterly
Quarterly what they are providing for other professionals


Example of math enrichment
Example of Math Enrichment what they are providing for other professionals


Instruction
Instruction what they are providing for other professionals

  • Relevance -- Prepare students for high school and real life

  • Rigorous curriculum

  • “No-Excuses” approach


Instructional strategies
Instructional Strategies what they are providing for other professionals

  • Cooperative Grouping

  • Learning styles inventories

  • Guest Speakers

  • Thinking Maps

  • Guided reading

  • Socratic seminars

  • Literature Circles

  • Paideia

  • CRISS

  • Novel studies based on

    Social Studies curriculum


Instructional strategies1
Instructional Strategies what they are providing for other professionals

  • Interdisciplinary Units

    • African Safari

    • A Christmas Carol

    • North Carolina Coast

  • Hands-on science

    • Stream monitoring

    • Aquifer modeling

  • Integration of media and technology

  • Community-based instruction for multi-handicapped classroom


Instructional strategies2
Instructional Strategies what they are providing for other professionals

  • Writing taught through modeling and practice

  • Writing across the curriculum

  • Project-based learning

    • Poetry notebooks

    • Short story projects

    • Literature projects


Encore
Encore what they are providing for other professionals

  • Exploratory time which enables students to expand on academic classes and discover abilities, talents and interests

  • Encore 1

    • Computers

    • Physical Education

  • Encore 2

    • Art

    • Band

    • Career Skills

    • Chorus

    • Life Skills

    • Spanish


Encore classes
Encore Classes what they are providing for other professionals

Elective Rotation

Spanish

Art

Life skills

Career Skills

Band—year long

Chorus—semester

Required Classes

Health and PE

Computers

Classes meet for 40 minutes/day

Teachers are certified in their area

Seventh graders not in band or chorus rotate through the other four electives each nine weeks


Transition strategies
Transition Strategies what they are providing for other professionals

  • Looping of Guidance Counselors and Assistant Principals

  • Visits to elementary schools

  • “Meet in the Middle”

  • Parent Nights

  • Beginning of school orientation nights for 7th and 8th grade

  • 8th grade visits to high school

  • 8th grade parent night at high school


Programs for at risk and special needs children

Programs for At-Risk and Special Needs Children what they are providing for other professionals


Alternative learning lab all
Alternative Learning Lab (ALL) what they are providing for other professionals

  • Purpose is for academic assistance, not punitive

  • Staffed by certified teacher with 32 years middle school experience

  • Teacher Referrals by:

    • Period

    • Assignment

    • Day (team approves)

  • Separate setting for EC students who have testing modifications

  • “Time-Out” room for students having difficulties in regular classroom and would receive benefit from lower student/teacher ratio

  • Capacity limited to 6 students

  • Students have access to textbooks, workbooks, reference materials, Internet, etc.


Project turn around
Project Turn-Around what they are providing for other professionals

  • Candidates are students with attendance issues, poor homework and study skills, or lack of parental guidance

  • Positive atmosphere with teacher

    advocate

  • For 7th grade

  • 6th grade teachers recommend

  • Exceptional children are ineligible

  • 12 students

  • Self-contained except for Encore


Tutoring
Tutoring what they are providing for other professionals

  • Before and after school

  • Certified teachers

  • For everyone -- At-Risk

    of failing or need additional support

  • Partnership with Ashe

    County 4-H

  • Teachers collaborate and schedule to meet needs of individual

    students


Exceptional children s services
Exceptional Children’s Services what they are providing for other professionals

  • Inclusion

  • Self-Contained

  • Pull-Out

  • Severe and Profound

  • BED

    • Inclusion

    • Special Help and Support

    • Counseling


English language learners
English Language Learners what they are providing for other professionals

  • Classroom Instruction

  • Pull out

  • Tutoring

  • Differentiated Instruction

    • Interdisciplinary Units

    • Accommodation Plans

    • Parent Involvement

    • Projects

  • Cultural Heritage Day


In school suspension
In-School Suspension what they are providing for other professionals

  • Designed as alternate to OSS

  • Extra help for low-performing students in reading and math

  • Punitive

  • Assigned by administration

  • Behavior contract

  • Behavioral modification packet


Counseling
Counseling what they are providing for other professionals

  • Mental Health Services

    • Individual Counseling

    • Small Group Counseling

    • Anticipatory Counseling

    • Crisis Intervention

    • Consultation

    • School Psychologist

  • Character Education

  • Individual Volunteerism

  • Service Learning Projects


Health clinic
Health Clinic what they are providing for other professionals

  • Treat only students enrolled

    • 95% of students enrolled

    • Bill insurance, Medicaid--no bills to parents

    • Acute Health Care

    • Physicals

    • Counseling: parents, students

    • Referrals to family physician, specialists

  • Challenge: Sustainability


Wish team
WISH Team what they are providing for other professionals

  • Ways to Intervene with Students Holistically

  • Student Assistant Team

  • Identify students struggling academically or exhibiting signs of at-risk or self-destructive behaviors

  • Team comprised of

    • Teacher from each grade level

    • AP

    • Counselor

    • EC teacher

    • School psychologist

  • Interventions include

    • Counseling

    • Further academic testing

    • Other interventions


After school programs

After-School Programs what they are providing for other professionals


After school program philosophy
After-School Program Philosophy what they are providing for other professionals

We believe that an after-school program which provides physical, social, and academic activities for students creates an environment where students can experience success and personal growth.


Athletics
Athletics what they are providing for other professionals

  • 2 team philosophy

  • Picking of teams

    • Try-outs

    • No cuts where possible

  • Stress fundamentals and practice time

  • No personal awards, ceremonies, banquets, or trophies

  • Community coaches—not staff members


Athletics1
Athletics what they are providing for other professionals

Two TeamsOne Team

Volleyball Wrestling

Basketball Track

Softball Soccer

Cheerleading

Football

Baseball


Scheduling
Scheduling what they are providing for other professionals

  • Home and away games

  • Football on Saturdays

  • Practice Schedule – 4 days per week including games

    • One month at a time

    • Rotate times for teams

  • After-School tutoring/homework time for late practices


Lifetime sports
Lifetime Sports what they are providing for other professionals

  • Develop skills and interest for lifetime activities

  • After-school

  • No qualifications except interest

  • Non-competitive


Lifetime sports1
Lifetime Sports what they are providing for other professionals

  • Tennis -- Fall and spring on campus

  • Golf – Fall and spring—Mountain Aire Golf Course

  • Skiing – Appalachian Ski Resort Appalachian Swiss Ski College – Fee $18/per student

  • Swimming – Fall and spring on campus (indoor swimming pool)


Second chance
Second Chance what they are providing for other professionals

  • After-School Detention

  • Services for students

    • Struggling academically

    • Not completing homework

    • Needing small group assistance

    • Accumulated tardies instead of ISS


4 h sos
4-H SOS what they are providing for other professionals

  • SOS - “Support Our Students”

  • Provides safe, supervised place to participate in activities to:

    • Improve grades

    • Provide cultural activities

    • Stress importance of community service

    • Teach good decision-making


4 h sos goals
4-H SOS Goals what they are providing for other professionals

  • Reducing juvenile crime

  • Improving academic performance

  • Improving attitudes and behavior

  • Enhancing community collaboration


Everything we do…from our central office staff to teachers… is to create an environment where everyone is successful

We Believe…


GO Bulldogs!! teachers… is to create an environment where everyone is successful


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