Southwest Middle School 2011-2012. A new beginning. Transition Team Formed January, 2011. Members: Dr. Jean Jordan-Principal SW Dave Ware-Science Teacher SW Erin Johnson-5 th Lakeview Carol Johnson-6 th Sibley Jim Munyer-Counselor SW Brenda Morris- Phy.Ed . SW
Southwest Middle School2011-2012
A new beginning
Dr. Jean Jordan-Principal SW
Dave Ware-Science Teacher SW
Erin Johnson-5th Lakeview
Carol Johnson-6th Sibley
Jim Munyer-Counselor SW
Brenda Morris-Phy.Ed. SW
Beth Isaacson-Special Ed. SW
Penny Hagen-Special Ed. SW
Rebekah Crissinger-Orchestra SW-ALHS
Jill Nelson-Math SW
Janece Birch-English/Social Studies SW
Wendy Greenfield-Social Studies SW
Our Mission: Create a new middle school designed for 6th-7th Grade Students that meets our District AIMS. Our school will be safe and welcoming. Our school will provide increased opportunities. Students will be able to achieve to the best of their abilities.We will run effectively and efficiently.
Reasons to return to a Middle School Model
Safe and Welcoming Increased Opportunity and Achievement
A meta-analysis of 207 studies of social-emotional learning (SEL) programs which involved a broadly representative group of almost 30,000 students urban, suburban and rural, elementary and secondary schools found that students who participate in SEL programs (compared with students who do not experience SEL) profit in many ways. (CASEL, 2007) They improve significantly in:
1. Social and emotional skills
2. Attitudes about themselves, others and school
3. Social and classroom behavior
4. Achievement-test scores and school grades
One adult and a small group of students have an opportunity to interact on a scheduled basis in order to provide a caring environment for academic guidance and support, everyday administrative details, recognition and activities to promote citizenship.
National Middle School Association (NMSA)
“An adult advocate for every student.”
“Multifaceted guidance and support services.”
“An inviting, supportive, and safe environment.”
This We Believe
Advisory Goal – Relationships: peers are very important to adolescents, but adults play an important role, as well.Developmental Designs
Anecdote – “Too Shy to Ask”
“Educators who value working with this age group and are prepared to do so.”
“School-initiated family and community partnerships.”
This We Believe
Anecdote – “Who Do I Call?”
“Organizational Structures that support meaningful relationships and learning.” This We Believe
Additional Goals of Advisory –Developmental Designs
Sample 6th Grade Interdisciplinary Unit
6th Grade Rendezvous
Math Standards & Curriculum220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124 Use mixtures and concentrations with fractions and ratios-Students measure and make snack mix in voyageurs’ packsSolve real-world problems with fractions and mixed numbers-n-Students compute how much food can be carried in packs, divide up supplies, compute how many pounds per canoeConverting within measurement systems-Students will convert from metric to traditional for weight of backpacks
Language Arts Standards and Curriculum:
Compare/Contrast information from different sources on the same topic-Students research voyageurs’ diaries, historical accounts from Fort Snelling, and Fort William’s storehouse inventories.
Create outlines, logical notes, and summaries across content areas-Students use Social Studies (Minnesota History’s Northern Lights), Science, and Reading texts for notetaking and summaries.
Write in a variety of forms-Students write poems from perspective of voyageurs, songs to sing while paddling, voyageur diaries, posters advertising for help at the fur-trading post or as a voyageur.
Science/Health Standards & Curriculum
Science-126.96.36.199.3, 188.8.131.52.4, Healthy Choices
Describe trade-offs in using manufactured products in terms of features, durability, and cost-Students compare environmental effects of motorboating versus canoeing, building own canoe versus buying one.
Explain import of learning from past failures in order to inform future designs-Students study the dangers of creosote on the lungs, how pipe-smoking and drinking affected life span of voyageurs.
Art: Students make a collage of Rendezvous activities (similar to Eloise Adams’ renderings).
Music: Students learn French songs such as Alouettelearning body parts in French.
Physical Education: Students record heart rate after participating in activities at the Rendezvous, record calories burned.
Current 5th and 6th graders will come and visit the building in May and again in August
for the Sixth Graders