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Middle School Principal's Corner

posted Apr 28, 2015, 12:55 PM by Andy Cox   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 12:56 PM ]
Happy Spring!
Heidi Critchley, DGF Middle School Principal

Soon May will be here and the end of the school year will arrive. It has been a great school year,
but it sure has gone by fast. We appreciate your willingness to partner with us as we work hard
to educate your sons and daughters.

Your son or daughter will soon be participating in the MCA Spring testing. For the MCA
Reading, all students test on April 21st and 22nd. On April 28th and 29th, all students will take
the MCA Mathematics. The 8th graders will have additional testing in MCA Science on May
12th and 13th. Please help your son or daughter do their very best on the assessments by
encouraging them to come to school wellrested on those dates.

We are busy planning for next years’ schedule. We have built our master schedule to best meet
the needs of all of our students. A middle school designed to facilitate success in students has
the core components of teaming, advisory programs, intervention/enrichment opportunities,
exploratory courses, and transition plans. The following information describes how DGF
Middle School is striving to embed the middle school philosophy.

Our grade levels “team” which means they have planned collaboration and professional learning
time. During the school day, a core team of grade level teachers who share the same students
have common prep time. This allows them to share instructional practices, discuss
programming, and identifying student needs (individual and group). Additionally, this has been
an excellent opportunity to invite parents to meetings to support student success.

We have designated advisory time at the end of our school days. The focus on an advisory
program is to build relationships between students and an adult in the school. We have a variety
of activities that occur during the advisory program. This year we have been using the 7 Mindset
Program on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Thursdays have been designated as a
“reading” day and Friday is “Fun Day.”

The middle school students are provided with “Rebel Power Hour” which is our
intervention/enrichment programming. The structure varies by grade, but the intent remains the
same which is to offer support and experiences to our students. Students are able to receive
reteaching and assistance from teachers at this time. The students can either ask for assistance or
a teacher may assign them to a time/room for extra help.