• VVS Middle School Goals:

    1.  Improve student achievement : Continue to strive for 90% proficiency and 40% mastery on all assessments in order to prepare students to be college and career ready.


    • Implement more close reads in the technical subjects

    • Continue to use data to inform instruction

    • Implement more technology in the classrooms

    • Common Unit/Quarterly Assessments aligned to CCLS

    • Implement more STEAM activities

    • Implement more project-based learning

    • Continue to improve transition programs (ie: 6th – 7th and 8th – 9th)

    • Classroom teachers utilizing word walls with common vocabulary

    • Sharing effective instructional strategies at faculty meetings

    • Create incentive programs for students

    • Incorporate more self and peer reflections for students

    • Continue to improve SSG with specific, measureable, and attainable goals and specific strategies

    • Continue to improve teachers’ awareness of other teachers’ curricula and instructional strategies

       

    2.  Increase opportunities that promote physical, social, and emotional safety and wellness in our school community


    • Increase teacher visibility throughout the school

    • Develop an effective silent mentor program

    • Improve student hallway behavior

    • Increase student involvement in recognizing and reporting incidences of bullying

    • Presentation by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at Open House

    • Insight House presenting on the negative effects of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco

    • Guidance counselor and social worker revamping character education curriculum so the students can relate to it more

    • Educate the students on the soft skills (working with others, making eye contact, presentation, reliability)

    • Continue to improve the Middle School Teaming process

    • Severe weather drills

    • Evacuation drills

    • Drug dog searches

    • The OCC – Middle School committee that works on and plans outer circle activities for both adults and students (ie: Back to School Dance, October Fiesta, Winter Fiesta, Olympics, Citizenship Dances, Cross-Teaming Field Trips, Comedy Club for teachers)

    • Students of the Month and Students of the Marking Period

    • Cross-teaming activities for students (zoo field trip, college visits, good citizenship activities)

    • FCS mock interviews and career exploration

    • Middle School Safety Team

    • Peer mediation

    • Student Council

    • Groups for students moving into the district

    • Recognition for Scholar Athletic Teams

    • Fundraising Opportunities (ie: Make-A-Wish, UNICEF, Ronald McDonald House, Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Food Drives, Sponsoring Families During the Holidays)

    • LEAD

    • DASA requirements

    • Bullying Boxes

       

    3.  Foster tolerance and respect needed for a diverse world through positive social interactions with parents, students, staff, and community


    • Each team will mail 5 postcards home to parents letting them know something positive their child did for the week

    • The OCC will develop a parent night showcasing student projects and other fun parent/student activities

    • Continue to expand teacher webpages

    • Career Day

    • Jr. Honor Society service component

    • Senior citizen breakfast and concert

    • Exploring giving the students an opportunity to experience having a disability and reflecting on   what challenges they encountered throughout the time they were “disabled”

    • Increase parental involvement (ie: parents on Middle School Safety Team, chaperoning dances, Parent Portal, parents attending SSG meetings, sending SSG plans home to parents)

    • DASA requirements

    • Fundraising Opportunities (ie: Make-A-Wish, UNICEF, Ronald McDonald House, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Youth Food Drives, Sponsoring Families During the Holidays)

    • STEAM activities involving the community

    • Guest speakers in health class

    • Community Day involvement

    • 7th Grade Tour Day

    • Parent Transition Nights


     

    4.  Middle School will continue to increase student achievement through the use of STEAM activities and units


    • All teachers will visit Pine Grove Middle School in order to further gather information regarding STEAM

    • Each team will develop STEAM activities

    • Teachers will continue to develop students’ soft skills

    • Teachers will involve the community in STEAM activities

    • Teachers will implement activities that prepare students to be college and career ready