Culture is Everything!
By Wendy Hofman, Head of School
The culture in our middle school is fundamental to everything that matters most to middle school students and parents. Academic achievement, faith formation, positive relationships with teachers and peers, and student engagement are all impacted by the culture of our school.
What determines the culture in a school? Culture is determined by values that teachers and leaders teach-to and live-out with intention and purpose. In our middle school we have distinct values that define our culture.
- Dignity and Respect –Beginning with the understanding that each one of our students is created in the image of God, with unique gifts and abilities, is fundamental to everything we do in middle school.
- Taking Personal Responsibility for Your Own Learning – equipping students with organizational tools, new ways of communicating with teachers, and age-appropriate accountability is important for building personal capacity in our middle school students.
- One-to-one iPad program – organization, communication, personalized learning
- A NEW Learning Management system through skyward will help to provide efficiency and continuity for students and parents in every classroom.
- Appropriate email etiquette and responsible use of technology
- Student-Centered Conferences with teachers and parents
- Developing God-Given Gifts and Abilities
- Science Symposium Presentations
- Middle School Clubs- chess, creative writing, strategy games, drumming, child care training, life skills, model building
- Middle School Spotlight Night
- Middle School Athletics
- Building Healthy Relationships – providing middle school students multiple opportunities to engage in a variety of relationships is integral to classroom learning, personal growth, and the cultivation of Christian community.
- Gender specific homerooms
- Family Groups – 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students
- Fall Retreat
- Spirit Week – fun competitions, dress up days, roller skating
- Middle School Field Day competition with Family Groups
- 8th Grade Trip to Chicago
- Being Other-Focused – providing middle school students opportunities to lead and to serve builds empathy and confidence for student growth during these middle years.
- Ongoing learning opportunities for mentoring younger students
- Monthly tutoring with students at Sheridan Road Elementary School
- Student Ambassador Program
- Middle School Student Council
- Chapel leadership