Middle School Philosophy
Children between the ages of 10 and 14 are unique in
intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth Recognizing that
these children are also strikingly different from each other, the
middle school is designed to meet the needs of a child as well as an
adolescent during the transition from the elementary to the high school.
Through a caring and secure environment, the middle school
program ensures that all students experience challenge and success. The
curriculum is based upon the developmental needs of the young
adolescent, with the following goals:
- Mastering basic skills within an interdisciplinary context.
- Acquiring a fundamental body or ~knowledge and the critical thinking skills necessary for its interpretation and application.
- Developing and maintaining a positive self-image.
- Accepting increased social, personal and academic
responsibilities. Exploring a diversity of curricular and
extracurricular activities. Developing an increased awareness of
individual differences and respect for others.
- Participating responsibly in the school community.
The key to the success of this program is a flexible and creative
staff that enthusiastically chooses to work with students at this age
level.THE EASTERN COMMUNITY BELIEVES:
- The students are the focus of the school
- All students can learn if given the opportunity
- To achieve educational excellence there has to be a commitment by staff,
- students and parents.
- Each member of the school community is responsible for his or her performance.
- It is essential for success that staff, parents and students work cooperatively.
- Continuous planning, evaluation and change are necessary for improvement.
- School priorities are determined by the school program team
(staff,parents and students) in conjunction with the Board of Education.
- Clearly articulated goals and open communication among groups
(staff, parents and students) are essential, experimentation and risk
taking are encouraged.
- Caring for others and community service are integral parts of the school program.
- The adopted middle school philosophy has an effect on all school programs and decisions.
- The administration's main role is to create an environment where teachers can teach and students learn.