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The life skills program in the Middle School provides students with the tools to help them navigate their adolescent years with awareness, confidence, independence, and self-reliance. The goal is to build skills we know they will need as 21st century citizens. Many of the program lessons are interwoven with the academic curriculum. There are six rotations that students take during the course of each year: health, library skills, leadership, games, study skills, current events, and media awareness. Life Skills courses are organized by grade level.
All students take health class. Classes will focus on drug and alcohol education with added areas addressing nutritional health, spinal cord and brain health, sexual abstinence and safety skills, practical knowledge about responding in emergencies, self-esteem building, resiliency development, and daily refusal skills. See health curriculum guide for more specifics. Teachers: Carrie Blank and Kristin Ogard
The ability to use the library and all of its resources, including electronic resources, is essential to student success in an increasingly digital age. Students will explore these tools and apply it to their current class topics. Teacher: Lynn Silbernagel
Global Issues Research
For 8th graders only in the winter Lynn Silbernagel and Barbara Ostos will work with students to integrate classroom topics and real world issues and current events.
What is positive leadership for middle schoolers? When is it best to lead and when to follow? How can student communication and collaboration lead to better understanding and community-building. This rotation provides a time to examine and practice leadership. Teacher: Len Carr
Using the planner, taking notes, long-term project planning, and reading actively are but a few of the ongoing skills we stress during middle school. This rotation provides a dedicated time to explore these skills directly and connect them to ongoing curriculum. Teacher: Paul Andrichuk
PE type games - running,dodging, jumping, throwing, tossing, traditional games and less traditional games will happen. Kids staying physically fit during their middle school years is essential. Futhermore, our kids tend to love staying active and participating in PE activities. The positive connection between physical activity and brain development is clear. Teachers: Brian Gant and John Hamilton
Students live in an increasingly connected world. They consume and create media constantly. How do they discern the content they consume? How do they protect themselves when creating content, such as texting and social media? These questions will be addressed appropriately at each grade level. Teacher: Brendan Gill
Study Hall allows students time during the school day for quiet, focused study. Teachers can help students as needed, but mostly study hall provides middle schoolers a chance to work at on going classroom work. Middle School teachers share the responsibilty as Study Hall facilitators.