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					St. Michael-Albertville Middle
School Transition Committee
      Recommendation
           2009-10
A. Establish two highly effective middle school programs that
provide consistent educational experiences within our school.
B. Implement the Boomerang Project program titled “WEB” (Where
Everybody Belongs) to improve the transition for students from the
         elementary setting to the middle school setting.

• WEB
  – “Where Everybody Belongs”
  – The Boomerang Project
      • www.boomerangproject.com
C. Focus towards grade level neighborhoods or pods within each
                    middle school setting.
  D. Complete minimal structural changes within the allotted
          budget to both middle school buildings.

STMA MS West
    1. Exterior name of school and signage
    2. Interior name of school and signage
    3. Install locker shelf at appropriate height
    4. Minor classroom modifications
                 • (i.e. lowering white board/smart board.)
STMA MS East
    1. Exterior name of school and signage
    2. Interior name of school and signage
   E. Include fifth grade students in our multi-age advisory
                            program.


              KORT/AR Schedule
• Monday: DEAR (Drop Everything and Read)
• Tuesday: LCQ (Lion’s Club Quest)
• Wednesday: LCQ
• Thursday: DEAR
• Friday: LCQ, Games, Community Building Activities
K
O
R
      E=A                              S=C                               U=F
T       Excellent                       Satisfactory                    Unsatisfactory
    Brings a book every            Brings a book most                Rarely brings a book
A   DEAR day and reads              DEAR days and reads                on DEAR days and/or
                                                                       usually doesn’t read
R   Meets or exceeds AR            Shows adequate                    Not meeting AR goal
    goal                            progress towards AR goal

    Above average                  Average participation in          Little to no participation
    participation in class/group    class/group discussions and        in class/group discussions
Q   discussions and other
    KORT activities (i.e. door
                                    other KORT activities (i.e.
                                    door decorating)
                                                                       and other KORT activities
                                                                       (i.e. door decorating)
U   decorating)


E
    Above average                  Average completion of             Little to no completion of
    completion of Quest             Quest requirements (reading        Quest requirements
    requirements (reading           articles, answering questions,     (reading articles,
S   articles, answering
    questions, responding in
                                    responding in journal, etc.)       answering questions,
                                                                       responding in journal, etc.)

T
    journal, etc.)
                                    Average attitude
    Positive and/or                                                   Poor attitude
    encouraging attitude

               The grade earned in KORT counts toward students’ GPA.
F. Focus the core academic instructional time for fifth grade students
  consistent with the elementary model. Students would travel with
             their homeroom class with fewer transitions.
         MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSES
• CORE includes                    • ALB – Active Learning Block
   –   Math                           – Industrial Technology (IT)
   –   Language Arts                  – Family and Consumer Science
                                        (FACS)
   –   Science
                                      – Art and Media Art
   –   Social Studies (Geography      – Keyboarding
       and US History)
                                      – General Music
                                      – Spanish
                                      – Fit For Life
                                      – Health and Physical Education
                                      – Project Lead the Way
              CORE ALB CLASSES
                TRIMESTER         TRIMESTER        TRIMESTER
                CLASS             CLASS            CLASS

GRADE 5         VISUAL ART        GENERAL          KEYBOARDING
                                  MUSIC            (COMPUTER
                                                   APPLICATIONS)
GRADE 6         VISUAL ART        KEYBOARDING      HEALTH


GRADE 7         FAMILY &          INDUSTRIAL       HEALTH
                CONSUMER          TECHNOLOGY
                SCIENCE
GRADE 8         PROJECT LEAD      SPANISH          HEALTH
                THE WAY




* Students are scheduled for Phy Ed on a three day rotation during
their ALB classes.
                     The School Day
• Our school day is from 8:30 – 3:05. The building will be open at 8:00 a.m.
  for students to enter.
• Students participate in a 25 minute KORT Advisory Program (Reading,
  Lion’s Quest & Community Building)
• Students attend 4 – 52 minute CORE class periods
• Students explore ALB classes on a trimester system
• Students will have phy ed once every three days throughout the school
  year. This rotation will occur during each of their 12 week ALB classes.
  Students provide their own gym/swim wear.
• Each grade level eats lunch together during a 30 minute period of time.
  Students eat lunch first and then enjoy recess at the middle school. Salad
  bar, lunch and ala carte items are available to students during each lunch
  period. Students use ID Cards to purchase their lunch.
               Sample 5th Grade
DAILY CLASS SCHEDULE - STMA MIDDLE SCHOOL

        Warning Bell         8:25

        KORT                 8:30 – 8:55

        1) Responsive Hour   9:00 – 9:52

        2)                   9:56 – 10:48

        LUNCH                10:50– 11:20

        3)                   11:24– 12:16

        4)                   12:20 – 1:12

        5)                   1:16 – 2:08

        6)                   2:12 – 3:05
          St. Michael – Albertville Middle School
                2008-2009 Class Schedule

Bob Student                              Student ID: xxxxxx
Re: Jane A. Student                      Grade:      05        Gender: F
123 Middle School Lane                   Locker:     xxxx      Combo: xx-xx-xx
St. Michael, MN 55376



 Section ID    Period    Term     Course Title       Teacher Name       Room

000100-16     00         YR     KORT                 Antil            C305
00620C-01     01         T1     Responsive Hour Krupke                E710
0A612R-1      02         YR     Science              Johnson          E711
00640C-03     03         YR     Math                 Johnson          E711
000680-61     04         YR     Social Studies       Strait           E712
000605-14     05         YR     Language Arts        Johnson          E711
00630C-05     06         T1     Art                  Miller           A111

00630C-09     06         T1     Phy Ed               Metcalf          GYM
          St. Michael – Albertville Middle School
                2008-2009 Class Schedule

Bob Student                              Student ID: xxxxxx
Re: Jane A. Student                      Grade:      06         Gender: F
123 Middle School Lane                   Locker:     xxxx       Combo: xx-xx-xx
St. Michael, MN 55376



 Section ID    Period    Term     Course Title       Teacher Name        Room

000100-16     00         YR     KORT                 Antil             C305
00620C-01     01         YR     L. Arts 6            Hedlund           E710
0A612R-1      02         T1     Responsive Hour Anderson, J            E702
00640C-03     03         YR     Social 6             Riles             E711
000680-61     04         T1     Phy Ed 6             Metcalf           GYM
000605-14     04         T1     Art 6                Miller            A111
00630C-05     05         YR     Science              Peterson          E712

01610C-16     06         YR     Math 6               Lefebvre          E701
G. Create programming that is educationally appropriate and specific
    to the needs of fifth grade students within Responsive Hour.


                       Responsive Hour
 The ultimate goal within the Responsive Hour is to assure the basic math
and reading skills of all students while providing enrichment classes at a
variety of levels for students demonstrating proficiency.
 Students who have demonstrated a need for additional assistance in the
area of reading and/or math will be scheduled for classes to address that
achievement gap.
 Students who demonstrate proficiency within their basic math and
reading skills will have a choice of enrichment classes to participate in.
Band and Choir Students will experience 4 quarter ALB classes in addition to
their musical selection.
 Non Band/Choir students will participate in the same 4 quarter ALB
classes and have the opportunity to choose from a menu of enrichment
courses.
 Band and Choir are each a full year commitment.
                 Responsive Hour




                                    CLASSROOM
NWEA MAP SCORE     MCA SCORE
                                   PERFORMANCE
    6th Grade Responsive Hour Classes
READ 180      Pop, Op., &   Reading        Music Thru    Jr. Great
              Media Arts    Power          Time          Books


Learning and Fit 4 Life     Fit 4 Life     Fit 4 Life    Fit 4 Life
Applying
Computation
al Skills
Number        Robotics      Computer       Robotics      Computer
Sense                       Applications                 Applications


Reading       Current       Current        Public        Robotics
              Events        Events         Speaking or
                                           Writers
                                           Workshop
H. Only when necessary, designate areas within school buses for
           students to sit that is age appropriate.


• Data-driven decision based on:
   –   Current referral data
   –   Current secondary/elementary expectations
   –   Siblings assigned same routes
   –   2007-08 Bus Referrals
        6th Grade   7th Grade   8th Grade   Total
        16          27          36          79

   – Number of incidents regarding high school/middle school
     students: 3
   – Number of students receiving one or more referrals: 56
     (approx. 5% of our population)
I. Create equal opportunity for middle school students to access
                       the district pool.
   J. Support the Activity Committee’s Recommendation that middle
school activities with the appropriate numbers and facilities to support
    two separate programs be held at both sites. Activities unable to
 sustain themselves as two separate programs or those with facilities
 limitations would combine participants at the most appropriate site.
Activities Currently Meeting Criteria    Activities Currently Not Meeting Criteria
Football                                 Soccer (Boy’s & Girl’s)
Volleyball                               Wrestling
Basketball (Boy’s & Girl’s)              Tennis (Boy’s & Girl’s)
Baseball                                 Cross Country (Boy’s & Girl’s)
Softball                                 Gymnastics
Band                                     Golf (Boy’s & Girl’s)
Choir                                    Track (Boy’s & Girl’s)
                                         Science Club
*Academic programs may be 5-8            Art Club
*Athletic programs are grade 7&8         Chess Club
*Grade 5&6 participate in Community Ed   Destination Imagination
                                         Math Counts
      K. Include fifth grade students within our Exploratory Day
  opportunities with the modifications of activities that would be of
   concern with multi-age participants through our Exploratory Day
                              Committee.


• http://middleschool.stma.k12.mn.us/Exploratory_Day.php


• Each Middle School will have one exploratory day each year.
  The winter and spring dates for exploratory day will rotate on
  a yearly basis.
   L. Continue Middle School Activity Nights sponsored by Student
  Council for students grades 5-8. Both middle school sites will be
utilized to facilitate activities and to include students for grades 5 & 6
   in one school and grades 7 & 8 within the second middle school
                                   setting.
 M. Playground Equipment will not be installed at the middle
                      school sites.

• Data-driven decision based on:
  – Staff Input
     • 5th graders play four square, jump rope, football, and hang
       out with friends
     • 5th graders do not use/are not interested in playground
       equipment
  – Input from other 5-8 schools
     • Dassel-Cokato- older kids sit on equipment to visit but don’t
       use
     • District 197 – students exceeded equipment weight
       restrictions
  – Current options at middle level
     • Football, basketball, four square, jump ropes, media center
STMA Middle School Boundary 2009-10
 St. Michael-Albertville Middle School East

• Students living south of County Rd. 119
  continuing east on County Road 35 and State
  Highway 241 to the intersection of
  MacIver/Larabee Ave and students east of
  MacIver/Larabee Ave continuing north on Barthel
  Industrial Drive
• This includes students within the current St.
  Michael Elementary Boundary and students
  attending Big Woods Elementary with a residence
  east of McIver/Larabee Ave.
St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West

• Students living north of County Rd. 119
  continuing east on County Road 35 and State
  Highway 241 to the intersection of
  MacIver/Larabee Ave and students west of
  MacIver/Larabee Ave continuing north on Barthel
  Industrial Drive
• This includes students within the current
  Fieldstone Elementary Boundary and students
  attending Big Woods Elementary with a residence
  west of McIver/Larabee Ave.
           Open Enrolled Students
• Students living outside of the district will be placed to provide
  the most equivalent programming at both middle schools
• A consideration made during the Boundary Recommendation
  was:
   – Initial numbers will be higher in the current MS which has
     slightly less capacity
       • To be better balanced with open enrollment
       • Space available deemed adequate for 4 year plan
• Placement of open enrolled students will be presented to the
  school board in December
• Open enrolled students/families will be notified of school
  placement upon approval
Students living south of County Rd. 119
continuing east on County Road 35 and State
Highway 241 to the intersection of
MacIver/Larabee Ave and students east of
MacIver/Larabee Ave continuing north on
Barthel Industrial Drive
This includes students within the current St.
Michael Elementary Boundary and students
attending Big Woods Elementary with a
residence east of McIver/Larabee Ave.
 5th Grade in the Middle School- YES!
• Positive transitional programming into the
  middle school setting through WEB (Where
  Everybody Belongs)
• New opportunities (KORT, Activity Nights,
  Exploratory Days)
• Continued elementary model programming
  for fifth grade within the homeroom class
• Designated neighborhood for 5th grade
  students
Twice As Many Schools, Twice As Many
           Opportunities
• Increased student unity and student
  connectedness with staff within smaller school
  settings
• Increased space for learning
• Increased student academic Opportunities
  (Student Councils, Band/Choir Classes, Math
  Counts, etc.)
• Increased access to technology
• Twice as much playing time and leadership
  opportunity in activities offered at both sites

				
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