Young adolescents are in the time of the greatest changes both physically and cognitively. We at Menahga Middle School are striving to provide the most supportive and academically challenging environment possible. The middle school leadership team, which consists of teachers and administration, will be using the sixteen key characteristics of high performing middle schools as a guide to develop programming, improve instruction, and build climate and community in our school. In addition to implementing an exploratory, project/problem based learning model, the leadership team will focus on creating our identity as a middle school. Our goal is to make our new middle school a welcoming, safe environment that supports and challenges all learners to be the best they can be.
We believe that technology is an important part of our hands on learning methodology. Our teachers continue to work with technology as an instructional tool to improve engagement and achievement. All 7th and 8th graders will continue to have an iPad, and our 5th and 6th graders will now have 1:1 iPad access in their classrooms as well. While our 7th and 8th graders will still have the option of taking their iPad home, 5th and 6th graders will only have access during school hours and under teacher supervision. We also have several laptop carts available as well for the middle school this year.
The flow of information is critical during the middle years. I encourage all our 5-8 families to participate in our Skyward Family Access. Please contact the middle school office for your username and password if have not already done so in the past years. You can check grades, attendance, lunch balances, update contact information, and so much more. You can also use your Family Access portal to create notifications that will automatically email your student’s missing assignments, grades, and progress reports to you. We also have a new middle school handbook posted to the website and printed in the planner that covers the policies and procedures for grades 5-8.
Research shows that students who participate in school activities do better in school and develop leadership and teamwork skills that will help them throughout life. I encourage your student to take advantage of the opportunities available to them at Menahga. Our 5th-8th graders can take advantage of variety of co-curricular activities including music, arts, and athletics. Targeted Services will also be available for students in grades 5-8 as well.
The 2016-2017 school year is going to be full of growth and change for your middle schooler. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may call the school at 564-4141 or email us. Staff contact information is included in the handbooks and on the school website. Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook! I’m looking forward to another great year in the Middle!