Interdisciplinary Team Teaching (Teaming) is a way of grouping students and teachers together to form small communities of learning within the school. Teaming is an integral part of the Middle School concept. Currently the sixth grade is divided into two teams: Tamarins and Ocelots. Students on each team have the same "core teachers" in all academic subjects. Each team of teachers works very closely together to plan academic units, special events/activities, and overall goals and objectives. Each team of teachers shares a Team Planning Time which is one period per day.
HOW WILL TEAMING BENEFIT ME AS A PARENT?
Teaming will benefit parents in several ways. We hope you, the parent, will take full advantage of the opportunities teaming gives you. Parent/Team conferences offer you a time to meet with your child's teachers as a scheduled part of your child's day. Progress reports are more easily requested and implemented. One call to school can get you a more complete picture of your child's progress. Teaming is designed to promote connectedness for teachers, students, and parents. The key is for you, the parent, to see yourself as a part of the team.
Not all classes may be the same length or at the same time each day. This means that teachers can change the length of a class to accommodate longer tests, projects, or activities.
Each semester a service project is developed to encourage the students to look beyond themselves. Service project activities are coordinated through Team Planning Time. Students realize they too can have an impact in our school, community, and world through the service projects.
PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support)
Student behavior and good study habits are important factors in the middle school. MMS faculty put an emphasis on teaching students to be respectful and responsible. These expectations are taught within the weekly advisory program. To promote an increase in these positive behaviors, incentives are planned throughout the school year. Students have enjoyed incentives such as a game hour, shakes, a movie with popcorn, and the monthly Student of the Month Assembly.
Connecting subject areas is an important component of middle school. The teams of teachers combine their subjects around a common theme. These connections tie academic goals across the subject areas, and reveal the interconnectedness of knowledge.