Westwood Regional Middle School provides a research-based comprehensive program for all sixth and seventh grade students. Students take responsibility for their own learning...learning to work individually and collaboratively on problem-based tasks is at the core of our instructional design. WRMS courses address the Common Core Standards and provide a whole learning process that is interactive for students from the start of grappling with a problem to brainstorming solutions and utilizing resources to affect change. These skills will prepare them for the real world where everyone will have to think and execute at a very high level and be capable of continuing to learn new skills over the course of a lifetime. The school has shown continued growth in the program and presentation of opportunities for students. During the 2011 - 2012 school year, we fully implemented our positive behavioral support program HIGH FIVE!, began to develop interdisciplinary units, implemented our new homework beliefs, and formulated PLCs to research and stay current on best practices.
Infusing technology as a meaningful instructional and exploratory learning tool is of the utmost importance. We continue to expand our technology infrastructure with a wireless school network, continued laptop and iPad deployment, in addition to furnishing every classroom with SMART Board technology. WRMS is pushing forward with teaching sustainable skills to its students. We want all of our students to be productive members of our community ergo, they must be able to center their learning around these 21st century skills and the concept of sustainability. Sustainability as it relates to learning encourages students to honor multiple points of view, examine the relationship between past, present, and future, and examine issues in the context of a real world cause and effect relationship. As always, we promise to continue to reflect on our practice in order to make Westwood Regional Middle School the best educational environment and experience it can be for our students and community.