The District working cooperatively with the community in responseto the overwhelming desire to move back to a "true" middle schooltook the first steps by creating this school to house grades 6 and 7. Hopefullywith the continued support of the community in cooperation with the District,the vision of a "true" 6,7,8 middle school will be fully actualizedin the near future.
Westwood Regional Middle School provides a research-basedcomprehensive program for all sixth and seventh grade students. Students takeresponsibility for their own learning...learning to work individually andcollaboratively on problem-based tasks is at the core of our instructionaldesign. WRMS courses address the Common Core Standards and provide a wholelearning process that is interactive for students from the start of grapplingwith a problem to brainstorming solutions and utilizing resources to affectchange. These skills will prepare them for the real world where everyone willhave to think and execute at a very high level and be capable of continuing tolearn new skills over the course of a lifetime. The school has shown continued growth in the program and presentation ofopportunities for students. During the 2011 - 2012 school year, we fullyimplemented our positive behavioral support program HIGH FIVE!, began todevelop interdisciplinary units, implemented our new homework beliefs, andformulated PLCs to research and stay current on best practices.
Infusing technology as a meaningful instructional and exploratory learning toolis of the utmost importance. We continue to expand our technologyinfrastructure with a wireless school network, continued laptop and iPaddeployment, in addition to furnishing every classroom with SMART Boardtechnology. WRMS is pushing forward with teaching sustainable skills to itsstudents. We want all of our students to be productive members of our communityergo, they must be able to center their learning around these 21st centuryskills and the concept of sustainability. Sustainability as it relates tolearning encourages students to honor multiple points of view, examine therelationship between past, present, and future, and examine issues in thecontext of a real world cause and effect relationship. As always, we promise tocontinue to reflect on our practice in order to make Westwood Regional MiddleSchool the best educational environment and experience it can be for ourstudents and community.