March Middle School offers a diverse series of programs and possibilities to meet the unique needs of its students. In sixth grade, students are placed in both English and reading classes to increase reading proficiency skills. Sixth grade math classes are structured to challenge students at their individual skill level. High achievers (according to assessment and/or prior grades) may be placed in college prep classes which require additional critical thinking skill sets.
March Middle School offers a wide range of classes customized to meet the needs of its English learners. In each grade, teachers use Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) strategies with EL students who are performing at or below grade level proficiency standards in their coursework. SDAIE strategies have been proven to be highly successful in helping children succeed in both reading and acquiring language skills. Students who are learning English as their second language may have up to three periods of English language development instruction.
Discipline and Climate for Learning
Based upon input from staff, parents, and students, March Middle School has adopted a schoolwide discipline plan in alignment with the district’s discipline matrix. School staff support an environment that teaches students, through the daily curriculum, the skills to resolve conflicts and take responsibility for their decisions. The schoolwide discipline plan focuses on a positive approach to managing disruptive behavior. Students are given the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and take an active role in correcting poor behavior.
School and classroom rules are posted in each classroom. At the beginning of the school year, school rules, district policies, and academic expectations are 1) outlined in each students’ Academic Organizer and 2) reinforced at grade level assemblies. Teachers and the principal take appropriate opportunities to remind students of their responsibilities to conduct themselves in a safe, responsible, and courteous manner. The Academic Organizer may be used as a vehicle for written communication between parents and teachers as well as to record class assignment information, homework assignments, and project due dates.