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Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)

Overview

There are four schools in Worcester County with middle school grades and programs. They are:

  • Berlin Intermediate School (Grade 6)
  • Pocomoke Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • Snow Hill Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • Stephen Decatur Middle School (Grades 7-8)

All of these schools are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Education for students in grades 6-8 takes into consideration and nurtures intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. Students in the middle grades are provided comprehensive and challenging programs which expand the skills, concepts and processes developed in the elementary grades. Curriculum, instruction, activities, services, and assessments are designed to promote the development of high academic skills and talents as well as foster personal, physical and social growth. Middle grade programs provide challenging opportunities for students in the following subjects:

  • Reading
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Health/Safety
  • Service Learning
  • Media Skills
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Family Consumer Service
  • Technology
  • Foreign Language

Middle level teachers continuously assess the performance of students and implement those instructional strategies and curricula which will meet the student's present and future needs.

In order to support efforts to meet state standards, instruction in the middle grades is enhanced by:

  • Flexible grouping/differentiated instruction;
  • The inclusion of Dimensions of Learning to plan curriculum and classroom lessons and activities; and
  • Hands-on activities designed to provide opportunities for application of the basic skills and higher order thinking skills to real life situations.

Special instructional programs and services are provided to accommodate the unique needs of each student. Special education services are provided for students with disabilities. Challenging academic programs are provided for gifted and high achieving students. In addition, guidance, counseling, speech therapy, and psychological services are an integral part of the instructional program.

An Alternative Program is available to students who experience behavior or academic problems in the regular classroom. The program helps students resolve their academic and behavior problems.

To further enrich the instructional programs, the following activities are provided:

  • Technology Festival
  • Science Fair
  • Destination Imagination
  • Computer Labs
  • Artist in Residence
  • Cultural Arts Program
  • Fine Arts Festival
  • Scholastic Recognition and Presidential Academic Fitness Programs
  • Student Government Association
  • National and local oratorical and art contests
  • WeXL Honor Card Program
  • Outstanding Attendance Program
  • MESA
  • Math Expo

School Activities

Students are encouraged to participate in the various clubs and organizations in school. These groups will afford the student the opportunity to become involved in school related activities. These activities build school spirit and pride. When a student is absent from a class because he/she is involved in an extracurricular activity, it will be the student's responsibility to make up any missed work.

Band Program

A band program is offered for all interested students. Parents may purchase or rent instruments. Band instruction is given during the regularly scheduled school day. Students who miss scheduled classes for band instruction are required to complete all missed assignments. Practice time is a home assignment.

Student Government

The Student Government Association works with the administration to plan social events and provide input about student concerns. Officers and representatives for each homeroom are elected yearly.

Testing

The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) Program is a state testing program that measures how well schools are teaching students the knowledge and skills they need. Students are assessed in reading and mathematics. At the middle school level, the MSA test is administered to students in grades 6 through 8. Students in grade 8 will also take a state science assessment. Parents will receive a copy of their child's performance report.

In the 2013-2014 school year, a class of students at each school took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) pilot test. PARCC will take the place of the MSA in the 2014-2015 school year. PARCC is administered online.

Students enrolled in Algebra I in grade 8 take the High School Assessment in Algebra in May. This is an end-of-course assessment that students are required to pass in order to graduate from high school.

Middle School Academies

Expanded educational opportunities for students in grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 to participate in academic intervention and enrichment activities are provided in the Middle School Academies. The Academies provide expanded learning programs beyond the regular school day and during the summer months.

ExCEL Academies, a science and technology intitiative, will be coordinated with existing local and grant efforts for after school programming to middle school students in grades 6,7, and 8. The ExCEL Academies will enable students to explore and gain experience in science and technology areas of study in order that they may pursue secondary education, post-secondary education, and careers that support the ever-growing need for engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and technology experts.