A new initiative at Central Middle School will let teachers use data to drive the learning.
The state awarded the school a School Quality Improvement Grant designed to help districts improve academics. Central will use its grant to improve math scores.
The $425,000 grant pays for the math curriculum specialist, Sherri Daniels. It also pays for teacher professional development and new instructional materials for students.
The ‘iReady’ learning program provides achievement data to help teachers determine childrens’ math skills. This approach allows teachers to identify and target gaps in each child’s math skills.
Teachers then map out what they teach to ensure they meet state math standards and close identified gaps. That will also help our children as they move up through grades and into Euclid High School.
Part of Mrs. Daniels' work will include observing classrooms and helping teachers sharpen their instructional techniques.
We appreciate having someone with Mrs. Daniels' expertise in the district. She has worked for Euclid Schools for 16 years, including eight years as an elementary math coach and two years as an instructional coach.
She has a master's degree in curriculum instruction and is working on a second master's degree in educational administration.
Securing grants like the School Quality Improvement Grant is one example of how the Euclid City Schools practices fiscally responsibility. Additionally, the School Quality Improvement Grant is part of the work we are doing with a state support team to improve our academics. We are in the first year of a four-year district plan.
As part of our plan, we targeted lagging middle school math achievement. This is true statewide as, according to state data, 60.1 percent of sixth graders and less than 60 percent of seventh and eighth graders are proficient in math.
This week Central Middle School gave sixth graders a unique learning opportunity. We took them to camp!
Sixth-graders spent the past few days at Hiram House Camp. They participated in activities like archery, a high rope course, canoeing and orienteering.
Principal Mike Mennel shared that the number one thing he hopes they get from the experience is the ability to work together. Many of the activities involve teamwork.
Students also get to try activities outside of their comfort zones and make new friends.
A group of high school students serve as counselors, giving them more leadership skills.
Middle school is a challenging period in children’s lives. These first few years of adolescence are crucial as students grow up and become adults.
We want to create a culture that encourages and engages children during this challenging time. The camp is one way we do that.
Mrs. Simmons' gifted learners at Euclid High School researched an invention of their choice that has greatly impacted society and their own lives. Students gathered information on the invention, the inventor and any changes the invention has gone through- both good and bad. Through fantastic presentations, students shared how this invention has changed the world and why it is so important to them.