Middle Years (Grades 6 to 8)
Middle Years program builds upon the early years program for younger
children and prepares them for the Senior Years program. Our middle
schools are specifically designed to address several educational issues
involving students aged 10-13. Early adolescents, grades 6-8, have
unique emotional, social and developmental characteristics. Staffing,
curriculum and programming in a middle school is focused on the
students' needs. Parental involvement in the education process in a
middle school will benefit the early adolescent.
Philosophy of Middle Years:
Middle Years environment is based upon the needs and characteristics of
the adolescent learner. These characteristics must be recognized as
being developmental and dynamic. Caring, trained professionals will meet
the intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs of the middle
years student by offering programs reflecting active learning
strategies, integrated curricula, exploratory experiences, and
opportunities to nurture positive relationships with adults and peers.
Components of A Middle School:
• Interdisciplinary Team Organization
or more teachers representing different subject areas are teamed
together; teachers share the same students and schedule. Team teaching
is not essential, but may occur at specific times. Teachers coordinate
assignments, projects and tests. Teachers often combine their expertise
and course content to teach a common theme in some or all of the core
• Teacher Advisory Groups
teacher advisory groups students develop a sense of belonging. The
teacher or advisor is an advocate for the students. Advisory time may be
part of the home room organization
• Options and Exploratory Courses
on/active participation is encouraged in courses such as the performing
and fine arts, physical education, practical arts, enrichment courses,
special interests, career exploration, independent studies, etc.
• Academic Programs
with the regular academic program all of our Middle Years Schools offer
other options. Lincoln Middle School offers a performing arts program.
Band, drama and visual arts are available at all of our middle schools.
Internet Use Policies: Acceptable
use policies for information technology access are in effect in the St.
James Assiniboia School Division. Students and parents should read and
be familiar with these acceptable use policies. All students accessing
the Internet from Divisional facilities must have signed and turned in
the Student Internet Acceptable Use Agreement and Parent Permission Form
which is handed out at the start of the school year. Use of the
computers in the school with or without a signed form is subject to the
rules in the Acceptable Use Policy as all students are provided with the
information at various points throughout the year.
Rights and Responsibilities: The
Division's goal as set out in the Division's Code of Behaviour is to
provide a caring environment which develops creative thinking, a love
for learning, self-esteem and respect for others. Policies describing
the rights and responsibilities of students, parents and teachers within
the Division are published in our Code of Conduct brochure, which can be downloaded here.
Student Services: Students
attending schools in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division are
eligible to receive a wide-variety of support services at no additional
cost to the family. These services range from in-school supports such as
resource and counseling assistance, to clinical services such as
psychologists, social workers, speech and language therapy, or referral
to outside agencies such as health professionals.