Are you looking for a top-notch Middle School? When schools, parents, and students work together, the transition from elementary to middle school can be an opportunity for tremendous success.
Students who feel comfortable in their new environment are better able to learn and grow effectively. From adolescent brain development to online safety, we know how to maximize the success of deaf and hard of hearing middle school students.
Middle School is an exciting time at Fanwood. Sixth, seventh and eight graders explore their curiosity for learning in classrooms through lively collaborative learning and hands on experiences.
Since every middle school student is provided with their own iMac laptop computer, students quickly develop the technological skills to succeed in the 21st century!
Our students enjoy positive relationships within the school and outside of school through after school programs, athletics and clubs. Parties and celebrations planned together with refreshments, games and prizes bring out the fun-loving personalities of our new adolescents.
Friendships are forged during field trips and field day events that stimulate mutual interests and fond memories.
The Middle School’s academic model emphasizes performance based learning. Students successfully meet high level expectations in language rich classrooms. Cooperation and collaboration are learned as students engage in solving problems, planning and completing projects together.
Our teachers are experts in research based teaching strategies, promoting English and ASL as valued languages on campus. Students improve their ability to read and write academic content in English while communicating and presenting in American Sign Language.
In Middle School, students will:
- Develop competencies in understanding more complex schedules and systems
- Be responsible for completing and submitting class work and homework assignments
- Use a middle school economy, as students are awarded “monetary” amounts for expected academic and social behaviors. Students bank their “money” and save for future purchases – an admission ticket to a party, a special privilege or a coveted prize.
- Fully prepare for a successful high school career
21st Century Deaf Learners:
Visual learning, technology and research skills are important for 21st century Deaf learners. Beyond individual laptop computers, students also benefit from the latest technological advancements throughout their day.
The Classroom SmartBoard’s are equipped with the Smart Response system that allows each student to respond to questions through a handheld wireless responder. This interactive learning tool encourages every student to answer every question. Teachers are able to assess the accuracy of the students’ responses.
Direct instruction in integrating art and graphic illustration in researched reports, Powerpoint presentations and posters and displays is central to the middle school experience.
Monitoring Achievement of Students:
Middle School students actively participate in setting annual achievement goals in reading and math. Using achievement scores from the NWEA, students meet with their teachers to write a commitment to improve their achievement score from spring-to-spring. Students understand the importance of growth in academic achievement.
Learning About Physical Education and Healthy Lifestyles:
The Middle School’s physical education and health classes are complemented by weekly sessions with middle school teachers and the school social worker or psychologist. The students are able to discuss issues and ask questions about topics of importance to them in a secure, supportive setting. The girls meet with female staff and the boys with male staff.