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At Pelham Middle School, we have designed a developmentally appropriate program to prepare our students for the increased rigor and challenge of the high school. In order for us to prepare our students well, a great deal of time is focused on the unique needs of children between the ages of ten to fourteen years old. During early adolescence children are developmentally poised for a significant amount of intellectual development and are cognitively ready for high-level academic challenges and metacognition. However, middle school philosophy purports that during early adolescence children go through significant changes in their physical development and social behavior, as well as rapid development in their emotional intelligence – all of which have an impact upon their focus and ability to be consciously available for learning in school. While these changes and developments are completely normal and are an important part of adolescent maturity, the physical, social and emotional needs of children, if not attended to, are likely to draw a child’s focus away from school work and inhibit his or her academic performance. In order to maximize the potential for intellectual development, middle school philosophy suggests that we must also account for and support the physical, social and emotional development of children and integrate it into all aspects of our middle school program.
Pelham Middle School adheres to a middle school philosophy as opposed to a junior high philosophy. Rather than focusing on competition between learners in a teacher-centered curriculum, our middle school philosophy emphasizes mastery of content and skills while supporting students’ emotional intelligence, and positive self-concept and awareness. Flexible and varied instruction, individualized learning, and collaborative, cross-disciplinary approaches are utilized. This middle school philosophy focuses on the creation of a safe, supportive and inviting environment. Affective and cognitive development of students is equally important to intellectual development, and teachers and students share ownership of learning. Our middle school philosophy also strives to integrate the parents and Pelham community into the learning process.
One of the ways we establish a cooperative community of learners is through Pelham P.R.I.D.E. Pelham P.R.I.D.E. is a collection of positive characteristics and behaviors that will make our school an even better place for students to learn and grow into productive, happy young adults. The acronym “P.R.I.D.E.” stands for Prepared, Respectful, Involved, Determined and Excellent. When students are Prepared, Respectful, Involved and Determined in all areas of school, the results are Excellent!
The key to our academic success is a productive, interactive, cognitively vibrant, and engaging classroom. This requires careful cultivation of the interrelated areas of social, emotional, and intellectual success.
Pelham Middle school has and will continue to be an exceptional school that fosters academic success through carefully orchestrated programs that supports the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of young adolescents. As we continue to find new and innovative ways to develop our students and prepare them for the challenges of high school, we will work to use data to inform our instruction and differentiate our approach to target learning to the specific needs of individuals within each classroom. We will also continue to seek out new research-based pedagogical methods that support authentic learning, project-based assessments and metacognition. Furthermore, we will seek out new and exciting opportunities and experiences for our students within the academic program as well as through extra-curricular clubs, activities and field experiences. Most importantly, we will continue to update and enhance or program and practices to align with advancements in modern education and will always work to support the essential developmental needs of young adolescents as they progress through these middle school years.
To this end, I look forward to working closely with you and your children as we work together to continue the tradition of excellence at Pelham Middle School.
Links to the academic departments and other relevant information about Pelham Middle School program.
The public meeting will include a regular meeting and work session to discuss the Guidance Department.The full agenda will be available for viewing 24 hours before the meeting.
In addition to Dr. Giarrizzo's Superintendent's report, the agenda may include updates from each School Board committee, Dr. Garcia on 21st Century Learning and Professional Development, Rosemary Matthews on Networks of Support and Social-Emotional Development, a report on Finances and Facilities, and a report from the District's independent auditor, Mr. Christopher Kopf.
All Pelham parents of K-1 students are invited to engage in learning about the development of early number sense and the related work happening in math classrooms in Engage NY Math (Kindergarten) and Math in Focus (Grade 1). For more information, please contact Beth Finkelstein (email@example.com). PLEASE NOTE this is a PARENT ONLY meeting.
Dear Parents/Guardians of Middle School Students:
Picture Day is coming to Pelham Middle School! Mark your Calendar!
Date: Thursday, October 13 & Friday, October 14
Picture Day ID: RI436374Q0
All families will receive a mailing/order form from Lifetouch. We recommend the convenience of ordering online to avoid delays, more value, more variety, dropping off money at the last minute, or students forgetting their money at home. Please use the link above to order directly from Lifetouch. The school ID number is included.
Here's the Schedule for Picture Day. Students will have their picture taken during their Social Studies period.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Grade 7 (Salman, Miller & Powers)
Grade 8 (Kelly-Bonoccorso & MacDonald)
Friday, October 14, 2016
Grade 6 (Broege & Jackson)
Grade 8 (Acocella)
If you prefer not to order online, attached is an ordering form.
Any questions or concerns, please feel to contact me.
Photo Day Coordinator/Social Studies Teacher
Chromebooks will be distributed Tuesday September 13th and Wednesday September 14th during your PE class. To receive a Chromebook you and a parent/guardian must read, sign, and return page 12 of the Chromebook AUP - emailed to every 7-12 students' school email. If students fail to have all forms completed for submission during the designated class time, they must bring the completed forms to Mr. Rajan's office (in between HS 113 and 114) during academy period only.