Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

2230.01 - PROGRAM OF STUDY MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

It is the responsibility of the Board of Education to plan, deliver, and evaluate the education programs and student support services necessary to implement a thorough and efficient system of public education. The programs of study and student support services mandated by regulations must be made available to all students. In carrying out this responsibility, the Board may: 1) cooperate with one (1) or more counties in establishing and maintaining joint programs; 2) use regional services or contract for services with public or private agencies having appropriate programs; and 3) coordinate and share programs, related services and resources with other organizations, agencies and local businesses. Regardless of the method chosen, the Board shall: 1) collaborate with local business and community groups through establishment of partnerships and a county steering committee; 2) be responsible for developing and implementing a five (5) year strategic plan that results in systematic change in the areas of organizational culture, curriculum, instruction, school effectiveness, and student support through a continuous improvement process, based on the West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2460, Educational Purpose and Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources, Technologies and the Internet; and West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2450, Virtual Distance Learning; 3) distributing the County Board's resources as determined by the plan; and 4) be accountable to the public through the annual West Virginia Report Card.

Middle Level Programming (Grades 6-8) builds on the results of early childhood education and transition students into the Adolescent Education Program. Successful Middle Level Programs are characterized by a culture that is inviting, inclusive, and supportive of all. Significant academic learning experiences, characterized by rigorous content, vigorous instruction, and high expectations for all learners within a developmentally appropriate, safe, and supportive school are the norm. A middle level curriculum is challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant. Middle level educators use multiple learning and teaching approaches resulting in authentic engagement in active, purposeful learning. Students learn to understand important concepts, develop essential skills, and apply what they learn to real-world problems.

The environment and culture of a middle school should lead to every student having at least one adult advocate s/he trusts and is familiar with the studentís academic development and personal goals. The creation of this learning community of both adults and students produces a stable and mutually respectful relationship that supports the studentsí personal, intellectual, ethical and social growth.

In grades 6-8, the school will engage staff in a school-wide, systemic, guidance and advisement approach to ensure Personalized Education Plan (PEP) planning and career exploration is multi-faceted and individualized, guiding students and their parent and/or guardian to thoughtfully explore individual interests and aptitudes in relation to academic and career planning. A PEP guides each studentís course selections based on individual career aspirations and postsecondary plans. The PEP covers grades 9-12 and the first year beyond graduation from high school. The PEP is developed for every student in consultation with the studentsí parent and/or guardian and school counselor or advisor. Development of the PEP is a thoughtful process that includes identifying each studentís aptitude, interests and learning needed through review of past student work, academic assessments results, and interests and learning inventories. The PEP is used to guide, personalize and maximize each studentís learning experience, ensuring each student has the opportunity to develop academic skills, identify interests, maximize strengths, minimize weaknesses, set and reach academic and personal goals, and realize their career aspirations.

During the 8th grade year, each studentís PEP is developed to identify course selections for the 9th and 10th grade based on each studentís identified career aspirations. Prior to development of the PEP, the school shall provide ongoing opportunities during the school day for career exploration and self-discovery involving student needs assessments, career and interest inventories, learning style inventories, self-reflections, and career inquiry.

The Program of Study for children enrolled in middle level education shall be in accordance with West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2510, as may be amended from time to time, and West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2510, including any substantive amendments, incorporated herein by reference.

West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2510
West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2460
West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2450

Revised 12/9/14

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