Dear Grant Families,
The faculty and staff Grant Middle School(GMS) is excited to welcome students back for 2015-16 school year. GMS has a tremendous amount of opportunities, programs and initiatives that provide students the chance to Inspire A Community of Achievement.
GMS has a lot of changes taking place that will support the district vision and mission statement. Visitors will first notice the inside of the building has been painted to brighten the building and add colors that are important to the social, emotional and academic needs of students.
This year Grant will be implementing Leader In Me (LIM) with GMS students. LIM develops students into leaders utilizing collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Students will be able to use these seven habits of highly effective teens in their everyday lives.
Also, Grant will be implementing Literacy Collaborative (LC) into ALL English Language Arts classrooms. LC is a research based framework designed to improve the reading, writing, and language skills of students through collaboration of teachers focusing on student individual need.
In addition, five Math classrooms will be implementing Next Generation Learning Environments (NGLE) in their classrooms. NGLE is personalized, flexible learning through the use of technology, investigations, and teamwork.
Finally, Grant has made several other changes for the year. We have lengthened Math and ELA classes by more than 25 minutes to provide teachers additional time to work with these students. Seventh and eighth students had the opportunity to choose their electives for the upcoming year. GMS will be offering five classes (Algebra 1, Biology, English Literature 9, Principles of Engineering and Spanish 1) for high school credit.
Again, the Grant staff is extremely excited for the school year and creating the best educational experience for your child(ern). Please feel free to reach out staff if you have any questions or concerns. Our goal is to create a strong educational partnership with parents/guardians to INSPIRE Grant students to reach their fullest potential. We believe parents and guardians are the first educators and we need to work closely together.
Adam KunkleGrant Middle School Principal
School start/end times for 2015-16
Grant Middle School now starts its school day at 8:02 a.m., earlier than the previous school year. Doors open at 7:52 a.m., but students can enter through the cafeteria door at 7:30 a.m. and remain in the cafeteria until 7:52 a.m. Students still are released at 3 p.m.
Lt. Col. John Espinosa served around the world during his time with the U.S. Army. Now he will be inspiring students at Harding High School as its new Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor. Marion City Schools is launching a JROTC program as part of its commitment to Diploma Plus Acceptance, one of the district’s four pillars of educational reform. Diploma Plus Acceptance is an initiative dedicated to making sure students leave high school with not only a diploma but acceptance to a two- or four-year college, the military, an apprenticeship program or the workforce.
Her message to the district’s staff was to get to know people’s stories, both students’ stories and circumstances and those of their colleagues, and to never stop sharing their own. “Everyone has a story,” she said. “Listen to it before you judge.”
The Straight A Fund Governing Board recommended awarding a $623,605 Straight A Innovation Fund Grant to partners Rushmore Academy, Harding High School and the Mahoning County Educational Service Center. The grant will cover costs of working with the Kent State University Research Center for Educational Technology to create an educational simulated workplace model.