Marion City Schools builds upon its foundation for success at the middle school level.
Grant Middle School takes student leadership up a level with LEAD, the middle school version of The Leader in Me, and continues with Literacy Collaborative and NGLE. Students also start talking about potential careers as they prepare for high school.
LEAD at Grant
LEAD is FranklinCovey’s whole school transformation process for middle schools. It customizes the leadership principles and tools in the elementary schools’ The Leader in Me program to fit middle school students’ needs.
The Leader in Me and LEAD both seek to:
- Create a culture of trust and caring
- Empower students to lead their own lives, and make a difference with others
- Provide students tools to better achieve goals
- Develop student voice
Grant Middle School joins Marion City Schools’ elementary schools in adopting The Leader in Me. Staff and students read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and are focusing on a different habit each month. Staff are split into three action teams focusing on leadership, culture and academics. Students learn about creating Wildly Important Goals and keep a leadership notebook to track how they are working to meet those goals.
Personalized Learning and Technology
Grant Middle School features the county’s only middle school STEM Lab. The STEM Lab houses the middle school’s robotics program. Instructors Ricardo Lehman and Kristin Tope teach other STEM classes including coding as they strive to interest students in science, technology, engineering and math careers.
Exploring Career Interests
GEAR UP at Marion City Schools partners with Grant Middle School to start talking to students about their future plans. Naviance, a comprehensive college and career readiness program, identifies student strengths and interests and aligns them to post-secondary goals. Students take part in field days led by representatives from community industries, businesses and organizations.