|Maxson Middle School - General Information
School home of the Falcons where our motto is “Soar to Success”. The Falcons abide by four overarching themes:
Be Respectable, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Aim High.
Maxson Middle School campus is home to 650 students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Our class sizes range between 20-25 students. The student / teacher ratio for students with exceptionalities remains within state and federal guidelines. English Language Learners (ELL) and Special Needs students are included into the general education classroom setting with appropriate teacher support. There are 50 full time classroom teachers and a host of support staff. This includes 2 school counselors, 2 social workers (School Based Youth Services). Also there are 3 security officers and a full-time school resource officer.
This school year marks the opening of the Maxson 8th Grade STEM (Science –Technology-Engineering-Math) Academy. Present enrollment of our school within a school is 180 students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The STEM Academy teachers will be focusing on the many concepts of STEM education and will be implementing the STEM Curriculum as designed by SanJae which stands for “Student Achievement Not Just Assessment in Education” (www.DefinedSTEM.com) Defined STEM combines a unique set of real-world themed resources to create a 21st century learning platform. Our common core standard aligned performance tasks, literacy tasks, and real-world videos enable students to see the relevance of K-12 topics through real-world careers and themes. Each of their resources allow students to apply concepts in simulated real-world scenarios, increasing student performance, and preparing them for college and 21st century careers.
A typical day consists of a 9 period day. All classes are 40 minutes long and students have the opportunity to take 4 elective classes throughout the school year.
All students must wear district mandated uniforms. School doors open at 8:10 and students must report to homeroom. Regular dismissal time is 2:50 p.m.
Through district support, Maxson has taken several steps to upgrade our technology resources. We implemented a successful 1:1 tablet initiate in which all students receive a Samgsung tablet. Maxson’s has 3 technology labs that have been outfitted with Dell desktop computers to enhance student learning and instruction. All classrooms have Promethean Boards with additional boards. Maxson is a wireless environment and each classroom has 2-3 desktop computers as well.
The 2015-2016 school year marks our 6th year working in collaboration with the New Jersey Positive Behavior Support in Schools (NJPBSIS) program. As part of this program the students receive “Falcon Feathers” from any member of the staff to support the good choices they make. Monthly drawings are conducted and students receive prizes that were donated by local businesses.
This year we are transitioning to the “Soar to Success Academy”. This is a free afterschool program open to all students. As a part of this academy students will receive additional support and opportunities to complete homework, get extra academic help, and join the afterschool clubs. The clubs are being formed now and you should check back to see a list of the club offerings for the 2015-2016 school year.
Maxson Middle School
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