|Maxson Middle School - General Information
Maxson Middle 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.
This school year marked the opening of the Maxson STEM (Science –Technology-Engineering-Math) Academy. Present enrollment of our school within a school is 68 sixth graders. 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 7 period day. Because of the varying class times there are no bells during the school day. Bells will only be used at the beginning of the day for the students to enter at 8:10; the start of homeroom at 8:15; the end of homeroom and the beginning of period 1; and finally at dismissal at 2:50.
The classes are 60 minutes long and each student has a 55 minutes class called WIN (What I Need). This is focused intervention class in which students will work with teachers directly on areas in which they struggle. This is based on the 2013 NJASK scores, as well as other district assessments. Students who are proficient in both ELA and Mathematics will have an opportunity to work with their Science teachers on a variety of projects. Below is a copy of the present schedule.
Through district support, Maxson has taken several steps to upgrade our technology resources. Over the past few months, each of Maxson’s 3 technology labs have been outfitted with 25 new Dell desktop computers and an additional 80 laptops for teachers to utilize in their classrooms were purchased as well. Almost all classrooms have Promethean Boards with additional boards being installed the Fall of 2013. Maxson is a wireless environment and each classroom has 2-3 desktop computers as well. Computer Carts that were not being used by the schools will be used to store the new laptops, saving the district several hundred dollars in technology purchase costs.
The 2013-2014 school year marks our 4th 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.
Maxson is home to a grant funded program formally entitled the 21st Century Program. 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 2013-2014 school year.
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