Middle Level

Welcome Middle Level Administrators!

This group provides you the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with other educators "in the middle".

Middle Level Commission Central - Jami Bronson

Middle Level Commission Eastern - Ben Mainka

Middle Level Commission Western - Dave Powers

lkillips's picture

If you have had your MS changed from teaching 5 of 7 to some other configuration in the past five years, could I call you?

We're looking to change our MS schedule due to economic reasons. We are currently teaching 5 of 7. We're considering a number of different options. I'd like to speak with any principal who has under gone such a change.

Ken Willison's picture

Does anyone want to meet at the Conference to talk about alternative education issues?

Kind of late to suggest this, but...

I will be at the conference in Mount Pleasant on October 4th, 5th and 6th. Is anyone interested in meeting there as a group (or individually) to discuss alternative education issues? If so, please email me and we can arrange to meet.

Ken Willison, Alternative Education Liaison to MASSP;
President of Michigan Alternative Education Organization (MAEO)

dsimpson's picture

Middle School Science Fair

I have a teacher in my building who wants to organize a 7th grade science fair for the first time. Does your middle school have a science fair? If so, I was hoping to have my teacher connect with your science teachers who sponsor/organize your science fair.

Please email me if you can help!


David Simpson
Derby Middle School
Birmingham Public Schools


David Holmes's picture

Attend a conference for the value

I’d like to encourage all of you to attend the Annual Convention or the Assistant Principal’s conference this fall. The connection between the middle level, high school and college success has become much more publicized lately and it is a great opportunity to learn. There is great value in each of the sessions and be informed about how we can be an effective leader in the middle.

mvanvuren's picture

Recommendations for professional development/teacher training for Connected Math.

I am looking for well qualified training for my 6th grade and 7th grade teachers for the Connected Math series. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Julie Milewski's picture

After School Study/Homework Club

We are looking to revamp our after-school homework club. We have tried both mandatory attendance based on teacher/parent placement and voluntary attendance. Does anyone have a program in place that they have found to be successful? Could you please provide the details and any forms you may use. Thank you so much!

Ken Willison's picture

Who among us has alternative education responsibilities or interests?

Please help MASSP's new alternative education liaison, Ken Willison, gain a clearer understanding of who among us has alternative education responsibilities or interests. If you have any duties in your district related to alternative education ... or if you just have a strong interest in alternative education issues ... please let Ken know who you are. If you prefer not to post to the internet, please feel free to send an email to him at ken.willison@staff.spartaschools.org

Also, if you haven't done so already … why not join the new Alternative Education group? While not much has been posted there yet, we hope to get the ball rolling soon and would love to have all interested parties participate.


jconnolly's picture

Cell Phones as Instructional Tools

I am currently working with a company to develop and pilot a new program for teachers that would allow them to utilize student cell phones to aid in instruction. Our program would primarily use the phone's text messaging feature. Some functions of the program would include student surveys, quizzes and tests, real-time brainstorming, and picture and video galleries. It would be web-based so schools would simply pay a subscription fee and get a log-in. We are thinking about purchasing some pay-as-you-go cell phones for students to use who do not have text messaging service on their phones.

What do you see as the pros and cons of a program like this? I'm curious to get your feedback.

David Holmes's picture

Professional Development Budget?

What is your personal professional development budget for the 2009-2010 school year?

Include: Registrations, mileage, lodging, etc.

dsimpson's picture

Student Clubs

Does anybody have a form they use for teachers to request new student clubs?


David Simpson
Derby Middle School

deiterj's picture

Policy that prohibits energy drinks in a middle or high school?

Does anyone have handbook language that you would be willing to share that prohibits energy drinks at the middle level? Any other advice on the topic?

dsimpson's picture

Middle School Math Support

What type of interventions do schools have in place for students who are missing essential math skills and are performing below grade level?


David Simpson, Assistant Principal
Derby Middle School
Birmingham Public Schools

Ballard's picture

ML world language via on-line

Our MS Principal is getting some parent pressure to offer on-line courses, particularly in a world language, as we don't currently offer any. He has been resistent to offering this option given the possible impact on staffing.

Do we "have to allow" students an opportunity to take by statute or is this a local decision?

Anonymous's picture

Any middle schools using or considering trimesters?

Like many districts, my high school is on trimesters. The benefits are many for them, but questions remain for middle level. How do interdisciplinary teams fit into this model if they can? Does the longer class period work developmentally? Are core classes offered year round? Any responses would be helpful!

Sean Enright's picture

Do you offer geometry at the middle school level?

jfattal's picture

Administrative guidelines for movies

Does anyone have any administrative guidelines for the viewing of movies (PG, PG-13, R) for their school district?

jfattal's picture

The Patriot and other movies in History classes

Have any of you used "The Patriot" in any of your American History classes when covering the Revolutionary War? Does anyone know if it's been recommended for use by any curriculum/textbooks as supplementary material?

On a similar note, what policy do you have in place for when teachers use movies in the classroom?