Additionally, administrators and staff members alike recognize that our middle school students require differentiated, individualized and/or personalized learning environments to meet the varying learning styles and strengths of our students. During the 2011-2012 school year, Eisenhower piloted a T.I.E.E (Team Intervention, Enrichment, and Extension) program with our sixth grade students. During a daily thirty-five minute period, students who required remediation in core subjects were able to meet with their teachers for targeted instruction. Other students were able to explore topics of their own interest and to conduct research in developing a personalized learning experience. Beginning in the fall of 2012, we implemented a new master schedule, allowing for all students in all grade levels to have access to a daily T.I.E.E. period. With this scheduling change, students who require remediation are provided the much needed time and instruction with their teachers in small group settings. Students who wish to further their knowledge of core area subjects and/or cycle areas have an opportunity to take part in a scheduled and structured enrichment experience.
As a district, we are committed to providing students with the technological skills necessary to achieve success in the 21st century. Aligned with this vision, Eisenhower houses multiple iMac labs, an iPod Touch mobile lab to be used in world language classes, and two iPad carts to be shared building wide. Beginning in the fall of 2016, we will be implementing a true 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative in which all students will be issued a Acer Touch Screen Chromebook to be used both at home and in school. Students will be challenged to communicate and collaborate with their peers in a cloud-based setting, edit work and present information using Google Apps, and create multimedia projects that are designed for an authentic audience. To continue building capacity for 21st century skills, our staff uses social media outlets such as Twitter and Google Plus to enhance their professional learning by being part of a global personal learning network. Eisenhower Middle School is also committed to the teaching of design thinking, tinkering, and pre-engineering skills. Currently, a state of the art innovation lab is being constructed to afford students a learning space where collaboration, flexibility, and creativity can be maximized and fostered.
Whether it be our evolving curriculum, developmentally responsive programs, or current technologies that revolutionize the way we teach and learn, it is truly an exciting time to be a student at Eisenhower Middle School and even more energizing to be part of the staff that harnesses the opportunity to educate our future leaders. I look forward to having a wonderful and productive school year as we work together in building a school community that places the needs of our students first and provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful.
Very truly yours,