Tom Bean Middle School
P.O. Box 128 – Tom Bean, TX 75489 – firstname.lastname@example.org
The staff of Tom Bean Middle School is dedicated to the success of ALL students. We believe that our school’s purpose is to educate all students to their academic potential while fostering a safe, learning environment of readiness, responsibility and respect in preparation for High School.
Tom Bean Middle School is a rural middle school located in North Texas. Among the 177 students enrolled in the 2012-2013 school year, 43.5% were classified economically disadvantaged. Tom Bean Middle School Met Standards and earned Academic Achievement Distinctions in Student Progress and Reading / ELA on the Accountability Rating for the 2012 - 2013 school year. The average student to teacher ratio is 12.6 :1 with teachers having an average of 11 years of teaching experience.
· Our classrooms are unified by instructional practices that provide a rigorous, engaging lesson design where students are given the opportunity to make relevant, meaningful connections to their learning.
· This year, we will continue as a National Schools to Watch distinction and expand the functioning of our professional learning community to include a daily Response to Intervention protocol for students who are struggling to master their learning objectives.
· The comprehensive, intensive, accelerated instruction program at this district/campus consists of Learning Lab (RTI) instruction, and/or Intervention Time built in to the daily schedule for any student who is academically at-risk or not mastering learning objectives. We implement the ZAP program for tracking student work completion. Additionally, tutorials are available to all of our students per teacher schedule.
- All teachers are highly qualified in their content areas.
- Grade / Department Level Professional Learning Teams meet weekly to plan instruction and intervention strategies.
- Daily lessons are clearly posted and framed with a learning objective and closing statement, product or task, to demonstrate that students are ready to show mastery.
- Throughout the objective, teacher proximity, purposeful discussion, recognition and critical writing strategies will be promoted when and where appropriate.
- Double blocked math and English schedules provide a learning environment where all students are both held accountable to the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) through uniform assessments and learn content differentiated to their unique level of understanding.
- Includes academic core classes, electives and extra-curricular that are aligned to students’ instructional needs and interests.
- Built in daily Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III response to intervention time.
- Intervention Time - 30 minute block (Mondays thru Thursdays) targeting those who are not mastering lesson objectives.
- Learning Lab offers targeted, intense instruction to selected students in need of Tier III intervention.
- Privilege Time - 30 minute reward block for students who are meeting academic and behavior expectations for study hall, reading or activity setting.
- Activity Time – 30 minute block (Fridays) to promote student involvement in clubs, organizations, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Facilitate scheduled settings that address social safety.
- Grade / Department Level Professional Learning Teams meet weekly to monitor students receiving intervention.
- Annual database of daily / weekly events calendar.
- Matrix Calendar – Events calendar located in front office.
- Web Calendar – Events calendar posted on Web-Site.
- Weekly reminders – Important information for the following week E-Mailed school-wide on Fridays
- Announcements – Daily essential information shared during 2nd period. Requests e-mailed to front office.
- Campus-group e-mail – Requests e-mailed to front office.
- Faculty mailboxes.
Student / Parent Information
- Announcements, phone-log, letters, mailings, e-mail.
- Newsletter – Campus update sent home every 6 weeks and posted on web-site.
- PTO – parent organization that sponsors events and serves as a liaison for the community.
- Formal documents including parent / student information packet, student handbook and code of conduct.
- Utilized for campus updates including faculty homepage, latest news and principals corner.
- Non-Traditional Days information including field trips and special programs.
- Parent Portal – used to access student information from campus network system.
In an effort to keep you informed, we post our newsletters, events calendar, and updates on our website: www.tombean-isd.org. We thank you for your support and encourage you to stay in communication with our staff regarding your child's education.