Leader in Me Program
Leader in Me helps schools achieve measurable results in three areas: leadership, culture, and academics. The highly effective practices develop leadership and life-readiness skills in students, and educators, and creates a culture of leadership, and aligns academic systems. All students will learn about the 7 Habits during mentoring time each week. In addition, a select group of students will be tasked with diving deeper into their leadership potential through an elective class called Lead.
Every Thursday we will be running our “Mentoring” modified block schedule, which allows students time to learn about organization, citizenship and community building, study skills, self-awareness, and other relevant topics, as well as study hall time that afternoon – during which students may finish their homework, go to their teacher's rooms to make up tests and assignments, or read/study.
Mountain Trail Middle School (MTMS) offers honors courses to students in both grade levels. The Honors Core consists of English, Science, and Social Studies at an accelerated level and the appropriate level of Math as determined by a placement exam or success in the previous course. Students in the Honors Core are held to more rigorous performance standards. Honors courses provide enriching, sophisticated and complex curriculum that engages high ability and high achieving students. Honors students must have the potential to accelerate through content standards and commit to more in-depth study. They must have a willingness to overcome obstacles and find solutions. Instruction incorporates creative and productive thinking, problem solving, critical thinking skills, research, personal development, and communication. Honors courses prepare students for high school Honors and Advanced Placement courses. It is recommended that Honors Core students possess a solid foundation in writing multiple paragraph essays and have an advanced reading level.
Honors English, Science and Social Studies are enriched and/or advanced at grade level. Students qualify for placement in the Honors Core by meeting district requirements for placement in the gifted program or by a combination of previous success in the subject area, superior performance on related achievement tests, and/or recommendation by previous teachers of the subject.
We strive to provide our students with a comprehensive educational experience during their two years at MTMS. With that in mind, every student is provided a 40 minute block of time in order to provide assistance with their academic classes. At MTMS, this is referred to as Study Hall. This will occur every Thursday as a part of our block schedule.
All students are expected to spend their 40-minute Study Hall time actively engaged in the pursuit of academic success. This will undoubtedly look different for each student, as they all have different needs. Teachers will use this time to meet with small groups or individual students to provide extra support in the areas of remediation, enrichment, or to clarify concepts or instructions. Students can use this time to organize their work, complete assignments, work on projects, tutor a peer, read toward their reading goal, or study for a test. The intent is to provide our students additional opportunities to work toward and achieve academic success.