A Figure Of Speech
Each year Administrators, faculty and staff look at ways to improve how the curriculum at Hanover Central Middle School is delivered. The best interest of the students is always the driving force behind curriculum decisions. 2015-2016 will offer some unique opportunities at Hanover Central Middle School.
With a slightly smaller total enrollment at the middle school for the upcoming school year, HCMS has the opportunity to return to three, strictly grade-level teams. This opportunity will result in all 7th grade academic classes being held on the second floor of the building, eliminating the constant movement of 70 to 90 students up and down the stairs during each passing period. This also allows for teachers to better focus their planning and instruction on a single grade level.
Principal Tony Hiatt is excited about sharing curriculum changes with parents and the community. A series of Facebook posts will highlight some of the curriculum changes expected at HCMS for the 2015-2016 school year.
The first change, already highlighted on Facebook, involves the way the Language Arts curriculum is delivered. Instead of each student receiving English and reading instruction from two different teachers, they will be assigned to the same English/Language Arts instructor for two consecutive periods. Grammar, writing and vocabulary instruction will be delivered in the context of literature.More changes will be posted soon, so be sure to ‘Like’ Hanover Central Middle School on Facebook to follow all the upcoming curriculum changes.
“I really loved the classroom and teaching and I was drug kicking and screaming into administration,” Hiatt says. He credits ‘Project Lead The Way’ (PLTW) with helping direct him toward administration. PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education programs in middle and high schools across the country. “I knew I wanted to find a way to impact more students than I had in the classroom,” said Hiatt.
Moving from the small South Newton school district, where he was Assistant Principal, to take over the reins of the brand new Hanover Central Middle School in 2012 was an exciting challenge. “I have been blessed with a great staff,” says Hiatt. “When I came here as a newbie, there was support all around me.”
His message to students stresses respect as a key element in improving any school’s success. Students should; “Respect themselves first and foremost, respect their fellow students, respect adults and teachers and respect the taxpayers who have made educational opportunities available to them.”