During the past four years of school district budget cuts, the middle schools have been the hardest hit.
We have given up everything that could be cut and are at the bare minimum for staffing, instructional time, and course offerings to students. We even lost our true planning time.
Despite all this loss, the instructional staff has rallied to put their best forward every day for every student. Our kids are improving because of our dedication and skill.
However, this dedication is not sustainable long term. We will simply burn out.
The pace of the middle school day is crazy; we teach six classes straight through serving as many as 180 students each.
I would like to express what local taxpayers’ support could restore for our middle schools:
• Reinstate 30 minutes of daily instructional time - that’s 90 hours!
• Adopt science curriculum materials that are appropriate for current state standards and that aren’t falling apart or older than the kids we teach!
• Provide a tutoring bus so students can stay after school for extra help.
• Reinstate formal technology instruction. Not one student is currently being instructed how to use a keyboard or operate common software programs.
• Offer a wider variety of electives so kids can once again explore technology, cultures, family and consumer science, art, or other interests.
• Reinstate full participation in middle level sports so all kids who want to can play.
• Provide adequate computer technology and support that works to run the modern programs used in education today.
• Restore a planning period within the school day so teachers can truly meet the needs of their students, communicate with families, and meet with professional colleagues.
Your yes vote means you believe in a community’s responsibility to provide opportunity – even to those goofy, squirrelly, silly, loveable middle schoolers.
North Whidbey Middle School