The start of the 2018-2019 school year for Benjamin has been marked by many improvements. School construction projects have been completed over the summer which has improved the look and feel of Benjamin Middle School. Our three science labs were given a complete overhaul with renovations including the cabinetry, seating, tables, storage, floor design, pull down electricity, and safety. These practical improvements create a learning space optimized for student learning and engagement. The safety windows continued to be replaced on the first floor improving the design and security for our students, allowing students to be able to “step out” of the window in an emergency situation. The floor in our small gym was replaced, leaving our students and staff with an improved surface and visual appeal. Roof work continued throughout the summer and all of the pavement in the district was replaced including the track at Benjamin Middle School.
On top of the physical improvements, our curriculum continues to evolve as we start our second year with our “My Perspectives” ELA curriculum in 6th-8th grade and Envision Algebra curriculum in our advanced 8th grade class. This year we will begin Envision Math in our 5th-8th grade classes as well as increasing the rigor in our 5th and 6th grade math curriculum to ensure a smooth transition from grade to grade. We are also starting a new Social Studies curriculum called TCI. This online curriculum will focus on inquiry based learning with larger concepts and ideas discussed. It will also offer a lot of hands on activity based, cooperative learning. Finally, in our STEAM classes we are switching our 8th Grade IMSA Fusion curriculum to Medieval STEM, which will provide a more engaging experience for these students.
I encourage parents to have their children get involved in extra-curricular activities at Benjamin this year. This may include sports, music or one of our many before or after school clubs. We have enough variety to meet most student’s interest level and getting involved in school will help their academic endeavors as well.
If you have any questions, problems or concerns throughout the year please do not hesitate to give me a call. At Benjamin; teachers, students and parents work together to maximize student success.
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