ISMS was designed and built to accommodate the middle school concept. Our approach at Indian Springs is to focus on a balance between academic performance and child development as a whole. Three wings house one grade level each with common classrooms for the related arts of family skills, technology education, music, visual arts and physical education/health. Each grade level has a guidance counselor, resource teacher, resource assistant and twelve core teachers. As each school year cycles, the guidance counselor moves to the next grade level accompanying the students. Establishing a relationship with each student and their family, then advancing with them through middle school, provides stability, familiarity and easier transition for the changing adolescent.
Procedures are used to address many processes involved in the educational domain. In an effort to comply with safety regulations and create consistency throughout the school, specific guidelines are written for a variety of areas and situations. Classroom, hallway, attendance, discipline, cafeteria, drills held for tornado and fire, Pyramid of Intervention, team and wing meetings, absence reporting and many other processes have written guidelines so that expectations are clear and concise.
The school day is structured to allow time for core classes (science, social studies, mathematics, language arts),as well as related arts classes (family skills, technology education, music, visual arts, physical education and health). Teams of teachers are empowered through block scheduling to arrange class time as they see fit to accommodate thematic and interdisciplinary units or other special programs.
Team plan time, scheduled daily, allows teachers to meet together in order to work on curriculum, technology issues, subjects area, team, wing or grade level collaboration, to meet with parents, and to plan for interdisciplinary units with classes and deal with disciplinary issues. Wing meetings are held on a biweekly basis so that collaboration can take place among the three sections of core classes at each grade level. Facilitator meetings are held weekly and include one representative from every core team in the school as well as one representative from related arts. This time is used to discuss, share opinions, and come to consensus on issues that affect the total school environment.
Special services offered to staff and students include in special education, guidance counselors, student assistance teams comprised of multidisciplinary professionals, and a full-time licensed school nurse.
Resource teachers, along with trained assistants, provide assistance to teachers and students using the WCCS inclusionary resource model. Enrichment, remediation and effective best practices are available to all students. bt teaming with teachers, resource personnel provide materials and offer techniques and strategies to ensure student success remains a priority.
Each guidence counselor works with students at a specific grade level on a ratio of 300:1. Program componets fall into four categories: indvidual planning, system support, responsive services and curriculum. State standards are dictated through the Indiana Educational and Career Services program. Counselors, along with the grade level principal, move from grade to grade with there class.
Student Assistance Teams function at both team and grade level. Members of this team represent classroom teachers, counselors, resource teachers, principal, nurse and social worker if applicable. By applying interventions, the barriers interfering with student learning and succsess can be removed. Families are an important part of the plan, wich is revisited periodically to ensure effectiveness.