By Paul Punturieri. "A local blog with news, events and things that matter to all citizens of Moultonboro"
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It is extremely discouraging that three of the four most frequently asked questions pertain to buses, sports, and field trips. How about asking these questions instead: What is best for the kids education and development? What is best for the entire school district? What will the elementary school be like without the sixth graders and what will the impact be on the K-5 students? Developmentally, are sixth graders ready for the high school environment? What are the implications for the recreation department? Can the high school administration handle more responsibility? What percentage of occupancy will the high school be at if the sixth graders move up? Is there a problem with our current system? What is the real motive for this proposal?
The message of "don't move the sixth grade" was LOUD and CLEAR at the community forum last night. It will be interesting to see what the superintendent and school board actually heard.
Of course we want the 6th graders to play middle level sports. How else are they gonna be ready for the Division I athletic scholarships that Moultonborough is known for.
The middle school english teacher thinks outdoor adventures should be a bigger part of the middle school experience? How about spending some time on adventures in paragraph structure or spelling? The middle school test scores in Moultonborough are the weakest of the three levels of education here: elementary, middle school and high school. Why should these teachers be given a larger segment of our student body to educate when they need to improve on what they are providing now?
It is unfair to blame all of the test scores on the middle school teachers. The students have been tested in the fall, not enough time for the Middle school teachers to take all of the responsibility. It is well known that there has been a huge disconnect between the skills the students coming out of MCS have and where they are expected to be in 7th grade. No matter which building houses the 6th grade, the DISTRICT needs to do a much better job coordinating the curriculum between all of the grades. We are a K-12 district, there is no reason for the teachers in 6th, 7th and 8th grades not to work together. We have some great teachers at both schools, we need to stop being so territorial and work together for the good of the students!
Territory is not the issue here at all. The teachers are here to serve the students - not the other way around. If middle school teachers need their schedules filled out then perhaps they should offer more to their current students in the way of challenging curriculum for advanced middle schoolers and academic support for those caught in the "disconnect".
If we are truly a "K-12" district, why was the elementary school staff not part of the discussion when this subject was first presented? Any thoughts?
There are existing issues that moving the 6th grade or not moving the 6th grade will not fix. BOTH schools need to do a much better job working together. Territory is an issue, because much of the disconnect comes from the two schools not working together. If the 6th grade moves up to MA we will just shuffle the disconnect to the 5th graders. There are very good students going up to the middle school and struggling because they have gaps in what they are expected to know when they get there. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that it is the fault of the 6th grade teachers, it is a failure of the district to provide a cohesive curriculum that flows from one building to another. If we have that in place and the teachers are just not following directives(and I am not saying that is what is happening),then that is a separate issue that needs to be addressed.
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