Colonial Middle School provides a smooth transition from elementary to high school in an educational setting in which students may discover their potential for academic and vocational pursuits. There is a focus on improving scholastic performance and recognizing excellence in all areas of achievement. With the belief that “all students can achieve success” in our school, regardless of their instructional level or style of learning, instruction is tailored to accommodate the varied needs of our students.
Using a team approach to learning
A primary characteristic of CMS is the concept of team teaching, a smaller “school within a school” concept that provides an atmosphere of family. Students belong to a core team consisting of four teachers and 85 to 125 students around which the instructional day is planned. Each team of teachers is given the primary responsibility to both educate and mentor those students for whom they are responsible. Through the team process, instruction is also integrated to give added meaning and context to the knowledge and skills that are learned in the individual classes of English, math, history and science. The team organizational plan allows for closer communication with individual students and their parents during common team meetings.
The specialized subjects, which are offered to all students, provide additional opportunities for students to achieve success. Students benefit from instruction in physical education, health, art, music, technology education, math extensions, computer literacy and family and consumer sciences. Other subjects taught at varied levels are reading and foreign language. The school’s computer laboratories are used heavily to support learning across all subjects and grades.
The daily activity period allows students to explore many interests and meet many needs. Students can receive tutoring services or participate in enrichment activities. Student Council, the yearbook and newspaper staff, the National Junior Honor Society, as well as the school’s several musical organizations meet during the activity period. Counseling, guidance, and tutorial services are available during the school day and after school. Seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to participate in a varied interscholastic sports program with other middle schools. CMS is a member of the PIAA District I, Montgomery County Scheduling Group.
Benefitting from a positive school climate
Our extensive positive behavior reward system of Random Acts of Kindness, Personal Bests, Monthly Behaviors, and Student of the Month contribute to a safe and supportive school climate. Our two school goals: Be Nice and Do Your Best, reinforce our behavioral expectations daily.