Northwestern Middle School Grades 6 - 8
Comprehensive Transformation Planned for Northwestern Middle School
Changes Focused on Increasing Academic Achievement, School Culture and Student Success
May 15, 2017 - Battle Creek, MI - Superintendent Kim Carter today announced a comprehensive plan to dramatically improve student achievement at Northwestern Middle School, including new leadership, staff, and a new school name. The changes will address the school's low performance and are part of Carter's overall strategic plan to fundamentally transform the district so all children have access to a quality education.
"We believe in Battle Creek's young people - they are the greatest resource in our community - and with this new beginning, we have a renewed focus and commitment to ensure their success," said Carter. "I am committed to rebuilding this middle school into a place that provides all students with an opportunity to succeed and fulfill their academic potential."
Northwestern Middle School has been struggling now for several years - as evidenced by low scores on standardized tests - and was placed on the state's list of priority schools as a result. Because of the priority schools designation, Battle Creek Public Schools (BCPS) is required to submit a transformation plan to the state, which outlines proposed reforms to improve academic performance.
Recognizing that incremental reforms and changes were not sufficient, the district is implementing these comprehensive, top-to-bottom reforms to enable Battle Creek middle school students to achieve academically within a safe and supportive environment.
- New Leadership. By early June, BCPS will name a new principal for the school who will provide important day-to-day leadership.
- Curriculum Improvements. BCPS is instituting a new curriculum to improve math and reading skills of students.
- New Teachers. The district will carefully evaluate staffing, and consistent with State guidelines, expects that at least half of the teaching staff will be new to the school. Teachers at Northwestern and other schools throughout the District may be reassigned to ensure the best possible team to meet student needs.
- New Programs and Supports. BCPS is adding new programs that keep children in school, provide social supports that will help students bring their best selves to school, and ultimately result in improved student behavior. There will be additional staff at the school to mentor students and help to create a more positive school environment. The new middle school will also partner closely with the Outdoor Education Center's Clear Lake Camp program, which will be specially embedded in the curriculum.
- A New Name. We have initiated the process to ensure that Northwestern Middle School will open with a new name in the fall, as part of our overall effort to provide this campus, and our students, a fresh start.
The district's desire to take action to transform Northwestern Middle School goes deeper than the state mandate. Last week, BCPS announced a partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that will provide the district with the resources to fundamentally transform all schools. BCPS is taking a comprehensive approach toward ensuring that all students have access to and can benefit from a quality education, and transforming Northwestern Middle School is a huge opportunity to fulfill that promise.
For current students and families of Northwestern and parents of children who will soon be attending middle school, Carter says: "Our brightest days are ahead of us. Be part of the school's brighter future. We need you. And we will deliver. With the community standing behind us, and our kids back in our schools, we will be stronger than ever."
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