As students and staff at Ray Middle School begin the second marking period of the school year, the school would like to highlight some of its academic programs and events to keep community members updated.
LOTE program discontinued
A change this year at Ray Middle School has been the elimination of the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program. The LOTE program was established at Ray in September 2006 to expose seventh-graders to the four languages (other than English) taught in the district beginning in the eighth grade. The goal of the program was to help students decide which language to study in eighth grade. After tracking the program over the last three years, district staff members determined that it made little to no impact concerning which language a student chose to study.
Principal Geoffrey Morton has been working with building and district staff to develop and implement basic technology skills courses to provide seventh-graders with academic programming that will replace the time they're spending in study halls due to the elimination of the LOTE program. The school will soon offer a keyboarding course to develop and strengthen students' typing skills. Seventh-graders will also be able to participate in workshops on computer-focused research, as well as create pod casts to review books for their peers. These initiatives infuse technology skills into the seventh-graders' school day.
READ 180 program helps struggling readers
The middle school continues to use Scholastic's READ 180, a reading program that provides intensive intervention for students reading below their grade level. Ray began using the program last year. About 25 seventh-graders and 25 sixth-graders are in the program this year. A typical day for a student in Read 180 includes participation in whole group instruction, direct instruction, small group instruction, computer based instruction and independent reading in place of their ELA class.