October 11, 2005
As a group, the teachers at BMS are top notch professionals. They have substantial experience, know their subject matter very well, and understand adolescents. The teachers collaborate wonderfully using a team approach, which effectively transitions students from the elementary to the high school format. The BMS curriculum is greatly strengthened by excellent specialties (e.g., band, art, tech ed, computer tech). The regular schedule, including daily PE, is an asset. The PE program, however, could be strengthened by shifting from using an antiquated, authoritarian model to developmentally engaging approaches (e.g., Kipps Elementary PE program). Except for the limited library resources, the facilities and equipment are state-of-the art across areas. At present, the school lacks a tradition of encouraging parent involvement, and most interactions with parents probably focus on problems. Encouraging parent involvement would create more positive parent-school relationships, expand assistance for individualized learning, and tap valuable community learning assets.
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