Attention parents of Hamburg Middle School 7th graders: your son or daughter will not be on a team during their 8th grade school year 2013-14. Concerned Hamburger received an email from a teacher in the Hamburg Middle School asking that this story be addressed. According to the source, Hamburg Middle School Principal Jennifer Giallella and Vice Principal John Crangle- both former Hamburg High School teachers- have decided to "de-team" the 8th grade starting in September 2013.
The teaming model has been lauded as the preferred format for children during their middle school years. Students are "teamed" with the same core group of teachers, with the same study periods, and the team teachers share a common planning period.
The Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development recommends creating, "small communities for learning where stable, close, mutually respectful relationships with adults and peers are considered fundamental for intellectual development and personal growth. The key elements of these communities are schools-within-schools or houses, students and teachers grouped together as teams." Middle schools have discovered that to effectively implement the recommendations of the Carnegie Council teaming is a core element of any middle school reform plan. "The hallmark of an effective middle level school rests in its capacity to create dynamic learning teams within the school. Schools are organized into learning communities where close relationships between students and adults can be established and where more individualized attention can be given to all learners."
So, why the change at Hamburg Middle School?
One source told us that the Hamburg Middle School administrators feel that de-teaming in 8th grade will help kids transition to 9th grade. In other words, expose the kids early to the chaos of a high school experience. The reality of this is not what is being reported by the Middle School administrators. Concerned opines that the reason for the de-teaming is due to staffing. In order to continue the teaming model for next year's 8th grade, the district would need to hire, or recall, 4 core course teachers- Math, Science, English and Social Studies. The district refuses to hire staff to continue the middle school teaming model which had been determined to be the best format for middle school kids.
Instead, Superintendent Achramovitch chooses to spend $40,000 on Freedom of Information Requests and over a 1/2 million on a frivolous lawsuit.
All 7th grade parents should collectively sue Steven Achramovitch and Joan Calkins for overseeing the outlandish squandering of taxpayer dollars on attorneys diverting money away from students and programming. 7th grade parents must attend the June 11 Bored of Education meeting and speak loud and clear on this matter. The de-teaming of the 8th grade next school year will certainly bring more opportunities for kids to fall through the cracks, and will not provide Hamburg 8th grade students the opportunity for "intellectual development and personal growth".
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