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Middle School Information

Our school exists to help sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students grow academically, socially, and emotionally in preparation for high school, college, and life beyond.

A Message From Our Principal

With spring upon us, it’s always a good feeling knowing we are close to wrapping up a successful school year. Every year I am always amazed at how fast time has passed, but at the same time there is a feeling of exhaustion. Our staff has put in countless hours on and off the clock to help prepare our students for the future. Our students have responded by giving us their best effort learning through all the experiences brought before them. To all, I want to say great job!

As we roll into summer, it is important for students to rest and refresh themselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. The further removed we are from middle school, the more we forget what it was like to be a middle schooler. While middle schoolers need rest, it is important to keep them on a routine and involved with interests in the summer. Though it may be different than during the school year, make sure they are going to bed and getting up at appropriate times. Give them weekly responsibilities and tasks to accomplish. Create opportunities for your family to get involved in interests that will help them be successful, whether that is physical activities, music, traveling, or the million other positive things a family can do together. Most importantly, spend time with your kids. Even though they may tell you they are too cool and want to hang out with friends, they need you! Academically, one of the most important things students can do in the summer is continuing to read. Include your child and come up with a weekly goal of reading time and then record it for them to see. We suggest reading at least 30 minutes a day. Stay involved with them and ask questions about the daily reading. Also, have them read aloud to you once a week. Reading will keep their minds engaged and continue to work on comprehension, fluency, accuracy, and extend vocabulary.     

I would like to wish each of you a safe and enjoyable summer. If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please feel free to stop by or call. Our summer office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The middle school office phone number is (970) 576.3900.

Nick Kintz

Nick Kintz, Principal

Middle School News
Planning Summer Activities

Now that the excitement of school ending has expired, and the long hot days of summer are upon us, the ever dreaded boredom has settled into the household. Although we would all love to “vacation” for the summer, it’s not always an affordable or available option for our families.

Entertaining your kids for 8+ hours a day can be a daunting task ; however, with a little time and planning, you will be able to create a busy (but affordable) schedule that suits your  family’s needs.

The goal of planning is to prevent your kids from having the “same old” schedule and becoming bored. Remember, a day of “down time” can also be planned between all the busier activities.   One of the most difficult parts of planning activities is generating ideas. Luckily, there are several online websites and blogs available that will help you generate your own ideas. We’ve put together a handy list of websites to help inspire you!

While planning, thinking “big” can prevent us from seeing the easy and simple things. Entertainment and activities don’t mean amusement parks and fancy toys but finding ways to enjoy the things that are already around us. For example, learn and explore your own hometown and surrounding communities. Begin by planning a trip to the library to research the town’s or city’s history. Later that day, allow the kids to present their information to the entire family, and then allow everyone to help plan a tour of their town or city for the next day, days, or weeks. Not only will this save you time from traveling, but it can also be very educational.  Additionally, by staying local, you will have much more control of your budget.

Planning doesn’t mean scheduling every hour of every day but merely being prepared to take on the days and weeks of summer with your kids. It’s important to be flexible, create back-up activities, and even have an emergency activity when all else fails. Include your kids in the planning to help nurture their creative side, and additionally, they will be learning how to entertain themselves along the way.

Lastly, remember to enjoy the “lazy” days of summer before the chaos of schoolwork and extracurricular activities ensue!