Introducing a Middle School Age Team 2019

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Re-introducing Concordia Middle School Age Classes

Starting in Fall 2019, Concordia will re-introduce a program for middle school aged students.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM VISION

Concordia Seattle’s middle school team cultivates personalized learning with student ownership to instill academic mastery, interpersonal skills, self-confidence, and cognitive competencies.

SUMMIT LEARNING

Concordia has been accepted into the Summit Learning Program! The Summit Learning program is a platform for personalized learning that values mastery learning, project based assessments, collaboration among students, habits of success, and cognitive skills.  Students participate in personalized learning, small group work, and one on one coaching to master academic concepts and develop social emotional skills that help them succeed into adolescence and adulthood. The Summit Learning Program was developed in collaboration with the Harvard Center for Education Policy, the Buck Institute of Education, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching among others. Find out more at summitlearning.org.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM PROGRAM 2019-20

Imagine a classroom of students ages 10-12 years old (5th/6th grade) with one teacher acting as a learning coach.  Students setting goals of what reading, writing, math, science, and social studies concepts they will master in a given amount of time with the teacher keeping them accountable and working with them to master the skills.  Additionally, students are working to together and using critical thinking skills to accomplish real world projects to show the knowledge they have learned.

Middle School Long Term Plan.  In 2020-21, classroom age range expands to 11-13 year olds with 10-20 students in the team. For 2021-22 and beyond, classroom of 10-25 students ages 11-14 old, 1-2 teachers acting as a learning coaches.

THE CONCORDIA CLASSROOM

Class Size. Concordia classes are multiage with a maximum of 15 students with one teacher or 25 with more than one teacher, typical class size is 12:1.

Individualized Student Mastery. Teachers use MAP, Summit Learning assessments, and regular assessment procedures to receive data about individual student understanding to assist students in setting goals that will challenge them. Students master skills at their own pace and use this knowledge to connect content areas and solve problems.

Music, Art, PE, & Spanish. Concordia students have Physical Education, Art, Music, and Spanish during the school day. Music and Physical Education classes are twice a week. Spanish is taught in a language immersion style twice a week. Art is taught by an art specialist once a week.

LEADERSHIP & LEARNING BEYOND CONCORDIA

Athletics. Students compete in the Christian Schools Association in all three sport seasons. Autumn-Coed Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, or Cross Country; Winter- Coed Basketball; Spring – Track and Field.

Tournaments & Festivals. Concordia is connected to local and regional schools and college system with week long trips, tournaments and festivals. Middle school students travel to Washington DC in their 7th or 8th grade year.

LEST. Concordia Middle School also competes against middle school students in the Lutheran Elementary (K8) School Tournament (LEST) in Portland, OR annually. LEST includes sports but also includes art, dance, music, spelling, a knowledge bowl, and more.

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