Northridge Middle School has consistently been recognized as both a Four Star school and an "A" rated school by the state of Indiana. We offer a variety of programs for the 1000+ students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. There are three instructional teams made up of four teachers, or team members, at each grade level. The team organization allows for better communication among teachers concerning curriculum and student progress. The subject areas covered in the teams are language arts, social studies, math, science, and expressive arts. Students participate in twenty-three minutes of silent sustained reading during each school day. The expressive arts classes include instruction in the following areas: instrumental and vocal music, music exploration, 2D art, 3D art, family and consumer sciences, technology, Chinese, physical education, and health. Provisions are also made for special education students through direct collaboration and consultation services. Advanced classes are offered in some subject areas as well. Students in need of remediation are provided additional assistance in language arts and math through the remediation classes and during Tiers 2 and 3 Response to Intervention settings (LEAP and MERGE programs). Students may also receive help in their current classes through after school support offered twice a week with a supervising certified teacher.
The guidance department offers a variety of services to the students of Northridge Middle School. The guidance staff provides both individual and small group counseling. Small group counseling is offered through S.T.A.R.T., Students Talking About Rough Times. Students in this program meet weekly with other students who are dealing with similar issues. Counselors are responsible for scheduling, and for the administration of standardized testing. Counselors teach classroom guidance lessons, and coordinate the tutoring program. Y.E.S. Day, Youth Empowerment Saturday, and Leisure League are guidance-sponsored activities. Y.E.S. Day provides an opportunity for approximately forty students to explore and develop personal power. Leisure League is an activity group for students who are not involved in co-curricular activities after school. The guidance counselors consult with parents, teachers, administrators, and community agencies to address the personal, social, and academic needs of NMS students. There is also a student mentoring program offered (A.R.M.S.) in which community members come into the school to meet one-on-one with students.
Parents and teachers communicate through many different channels. Report cards are distributed every nine weeks, and the cards offer letter grades and/or attitude marks for every class. Approximately 80 percent of the student body is represented at parent/teacher conferences, which are held at the end of the first grading and third grading periods. Grade checks and progress reports are given out during each grading period. Parents also have access to PowerSchool Parent, which allows them to view their child's progress via the Internet. The staff publishes a monthly newsletter, Northridge News, which contains information on daily school life and calendar events. In addition to the Northridge News, individual grade level teams send home newsletters containing specific classroom information. A corporation newsletter and the Northridge News are available via the Internet website as are links to teacher's individual websites and email addresses. Daily and weekly homework assignments can be found at whatsduetoday.org.
Northridge enjoys an abundant amount of parent and community support. The P.T.O., Parent Teacher Organization, acts as an advisory council for the school. This group organizes volunteers for school events, Family Fun Night, fund raising, tutoring, mentoring, and general support wherever there is a need.
Many co-curricular activities are offered to Northridge Middle School students, and the majority of the faculty participates as coaches or club sponsors. These activities are offered in academic, athletic, and club categories. Academically, the students are involved in Academic Super Bowl; art, music, and math contests; social studies competition; Geography Bee; National Junior Honor Society; Optimist Oratorical Contest; Science Olympiad; Spell Bowl; Math Counts; and Spelling Bee. Athletically, the school offers competitive teams in basketball, cross-country, track, tennis, cheerleading, football, volleyball, wrestling, golf, soccer, and swimming. Northridge is a member of the Big 11 Athletic Conference. Clubs organized by the school include Jazz Band, Chinese Club, Video Game Club, Student Council, drama, Art Club, and Leisure League. Northridge also sponsors student dances throughout the year. A trip to Washington D.C. is offered over spring break. Classes go on various field trips, and the eighth grade class visits Cedar Point Amusement Park every spring in honor of its graduation.
The students of Northridge Middle School are involved in a variety of service projects. Student Council makes annual donations to Riley Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Faith Mission and The Middlebury Food Pantry. The Council, along with the National Junior Honor Society, has participated in Make A Difference Day and has won national recognition for their participation.
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