& Learning Methods:
Students will be encouraged to select a variety of challenging ways to
meet the standards and will be offered more choices in individual assignments
so that “multiple intelligences” are addressed. Projects may
include visual constructions, partner presentations, approved collaborations,
and dramatizations. Students will be challenged to use a variety of strategies
to achieve their potential in all units of study. Depending on student
needs, some units may be compacted or expanded to focus on depth and complexity.
Optional - Jr. Model United Nations:
JMUN is offered to all 7th and 8th grade students who choose to participate.
JMUN offers a rewarding and memorable experiential simulation focusing
on real world issues and politics. Participants in the after-school club
and the two-day competition in the spring receive special credits in their
history classes for their active participation.
What if Cluster is TOO difficult?
Students are placed in Cluster classes because testing indicates they
have potential for success in this setting. Cluster classes are not necessarily
more difficult, nor do they necessarily require more work; they are, however,
qualitatively different. If students are having difficulty keeping up
with the demands, however, they are encouraged to stay after school with
Mrs. Sullivant to seek clarifications, and/or guidance. The classroom
will also be open after school at least two days each week for students
to work on individual and group projects. Arrangements should be made
in advance for after school work or teacher assistance.
G.A.T.E. News For Parents:
If you are new to Marshall’s program for the gifted and talented,
you are encouraged to attend the Parent Meeting held every fall. Watch
for the date to be announced in school communications. This meeting explains
our program and how your child fits into it. If your child is “Seminar
Identified,” please watch for the high school program application
which will be sent home late in the fall. More information can be obtained
from the site counselors, GATE Team leader, and Seminar Coordinator.
Should you need more GATE information, you can also access the district’s
GATE web site.:
http://www.sandi.net/GATE2/Thurgood Marshall Middle School