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THURGOOD MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Thurgood Marshall Middle School and the parents of the students participating in activities,

services and programs agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff,

and the students will share responsibility and show mutual respect for student academic

achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership

that will help students achieve California’s high academic standards.

SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES

Thurgood Marshall Middle School will:

1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning

environment that enables participating students to meet California’s student academic

achievement standards as follows:

Offer a learning environment that encompasses rigorous academic standards and high

expectations in citizenship for our students. The MMS mission is:

to provide a learning environment that will enable each student to reach

his/her highest potential in a safe, threat-free atmosphere. Our educational

approach will combine exploration and creativity, discipline and dedication,

and teamwork and individuality. Students will achieve academic excellence

through participation in a strong core curriculum as well as elective,

exploratory and community service programs. They will develop critical

thinking and effective communication skills and the ability to make reasoned

moral and ethical choices. They will practice tolerance in preparation for life

in a multicultural society. We will provide a strong guidance program that

addresses the physical, social and emotional needs of our students. Students

will leave us prepared for the broadest range of academic options in high

school.

Meet the needs of our 21st century learners. We believe we must provide opportunities

for our students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, communicators

and leaders. We believe our students need opportunities to analyze and synthesize

information to solve problems with a new perspective.

Provide programs to meet the needs of every student. We have rigorous Seminar and

GATE programs and a supportive Special Education program. Our students also have

many choices to discover their talents. We also have an extensive music program that

includes Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Band, Orchestra and Choir. We

provide a variety of other electives that include Drama, Art, Video Production,

Spanish, Exploring Technology, Digital Art/Photography, Junior Model United

Nations and Yearbook. (For a complete listing, please visit our website.) Our sixth

grade students can also enroll in our Elective Wheel of courses that include

Keyboarding, Art, Drama, Music and Exploratory Technology.

Have a Library Media Center. Our Library Media Center provides students with

supplementary instructional resources such as novels, dictionaries, encyclopedias, online

resources and a friendly place to study!

Encourage and advocate for parental involvement at all levels. Thurgood Marshall

Middle School is fortunate to have a very active Parent Teacher Student Association,

School Site Council and Site Governance Team. Thurgood Marshall Middle School

meets monthly with the School Site Council, Site Governance Team and the Parent

Teacher Student Association (PTSA). The PTSA provides additional funding to

purchase instructional materials, including specific support for GATE and Seminar

programs and technology maintenance. Our School Site Council and Site Governance

Team provide guidance to the principal in budgetary decisions and governance of

school items.

You will find that at Thurgood Marshall Middle School we provide a nurturing and

challenging educational experience to meet the individual needs of our students.

Hold parent/teacher conferences during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to

the individual student’s achievement.

Individual Parent/Teacher meetings (upon request)

Student Study Teams – this meeting is an intervention to support students who

are struggling academically and behaviorally (upon request)

504 meetings – this meeting supports students with an identified disability (upon

request)

Individualized Educational Program meetings – this meeting supports students

with special needs (upon request)

Provide parents with frequent reports on their student’s progress.

o Parents can track their student's progress through a variety of methods. All

parents have access to PowerSchool. In PowerSchool, parents may review their

child’s grades and attendance. Some teachers may provide alternate online

resources to track assignments and grades. Progress Reports will be distributed to

students at the end of the following week after the progress report period ends.

§ Counseling department provides daily and weekly progress reports for

students upon request.

§ Individual teachers may distribute class progress reports at various times

and/or post grades online.

Provide parents reasonable access to staff.

MMS has a voicemail system where parents can leave voice messages for their

student’s teachers and/or other staff members. All staff members will return

correspondence as soon as possible and usually no later than three business days

during the work week.

On the MMS website, http://marshallmiddle.org/staff contact/email information

is available. Please visit the MMS website for up-to-date information regarding

MMS.

Parents can also contact the administration or counseling department in order to

support their student academically, socially and emotionally.

Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their students’ classes and to

observe classroom activities, as follows:

MMS welcomes parent volunteers!

All classroom volunteers, parent chaperones must have a TB clearance and pass a

security clearance. Please contact the main office for more information.

If a parent is interested in being a volunteer but did not return the volunteer form,

parents can sign up to be a volunteer in the main office.

MMS welcomes all parents to visit our classes! If you are interested in visiting

our classes, please contact your child’s teachers to make an appointment to visit

your student’s classes.

PARENT RESPONSIBILITES

We, as MMS parents, will support our student’s learning by:

Monitoring our students’ attendance

Limiting doctor appointments during the school day to after school

Limiting family vacations during the school year

Making sure that homework is completed and turned in on time

Monitoring my student’s progress online via PowerSchool

Checking our students’ planners on a daily basis

Prioritizing our students’ extracurricular time in order to support a successful

student

Staying informed about our students’ education and communicating with the

school by promptly reading all notices from MMS and SDUSD either received

by our students or by mail and responding as appropriate

Visiting the MMS website for up-to-date information regarding MMS at:

http://marshallmiddle.org

Attending school events/functions in order to learn more about our students’

educational experience

Participating in decisions related to our students’ education

Volunteering, when available, at MMS

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITES

We, as MMS students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and

achieve California’s high standards by:

Attending school on a regular basis

Following school rules

Being accountable for learning

Participating in class

Doing homework every day and asking for help when needed

Using our student planner on a daily basis

Reading at least 30 minutes every day outside of school time

Attending after school assistance / tutoring as often as needed

Being responsible citizens to our school and community

Being responsible and caring citizens online

Encouraging other students to be successful academically and socially

Prioritizing our time in order to be successful students