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Middle School

TIS Middle School - At a Glance

The middle school program at TIS places students in active group learning environments that support the development of Learning skills including collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. 

Middle School has always been a time of growth and discovery for young people. Not only are Middle School students expanding their learning in the classroom, but they begin to try new things, meet new people, and forge the path that will lead them into adulthood. Throughout the three years students spend in Middle School, they are given the opportunities to expand their thinking and sharpen their skills all in a safe environment that promotes internal growth and experimentation. Students at TIS Middle School should walk out of these doors not only ready for High School, but with an idea of who they are, who they want to become, and a fundamental knowledge of how to get there. At TIS MS we are helping build 21st century adults and the future of TIS MS will continue to adapt to an ever-changing world so our students will be ready.

Jeffrey Tempel
Director of Instruction

A primary component of our middle school program are 21st century skills. Developing these skills helps our student to prepare for a rapidly changing future. Through project-based learning, our students are engaged in authentic, real-world learning situations.

The academic environment is focused on kids growth, with customized learning plans when necessary and tailored opportunities for kids to ensure academic challenge. We also love that TIS is part of the CEESA network, allowing for enriching opportunities to  exchange with other schools in the region, engage with other kids and their families, and appreciate diversity and cultural difference.

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11-Year-Old Program

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12-Year-Old Program

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13-Year-Old Program

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Middle School & Secondary Classroom Peaks

SEC: World History

Secondary students in World History have been analyzing world events and determining historical relevancy. Using Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire 1989 hit song as a foundation, students began by evaluating the events and people Joel added to the lyrics. After discovering the details of historical references from the song, students then wrote their own verse with updated events and people from 1990 to the present day, using similar historical relevancy criteria to justify their choices. Students were not persuaded to sing their updated lyrics to a karaoke backing track, despite begging by their teacher

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SEC: British Literature in a New Light

As the year winds down, students in British Literature have just wrapped up a drama unit asking them to recreate a scene or act from a British drama. Once again, students rose to the challenge, creating some memorable works of art. An Inspector CallsPygmalionDr. Faustus, and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, classics of the genre, have been given new life by these students. Far more than merely acting out the dramas, students applied elements of drama like space, movement, and voice to create tension and suspense. Additionally, local talent was employed. Special thanks to Mr. Tempel for his inspirational performance. Here are screen shots from three of the submissions. The fourth, Dr. Faustus was created as a radio drama.

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MS & SEC: The Finishing Line

Students hurtle toward the finishing line of the school year, actively engaged in projects with personal meaning, infusing passion and perspicuity (“clearly expressed and easily understood; lucid” {a companion to the old teacher’s joke “eschew obfuscation”}) into presentations, portfolios, and peddling novels with persuasive essays.

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SEC: US History

US History students have been comparing US presidents from the 1960s to the present. The focus of comparing has been their domestic and foreign policies. They have also been focusing on defining the political conservatism of the 1980s and evaluating how well the goals of the conservative movement had been achieved by the end of the George H.W. Bush term. Currently, they also have been enjoying the activity of putting presidents Nixon’s legacy on trial.  Way to go!

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