Below are a list of Middle Level MEMSPA members that are being recognized as fantastic leaders in their field. Each has listed their individual “Points of Pride,” and would love to have conversations with you if you are looking for any help or networking in these areas. Let’s keep MEMPSA “Growing in the Middle”! Do you have Points of Pride that you would like to share? Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Mike Domagalski – Principal, St. Clair Middle School – St. Clair, MI (East China School District)
– 5D+ Teacher Evaluation
– JHS, Student Council, Green Team, P2 Team
– Full Implementation of The Positivity Project (Monthly Assemblies)
– 2 hour PLC Meetings once a month
– NWEA testing and data reviews
– STEM classes offered from 6th-8th grade students
Mark Morawski – Principal, Birmingham Covington – Bloomfield Hills, MI (Birmingham Public Schools)
– The Birmingham Covington Districtwide 3-8 School (BCS) offers a choice in educational structure and philosophy for Birmingham Public Schools residents seeking a rigorous academic challenge. Its science and technology emphasis is based in Science for All Americans: Project 2061. With a focus on building a passion for learning, innovation, and inquiry & design among our 648 students in a 3rd through 8th grade, multiage setting, the BCS philosophy continues to include the leveraging of technology across all curricula with a focus on global learning and local service opportunities.
– The BCS Moral Compass is the foundation of who we aspire to be in our community with a focus on displaying a high degree of character in three key areas, the 3E’s: Education, Each other, and Environment. In 2018 BCS was recertified as a National School of Character by Character.org. See the press release for all the details.
– A team from Edutopia’s Schools that Work visited in October 2016 for a case study spotlighting the innovative teaching and learning at BCS. The case study along with five accompanying videos were released on April 6, 2017 and can be found through a link to the article Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School. Also, the case study was featured in the ASCD SmartBrief on April 7, 2017.
– Along with rigorous academic courses and a variety of co-curricular opportunities in multiage settings, BCS students in grades 3-8 participate in Engineering Technology classes, as well as classes based in inquiry and design. These courses, called Engage and Thinkering Studio, offer project-based learning opportunities for all students. Our state-of-the-art Research & Design Lab (“makerspace”) has served to enhance the digital fabrication opportunities within our curriculum and with our students.
– BCS offers daily, school-wide enrichment through our extended day Choice Hour program.
– In the 2017-2018 school year BCS was awarded a Michigan Department of Education (MDE) grant to secure free student licenses for the Minecraft Education Edition (M:EE) for one year. This program aligns to the MDE’s Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan by enhancing access to effective technology tools that support deeper and personalized learning.
– A complete list of BCS Points of Pride!
Patrick Cavanaugh, Ph.D. – Principal, Walnut Creek Middle School – West Bloomfield, MI (Walled Lake Consolidated School District)
– MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Support)
– Data Management
– Power/Priority Standards
– Professional Learning Community
– Flexible Scheduling
– Before and After School Support
– Feeder-Pattern Activities (working with elementaries and high schools)
– Parent Involvement
– Corrective Guidance Discipline and Attendance Approaches
– Peer-to-Peer Support
– Student Goal-Setting
Evan Winkler – Assistant Principal, Ring Lardner Middle School – Niles, MI (Niles Community Schools)
-Integrating Healthy eating and SEL into school culture
-Class catalyst (this school year)
-Interventions with Delta Math and LLI
Dr. David Simpson – Principal, Northern Hills Middle School (Forest Hills Public Schools)
– Developing Project Based Learning (PBL) experiences for students through a partnership with the Buck Institute
– Redesign of Homeroom to a CREW period focused on Social Emotional Learning and Literacy
– Spanish Immersion Program
– Chinese Immersion Program
– Cognitive Impaired Program
– NWEA MAP Testing
– Outdoor Education Classes
– Computer Coding/Engineering Program
– Four Athletic Seasons
– Active PTO Involvement
– Focus on Cultures of Thinking