|JOHN F KENNEDY MIDDLE|
Welcome to John F Kennedy Middle!
| SCHOOL MISSION
The John F. Kennedy Middle School is a student-centered learning community, which develops strong academic, social/emotional and leadership skills in its students, in order to prepare them for success in high school. Kennedy students will learn using real-life challenges through models, including service learning, to invent new strategies to solve problems and develop strong individual, interpersonal and team skills.
In order to meet its mission, Kennedy School envisions a(n)
· Stimulating, engaging service learning and project based learning community, with an orientation maximizes individual student potential and ensures all students are well- equipped to meet the challenges of high school;
· Curriculum, instruction and school schedule to best meet the academic and social-emotional needs of its students;
· Academic staff who are highly competent in curriculum, pedagogy, content and in effectively serving the Kennedy middle school students;
· Strong and capable student support services department, well-equipped and skilled at providing quality services for students and their families; andUrban middle school, which is an exemplar in the state for delivering a high quality academic and service learning based middle school education to its students. and;
· Urban middle school, which is an exemplar in the state for delivering a high quality academic and service learning based middle school education to its students.
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What is a Forward 5 School?
The Springfield Public Schools’ Forward 5 initiative is a bold approach to help drive rapid and significant increases in student achievement at five of the district’s schools: Chestnut, Kennedy, & Kiley Middle Schools, High School of Commerce, and DeBerry Elementary School.
Forward 5 Schools use strategies and best practices from successful elementary and secondary schools across the nation. Five best practices have been identified by Harvard University’s Education Innovation Laboratory, Springfield Public School’s partner in the Forward 5 program. These practices are:
•An Effective Principal and Effective Teachers in Every Building
•More Instructional Time
•Use of Data to Drive Instruction
•A Culture of High Expectations
•Small-Group Tutoring during the School Day
Teachers at Forward 5 schools are provided with a targeted professional development program to support their growth, extra compensation to provide increased instructional time, and bonuses if they meet performance goals.