East Valley Middle School opened in 2003.
The middle grades are referred to as the “wonder” years in a child’s life. It is a time when students transform physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
Visit any of our districts four middle schools and you will find schools focused on ensuring that the basic skills mastered in elementary school are broadened to prepare students for high school.
To ensure that students are not lost in the crowds, students and teachers are grouped into teams at each grade level. Teaming is essential for the success of students and teachers. The advisory teacher acts as the students’ advocate for the year and serves as the first contact for parents. Advisory classes address a variety of themes and topics through the school year from time and stress management to planning for high school to school wide reading.
Our middle schools reflect our instructional approach that emphasizes applying knowledge in hands-on projects and lessons. Research shows that middle school is a critical time to excite students about math and science. Two years ago, our middle schools put into place “Project Lead the Way,” a pre-engineering program that allows students to explore problem solving in a fun, exciting, hands-on way
The middle school years also are a time when children’s values and beliefs about themselves and their community begin to crystallize. Teachers and administrators stress building character and responsibility skills during this time. Advisory classes play a key role in this area as well as organizing and promoting community service from the district’s annual food drive.