CURRICULUM and INSTRUCTION
Seventh- and eighth-grade students in Forest Hills attend Nagel Middle School, one of only 21 schools in Ohio to be named an Ohio School to Watch for being academically challenging, developmentally responsive and socially equitable.
To help meet the needs of all students, middle school students are organized in to small learning communities called “teams”. Through these teams, Nagel staff members cross subject areas and work together to meet the needs of students, provide a more personalized educational experience and form strong relationships. Focus is given to main subject areas, social and emotional growth, technology, and college and career readiness and planning. In middle school, students experience flexible schedules and technology-infused learning spaces that foster collaboration and allow learning to drive the schedule, not clocks or access to resources.
Nagel offers Academic Flex Time (AFT) for all students as an opportunity for intervention, extensions, and enrichment in the areas of mathmatics, reading, writing and health and wellness. All staff members teach AFT clases three times a week based on their areas of expertise and training. Each quarter, students may engage in a different AFT based on their current learning need or individual interest. Examples of AFT class include the Nagel news program, cultural exploration, Pecha Kucha presentation skills, Dream Box math intervention program, PALS reading invervention program, the Riding for Focus mountain bike health and wellness program, and more.
Assessments are a very important aspect of learning as they assist in progress monitoring, evaluation of instruction, and engaging students in their own academic and personal learning. Essentially, assessments enhance student, parent and teacher understanding of student learning; show evidence of progress; identify students who may need additional enrichment or intervention supports; and guide instruction toward course material mastery and personal growth.
Forest Hills believes in a balanced assessment approach that blends assessments from local, state and national perspectives and:
begins with establishing clear goals and monitoring progress toward those goals along the way
guides student learning and maximizes achievement for all students
provides data with the intent of improving, measuring, and maximizing student growth
identifies what students already know and what they need to learn