School Showcase: Deerpark Middle School

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Deerpark Middle School motto “Ranger Strong” permeates throughout the campus and resonates with the 900 students in sixth through eighth grades who attend the school.

Deerpark has an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Parent Outreach Program (POP), a new program that includes both parents and teachers who are responsible for reaching out to new parents in the community. The committee encourages parents to become involved on campus and asks for their feedback on ways to make the school more welcoming.

Deerpark also hosts a family literacy night where parents and students are invited to Skype with an author, participate in a poetry slam, create edible books and read books in the storytelling room. Parents are an integral part of the campus culture where each academic team has a “team mom” to support teacher needs and communicate with other parents.

Deerpark also offers community coffees and brown-bag lunches where parents meet with the administrative staff to hear about new and progressive learning initiatives Deerpark is implementing. Fathers are also invited join Watch D.O.G.S., or Dads of Great Students, and actively monitor the halls throughout the school day.

“Parental involvement in the Deerpark community helps to promote a positive and progressive community of learners by building connections between home and school,” Deerpark Principal Dr. Sonya Hayes said. “These connections allow parents to have a hand in the education of students. Deerpark encourages parents and community members to bring their cultures into our school to help build relationships and one united school culture”

Another way Deerpark is servicing the community is by implementing on-site tutorials and late buses throughout the school year. Deerpark teachers serve students living in high mobility areas by going to apartment complexes, ten miles away from campus, roughly fifteen times throughout the year to offer individualized tutorials for students. These tutorials help students reach a better understanding of the concepts being taught in their content area classes. Late buses are another way for students who live outside of a two mile radius of the school to stay until five p.m. for tutorials and not have to walk home.

Late buses allow teachers time to give individualized tutorials and instruction to students who may be struggling academically and students who are in need of extra help. Both of these tutorial options allow Deerpark to meet the vision of the campus by helping students meet high student expectations.

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