Middle School Philosophy
The middle years are a time of exploration: intellectual, social, aesthetic and physical. Each GHMS student is given the opportunity to develop to his or her fullest potential in each of these areas. CV’s middle school program utilizes a team approach in which teachers and students are divided into “learning community” teams to facilitate exploration of subjects and cross-curricular understanding. The middle school’s flexible schedule allows for unique teaching and learning experiences, as well as the best use of instructional time.
The middle school curriculum is designed to give students the skills they need to be successful contributors to our communities. Interdisciplinary teaching, a cornerstone of the team approach, gives learning a greater sense of relevance and meaning by providing connections between subjects. In addition to core subjects, middle school students study world languages and technology.
The middle school faculty is highly-trained and sensitive to the middle school learner. GHMS teachers have attended local, state and national conferences and shared their expertise as presenters on a variety of topics.
Advice and mentoring
The middle school provides class meeting time for teachers and students to discuss academic concerns, anti-bullying practices and responsible behavior, as well as problem-solving methods to foster strong student decision-making skills. GHMS also implements WEB (Where Everyone Belongs), pairing eighth-grade mentors with incoming seventh-graders to ease the transition to middle school.
GHMS is recognized as a Certified Olweus School. The school community values the roles of students, teachers and staff to develop and maintain a caring school environment that strives to eliminate bullying behavior. The learning environment focuses on respectful, responsible and ready behavior that emphasizes the power of each individual to make a positive difference.
GHMS offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including 13 sports teams. Middle school students can also participate in the school play, Technology Student Association and community service groups, as well as band, chorus and orchestra.
Hands-on instructional practices are key to many learning opportunities at the middle school. All students receive a laptop for use during the school year, and teachers utitlize various 1:1 learning technologies and strategies. Students also enjoy modern equipment in tech classes and digital experimentation equipment in science labs. The middle school also features a student-run television studio. Learning opportunities extend beyond the classroom setting to include an interdisciplinary experience at Cape Henlopen, Del., and a joint science fair with the CV High School.