Rationale – Center Grove Middle School Central has established P.R.I.D.E. period at the beginning of each day designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our middle school students. According to the National Middle School Association, there are 16 Characteristics of Successful Middle Schools, including the philosophy that “every student's academic and personal development is guided by an adult advocate” (www.nmsa.org).  Working according to middle school best practices and keeping our mission statement of empowering each student to dream, explore and achieve, we have assigned each student to a teacher in classes smaller than our core academic and unified arts classes in order to help students grow to their full potential during their middle school years.  Additionally, P.R.I.D.E. period will also support our school improvement goal of building student literacy.

Course times and grading – The P.R.I.D.E. class will meet each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  This is a required class for all students, and a grade of an “S” or a “U” will be given for the class. Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory distinctions can be given for classes with student participatory expectations that do not earn letters grades. To receive a Satisfactory mark, students must earn a passing percentage (60% or greater) on the possible participation points.  It is important to note that a “U” can keep a student off the honor roll and out of good athletic standing.  Grading will be based on three key areas which students will earn points for completing.  Students will need t  Be Prepared by arriving each day with a pencil, agenda, and book (one point); Be Productive (one point); and Be Positive (one point).

Description – P.R.I.D.E. is an acronym which stands for the following: Preparation for literacy, Resource, Intermission, Development, and Energize.  During the designated days students can expect to participate in various structured activities to support their adolescent development.

Preparation for Literacy (Mondays)

 Increase knowledge and use of best practices for reading instruction across the curriculum.
 Develop Vocabulary building program within and across the curriculum.
 Promote and increase reading as a leisure activity.  Student will have DEAR time during this period of the day, removing it from core classes.

Resource (Tuesdays)

Develop organizational skills by using agenda
Seek help from other teachers during this time
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Intermission (No PRIDE period on Wednesdays)

Development (Thursdays)

Character education lessons

Energize (Fridays)

 AAA Drawings, Student of the Month/Champion Student recognition

 Other recognition (sports teams, academic teams, and clubs)

 Team building activities

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